Nigel Farage “stepped aside” as leader of the racist Ukip party on Monday saying he wanted his “life back”.
The last time Farage did this, after he failed to win a seat at the general election, he came back a few days later.
He can’t credibly pull the same trick twice.
It follows increasingly public feuding between Farage and Ukip’s only MP Douglas Carswell.
Farage even said last week that Carswell could be kicked out of the party.
Farage’s move is a tribute to everyone who campaigned against Ukip.
There were rumours that if Andrea Leadsom became Tory leader she would find a way to bring Farage into her fold.
But Farage’s demise underlines that Ukip has not received a massive boost from the Leave vote.
Another leader who some on the Remain side said would now be dominant has been sidelined.