A majority of those voting in South Shields voted Labour, the very party that gave away many of our rights to self government in the federalist Treaties of Nice, Amsterdam and Lisbon. It was also the party that gave away our right to control our own borders, and invited in so many new migrants from the rest of the EU after years of a more restrained migration policy. A federalist MP replaces a federalist MP who has found a better job in the USA.
Meanwhile more people have voted UKIP, just as more people are voting for anti EU establishment parties in Italy and Greece without getting them into government. The gap between the governed and the governing EU establishment has just got bigger, with the frustrations becoming ever more evident. So far the Conservatives have retained control of 5 Councils, and 2 have passed to no overall control – probably to bureaucrat controlled.
The truth is EU government is not working in the interests of the voters. It is deeply resented and opposed by many, especially in the Euro zone where it is at its most powerful and most damaging. So far those who oppose it have not found a way to win majorities and turn their anger into practical politics that can solve the problem. The UK ends up with dear energy, too many rules and regulations, and far too much interference in what we can and cannot do, and a split Eurosceptic majority that still does not have a majority where it counts. Greece and Spain end up with more than half their young people unemployed, and with 1 in 8 who want work not finding jobs through the Eurozone as a whole. One quarter of one percent off interest rates will not solve that.