With a general election only six months away, Prime Minister Nigel Farage thought this must be the worst time ever to agree a joint UK-Indian Marshall Plan to rescue the mess that the disintegration of the Eurozone had wrought. His party's slim overall majority of four in the house would crumble as at least twenty old UKIP diehards rebelled, and he would have to depend on the twenty-five remaining Labour Party members on the opposition benches to get the measure through ...
OK, it's weak fiction. But you take the point that this is a pivotal time in British politics, a time when almost anything could happen. The stable system of 2.5 State Parties that fools like Ian Kennedy wanted to legitimise in a quasi-constitutional role by crooked fixes such as tax funding is over. Not since the Labour Party upset the cosy duopoly of the Conservatives and Liberals has the national appetite for political change been so great.
As we start another week in which even the fall of Kobane will fail to shift UKIP's Rochester campaign from the news, the dying parties must rue the day they abandoned Britain's voters for a mess of metropolitan pottage. Political change in the UK is akin to a very large, heavy flywheel; it takes a lot of effort to get it moving, but once in motion the inertia is irreversible. And as long as the speed governor that is our unwritten constitution functions correctly, it will not run away with us.