A lot of contemporary news is dire, and only in part because journalists believe bad news to be a more honest form of journalism. Much that is happening in the world is dire. So, it was a matter of some joy that, in the UK these past two weeks, the forces of ultra-progressivism suffered a rare—and possibly consequential—public defeat.
It is all the more joyous that this happened at the very top of the British establishment. A new establishment had grown in the womb of the old, and it is now spoiling for a fight. But by targeting Nigel Farage—the most talented populist the UK has produced in recent years, outdoing even the Scottish National Party’s Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon—those who sought to humble him set him up as a tribune of the people, fighting on behalf of those who had penalised for unfashionable views. Farage is presently enjoying himself mightily, as well he might, demanding that heads roll, as two highly placed heads already have.