I think one of the UKIP’s main problems – apart from the fact that they look like the village am-dram society having a crack at Wagner’s Ring Cycle – is that they’re not very good with words. Today Lord Pearson (I’m pretty sure he’s a real lord, but it’s entirely possible they’ve just modelled their hierarchy on the Sith’s Galactic Empire) referred to Brussels as a “corrupt octopus”. This was presumably intended, as these sorts of phrases generally are, as a colourful and apposite metaphor which we would enjoy and possibly repeat endlessly instead of thinking properly about the subject for ourselves. In reality, it’s the kind of weird phrase that has you wondering what time the pubs open where he lives. I look forward to his views on the NHS (“recalcitrant elephant”), the education system (“bewildered termite”) and the UKIP itself (“tremendous bull”).