UKIP - the One Nation Party
When your party is coming a very respectable second in South Shields and winning council seats in the Home Counties; and concerned to defend national sovereignty against the rising tide of globalist-federalist-corporatist governance; and simultaneously appealing to 'Mondeo Man', 'Worcester Woman', the worker in the pub, the housewife at home, and a vibrant mob of revolutionary youth passionate about real change, you are the true heir to 'One Nation' politics.
It doesn't actually matter that your members are philosophically disparate, or that few of your policies have been thought through. You don't need coherence when your opponents are all united in aloof indifference and muddled deflection. All you need is consistency and authenticity.
And a pint and a fag.
Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps said: "People sent a clear message. We hear you."
Do you, Grant?
So you'll be immediately restricting immigration, will you?
You'll be deporting Abu Qatada, will you?
And you'll be deregulating business and cutting spending and lowering taxes, will you?
And you'll be ditching 'gay marriage?
And halting HS2?
And we'll get a referendum on our membership of the EU, will we?
And that doesn't mean some vacuous 'jam-tomorrow' promise conditional on Cameron winning a majority in 2015, because we all know that isn't going to happen, and we also know that it'll be the first pledge to be dropped as you thrash out yet another murky coalition agreement.
The Conservative Party’s historical focus on the economy, sound money, law and order, defence, patriotism, immigration, over-regulation, tax reduction, and their support for private enterprise, traditional marriage and the family, are now largely issues which are barely spoken of by the Tory elite. They are 'Thatcherite' values - harsh, masculine, rugged, selfish and abrasive. The modernisation process is concerned with the feminine, the delicate, the touchy-feely policies designed to appeal to the Guardianistas of Notting Hill. Conservative politics is no longer the pursuit of policy that works for the masses, but policy that feels right to the elite modernisers.
But Cameron is alienating his core vote without attracting a new constituency. He is killing the party and spectacularly misjudging the mood of the nation.
What 'clear message' have you heard, Grant?
Isn't it more important to listen and act?