Douglas Carswell presents an existential threat - not just to the Tory party, but also to Ukip itself.
His victory speech after winning the Clacton by-election last night was a leadership speech in all but name. And not just any leader’s speech. It was a direct challenge to Nigel Farage’s political values.
It’s worth quoting at length:
"To my new party I offer these thoughts. Humility when we win, modesty when we are proved right. If we speak with passion let it always be tempered by compassion.
"We must be a party for all Britain and all Britons, first and second generation as much as every other. Our strength must lie in our breadth. If we stay true to that there is nothing we cannot achieve.
"The governing can no longer presume to know what is right for the governed. Crony corporatism is not the free market. Cosy cartel politics is not meaningful democracy. Change is coming with the realising that things can be better. It is an honour to be a small part of that this evening."
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