I’m not surprised by the election results. They are exactly as I have predicted.
But, it is worth noting that a certain local “satirical” figure here in Norfolk, someone “amusingly” calling himself “Richard Murphy”, has tried to explain the success of UKIP:
Yes, people in this situation will listen to anyone, however bizarre his policies, however sloppy his research, however ill-informed he is about his supposed area of expertise, however incoherent he is, however closed-minded he is and however obnoxious he is when he gets rejected from appearing on the BBC to try to plug his books.
Yes, people who are politically disenfranchised are utterly stupid and will listen to any idiot.