By Des Brown
Will Ukip capture Conservative council seats during the May 2nd elections? There are reasons to be doubtful. Despite the press frenzy around the party, their performance has not always lived up to expectations.
At the moment, it seems no more than a phantom menace. It has no MPs, fewer council seats than the Greens and came second in a handful of by-elections the Conservatives had little or no chance of winning anyway. Even by historic standards, their performance is subdued.
Interesting fact: when the SDP was formed in 1981 as a breakaway from Labour, 28 Labour MPs eventually crossed the floor of the House and joined the new party. To date, not one Conservative MP has defected to Ukip, indicating they have no confidence in being able to win their seat at the next election under that banner.
Ukip is to the Conservatives what the far left is to Labour. But the far left – George Galloway, Class War, the SWP etc – have never formed together to create a true party of theRead More »from Ukip are much easier to defeat than the Tories imagine