Editors Note: The author is County Chair of Kent UKIP.
This has to be one of the hardest articles I have been asked to write. Written and rewritten I wanted to share all the trials and tribulations we have faced but found the experience remains raw and harsh……
So as I sit here at the polling station, reflecting on the Rochester West campaign, it seems we were dogged by many negatives.
The national party seem to be blamed for all the woes of UKIP local but what happened to individual ownership…….There’s not been much of it in Kent it appears. The by-election was called right in the middle of the Bolton saga – Kent was divided and a call to come together fell on deaf ears.
But, determined to fight for the cause, a band of loyal soldiers got behind the candidate and an election campaign was born. A positive lesson exists here in the midst of the national gloom. If we stand tall and take ownership of campaigning in our local area then we can rise above both negative press and the storms that have buffeted us as a Party so far this year.
Rochester is, I’m sure you’ll recall, the stage where the famous Mark Reckless defection was played. 2014 was a success story – Kippers, and some very famous Conservatives descended on the historical backdrop and the electorate was thoroughly canvassed by all….. A Purple victory celebrated and dare I say well deserved. However, like other UKIP success stories, such as in Thanet and Thurrock this success has evaporated like steam on a stove. Fast forward to 2018……The historic backdrop still remains….The electorate still voting (well some are) but how well our support has held-up, only time will tell.
Have the campaign team done enough to replicate the success? It’s debatable, depending on what you consider a success for UKIP
The candidate true to his cause is hoping for a win. My idea of a UKIP Success today is one that sees us come third.
Whatever the result, let’s remain resolute……UKIP can be Great Again…..All that is required is you, me and The People’s Army to work together bringing the fight for Freedom & Liberty to the streets on which we walk……