With Nigel Farage launching the party’s election immigration platform earlier today, former Conservative party MEP Roger Helmer claimed it was “the best political press event I’ve ever seen”:
Our UKIP immigration policy launch today in London was quite possibly the best political press event I've ever seen.
— Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) March 4, 2015
But it didn’t take long for cracks to appear. Last week UKIP’s immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe claimed the party had a net migration cap of 50,000 — only for Nigel Farage to suggest today that the party was now abandoning such targets.
Perhaps it may have been possible for this to be charitably dismissed as a “shift in emphasis” — until Woolfe contradicted his party leader again, telling the Jeremy Vine show that people with life threatening illnesses would not be denied entry to the UK:
“If someone came to our borders and they’re at border control and they announce they’ve got a cancer or a tumour we’re not going to turn them away. What kind of nation would do that?
Not as bad as Nathalie Bennett — but they’re getting there.