The Mail on Sunday have a Survation poll showing UKIP to be tied with the LibDems on 11% nationally. Those good old Greenies are on 3% - the same number as with YouGov - despite receiving extensive BBC, LBC and Evening Standard publicity during this year's London Mayoral race thus far.
UKIP's rise is a phenomenon that is being utterly ignored by the establishment media outside of the Daily Express. The Party is now polling at the same level as the LibDems - a Party whose Conference for instance was extensively covered by all the TV channels over multiple days. For UKIP's Spring gathering meanwhile, the BBC did a few half-minute pieces while ITV, Channel 4, The Telegraph and others seemed to completely ignore it. That was despite Roger Helmer defecting on the day.
May isn't likely to see hundreds of UKIP Councillors elected. But many hundreds of UKIP candidates from all over the country are likely to see their vote share shoot up, as more and more local UKIP strongholds build silently, under the radar of the nation's Westminstercentric political class. With a few years of Coalition still to go until the next European and General Elections, this is a rise that the media should really start paying attention to. Because come 2015 it could explode with a flurry of UKIP MPs being elected to Westminster in a manner that catches the pundits with their eyes off the ball just as occurred in Bradford.