Thanet And Henry Bolton: A U-Turn Into Opportunism
Thanet should be the jewel in the UKIP crown. It is the only UKIP administration in the entire country. However, I believe there have been issues in the area for some time, issues I first became aware of due to a failed by-election campaign in Margate where I spoke to the ex-candidate who told an unpromising tale of no real support and a campaign gone badly wrong. It quickly became clear that there were serious divisions in the local party and the rot was endemic.
I don’t intend in this piece to pronounce on the core issue, the viability or otherwise of Manston as a site for an airport. I do strongly believe that election promises should be delivered on, however, Councillor Chris Wells has made a compelling pragmatic case for the reasons it cant be. I am sure the rebels disagree and will have their own points to make in return and frankly, I am not in a position to definitively pronounce either way, as I said promises should be kept and if they are not then they should never be made in my opinion – we should, as far as is possible, do the research before we make the promise.
However, Mr Bolton’s ‘crusade’ against Mr Wells is hypocritical in the extreme. Let’s take his comments firstly at face value, ostensibly he has a point that promises should be kept, however, he himself should not be the judge of Mr Wells and his fate. This right ultimately belongs to the people of Thanet. Mr Bolton has made much play of UKIP members being allowed to decide his fate at the upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting but seems to want to deprive the people of Thanet of that democratic right.
Furthermore, I have in my email correspondence a missive from one of the so-called ‘Dirty Dozen’ dated 12th December 2017 which states “Henry is aware, but cannot intrude.” So, Mr Bolton, how did we get from being unable to intrude on December 12th 2017 to on 25 January 2018 you saying:
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“Some weeks ago I warned Mr Wells to reverse his position. He must now stand down”
What changed? Everyone knows what changed. In the intervening period, your leadership has been rocked by scandal after scandal, your intervention now is sheer opportunism. How can we possibly view this intervention in any other way?
What are you intervening in favour of? Let’s see what the rebels leader, Cllr Reverend Stuart Piper has to say. He stated:
“We feel it is time for a new administration without Chris Wells as leader. It is time for the other parties to come together to form some kind of administration.”
So, in other words, the leader of UKIP is supporting a campaign to oust UKIP from its position as the ruling group on Thanet council. He is actively promoting interests opposed to those of UKIP as a Party. Does this sound to you like a leader who puts his Party first? Or does it sound like a leader whose loyalty to his Party is determined purely by how it advances his own agenda? Something to think about when you are casting your vote this Saturday………