Minor British Institutions: UKIP
Saturday 27 June 2009
Politics, as we've seen recently, is a volatile business, but so long as the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union, the United Kingdom Independence Party will continue to play its small and colourful role in our national life.
Founded by the intellectual historian Alan Sked in 1993, it seems here to stay, to the irritation of the bigger parties; David Cameron called them "fruitcakes", though many are ex-Tories.
It is odd that that which UKIP wishes to destroy – the absurdities of the EU – should give it so much sustenance. UKIP's leader, Nigel Farage, has a very continental-sounding name, and seems not to have thought of making it a little more Anglo-Saxon – Farridge, perhaps.
But we should be grateful that yoo-kip has survived its dangerous liaison with Robert Kilroy-Silk. Having such a powerful figure near the top of UKIP was a very un-British thing, and Kilroy turned out to be too fruity even for the fruitcakes.
- 1 Games of Thrones actor Lena Headey makes emotional promise to her unborn daughter
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...