At the end of the day the latest EU elections, UKIP and the Scottish referendum, Ukraine and others are about a resurgence of tribalism? UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s stock beer and cigarette photo op appeals to a English sense of identity among those who feel unrepresented in the current mometum towards conformity. In a similar way the Ayottollah Khomeini carried Iranians with him in 1979 by reminding them who they were against the uncompromising pro-Westernisation of the Shah. Anyone who has witnessed an African tribal war or Europe before 1945 will understand how this can work. Practical argument counts for nothing if political leaders cannot take their tribe with them. The latest election results show that so far they have failed.