Posted by Douglas Murray, Daily Telegraph Blog:
"I hate to disagree with Alex Singleton, but I don’t see why a vote for UKIP is any more wasted than a vote for any other party at this election.
I admit that it is highly unlikely that Lord Pearson will be standing inside or outside 10 Downing Street at any point next week.
However, if you share the belief that the problems emanating from Brussels cannot be solved by quibbling but are, rather, systemic; if you recognise that many of the problems this country faces have arisen precisely because of the shackles that Europe has imposed on us; if you are opposed to mass immigration and believe that dealing with this means more than fine-tuning a quota here and adjusting a points-base there; if in other words you hold a range of opinions which were once commonplace among significant chunks of the Conservative Party, then you may wonder what the point of voting Conservative in this election actually is. Any more than voting for Labour or the Liberal Democrat.
There are far too many politicians at the moment telling us that we must vote for them in order not to allow the other people in. As I see it, the public should not be blackmailed into voting for a politician they dislike because another politician they dislike thinks you should keep out a third politician they dislike.
Perhaps people should simply vote for the party which reflects their views. And if the Tories or anyone else lose by a UKIP-sized margin, then perhaps they will have time in opposition to reflect on how such a situation came to pass."