JOHN BICKLEY: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Editors Note: John Bickley is Party Treasurer and a member of the NEC.
The leader’s recent email to members shows where IMHO his priorities lie, with himself.
The leader knew there wasn’t a salary when he stood as a leadership candidate, yet he’s been touring the branches, at the party’s expense, collecting thousands as he passes GO. He’s refused to step down, even as he continues to makes the party a ‘laughing stock’ by telling the media of (i) his ongoing ‘feelings’ for his ‘girlfriend’ (who the media now regularly tag as a ‘racist’), (ii) that it’s losing money and members and (iii) that he’s quite good at badger strangling!
Some weeks ago the leader announced via the media that a relationship with his girlfriend is incompatible with him being the leader, so why hasn’t he resigned as very few people believe the leader’s not in a relationship with her?
The leader wants to impose on the party a new constitution that Kim Jong-il of North Korea would be proud of. UKIP is a libertarian party, not a dictatorial one.
The leader’s draft constitutionconcentrates all power & patronage in his hands, giving him the power to hire and fire all party officers, employees, and volunteers (and no doubt approve or veto all election candidates). The leader wants a constitution that, bizarrely for a constitutional document enshrines in it a salary for the leader (and only the leader), one that they can probably set via their appointees.
What we have before us appears to be a leader not really interested in the core values of UKIP (their draft constitution sets UKIP on a course to become like the Lib Dems, who no doubt the leader feels more at a home with) and a leader, who many members upon reading his draft constitution may conclude wants to accrue power and monetary benefits. Is this why the leader has refused to resign, even when the NEC, the majority of his hand-picked cabinet, the Assembly Members and most of the party’s MEPs have told him to go?
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.