Her resignation after 18 days will - again - provoke laughter from many of Ukip's opponents. But those in the Labour party should not laugh too hard. With James now gone, it will allow the party to elect a leader who can truly take them on in those northern, working-class Labour heartlands. Deputy leader Paul Nuttall - who was supposed to have stood down but is yet to be replaced - would be an excellent candidate, but he didn't want to job three months ago and there is no suggestion he would change his mind now. That means Steven Woolfe could walk into the role.
Why, when someone knowingly and deliberately chooses to embrace a cancerous and poisonous ideology which has been responsible for mass murder and attempted genocide, do we act as though they're passive bystanders and say they 'have been radicalised'?
Nicolas Sarkozy's announcement on Wednesday that, if elected president of France in May 2017, he would give Britain a chance to reverse the Brexit vote, has raised eyebrows across the European Union. Can such a decision, democratically taken by the people of a sovereign member state of the EU, be overlooked? What's in it for Sarkozy?
The right of the Labour Party, for all its doom-stricken expressions and angry attacks on Corbyn and his adherents, is in fact being insufficiently pessimistic. They seem to think that if they replace their leader with a balding, uncharismatic, middle-class technocrat, it will be sufficient to avert the collapse of the Labour electoral coalition, ride out the politically destabilising effects of Brexit, and confront the emerging problem of a new fascism that could define the future of western politics. Myself, I shall stick with Corbyn.
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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.