”The big fight of our generation was to leave the EU’‘
A short interview on the future of UKIP with candidate for Stockton South, David Otterside.
In a small city center hotel, I am sitting with Otterside and his UKIP candidate badge and he is fondly showing me pictures of his three young sons and his wife. Quite the family man in the most modern sense of the word. Despite being a high flying lawyer and a UKIP candidate.
So where did it all start for him? ”I started being interested in politics when I was 8 years old” says Otterside. ”I started doing opinion polls in the playground!”
In 2007 he stood for the tories in his local area (without success) and decided to move further right on the spectrum. ”The big fight of our generation was to leave the EU.”
UKIP was the party that Otterside felt more connected to and made him, in his own words ”committed to nation state.”
Since Brexit, many people believe UKIP to be dead. After all, they’ve achieved what they wanted (Brexit), so what’s left? Otterside for one thinks that UKIP isn’t dead, although perhaps falling fast.
So what can he bring to UKIP that will resurrect it?
”UKIP has to go into the online space to appeal to the younger audience” he states. He realizes that his party does have flaws that it needs to address in order to become less invisible.