Britain No Longer Immune to Sinister Nationalism

The U.K. is the latest European country beset by austerity to see a thinly-veiled racist and nationalist party - in this case UKIP - win widespread popular support.

I've always thought that, perhaps, the British are just as xenophobic as anyone else – but generally too polite to do very much about it.

But with last week's local council elections, in which the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) won nearly a quarter of the vote, Britain seems to be joining the ranks of fellow European states sliding into right-wing populism.

We're doing it in a very...