UKIP and Labour’s mid-term flirt
Think the toxic Con-Dem coalition is the most unlikely political link-up possible? Think again!
Comments from two politicians have fueled speculation Britain could get a Labour government after the 2015 general election - thanks to UKIP.
UKIP party leader Nigel Farage said he could do a deal with Ed Miliband “if Jon Cruddas’s view prevails within the party” in an interview with Guardian this week.
Jon Cruddas is leading Labour’s policy review and, being a little taken aback by the suggestion, I gave the MP’s office a ring.
They pointed me in the direction of his most recent People on Sunday Column, in which he praised Farage.
Although he goes on to say:
Those comments still suggest that if UKIP manage to capture their first parliamentary seats at the 2015 election, Farage may be more inclined to help Labour into government than keep Cameron in 10 Downing Street.
It has been well documented that UKIP now count many former Labour voters among their supporters.
And responding to a question about a coalition with Cameron in the same Guardian interview, Farage responded: “There’s no way we could work with that man under any circumstances.”
It’s absolutely unthinkable that Labour and UKIP would form a coalition of course, but the parties could reach a limited deal on crucial issues if UKIP were handed a referendum on EU membership.
That arrangement would ironically be the most European form of government ever witnessed in Westminster.
Despite my excitement at spotting an excellent story, Farage is probably more keen to stir up a Tory revolt against Cameron, hoping to get Boris or Michael Gove into Number 10 next term.
But the current PM won’t be too worried given that UKIP still have absolutely 0 MPs and face an uphill struggle to win any seats in 2015.