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White, blue-collar, grey-haired rebels

A review of Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin’s Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain. This rigorous analysis of the rise of Ukip is the most important books on British politics for years

5 April 2014

9:00 AM

5 April 2014

9:00 AM

Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin

Routledge, pp.310, £14.99, ISBN: 9780415690515

In the 2010 general election, Ukip gained nearly a million votes — over 3 per cent — three times as many as the Greens, and nearly twice as many as the SNP. Unlike those parties, it won no seats, but its intervention almost certainly cost the Conservatives an overall majority at Westminster.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £13.49, Tel: 08430 600033. Vernon Bogdanor is professor of government at King’s College London, and author of The Coalition and the Constitution.

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