UKIP CRISIS: Depart And Let Us Have Done With You. Go!


Most UKIP members were willing to give Henry Bolton a chance.

He was the unknown and surprise victor in the party leadership election last September. He had come from nowhere, had few political policies and had campaigned almost entirely on his military and police track record and his own character. “Trust me, I will serve to lead,” he said regularly in hustings, quoting the motto of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

He may have the charisma of Herman van Rompuy and the appearance of a bank manager but could he be the person to stabilise and professionalise the troubled UKIP ship? Most were willing to give him time and space to show what he could deliver.

As autumn turned to winter and little seemed to be happening, anxious enquiries to his office were met with calm assurances from his staff that he was concentrating on internal party reorganisation. But come the new year, we were told, Henry would be out there doing the business, promoting new policies, setting the agenda and putting UKIP back on the political map.

The new year broke, and this week Henry was indeed interviewed for six minutes on the BBC’s national flagship prime-time agenda-setting Radio 4 programme ‘Today’. In political terms, this was striking gold.

But for almost the entire interview Henry talked about himself, his marriage, his love life, his critics and his determination to continue in the job. It was all about Henry. He said nothing about the party, UKIP policies, the political situation or the all-important local elections in May.

It was an excruciating interview that resulted directly from a foolishness and selfishness that is worthy of a spotty hormonal teenage boy, not a mature and responsible adult man.

The whole sordid saga that includes betrayal, abandonment, racism and intimidation has been chronicled in detail – usually with salacious photos – by national and social media. Yet to date Henry has offered no apology, no expression of regret and definitely no recognition of how badly he has damaged the party.

And there is more.

On 6th January I published an article about how Henry had broken his word over pledges amongst other things.

This now seems prescient. Two days later on 8th January party chairman Paul Oakden wrote to all party members about NEC deliberations regarding “press coverage of our leader Henry Bolton”. The NEC had decided to discuss the matter at a special meeting ten days’ later and, Paul wrote, “No further comment will be made on this issue by the central party or any NEC member until that meeting has concluded.”

48 hours later, to the fury of other NEC members, Henry reneged on the agreement, broke the vow of silence and agreed to be interviewed by the political website Westmonster. He told them he would not be quitting and blamed “bitter opponents” for his troubles. None of it was his fault of course.

Clearly, for Henry, pledges, agreements and taking responsibility for his actions are like his women: to be dumped at will and as it suits his own selfish interests.

“I’ll serve to lead,” he had claimed, yet he neither serves UKIP’s interests nor shows leadership qualities of honesty and responsibility.

Last summer UKIP was in the doldrums: now, thanks to Henry, it is a dead man dying. So we need to bite the bullet and do the right thing. Cutting out a cancer is painful and costly, but the operation is necessary to try to restore the body’s health and former vigour.

And a week is a long time in politics; who knows what new opportunities the coming months may offer the party? Tides turn, stuff happens, pollsters get it wrong and pundits make false predictions. Politics is unsettled and fluid today. Further, the country and Brexit still need UKIP.

In 1940, former cabinet minister Leo Amery castigated the inept Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain for his incompetent conduct of the war. Speaking in the House of Commons, Amery repeated Oliver Cromwell’s 1653 rebuke for the corrupt and ineffectual Long Parliament: Amery told Chamberlain, “Depart and let us have done with you. Go!”

Amery’s speech led to Chamberlain’s immediate resignation and the appointment of the formidable but wayward Winston Churchill in his place. The result, as they say, is history.

At its meeting on Sunday, the NEC too should say the same to Henry Bolton: Depart and let us have done with you. Go!

We certainly can do no worse than at present and we might just might, do a whole lot better.

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23 Responses

  1. David Weaver says:

    I agree totally with Darrell. Henry Bolton has let me down (I voted for him) UKIP down, the Army down and himself down. If he has any dignity left he must resign before he is sacked.

  2. alecto says:

    We need a strong unified UKIP if it is to surivive. I don’t expect a saint or the virgin Mary type to lead the party but please can we have someone who the press cannot intimidate or trash in the daily rags? We have two of the worst main parties I can remember in my lifetime and yet UKIP is in shambles. Bolton was lying when he said he has dumped her. Sack him now!

  3. perpetual says:

    todays revelations of his apparent renewed association with his muse must be the last straw, is he so besotted that he has lost control of reason?

  4. Marty Caine says:

    Sorry Alan but you are wrong, you can do far worse than have Bolton because it is blatantly obvious that those releasing information to the press about her text messages were, in fact, UKIP members who want Bolton ousted and if you get rid of him there is a very good chance you will end with those who play that kind of dirty politics. Also, you have the May local elections coming up and for UKIP to go into that with a looming 5th leadership battle in 18 months, an interim leader and an interim chairman, then you might as well just not bother because you will have handed the locals to the LibDems on a silver platter.

    The only sensible thing that UKIP could do right now is to make HB the underdog in all of this and then make him shine, the question is have UKIP got the spin doctors to do that?

  5. Serena Lonton says:

    Absolutely agree with this. The simplest solution would be to kick HB out and appoint David Kurten as leader – he is next in line as AMW is no longer a UKIP member, and it would save yet another leadership election.

  6. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    So Henry Bolton is an ex Army officer, a Rupert ! My background is Royal Navy, the Senior Service ! I know that if I had done, what HB has done, with the use of my service background as reference, it would be possible that I could have an awkward interview, with a very personal mailbag ! Bringing your Service into disrepute is unacceptable.

  7. Graham says:

    Unfortunately, he has the NEC vote sewn up. There aren’t 9 people willing to vote against him, and watch out for abstentions and ‘dog ate my homework’ type reasons to not attend. The transparent scheming of Ben Walker doesn’t help matters either, this gives Henry ammo to argue he is the subject of a conspiracy, which has some truth to it if Annabelle Fuller’s messages are to be believed.

  8. Jeremy Hughes says:

    Well said! Mr. Bolton has spectacularly failed we need a SAFE pair of hands ASAP.

  9. Barrie greatorex says:

    You should have stated that this is your opinion not a survey sent out to membership. You are of course entitled to your view of events,but that is all it is your view. Many still back the elected leader and are entitled to their view of events. I have followed your line of debate and conclude that your choice would have been AMW a much more dangerous road for those who wish to see Ukip a strong force in our political landscape. The plotters will be exposed soon enough,what then, will you continue this disunity and damage Ukips chances for future success, another leadership battle is the very last thing we need.

  10. Stanley Cutts says:

    UKIP began to haemorrhage members immediately after Henry notionally “won” the leadership election last summer. The first reactive exodus included those of us : (a) who were disillusioned or even devastated that front runner Anne Marie Waters had not been elected leader; (b) who thought they smelled a rat in the election process; and (c) who had always thought that it would be a drastic mistake to elect someone with such dubious credentials as Henry Bolton.
    The months that followed cataloged a steadily increasing trickle of resigning members who began to realise that Henry was not fit for purpose, that he was not the badly needed “man of action”, that he was, at best, an administrator. As his moribund performance came into further prominence, the trickle increased to a flow.
    More recently, as a result of his desertion from his family in favour of his headline amorous adventures with a racist, the flow has become an avalanche.

    However, it would not be fair to attribute all the blame to Henry for the probable demise of UKIP , or at best its survival as a lame duck outfit to be laughed at in the pub for the next 10 years. The membership must take their share of responsibility – the signs were there before the ballot was cast! Of course,Nigel Farage must also take much of the blame for his pre-election endorsement of Henry.

    The present reality is that yes – Henry Bolton MUST go; but, given his egotistical self-sufficient character, he will no doubt survive out of the ashes. I cannot with any confidence make the same forecast for UKIP.

  11. Godfrey Davey says:

    If they kick him out on Sunday, as the song goes, we can pick ourselves up,brush ourselves off and start all over again, if he stays there will be no party to lead, all the good people who have worked for nothing at their own expense for years will leave.

  12. Alan Williams says:

    Alan’s analysis is faultless. I’m afraid UKIP has been royally had. Henry certainly appeared to have the ability to talk the talk but when it came to it, it is clear that he can’t help falling over his own feet.

  13. Barrie greatorex says:

    Obvious all but a few followers on this site were in favour of a EDL type take over of Ukip. Would be best if you all now followed those with the knives in certain backs, who will have to leave the Party as they are exposed.

  14. Nicki Wilson says:

    I agree with Serena Lonton. David Kurton is next in line and does take the time to write to members. His credentials are good and he has the drive and determination and importantly the ‘welfare’ of Ukip in his mind and actions. Why hold another leadership election when we have a really good person already committed to putting the UK and Ukip first?

    • GrimsbyHeritage says:

      If it’s taken nearly a month to sort out the HB saga as far as it has progressed, that is, absolutely nowhere, or even backwards, how likely is it that any sensible option could make any headway in the next month, barring unfortunate accidents?
      I’ll be generous, what about before the local elections?

  15. David Weaver says:

    Clearly I did PW. Because I’m not ashamed to admit it . Where do you Stand on the issue?

  16. A Short says:

    Henry man up resign.

  17. Graham Lane says:

    Everyone has a limit and i am extremely close to speaking my mind, furthermore this infighting is making us true Ukipers a laughing stock, its embarrassing. Fair reporting here, Hmmmm, definitely alive isn’t it.

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