The idea of a referendum in five years time did not satisfy many people, apart from 'dyed in the wool' Labour and Tory supporters. On the whole it was all just 'pie in the sky'.
If anything, the speech has driven many people, both Tory and Labour into the bosom of the UK Independence Party. In fact, Gawain Towler, the UKIP Press Officer, in a recent press release, gives out figures which show that membership has increased significantly during the seven days after the speech.
One particular figure stands out. UKIP membership increased 233.03% in the seven days after the speech against the seven days previous to the speech. This has seen a lot of administrative work in the UKIP head office put into abeyance as it is all hands on deck answering the phone and taking new membership requests and credit card payments.
I cannot verify one particular set of figures which have been indicated to me by a senior UKIP representative. This is that the number of ex-Labour supporters joining UKIP is surging, especially after the Rotherham fiasco. And, that if figures continue to increase at this rate, UKIP will consist of an equal amount of Labour and Tory ex-members. Then, of course, there are a lot of UKIP members who had given up voting at all until our publicity started to surge.