UKIPs spectacular fall from the heights of their 12 MEPs elected in 2004 is summed up by the quality of celebrity they are able to attract to the euro-crank cause. In 2004, it was permatanned chat show host Robert Kilroy-Silk. In 2009, their star attraction is set to be obscure "celebrity" TV chef Rustie Lee whose last regular TV gig was on "TV-am" back in the 1980s.
Of course, as UKIPwatch pointed out a couple of weeks ago, standing as a UKIP parliamentary candidate is not a cheap hobby. Bidding to become a professional europhobe will cost you a £250 deposit just to be interviewed and a further £800 to be a full candidate for the 2009 euro elections. Rustie will have to get selling her new cookery book "A Taste of the Caribbean" to raise the cash.