UKIP leader Nigel Farage declared himself pleased to have grabbed third place in the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election but the result is far from a ringing endorsement of the Eurosceptic party.
Tory candidate Bob Neill scraped in by the skin of his teeth with the Lib Dems coming within 633 votes of taking the seat.
With the Conservatives haemorrhaging votes (11,962 to be precise), a UKIP gain of 872 suggests people are not as fed up or scared of Europe as Farage and co would have us believe.
According to the Guardian, UKIP ploughed £75,000 into the by-election, a considerable sum for the return of votes they actually received.
In fact each of the 2,347 votes Farage picked up cost the princely sum of £31.96. Not exactly a bargain.