The Chingford polecat unsheathed his claws this morning, encouraging voters to turn against all the major parties in a demonstration of disgust at their abuse of the system of allowances and to vote for the minority parties.
He was - according to the interviewer - careful to stress that this did not mean that people should vote BNP, which is to his credit, but this is a strong indication of support for UKIP and about as far as Lord Tebbit could risk going without being certain of expulsion from the Conservative Party.
Now, far be it from me to criticise old Norman, but I think to think that a vote for UKIP is a vote against snouts in the trough is ridiculous. The UKIPpers have been enthusiastic passengers on the gravy train - indeed two of their 12 MEPs have left the party over fraud allegations. Tom Wise has been investigated by the police and Ashley Mote was sent down for a £67,000 benefit fraud - which leaves the Westminster MPs looking like rank amateurs at the game. Hell, Alan Duncan could buy a whole fleet of ride-on mowers for that money. The trial judge described Mote as a 'truly dishonest man.'
And we won't even mention the political abyss that seems to have swallowed up the man who used to be UKIP's most high-profile member, Robert Kilroy-Silk, to the point where his fellow East Midlands MEPs called on him to resign for not turning up to the parliament at all.