Just ten days after writing, in my opinion, that the writing was on the wall for a slow demise of UKIP, they have gone and surprised me (and hopefully a few others) by showing that they still have some purpose in the politics of the UK.
I wrote before about the loss of party members in different parts of the country, but since then they've gained two previously Tory Lords, gained a notable Tory advisor and now two major Tory donors have said they may vote UKIP because of David Cameron's policies towards Europe.
In my view, this does not show that UKIP are set for any great revival, but highlights that they still have a role to play in being a major thorn in the side of the Tory Party. Should UKIP get some major backers, they could, I stress could, deny the Tories a handful of seats and cost the Tories an overall majority or allow Labour back in.
Personally, and everyone knows I am no fan of "Dave", but I think he needs to have the nerve and bottle to ignore the right wing Euros sceptics. Europe is an issue that bother some people, but affects few votes in real elections. Indeed, in my experience, it turns people off voting and politicians. It is surely no mistake that UKIP have slipped in the polls and the Tories been on a steady rise since Europe was not being talked about. UKIP remain a fringe party, with a single issue (I know they have a full policy agenda, but can UKIP members name more than one of their policies ?), and whilst people don't talk about that issue, they do not have the oxygen of publicity, their membership dwindles, the money runs dry, and they become less relevant.
Perhaps they Tories may miss out on some money from their donors, but they have potentially much more to gain from keeping quiet on Europe.