These are the first letters by UKIP Daily contributors and readers which we received this morning in the wake of Diane James’ resignation. We’ll update this page as more letters reach us, with the most recent at the top of the page.
If UKIP is to continue as a political party, it will now need someone with a very strong character to take it over and drive it onwards. Let us hope that such a person exists within the Party.
It achieved its original purpose of getting Britain out of the grip of the European Union and even compelled the Tory party to adopt many of its policies.
So it would be a great shame if UKIP were not around to form a sensible opposition in Parliament — and eventually a sensible Government.
Respectfully, Sonya Jay Porter
Well here we are again. How many times have we been here?
We won a great victory – despite all those at the helm conceding defeat at the close of polls. Then they had to withdraw hastily a few hours later, because we had actually won!.
The second resignation. The long election process. The antics of ensuring the favourite was neutered. The puzzlement about how and why everything could have been left to the last moment. The lead-up to the conference. Who would we get as leader? Ah! Her! Could have been a lot worse. Let us unite!
Oh dear! She’s gone!
Start again! Again?
How many more times can this happen? Nigel really was the best, now even he does not want to do it. Can’t blame him. Where, or who, do we go to?
May I suggest something? We only won a vote. Nothing has been done yet, as no contingency plans had been made; such was the complacency of what we had been led to believe was a ‘super-oiled machine’. In actuality, one could not have sold whelks from that stall! Not only the politicians should go but half the civil service too. They were not behaving as they did in Yes Minister, which is how it all ought to be done. That programme revealed this to us all back in the day, but sadly it has all changed now.
Theresa May has been making some promising noises after a prolonged silence. But it is all stated in her surname. We are still with ‘the old politics’ until that is proven not to be the case. So UKIP is very necessary, vital, in fact.
I am not going to argue the case for Nigel as a leader, unless he wants it – and he genuinely may not. There is a sense in which he has delivered what had previously been seen as impossible. We must take his alarm at threats against himself and his family seriously – in a way which I find myself strangely unable to do with, say, Kim Kardashian.
With her ‘industry’, there has been a stage managing every bit of the way. Most people are fed up with having her stuffed down their throats and, if the most recent news is not a desperate attempt to reverse flagging ratings for her show, then she can still be blamed for flaunting her wealth but failing to spend the money necessary to safeguard it. Self-inflicted injury.
UKIP is rather different. Its four million voters have seen through all the political deceit. They have been howling ‘No more!’ for as long as anyone can remember. Having voices in the talking shop which masquerades as the EU’s democratic assembly (a complete pretence as they are empowered to do nothing of any consequence) has had at least one benefit. Some amusing speeches by Nigel, which achieved their objective – to gain publicity for the fact that the whole edifice was nothing but a massive fraud. That woke up sufficient people from the media induced sleep-walking state to get us to victory.
So back to my suggestion, now the imperative is at least two-fold 1.) to ensure Brexit does occur and 2.) to roll back a ‘big-state-small-people’ to a ‘small-state-free-people’. There are a few politicians in the other parties who want 1.) but almost nobody who wants 2.) because their rewards are all tilted at the status quo and have been for far too long.
UKIP requires a leader who will promise to deliver both these aims for us. Let them emerge!
Respectfully, Schrödinger’s Cat
Well, that came out of left field! After Diane’s ‘coronation’ at the UKIP conference, I felt sure that she would keep to the words she said in her acceptance speech and work hard to pull the party together. But it was not to be.
I am sorry she has felt the need to quit because of personal reasons, although it must be said that perhaps if she had personal problems she should not have gone for the leadership, and I am disgusted that the party hierarchy and officials have, it seems, not backed her. This is inexcusable. Even if they did not vote for her, they and all the party should have supported her for the sake of party unity.
What now for UKIP? This leaves the way open for Suzanne Evans and Steven Woolfe to rejoin the leadership contest. There was a bit of fishiness around the way Suzanne was prevented from running, which can now be resolved, and I hope Steven is given another chance, although he should have realised that he needed to get his nomination submitted in time; every one of us who has ever stood for election knows the importance of sticking rigidly to the deadlines.
Let’s have another leadership election and whoever wins, like them or not, we all get behind them to ensure that Brexit really does mean Brexit.
Respectfully,Debbie le May
The folly of electing a Party Leader by the method prescribed by our present rules is clearly demonstrated by the fiasco which has resulted.
Allowing every paid up member of the Party to vote might appear to be wonderfully democratic but how can the membership possibly be expected to make informed choices when most of them will never have even seen or heard the candidates, let alone worked with them and learned their foibles.
What has to happen now – and urgently – is that our MEPs and our one MP have to choose one of their own number who is both ready, willing and able to step into the breach and lead our Party to the potentially bright future that beckons. We don’t have to continue down the Jeremy Corbyn route!
If the Party has to hold a further ballot of the membership – and it’s questionable as to whether we can actually afford to do so – then that election should be for the position of Party Chairman, although there is a much better case for this being done by interview by a reconstituted NEC comprising a representative from each and every region.
All else aside, I sincerely hope that, at this critical time, the Party will put aside all vested interest and individual pretensions to do what is best for our Party’s continued phenomenal success at the polls”.
Respectfully, Christopher Gill
This is the last scenario any of us would have wanted, not least for the obvious anguish it will have caused Diane herself. She deserves our thoughts and prayers.
What to do? How about asking Lisa to step into the job as interim leader to steady the ship. She has, after all, been our Party Director who master minded the European Election in 2014 and whose organisational skills are second to none. She has not come from another Party and is a pure Ukipper.
The mountain we have to climb starts with the Witney by election and the local elections next year with even the possibility of a general election. Lisa is the only person I can think of who will plan all of these in a clear, straightforward way whereby everyone will know what they are doing, what is expected of them and she will begin by making the members themselves take ownership of our great Party. Could we give her that chance?
Respectfully, Liz Phillips