A senior Tory MP has accused Nigel Farage of ‘fake sincerity’ as he urged the Prime Minister not to try to ‘out-Ukip Ukip’ on immigration.Anyone who wants to stick two fingers up at the political classes is OK by me.
Mark Field warned his party not to get into a bidding war with Ukip on the eve of the televised debate between Mr Farage and Nick Clegg.
He said: ‘If you can fake sincerity, you’ve really got it made. There is a bit of that to the smoking a fag and having a pint of beer’.
Mr Field also accused Ukip – whose leader is regularly pictured drinking real ale in pubs, or with a cigarette – of wanting to stick ‘two fingers up to the entire political class’.
Fake sincerity though? That's what politicians try to do in spades isn't it? It's something that they regularly try to do with press releases and photo opportunities. There was a lot of it going on over the recent floods where politicians would turn up, say a few words on how terrible it is and then leave, relieved to get away from the oiks who live there.
I personally think that the Tories won't get into a bidding war simply because their leadership cannot conceive or concede the so called middle ground which the political classes of all parties occupy and go out to where the voters real concerns are, which is partly the territory that Ukip occupy.
It would mean the Tory leadership leaving their comfort zone and having to break with the EU whose directives their government still rubber stamps without debating them.
As to whether Farage is faking it? I don't know, but at least he does it better than Cameron, Clegg or Milliband who are all bland little EU drones dressed up in different colours but essentially the same.
A vote for a mainstream party is a vote to continue the damned system they love, it's really not worth voting for them...