Ever since our wonderful success in getting the right result in the referendum, there has been much talk that Ukip no longer has a role to play in the political scene.
They are totally wrong.
Some of those who feel that they need to endorse this view are possibly looking for a way out of continuing in their activities with Ukip, having worked for what seemed a conclusion beyond their grasp.
I understand the concept of political shellshock – the drag of endless campaigning with limited resources and activists.
But we need to become more organised and adopt sensible objectives.
By being more organised I do not mean feeding more and more letterboxes.
Old attitudes need to change if we are to be a potent threat to Labour in the North East.
And we are, but that needs to be underpinned with a structure that enables rather than diminishes our efforts.
What we also need is at least five policies that differentiate us from the rest.
I would suggest these could provide focus and directed attack.
End Foreign Aid.
Reform, and regional budgets for, the NHS.
Reduction of migration and “employment for Britain’s (workers) first” underpinned by a massive training programme to get trained UK staff to replace the need for migrant labour.
Divert and Stop HS2 funding towards national projects outside of London, which will provide a quicker and faster benefit to the economy of the whole country.
A government development bank to fund business rather than channelling money through existing banks.
This is just my thinking and no doubt there are many other policies that need to be aired and adopted.
We have a new leader and hopefully new drive, but it has to be targeted and supported.
We still have a massive task to force Labour out of the North East, make no mistake about that.
So for all those who feel we do not have a role following Brexit, you are wrong and our work is just starting.
So have a breather but then get organised and get started.
Ukip is the home for the “homeless voter.’”Make it happen.
Chris Gallacher, TD VR,