The dust has yet to settle on the political earthquake which erupted on Thursday resulting in UKIP advancing onto the mainstream political scene. The reaction has been predictable because the arrogance of those in power has prevented them from understanding what is happening.
They still appear in the media refusing to answer direct questions, they still talk over each other (Chuka Umunna is the worst) and they still believe that UKIP is a minor protest party which will disappear when the PM promises us that he can renegotiate our relationship with the unaudited EU.
The people have spoken, well sufficiently enough to begin the fight back but there are still two thirds of the electorate who have given up and cannot be bothered to vote. In this modern political world councillors are being elected into office by only 10% of the electorate! In Loughborough two Labour councillors gained office by polling 10% and 11% respectively.
For UKIP it is just the beginning. The 147 councillors bear a huge responsibility and will have to learn the ropes very quickly. They will come under huge scrutiny from all corners. They are challenging a huge political machine which includes, politicians, civil servants, the mainstream media, quangos, bankers and the might of the European Union.
However, as ever, the public have sufficient weight of numbers to win every battle. The mainstream politicians have had it so easy for so long that they have forgotten who the real boss is. I believe (rightly or wrongly) that the pensioners are supporting UKIP because we are the only group who can remember what life was like before we fell foul of the EU.
If this momentum continues the European elections next year will be a blast. The MEPs are elected by proportional representation which should be a huge advantage to UKIP as they draw support from the whole country rather than pockets of partisanship. There is a chance that UKIP could send an angry and noisy presence to Brussels.
In the meantime I await the frantic efforts of Westmonster to deny the reality of their plight. Come 2015 so many of them could be facing the consequences of seeking work in the employment environment that they have helped to create!