Paul Nuttall, the party's new leader, has made this his aimby John Curtice / December 2, 2016 / Leave a comment
UKIP’s new leader, Paul Nuttall, has set out a clear and ambitious target for his party. “I want to replace the Labour Party and make Ukip the patriotic voice of working people,” he announced after his election victory was declared on Monday.
This ambition is being taken seriously. Unlike many Labour MPs, Nuttall does, after all, speak with a genuine working class accent. Meanwhile, who a few years ago would have anticipated that a party that was famously described by David Cameron a bunch of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” would succeed in achieving its ambition of securing an EU referendum in which a majority voted to “Leave” the EU? For all its recent political difficulties Ukip is a party that commends widespread respect if not necessarily admiration.