It is a fleeting moment, a national vote every five years, but even this most limited version of democracy is played out in digression and distraction.
UKIP has become a standard against which one can define oneself as non-racist, progressive, intelligent, moderate, and so on. But there is something missing from this narrative, and that something is Thanet.
There has been much debate in the media over the publication of disturbing ISIS videos. But there has been less attention paid to the other victim in these videos: critical thought and analysis.