Dr Prem Sharma OBE is a former Chairman of the Berkshire Area. He is a Founder Patron the Conservative Parliamentary Friends of India, and was awarded the OBE in 2010 for services to community relations in the UK.
Does UKIP represent our best hope for a government that will fulfil Conservative dreams of bringing home the powers that we have drained away to Europe, providing free choice to the people, and restoring common sense and economic prosperity? That is clearly what many Conservative Party members think. It is reported that up to one third are considering joining UKIP. Some have already done so.
I can understand their frustrations. But I can't understand their thinking. Looking to UKIP is only a dream – one which will very quickly turn into a nightmare. Here are the reasons.
UKIP has no base. The only people who listen to it are Conservatives, desperate for change, but seeing only the short term. UKIP can never come to power and form a government. Nigel Farage always appears with his glass of beer and cigarette. Do you seriously want this man as leader? Even if you do, he can never become leader. UKIP can only lead us back to Labour. The result of supporting UKIP will be to bring Labour back to power.