Four, deep-rooted currents in are carving out space for movements which seek to prioritise the interests, the culture, the values, and the ways of life of the majority group against what they see as self-interested, corrupt, narcissistic, and incompetent elites.
The defeat of these parties is above all a task for the moderate Right.
Farage is 59 – a rubbery, ebullient 59, but 59 nonetheless. Does he really fancy a decade’s prospective work to recast the right, with no certainty of elected office at the end of it?
He said at conference that: “I’d be very surprised if I were not Conservative leader by ‘26. Very surprised.” Even if he was joking (and he insisted he wasn’t, at first), that’s the sort of jest that’s never entirely a jest.
His greatest success was to make the Conservatives more conservative, but he does not have the gifts needed to sustain a rival party.
Without him, the disaffected right lacks the profile, the programme, or the machine to capitalise on the Conservatives’ weaknesses.
Such votes as there are to the Conservatives’ right at the next election will coalesce around the Perennial Pretender, under whatever standard, or not at all.
From the short-lived National Party to the astonishing success of the Empire Free Trade Crusade, the 20th Century saw plenty of attempted revolts on the right.
Netanyahu’s new government is relied upon a motley crew of extremists. Britain must avoid a similar fate under proportional representation.
The UKIP leader spotted the opportunity to attack the pious Establishment from a reactionary rather than a progressive direction.
He will not have wanted to be put in the position of sparking a chain reaction of events that ended in the defenstration of a Prime Minister.
But beware, Prime Minister: there is no divine right of parties any more than there was a divine right of kings.
Plus: my interview with Richard Tice. Can he keep the Conservative Party honest?
I really worry when so many in our party and in the media think that is all over for the centre-left.
As the Government ushers us towards net zero, it had better be sure of the science. Unless it’s willing to risk a British equivalent of the Gilets Jaunes.