The Mail on Sunday has published a poll this morning detailing a collapse for all three main parties in the run-up to the Europeans, and I see no way for them to turn this around. The poll standings are listed here on Sky News and make startling reading.
Conservative - 30%
Labour - 17%
UKIP - 17%
Lib Dems - 15%
Green - 7%
BNP - 5%
Others - 9%
When I heard that UKIP had tied with Labour, my main reaction was amazement that they had been beaten into joint third by the Lib Dems, but no, they've limped in in fourth place.
That's six points down for Labour and the Tories, and a one point drop for the Lib Dems.
Not wanting to blow my own trumpet but I said this a little while back:
Just watch that 'others' column on Euro & local election night, just watch the minority share of the vote leap up.
The revelations about MPs on the take and on the make just keep coming and the anger on the streets is almost tangible, is there any way back for the big three? All of them are suffering and not one of them can take the moral high ground on this subject, all the big three parties have shown themselves to be morally bankrupt, but they certainly aren't financially bankrupt, God knows they've trousered enough of our money.
I really do think that time is swiftly running out for this parliament now. It has ceased to be a problem with the Labour party and is now all elected parties demonstrating that this parliament is rotten is to the very core. When was the last time you read a story about the Monarch voicing concern over the performance of their Parliament for crying out loud?
The Queen wading in, a party normally expressed in grey and lumped in with the others on the polling graphics now deserves a little purple and yellow column of its own; these things just do not happen.
'May you live in interesting times' is normally taken to be something of a curse, but I find this fascinating and more than a little exciting. Could it be that the electorate have awoken from their slumber? Has the arrogant, unlistening stranglehold of the big three been severely weakened, if not broken? Let's hope so. Let's have parties actually representing something, and someone, rather than engaging in a show of representation.
There'll be talk of upheaval with polticians pursing their lips in disapproval. The commentators will warn of the 'danger' of marginal votes (the danger being it makes predicting what is going to happen that much more difficult) leading to instability. The main parties will tell scare stories of coalition governments, look at Italy. Well, yes, but look at Ireland, how they've been a model of stability, working under a system that was designed by the British to de-stabilise them.
I've no idea how this is going to pan out, but it could just be that the venal, grasping nature of those representing the 'established' parties has brought about one of the biggest shifts in British politics for decades. If that is the case, then our politicians will now have to listen what the electorate want, rather than telling them what they will be getting.