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Ukip has not gone away dont be fooled by the lull | John Harris

Labour has a very real problem with Farages party, but posturing on immigration will do little to win back supporters

David Cameron is pursuing his interest in fish markets; Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have been acting up about Gaza. Where is Nigel Farage? After Ukips spectacular showing in Mays local and European elections, one might have expected it to leap into a frantic summer. Instead, it has gone quiet, feeding an uneasy sense outside Scotland anyway of politics unexpectedly returning to normal.

As holidays are taken and the inane rituals of party conferences loom, too many politicians and commentators seem to have fallen for a comfy bit of groupthink: that what with the odd poor poll showing and this sudden outbreak of silence, the menace has receded and we have passed peak Ukip. In other words, to quote the wisdom of four-year-olds and people on bad acid, if they cant see the monster, the monster cant see them.

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