Ukip and Mr Farage don’t seem to be enjoying the scrutiny that comes with electoral success, and Friday’s press conference revealed an irritable side to Mr Farage which is rarely seen. But they have to get used to it and, more importantly, to deal with it.
Ukip is still set to do extremely well in May’s European and local elections. Then there is the general election, at which Mr Farage promised a “good number” of seats.
With further success will come further scrutiny, for which the party will have to develop a more sophisticated strategy. Employing heavies to block journalists’ paths is not the answer.