Kipper Central Statement 25-10-17
You may have noticed that Kipper Central has been rather quiet of late. This is not by chance. I have recently become extremely busy with additional college work, more activity locally within UKIP and also within YI and I simply do not have time to keep up with it all. I am today announcing that Kipper Central is now closed. Our website will remain open until it expires next August and you will be able to see our posts until then as you are currently able to. We are still deciding what to do with our social media accounts and YouTube channel.
I remember when I was setting up Kipper Central, I heard of a blog that was getting 70,000 views each year. I was shocked! ‘Imagine if my site could get even near to that!’ I thought. Of course, when we had first started we would only get a thousand or two views each month – and that was fine! I was really pleased that thousands of people were reading what I’d written, along with the others of course. We had a couple months where we got 5 or 6 thousand views, which was amazing! But it was July of this year that we really hit the big figures. We lept up to almost 20,000 views, then to just shy of 50,000 in August, before hitting 80,000 views in September. Just let that sink in – 80,000 people clicked on something on Kipper Central. That’s over 150,000 over the course of UKIP’s leadership election. This is, and likely always will be, my proudest achievement in anything I’ve done.
But we never did it for the views. We never did it for pride or a sense of self-value. We did it because we could see what impact we were having on the party and on politics. Kipper Central gave the ordinary rank-and-file members a chance to say whatever they liked about the leadership candidates and put forward their thoughts about the whole situation. I did not agree with it – in fact, I would go as far as to say I disagreed with the majority of articles sent in by the membership and I was even disgusted by some. But we did not turn one article down because we disagreed with it, or thought it would go against our personal aspirations in politics. I am proud of this and I have never for one moment doubted that it was the right decision. I am honoured that a number of MEPs, AMs, Councillors and even UKIP leadership candidates have taken the time to write for us, including UKIP leader Henry Bolton. The members are always looking up to you for ideas and inspiration and I hope that Kipper Central has been a strong platform to facilitate this.
I would like to thank everyone who has ever written for us, shared an article, commented on our posts or even just read what we’ve done, because you are the reason we did this and you are the reason this has been such a tough decision for me. I want to thank Will and Ali, who were always there while Kipper Central was first planting it’s feet in the ground of UKIP journalism, and more recent additions like Marv and Dave, whose commitment and dedication to Kipper Central has been next to none. But most importantly, I’d like to thank Darrell, who has been nothing but an honour to work alongside. Writing even more than myself, promoting articles at an hour of the day and building links with many people from all ranks and groups of our party, Darrell was an asset to Kipper Central that got us where we are. I have made many friends in my time at Kipper Central, and I know these will remain strong friendships where we can cooperate with one another in all manner of different ways.
There have been those of you who’ve been problematic: threatening, moaning and groaning about just about everything we do. But this is politics – I’d expect no less! At least we’ve been kept in balance.
This is by no means a protest at UKIP, nor is it in any way me leaving or stepping back from politics. It is a move from more media-centred involvement to a more feet-on-the-ground approach, where I will be getting more involved locally with UKIP and I hope to play a bigger part in YI. I will also be spending more time with my family and friends, who’ve only just been putting up with my relentless busyness running Kipper Central!
I hope this decision also means I will be able to spend more time writing for other sites (should they kindly permit), such as UKIP Daily, the English Channel, New Media Central, and of course, BrexitNet, a new blog which is being launched today by Darrell Goodliffe, Kipper Central’s Senior Editor.
It was Nigel Farage who once said “I think that politics needs a bit of spicing up.” I hope that Kipper Central has gone a bit of the way to achieving that. Thank you for everything, it’s been an honour to do my bit, and I hope I can continue to do so. Goodbye for now.