Only idiots could fail to see the symbolic importance of Britain returning its first fascist members to the European parliament after yesterday’s elections.
We have for too long ignored unfashionable but pervasive problems in our political conversation – namely, poverty, the provision of public housing and low-paid, badly regulated employment. These traditional concerns have been mixed with the great economic experiment of globalisation and the free movement of labour, which suited the interests of large industries when capital was also flowing easily. Nobody appears to have thought much about what would happen when times were not so good and the imaginary money supply dried up. We are all going to have to relearn some hard lessons in the next few years. This is why Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s Labour party is now, so firmly jammed in the electoral and economic toilet, frankly, they deserve to be.
UPDATED – 15.40 : Mark Mardell of the BBC has some context on the authoritarian right wing vote in the European elections.