The UK Independence Party anounces the resignation of Lord Pearson of Rannoch as its leader. Pearson, a decent cove, said 'I have learned that I am not much good at party politics'. This is rather understating the case.
Best wishes to anyone brave enough to take it on, but I fear that there is no one in the UKIP ranks with the visibility of Nigel Farage who, after his plane crash on Election Day, is said not to want the job.
In the 2009 EU elections UKIP came second, ahead of the Labour Party, with some 16% of the vote.