The UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, gave a rousing speech at the party’s spring conference in Torquay on Friday 28th February.
He was on his usual form delivering a polished and high quality oration that kept his audience enthralled throughout.
He started by saying that the warm reception that he received as he came to the stage reminded him of the reception that Angela Merkel had experienced when she had arrived at Downing Street the day before – which was in contrast to when she left – ‘Did you see Dave’s Face?’ asked Mr Farage.
And all because fundamental renegotiation with the EU ‘is a con’ he said.
He also contrasted the current position of the party with that of 2010 when UKIP was definitely demoralised and stuck in the doldrums. Then went on to recap on his hapless flight experience.
Now he said the party was flying coming second in by-elections and getting a quarter of the vote in the last local election. ‘This party is on the march’ he said. Then added that UKIP was posing the biggest threat to the current political structure that has been sen in modern times. We are no longer just a protest vote or a splinter group of the Tory party he said.
He referred to the extra scrutiny that he expected his party to come under in the run up to the European elections and said that this could only get worse. He said that he would rather lead a party where sometimes the odd person would say something that did not 'conform' rather than kow-tow to the current PC climate.
He also condemned the other parties for allowing unchecked immigration from the EU, which had hurt the people lowest on the ladder.
There was much, much more, all peppered with the usual Farage humour, which ended with a standing ovation.
For the full speech see the video here.