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BRITISH REBELLION: ‘UK Tea Party’ Surges to Become Country’s ‘Most Favoured’ Political Movement

Nigel Farage’s right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) has once again rocked the British political establishment by coming first in a recent poll which quizzed Brits on their feelings towards the four main political parties.

While UKIP hasn’t yet mustered up any elected members of the UK Parliament, the party this week registered as Britain’s most favoured political organisation, scoring 27 percentage points ahead of the left-wing Labour Party’s 26 and the Conservative Party’s 25 percent.

UKIP is also expected to take a huge chunk of seats at the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in May, promising more Eurosceptic Members (MEPs) who will no doubt argue for a return of sovereignty to national governments across the continent, away from the bureaucratic talons of the European Union.

Recently, The Economist referred to UKIP as Britain’s Tea Party, a nod towards the party’s libertarian leanings. Nigel Farage once again upset the UK establishment this week by calling for a repeal of the UK’s ban on handguns, initially introduced in 1996 after the mass shooting in Dunblane, Scotland.

The Independent reported Sunday that the finding of their favourability poll was a “surprise,” further proof of the fact that much like the United States, Britain’s political and media establishments are increasingly out of step with public opinion.

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