It's confession time. I voted UKIP at the European elections - but I have always considered them a single issue party. When it came to local or General elections I wasn't impressed by what they offered in their manifesto - and when they appeared on TV they had a dreadful habit of always banging on about the EU even when it was a totally separate issue (yes, I know the EU interfere in just about everything, but to keep harping on about it when discussing, say, health was pretty bloody annoying).
So annoying was this habit that even a hardened EU sceptic like myself was turned off from voting for them at local or General elections.
However, for the first time in a year or more I have taken a look at their website and what do I find? Only the inklings of coherent and intelligent policies!
I've just read through their policy on education (pdf) and I have to admit it's rather good. It scares me to admit it, but I actually support pretty much everything in it. I expect some people would prefer to see more depth or detail, but in my opinion it provides just the right amount to enable me to understand the essential thrust of the policy without getting too bogged down with statistics and gobbledygook.
In my opinion, that is what policy documents should do.
I haven't looked at any of their other documents yet and as far as I can see there is only one more at the moment - regarding a flat tax policy. But if the UKIP education policy is an indication of what is to come then I have to admit I am deeply encouraged. It's good, conservative stuff.
They still need to do a whole lot more to win me over completely, but as things stand they are a more viable option than Cameron's Not-The-Conservative-Party. If they can keep this up I might even consider joining them.