The local council elections: right wing populism has gone mainstream

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I am writing at 7.50am. Current local election results show big wins for the Tories, losses for everyone else and the complete wipe out (literally, total) for UKIP in all seats that they held.

It's always dangerous to draw early conclusions, but the UKIP result suggests one. It seems that right wing populism is alive and well in UK politics. It's just that it's gone mainstream.

Cameron called a referendum to see off the right wing of his party. It's left them in the ascendency. And we will all pay the price for that.