Though there are important differences in the the flavors of UKIP and the Tea Party in the US, both groups represent a pro market, pro entrepreneur, deeply middle class, anti centralized government, and anti-establishment perspective. Both represent a reemergence of classical liberalism (with exceptions on both sides) on a large scale.
This middle class surge, empowered by the Internet, has befuddled the party establishments on both sides of the Atlantic. They are not used to an informed and active electorate holding their feet to the fire.
But UKIP, like the Tea Party must deal with the “weird man’s burdeon.” Both groups, if they wish to make headway against the establishment, and rail against systematic corruption, must keep their noses 3 times as clean as their established rivals. Farage must keep this in mind always.
* Farage is not a libertarian in every sense, he has deep socially conservative tendencies also. – Kind of like the Tea Party.
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