People everywhere are increasingly fed up with their political leaders. In autocracies the opposition are stifled and suppressed, but the steam is building up. In democratic countries frustration with the established parties, whether in or out of power, finds an outlet in new parties of the right or left that “cock a snook” at professional politicians and demand change.

In Britain these frustrations have led to the growth of the Scottish Nationalists (SNP) and the UK Independence Party (UKIP). The SNP lost the referendum on independence for Scotland, but threaten the opposition Labour Party’s near monopoly of Scottish seats in Parliament at Westminster. They hope to have a pivotal role after the next general election in the United Kingdom due in May 2015.

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