Godfrey Bloom, MEP for the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip), which threatens to scoop many Tory votes in the May elections, has told Ukip leaders: “We do not have the resources to write serious papers on major subjects, why reinvent the wheel? Why not buy policy ‘off the shelf’?”
He suggests that the party literally pay right-wing think-tanks to write policies for it, since otherwise the party will be dogged by “retired dentists, who understand the most intricate political solutions for the nation” and will argue at length about their own crank idea for suppressing migrants, trade unionists, and all other threats to their way of life (including LGBT people: Ukip recently sacked the leader of its youth section for supporting gay marriage).
Bloom’s own previous outbursts explain why he does well not to trust himself to write policy.
He has declared that “no employer with a brain in the right place would employ a young, single, free woman”.