UKIP CRISIS OPINION: Don’t Leave, Fight!
I think by any standards this week has been a shocking one for UKIP. Certainly, as I have said on several occasions, I did not expect to be spending the first days of 2018 watching the slow-motion train wreck unfold that the first 20 days of January have so far amounted too.
The responsibility for this fiasco lies clearly with Henry Bolton. Anyone who is connected to me on any form of social media will know that my opinion is hardly a secret. I want Mr. Bolton gone. His lack of any kind of judgment is quite frankly shocking as is the base moral depravity of his actions. He is totally unfit to lead UKIP both in terms of his moral compass and his intellectual and political judgment. This has been shown on every day of his ghastly affair with Jo Marney as has his complete and total selfishness. He prates and pontificates about the ‘good of the Party’ then at the first opportunity takes leave of his senses and after allegedly ‘ending the romantic element’ of his relationship with Ms. Marney is taking her to dinner and back to his house. This tells us all we need to know about this selfish, a-moral and manipulative man, totally lacking in any kind of moral compass. Lest we start on the now infamous ‘baby rape’ messages which his desperate attempt to defend and spin plumb new depths of the morally depraved and disgusting.
Like many of you this week, I am sure, I have been in that pit of despair when I have looked around me at the Party and it has seemed like a complete moral abattoir. I am, in many ways lucky, I can write on here if I really need to vent, a power many of you simply don’t have. Of course, you can write in, but it is simply not the same thing, so, I understand the frustration, the anguish, and anger I really do. I think many members feel that the only power they have is to walk away and many of you have. However, if you do that, you may well be doing Mr. Bolton’s work for him.
I have faith in the NEC. I have faith that there are human beings on it who can see beyond Mr. Bolton’s smoke and mirrors and who will not be blackmailed or bludgeoned into keeping him in situ. I would hope an interim solution can be found as now is clearly not the right time for a leadership contest. However, if Mr. Bolton wants to once again put his own pride and vanity before this Party, knowing him he surely will, and make things difficult, he will have to be removed by a vote of no confidence and that, as per the constitution will lead to an EGM which will have to endorse the decision. This will require people who are still members to vote him out, something you can no longer do if you have left. So, for now, the message has to be, stay in the Party, fight for it, it really does need you, above all, don’t let him win, don’t walk away. We will rise again from this but we cannot do it without you, people of conscience rightly repulsed by this vile man so please, for the sake of UKIP stay.