IT is all very well UKIP saying what it isn’t, the problem is identifying what it actually is.

What policies can they offer apart from their anti-European obsession, irrelevant in a local election? The party does seem far better at objecting to rather than offering positive policies.

Their one-man band of a leader, Nigel Farage, offers little help in when he describes their 2010 manifesto as ‘drivel’ but promises some other policies at some point.

If their candidates are indeed truly going to be free of a party whip and blithely doing their own thing then why stand under the UKIP umbrella? Why not stand as independents to sink or swim on their own merits?

Dave Williams Fearnhead