INDEPENDENCE MAGAZINE REVIEW: Oakden Set To Stay On As Chairman

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  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Revue of our magazine ::: An attempt was made this term to use the magazine to good effect. It is clear however, that some failure resulted. Could do better if he tried. 6/10

  2. Geoffrey Bastin says:

    It seems UKIP is still run by an unelected cabal that is self appointed as an when required. All the points made in this article are valid.
    It would be reassuring if all the vacancies are advertised amongst the membership rather than just finding out who got lucky.
    That aside we should also be informed about the level of current expenditure on salaries and office accommodation and expenses so that when the begging bowl is sent round again we all know the state of the party rather than always having to speculate.

  3. Buster says:

    No mention of NIgel in the who’s who despite him still being an MEP

  4. Brenda Rattle says:

    This continuing state of affairs within UKIP simply reinforces my decision not to renew my membership in a few months time.

  5. Cliff Dixon says:

    Paul Oakden has been the party director and now Party Chairman through all the shambles that Henry Bolton’s team tell us they need to sort out yet is still in the job.
    Whilst I get on with him as a person and he is good fun to have a drink with, he couldn’t run a bath as we saw during the referendum when he was responsible for getting the UKIP materials out. Stock was unevenly distributed and would turn up unannounced – he also told Grassroots Out to deliver a pallet to us when we had already asked the regional manager to hold off as we had materials in stock and not enough room for more, this turned up and our 78 year old branch secretary had to handball the boxes in to his garage, nearly killing himself.

    Then we had a UKIP shipment turn up unannounced the next day with no room for it so I told him to turn it away – Oakden was on the phone straight away having a go at me for this yet we were fully stocked and branches elsewhere were crying out for leaflets (I got that delivery re-routed to SW region via a direct call to Delivery Partners where they had none).

    Materials all turned up unannounced and late , the Correx boards were designed in such a way that they couldn’t be identified properly at more than about 15 feet away because the design was too complicated (They ripped off the front cover of a Leave.EU leaflet!) and the whole organisation was a shambles.

    If it hadn’t been for the organised and helpful people at Better Off Out, Leave.EU, Vote Leave, Bruges Group and Gerard Batten’s team , we wouldn’t have had the people and materials to execute what was a successful campaign in Hillingdon – Yet Oakden keeps his unelected position on a fat salary

  6. Ian Williams says:

    We in Wales were told that no appointments would be made without consultation with the membership. That promise was made in Newport by Henry Boston. Then we find NH appointed without that consultation.
    It certainly appears that the organisation we built up in Wales has all but dissapeared, we have become a joke in the Welsh Assembly – we have managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
    I am very despondent, dispirited and disallusioned after putting so much work into this party since joining. We have lost most of our best workers.

  7. Neil Griffiths says:

    I can’t speak to the effectiveness of Oakden, other than recognising his professionalism in front of camera when the “punch-up that never happened”, happened – I’ll give him credit for steadying the ship then. As to UKIP’s problems – 4 leaders in two years is the biggest problem we have had, I expect change from Henry but I’m happy to wait for considered actions, not knee-deep responses.

  8. Cliff Dixon says:

    Neil – he is good in front of a camera but that is not the job of a Party Chairman.

    He is not fit for the position he is in which has been demonstrated many times. I have personal experience of him just ignoring issues that needed to be dealt with and from chatting with other UKIP chairmen it is not an isolated experience.

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