Ed: Helen Hims, UKIP SW Regional Communications Officer, forwarded this letter from Alison Sheridan, Chairman UKIP Exeter. We are happy to publish it to encourage other branches to hold similar rallies.
(The photo accompanying this letter shows Alison rallying the crowd.)
First may I just say thank you to everyone for the thoughtful and kind words regarding my Dad. Such support and understanding means so much. He would have been thrilled with how our rally turned out.
We won the day in Exeter on Saturday 24th March on so many levels.
First, the other side never thought we’d dare contest their rally; they certainly never dreamt that we would turn out in such numbers and be so visual and audible! They also thought we would be intimidated by Antifa etc.
The traitors expected to dominate the news that night, readily enforcing the idea that opinion is changing in favour of Remain. They didn’t get their way. ITV and BBC covered our rally with more time allocated to us than I imagined they would give. This must have been one hell of a blow to the traitors, seeing as it throws cold water on their “everybody regrets their leave vote” mantra.
In holding a counter-rally at the same time on the same day and near each other the press were forced to cover it and Remoaners were denied their headlines – putting it back onto an even keel of “there were two rallies in Exeter about Brexit”, rather than the more potent “there was a massive anti Brexit rally in Exeter”.
I texted a picture of our rally – “Action for Brexit” – to Katie Hopkins who tweeted it to her 850, 000 followers. That coverage spiked up a satisfyingly petulant reaction from Ben Bradshaw MP who tweeted about it being a “small UKIP gathering”. He failed to address Katie’s point of whether he had Soros’s money in his pocket or if he was just pleased to see her Brexiteer friends! We clearly got to him as did the audience reach Katie gave us.
Also, I got the numbers of several students who are passionate Brexiteers and this is how we build up our profile and create even more of a rally database for next time.
Our upbeat and happy disposition drove the traitors mad. How satisfying. When they filed into Princesshay they actually resembled refugees fleeing a war torn city. Miserable and angry, they managed to generate an atmosphere akin to a wake or a disaster rather than a rally designed to inspire others to join. Then there is their unpleasant and coarse slogan “bollocks to Brexit”. This couldn’t be better for us as their lack of self awareness and staggering arrogance works in our favour.
When we went to visit the enemy camp we managed all too easily to demoralise and squash them.
We took along our Soros banner “Is Soros funding you Ben?” But the highlight was drowning out their Ode to Joy or whatever dirge they were singing with the National Anthem – sung at the top of our voices. They expressed their rage about it again later that evening on Twitter – complaining that we drowned them out – great stuff!
They are on the back foot and they know it. For many groups throughout history this has made them dig in and fight harder – like in the Battle of Britain or indeed Leavers during the referendum. The problem for the traitors is that they have no heart, no soul on which to draw their fight from. Our fight and spirit comes from centuries of history of our ancestors; it’s in our blood and in our DNA. Theirs comes from 40 odd years of a failed poxy political project.
Personally I think UKIP could win a lot of respect with the public with massive street campaigns especially doing counter-rallies and diluting the enemy’s press coverage. Many members of the public were delighted and relieved to see us there. We could lead the charge again this way, which might get us more respect at the moment than focusing solely on elections.
It was a great day and I am so deeply grateful to everyone who made the effort to be there and everyone who sent donations and messages of support. Without wanting to sound like an Oscars’ acceptance speech I must thank Helen for helping me so much and making things happen. Also, Brigitte, Gerrie and Ceri for their amazing support. Brigitte brought along over 500 bags to give out and paid for over 200 high vis jackets. Also huge thanks to Brian who put our Brexit tracks onto CD and took care of all the sound and filming on the day. Richard for his speech and support and Sebastian for several excellent speeches so willingly done and so professional and competent. Also our security led by Martin (no party) and Dutch (UKIP) who turned up with other ex-soldiers and members of the boxing club! Well, you never know if the far left are going to kick off. Last but not least, thanks to Richard and Mike who helped me hugely and Richard Wright who dealt with getting the press
For the record, I want to say I love our party and our members. I love the fact UKIP members are loyal and they get things done and put themselves out for the cause and for others. The Exeter rally was 80% UKIP and the donations from those who could and those who couldn’t be there but wanted to support the rally really made the difference.
Thank you all for making it happen.
We rocked Exeter!