The other day I blogged about the lack of participation in the political process. Last night those fears were confirmed as the Labour vote in the European elections collapsed to just 15%. The map of British politics was changed last night with the Euro-sceptic UKIP coming second behind the Tories and the BNP winning two seats, the far right party’s first ever in a national election.
The BNP’s share of the vote didn’t go up, but the lack of support for Labour allowed them to win two seats in the north of England.
So it seems silence IS consent. The problem is you don’t always know what you are consenting to.
As an aside, we were talking about the circumstances in which Scotland might vote for independence. A Tory government and England winning the world cup were the perfect storm but I wonder how Wales voting Tory and England electing racists will play in the Scottish political arena?