Tory turncoat Douglas Carswell has opted to sit in the Commons chamber on the front bench below the gangway populated by the socialist heckler tendency.
Trailing to Ukip on immigration and to Labour on the NHS, the Conservatives' best hope may be an economic slowdown that persuades voters the storm has not passed.
"Oh, look! Ukip's doing something funny again!" stories only really work to overshadow the party's actual failings.
A Radio 1 DJ behind the mock-Carribean anthem championing Ukip sees the error of his ways. Though any offence was obviously "unintentional".
Ukip, whose EU political group recently collapsed, does a deal with a far-right Polish politician to keep its funding.
Why the collapse of Ukip's EU political group is good news for the UK and Europe.
Both parties will be portrayed as unserious and lacking in credibility.
Politicians should listen to the public mood but not be constrained by it. It should not be irreconcilable to address immigration’s problems while making a positive case for it.
The Greens are a legitimate political party, with real MPs and thousands of voters. If Ukip deserve to be on the platform, so do they.
The clash between those who want a tougher stance, and those who want to maintain a liberal approach, is intensifying.