Etheridge SLAMS Bolton & His “Pathetic, Petty Minded” Supporters
Bill Etheridge, a UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, took to Facebook yesterday afternoon to hit back at Bolton and his supporters, amid an ongoing scrap between himself and the Party leadership.
“Whilst I find the attempts of some party members to infight pretty pathetic almost like an Am Dram version of house of cards but based around social media the latest effort by supposed Bolton supporters made me chuckle.
“Apparently”, he continued, “I now have the title of “Wild Bill” absolutely brilliant I may have some business cards printed with it on.
“Sometimes you just have to laugh when confronted with petty minded stupidity”
This came after his remarks on Sunday, referring to Bolton’s supporters as embarrassing “attack poodles lashing out on social media” and saying “they would be better off following him quietly from the stage”
On Monday morning, Mr Etheridge announced his resignation from his listing in the UKIP Shadow cabinet (Bolton made him the ‘Spokesman for Sports’ – a position most members knew existed – late last year), urging members “to contact the NEC to call for the removal of Henry Bolton before his ego finally drags the party down”.
In a livestream on Tuesday, Bill reaffirmed his view that Mr Bolton should step down, calling him “politically incompetent”, referencing (among other things) Henry’s highly controversial decision to increase membership fees by 900% for members under the age of 22, as well as upping the fee for the rest of the membership by £5 a year.
Young Independence, UKIP’s Youth Wing, has responded to Mr Bolton’s refusal to negotiate by calling a ‘crisis period’, followed by a Vote Of No Confidence in the Party leader (the results of which will be announced later on in the week).
Both decisions have been criticised by many as counter-productive, as they will “only put off new members from joining and make us lose even more, at a time when our party is in desperate need of them”, one member commented.
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