When, one day, future generations study the rise and fall of the UK Independence Party, they will surely find its colourful story completely mystifying.
How did such a tiny party, founded by a lecturer at the London School of Economics, come to wield such extraordinary influence over the fate of our country?
How did an outfit dismissed by David Cameron as ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists’ make such inroads into the formerly Labour-voting North?
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage and his supporters celebrate after Britain voted to leave the EU. Only a few years ago, the prospect of Britain leaving the EU was simply unthinkable
And how, above all, did a party that has included such shameless, scandal-plagued self-promoters as Robert Kilroy-Silk and Neil Hamilton become the vehicle for a political revolution that would take Britain out of the EU and radically…