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ELITER | Vad är anledningen till UKIP:s framgångar? Många skulle automatiskt svara deras EU motstånd och deras kritik av invandringspolitiken.

The Spectator 24 maj 2014

Men det finns även en annan, mer sofistikerad, förklaring. Nämligen att övriga partier inte riktigt gillar sina egna medlemmar.

Detta öppnar upp för partier som UK Independence Party som uppfattas som mer ”äkta” och ”folkliga”.

Trogna partimedlemmar och kärnväljare är ofta fullständigt ointresserade av strategiska överväganden kring vilka frågor partiet bör driva för att kunna locka väljare.

De är ofta inte speciellt intresserade av att sakfrågor skall testas i opinionsundersökningar och fokusgrupper. De vill bara se att partiet kämpar för att få genomslag för deras hjärtefrågor.

Den ökade professionaliseringen av partierna för med sig att partitoppen och deras anställda ofta har mer gemensamt med motsvarande personer i konkurrerande partier än vad de har med sina egna medlemmar.

För partieliten är medlemmarna, i bästa fall, ett nödvändigt ont.

Peter Oborne, på The Daily Telegraph och The Spectator, beskriver en utveckling i Storbritannien som lika väl skulle kunna vara en beskrivning av Sverige.

Nigel Farage is a subversive who has reintroduced the vanished concept of political opposition into British politics.

When he emerged as a force ten years ago, Britain was governed by a cross-party conspiracy. It was impossible to raise the issue of immigration without being labelled racist, or of leaving the EU without being insulted as a fanatic. Mainstream arguments to shrink the size of the state, or even to challenge its growth, were regarded as a sign of madness or inhumanity […].

Meanwhile, the three main political parties had been captured by the modernisers, an elite group which defied political boundaries and was contemptuous of party rank and file. As I demonstrated in The Triumph of the Political Class (2007), politicians suddenly emerged as a separate interest group. The senior cadres of the New Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem parties had far more in common with each other than ordinary voters. General elections were taken out of the hands of (unpaid) party activists and placed in the hands of a new class of political expert.

[…]

In this new world, the vast majority of voters ceased to count. The new political class immediately wrote off all voters in safe seats — from unemployed ship-workers in Glasgow to retired lieutenant colonels in Tunbridge Wells. Their views could be disregarded because in electoral terms they were of no account.

[…]

For ten years, academic theorists and political experts have been wringing their hands about voter apathy. The Hansard Society would annually come up with a new proposal to remedy declining turnout at general elections. Baroness Helena Kennedy’s Power Inquiry conveyed its earnest bafflement about the readiness of the British people to join charities like Oxfam while turning their backs on our national politics.

In reality, it was the British politicians who turned their back on the electorate, not the other way around. The voters were much less apathetic than the national politicians assumed and (horrifying for the Helena Kennedys of this world) Ukip is the party that has proved it.

Tidskriftsomslag: The Spectator den 24 maj 2014

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