Naturally, the excuses come thick and fast, but Farage is probably right when he says, "What happened here in Eastleigh was not a freak result. Something is changing,”
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And it is the change that should worry the complacent Rotten Borough Conservative leadership. The Dame understands Cockell has decided to continue as leader until 2015. What is motivates him to take this suicidal course?
One assumes that with with no other visible means of support he is reluctant to give up the £70,000 a year. But being a rich resource of excuses he will doubtless produce some other spurious reason for clinging on.
The inexorable rise of Ukip and Farage's determination to field candidates in prime Tory K&C heartland should worry Conservative colleagues. Local Conservative voters might be diffident about doing the 'Ukip Skip' at a national level, but will be much more persuadable at a local level....after all, the Ukip message appeals to all their basic sub conscious fears about Europe and immigration.
Recently Farage boasted to The Dame that he plans to "have a go" at the Royal Borough. He says success will enhance Ukip prestige and show no Tory redoubt is safe from attack.
It might all be hot air, but there is impeccable logic to his strategy.
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The Dame could not resist this pic of Greg Barker MP, former chairman of Hammersmith Conservative Association. He is canvassing with his dog, Otto. I wonder who on earth thought it a good idea to being an expenses cheat and friend of Boris Bereskovsky down to Eastleigh....quite mad!