If there is a glimmer of hope, it is that it is the free market model embraced by the young is failing them. They could be won round.
Mercer has a majority of 16,152, but UKIP won 17.1 per cent in the county council elections.
They punch… well, they pretty much punch their weight.
"I feel like such a fool. I see now that, far from being a chaotic rabble of whingeing narcissists whose only love of Britain is for its imaginary past, it’s actually a team of visionaries with a dynamic plan to serve the common good."
Obsessive, narrowly-focused activists are exactly the kind of people you want in your party's grassroots, argues Alan Martin.
After gaining 2,000 members this month, UKIP now has 27,517 and expects to pass the 30,000 mark once the backlog is cleared.
Support for UKIP surges to a record high of 22 per cent in the latest Survation poll, with the Tories down five points to 24 per cent.
It's right-wing bigotry that the protesters are "virulently opposed" to, not "the English".
As it was for the "Tartan Tories", the real test for UKIP is not whether it can take votes off the Conservatives but whether it can build a broader long-term coalition.
Rather than aping UKIP, the party should focus on the cost of fuel, the cost of housing, job security and the cost of travel.