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Ukip’s appeal—it’s all about identity

By Jay Elwes  

When the first few members of my extended family, a year or so ago, told me that they were planning to vote for Ukip, I wasn’t so much shocked as surprised. I have never regarded Ukip as being dangerous or sinister—a touch eccentric certainly, but nothing worse. The gathering of political momentum by Farage and his party, and last night the crowning of its first Westminster MP, makes clear that this surprising, eccentric party has a substantial appeal. This summer, Prospect was the first to reveal what Ukip was planning for its 2015 election manifesto, but the party’s fortunes were…

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