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On the day UKIP finally chose its new leader to replace Nigel Farage, an unprecedented thunderstorm hit Britain. Not the thunderstorm that dumped almost half a month's rain in the east, south and south-east of England within hours.
Yet Farage's replacement is miles off that description. Diane James is as southern and middle-class as you can get, and comes across as throwback to the days when Ukip's main support base was deemed to come from retired Colonels living on the edge of Salisbury Plain.
On Friday UKIP announced their new leader Diane James as everybody's supposedly favourite purple potentate Nigel Farage finally hands over the torch at the Party Conference. But what is the future for the party?
Leave campaigners called for a points-based system, and Leave won the referendum. Any sense this is not being delivered will surely play into the hands of Ukip. Even if Theresa May did not want the Australian system, she could have quite easily announced there would be a "British-style points-based system"... Confusing policy, strange politics.
If there is a hope of removing the Conservatives from power, it lies in a party seizing the mantle of Opposition, with a capital O, not lower case: to oppose is critical, certainly. But to win faith and trust, they must propose a way forward, not simply look to their past.
Despite the runaway success of the UK Independence Party - with four million votes at the 2015 general election and a Brexit vote at the EU referendum - the majority of voters don't believe that the party will spend much longer as a force in British politics.
We are no longer protesting the establishment but are fighting to become it. With the vision that Jonathan has we will be able to become an absolutely unstoppable force and not just a thorn in the side of a few Labour or Conservative elected representatives.
It may have been the EU referendum that triggered the recent political uncertainty but the roots of this chaos run much deeper. The only way to re-engage those who feel disillusioned with the political system is a proportional voting system where their voices are counted equally.
With that in mind, my approach to leadership will be very different to his: you can't out-Nigel Nigel. Any candidate who tries will fall flat on their face; they'll end up being measured by that yardstick. That is not to say I will be a cookie cutter, production line politician like many of those found currently on the benches at Westminster. Ukip's not like that and neither am I.
We need somebody true to our membership and the people who have worked hard to make Ukip what it is today; to honour those who have given countless hours to our cause to ensure that they continue this incredible journey with us. With years of experience and loyalty to his name, I know that Steven is the right successor.
After Farage's resignation I was at a loss. Who would be the next leader of UKIP and who had the vision to take us forward as a political party? Steve Woolfe is great MEP and a stalwart of UKIP but do not appeal to me and with Suzanne Evan's leadership bid being blocked I had no idea who I saw as the leader of UKIP. There was nobody who was suspected to stand who I could put my utter faith in to take UKIP forward, rebrand and fight tooth and nail for Brexit.
An amalgam of rebellious Labour MPs and the Lib-Dems could be just that; an exciting new party which people can be optimistic about. It would unquestionably have a chance of success. The only thing currently standing in its way is the bravery of a few select individuals.
Since the EU referendum win, and after the hangovers had eased away, Farage and others at the top of Ukip - including donor Arron Banks - have been mulling over what to do next. Throughout last week, meetings took place involving Farage and his close confidents to discuss how Ukip should go forward, and what part the MEP should play in it... This resignation was a thought-out, prepared and considered move. A marked contrast to last May, when Farage quit as Ukip leader after failing to win the seat of Thanet South in the 2015 General Election.
Should I think about leaving ? For me the answer is no. I won't leave because this is my home and I am confident this rise in hatred can be tackled, so to all those who say 'leave if you don't like it' I'm here to stay.
We are living through one of the greatest sea changes in British history and if the past week has been anything to go by we cannot rely on our elected officials alone to decide on what our country's future is going to be like. We have to come together, work together and decide together what our future is going to look like. We have to build it for ourselves.