Saturday, 11 October 2014

Daily Telegraph: Can Douglas Carswell drag Ukip into the 21st century?

Daily Telegraph: Can Douglas Carswell drag Ukip into the 21st century?

Article by Toby Young

'It's one of the paradoxes of contemporary British politics that the more support Ukip attracts, the more solidified pro-EU opinion becomes. Katwala's thinks this is because gays, women and ethnic minorities are turned off by Ukip. Because of the party's position on gay marriage, sexual equality and immigration, they think of Ukip as a backward, antediluvian force that's fundamentally opposed to their interests. Consequently, if Ukip is in favour of leaving the EU, they automatically feel sympathetic to the pro-EU case.
Katwala believes that Carswell shares this analysis and quotes his attacks on "angry nativism" as exhibit A. He also points out that Carswell is pro-immigration and has said so on numerous occasions.'

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