Farage Rules Out Running For UKIP Leader: “My Interest in UKIP At Lowest in 25 Years”

Reece Coombes

As a 16-year-old member of UKIP with a cardboard Nigel Farage cut-out in his bedroom, Reece is hardly your bog-standard student, but he cherishes his independent thinking as his greatest strength. Reece is the founder and owner of Kipper Central, a UKIP community blog with thousands of daily hits and is also the Deputy Chairman of Young Independence, UKIP's youth wing, where he works hard to promote Brexit and radical thinking to young people across Britain.

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9 Responses

  1. Rhys Burriss says:

    He has become the Ted Heath of UKIP. The Incredible Sulk !

  2. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Nigel, you got too close to Bolton, and in my opinion you are now out of the running for leadership ! A visit to any part of UKIP would always be welcome, by way of a founding father. Without you we would all, Nationally, still have the collar and lead on from Brussels !

  3. Godfrey Davey says:

    Nigel did an excellent job and got us the referendum result we wanted but if he had stood again for leader I doubt if he would get elected,Nigel has always been for Nigel ( that was why he was so good at what he did)but things move on and his support of Bolton and the other failed leaders we have had shows what those of us who have been in UKIP for years have always known and that is that he is no judge of people.
    Thank you Nigel for what you have done but it is now time for us all to move on.

  4. John Bickley says:

    Most of those on the NEC for the last three years know why Nigel keeps carping on about them and throws out disingenuous insults. Does he mean that Alan Bown, an NEC member and the party’s most generous donor (without whom the party wouldn’t be here) is an ‘amatuer’? And what of the five lawyers/solicitors and retired senior corp execs – does he think they’re ‘amateurs’? Of course he does but not based on any logic other than they didn’t do his bidding all the time. He conveniently forgets that it was the NEC that stopped him resigning in 2015, even though he’d promised to during the GE. He sang our praises then, when it suited him.

    Nigel got his way most of the time and on many occasions completely ignored the NEC and got away with it. He didn’t like it when some of us, much more experienced in business than he ever was, started to uphold the constitution and refuse to be walked over e.g. have a ridiculous Welsh Assembly candidate list forced on the NEC and the members of Wales, that to some looked like a ‘friends of…’ list.

    It’s beneath Nigel to hold a vendetta against the NEC. Almost no one on the NEC believes Nigel thought Bolton was a good leader; it seemed to us that Bolton was being used to defenestrate the members’ elected body so the leader gained supreme power. Then Nigel, possibly, would have swept back in and taken back control without the members’ pesky elected body holding him to account. If Nigel wants to have supreme leader powers then let him stand in the upcoming leadership election and put his case.

    • Rhys Burriss says:

      Lets not waste any more energy on the past – Nigel did great things, but we all know he is flawed.
      It is so sad that he is wasting his huge talent sniping – so reminiscent of Ted Heath in his Great Sulk 🙂
      Lets hope he comes to his senses and starts supporting UKIP, and majoring on the need for Real Brexit.

      His criticisms of the NEC are just absurd. Best to let them flow like water off the duck’s back.

      MUCH more important : please confirm that the NEC this time will conduct the Leadership election under some form of Transferable Vote / and / or a Rounds system such that the candidate who wins in the end has at least 50% of the vote plus one ( and preferably a whole lot more ) rather than just more votes than any other candidate under an absurd FPTP system ?
      ‘SImple Majority’ does NOT require FPTP.
      If NEC go for FPTP yet again then don’t be surprised if the election throws up another absurd result. It is not much better than a lottery.

    • Matthew Goodwin says:

      I think it may be good to have a fully referenced document dealing with why Nigel has turned against the NEC over the last 3 years, the reasoning of the NEC decisions/positions and the false accusations that have been levelled against it. Maybe not to release it right away but to have it in waiting when/if he makes an extreme broadside against the NEC or allies with the fake-servative torys.

      For example it is accused that Diane James left because of the NEC when she left for purely personal reasons – she did not have 1x meeting with the NEC.

      Of course it’s damaging to Nigel’s integrity but in the long-term his projectory is likely away from UKIP and he can’t just continue to undermine the party’s governing body.

      If Nigel keeps on saying that UKIP is run by bad people then how are the public going to trust UKIP to be a party of government?

      If anything, from the outside it looks like Nigel got disinterested with UKIP as a long term political party after May-15 and is just using the NEC as an excuse to justify his current position where he can be flexible in however the wind blows.

  5. COLIN HUSSEY says:

    Its not good for Nigel Farage to keep on wanting to return to the leadership of UKIP, nor is it a good for UKIP to yearn for Nigel to return as its leader. Without doubt Nigel has been a very influential politician in recent years, his political stature has been immense, and he is the best prime minister that we will never have. However, UKIP now has to grow up and learn to stand on its own two feet, and no better time than now. We now have to re-unite for the sake of the party no matter what side of the Bolton argument we were on, and move forward. We must get behind Gerard Batten our interim leader and stop incessantly talking about the past. Batten is just as good an orator as Nigel Farage, and certainly much better than Henry Bolton would ever have been. There are a number of excellent people in the party who would make a good fist of the permanent leadership, David Kurten and Suzanne Evans included. I believe we have a bright future ahead of us, but that doesn’t include the involvementv Nigel Farage.

  6. I would not be happy to see Suzanne Evans back ~ her views and statements upset many Christians in our party.

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