Image from #Rochester pic.twitter.com/rOjTgpskmF
— Emily Thornberry MP (@EmilyThornberry) November 20, 2014
In this week’s podcast I glance across the Pond to cheer the victory by UKIP in Thursday’s by-election at Rochester, in Kent.
Just as in the U.S., the big political parties over there are run by arrogant elites who are out of touch with ordinary citizens—Eric Cantor types. There was a nice illustration of this just before the Rochester election.The full Radio Derb playbill:
Both big political parties were desperate to get their voters out in Rochester, to prevent total humiliation by UKIP. They were sending their Members of Parliament down there to encourage their voters. Well, one of these members was a lady named Emily Thornberry, a wealthy limousine liberal who holds a seat in a tony district of London for the Labour Party—a kind of British version of Nancy Pelosi.
Labour, like our own Democratic Party, was once the party of the working class, but has long since been taken over by leftist intellectuals, social-science academics, feminists and blacks and other identity groups, and champagne socialists like Ms. Thornberry.
Well, Ms. Thornberry was driving around Rochester when she saw a house—a small, looks like three bedrooms, working man’s row house—with three English flags draped across the front. “I’ve never seen anything like it!” hooted Ms. Thornberry, and tweeted a picture she took with her cell phone, under the heading: “Image from Rochester.”
Politicians are not supposed to show their contempt for the common herd right before a critical election. The Labour Party leader was furious, and Ms. Thornberry’s had to grovel.
Yes, interesting things are happening over there. Let’s hope some of it seeps across the Atlantic.