OPINION: UKIP Reborn
In 5 months time when we are looking back and reflecting on the year, we can guarantee that Kippers will have plenty to reflect on. The first 7 months have been simply extraordinary. Is it just me or does it not seem like the battles of January and February leading up to the EGM that removed Henry Bolton feel like they were literally a lifetime ago? Very hard to believe that they were such a short time ago in our history.
Subsequently, we have seen nothing short of a rebirth of the Party under Gerard Batten. His tenure began with UKIP facing the imminent threat of total annihilation. In short order, he rallied the members and raised nearly £300, 000 to save the Party. Of course, at this point, we have to say that the leader in this instance shares the credit with a membership that performed nothing short of a miracle to save the Party we love and indeed literally could not have done this without them. However, we have to also note at this point that Gerard, as a founder member, embodies that loyalty and beyond-the-call-of-duty commitment to UKIP. After all, would you really want to postpone YOUR retirement to lead UKIP?
The next challenge was the local elections for which the planning and preparation under the previous regime had, like pretty much everything else, been non-existent. Given the collapse in membership the number of candidates was ok and the results were, as to be expected, with the exception of Derby, not fantastic. Here we have an area to focus on going forward. Councillor Alan Graves has a great article in the Independence magazine which it is well worth checking out because it isn’t fancy or complicated, it is just good old-fashioned campaigning common sense.
Looking at present-day UKIP it is not hard to see how the Party has been transformed in what, if you actually think about it, is a short space of time, from one that was right on the cusp of winking out of existence entirely into one that is a hive of energy and on the up and up. We have a communications structure in place and that is going to evolve. As a Party, despite what the media say, we are also a credible Party with plenty to say and our championing of free speech gives us another ‘thing which UKIP is known for’ string to our bow. The policy creation process is ticking along nicely. If none of this was in place we would not be able to attract the literally thousands of committed Brexiteers who are flooding into the Party into our fold due to the shameful betrayal of the British people by Treason May.
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It would be nice if this new found dynamism were reflected in the Spokesman team. I do think it is a mistake to have a spokes team who mostly are MEPs or AMS. Yes, they have experience etc, but they seem to lack the energy we need right now and that is probably partially a problem which comes as a result of them being gainfully employed elsewhere. Introducing members with the right specialisms into the spokes team may well inject the energy needed.
All in all, it is full steam ahead for the good ship UKIP under Gerard Batten.