Let me stress again, I’m not trying to hail Nigel Farage as the greatest political tactician of our age. “Answer the question honestly” is not a stratagem you can only come up with after a lifetime studying Thucydides, Sun Tzu and Clausewitz.
Rather, what I’m saying is that the reason Nigel Farage is rightly doing so well at the moment is because unlike most politicians he says what he actually thinks rather than what he thinks he ought to think.
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Hilda is just one of the three million stray dogs in Romania, turfed out of homes after the fall of the Iron Curtain and Ceausescu in 1989, when millions of people were relocated into high-rise flats.
This is a country that at the end of this year will enjoy full rights as a member of the European Union, its citizens able to travel freely to work in the UK.
I have never voted for UKIP – in fact I married a second-generation immigrant – but I find it puzzling a nation that clearly has no respect for animals is about to be welcomed with open arms.