A letter from one of our ukipdaily readers:
I suffered a temporary loss of memory a couple of days ago. It was a bit more than a mere ‘senior moment’ in that it was nearly total and lasted for 5 hours. I have to admit, it was a bit scary at the time. However I am glad to say that I seem to have recovered most of memory completely (except for the missing 5 hours) and the doctor says it is unlikely to reoccur. If anyone is interested, look up TGA on the web – it is apparently not that uncommon.
Apparently what happened was that I came home and declared to my wife that I did not know what I had just been doing. She immediately checked that I showed no physical signs of having had a stroke (everyone should know the FAST procedure) and then sat me down with a cup of tea and began to ask me questions to find out how serious my memory loss really was.
I was still able to talk quite lucidly, do sums and carry out normal physical actions. I remembered who she was and the names of our children and roughly what they were doing but I had no idea who was now living next door and had completely forgotten that my father had died 2 years ago. Then she tried some other questions:
Q: “Who is the Prime Minister?”
A: “Good question – not a clue!”
(That despite the fact that Cameron is related to her and whenever he makes a fool of himself, I tease her about it – much to her irritation!)
Q: “Is it Maggie Thatcher?”
A: “Hmm- that is a tricky one – err…no – I don’t think so!”
Q: “Who is Nigel Farage?”
A: “That’s an easy one – Leader of UKIP!”
Her patient, further questioning suggested that at that stage, I remembered very little else! So I was taken to hospital for further checks and kept in over night where thankfully my memory slowly returned (except for the missing 5 hours)!
Now I am wondering why did Nigel’s identity and appointment feature so prominently and clearly in what little remained of my memory? I have read and much enjoyed his book – in fact when collecting a book to take to hospital, I noticed and immediately recognised his book lying on my desk. I have watched his appearances on TV and in videos with great pleasure and my admiration for his clear thinking and honest answers is considerable. Although I am a long-term UKIP supporter, I have only been a UKIP member for a couple of years and I have only met Nigel once briefly when he came to speak in Edinburgh during the Referendum campaign.
My conclusion is that Nigel’s message and personality are both very compelling. UKIP is extremely lucky to have such a personable leader to launch our party from a minor position into prominence in UK politics and we UKIP members need to do all we can to support his clear-sighted philosophy and emulate his pleasant personality when discussing contentious and difficult political subjects.