Whether the UK Independence Party’s surge in the local elections really is the seismic event in British politics that the commentariat would have you believe remains to be seen. Having been an engaged participant in the last such headlines shock, I have my reservations. The Social Democrat Party’s surge, for all its promise and talent, peaked within three years of its formation and was gone in seven. Its brief blaze through the political firmament did, however, keep the left out of office in Britain for nearly two decades. Not everyone will be sad if UKIP has the same impact on the right.