Pick a card, any card; it’s one of the oldest magic tricks in the book. One, indeed, the utility of which has not escaped political establishment. There are, of course, three cards in this analogy, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and Labour. Yet somehow, no matter how many times we the electorate choose one, we always end up with the ‘joker’.

Nigel Farage has often observed that you can hardly separate the three ‘main’ parties on policy. This is only the symptom, however, of a far more dangerous attitude of the established parties. Sir Menzies Campbell, appearing on the Daily Politics this week, epitomised this attitude, when, addressing nobody in particular he kept reiterating the trend of ‘progressive’ social and economic policies after the war; neither the Labour or Conservative representatives present demurred.

He also said “the word ‘democracy’ is not one that appears in Nigel Farage’s dictionary”. These two statements, which under any definition of ‘democracy’ should be entirely disparate, seemed to me to be inextricably linked in both his mind and in the minds of the other establishment figures on the show. Such remarks seemed to me to say, ‘people can vote for anybody they like, as long as they subscribe to our way of thinking.’

Indeed, left wing corporatism now dominates Europe, with figures such as Kinnock and Mandelson having a central influence. It dominates domestic politics, where the so-called right is too frightened to produce genuine policies and the left hold prominent positions in most of our national organisation from quangos to the Church of England.

A UKIP victory would indeed threaten the establishment’s grip on power; however, what they are truly scared of is that we do not subscribe to their multiculturalist, corporate statist, liberal ideology.

An ideology, which, in its very nature must suppress individuality and individual expression, and which has created a gulf in aspiration and potential between those who go to the right schools and have the right contacts, and those who have to try to work their way up from the bottom.

The very basis of their power rests on the fundamental principle that there must be no fresh ideas, no change. The allegiance of these politicians is not to the poor, not to meritocracy, or democracy, but to power and their ideology. For it is the ideology, with its false appeals to equality, that empowers them. It empowers them to take away from the poor: selective education in the name of equal opportunities; the potential to create new businesses that may one-day challenge the existing monoliths; and consequently the opportunity to better their circumstances.

Opponents of this ideology have until now found only sporadic resonance, and had little success. They were lone voices against the march of ‘progressivism’. UKIP, as a growing political force, is the greatest threat the establishment has ever faced. Comments like those from Menzies Campbell, and other outwardly illogical and occasionally contradictory attacks are a sign that they are starting to crack at the seams. The stress of UKIP’s relentless progress, with the support of ordinary working people, is starting to show through the façade.

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