Saturday, 2 April 2016

Creating a sense of grievance

According to an anonymous Ukip politician, some strands of the party aren't actually that fussed about its stated aim of getting Britain out of the EU - "They're not particularly interested in winning the referendum and they'd rather replicate the SNP scenario which is lose the primary objective of the party but create such a sense of grievance you win in the polls and do rather well."

Take these sort of off-the-record anonymous revelations with more than a pinch of salt, of course, but the idea of Ukip as a mechanism for stoking and mobilising a generalised sense of grievance doesn't sound at all far fetched to me.