Cut to this week's by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire, where their candidate Lady Lily The Pink unexpectedly upset the odds and managed to finish second to last, winning 1 per cent of the vote, which was more than UKIP.
Pink campaigned by appealing to those who no longer feel represented by the current political class. Speaking to the BBC she said:
Like a large proportion of the electorate, I'm angry, angry at the failings, the loopholes and the all-too-often self-serving system of governance we currently have.
I'm not a real politician. I'm not even a real Lady, I am however a real Loony - and I'm using comedy, satire and fancy dress in an attempt to get us all heard.
I'm standing - sitting, slouching, occasionally leaning - in this by-election campaign to give voice to those who have the right to vote yet who feel there is no point in voting.
Not only did her campaign work but according to the Beeb, the Loony Party also made a +1 gain in the seat and beat UKIP's candidate, Liz Phillips, by more than 100 votes.
The "official monster raving loony party" surely did well... 😅😁 https://t.co/KJybvw65n4
UKIP - We sleep!
Huge congratulations to Lily the Pink in the #BreconByelection, . . . @Berni_Benton has her… https://t.co/W8T5unVb1o
— 📢 OffiCiaL MoNsTEr RaVIng LooNy PArTy 🎩 (@📢 OffiCiaL MoNsTEr RaVIng LooNy PArTy 🎩)
Given that his might be the biggest political upset in the UK since oh, shall we say the summer of 2016, there has understandably been a lot of euphoric reaction, especially as the party's Brexit policy involves Noel Edmonds because who understands 'deal or no deal' better than him?
UKIP beaten by the Monster Raving Loony Party!
How’s that for breakfast reading @NeilUKIP? https://t.co/CagFV1TxTo
This is unlikely to be the end of UKIP as an entity in British politics but their influence has definitely begun to wane since Nigel Farage defected and set his 'Brexit Party' which finished third at the by-election behind the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
Beyond UKIP this will be seen as a major defeat for Boris Johnson, who suffered the quickest by-election defeat for any new prime minister since World War II as the Lib Dem candidate Jane Dodds, beat the Tories Chris Davies by 1,425 votes to take the seat.