As the results of the 2013 local elections come in one thing is clear; Ukip are going to have to be taken seriously.
He said: "We've been abused by everybody, attacked by the entire establishment, who did their best to stop ordinary decent people from going out and voting Ukip and they have done in big, big numbers.
He added: "Send in the clowns."
It marks a peak in the turbulent history of Ukip.
Since their founding in 1993 they have struggled to gain a foothold in Westminster and have had limited success in the European Parliament.
Along the way their have been embarrassments, power struggles, accusations of racism, Kilroy and even a plane crash...
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