‘Newkip’ heads for the centre ground

Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, has caused quite a stir with his complaint that his party is being damaged by “Walter Mittys seeking a role in politics”. He has pledged in an interview with The Times to improve the quality of candidates and party discipline.

This follows on the heels of several controversies. A councillor was recently suspended for linking the New Year floods to gay marriage. The MEP Godfrey Bloom, who resigned the party whip last year after jokingly calling its female members “sluts”, recently compared a student with disabilities to Richard III.

The Times thinks that Farage [...]

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