After taking 23% of the national share of the vote and electing 150 odd councillors, the political class responded to UKIP (and those who voted for the party) with sheer contempt. The Conservatives were patronising, Labour just ignored the result and claim it showed Miliband was wining the argument; the Liberal Democrats were extremely arrogant and almost insulting.
The gulf between the establishment and ordinary people is extraordinary. This professionalised political class cannot relate to the real world; majority of them have only experience careers in politics and being apart of a political machine. And the majority are almost educated to a university standard – unlike the rest of society. MP’s, with their subsidised lifestyles, are incapable of understanding the life of the man in the pub. In fact the man in the pub is a problem to politicians; his attitudes and political views are alien and almost at odds with the political consensus at Westminster.
If you eat, drink or smoke too much then the state does not like you. Somewhere in Whitehall, a Minister has decided your habits need government intervention. Whether you like it or not. Reject it, then suffer the consequences of your sinful ways costing an extra couple of pounds. We distaste the ‘nanny state’ and the government are consciously aware of the consequences of its actions. But it still continues to poke us with a stick.
These social engineering policies, a desire to create a perfect society, are another reason why people rebelled against the establishment and voted UKIP.
But, still, 60+% of us didn’t vote in the Local Elections. People have become so disillusioned with the whole circus that voting has become irrelevant. We’ve stopped caring a long time ago. And so has Westminster.