While David Cameron promised more austerity and Ed Miliband said he would bring the economic recovery to people’s tables, Nigel Farage has revealed his own New Year’s resolution – to do dry January.
Writing for The Independent, the Ukip leader said that any differences between the video messages from Mr Cameron, Mr Miliband and the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg were “barely noticeable”, and that “there wasn’t a single, unscripted, unpredictable message from any one of them”.
“As for me? You’re going to love this one,” Mr Farage said. “My New Year's Resolution is... no beer in January!
“The next time you catch me on the campaign trail in a pub, I shall have a glass of orange juice in my hand. How's that for unpredictable?”
Mr Farage’s comments came as The Independent’s end-of-year poll of polls showed Ukip to be the big winner in politics for 2014.
The findings carried grim news for what Mr Farage calls the “same old” parties – with the Conservatives on 30 per cent (down three points since December 2013, Labour on 32 per cent (down six) and the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 10 per cent.
Ukip gaffes and controversies
Ukip gaffes and controversies
1/18 European elections poster
Party's latest EU election posters branded 'racist' and compared to BNP campaigns
2/18 Farage 'car-crash' interview
Ukip spin doctor forced to intervene as Farage falters in disastrous radio interview
3/18 Neil Hamilton
Picture Exclusive: The year is 1998. The venue is a Springbok Club meeting. The flag is a symbol for white supremacists in South Africa. And the speaker is Ukip’s deputy chairman, Neil Hamilton
4/18 Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith resigned as would-be MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock after it emerged he had mocked gay party members as “disgusting poofters”, joked about shooting people from Chigwell in a “peasant hunt” and referred to someone with a Chinese name as a “Chinky bird”
5/18 Natasha Bolter
Former Ukip member Natasha Bolter was suspected of not having the teaching qualifications she professed to, only days after it was revealed that claims of her having attended Oxford University were also false
6/18 Ukip Calypso song
Mike Reid released a single in praise of UKIP trying to control the UK's borders, only to withdraw the single after being accused of racism for singing in a Jamaican accent
7/18 Janice Atkinson
Janice Atkinson, Ukip's South East chair, pictured by protesters while campaigning in Ashford, Kent with local party chair Norman Taylor
8/18 Ukip cancels Freephone
Ukip cancels Freephone number after protesters repeatedly called to push up costs
9/18 Farage 'car-crash' interview
Mr Farage appeared to be caught out on a number of issues, from Romanian neighbours to people speaking foreign languages on the train
10/18 Ukip employs illegal immigrants
Ukip criticised after European election candidate found employing illegal immigrants
11/18 Magnus Nielsen
Ukip candidate: 'Take away the right to vote to improve election turnout'
12/18 Poster model
A “British builder” portrayed in a Ukip poster accusing EU workers of taking UK jobs turns out to be an Irish actor - aka a migrant worker
13/18 'Arrest protesters'
Ukip called for police to arrest protesters ‘who call us fascists’ ahead of showdown with anti-fascist groups in Brighton
14/18 London Live make-up
Ukip's Nigel Farage reportedly refused to go on London Live 'without professional make up-artist'
15/18 Andre Lampitt
Ukip forced to suspend the "poster boy" of its European election broadcast, after it was revealed he had posted a series of vile racist comments on Twitter
Nigel Farage says he is taking taking legal advice over “outrageous” allegations that he is responsible for more than £50,000 of “missing” EU funding that was paid directly into his personal bank account
17/18 Have I Got News For You
Nigel Farage appears in Have I Got News For You, spends the entire episode being ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
18/18 Anti-gay comments
Local branch chairman for Ukip defends a party's councillor candidate Douglas Denny who called gay people “abnormal” and said he wished “they stop trying to ram it down my throat”, all while discussing whether the word “sodomite” should be used
Their combined unpopularity fuelled a five percentage point poll increase for Ukip, up to 15 per cent, as well as seeing the Green vote more than double up to seven per cent.
Also in his column today, Mr Farage had a subtle word for the party’s MP Douglas Carswell, who warned members against “the mistake of blaming foreigners” and an “absurd” dislike of foreigners in an article in the Mail on Sunday.
Referencing new figures suggesting there are now 252,000 Romanians and Bulgarians living in Britain, Mr Farage wrote: “Yes, we want our country back… We want proper border controls, not because we dislike foreigners, but because making sure Britain can actually cater for its population is the sensible, sustainable, and ethical thing to do.”Reuse content