Wikimedia Commons, Eurorealist Newsletter It cannot be denied that UKIP have had a good month. Not only has Nigel Farage been invited to take part i...
Farage is endlessly indulged by most UK journalists, notably the increasingly Eurosceptic BBC. He will survive this latest manifestation of how rickety his political edifice really is. But for those who place hopes in the European Parliament as an institution of prestige and democratic importance, this latest comedy is not encouraging.
The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group in the European Parliament, of which UKIP formed an important part, has been disbanded after Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule decided to leave the group. Read on to find out the importance of this development and how it will affect UKIP and the rest of the European Parliament.
We hear a lot about the perceived negatives of immigration, which it turns out can be pretty much anything if you hate facts and can be inventive enough with your arguments; but we never hear about the absolute, basic, inarguable economic fact that immigration is essential to our wellbeing as a nation.
I do not believe that we are seeing the 'End of Politics'. I do, however, believe that we have reached the culmination of a steady, 40-year shift away from class-based voting. The two will feel, to many, like they are very much the same thing. Indeed, if the main parties do not face up to the change that has taken place, they could become so.
The broadcasters are demonstrating that they are utterly out of touch with the public mood. They are clinging to the idea that the future of politics looks like the past, when the public are increasingly grasping that our triple crises - economic, social and environmental - demands new answers that the three business-as-usual parties have shown are beyond their understanding.
The leadership black-hole is the real story of this year. The Union was nearly lost because the Westminster elites failed to articulate a convincing, positive vision of why the Scots should back the UK...
It's very simple: ignorance perpetuates stigma and stigma kills. In making the latest in a long series of ill-informed pronouncements, Nigel Farage seems to hark back to a dark period of history which we are all much better off leaving behind.
Fed up with the Westminster elite? Want out of Europe? Keen for a tougher stance on immigration? Then Ukip may be the party for you! Since the party's success in the European elections earlier this year and their subsequent triumph in securing their first MP in Parliament, Nigel Farage's crew appear to be going from strength to strength...
Minds were boggled and stupefaction abounded. It was as though no one was expecting it. Ukip's win in that desperate, grey, spume flecked boil on the backside of Essex was greeted as the first sight of a solar eclipse must have been received by a cave man. We were not expecting THAT... But we were. Everyone knew it would happen months ago.
After the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton by-elections, Labour has to find ways of reaching out to and reconnecting with the so-called 'left behind' Ukip voters - but without throwing migrants or minorities under the bus.
Sound the trumpets! Bang the drums! Put the puncture repair kit on standby and reserve a place in Valhalla! UKIP have finally won that coveted Westminster pass and achieved a backside on the hallowed timbers of the House Of Commons.
My work suggests working-class Tories rather than Labour traditionalists are most likely to defect to Ukip, but their overall point holds: this is not a movement Labour can afford to ignore.
Too many people in British public life are "shackled by ambition". But there are the few who seek more than short-term career advancement. These are the people of ideas, that challenge, probe, and agitate for change. They are in the business of shaping the future, not of enjoying the comforts of a ministerial Jaguar.
I left it a 'bit late' till I realised that University was the only viable option left for me to spend my afternoons in bed and my early hours watching films I'd seen before and eating Rocky Road bites, but nevertheless, I'm here now and going into my second year at 23...
Should devolution extend to England too? Should Scotland now get the 'devo max' option that didn't appear on the ballot paper? Should Scottish MPs continue to vote on English-only issues in Parliament? These are all thorny issues as we want to decide what the Union should look like to bring it up to date.