If the ‘central party’ and their leader thought things would quieten down, they were wrong. The following letter from our contributor Jim Makin shows that members are not only not going to accept the “business as usual, nothing to see here, go away” prescription from the leadership, they are thinking ahead:
we in East Hampshire have been sunk in despair at Henry’s antics. He has shown such appalling judgement that he has absolutely disqualified himself from our leadership.
In any case with his “full shadow cabinet” he was playing the establishment’s game – UKIP can neither afford nor manage such an unwieldy structure; to succeed we must push our own agenda, not react to the establishment. We should have a top team of perhaps half a dozen.
We have to accept that we are seen as a single-issue protest Party. We need to behave like one whilst laying the foundations to eventually oppose the creeping anarchy mismanagement disinformation and subjugation that our current political masters are deploying.
Is UKIP now done for?
We thought so, but Gerard Batten’s piece in UKIP Daily gives us a shred of hope. It occurred to us that he is possibly the only man of sufficient stature, who might command our members’ trust to lead the Party out of this mess.
He is well known, well respected, well thought-out, of long-standing, untainted, has done an excellent job on Brexit (and has upset the Guardian about Islam for good measure). Furthermore, yesterday’s article demonstrated that he is tune with what needs now to be done to fix the Party (if that is possible) and to make it an electable force again.
If we must have an election then the NEC must make it clear that it will be as short a campaign as possible and only two or three candidates should stand. We consider that none of the previous leadership candidates will be adequate to the task.
Gerard will likely be our last chance. If you or better still your branch agrees, then please email the NEC via head office to tell them that Gerard needs to be persuaded to accept/stand for the leadership.
If you have a better idea, send that, and publish in UKIP Daily.
It’s time for the branches and members to make our views known, and for the NEC to do what it takes.
Respectfully, Jim Makin
Our contributor Felicia Catto is writing with an appeal to readers to make use of our ‘Sample Letters to the NEC’ and email the chairman especially but also the other NEC members. Copying in other NEC members (‘Cc’ in address list of your email) seems to be a very good idea to ensure that they know that and what you’ve written to the chairman:
after Henry Bolton’s letter to members alerting us to ‘a change in his circumstances’ or words to that effect; after the comments pouring in from members all this week on the relevant articles that he must go, the editors of UKIP Daily put up another piece of ‘Sample Letters’, urging members to write to the NEC.
Of course neither the chairman or any other NEC member can speak to us/acknowledge receipt of our emails because, as Paul Oakden made clear in his statement sent to members, there’s to be a blanket of silence until they meet on Thursday. But let that not discourage us: they do get our emails, so do write to the chairman and the rest to inform them of our opinion.
We don’t know if Bolton-supporters have been encouraged to mail in their support for him. If so, you can bet that their emails will be used to support those on the NEC who want him to stay. We can’t let that happen!
Respectfully, Felicia Catto
And finally, another issue of the wonderful “Causal Caustic Comments” by Peter Mchugh, secretary of the Bromsgrove branch:
CASUAL CAUSTIC COMMENT
Wednesday 10th January.
So Theresa has reshuffled the motley pack that comprised her post election cabinet, and we are now expected to buy into the idea that she captains the perfect ministerial team to oversee our final and long overdue separation from the EU, and to guide our initial steps as a newly independent nation.
She has not appointed the mooted : NO DEAL ON BREXIT minister, as the press suggested she might.
She has appointed more youngsters – and more from the ethnic communities, but is there anything to suggest that they are the answer to our current problems or the issues we face nationally and internationally, and, are they even an improvement on the outgoing bunch ?
Well frankly, NO ! and if her party’s track record in office is anything to go by that is extremely unlikely, because there is nothing palpable to suggest that Westminster itself, is the answer to any of our current problems .
The sheer smugness of the reshuffle is in itself galling, as these self interested career politicians pose for the media and congratulate themselves on clawing a few more rungs up their own personal political ladder, and then reflect on how they intend to spend their extra ministerial salary.
We have a transport minister who has cancelled previously sanctioned and much needed upgrades of rail routes across the country, whose department has negotiated a deal with Govia who operate the Southern franchise, which is going to cost the taxpayer tens of millions, and who is going ahead with the sure failure, HS 2.
Brexit is no nearer, though the recent nationwide petition has forced parliament to discuss it’s subject: Leave the EU Now, on January 22nd – this may spur the laggardly Ms May into action.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is opposing a Brexit-related, managed divergence deal, and British workers under the age of 50 will face increased taxes and higher contributions because the national pension fund will run out by 2035 – worth knowing !
In the light of the above, we Brits will need to get used to the fact that when it comes to BAD GOVERNMENT, we do it better than anyone else, and longer.
by Peter Mchugh, Secretary, Bromsgrove branch