Ukip has an opportunity to reinvent itself too now, as a truly 21st-century movement along the same lines as the Five Star movement in Italy. Woolfe will get another chance to run for the leadership, with a mandate to sweep aside the hopeless national executive committee and boot out Carswell – the quicker he goes, the better. Woolfe, a working-class boy from the north, is better positioned than anyone to help Ukip displace Labour as the party that stands up for ordinary people, believes in Britain and fights for the national interest.
Ukip in chaos? Ukip redundant? Not on your life – this is just the beginning.