Ukip's earthquake belies a tsunami of indifference
As the first tremors of Ukip's "political earthquake" are felt throughout the land, representatives of all the 'mainstream' parties are scrambling to spin these election results as some sort of victory for their own side. Labour has gained councils from the Conservatives, including the highly-prized and much favoured Hammersmith and Fulham Borough, and the Conservatives have gained Kingston-upon-Thames from the Liberal Democrats. Even the almost-extinct LibDems are managing to find chinks of light in the cavernous darkness which is slowly descending upon them, with Simon Hughes cheering any council they manage to hold (like Sutton), and positively wetting himself over Ukip's poor showing in London which, he avers, is evidence that Nigel Farage leads "a pretty unpleasant party" and this is "not what a multicultural city needs". They're all touring the TV studios, tediously restating their core beliefs, talking endlessly about their policies and preaching to persuade the electorate that they have the answers to the anger, cynicism and frustrations of the people. They're all making their shallow promises "to learn" from these "disappointing results".
But they never do.
We must congratulate Nigel Farage and Ukip, as readers of this blog will leap to do. Many millions of voters supported Ukip because they represent clarity on the most important political issue of the age: 'Who governs Britain?' But an awful lot have supported Ukip as the preferred depository of protest: if you're sick of the patronising aloof indifference of the governing elite, vote for 'The People's Army'; the successors to James Goldsmith's 'Rabble Army'; the descendants and heirs of those of have protested for centuries against the historic priestly cabals and political cliques of Europe, which live on today in the bureaucratic, unaccountable and unresponsive institutions of the European Union and the ruling elites who govern us as omnipotent philosopher-kings.
But the turnout for these elections seems to be around 36%: two thirds of the electorate are either indifferent to "the most important political issue of the age", or feel impotent to do anything about it. The vast majority shout "racist", "liar", "cheat", "hypocrite" and stick two fingers up to all our political leaders. As Polly Toynbee observes: "At the last election 76% of over-65s voted, compared with 44% of under-24s – a 32-point difference." And she refers to the "angry alienated" who are completely disenfranchised economically, politically and (most often) spiritually. When you feel that your government doesn't care and your political system conspires against you, it is easy to believe that God is dead. And if not dead, as aloof and indifferent as those who purport to govern on His behalf.
Many of you expressed dismay and disappointment at the way His Grace voted in this elections. You feel that he is naive, blindly tribal or as aloof as the cabal at Westminster which currently holds power. One of you even absurdly suggested that he's toeing the Tory Party line in the hope and expectation of some favour or sinecure. Your judgments are unfair: you can have absolutely no idea of the politics or any understanding of the theological motive or reasoning for his decision, which was not taken lightly: it was a vote cast with great anguish. When the appointed hour came, His Grace might even have stepped up to the voting booth, lifted his eyes to the heavens, and recanted..