The Bolton Wanderers – Where Are They Now?
I firstly have to acknowledge the genius of Olly Connelly of Daily Brexit who coined this wonderful phrase, The Bolton Wanderers, meaning people who have left UKIP since Henry Bolton took the reins. Due respects having been paid, shall we start with Anne Marie Waters……?
Anne Marie Waters
Anne has announced on Twitter that the widely expected new Party will be ‘ready next week’. Oh really, Anne? Well, that poses an interesting question. Let me explain. Once a newly-fledged political party has submitted its application, the time-frame for a decision is 30 working days. So, Ms Waters, how have you managed to get all your assorted ducks-in-a-row, including a considerable amount of paperwork, submit your application and get a reply in such a small space of time?
The answer can only really be that the preparation work and the registration must have been done BEFORE the outcome of the UKIP Leadership election was known. Even if next week is the last possible week that the 30 days can elapse in that clearly indicates that was all done before September 29th. So, that rather begs another question, had Anne won, what on earth would have become of UKIP?
I have to say I noticed at the conference that was a dearth of senior people from Anne’s campaign and indeed a distinct absence of Anne herself at all the social functions and this, along with the above, reflects very poorly on her attitude towards UKIP in my opinion.
Nonetheless, her views on Islam, in particular, have also posed questions to the UKIP leadership and this new party, whatever the ins and outs of its formation, will continue to do this.
John, as many readers will surely know by now, has left the UKIP fold and joined the newly-formed Affinity (incidentally, Anne, they are still waiting for their registration to go through because it was definitely submitted AFTER the result). He is on the National Management Board as Affinity‘s Liberty Spokesperson.
In a similar vein to Anne perhaps, it is all about the project for John and he has made it clear that his decision is guided by viewing UKIP as no longer being a suitable vehicle for that project. Of course, in this case, the project is Direct Democracy. However, unlike Anne, who has left with many bitter words to say, John still obviously has a soft-spot for UKIP:
Mr Rees-Evans said: “I would absolutely love for UKIP to embrace direct democracy, and would welcome a future convergence, but I am convinced beyond any question that Affinity is the most powerful weapon in the world to deliver direct democracy.”
John and indeed UKIP have to start seeing Direct Democracy within the larger framework of the struggle for Brexit and we have to be realistic that one is contingent upon the other. The imposition of the will of the 17 million upon a reluctant establishment IS the ultimate expression of Direct Democracy. However, it is very likely that representative democracy, ie, Parliament will FAIL to deliver Brexit so a Direct Democracy system will be necessary to deliver it.
Antagonism between Affinity and UKIP, therefore, makes no sense and those who have been trying to stir it up within UKIP do both UKIP and Brexit a disservice.
Who are they? Well, this is a good question but currently, all that I can really establish that they are a rumoured third breakaway group. I’ve heard a suggestion they were a prepared breakaway for if Anne Marie Waters won but that they still may split so, this one remains a bit of a mystery. Keep your eyes peeled for this one because this could be a developing story.
UPDATE: Anne has stated here that she registered AFTER the result.