The UKIP Distraction

The European election result in the UK may well be all about UKIP.  The main parties are all largely tarred with the same brush so the smaller parties like UKIP and the Green Party will benefit.

The results will occupy the news agenda for a few days but that will only serve to act as a distraction from the real issues in the run up to the General Election.   If the announcement of the departure of Hazel Blears today, following on from those of her cabinet colleagues yesterday was intended to bring the Labour leadership crisis to a head the timing was poor.  The disruption in the senior ranks of the government party will hand the news agenda to the beneficiaries of the protest vote. 

The media will return to discussion of the crisis at the heart of government as soon as the dust has settled on the Euro vote.

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