Speaking from America, and consequently ignorant of many things, it seems to me that there was no surge to the United Kingdom Independence Party or the Conservatives in the recent European Union election. Commentators seem correct in suggesting that Labour slumped, UKIP's share of the vote increased by 0.3 per cent and the Conservative share increased by one per cent.
The many who did not vote, and those who voted BNP (which will now send two MEPs to Brussels), appear to have made the more forceful statement. Of these I stand, across the Atlantic, with those who did not vote - a majority of people in Britain and Europe.
Despite the false front of elections, it is clear that the EU is an undemocratic, power-grabbing syndicate which will devour the independence of Britain and every other country that joins it. (Switzerland and Norway wisely never did.)
It is an unhappy fact that EU elections only serve to legitimize the EU.
Aside from those who wish to take home lavish salaries and expense accounts, paid for by the long suffering taxpayer, why would anyone want to be part of the EU or its elections?
And in fact, millions did not, and the number of those voting fell to the lowest levels ever.
I was glad to see that in Ireland, Fianna Fail, the Irish party that insisted that the Irish vote again on the EU's Lisbon Treaty - exactly what is it about no that Fianna failed to understand? - received a real drubbing.
The relative success (it won two seats) of the. . .British National Party. . .in the U.K. slice of the EU elections is best seen primarily as the product of five factors: (a) the largely accurate perception that the Blair-Brown governments were enablers of mass immigration; (b) not-unconnected fears over the rise of militant Islam within the U.K.; (c) dislike of the EU; (d) the economic crisis; (e) globalization (on economics & trade policy the party is quite some way to the left) and; (f) the widespread perception, flowing in no small part from points a-e, that no parliamentary party is prepared to stick up for the interests of the white working class, a perception that explains the BNP's recent success in finding support amongst former Labour voters. Throw in the the way that the expenses scandal now roiling parliament has discredited much of the existing political class, and there you have it . . .
Andrew is right when he adds that the comments to this Spectator article (scroll down) are worth reading.