It is March 2011 and UKIP are polling at a stronger level than at any time in its history outside of the European Election cycle. Today's YouGov poll shows the Party on 7% nationally.
That is an incredibly strong figure for a Party which a few years ago was reguarly polling between 1% - 3%. With the Liberal Democrats down to 10% on the same poll, I think a strong showing from UKIP in May - and a wipeout for the LibDems - could propel UKIP into overtaking Nick Clegg's Party. That would simply be unprecedented, and just what would that mean for the Prime Ministerial debates that will come prior to the next General Election?
Though I'm sure many will try and downplay this surge as a rise of the "others", it simply is not. The Greens and the BNP both remain on a lowly 2%, showing that it is UKIP solely emerging as the Party that is the real alternative to the Coalition and Labour.