What to make of the Hampshire kipperpocalypse? Most conventional left-analysis of British politics doesn’t really allow for the existence of a separate Reactionary party outside the exiting Conservative Party. So I suppose there’ll be a bit of worrying along ‘I can’t believe they’re not Fascist lines’. Alternatively I’ve seen a tendency to pretend that they don’t really exist, reflecting a deep seated nervousness over the fact that, really, they do exist.
I’m going along with the venerable Marxist Principle That I Just Made Up, namely that when life gives you popcorn, then eat popcorn. It’s also going to be funny seeing what the Tories do next, given that they’ve already tried to appease kipperish sentiment over Europe only to find themselves kippered in turn. The German conservatives solved their UKIP problem by making them all wear leather shorts for identification purposes and go and live in Bavaria, but the British Tories don’t really have a 'CSU option.'
On the other hand, my personal experience with kippers leads me to think that they could be persuaded easily into the belief that ‘they were all going to be put into camps’ and that four million Bulgarians were in the process of being imported to round them up. It should be possible by this means to stampede them into ‘safe areas’, perhaps in the Fens or the Forest of Dean. And there you have it, Mr Cameron – instant regional party.