To be honest, I don’t have that much to add to all that’s been said in the news media over the last few days about the success of the Brexit Party in the British elections to the European Parliament. While much of the press in Britain has dismissed the forerunner of the BP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, as a plaything of the far-right and deserving of the electoral hammering it took last week, in truth most UKIP voters simply migrated to the new anti-European grouping. And not just because it was seen as a supposedly more moderate version of the Ukippers but rather because it was seen as the natural post-referendum successor to the original group. A sort of UKIP 2.0 with the Brexit-winning political insurgent turned democracy defender, Nigel Farage, once again in charge of the proceedings.
This pre-election visit by the Guardian journalist Owen Jones to a BP rally gives you something of the flavour of those who have flocked to the Faragist banner. And while political gatherings invariably attract all sorts of undesirable and partisan figures, including outright nutters, those who are most passionate about the Brexit Party seem to be a particularly disagreeable lot.