This morning, whilst waiting for the train i spoke to a candidate from the local election - a Lib Dem who had not won incidentally. He noted that UKIP getting such a large margin was merely a "protest vote".
What struck me about such thinking is that it essentially puts forward the thesis that people who voted UKIP don't really want to withdraw from the European Union, they're just saying they do to annoy people.
I wonder as a result how much the Government will try to use this line, and then just steamroller ahead with pro-EU policies? After all, the eurosceptics, ranging from those wanting withdrawal to those wanting looser integration, were clearly in the ascendancy in the UK last night.
This poses a problem for the pro-EU Government. It will want to ignore the majority vierw on Europe, but it needs a means to do that. As such I would thing it will continue to push that the votes for anti-EU parties was just a protest, and that all they need to do is explain the EU better and everyone will fall in line again.
In other words, the proles are stupid and we need to re-educate them. I could be wrong of course.