From where I witness things on the ground in east Kent and from what I hear from prospective candidates in constituencies throughout the country, things look very different to Andy Beckett's bleak view. Maybe my own judgment is immersed in wish fulfilment too, but only time will tell who is right.
To start a party from nothing; to present only one issue to the public; to field 550 prospective candidates; to gain ground, however disputable the amount gained - these things are in themselves a considerable achievement.
Any hopes that the Referendum Party will now go quietly away are vain. Other party stalwarts should remind themselves that all we seek is to re-empower their own successful candidates.
The pounds 200m yearly "information on Europe" budget from Brussels and the pounds 60m given by George Soros to "further European unification" places Sir James Goldsmith, with his pounds 20m, more in the role of a David than a Goliath.