UKIP CRISIS: Bolton Blames ‘Ambitious Troublemaker’ Gerard Batten And Donors For Crisis
If you follow Henry Bolton’s Twitter feed then you will doubtless have seen that yesterday he was marching with Northern Ireland Veterans. In a truly cringe-worthy episode, he had to be told to take down his UKIP umbrella, bad form as it is obviously a non-Party political event. Afterwards, he retired to The Red Lion in Westminster, a notorious haunt of politicians and journalists and even our very own NEC after a hard-day in the meeting room.
Mr Bolton held-court and I spoke to long-standing, now sadly ex-member, Cliff Dixon who heard what he had to say. The first point of interest is that he blamed Party donors for the controversial fees increase – he said that they had effectively forced him to increase the fees under threat of a withdrawal of support if he had not pursued the policy.
It would seem that this is a change of tack because Mr Bolton has previously blamed the NEC for the increase.
The second point of interest is that he blamed ‘ambitious troublemakers’ for his current difficulties. Disgust that he included Gerard Batten in this category; Mr Batten has offered himself as interim leader, was matched only by the shock that he would attack a founder member of UKIP in this way. Mr Batten has previously stated that he only wishes to be the interim leader to stabilise UKIP’s current situation and avoid, in the immediate future a costly leadership election. Mr Bolton insists however that every MEP who resigned should have stayed and supported him.
Following his tirade, the previously supportive Kipper he had been talking too, was deeply offended. He stood up for Mr Batten and in a shocking display of arrogance and hubris, Mr Bolton refused to shake his hand.
It would seem to me that Mr Bolton has only himself to blame for his current situation and that UKIP and indeed the life of Mr Bolton would be much better if we were able to take some personal responsibility for the consequences of his actions.