Fringe candidate

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While one can only admire Nigel Farage’s optimism in putting up candidates at the next European and Parliamentary elections in Scotland (your report, 15 February), he is 
wasting his time.

At the last European Parliamentary elections in 2009 Ukip came second in the UK, securing just under 17 per cent of the vote and securing 13 MEPs. In Scotland, however, it came behind the Greens in sixth place with just over 5 per cent of the vote.

At the last Scottish Parliamentary election in 2011 Ukip achieved less than 1 per cent of the vote.

While this “little Englander” party has had success south of the Border, where the majority want the UK to leave the EU, in Scotland, this position is reversed, with the majority wanting to remain within the largest single market in the world.

While Ukip in England has forced Mr Cameron into an 
In-Out referendum on UK membership of the EU, its isolationist agenda has only ever seen it inhabit the fringes of Scottish politics, where it is destined to remain.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace