Of course, if that had been true we would not have come second in the European Elections but let that pass.
The UKIP campaign will be launched on March 19 at the conference in Milton Keynes. More information will be sent out and posted on the UKIP website as time goes on. It is to be hoped that members will make an effort to attend precisely because this will see the start of the election campaign.
In the meantime, it is worth remembering that an important reason why the Conservative Party gets bogged down in personal attacks on the Prime Minister (not a very likeable chap but the Tories manage to pull public sympathy round in his favour) is because they cannot quite put together a set of credible policies. Above all, they cannot quite work out what they want to do on the European issue.
The news from Bruno Waterfield in the Daily Telegraph that the arch-europhile Shadow Business Secretary Kenneth Clarke is off to Brussels to "reassure" Commission President Barroso that the Conservatives, should they win the election will play nicely with all the other member states does not indicate a robust attitude. It is not clear what it is Mr Clarke needs to reassure Mr Barroso about. It is not as if we were negotiating with the EU - we are part of it and we must accept its diktats. Every Minister has admitted it and the Conservatives will do the same.
Let us not forget that David Cameron's personal popularity started plummeting around last November. Iain McWhirter comments on this in the Herald
David Cameron’s popularity vis a vis Gordon Brown has halved in six months, even as Prime Minister’s character has darkened. The Tories themselves are baffled by this, and I don’t quite understand it myself. Cameron was a fresh face, a new kind of liberal Tory who seemed prepared to replace the “nasty party” image with new kind of environmental conservatism.It is entirely possible that people do not like the new kind of liberal Tory or environmental conservatism, particularly with all the scandals around the climate change hysteria.
Of course, the media does not see it: it was about six months ago that David Cameron reneged on his "cast-iron guarantee" to give the people of Britain a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The people of this country have not forgotten or forgiven him.