NEC PREVIEW: Coup Against Democracy?

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  1. The Labour party increased its membership by decreasing the cost – learn the lesson.
    The NEC is unrepresentative of the country, it is south centric and does not reflect the views of the electorate which is further north.
    The party is now in two parts, the management, and the members, to bring them back together will require a representative restructuring.
    the present shambles has thrown away 17.4 million votes.
    The purpose of the NEC is to get those votes onto the ballot papers – it has, and is failing in that regard.

    • Peter Day says:

      The Labour party has loads of money from other places (as do all the three lying con parties! UKIP is at rock bottom anyone committed to turning the party around (that should be all of us) should support that increase! It’s no good lowering membership and still not having any money! It’s also no good continuing with no structure including modestly paid staff and leader! How can anyone think differently? I do agree with the NEC matter though

  2. Brenda Rattle says:

    Even without rises in membership fees I would feel that renewing my membership when it becomes due later this year would be throwing good money after bad.

    In light of recent revelations I may leave rather sooner. Members are treated as cash cows and have no other value in the eyes of the party hierarchy. We have been ignored for too long and the party doesn’t seem worth it anymore.

  3. Graham says:

    The fact that you guys are only obliquely referring to Henry Bolton’s scandal doesn’t do your journalistic integrity a lot of good. Certainly makes me wonder about what else you don’t print that you know about. Fake News isn’t just about printing false stories, its about not printing true stories!

    • Darrell Goodliffe says:

      There will be a piece forthcoming on that over the weekend. I have to say, we did not comment on a similar predicament Nigel Farage found himself and we are governed to an extent by what writers write. However, as I said, over the weekend there will be at least one piece looking at this in detail.

    • Stanley Cutts says:

      Do you mean the scandal of his adultery or the scandal of his leadership and how he got elected in the first place?

  4. John Bickley says:

    It would help if people read the constitution before stirring it and yet again causing problems where none exist:

    Elections and term of office:

    6.11 Members of the NEC shall be elected for a term not exceeding 3 years and shall be eligible for re-election at the completion of each 3-year term. In exceptional circumstances the NEC may extend the periods of office of retiring members for a period not exceeding six months.

    The new leader wants the NEC to discuss how the NEC is elected before we run the next election. There are many views on this ranging from sticking with the status quo through to regional reps. Any change to the constitution has to be approved by the members which is both a timely and costly process so should not be done in haste.

    • Darrell Goodliffe says:

      Terms of office John, as I pointed out elections are to be held annually.

    • Darrell Goodliffe says:

      And I have to say John, are you seriously proposing that we hold NEC Elections TWO MONTHS before Article 50 is executed? Really. Is the lack of strategic thinking at the top of this Party that bad, no wonder you have guided us to electoral disaster after disaster now is it….

  5. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    I have consistently stated that as a rank and file UKIP member, I support Henry Bolton as the elected Party leader. His private life is just that, but we have to get real. We cannot afford to gift the media with a weapon to use against us. Due consideration must be given to that matter !
    Oliver Cromwell berated Parliament for not going to the country, and indeed for the extension of time for that same Parliament. So it is with UKIP’s NEC. If this Party is not Democratic, then I will have to move on as well ! We can argue about the rules, but the fact is that this Party is watched, perhaps more intently than other Party’s are, and the pressing job for us, is to appeal to the public, and increase our membership.
    If guidance for this Party gets it wrong, then UKIP will become an irrelevance. Who will then drive the Brexit needs of this Nation with plans for eventual Government ? There are some very well meaning groups that are sharing a need for Brexit, but they are the single issue groups. We must get disciplined attention as a priority.

  6. Peter Day says:

    I am surprised at this fight against the party trying to get more money and comparing it with the value offered in the past! We need money for the future and QUICK. There is no option as we don’t have the big backing of business or unions! Those that knock everything should start offering options to a united and successful UKIP in the future because there will be another general election soon and people are hopping mad with the libladcons (this could well become even bigger anger). We still can’t resist fighting amongst ourselves because it makes us feel good!

    The Labour party has loads of money from other places (as do all the three lying con parties! UKIP is at rock bottom anyone committed to turning the party around (that should be all of us) should support that increase! It’s no good lowering membership and still not having any money! It’s also no good continuing with no structure including modestly paid staff and leader! How can anyone think differently? I do agree with the NEC matter though

  7. Roger Gough says:

    It would seem that Mr Bickley’s post was included here to try and deceive those who, like me, are not entirely familiar with the constitution. I hold out the hope that those in authority within the Party tell the truth. Mr Bickley has no doubt told the truth but Mr Goodliffe’s comments have made me look at all posts here. ‘Periods of office’ is entirely different from ‘NEC elections shall take place annually’ . Perhaps Mr Bickley would like to correct the impression he gave in his comments.

  1. 4:43 pm, January 6, 2018

    […] Kurten was the first in what now forms a long litany of broken promises and now the prospect of an unconstitutional coup against Party democracy is looming on the horizon. We should not be scared to say we deserve better […]

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