UKIP Needs Arron Banks as Chairman

I have thought long and hard since last November about the prospect of Arron Banks becoming chairman of our party. At first, I could see no reason why he wouldn’t be, with such close ties to Steven Woolfe and Diane James. However, I changed my view on this issue after Paul Nuttall was elected as our leader. I presumed he would instantly reorganise the party and run it like Leave.eu was run successfully by Mr Banks in the referendum. However, this has not been the case and while there have been much-needed improvements, it hasn’t been enough.

I suppose in some ways this headline was a little misleading – I am not a die-hard Banks fan (although I will admit his book was rather excellent). However, I feel that his skills are needed for UKIP to take double figures of seats in 2020.

His claim that he will leave and stop funding UKIP if he is not made chairman, frankly, had no bearing on me at all. He hasn’t donated to our party for quite a while now and I think that we would survive quite comfortably without his money. That’s not to say I don’t like his money – of course, I do! But it isn’t and shouldn’t be a priority.

I also disagree with his view on Douglas Carswell and Suzanne Evans. I am not a fan of either and I disagree with much of what they have said but in all honesty, they both want UKIP to succeed and put a lot of hard work into what they do. That much is unquestionable. By kicking them out we would be removing two of our biggest names and creating a storm of dreadful headlines for weeks to come.

So far, I bet you’re wondering if you read the title right! Let me explain why, despite my obvious reluctance, I feel UKIP will thrive under Banks’ chairmanship and will struggle to do so in any other scenario. When Arron set up Leave.eu, he had big dreams. He wanted the British to hear the truth and he wanted them to hear it not from politicians but from everyone – celebrities, experts, voters and most importantly on social media. Leave.eu has over 100k followers on social media and this is still growing! If UKIP had a platform like this, we would flourish in elections to come – but we don’t. And I regret saying this but Farage failed badly in this area. The party needs to have social media pages for every branch as well as a national page, which we must run professionally and update regularly like Leave.EU successfully managed to do.

Speaking to Kipper Central on the matter, Bill Etheridge, UKIP’s defence spokesman and West Midlands MEP said “I like and respect Mr Banks. I want him heavily involved in our party but whether the role of chairman is the correct one is an issue that maybe needs some thought.”

Kipper Central also contacted Suzanne Evans, Phillip Broughton and David Coburn for comment but we have as of yet not received a response.

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Reece C.

Reece is the founder and owner of Kipper Central. As a 15-year-old member of UKIP, he campaigned strongly to leave the EU and regularly attends meetings and conferences. Reece is also the Young Independence Secretary at his local UKIP branch and as such sits on the committee. He is very passionate about charity work, and in addition to raising thousands for one charity, he is the head of fundraising at another. He writes one article a week.

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