Having half-baked policies or no policies at all is not necessarily an obstacle to getting yourself elected as we all know, but not having candidates or not telling anyone about them is an entirely new approach being pioneered by Ukip in Wales.
At its conference in the plush surroundings of The Orangery in Margam in December, Nigel Farage told the assembled retired military types, xenophobes, racists, homophobes, crooks and funny handshake merchants who make up much of the party's membership that Nathan Gill, the former care home gangmaster, had been appointed Ukip leader in Wales (no messing about with all that messy democratic nonsense of electing someone), and that this was a sign that the party was taking Wales and Welsh politics seriously.
No laughing at the back.
If Ukip is serious about Wales, you would have thought they would have candidates in place for the general election which is now just over 100 days away. So far it has 17 candidates out of 40 in place, including luminaries such as John Rees-Evans, Cardiff South and Penarth, who claimed that a gay donkey had tried to rape his horse.
Among the noteworthy seats where Ukip has no candidate is Llanelli, where a previous attempt to select someone was aborted thanks to infighting between party members. The Ukip Wales website was until recently saying that a candidate to fight the seat would be selected on 7 January, but that date has now been removed.
It is now understood that the party will have another go at finding someone on 28 January, with former LibDem councillor Ken Rees still hoping to find a new political home.