The British political establishment, aided and abetted by both the print and TV news media, could not have deliberately planned the outcome of the 2014 Elections to the European Parliament much more effectively if they had tried!
Now in the wake of that election and alerted by the findings of an opinion poll initiated by Lord Ashcroft, the Conservatives have been alarmed to discover that UKIP may well ensure that Ed Miliband becomes the next prime minister in 2015, not David Cameron. Apparently, UKIP has diverted much more support from disaffected Tories than from disaffected Labour voters.
The Conservative, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens all share a EUphile stance but, during the election campaign period, they studiously ignored the anti-EU parties opposing them, with the single exception of UKIP which has been the subject of an inordinate amount of critical attention from them and the news media.
Had the pro-EU parties and their news media allies drawn the English Democrats, the BNP and the AIP (An Independence from Europe) into the debate, support for UKIP may well have been more divided.
The dilemma facing the Conservatives now is how to effectively counter the ‘UKIP menace’ in the 2015 General Election. The answer is quite simple: stop all the anti-democratic tactical campaigning. Instead, at least try to act as competing parties in a democracy and draw the English Democrats into the debate. This way not only will there be greater awareness of the pro-referendum, anti-EU English Democrats Party, but electors will be shown greater choice and UKIP’s support decreased in consequence.