In the rush of euphoria, bigging up and spin that is clouding the truth about UKIP, we could almost imagine Nigel Farage is getting ready to march into No. 10 Downing Street. And they don’t take scrutiny too well either. If the truth about UKIP is pointed out in the media, Nigel Farage blusters that it is all a smear campaign.
With no intention to smear UKIP, may I simply point out some facts. The Green Party started in 1985, UKIP was formed in 1993. That is a difference of 8 years. The Greens have two London Assembly members, Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson. UKIP have no members in the London Assembly. Even the BNP at one time had a London Assembly member, UKIP has never managed it.
The Greens have one MP, Caroline Lucas, the Green Party leader. UKIP has no MPs in Parliament.
In 2009. UKIP had 9 councillors in local council elections, and they have gained a lot more this time, they have 107 seats. The Green Party has 122 councillors so far.
Several members of the Green Party are well known to the public, Jenny Jones, Caroline Lucas, Darren Johnson are all well known, active Green Party members. UKIP is a one man band. It is also fair to say they are a one issue party, although the same accusation has been levelled at the Green Party.
The Green Party has never been tainted with accusations of homophobia or racism, they are squeaky clean and supportive of LGBT issues. The party has also never been accused of sexism, like UKIP. The Green Party would never advocate a return to smoking, as a free choice, they recognise the danger of passive smoking, which UKIP refuses to do.
The main difference between the Green Party and UKIP is UKIP’s bumptious leader, Nigel Farage, who loves to blow his own trumpet. Each small gain is exaggerated to the utmost degree. Farage is a showman, he loves to hog the airwaves, there is no crime of course in being a good salesman, but we should recognise him for what he is. He has given UKIP momentum. He cracks up his party as though it is on the verge of storming Westminster. The truth is, there is a very very long way to go before that happens.
UPDATE: Ukip member Malcolm Latarche has this to say. “Before Thursday the greens had a total of 122 representatives on local government at all levels and UKIP only 24.
The Greens’ 122 included 17 at county council level which increased by 5 on thursday. So they now have a total of 127 representatives.
UKIP’s figure of 24 included 8 county councillors and this has increased by 139 to 147 which means that their total of local representatives is now 163.
So Greens are now trailing UKIP by 36 representatives.”
I stick by my argument that the fact that the Greens have an MP in Westminster and two London Assembly members means they are more acceptable in the mainstream and they are roughly on the same level as UKIP.