Many years ago reading 'England Your England' I thought George Orwell was on to something when he said that in this country socialism would have to have a distinctly English flavour. A tradition rooted in John Bull, John Lillburne and William Morris as much Marx, Lenin or Trotsky. And much as I respect all those dead Russians - I agree with him.
Conversely the results for UKIP this week lead me to think that reaction in this country will also wear a similarly English face.
The real threat to the working class has never really been social inadequates with Adolf Hitler's initials tattooed on their necks. It is the saloon bar bigots in blazers sipping ale from tankards.
Whilst it is clear that Boris's bumbling persona cunningly conceals an intelligent - and thoroughly nasty - political operator - the jury is still out on Nigel Farage. I can't make my mind up if he really is the Alan Partridge of the new British Far-Right or if this is a genius construct to woe the ranks of alienated Middle England.
If the former then I have no doubt he will be replaced as UKIP grows - either way we should be worried. An effective populist-nationalist movement has never really achieved critical mass in this country. They might just do it yet.