Arron Banks And The Fantasy Politics Of A ‘Right-Wing Momentum’
“This is UKIP’s darkest hour and there is no Gary Oldman to pull the irons out of the fire.”
He also called Nigel Farage’s decision to “take his life back” was “premature” but “understandable”. So, what does Mr Banks propose to do? The answer is to join the Conservative Party, he says:
It is said that the Tory Party, once millions strong, now couldn’t fill Old Trafford – and I mean the cricket ground!
In that case why don’t the Brexit forces, the insurgents, do a Momentum and all join the Tory party? With just 30,000 members the Corbynite Momentum now dominates popular discourse on the left of British politics.
Why don’t they then? Well, one good reason is that the internal structures of the Conservative Party are radically different to those of the Labour Party which allow for much more grassroots participation. People talk about a Jacob Rees-Mogg Premiership but forget that he would never make the cut to be a choice for the ailing Conservative membership. Conservative Associations have candidates hand-picked for them by CCHQ and members have no say in policy formulation.
The lack of internal democracy in the Conservative Party makes Mr Bank’s stated aspiration fantastical and it displays a total lack of knowledge of the comparative Party structures. Indeed, this turn is dangerous and will potentially lead many thousands of Brexiteers into a cul de sac.
Sadly, it also sheds new light on the machinations of Arron Banks and alarmingly potentially Nigel Farage in relation to the current leadership crisis. It raises the possibility that this recent story in The Sun which alleges that Mr Farage’s apparent support for Henry Bolton is a sly attempt to wind-up UKIP. Mike Hookem MEP told The Sun:
Nothing in the history of UKIP has been without Nigel’s hand in it. Nigel’s now pulling a few strings and settling a few old scores.
Mr Hookem then alleged that Henry Bolton was either “extremely naive” or is “out to shut the Party down”. Despite Mr Bolton’s supporters claiming that they are ‘defending UKIP’ it is looking increasingly likely that the latter is the case, a possibility acknowledged by Gerard Batten MEP over on UKIP Daily:
Some think that either Henry has lost touch with reality or what he is doing is a strategy to collapse the Party from within. There is nothing the political and media establishment would like more than for the Party to no longer exist. That way Brexit can be properly betrayed and other big issues can be ignored.
Mr Batten’s piece is headlined ‘UKIP is the only opposition and must survive’. I will not go into much more detail here as we intend to cover this in greater depth over the weekend, however, I will say that never has a truer word been spoken than those in that headline. It is a crying shame that Mr Banks has abandoned that sound common sense for a fantastical dream.