It seems that is the view of Nigel Farage, UKIP's out going Leader. In an astonishing outburst of the BBC's Daily Politics Show on Wednesday this week he effectively dismissed all the other candidates despite three of them being MEP's and the fourth being a highly regarded and extremely knowledgeable South West Committee Chairman and UKIP Returning Officer.
This author for one was quite frankly shocked at the comments which would have been problematic in a UKIP meeting, but to say such a thing on National Television, has re-ignited the debate as to whether UKIP is indeed a one man party.
UKIP Constitutional experts have said Nigel has blatantly breached party rules, but it seems no one in a senior position is prepared to speak out against him.
The other candidates would rightly feel let down, and perhaps very deflated as being branded effectively useless by the man they would, if elected have to work with. Three will still have to work with him in the European Union.
In the interests of the party it is my view that Nigel should apologise not only to the candidates but to the membership. The comments on the UKIP members forum, is very much reflected by those in the general membership I have spoken to. This was an appalling gaff, that the party can do without.