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Ed West: Revolution will make us choose between equality and diversity

Published 09/05/2013 | 05:00

Ukip leader Nigel Farage
Ukip leader Nigel Farage

It is being called a very English revolution. In a country known for its awkward shyness and disdain for continental-style exuberance, the political establishment is unnerved by an eccentric populist party composed of real ale drinkers in red trousers.

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Last week's local elections in England and Wales saw the anti-EU UK Independence Party win 26pc of the poll in the areas it stood and in the South Shields parliamentary by-election it drew 25pc of all votes.

Led by ex-financial trader Nigel Farage, an anti-politician who conducts his interviews over a pint and cigarette, and who speaks plain English in contrast to the politico-speak of the establishment party politicians, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the group is causing panic in Westminster.

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