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The 2015 general election approaches, and British people are as sharply divided as ever. Few can recall a tighter contest in our national history. My intention has always been to vote small and think big. I am a supporter of LibertyGB, a party dedicated to fending off the forces of Jihad.

But that is my luxury. I am registered in London, where LibertyGB are likely to place candidates. Many millions do not have this luxury, and so I’ve been wondering where I might be tempted to place my X were I registered elsewhere… In UKIP’s box? I used to think so. Now I’m not so sure.

Let’s face some hard political facts. Farage’s party will not win the general election. They won’t even come close. Furthermore, if the vote for UKIP is sufficiently large in swing-seats, the Labour party, possibly in alliance with the Scottish nationalists, will triumph, initiating a long – historically and demographically crucial – 5 years of socialist rule.

On the other hand, if those UKIP votes were to switch to Cameron’s Tory party, we could have the first chance in a generation to vote on our membership of the European Union.

Which is more important to us really: our contempt for the political mainstream and desire to punish it, or our long-term national and cultural survival?

Despite his many imperfections, Cameron has promised us a say on one of the most important issues of our time. He cannot back out of it when the time comes. His feet will be held to the fire from the first day of his second term.

A referendum, whatever the result, will immeasurably boost our democratic good health. If the result is that Britain should leave, then the last say on immigration policy would finally be returned to Westminster. We would regain the ability to close our doors to the millions of Muslims pouring onto the European continent. Cheap labour could be more properly regulated, providing jobs and opportunities for own struggling citizenry.

This is why I now think rural voters,  if they are offered only a choice between Lib-Lab-Con and UKIP, would be wiser to vote for Cameron. They can always turn to UKIP in subsequent elections, but 2015’s contest is too important for protest-voting. If we throw away our only real chance of an EU referendum, future generations will ask us why we did so.