The United Kingdom Independence Party has others concerned that it could turn British politics upside down — not only today’s governing centre-right Conservatives but the opposition centre-left Labour.
Opinion polls suggest UKIP will come out the UK winner of the European Elections, redrawing the left-right power map at home.
Party leader Nigel Farage launched campaigning in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.
Farage said: “Join the ‘People’s Army’, join the ‘People’s Army’ and let’s use May 22 as an opportunity to give the establishment in this country the biggest shock they’ve had probably for a hundred years. Our message is: ‘we want our money back from Europe, we want our borders back, we want our country back.’”
On his website, the leader says he tells the truth about the EU, and he doesn’t say much in its favour.
One Portsmouth man who stopped him on the campaign pavement said: “You’re the best man to run this country. The rest of them are not saying anything, just sitting on their arses.”
Unabashedly patriotic, the UKIP leader declares: “We are proud to be who we are as a nation.”
According to him, career politicians have sold his country out to Brussels and “…we want [it] back.”
UKIP says the EU undermines Britain’s control over immigration from other member countries. Many of them are much poorer.
Another Portsmouth resident said: “We are already the most densely populated country in Europe, not a lot of people know that. And so we’ve got so many people coming in now, we cannot assimilate them all so fast.”
Another’s opinion: “I’m not against the immigration to come here (sic). I want the right people to come here to do the job.”
UKIP’s messages about common policy-making in the 28-country EU block has forced mainstream British parties to embrace tougher immigration policies and a more critical stance on Europe.
Author Matthew Goodwin suggests that the most voters who risk transforming UKIP’s fortunes are those falling in the blue collar group.
An associate professor at Nottingham University, who co-wrote “Revolt on the Right”, said: “This is very revealing in itself in terms of how a mature, multicultural society deals with a radical right insurgent. Is this all we have? That we just scream racist and hope it goes away. Why are these ‘left behind’ groups feeling so disillusioned and angry about the direction of our society? You know, how can we reconnect them?”
Farage the right-wing populist went to a fee-paying private school and became successful trading commodities in The City.
He’s convinced that with ‘left-behind’ groups he will make political history.