Love or loath UKIP they made history in the local and national elections of 2015.
Are they riding on a protest vote? Will they have disappeared by 2020?
This blog is about UKIP in Kent, specifically in Thanet. As a party UKIP are known to want out of the EU and controls on immigration. Beyond that any unifying ideology is unclear. They attract defectors from both the Conservatives and Labour. Their rhetoric seems largely libertarian and for free market enterprise and for an old romantic view of post war Great Britian. Specific policies they support do not follow from this but seem to be a populist mish-mash.
It will be interesting to see whether such a party can stick together for any length of time.
It will be very interesting to see how it plays out in control of Thanet Council.
That is what this blog is about. Written by a resident of South Thanet.