Poll shows UKIP ageing and predominantly male
LORD Ashcroft's recent 20,000-person poll is most revealing.
Of current UKIP supporters, 45% used to be Tories, 15% Lib Dems and only 4% Labour. I must applaud the Conservative Party's strong commitment to the UK staying within the EU. For once, they are putting the nation first despite the electoral damage to their position.
More interesting were the age demographics. UKIP is as an ageing party – 43% of their support comes from the over-65s, a mere 8% from the under-35s.
Young people have recognised that EU membership offers them advantages that we older people never had. They can travel, work, study and live anywhere in Europe, and hundreds of thousands do.
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When I was young, I hitched to Athens. It took four days. It was a great adventure, with borders, passports, changing money. Now Athens is easier to get to than parts of Britain.
It's good for business, too. Exporting to Europe used to be a nightmare, with forms, customs and 27 different sets of national regulations.
Now, when my business exports, the only official piece of paper required is the postage stamp. As for regulations, all I do is comply with British Standards Institute rules and no-one can prevent me selling my stuff anywhere in Europe.
UKIP is also overwhelmingly male (66% male support, 34% women) – a party of old men who like to moan, offering no solution to the real problems that beset our industrialised society.
What right has an ageing, male UKIP got to take away our freedom and rights and do untold damage to our manufacturing and exporting businesses.