In his autobiography, The Purple Revolution, Nigel Farage said it was curtains for him if he failed to win in Thanet.
"The consequences of me failing to secure a seat for myself in the Commons would be significant for both myself and the party. It is frankly just not credible for me to continue to lead the party without a Westminster seat...was I supposed to brief UKIP policy from the Westminster Arms? No - if I fail to win South Thanet, it is curtains for me. I will have to step down."
He didn't win in Thanet, and he resigned, but he's now back by popular demand (apparently), in what may be the biggest u-turn ever made in politics.
Here are some of the best reactions.
The UKIP reshuffle:— TechnicallyRaarrrghh (@TechnicallyRon) May 11, 2015
Leader: Nigel Farage
Economics: Nigel Farage
Welfare: Nigel Farage
Education: Mannequin of Nigel Farage
Health: Nigel Fa
Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband currently checking the small print on their resignation press releases. #Farage— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) May 11, 2015
Farage has unresigned. It's the Ukip equivalent of Easter. "On the third day after resigning he shall unresign"— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) May 11, 2015
Farage is like one of those characters in a horror film that just keeps getting up and coming at you, whatever you throw at it.— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) May 11, 2015
Actually, I think you'll find Nigel Farage was the name of the scientist - this is Nigel Farage's Monster.— James Martin (@Pundamentalism) May 11, 2015