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Is Farage right? UKIP leader predicts European elections win

| 22.05.2014

If, like many, you’ve taken particular glee at the manner in which the hashtag #WhyImVotingUkip has been hijacked by those on Twitter opposed to the views of the right-wing party, then the news that UKIP are favourites for victory in the European elections may be greeted with despair.

Ladbrokes currently has the Eurosceptic party at 2/5 to get the most GB votes in this Thursday’s poll, a price that would appear to back up Nigel Farage’s view that Ukip are now favourites for victory.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme this week, the 50-year-old dismissed the recent issues surrounding the party and instead predicted that he would be celebrating victory come the conclusion of voting.

“We all make mistakes in life and things don’t always go according to plan and of course we’ve been in the lead and we’ve never been in that position before,” he told the programme.

“We hit the front three weeks ago and when you’re out in front and everybody’s firing every missile they’ve got at you, yeah, sometimes a few cracks begin to show.”

Farage claimed that the party are “connecting with the British public” at a time when voter apathy has rarely been higher, with Ladbrokes offering 5/6 on a turnout of under 39% of the British public this week.

The Ukip leader’s confidence certainly appear to be backed in the opinion polls, which indicate that recent attacks made on the party by both the Conservative and Labour parties amid accusations of racism have actually backfired.

Rather than turn many voters away from the right-wing party, the claims have actually had the reverse effect, with many instead sticking by Ukip, according to the pre-election polls.

The bookies certainly appear to be backing such an assertion with Ukip now 1/16 to claim a higher GB vote share than the Conservatives on the night, who are 7/1.

With Farage’s party on at 5/2 to claim between 30-35% of the vote, while their victory could yet cost the country in Europe, politically-minded punters could be about to cash-in.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.