Not much sign of a UKIP surge here

Oxford Mail: Not much sign of a UKIP surge here Not much sign of a UKIP surge here

NIGEL Farage may have delivered on his promised “earthquake” by heading the only party to have won a UK election for 100 years apart from the Conservatives or Labour, but not much changes in Oxford.

It will be a considerable comfort to those worried by the rise of the UK Independence Party leader that the city’s voters stayed resolutely to the left, with Labour taking over the Greens as the most popular party in this year’s European Parliament vote in the city.

There’s no question the popularity of UKIP is making waves in British politics of the kind not seen since the SDP in the early 1980s, though, like that party, it remains to be seen if its momentum can last.

But it has a very long way to go before it can convince city voters.

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7:39am Tue 27 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

The irony of Ukip is that the 'threat' to British jobs, homes and state benefits hasn't come from people outside the UK, but the banks and people in the financial services sector (like Farage used to work in) who bought this country to its knees, and the affects of recession which we will be suffering from for years. So why wasn't Ukip 'protecting' he people of the UK 5-10 uears ago and warning us about the growing rip-off by British banks and financial services? Where was Farage when MPs were creaming-off £millions through questionable expenses and allowances at tax payers expense? Where was Ukip when the care homes scandals were uncovered? As for fear about immigrants and the effect they have on our economy, much-the-same was said about the Polish, Irish, people from the Commonwealth - and in the 20th century here in Oxford, the negative effects of all the Welsh who 'invaded' the City at the invitation of a certain William Morris, and apparently 'took jobs' and offered themselves 'cheaper' than locals! Despite Ukip putting-up candidates on the big Council estates in last week's City Council elections and getting votes, the Party failed to win a single Ward, whereas Labour held-on to all its Wards, and won three more! Not only that, but Labour's Anneliese Dodds - a young mum from Rose Hill in Oxford - managed to get elected as an MEP! So far from Ukip having an 'historical effect' the reality in Oxford is that Labour controls City Council, has the MP for Oxford East, and now also a local MEP.
The irony of Ukip is that the 'threat' to British jobs, homes and state benefits hasn't come from people outside the UK, but the banks and people in the financial services sector (like Farage used to work in) who bought this country to its knees, and the affects of recession which we will be suffering from for years. So why wasn't Ukip 'protecting' he people of the UK 5-10 uears ago and warning us about the growing rip-off by British banks and financial services? Where was Farage when MPs were creaming-off £millions through questionable expenses and allowances at tax payers expense? Where was Ukip when the care homes scandals were uncovered? As for fear about immigrants and the effect they have on our economy, much-the-same was said about the Polish, Irish, people from the Commonwealth - and in the 20th century here in Oxford, the negative effects of all the Welsh who 'invaded' the City at the invitation of a certain William Morris, and apparently 'took jobs' and offered themselves 'cheaper' than locals! Despite Ukip putting-up candidates on the big Council estates in last week's City Council elections and getting votes, the Party failed to win a single Ward, whereas Labour held-on to all its Wards, and won three more! Not only that, but Labour's Anneliese Dodds - a young mum from Rose Hill in Oxford - managed to get elected as an MEP! So far from Ukip having an 'historical effect' the reality in Oxford is that Labour controls City Council, has the MP for Oxford East, and now also a local MEP. Myron Blatz
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9:34am Tue 27 May 14

Shaun the Faun says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
The irony of Ukip is that the 'threat' to British jobs, homes and state benefits hasn't come from people outside the UK, but the banks and people in the financial services sector (like Farage used to work in) who bought this country to its knees, and the affects of recession which we will be suffering from for years. So why wasn't Ukip 'protecting' he people of the UK 5-10 uears ago and warning us about the growing rip-off by British banks and financial services? Where was Farage when MPs were creaming-off £millions through questionable expenses and allowances at tax payers expense? Where was Ukip when the care homes scandals were uncovered? As for fear about immigrants and the effect they have on our economy, much-the-same was said about the Polish, Irish, people from the Commonwealth - and in the 20th century here in Oxford, the negative effects of all the Welsh who 'invaded' the City at the invitation of a certain William Morris, and apparently 'took jobs' and offered themselves 'cheaper' than locals! Despite Ukip putting-up candidates on the big Council estates in last week's City Council elections and getting votes, the Party failed to win a single Ward, whereas Labour held-on to all its Wards, and won three more! Not only that, but Labour's Anneliese Dodds - a young mum from Rose Hill in Oxford - managed to get elected as an MEP! So far from Ukip having an 'historical effect' the reality in Oxford is that Labour controls City Council, has the MP for Oxford East, and now also a local MEP.
All true, but don't be too quick to dismiss UKIP. They came second on "the big Council estates" you mention.

Disaffection and "they're taking our jobs and houses" has been legitimised. Even if UKIP hasn't done that well in Oxford and the European Parliament can carry on as before, national leaders will have been rattled by what's happened and may well exert pressure to reign-in and reverse the federal advances. Cameron is already positioning himself to be in the vanguard of that.

It ain't over until the fat lady sings!
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: The irony of Ukip is that the 'threat' to British jobs, homes and state benefits hasn't come from people outside the UK, but the banks and people in the financial services sector (like Farage used to work in) who bought this country to its knees, and the affects of recession which we will be suffering from for years. So why wasn't Ukip 'protecting' he people of the UK 5-10 uears ago and warning us about the growing rip-off by British banks and financial services? Where was Farage when MPs were creaming-off £millions through questionable expenses and allowances at tax payers expense? Where was Ukip when the care homes scandals were uncovered? As for fear about immigrants and the effect they have on our economy, much-the-same was said about the Polish, Irish, people from the Commonwealth - and in the 20th century here in Oxford, the negative effects of all the Welsh who 'invaded' the City at the invitation of a certain William Morris, and apparently 'took jobs' and offered themselves 'cheaper' than locals! Despite Ukip putting-up candidates on the big Council estates in last week's City Council elections and getting votes, the Party failed to win a single Ward, whereas Labour held-on to all its Wards, and won three more! Not only that, but Labour's Anneliese Dodds - a young mum from Rose Hill in Oxford - managed to get elected as an MEP! So far from Ukip having an 'historical effect' the reality in Oxford is that Labour controls City Council, has the MP for Oxford East, and now also a local MEP.[/p][/quote]All true, but don't be too quick to dismiss UKIP. They came second on "the big Council estates" you mention. Disaffection and "they're taking our jobs and houses" has been legitimised. Even if UKIP hasn't done that well in Oxford and the European Parliament can carry on as before, national leaders will have been rattled by what's happened and may well exert pressure to reign-in and reverse the federal advances. Cameron is already positioning himself to be in the vanguard of that. It ain't over until the fat lady sings! Shaun the Faun
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