OPINION: Nigel Farage’s Hypocritical ‘Coup’
Nigel Farage’s attack on Gerard Batten MEP and the allegedly “shameful” route he is allegedly taking UKIP down by appointing Tommy Robinson as a personal advisor beg some interesting questions about the case of Martin Heale.
Mr Heale was Mr Farage’s election agent, a UKIP County Councillor and Chair of South Thanet branch. However, he was also a member of the National Front during the 1970’s. Amoung things the National Front promoted biological racism and is widely characterised correctly as being fascistic in its ideology.
It seems Mr Farage was distinctly lacking in shame when it comes to this episode. Heale himself describes his work with Mr Farage as “one of the most interesting periods of his life”.
I do not really need to labour the point, the double-standard is obvious. However, there is a further double-standard in his actions. We are literally a couple of weeks away from the deceisive meaningful vote on Treason May’s sell-out Withdrawal Agreement and what would Mr Farage have us do? Rather than spend our time building the national march on Sunday December 9th, for example, he wants to launch a leadership contest.
If you remember back to last year, the nuts and bolts of calling a vote of no confidence in a UKIP leader means even if the process pans out we cannot realistically expect a ballot until the end of January/beginning of this February. Two weeks of Christmas holiday during which nothing can be done means the very earliest that an EGM can be called for the members to vote will be in January.
This would mean that a leadership election wont realistically happen until February. Brexit day, or should we say the day that the Article 50 process ends is on March 29th. So, Mr Farage, that great proponent of focusing on Brexit wants us to spend the lions share of the time, if not the entire time, in the run up to March 29th not attacking the government but potentially engaged in a bitter leadership battle.
This is not consistent with a ‘Brexit-first’ approach. In fact, it is the complete opposite of a ‘Brexit-first’ approach. It smacks of vanity and egoism especially when Gerard Batten has publicly declared he will resign in April to trigger a leadership election then. This means we can take stock after March 29th, soberly reflect on our position and make a determination then in light of the doubtlessly new reality we will face.
Nigel can of course offer himself as a candidate then if he so wishes and Party members discontented with the inclusion of Tommy Robinson will be able to vote accordingly. So, if democracy will still be served. At least today has brought some consolation for the European Reform Group whose badly organised coup is faltering because it appears there are worse coup planners than them and his name is Nigel Farage.
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