SPIN DOCTOR SUGGESTS CHARACTER ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON NIGEL FARAGE – Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s ex-spin doctor is suggesting that the Tories need to do more in order to stem the movement of voters to UKIP.
Andy Coulson is suggesting that a compilation video should be made that contains all of Nigel Farage’s bloopers and post it on YouTube. The plot would be designed to make Nigel Farage look incompetent and foolish with the preconception that such a video would see voters return to the Tory camp.
Of course Andy Coulson, who is due to stand trial on a number of phone-hacking related charges, could also advise David Cameron to just issue a press release stating that Nigel Farage is a fruitcake and a closet racist.
Ah yes; that’s already been done and the result of such was nothing short of damning as David Cameron and Kenneth Clarke were not only labeled as bigots but also extremely foolish.
This might all appear rather petty but unfortunately such behaviour is the hallmark of most politicians. Often when faced with a crisis, especially the thought of being unseated from power, politicians will invariably engage in character assassinations and this most prevalent when they have nothing of substance to offer the electorate.
According the Andy Coulson UKIP is primarily made up of disgruntled ex-Tories who are tired of Cameron’s rhetoric and lies and that without a measured plan to discredit Nigel Farage and UKIP it is likely that UKIP will pose a significant threat in the 2015 General Election.
It is now expected that that UKIP will likely win next year’s European Parliament elections and on this victory Nigel Farage will have the right to a place on the TV Leaders’ Debates ahead of the General Election and as such could allow UKIP to woo Tory and Labour votes with devastating consequences for any possible re-election of David Cameron.
2015 might seem like an eon away but time is running out for David Cameron to achieve something notable; his chances of being the next Prime Minister to have blood on his hands was removed after the Commons vote refused to allow him to engage in attacking Syria.
I strongly suspect that the cabinet room is a flurry of activity; not with tackling issues of national importance but rather attempting to concoct plans and subterfuge so that Cameron has something to go to the public with when he begins campaigning. Unfortunately, as with the suggestion by Andy Coulson, I suspect anything Cameron has to say will be greeted with great skepticism.
David Cameron really needs to take a step back and look at the damage his last remarks caused. Solely on the back of the ‘fruitcake’ and ‘closet racist’ remark UKIP went on to take one in every four votes in elections to councils across England and some fear that any character assassination attempt by David Cameron, his spin doctors or other members of the cabinet could literally be the nail in the coffin at the 2015 General Election.
Considering the economic cost of being tied to the EU and the public’s disillusionment some are suggesting that David Cameron should provide an in/out referendum before the next General Election in order to demonstrate he is willing to listen to the people and act upon their democratic demands.
I doubt such a thing will happen and if MPs and Ministers remain true to their preferred method of gaining votes through character assassination then the next 18 months are going to see the newspapers full of accusations and all with the pretence of drawing the public’s attention away from the failings of the current Government.