Frustrated Farage

Rumours might be swirling around UKIP circles that he could be set to stand in Chris Huhne’s potentially up-for-grabs seat in Eastleigh, but Nigel Farage has today insisted he “could not care less” who wins the next general election. The Barroso-bashing eurosceptic lambasted the Tories as “virtually indistinguishable” from the other parties, going on to lament:

The penny is beginning to drop with the British people and British businesses that we are no longer a self-governing nation. That matters far more than which brand of social democracy gets in. It no longer matters who sits in No 10. We are not governed from Westminster, we are governed from Brussels. It does not make any difference.

Just when Guido was thinking it was time for Farage to head home…




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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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