The Barnsley by election might have been a good time for the Eurosceptics to come out and show their strength. After all, the Lib Dems were not very popular, a Labour victory was always likely, but the cause of the by election was not a helpful one for the defending party. In a by election more people might be persuaded to say what they really think. Apparently they really think federalist Labour is best for Barnsley.
As always the Eurosceptic splits were on show. This time UKIP edged into the lead amongst the Eurosceptics, but only managed 12.2% of the vote. The total Eurosceptic votes was 22.7%, plus 6% going to the BNP.
Once again those who say the electorate are ready to take strong action on the EU are wrong. The Eurosceptics could not even reach one third between them, let alone a winning margin. We get the governments we vote for.