UKIP savaged by Robin Page

by Lurch on March 2, 2009

Piece in the Telegraph today by Robin Page about the mess that is now UKIP.

The UK Independence Party has been corrupted by the high life on the euro gravy train and is run as the personal fiefdom of its leader Nigel Farage, a high-profile former member has claimed.

Couldn’t agree more, the leadership is focussed on the EU parliament and the business of signing in to get their pay cheques when they should have been using their positions as a platform to raise the party profile and get the message out.  Instead of using the money and position to widen the party from a single issue beast they seem to be more obsessed with navel gazing.

Farage runs the party like a dictatorship, dissent and you’re gone.

It seems that Nigel Farage has managed to obtain almost complete centralised power of Ukip. Other late nominations were apparently accepted, some people heading MEP lists have been forced out to be replaced by others and three members of Ukip’s National Executive Council were expelled for criticising the leader. Other high-profile Ukip members have also been removed over the years, so as not to threaten Farage’s control or image. The party’s own policies – such as opposition to GM crops – have been reversed without the membership knowing, including me. Stories from Brussels suggest that Ukip’s MEPs have come to love the high life of gravy and status. The party created to fight centralised government, sleaze and corruption has become a mirror image of the body it professes to loathe. The grassroots of Ukip are good people, but their party has been stolen from them by their executive

Farage threw a hissy over Sean Gabb speaking at a regional conference and effectively pushed me old mucka Gregg Beaman from the top slot of the NW EU election list.  The party went from libertarian leaning to authoritarian in just a couple of years, witness the silence over that twat Spink voting for internment.  These are the reasons I couldn’t remain a member anymore and went to the Libertarian Party.

{ 2 comments }

Citizen Stuart March 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Glad to have you with us, Lurch.  I figured you’d join us sooner or later.  I look forward to seeing you back on the forums, and hopefully meeting up with you and the other North West members in the near future.

Gregg March 10, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Nice piece, sadly. The old ‘we can achieve with the resources of MEPs behind us’ doesn’t wash any more. Just look at bye-election results since 2004.

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