UKIP CRISIS: Decision On Bolton Postponed For 10 Days
Much anticipation surrounded the NEC meeting yesterday and, much like Theresa May’s truly pathetic reshuffle attempt, the delivery left a lot to be desired. The email we received from Paul Oakden was nothing short of pathetic.
It basically said nothing except that there will be another NEC meeting in 10 days. Now, this could be because that meeting will discuss a motion of no confidence in Mr Bolton. Our Constitution stipulates that the Party leader must be given 7 days written notification of such a motion. However, your guess, dear reader, is literally as good as mine on that score.
Also, not included in the email was any indication that the NEC discussed or even agreed on a solution to the vexatious issue of the rise in membership fees or the proposed suspension of the NEC elections which should be forthcoming.
You can realistically argue that the crisis in confidence in the current leader and the possibility he will be toppled forecloses any meaningful resolution of these issues and you would make a very valid point. However, the lack of detailed reportage on behalf of the Chairman does make you wonder what the NEC did actually discuss because it currently appears that the entire NEC spent the entire meeting discussing the weather and the quality of the tea and biscuits.
This entire approach is utterly unacceptable. Members are leaving in their droves. The whole Party is in a state of uproar and the Chairman thinks, bluntly, he can toss off a 5-minute email to placate the membership. It would, after-all, be awfully indecent to discuss the real grown-up business in front of the children. We as members are patronised, molly-coddled but never properly informed. It is time for a change on this, as well as many other fronts.