If you haven’t been following former Clinton advisor Dick Morris’s career with the same interest we have, you’ve missed his acquiring some interesting new friends. Aside from his main gig reading Hillary’s demonic mind for the New York Post, he turned up last fall in Ukraine beside the opposition leader, Viktor Yuschenko. And now he’s suddenly become a bit of a star in the British press for his association with the U.K. Independence Party, or Ukip.
The BBC recently ran an entertaining, skeptical interview with Morris, who finds himself a key player in the movement to lead Britain out of the European Union.
“I think the greatest threat to democracy in the world is not terrorism but bureaucratism,” he said, justifying his zeal for a party whose other goals include “zero net immigration” to the U.K.
His new associates are rather strange bedfellows for an old acolyte of the Third Way, and an odd match for a veteran of a Ukrainian revolution aimed squarely at joining the E.U. Until recently, Ukip was a fringe assortment of eccentrics and occasional extremists regarded by Labour and the Tories as the better-educated auxiliary of the far-right British National Party. It rose to prominence when Robert Kilroy-Silk, a kind of Oxbridge Geraldo, became its star. But Kilroy-Silk fell out with the old guard, and recently denounced his old compatriots.
His departure left a weakened party and left Morris, in Kilroy-Silk’s words, in the company of “bloody Right-wing fascist nutters.”