Of course, I have grave concerns regarding the UKIP manifesto, that some of the UKIP supporters are racist and/or homophobic, and its strong and dangerous euro-sceptic stance. These are reasons I won’t be supporting UKIP now or in the future. BUT Nigel Farage is engaging, funny, charismatic, and is someone in British politics who, at the moment, says what he thinks (whether you like it or not) rather than saying what will produce some soundbite for tomorrow’s papers. When was the last time we heard Cameron or Milliband laugh, or at the very least, smile? You might these qualities to be superficial and meaningless, and fundamentally are. But the mainstream politicians have become so bland, cardboard and people are losing interest.
As Russell Brand said recently: “I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.”
Farage has injected a bit of life and debate into British politics that has been missing since Thatcher (we love you Maggie!). That is why people are listening to Nigel Farage – and unless the other main parties respond, he will go from strength to strength. And that is something I do not welcome!