The political establishment in Britain was rocked last week as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) — a political upstart for conservatives across the pond who would likely agree with many of the Tea Party’s positions — cleaned up at local elections.
The New York Times reported Friday:
The populist U.K. Independence Party is on course to make sweeping gains in local elections in Britain, according to early results on Friday, delivering a blow to its established rivals and confirming its role as an emerging political force.
The two parties that govern Britain in a coalition, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, suffered a battering as the first results were announced from Thursday’s voting. The opposition Labour Party made gains, but they appeared less substantial than its supporters had hoped. After results from 59 councils had been declared, Labour had gained 94 seats, and the U.K. Independence Party had gained 86 seats.