FARAGE IN BOLTON: I WILL NOT Return To Lead UKIP!
I went into the Bolton Whites hotel at 11 am. In there I met the North West regional organiser and other members. After a few drinks, we were told to head upstairs. Walking up, in the opposite direction was Nigel Farage. I couldn’t blame him for my Union Jack shoes and shake his hand.
We went into the Heatcotes Suite and were designated table numbers. Prior to start and after first course, Nigel went around the tables to meet everyone. Then after the main course, he took to the floor to deliver his views:
On his vision for UKIP, he said:
“My plan for Ukip was to follow the Five Star Movement in Italy. I wanted everything done online, no need for TV, flyers etc and decisions on policy I wanted to be given to the members. This was easy to implement via the internet, something that works a treat for the Five Star Movement and removes potential conflicts of interest. If the membership makes the decisions, there can be no complaints.
Rather than the direction of the party is in the hands of people who have no political nous and are being paid vast sums for it, my vision was to transform UKIP.
The money-saving potential alone is vast, the FSM in an absolutely fantastic financial position without the need to depend on huge donations.”
He insisted he was blocked from taking this route.
He continued to say that he thinks Gerard Batten has the potential to be a great leader but he must learn that he cannot win any vote whilst alienating an entire community. He said Mr Batten must be inclusive;
“Not to the extent of defending or appeasing anyone, but just enough not to put off potential vast amounts of votes.”
UKIP has gone through some rough times he said;
“I remember in 2012. The leader of The BNP Nick Griffin wanted us to merge. I was told, Nigel you must take the opportunity or that’s it.
I had people, even some of our NEC believe it or not, telling me to take up this wonderful offer.
Within 2 years UKIP won the EU elections and we’re riding a tidal wave. This is what he would like Gerard to do.
Moving onto Tommy Robinson:
“I have respect for what Tommy is trying to achieve an no doubt some of his opinions are well founded. But it’s all about going about things the right way. If you break the law, you get punished. That should be the same for every community. So rather than focus on someone who has been punished for breaking the law, we should focus on those who have not been.”
In regards to the EU he said:
“I’ve said before and will do so again, if we are betrayed beyond the end of this transition I will don Khaki and be back in frontline politics. Two things though. First, I haven’t gone anywhere. My social media, news programme, podcasts and website are all alive and well.
I am the leader of The Europe Of Freedom and Direct Democracy part of UKIP in the WU council and continue to give my helpful advice to the EU Parliament.
Hopefully, I have no need to, I’m hoping there is no betrayal. However I must make this clear, I will not return to lead UKIP. That is Gerard Batten’s job.”
At this point, somebody stood up and said “I think Tommy Robinson is doing a great job” and Nigel was responding when the guy began live streaming. At this point the North West organiser could not confirm this chap was a UKIP member. After this chap was told to stop, Nigel again went around the room.
As the meeting closed, the auction was announced. This was 3 nights in Strasbourg in a 5-star hotel travel included, visit the EU Parliament in Strasbourg and a five-course dinner at night with Nigel Farage for two. I placed the highest bid, so now look forward to this in September.
We then moved back to the original chap who began videoing Nigel again and asking stuff about his kids etc.
At which point Nigel said that’s enough, Nigel got a standing ovation and moved onto Cumbria and the lad in question got a lot of grief, not least from me.
Editors’ Note: Daniel Emmerson, the person mentioned in this report but not named, has contacted us to point out that his membership was not questioned, he was never removed from the meeting and he never questioned Nigel about his kids.