BOLTON BACKLASH: UKIP Members Turn On ‘Horrid Henry’
“I’ve put so much into UKIP”, Naomi King told me earlier on the phone. She was speaking to me following her decision to quit the Party. The first thing that aggravated her was the “betrayal” of David Kurten however, she was perfectly willing to give Mr. Bolton a “chance”. However, he blew that chance with the announcement of his “change of relationship status” and his affair with Jo Marney.
Naomi isn’t the only UKIP member who can’t “be happy” just because Mr Bolton and Ms Marney are happy as Ms Marney asked them to be. Susie Govett, former press officer for the Bolton campaign posted a picture of kids TV character ‘Horrid Henry’ as a protest against Mr Bolton’s affair. Referring to a public dressing down from his own mother in the pages of the Daily Telegraph, Ms Govett said on Twitter:
“When even your mum calls you out in public, surely it’s time to listen?”
She also appears to call Mr Bolton a traitor, defining it as:
Traitor: a person who betrays someone or something, such as a friend, cause, or principle.
Mrs. King feels a similar way. She had spoken to Mr. Bolton during the leadership campaign and there had been no trace of any marital discord. In all the different versions of events put forward by the embattled leader, Mr. Bolton still ends up as a liar Mrs. King explained. Indeed, Mr. Bolton hours before the revelation of the affair he described Ms. Marney as merely a colleague. Jane Collins MEP told the Daily Mail:
I am lost for words. Throughout the hustings, we were led to believe that Henry was a happily married family man with two very young children. I am very disappointed that this is apparently not the case and I think the members have been misled and let down.
A more fundamental point exists, UKIP, Mrs King said is a Party that is supposed to stand for traditional values, including the sanctity of marriage and the importance of the family. The resignation email put penned by Mrs King described Mr Bolton as a “man of lax character and unfit judgement”.
It is clear that many UKIP members feel that they have been the last consideration in this affair. Indeed, they have been promised many things that Mr Bolton has failed to deliver, the broken promise to Mr 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 than a leader like this because we do.