In my last article for the Huffington Post, I talked about the 99.7% – the percentage of Ukip candidates at the 2013 and 2014 local elections who had not said or done stupid things. I didn’t think the 0.3%, who have been dealt with by internal disciplinary action and are generally no longer UKIP members, merited the oxygen of publicity. We’re not the only Party to have a 0.3%.
Read the papers, watch the news, and you’ll get the impression that it’s only in Ukip where there are a small minority who need to be dealt with. Nothing could be further from the truth: Greens, Lib Dems, Conservatives and Labour all have their fair share. And they’re often of an order of magnitude worse than anything from Ukip candidates. Yet there is a difference in perception and reporting: when it’s Ukip, it’s perceived as a structural failing within the Party. When it’s another Party, it is likely to be local news not national, or reported in only one newspaper. It rarely makes television, and so the cycle is perpetuated.
You can read the rest of my article at my Huffington Post blog here.