A former Ukip aide has revealed the worst-kept secret in British politics: Nigel Farage enjoys "proper f***ing lunches".
And his team has a secret "Farageism" code they use when they fancy one - 'PFL'. It involves "three or four bottles" of wine but said he only enjoys such a lunch once a week, on average.
Raheem Kassem, who served as a senior adviser to Mr Farage during the election campaign, threw light on the internal row that sent Ukip into civil war after the election, when the party's only MP Douglas Carswell was accused of briefing anonymously against Mr Farage staying on as leader.
Mr Kassem, who left the party after Patrick O'Flynn blamed him for turning Mr Farage into a "snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive man," said Mr Carswell did not "fit" in Ukip.
"There's no doubt Douglas is a very intelligent man," he told BBC Newsnight. "I just don't think he fits into a political party.
“I think he sees Ukip as being an independent. Whereas actually the way to be independent is to sit as as an independent MP.
"I don't think he is willing to play the sort of push and pull you have to in a political party. I don't think he's really managed to fit in anywhere in Ukip."
He added that Ukip lacked experienced personnel in the press office who knew enough about election rules and the party was at times in danger of breaking purdah.
Mr Kassam also told the Guardian that Ukip was full of "rag-tag, unprofessional, embarrassing people" and “mess because there’s no discipline”. He described Ukip's HQ as "like a f***ing playground".
Best General Election 2015 quotes
Best General Election 2015 quotes
1/10 1. "Am I tough enough? Hell, yes, I'm tough enough."
Ed Miliband bats away suggestions he would be too weak on the international stage. It likely to go down as one of the quotes we remember this election by.
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2/10 2. "If I'm getting lively about it, it's because I feel bloody lively about it."
David Cameron attempts to prove how passionate he is about wanting a second term as Prime Minister after Tory donors criticised his lack of enthusiasm.
3/10 3. "Oh it's crats? I thought it was Liberal Demo-cats"
Reality TV star Joey Essex is taught a thing or two during his meeting with Nick Clegg.
4/10 4. "Brain fade"
Green party leader Natalie Bennett gave what was described as the "worst political leader's interview ever" on LBC Radio as she fails to answer how the Greens would pay for its ambitious housing policies.
5/10 5. "We're a shining example of a country where multiple identities work. Where you can be Welsh and Hindu and British, Northern Irish and Jewish and British, where you can wear a kilt and a turban, where you can wear a hijab covered in poppies. Where you can support Man Utd, the Windies and Team GB all at the same time. Of course, I'd rather you supported West Ham"
David Cameron experienced his own brain fade when he forgot which football team he supported.
6/10 6. “This is a real career-defining … country-defining election that we face in less than a week’s time”
The Prime Minister made another gaffe when he made it sound like the election was all about himself.
7/10 7. “Ed Miliband stabbed his own brother in the back to become Labour leader. Now he is willing to stab the United Kingdom in the back to become prime minister.”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon launched a vicious personal attack on Ed Miliband.
8/10 8. "Ajockalypse Now."
The colourful term used by Boris Johnson to describe a Labour government propped up by the SNP.
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9/10 9. “The SNP are openly racist. The anti-English hostility, and the kind of language that is used about and towards English people, is totally extraordinary.”
Nigel Farage launches an attack on Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP party.
10/10 10. "Terms are like Shredded Wheat. Two are wonderful, three might be too many."
David Cameron rules out a third term as Prime Minister.