The Scottish Referendum changed politics across the UK for good. UKIP’s successes were further proof of the rejection of “establishment politics.” English politics must now be different and devolution has now returned to the Parliamentary agenda. Read more
Last night UKIP won their first seat at an election. Douglas Carswell is an MP once more, this time with a purple rosette, UKIP’s first MP since Bob Spink’s fleeting spell in 2008.
But we all knew that was coming. What few saw coming was the significance of the result in the ‘other’ by-election in Heywood and Middleton, where Labour was expected to comfortably retake the seat vacated following the sad death of long-serving MP Jim Dobbin, with UKIP a distant second. As it was, UKIP was just 618 votes from taking a second seat in one night. Read more
Shall we just admit it? Westminster life without Nigel Farage is just not as much fun, is it? Having stormed the European elections six weeks ago, he’s now having to spend at least some of his time back in Brussels, offering few juicy stories for the papers to drool over – for now at least. Much to the relief of the other party leaders, no doubt. So who can we count on to make political waves in the (inevitably) brief period of Farage-free air time? Read more