UKIP’s victory in the European elections was a wake-up call to the major political parties with the Lib Dems taking a particular drubbing, including their strongholds in the south west where long standing MEP Sir Graham Watson lost his seat.
There was nothing wrong with Sir Graham, who by all accounts had done a sterling job for the past 20 years, but he paid the price for a lack of faith in all the major political parties.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is facing calls for his resignation as party leader after the Lib Dems lost all but one seat in the European elections and took a major hit in the local elections which took place in other parts of the UK last week.
But the truth is, can anybody really tell the difference between all three leaders of the major parties? They all have that air of self satisfied public schoolboys, although Labour leader Ed Miliband never actually went to a public school.
They feel completely out of touch with the real world that ordinary people live in. They are just career politicians who have never had a real job and seem to come from a place of privilege where the chattering classes decide what is best for the little people.
No wonder people have fallen hook, line and sinker for Nigel Farage from UKIP who comes across as a bloke you could have a drink in the pub with, unlike David Cameron whose recent trip to his local with the French president Francois Hollande was a lesson in awkwardness.
Nick Clegg broke his promise on student debt and gave us a coalition government with the Tories, which many people who voted for them didn’t want, while no one sees Ed Miliband as the next prime minister.
We have a Tory education minister Michael Gove, who seem seems to want to take children back to the Victorian age where the working class knew their place and Latin was a major.
Just this week it was revealed that contemporary American novels Of Mice and Men and To Kill A Mockingbird were to be shelved from the school’s GCSE curriculum, allegedly because Mr Gove does not like them. Could it be something to do with the fact that one is about the struggles of the poor in a recession and the other is about the fight for social justice?
While many will not agree with UKIP’s policies, that is if they actually know what they are, or the choice of some of their candidates, many people see them as the only alternative to give the three major parties a bloody nose, and they ought to listen.