Manifesto week – Wednesday

On Wednesday I had a choice between the Lib-Dems, facing something quite close to wipe-out, and UKIP, the new disruptors who may not win many seats (three? maybe?) but are really causing havoc for the Tories in marginal seats by eating in to their vote just enough to make them lose to Labour. This was not a major choice for me. UKIP is way more fun. The launch was in deepest Essex (A13 meets the M25, truly glorious “countryside” of tarmac and pylons) to the Thurrock hotel which is right next to Thurrock Football Club. It was, well, what can I say, zany. I know that Nigel Farage keeps trying to professionalise UKIP, and insists their fruitcake days are over, but, as I said in my sketch, you can’t make a Savile Row suit out of a ragbag and not have the end product be rather rough around the edges. Actually, in some cases, very rough…

I knew I had arrived in the right place when this was next to me in the car park

I knew I had arrived in the right place when this was next to me in the car park

Toilets and the UKIP Manifesto launch can be found in the same direction.....I make no more comment

Toilets and the UKIP Manifesto launch can be found in the same direction…..I make no more comment

Meet Herbie, whose lapel badges flash "Welcome to the UKIP Manifesto". He is standing against Theresa May, the Home Secretary, in Maidenhead.

Meet Herbie, whose lapel badges flash “Welcome to the UKIP Manifesto”. He is standing against Theresa May, the Home Secretary, in Maidenhead.

The moment when all the black and Asian people in the room stood up, in protest at a question asked about the lack of black faces in the manifesto.

The moment when all the black and Asian people in the room stood up, in protest at a question asked about the lack of black faces in the manifesto.