Despite the heavy-handed editing, it comes through, in full;
JC: Would you go into coalition with Labour?
NF: I’d do a deal with the Devil if he got me what I wanted.
JC: If Miliband said to you, “Look, Nigel, can I have your eight to ten MPs in the coalition and we give you an in-out referendum?” would that be enough?
NF: That would depend when the referendum was, and the terms.
Clever man. Where’s the Devil?
JC: But you’re not ruling it out.
NF: Of course not.
JC: So there could be a Ukip-Labour-Lib Dem rainbow coalition.
NF: Sounds extremely unlikely.
They’re about as popular as Rotherham Social Services.
JC: Or a Ukip-Labour coalition.
NF: Why coalition? There are other ways of doing things.
He’s right. A coalition would drag his party down. They have support for NOT being the Establishment. Playing Kingmaker in the GE is the best strategy, long and short term.
JC: Tell me how. Confidence and supply?
JC: Would that suit you better?
This leftie’s really trying with the entrapment.
NF: To be honest, the way I look at it now, I can’t see Ukip wilfully going into formal coalition with anybody.
Cards close. Good man.
They haven’t begged hard enough.
JC: But you support Labour on confidence and supply . . .
NF: Confidence motions and primary legislation of certain kinds, yes
JC: . . . you’d be comfortable supporting Labour?
NF: I’d be very comfortable supporting anybody that gave me an opportunity to get my country back.
Taste the sarcasm. (italics mine)
NF: There is no left and right any more. Left and right is irrelevant, it’s irrelevant . . . We need big change. We’ve got to get back control of our country. We’re in deep denial about how we’ve given away control of almost everything, and when you get back control of your country you get proper democracy. You get back proper debate. I mean, who is debating employment legislation at the next election? Nobody. Why? We don’t make the law any more. In the Seventies we scarcely talked about anything else.
True. The nominal l/r have become too centrist to form policy.
JC: David Davis and Andrew Mitchell would say that Ukip is part of the conservative family.
NF: It’s painful to listen to. It just shows you why they’re doing so badly. Look at those blimmin’ figures.
JC: So you’re not part of the “small c” conservative family?
NF: God no!
JC: You call yourself a radical.
NF: Yes. Because I want change.
JC: But not a conservative.
NF: And the word radical in its own proper meaning.
He is radical. You can tell by the way everyone else is terrified of the man.
NF: One gets the feeling that, at about the 30 per cent mark, barring more embarrassments from Brussels or whatever it may be, we are nearing the tribal base of the Conservative vote . . . The Conservatives are down to their middle-class core now, you know, wouldn’t matter who the leader was, they feel Conservative and they feel Conservative because they’ve got some assets and a reasonably good life, and they see that as their tribal means of [identity] . . . that will probably erode as the years go by because the age profile of that dynamic is pretty alarming for the Conservative party.
Did he just refer to thedes or am I reading too much genius in that analysis?
NF: I’m coming after Labour voters . . . old Labour voters and non voters . . . Everybody thought that people’s tribal allegiance to Labour was as strong, if not stronger, than the tribal allegiance to the Conservative party. What we’re actually finding is, they don’t even recognise the tribe. They just don’t. You know, the middle class, the middle class person who doesn’t think about politics very much, but is concerned about where school fees are coming from or whatever it may be, that middle class person still thinks of the political spectrum that the Conservatives are more on their side than the other one. Increasingly what we’re finding is the people that come from the Labour side of the equation don’t think anyone’s on their side.
Indigenous? They’re correct. Poor people aren’t stupid. Street smarts are self-preservation.
He’s getting them. I’m hearing of second-generation immigrants and mixed race who’ll be voting UKIP, from not voting to voting Labour. It’s called the drawbridge effect, even they’ve had enough.
NF: The people who get up earliest in the morning have the highest propensity to vote Ukip. I’m being absolutely serious about that. A lot of these people are in jobs where they’re driving, or working on building sites, or running a small carpentry business, or whatever they’re doing, they tend to be people whose political backgrounds from their parents and grandparents would be red and blue. There’d be bits of both. A lot of them haven’t voted for anybody since the early-to-mid Nineties. For some Major was the last vote, for some Blair was the last vote. So that’s the other aspect of our vote, and that’s the one thing we have in common with Salmond, that we’re beginning to bring people back into politics. And that’s very interesting.
Yes, that’s the word.
I would say from Birmingham northwards, from Birmingham to Hadrian’s Wall, if you vote Tory, you’ll get Labour. If you vote for the challenger party, you might just get a few Ukips elected.
JC: Whom do you admire from Labour?
I wish he’d said the ex-BNP one. There’s more than one.
NF: [Coughs] Can’t name most of them. Don’t know who they are. I mean, they’re just so bland it’s not true.
JC: Alan Johnson?
NF: Yeah, but he’s out now, isn’t he? Whenever I’ve met him, I’ve liked him. Jon Cruddas is somebody who I think gets it; I think he understands what the Labour Party ought to be . . . Again, if I meet someone like [Douglas] Alexander, I mean, he almost can’t bear being in the room [with me], I’m so lower-order compared to him. But people like Jon Cruddas, they want to talk to you; they can see politics is changing. And Kate Hoey is wonderful, obviously.
Spot the Marxist.
JC: Who’s your favourite Tory? Is there anyone you admire in the cabinet?
NF: If you’d asked me six months ago, I’d have said Douglas Carswell. [Laughs] Well, I have to be slightly fond of Philip Hollobone, because he and I were in the same year at school together . . . I have admiration for Iain Duncan Smith, someone who was almost crushed publicly by politics, went away, studied a subject, and came back with real passion and conviction, and I respect that and admire that. Socially, I enjoy David Davis’ company. [laughs] Share a glass with him, and it’s quite fun.
NF: I’ve always admired Michael Gove, who did me a big favour once that he didn’t need to. I’ve always thought he was profoundly decent.
JC: What did he do?
NF: Oh, he was at the Times, and I got myself into a bit of a legal tangle, and he mediated and, at a time when I didn’t quite know what I was doing, I thought he was a profoundly decent person. And I like Michael Gove for this reason. If you sit down with the people really running the show these days, and you were over dinner to throw an opinion at them that was a bit out of left-field for them, they’ll just swat it away like a bluebottle. People like Gove, when you do that, say “OK, why do you think that?” He’s open-minded.
You’re going places, Mr Farage.
Last stop, #10.