Why Nigel Farage’s shift to the centre is a big mistake

Three months after the European elections, when Ukip became the first political force to top a national poll since Labour started to break through a century ago, Nigel Farage’s outsiders look to have become a permanent part of the political landscape.

They are regularly polling between 10% and 15%, and at the next general election look set to win a significant slice of the vote, and perhaps even a few seats.

The trouble is, they have also abandoned the opportunity to be genuinely radical. The party has just unveiled its tax polices, dropping its commitment to a flat tax, and offering [...]

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