Ukip have exceeded even my expectations and have not just taken a huge chunk of the voting share in Ipswich but have gone and won a seat in the Whitton and Whitehouse Division on Suffolk County Council.
Although Whitton and Whitehouse is not in Ipswich MP Ben Gummer’s constituency, the trend across his own parliamentary seat has seen UKIP push the Tories into third place in many of the thirteen County seats.
The UKIP surge should worry Mr Gummer greatly – but I really doubt he gets the seriousness of what is happening. Just as the upper class in the Cabinet can’t seem to get far enough out of their ivory towers to smell the ordinary man on the street, some backbench MPs, like Mr Gummer, also find it terribly difficult to understand regular people too. This then leads to a tyranny of complacency and electoral results we have seen today.
As several commentators have pointed out, there is no point the Conservative Party, with the Liberal Democrats joined at the hip, trying to run the country like a version of New Labour. The country is economically on its knees, the party is over and the mega-state New Labour created, firmly placed in the bosom of the EU, and the new moral code (basically do anything you like, marry your dog, why not? kind of attitude) is being rejected by 1 in 4 of the electorate, and add in the Conservatives who currently remain loyal and millions upon millions of people are fed up with the mainstream parties and metropolitan elite in Westminster.
These results are historic.
More analysis to follow…