Comment re Sean Gabb on UKIP
Very good article, although I disagree with your reasons for voting Conservative in 2015; I implore you to rethink your intention.
I genuinely believe there is not a cigarette paper between the three arsecheeks of the same backside — Lib-Lab-Con. Since it is highly unlikely that UKIP will form a majority government in the foreseeable future, the way Nigel Farage will succeed is by forcing the Non-Conservative Party to adopt some its core policies. I will focus on this because it is a more realistic possibility than UKIP gaining enough MPs to hold the balance of power and form a coalition with the Conservatives (although this should not be ruled out).
Until or unless the Conservative Party is destroyed, UKIP’s role is push it rightwards. It can only do so if it poses a significant threat to a Tory majority by draining a considerable amount of its grassroots support. It also means, regrettably, that the Labour Party has to be strong; the Conservatives have to be attacked by both sides of the political spectrum. Whatever our doubts about David Cameron’s trustworthiness, there would be no promise of a referendum on EU membership were it not for UKIP’s electoral strength.
We can only continue to threaten the Conservatives and force them to copy and paste important elements of UKIP’s manifesto by voting UKIP in all elections. By no means should we allow the Conservatives to believe they are being given the green light, which is how voting for them under any conditions will be interpreted, however disingenuously. If Labour wins the next General Election because of UKIP, the Cons will have even more reason to fret and puts its policies and direction under heavy scrutiny; with some hope, it is conceivable that David Cameron will quit too. Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better.
It is for this reason that I am leaning towards opposition to Scottish independence — the Labour Party will never win a General Election again, so the Conservative Party will be free to pursue its social-democratic agenda without fear of losing; UKIP would then be weakened or simply fade into obscurity.
It is the Conservative Party, not Labour, that we need to attack. Voting for them is counter-productive, pointless, and inexcusable.