It has been a whirlwind few days as a UKIP member, with a 2nd place in Barnsley followed by the Spring Conference in Scarborough over the weekend.
One thing that a lot of UKIP members are dumbfounded by, myself included, has been the media coverage of Barnsley. Lets not forget, this was a constituency that UKIP had come 5th in last year, with nobody giving any hint whatsoever that the Party might cause an upset. I have been told that the BBC were expecting UKIP to at best, scrape past the BNP and possibly the Liberal Democrats if we did especially well.
Fast forward to election night, and the Party secures its first ever 2nd place in a Westminster seat. Fair enough, the LibDems collapse and Labour predictably perform well. But UKIP's dramatic rise is lumped in with the BNP in beating Nick Clegg's Party. There is no significant deal made of this 7.5% increase in the vote for what is considered by many in the media still as a "minor Party".
Hold on. UKIP didn't just scrape past the Tories. It spanked David Cameron's Party by nearly 1,000 votes and got pretty much the same amount of votes as the Coalition parties combined. This is unprecedented.
Yet the media seem to have virtually ignored this astonishing result. Perhaps it is too challenging to their cosy dismissal of UKIP as being single issue and minor. But if they are really honest with themselves, what we are seeing is the emergence of a truly radical alternative political force.
If UKIP can do this in Labour areas like Barnsley as well as Tory areas up and down the country, the next General Election could see a phenomenal UKIP performance. As much as the media may attack, ignore and attempt to discredit the Party, its performance at such elections is only going to grow. They had better get used to the idea.