Members of UKIP often marvel at the way the party has evolved.
Fifteen years ago, it was an odd mix of left-wing Old Labour and Tory Right and everything in between. Although united against the EU it was obvious that this diversity could never survive all in one place. (Note how BNP et al were banned from UKIP at a pretty early stage)
As the years rolled by, here in the North, members tended to be ordinary ex-Labour and Lib Dems but very few Tories. Whereas, further South – most members were ex-Tories.
About five years ago, at The Radisson in Leeds, Nigel Farage stated that the party would first target Tory voters and then all others – and so it has worked out.
The third – and probably final stage – was to target the non-Tory, centre right (most UKIP members don’t like The Conservative Party at all). This brought in floods of voters but it finally became clear that this would develop into a clear, neither-right-nor-left populism (which explains why the party is hated so much by the undemocratic old-style parties).
No party has a range of policies which can compete with the Direct Democracy UKIP offers.
I believe that UKIP has now found its permanent niche and would urge people to read their manifesto.
Dobcroft Road, Sheffield S11