As different parts of the country and the economy have grown further apart it becomes easier to bash those you have the least contact with. Familiarity may breed contempt but distance can breed distain... Farage's brand of political nihilism plays on these divisions. The best way of defeating this is of course by standing up to it.
It is not all plain sailing for Ukip. Expectations of "what good looks like" on 7 May are so much higher. It takes time to become skilled at running local campaigns on the ground. There are questions about whether the Party has strength in depth, both nationally and locally.
In case you hadn't heard, there are less than three weeks to go until the closest run UK General Election in living memory and the best computational algorithms can't predict the makeup of the next government. The parties have all now launched their manifestos, but which party promises the most for the UK's tech industry?
In a sunny corner of Kent, you hear the F word everywhere at the moment. No, not that one. I'm talking Farage. I visited Ramsgate - shimmering in the beautiful spring sunshine - on Monday to present BBC Radio 5 live Drive there. As we career towards the General Election, the eyes of the country are on South Thanet, because it's where Ukip leader Nigel Farage is making his sixth attempt to become a Westminster MP. He's promised to quit the party's top job if he loses again, but don't forget he's got form for that too - standing aside in 2009 only to return a year later.
The hottest day of the year so far was a fitting backdrop to a debate that had the potential to be one of the most heated of the election campaign...
With the countdown to the UK election now truly underway, how successful have party leaders been in gaining the nation's trust? Do you know if the candidates you vote for are in line with your moral compass?
This campaign makes me both happy and sad. Happy because, as much as you hate us, immigration and immigrants are the reality of globalisation. Sad because you have systematically vilified us. The fact that we need such a campaign in this day and age speaks volumes about your divisive politics.
On Tuesday we launched the Green Party of England and Wales 2015 general election manifesto: 'For the Common Good'. It is shaped by our vision of a future Britain, and our principles and values which say that no one in this, the world's sixth richest economy, should fear not being able to put food on table, or pay the bills that keep a roof over their head. It is shaped by a politics founded in humanity. We want to create a Britain that cares. But it is also based on a fundamental principle that the other parties deny and ignore: the need for us to build a stable and sustainable society that protects our planet now and for future generations.
We've hit the part of the General Election campaign that really starts to get on my nerves. The funny thing is, I genuinely think this vote could be one of the most interesting in the UK's history, given how disillusionment with large swathes of the political spectrum has resulted in no one party looking capable of gaining an overall majority...
If we inform our lives at our convenience through technology, and our primary news channel is no longer managed by the traditional broadcasting corporations but has shifted to our rapid social news feeds, then how do we engage future generations in the meatier topics of economics and politics?
The election is nearly here and you'd have to have been under a rock or wrongfully imprisoned on Death Row for thirty years not to have known this. Fo...
I am in full pre-election mindset at the moment,. So, when my wife said, this morning: "...oh, I'm glad he's doing it. He knows what he's doing and...
A UKIP plan to massively cut overseas aid coupled with a commitment to a 40% increase in military spending will mean our only existing form of diplomacy will be that of the gunboat variety.
Essex, a professional media performer, plays the village idiot very well, and is currently filming a programme to work out why he should vote and how Westminster works. Essex is, as one might have reasonably assumed considering his media image, a voting virgin.
Those who are jumping on the bandwagon to mock Essex really need to take a long hard look at themselves. We all say we want greater diversity in politics, but if we shoot down anyone from outside who tries to get involved, we're going to end up with the same old order.
Both Cameron and Miliband have taken to the stage and stated that Britain needs firmer border controls, harsher work restrictions and the implementation of a time-period where immigrants have to be totally financially independent.