Tory boys would be well advised to keep quiet and take the kicking from Eastleigh. There will be more to come next year in the Euro elections when UKIP are set to wipe out the existing 26 Conservative MEPs. However, by-elections and Euro elections are not General Elections - and if Cameron plays his cards right, he may yet enjoy the benefits of those votes in 2015.
Farage is a cheeky delight with his 'the Conservatives split the UKIP vote' comment on Eastleigh and many natural Tories will welcome the chance to give Dave and George a slap next year but that doesn't mean they want the Mister Eds in Downing Street. The correct tactic for Cameron and his dags is not therefore to insult protest voters as polyester-blazered golf club bore racists but (fully in line with the new macrobiotic spandex iPad gay cycling windmill direction the party has taken) to tell them they 'feel their pain' and empathise with their grief at losing the party they grew up with. And ask nicely for their votes in 2015.