Today we have a mixed bunch of letters. The first letter needs to go out before the NEC meeting for obvious reasons. It is by our contributor David Meacock, UKIP Spokesman for Culture and Arts:
How can Mr Bolton publicly declare on Wednesday night that getting back together with Jo Marney is not ruled out and think he can retain his UKIP Leadership when he himself has declared only days earlier on Monday their romance was “obviously quite incompatible” with his role as party leader?
UNBELIEVABLE. Just how stupid does he think we are that he can think we’re going to be taken in by all this Hokey Cokey, in out, swing it all about, nonsense?
Actions speak louder than words – Dining at the National Liberal Club, having stood for the Lib-Dems in 2005: hmm.
How dare he accuse those of us, who believe HIS antics have brought the party into disrepute, of “an organised coup” and “co-operating with Left Wing Press.” The Daily Mail and Telegraph Left wing rags? I don’t think so: what planet is he on?! How many times do so many have to say RESIGN NOW before he’ll get the message?
Even Nigel Farage when last asked should Bolton resign refused to comment: such lack of positive enthusiasm will have been interpreted by most as being nearly as good as “Yes, he should resign.”
If Bolton won’t resign the NEC MUST vote him out at their meeting on Sunday 21st, or UKIP is finished.
Respectfully, David Meacock, UKIP Spokesman for Culture and Arts.
Then there’s this letter from our contributor and correspondent Ann Farmer which speaks for itself and should go to the NEC as well:
UKIP leader Henry Bolton, who left his wife and children over Christmas, says his three-week ‘romance’ with 25-year-old ‘glamour model’ Jo Marney made him ‘“the happiest I have been in years”’; Mr Bolton ‘put his relationship with Ms Marney on hold’ after it emerged that she ‘made racist comments about Meghan Markle in messages to a friend’, while hinting that ‘he could rekindle it in future’ (Interview, Telegraph, January 18, 2018).
Seemingly unaware of the damage that her deeply unpleasant views might do to a party struggling to rebut accusations of racism, Mr Bolton seems to feel aggrieved that political leaders cannot do whatever they want in their private lives and associate with whomever the wish; that they cannot leave their families, have affairs with young women with dubious careers and even more dubious views and be left in peace to enjoy the fruits of political power.
Theresa May has just given away £44 million to Emmanuel Macron’s barely disguised threat to allow the illegal immigrant encampment to regroup at Calais, rather than policing his own borders properly in the first place; ‘desperate for allies in the second phase of Brexit talks’, she has ignored our natural allies in Eastern Europe, and in a show of abject weakness is embarking on a ‘charm offensive’ against the French, with cultural exchanges including the loan of the Bayeux Tapestry – in five years time, providing it can be ‘safely transported’.
Macron will undoubtedly exploit his advantage to the full, and UKIP should be holding her to account on this and her handling of Brexit, which will end up becoming so expensive that, presented with another referendum, some people may be persuaded to stay in the EU.
Mr Bolton may give the impression that it is media intrusion into his private life that is preventing him from doing his job, but he himself has invited that intrusion. If he cannot concentrate on the job in hand he should stand down and let someone else do it. He may have been a brave soldier but any political leader must have the courage to put his party first – and that entails putting his family first, rather than his ego or his libido.
Respectfully, Ann Farmer
Next, a letter from Mike Hookem MEP, written after the EU Parliament’s vote on his amendment, banning electro-pulse fishing. At least some in UKIP are still keeping their eyes on UKIP Policies:
I welcome research conducted by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation that found 8 out of 10 people want the UK to quit the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) immediately or soon after Brexit. UKIP is the only Party working towards getting the UK fully out of the CFP.
UKIP this week put forward an amendment in the European Parliament that would have ensured the UK left the CFP in March 2019. However, while the Tories abstained from the vote; Labour, the self-proclaimed “fishermen’s friends,” voted against the motion.
The fact is, neither the Tories nor Labour, are any friend of the fishing industry unless of course, it’s Dutch, French, Belgian or Danish.
Only UKIP are fighting to bring back British fishing grounds for British fishers!
UKIP is the only party committed to removing the UK from the CFP on day one of Brexit and to that end, we are calling for people to sign our petition (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/204098).
The British fishing industry must be removed from Theresa ‘the Appeaser’s’ Great Repeal Bill, and return to British control of British waters. Anything less will see the UK’s fishing industry bartered away in return for small concessions in the ‘transition period.”
Respectfully, Mike Hookem MEP
Finally, we publish a letter from our contributor and correspondent Rhys Burriss, which contains a piece of information that may be of interest to all living in the London area:
I hope you can find space for the following info:
PUTNEY DEBATES ON ELECTORAL REFORM FRI 2 FEB at 2pm
I know v. little about the organization behind the ongoing Putney Debates – see: http://www.fljs.org/putney-debates-2018
However, if I were in or in easy reach of London, I would be signing up to at least attend the next Meeting on Friday 2 Feb. (I wonder why not a weekend date but there we are).
I think we all agree that no amount of campaigning by UKIP alone would have any effect on attempts to dismantle the closed shop Rotten Borough system which FPTP has bequeathed to us from the days of the Chartists (de pia memoria).
But it could do no harm if as many as possible UKIP members attended this debate and at least had a go at ascertaining whether this is a Group which we (as individuals or as a Party) might with benefit join/work with for the future.
I believe it was a grouping of this sort within Scotland which, via relentless campaigning over several years, did manage to obtain the 2014 Referendum on Scottish independence. I believe that our best hope of obtaining a national Referendum on Proportional Representation for the Commons is via a grouping of this kind (either joining it, or allied with it, or maybe both).
Anyway, if any UKIP members who are able to do so were to sign up to the Feb 2 Meeting it would be fascinating to have a Report back as to what transpired.
Respectfully, Rhys Burriss