We've seen very little coverage for candidates other than Nigel Farage in this leadership election, aside from pieces by the BBC that have to be impartial. The fact is that Farage, love him or hate him, is highly respected by journalists in and around Westminster.
One of the leadership candidates, Professor Tim Congdon, has taken to saying that UKIP needs to focus more in the UK and London. I would put it to him and his supporters that you only have to look at the coverage Nigel Farage has received by those based in Westminster during the last few weeks to see how he has obviously worked hard there already. Sky News, the Daily Mirror, The Telegraph, the Daily Express and now the Sunday Express have all featured pieces from Farage in recent weeks.
Like it or not, none of the other candidates - whether MEPs or not - have received anywhere near as much coverage, if they have received any coverage at all outside of the BBC. And lets not forget Farage was also invited on Question Time not that long ago.
The fact is that Nigel Farage is rightly seen as being an incredibly able and articulate voice for anti-EU argument. There are none better, not just in my eyes, but in the eyes of the press who make their own minds up on who is credible and who is not.
I very much hope and expect that Nigel Farage will become Leader of UKIP again. His job now is to do what Caroline Lucas did effectively and make himself a figure the press go to not just on one key area, but on a broad range of issues. I would suggest there is incredibly fertile territory right now for UKIP on the areas of law and order, education and the fundamental question of the size of government.
UKIP could genuinely be the exciting, diverse grassroots British equivalent of the American Tea Party which has captured the imagination of the American public and which is set to make major gains in America's mid-term elections. But it needs that credible, respected figurehead to drive it forward. There is no one better for that role than Nigel Farage.