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