A Dark Day for Thanet
Sadly it seems my prediction in my last blog has been proved correct, UKIP have decimated the mainstream parties in Thanet today gaining 7 out of the 8 seats available including the ex NF member Martin Heale winning in Ramsgate and the ex-tory Roger the dodger Latchford winning in Birchington. More depressingly the only seat won by anyone else went to Labour’s Will ‘Scooby’ Scobie who if his track record is anything to go by will be as ineffectual at county hall as he has been for Margate both in his capacity as mayor and local councillor.
This also reflects the national trend. Obviously and traditionally, half term elections tend to attract the protest voters out and it is even more the case when the conservatives have been up to their usual tricks of feathering their own pockets in power and screwing the less advantaged, the Lib Dems were ruined the minute they got into bed with the tories and abandoned their manifesto promises and the increasingly ineffectual Labour who seem to have lost their direction under Ed Millpede’s tenure.
So, will the emergence of UKIP as a major political force continue? As anyone will recall it was only a few years ago that the far right BNP attracted the protest votes yet this time around have lost their only remaining county council seat. I believe that today’s results should send a very clear message to David Cameron and unless he has a major rethink on policy along with Clegg and Millband then the far right could re-emerge as a political force and that, sadly can only lead us down a very dark and disturbing road.