What Is The Future Of UKIP?
The past couple of months have been an emotional roller coaster for the controversial UK party. Where UKIP have battled through a great deal of propaganda and untrue controversy in the past, these recent events have been the toughest yet.
The storm of events began occurring as Nigel Farage resigned as the UKIP leader on 4th July 2016. This was stated after ‘achieving the political ambition’ of Brexit. Soon after, many ambitious politicians were eager to step in the man’s shoes- “the man who saved BREXIT”. Despite the fact that many members of the public believed that UKIP’s job had been finished, after the success of BREXIT, the party still had faith that they could make even more of a difference within the UK.
On 16th September 2016, Diane James was elected as the new UKIP party leader. Despite many supporters asking what James would do for women and questioning her faith within her gender, she still proudly took on the role. However, the unfortunate turn of events occurred as Diane James quit as the UKIP leader, after just 18 days.
Speculations for her resignation began with personal problems within her life. In addition to this there have been rumours that her husband John Forrest was suffering from a mystery illness. Sources close to the 56-year-old MEP claim that she was left “traumatised” after being “spat at and verbally abused” in a busy Waterloo station last week. The attack was said to have been carried out by a young, male left-wing thug.
Many are also assuming that James was under some sort of a politically engaged threat. So perhaps fear drove her resignation? However, it is to be remembered that this is perhaps just a conspiracy theory.
During this catastrophe, Nigel Farage stepped back in as the UKIP leader. This was assured to be temporary until a new suitable leader was found. Farage still insisted that the party has a great future without him, still.
During this time, Stephen Woolfe was the UKIP leadership favourite. However just one day later, Woolfe was engaged in an unfortunate row between a colleague and himself (6th October 2016). The aspiring candidate was left in a ‘serious condition’ after ‘being punched by the colleague’. Farage, however, attempted to put our concerned minds at bay, by stating that it was ‘one of those things that happens between men’.
This on one side is true- people fight and argue. It’s a given, after all, we are still human beings who disagree. Many believe it was an action that showed passion for the party, however, others do also believe it was an act of unprofessionalism. Either way, the time at which this had happened could not have been any worse.
Many ask how or why UKIP suffered such an unfortunate turn of events- especially as the party itself was in dire desperation to carry on. Moreover, many still ask what the future holds for the promising political party. What is our hope, if UKIP is no longer able to continue?
Paul Nuttall, MEP and former deputy of UKIP, states that “UKIP can have a bright future, but only by uniting and turning its fire on the real enemy”. Whilst many members of UKIP have now seemed to have woken up and are understanding that their party is in an existential crisis, some still do not accept that there is something drastic to be done.
It is greatly wished for, that the party seeks unity. Their main goal should be to aim the weapons at their enemies, and not on each other. Despite the fact that arguments are a given within politics, it is not a useful event- nor is it a proud event either.
The new leader must be passionate about the future of the party, to forgive but not to forget. A fresh start must be made, and the memory of BREXIT must allow members to understand that they can achieve brilliant things, even in desperate times.
Many members of the public and of the party believe that UKIP is still in pretty good health. A large amount also believe that a couple of policies still need to be tweaked, to adhere to a wider audience. But what would UKIP be without their controversial views and opinions?
Will UKIP choose the path of self-recovery and victory, or will they become an extinct party within our children’s history books?
It is evident that the fight is not over yet.