Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party has appeared on many news programmes today following his historic triumph in the 2014 European Elections. He says that the European Election result is the most remarkable in politics for over a hundred years, and he's right; see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27567744.
I've written about UKIP before here: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/is-ukip-on-our-side.html.
It's true that these results are very revolutionary and that pattern is reflected across the rest of the continent with formerly fringe political movements becoming as popular, or even overtaking, the traditional A-list parties. UKIP has gained eleven new MEP's and almost an eleven percent share of the vote. It has knocked Labour and the Tories into third place in some quarters, something which has not happened almost since those parties were formed. My own Euro constituency now has mostly UKIP MEP's, when it had formerly been Conservative or Labour since the European Parliament was formed. There are calls for Nick Clegg to resign as Liberal Democrat leader after his party was almost annihilated, losing all but one of its seats and finishing behind the Greens. At the same time the far right Front National in France has made enormous gains (Its founder and chairman Jean-Marie le Pen has obviously been listening to Erik Pianka, see: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/21/jean-marie-le-pen-ebola-population-explosion-europe-immigration) as has the leftist anti-EU front SYRIZA, topping the polls in Greece. The general trend has been radicalization, voters are moving away from the moderate spectral centre and into the polarities of both the left and right wing. It's obvious why; people are fed up with the European Union itself, with its economic sinkholes like the Eurozone Crisis, corruption like the Lisbon Treaty, the financial devastation by the European Central Bank of countries like Ireland, Greece and Spain, and its increasing detachment from the lives of its citizens. A lot of people are worried too about migration within the EU and immigration from outside it.