The current political class is fighting yesterday’s battles: ones that began when we were living with the illusion of unearned wealth and unconditional security. But now the party’s over. The boom busted and all we’re left to show for it is New Labour’s mega-state and its decadent moral code. Those who continue to defend these artefacts offer no hope for the future. They are destined to repeat the same mistakes unto destruction. If UKIP offer the slightest prospect of change, they have to be worth a punt.