Supporters of UKIP come from across the political spectrum as disenchanted people from the left, right and centre politics join UKIP. This will be a cuase for concern for all party leaders but especially for Tory leader David Cameron.
PM Cameron is fighting rebels in his ranks regarding British EU membership and his stance on gay marriage. It seems gay marriage is another step too far for conventional right-wing Tories in the UK. The European Union is seen by many Brits of all political persuasions as the root of many of the country's financial and social problems.
Politicians used to claim that the ordinary people of Britain did not understand the nature of our union with Europe and were not fit to decide on a possible exit. Now it seems they will have to eat their words and allow the people a say. Whether a referendum vote can actually be turned into an exit strategy is debatebale. Currently there is no way out for Britain. It is a case of like it or lump it in the EU.
Perhaps Cameron is now a victim of his own political strategy. He certainly used the threat of an EU referendum, on our continued membership, as a means to renegotiate our EU terms. The country has jumped on a "hate the EU" bandwagon and is looking for the exit.
Calls by President Obama for Cameron to look at a way to fix our EU concerns instead of leaving will not resolve the PM's problems. Too many people now simply want out and are baying for EU blood.
It is certainly a quandary for Cameron. As people focus on gay marriage and an EU referendum they are ignoring many more serious issues such as the privatisation of the NHS, UK poverty, the Bedroom Tax, ATOS atrocities, increasing unemployment, a housing shortage and more. Yes, in many ways he should be grateful that people are centering their venom on gay marriage and the EU and not other issues.
However news that UKIP are attracting traditional Tory voters and politicians is bad news for Cameron. The election will be held in 2015 and already politicians are in election-mode. This is unusual for the UK and is another sign that where America goes we follow.
There are many floating voters in the UK who may chop and change their vote according to the current news. Less people are hardline left or right wingers these days, but they do exist. For dissillusioned Tories UKIP is an obvious step. Its leader Nigel Farage was previously a Tory Minister. UKIP already has former Tories such as the Hamiltons in its ranks. The problem for other mainstream political parties is that they too are losing support.
The news that some Labour supporters are turning to UKIP means one thing, and one thing only-UKIP are appealing to anti-european feelings and gathering momentum. Nigel Farage was given short shrift in Scotland last week with sentiment which could have been interpreted as anti-English feelings. Organisers of protests though stressed they wanted to make it plain that UKIP is not welcome in Scotalnd but foreigners are.
In spite of Scotland UKIP continues to garner support. UKIP's gains are others losses.
Should David Cameron worry about defections to UKIP? Hell we should all worry about that one.
Voters should not forget that UKIP are simply Tories in other clothing. If no party wins a political majority in 2015 UKIP may do a deal. Coalitions could become a permanent fixture in British politics as people remain divided. If you think a Lib Dem Tory alliance is bad how about a Tory UKIP one? It does not bear thinking about.
Your vote and political support is precious. Use both wisely.