UKIP chief urges Tories to defect

The head of UK Independence Party (UKIP) has launched measures aimed at exploiting rifts within ranks of the ruling Conservative Party, calling on discontented Tories to defect to his party, local media reported.

UKIP chief Nigel Farage published a full-page advertisement in The Daily Telegraph accusing the Conservative leadership of having betrayed the trust of its natural supporters.

Farage addressed Conservatives in an open letter describing the reported comment of a senior Tory figure deriding activists as “mad, swivel-eyed loons” as “the ultimate insult”.

“Only an administration run by a bunch of college kids, none of whom have ever had a proper job in their lives, could so arrogantly write off their own supporters,” he said.

“Conservatives are used to a party that is patriotic, supports business and believes in aspiration. Today they are led by people obsessed with wind farms and introducing gay marriage and happy to open the door to 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians from January 1 next year.

“If you are a Conservative who supports the UKIP position that we should be an independent, self-governing nation, then your party now treats you with contempt”, Farage said.

Farage’s intervention coincides with the return to the Commons of the government’s bill to legalise gay marriage – a major source of discontent among traditionalist Tories, who believe it encapsulates the way the leadership has lost touch with ordinary, grass roots supporters.


This article originally appeared on : Press TV