It's like one of those dot-pictures; either you can see it or you can't. This morning a bewildered political establishment and its press is still trying to make sense of a new multiaxial politics in Europe using the old monoaxial analysis; it's a move to the far-right, they aver, except in Greece, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and several others in which left-liberal parties trounced the incumbents. It's an anti-austerity protest, they claim, except in Britain. The reality, which at least some are able to make out, is more that it is an anti-establishment insurgency, a plea for more democratic control, a signal to the political establishment that they have lost popular consensus. It's beyond left or right. UKIP's success in Labour heartlands should surely demonstrate that what's happened in Europe is beyond the old tribal politics. They weren't voting for the 'far right' in Rotherham.
And the foregoing is very important to remember when, as soon as the Dags have woken up, had their muesli and filed their opinion pieces, they claim this is the 1930s all over; that jackboots are crashing on the cobbles and torchlit processions have split the night. Risible nonsense wholly unsupported by the facts. Can you imagine even three UKIP members marching in step? Still, if you're a journo of no great talent or intelligence and with only a superficial understanding of politics and history, this is the story you will file this morning.
You can't deny Nigel Farage the credit for facilitating the insurgency in the UK. Nor the thousands of committed members who went out on the knock over the past few weeks - several readers here included. Well done all. And cautioning Mr Farage against hubris this morning would be about as pointless as counselling a pretty girl to avoid mirrors. There are plenty of problems to come in the weeks ahead - but for today, rejoice in victory, congratulate yourselves, treat yourselves and enjoy.