(PRWEB) January 31, 2006
The Centre for Progressive Conservatism (ProgCon), a champion of a pro-European Alliance alternative to a federalist or superstate E.U. today officially joined regular UK Independence Party (UKIP) members in condemning recent news releases from UKIP with potentially racist undertones.
”The very fact that UKIP has been heavily criticised by its own members, including the chairman of UKIPWales, for publishing a reproduced story over the rise of the ‘non-white population’ of the UK as the ‘top story’ on its official website homepage highlights the very dangerous territory that UKIP seems to be drifting into.
With its party members now openly questioning online whether UKIP should merge with BNP (“Might as well announce the merger with the BNP now and be done with it.”), UKIP has clearly lost its sense of direction and may be seeking a new, more dangerous direction. The UKIP leaders may seek to argue that they have only reproduced a news article from the Telegraph, but its own members have clearly understood and been outraged by the potential nature of recent website news releases.” said Chad Noble, founder of ProgCon.
Since UKIP’s failure to even come close to winning a single parliamentary seat in the May 2005 general election, the collapse in donations to just £1,500 for a whole quarter and the rebirth of a liberal conservatism with the Conservative Party under David Cameron, UKIP has been struggling to define its own space as a serious political party with supposed defections from the Conservative Party becoming ever more fanciful as the parties head in different political directions.
”It is very positive and interesting that the current defections to and from the Conservative Party are with the Liberals and not UKIP.” Noble continued. “It is clear that the Tories and the LibDems are now fighting in the same political territory with the Tories increasingly becoming the party of choice for progressive, liberal leaning voters. This rebirth of liberal conservatism that has seen the Tories topping recent voter support polls is clearly having a marked effect on political rivals who seek to establish new ground.
What is concerning about UKIP’s heavily criticised new releases is that they could be understood as a deliberate attempt to move closer to the far-right parties, and this is indeed being suggested by UKIP party members in open forums.”
ProgCon has long criticised UKIP for actually damaging the pro-European anti-EU cause by presenting an almost xenophobic, out-of-date view of Britain and its place within Europe that was perfectly captured by the recent attack on UKIP MEP Nigel Farage by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, telling Farage that is was “2005 not 1945”.
”I am very pleased to see senior UKIP members like the Chairman of UKIP Wales openly expressing concern over these recent releases by UKIP and asking for them to be removed, but for senior members to need to write to the party chairman to seek confirmation that UKIP is not deliberately playing the race card is very worrying for the future of the party. Those of us, outside UKIP, who are passionately presenting our own pro-European alternative to the EU, are becoming increasingly frustrated at the negative impact UKIP is now having. With much of the criticism of these news releases coming from UKIP members themselves, I can only hope that those seeking real action on Britain’s place within Europe as part of an alliance not federal union, will move back into the centre and support David Cameron’s aim to protect our pro-European, nation-state status.
All political parties have an absolute duty to address the concerns of the voters who felt compelled to vote UKIP in 2005. Fortunately the combination of this unwelcome move by UKIP with the Conservative Party’s move to the centre and its determined nation-state approach should at last forward the cause of those of us who seek a pro-European alternative to the EU. Perhaps this collapse in support for UKIP and potential for nation-state Conservative government will finally produce real action, and bring together the anti-EU movement under one, positive, pro-European umbrella within the Conservative party. The time for protest votes is fortunately now over, as the Conservatives are one again drawing back support that will lead to real action.”