This week’s BBC Question Time classic featured Russell Brand who may well be the perfect foil to Nigel Farage. Both of them feed off popular dissatisfaction with the political elite from each end of the political spectrum, and that much you might say, they have in common. Amongst them on the panel were politicians confirming with predictable responses exactly why they, and we, might all be so disaffected.
The token apologist Camilla Cavendish (The Times journalist) defended the status quo and characterised a "banker" as the definitive glorious "meritocratic success story" (Direct Quote) of which she felt we should all be so proud for services to banking expertise in 2008. Yawn.
The most toxic issue was of course the subject of immigration and how immigrants might or might not be connected with the banking crisis. "Get off of my land", said the people of Kent in the audience unconvincingly, "we don't want, or can’t do, those doctoring jobs and care working jobs and banking jobs and low-pay-accepting hop-picking jobs, but we certainly don't want the immigrants that are capable and willing to do those tasks, and doing those tasks on our turf,” they might have said.
"Canterbury Prison is full of immigrants, it is full," said the most vocal audience UKIP supporting contributor. "We don't want rapists," in this country. (Direct Quote)
In fact Canterbury prison was closed in 2013 and there are no immigrant rapists in Canterbury Prison. There is an indigenous species of racists in the County of Kent and their votes are courted by Nigel Farage, and UKIP.
Most remarkable about this TV pantomime event was the blue haired angry lady that threatened Farage in a most undignified, and yet satisfactory manner.
God save us from UKIP unless God sees fit to split the Tory vote.