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The year of insurgents

Ukip has gained ground because the traditional parties have lost touch with the everyday concerns of voters

By Peter Kellner  

"People like Ukip because they dislike the political classes and want the state to regulate us less." ©AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

2014 has been the year of the insurgents—Ukip and the Greens gaining ground, and the SNP overtaking Labour in Scotland. The SNP has plainly stolen Labour’s clothes as the party able to deliver progressive policies to help Scotland’s working-class voters; but new YouGov data suggests that the Ukip/Green story is a little more complex.

It is easy to see symmetry in what is going…

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