The Ukip leader is good at diagnosing many British people's complaints, but where's the manifesto?by Serena Kutchinsky, Bronwen Maddox / March 20, 2015 / Leave a comment
“We’ll get a handful of seats, I think—but no one knows,” said Nigel Farage. Pressed on what a handful means, he joked: “it depends on how many fingers you’ve got on your hands—four? Five?”
In any case, the UK Independence Party will field “630 to 640 candidates” for the 7th May general election, contesting almost all of the United Kingdom’s 650 parliamentary seats. “It’s always good to have more money, but we’re managing with the funds we’ve got,” he said.
Polls show that Ukip’s support is down to around 14 per cent, five points behind its peak late last year, but that immigration, the issue with which the party is most closely associated, still tops the list of voters’ concerns. Ukip is thought unlikely to win more than four to six seats under the first past the post system. But the high chance of a hung parliament, and the party’s insistence on an early referendum on membership of the European Union as the price for any support of the Conservatives, means that its performance could still have a significant impact on the next government.