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Douglas Carswell Tory MP Defects to UKIP

Politics / UK Politics Aug 31, 2014 - 06:43 PM GMT

By: Jonathan_Davis


A pretty momentous event last week.

I read two excellent pieces on it and on him:

I’ve also read a superb and informative discussion here Carswell defects online discussion

It seems to me that all is not as clear as various players want everyone to believe (so what’s new?).

I suggest the following:

  1. Carswell attended a high level Tory party meeting where a top-flight analyst said Clacton is the most UKIP-oriented seat in the country. Thus he simply got scared of losing his seat.
  2. If he’s so principled  – as ‘everyone’ says – how come this libertarian, free market capitalist has joined a Socialist party (have you seen their policies?)?
  3. If he’s so free market-minded, how come he gives short shrift to those who question the high house price mantra of the Centre?

OK, I’ll accept he’s relatively principled.  Also, he’s relatively libertarian and somewhat capitalist.  I guess he must be anti-EU but I don’t know.

I think he defected because a) he calculated he needs to go to UKIP or lose his high paid job.  Also, b) I’ll wager UKIP were über friendly to him whereas his own ex Party were nasty to him.  He felt friendless and he seeks friendship.  Who doesn’t?

What he IS is a sucking-on-the-teat of the State politician, first and foremost.  He desires his £100k (equivalent) income for doing (fill in salesmanship and marketing blanks).

Who wouldn’t?  It’s what he does.  He’s good at it and it’s so easy money.

I hope he wins the By Election and next May.  He’s – by far – not the worst politician in the UK.  But he is a politician.  And a very very clever one.

As an aside there is something a little weird worth mentioning.  I have never corresponded with him.  Neither he to me.  Directly or via social media.  Never once.   I have RT’d his tweets in the past.

He blocks me.  Around a couple of years ago, I once clicked to Follow and I couldn’t.  He had already blocked me before I had the chance to Follow him.  What’s that about???  Weird but true.


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I don’t buy hype.  I don’t believe it’s the end of the world but I do believe, within a generation, the West will have no welfare state.  The maths don’t lie.  We’re toast.  It’s obvious if you think about it.

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