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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Now UKIP go to war

Just as we are settling down to watch Labour's civil war get underway, UKIP jumps in with its own conflict. Presumably, they were feeling left out.

The Independent reports that the party's only MP, Douglas Carswell has told the BBC that UKIP need “to change gear and change its management if it’s to go to the next level” and said the party’s disappointing result at the Oldham by-election had revealed the need for a “fresh face”. This direct challenge to Nigel Farage has provoked a typically robust response.

The paper says that divisions between Mr Farage and Mr Carswell have been growing since the General Election in May. Mr Farage intends to take the party into the EU referendum campaign with controls on immigration as its key message. Mr Carswell however, wants the party to focus on the economic case for leaving the EU and in an interview with BBC Essex, said that UKIP needed to ensure it was not seen as an “unpleasant” and “socially illiberal” party.

The fact is that UKIP is an unpleasant and socially illiberal party. Why did Douglas Carswell think he was joining something different?
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