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For the British political establishment, it is the day the sneering stopped. The votes are still being counted but the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is already the winner of local government elections in England. The anti-European Union party led by Nigel Farage, the chain-smoking, beer swilling former City of London trader, is grabbing seats from left and right, and while it is unlikely to take control of a single council it has more than achieved its goal of causing an earthquake in Westminster.

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