But, please, 'Kippers', don't think it hasn't been fun. And don't think that I, personally, am not deeply grateful because I am! However, once the referendum was won and 'Dim Dave' expunged from parliament if not, alas, totally from memory, then 'for you the war was over'. Today, your sole MP, Douglas Carswell, has, so to speak, 'done a Churchill' who shifted from the Tories to the Liberals and then back again and boasted that he didn't just rat once, he ratted twice!
The 'Kippers' would have been described by the late, great, Bernard Levin, as "sifs", single issue fanatics, and their problem, as always, is that when the single issue is resolved they cease to have a raison d'être. Even so, I am second to none in my admiration for the Herculean efforts of Nigel Farage in particular, and the 'Kippers' en masse, who brought off one of the greatest political coups in post-war British politics.
Douglas Carswell also deserves praise for his political courage in resigning from the Tory party and then fighting his corner on behalf of UKIP. I hope he remains in politics and it will be interesting to see where he ends up because he is that rarity, a politician with ideas which are original and sensible.