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UKIP have done spectacularly well in the recent local and European elections in the UK> They were a fringe group of right-wing Euro/climate/immigrant-skeptics. They are now not so fringe, having, post-recession, harnessed the fear vote. Whilst I don’t deny the need for immigration reforms, supporting UKIP in any way to do this is clearly the wrong option.

Being essentially a cross-class, conservative wave of nationalistic euphoria, UKIP have really appealed to the British voter, to the voter who has a sense of national pride.

Ironically, in England, and perhaps to some extent Wales, these are voters who vociferously argue for Scotland to remain in Great Britain, who argue to keep our Kingdom United. And yet, without so much as a remote understanding of the Exchange Rate Mechanism or the Lisbon Treaty, they would drop the UK out of Europe. Together we are stronger! Unless that involves dirty foreigners and Euro-types.

Essentially, my point is that UKIP supporters really should avoid double standards and agree with Scottish independence.

On the other hand, I think we are stronger together. On both counts.

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Jonathan MS Pearce

A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...