It’s been a fun-filled four years for those lucky 12 men elected for UKIP in 2004. The European Parliament did what the British public had long been dreaming of by helping Robert Kilroy Silk vanish form the media spotlight; poor old Ashley Mote got an extended holiday in jail; Tom Wise awaits his fate; and John Whittaker wielded his axe ruthlessly.
And if you have ever wished of joining this motley crew, then now’s your chance. The 2009 candidate selection process is under way, just don’t forget your cheque book.
Before you even get to the interview stage, so that's pretty much anyone who applies, you will be requied to pay a non-returnable deposit of £250.
Should you be lucky enough to be shortlisted you will get invited to the odd husting and, providing you do the business, and we have already mentioned some of those that did the business last time, you will become a UKIP candidate for the 2009 European elections. Well once you've coughed up another 800 quid.
You may well see some of that again but that depends on how many deposits UKIP manages to save. So potentially, you could end up paying over a grand to be quizzed by the UKIP faithful and then face humiliation at the polling booth. UKIPwatch is ruling itself out with immediate effect.
Anyone who's still interested should probably check these rules out and note that a CRB check is now mandatory.