Criticism has begun to emerge on the advisability of UKIP’s shift to the “centre ground”. I don’t believe UKIP is shifting to the centre ground, just because it espouses some policies which are not considered to be “conservative”.
Instead of lurching UKIP to the “centre”, I get the impression that Farage is making excellent use of grassroots issues around which policies can be / are crafted. That way, he kills three birds with one stone:
- He gives local people a voice;
- That voice he gives to local people is heady – as well as being demonstrably and irrefutably democratic,
- Whereas UKIP’s votes have been scattered such that there have, in past elections, been insufficient pockets of UKIP supporters in some areas to make a dent, the emergence of grassroots-based policy-making, potentially roots UKIP in every community.
It’s simple but powerful. A terrific strategy.