Godfrey Bloom's performance on the Today programme was just breathtaking. Peter Hitchens has a post about how it exposed the amateurish nature of UKIP, and that party's status as nothing more than Thatcherism in exile, with little or no moral, social or cultural conservatism.
However, he is wrong about public spending per se, without which the wider civic life that he favours would be, and increasingly is, impossible, but which properly confers moral responsibilities (enforceable, if necessary) on everyone who benefits from it, which is everyone.
Bloom is a Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber. After this morning, one really does have to wonder quite how much longer he can remain so. If UKIP really is becoming a Northern party, then that will change it, and in ways far from acceptable to its ageing New Right cheerleaders in the London media. Who tend to be rather fond of Godfrey Bloom.