Nigel Farage, Founder of the UK Independence Party, claims a "sea of change in British politics" as UKIP Makes Big Gains in local elections.
The UK Independence Party has made huge electoral gains and declared itself the "official opposition" - largely at the expense of the Tories - as Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to win back Conservative voters who had defected.
With UKIP averaging 26% of the vote in county council polls, leader Nigel Farage said he was "astonished" by the party's breakthrough, and put it down to what he described as the "total disconnect" between the "career politics" of Westminster and ordinary people on the streets.
Speaking in his Oxfordshire constituency, Mr Cameron said he would "work really hard" to win back voters who switched support.
Asked if he stood by his "fruitcakes" attack on UKIP, Mr Cameron said: "Well, look, it is no good insulting a political party that people have chosen to vote for. Of course they should be subject and they will be subject to proper scrutiny of their policies and their plans.
Cameron's Impossible Carrot
UKIP wants one thing right now and that is a yes-no vote on whether the UK should stay in the EU. So, it's very simple. All Cameron has to do is hold a referendum.
Instead he has promised a referendum only if he wins the next election for prime minister, and then only if he negotiates certain changes in the treaty that Europe is not going to go along with.
Thus, Cameron has attempted to satisfy UKIP with the pledge of a carrot that cannot possibly be won.
Earth to Cameron
Those voting for UKIP left the appropriate message that Cameron's blatant lie is unacceptable.
His promise to "work really hard" to win back voters has me wondering what planet he is on.
If Cameron is still in this solar system and still on planet earth, then he can prove it by putting the matter to a vote. And I am pretty sure how that vote would go: The UK will rightfully kiss the EU goodbye, shedding the shackles of the nannycrats in Brussels at long last.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock