Ukip Risks 'Morphing' Into Tories Under Nigel Farage, Warns Godfrey Bloom
www.huffingtonpost.co.uk - 21/11/2013 - Ukip is losing its "radical" edge under Nigel Farage's leadership and risks "morphing" into the same as the big three parties, former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has warned.
"There is now a huge force in the party to be a Conservative Party which isn't in the European Union. If we suddenly start morphing into what the others are like, only with an out-of-Europe policy, it won't work," he told the Huffington Post UK.
Bloom warned that the only Ukip policy voters are aware of is their aim to withdraw from the European Union, adding: "anything else on top of that is really a bit outside the mainstream".
He said the Tory drift came from political defectors who have "brought that baggage", adding that "radical, libertarian" thinking "no longer reflects the mainstream [of Ukip]".
The controversial MEP now sits as an Independent for Yorkshire and Humber after a furore at UKIP's conference when he jokingly called a room full of women "sluts" and hit the Channel 4 journalist Michael Crick over the head with a conference programme.
"If you live in Notting Hill and eat brown rice and read the Guardian, it’s your job to be outraged at any UKIP representative in the same way it’s my job to bait them because they’re all so very silly," he quipped.