Day 1011

“Without the European elections, without getting three seats in 1999, without getting the resources that the European parliament made available to us … without the letters ‘MEP’ after our names, Ukip would never have appeared on Question Time, or Any Questions or any of the major media programmes in this country.” It’s an important point that will become all the more evident after next April when we are still effectively in the EU but with no democratic representation. For, it is only with a plurality of parliaments that can we achieve a better democracy where voices, as weird as UKIP’s, get heard – and the issue of the lack of plurality within the unfederated UK itself, the undevolved England in particular, steps closer to the front of the stage.