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As a 64-year-old widower of 7 years being alone, my reaction was that there is hope for me yet, bring on the 35-year-old dolly birds, if I may be politically incorrect! But seriously for a minute, just what was he thinking? Whatever it was, the thought did not come from his head, did he seriously think that this would be passed over by the media as one of those things?
The real question is just what the hell do we, as a Party, do now? With the NEC meeting to talk about the problem, I suspect that he will be admonished, because frankly, UKIP can’t afford yet another Leadership Election, financially or politically. The real danger lies in how our members view this, in general, they are a small “c” conservative bunch, many of senior years, where the modern in and out of relationships is far from the norm. I fear many will decide that this is a final straw and either not renew, or return their cards.
However, I hope that this will not be the case, after all, a marriage break up in politics is not unusual for many reasons, and if managed properly UKIP can get past this difficult time. After all Paddy Pants Down was not too damaged by the revelations about his private life, and while Mr Archer can no longer be an MP, he did quite well out his prison term, even writing a book about it!
So let us not act in haste, the time may come for action, but not now, while we are all feeling more than a little let down by our Leader. He is highly qualified, with a Police Bravery Award and surely his being decorated by his Queen must count for something.
Chair UKIP Witney
Oxfordshire County Organiser