Now whatever you think of UKIP ( and I happen to think that Farage and his party are helping to reshape the political agenda an instrument for good), the people of the UK are now being forced to mull over several topics that were once unthinkable:
1. Are any of the leaders of the main political parties actually up to the job of governing ? Are they out of touch with reality, and the views of the 'common man' ?
2. Is Europe really good for us ? It is, despite all the waste, bureaucracy and anti-UK bias, a net positive for our economy and social make-up ?
3. And - shock, horror - should we be thinking about closing our borders (at least temporarily) and not letting any more non-Brits into these islands to live on a permanent basis ?
It's UKIP, of course, who have placed these issues out into the political mainstream. Especially immigration, an emotive subject that many associate with racism. 'Isn't UKIP a racist party ?', I've heard more than a few say.
But the fact is, immigration (or delaying it, stopping it or curtailing it) is nothing to do with race - it's about survival. Survival as we know it for the black, white, Asian and fully multicultural society that now is Britain.
Make no mistake about it - despite 4 years of austerity under David Cameron and the Conservatives, Britain remains no closer to being financially solvent. We continue to spend more than we earn - despite cutting back on benefits, reining in costs for the National Health Service, and re-organizing our defense capabilities. We are slowly sleep-walking into financial meltdown, and yet more and more people are coming into Britain each year (from the EU and elsewhere), adding further pressure on the exchequer and increasing the likelihood that the standard of service in hospitals, doctors' surgeries and schools (due to overcrowding) falls even further. If we are not careful, our vulnerable will be even more neglected, our sick will continue to suffer, and our children will leave school unprepared to make an honest living in a world that is tough, unforgiving and increasingly unfair.
Sometimes you have to take tough decisions. Sometimes you have to think about the 'needs of the many'. And that's what Nigel Farage and UKIP are forcing us to think about - issues that impact every black, white, Asian and ethnic minority that calls Britain their home. Britain is a small island, and is no longer a big player on the world stage. We need time to get our own house in order, and we are deluding ourselves if we continue to think that we are in a position - at the moment - to help solve everyone else's problems. It's about us now - all of us that make up Britain Plc. And sometimes you have to put 'us' first. Now is that time.