Ukip needs to become a much more focused campaign and stop mixing the Eurosceptic brand with a ragbag of other messages. Whilst, they may all be interesting points and tap into a set of concerns that voters feel strongly about, Eurosceptics will need far wider backing to succeed in the referendum.
Why is all this "play the man not the ball" stuff rolling out from Tory HQ and their friends in the press? It's to divert us from the really big political story: that the Tory Party is in deep trouble. Their famed grassroots operation is shrivelling up. The foot soldiers are defecting to Ukip in their droves.
Whilst I may have been involved with many development charities in my time, all the following is purely my own views. With that said, I think Godfrey Bloom may have been onto something with his recent comments; or at least would had been had we been discussing this twenty or thirty years ago...
Regarding Janice Atkinson's comment about Godfrey Bloom's work in the European Parliament, I would like to politely let Huffpost readers that Ukip MEPs don't do that much work here. They do not take part in the legislative process, which involves hundreds of hours of meetings, amendment drafting and consultation with affected industries.
We all know business and politics are dominated by men. In a rather pathetic indictment of the situation, there are more Eton graduates than women in the Cabinet. But why are we resorting to quotas to address the problem? What happened to skills and talent?
Stuart Wheeler clarified what he said. He doesn't have a sexist bone in his body - his wife and four daughters, all of whom I have met, would break his bones if he had. He said: "I pointed out that in certain areas, women did not do as well as men, and then I cited poker, bridge and chess.
Some trolls actually break the law and should be prosecuted like any other criminal. But the majority just stay on the right side of it, which doesn't make it any better. I support those women who called for a silence on Twitter. And yet...
We shouldn't kid ourselves. While reference to 'Bonga Bonga Land' by UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom in a recent speech he gave was predictably and rightly panned across the political spectrum, disowned by the leadership of his own party, and drew the ire of the liberal commentariat, it will not have been greeted with the same disdain in many homes up and down the country.
Godfrey Bloom's comments, for which he subsequently expressed regret, are spectacularly racist. To dismiss Africa, a continent of over 50 nations, as "bongo bongo land", is to conjure an image of several million generic dark-skinned beggars anxiously squeezing at the benevolent British teat.
Our latest analysis at Counterpoint - a research and advisory group that looks at the social and cultural factors behind different types of risk - suggests that Bloom's attitude fits into UKIP's wider approach in the European Parliament.
A positive Conservative vision for EU reform has to fight for a less regulated, protectionist, subsidised, and taxed single market which can compete in the global economy and credibly champion global free trade as the best means of raising the most deprived countries in the world out of poverty.
The one problem with the campaign as it stands now is the rhetoric. 'Go home' has to be dropped for something less reminiscent of the previous, abhorrent and bigoted incarnations of the Conservative Party - who actively encouraged social division - and replaced by a different phrase that reflects the current incarnation of the Conservative Party who are now only sporadically bigoted for the modern world
It is less than two months since Ukip's remarkable breakthrough in May's local elections, yet as pictures of triumphant British sportsman have replaced those of a grinning, pint-wielding Nigel Farage on the front pages, commentators have pounced on a dip in support to declare the party (pub lock-in?) over.
The first Balance of Competence review, long-promised by the Coalition Government is out, but sadly due to the political stance of Mr Cameron, I fear it shall do us little good. It may produce a little light, but sadly there is little heat in the body politic of the Coalition to actually act and reclaim the powers that are discussed.
While there is a certain amount of understanding that immigration is an issue, we must consider escalation and take great care where we go from here. 12 years after making the above statement.
I have a modest proposal for the likes of Ukip, MigrationWatch, the Home Secretary, David Goodhart, Paul Dacre and, of course, the BNP. Why not call for "A Day Without Immigrants?" Wouldn't that demonstrate, once and for all, that neither our economy nor our society needs migrants? That they are a burden, rather than a blessing?