OUT OF TOUCH: Farage Launches Coup Against Batten Over Tommy Appointment

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Nigel Farage has launched a coup against UKIP leader Gerard Batten over his appointment of Tommy Robinson as his personal advisor on Rape Gangs & Prison Reform.

The former UKIP leader said that he will send a letter to the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) expressing no confidence in Batten’s leadership, pledging to “get rid of him”.

Yesterday, Batten appointed Tommy Robinson as his “Special Personal Advisor on Rape Gangs and Prison Conditions and Prison Reform”, a move which sparked controversy in the media and among some groups in the party but which has received huge support from much of UKIP’s grassroots.

Nigel told BBC Radio 4: “I’m appalled. Gerard Batten has got this sort of fixation with Tommy Robison, and discussing Islam, and dragging Ukip into the direction of effectively being a street activist party.”

Nigel’s former unchallenged popularity among the UKIP membership has taken a number of knocks since he stepped down from the position in 2016, with his first two preferred leaders both quitting the party at crucial stages, and his third preferred leader forced out by a two-thirds majority of party members, despite Nigel’s campaigning to keep Henry Bolton on board.

He continued: “I haven’t given up yet. I will be writing to the National Executive Committee of the party today and urging we have a vote of no confidence in Gerard Batten as leader, that we get rid of him.

“We will have one last go at getting rid of somebody who as leader is dragging us in a shameful direction.

“I’m going to fight, try and save it, but if it continues in this direction, electorally it is finished.”

Despite Nigel’s adamant stance that UKIP should not allow Tommy Robinson to join the party as a result of his past membership of the EDL, the South East MEP appointed Martyn Heale, a former National Front member, as his campaign manager in the 2015 General Election.

Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Richard Inman, the leftle of Veterans Against Terrorism, said that Nigel should be focusing on Brexit not on infighting.

He told Kipper Central: “In my view Nigel is fighting the wrong battle, he should be focusing on unseating Theresa the traitor, instead of Gerard the British bulldog Batten!

“Gerard is a visionary who is reaching out to the British working class, if he is disposed UKIP’s finished!”

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Reece Coombes

As a 16-year-old member of UKIP with a cardboard Nigel Farage cut-out in his bedroom, Reece is hardly your bog-standard student, but he cherishes his independent thinking as his greatest strength. Reece is the founder and owner of Kipper Central, a UKIP community blog with thousands of daily hits and is also the Deputy Chairman of Young Independence, UKIP's youth wing, where he works hard to promote Brexit and radical thinking to young people across Britain.

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18 Responses

  1. Malcolm Jackson says:

    What a loser Nigel Farage is turning in to.
    Nigel Farage walked away from UKIP and UKIP was finished.
    Gerard Batten is the man who saved UKIP from extinction and is leading UKIP where the majority of members want UKIP to go.
    Farage’s snaky conversion of UKIP in to an Islam supporting party was a betrayal of most of UKIP’s membership, as was Farage appointing the odious Steve Crowther to run UKIP in to oblivion.

  2. Grumpyashell says:

    A bit late I think in now deciding that he is a member of UKIP,for months Farage has had the chance to back the party,with all that has been going on with Brexit you would have thought he would have issued at least one statement saying that all the leave voters should back UKIP…but no,nothing,zilch,nada….and now when he does not like something in the party he gets all upperty…also remember he backed that wonderful Leader Bolton ( not)….I think he had a plan with Banks to start a new party,but as Banks seems to have his own problems at the moment Farage thinks he can walk straight back in to lead UKIP…

  3. Dodge says:

    Back in your box Nigel! Eternally grateful though we are, things have moved on and issues that concern the country need to be discussed, rationally debated and acted upon not swept under the carpet as all the other politicians have done for years and years, which is exactly why we are in the mess we are today.
    Under Gerard’s leadership the membership has grown, the influx of fresh hope and much needed cash are indeed testament to that, UKIP needs to be more than a one issue party to gain support and not be merely a smoking club for disgruntled ex-Torres. Should Nigel depose Gerard then the party will lose many new members myself included and be consigned to the political backwaters.
    Nigel mentioned that TR has convictions but he has paid his dues…… we all make mistakes but you only need to look at how many MPs past and present who have been accused and convicted from anything from fraud, tax evasion, gross mis-conduct in public office, to bullying and even paedophilia …… some of whom were never held to account!

  4. Jim Stanley says:

    Interesting development! UKIP has a reputation to championing causes tha the mainstream Parties ignore, but in searching for where to go after Brexit, there is areal danger that the Party will be seen as anti Islam, blaming every Muslim for the horrendous acts carried out by grooming gangs and terrorists.History proves that to blame a whole Religion for the ills of the world is not the way to go. The danger is not so much what the actual policy may be, it is how the voting public perceives what is said, and certainly the current perception is that UKIP is becoming the Anti Musim Party. While Islam is a Religion not a Race, the old tag of being Racist is returning, something we fought for many years to overcome. Moving closer to TR does nothing, but reinforce this in the minds of the Public, so Nigel does have a point.

    • Charles Clifford says:

      This country needs Gerard Batten and Tommy Robinson, like WE ALL NEED OXYGEN TO LIVE, at this time they both Support UKIP, if Nigel Farage gets his way, Gerard and Tommy will move on and take 75-85 % of present day UKIP supporters, however, in the short term it could derail BREXIT as I belive Nigel and May would prefer, we who support this unification of both UKIP Gerard Batten and Tommy Robinson with his hundreds of thousands of supporters,strongly believe that this is the way FORWARD for our Great United Kingdom …

  5. John Francis says:

    Farage has made himself yesterday’s man politically.
    He chose to step away, far too early as it turns out.
    He is obviously entitled to his opinion, however it is now worth no more than anyone else’s.
    And in this case I think he is wrong and out of touch.

  6. Alec Yates says:

    Stick with your radio show Nigel and leave Gerard to continue the great job he has been doing since you deserted the party after the referendum. You left the Party in a mess and on the verge of bankruptcy, Gerard and his team rescued us from that and membership is rising. If you think that you can come back as Leader forget it I and many other members will not forgive you for backing Bolton who nearly destroyed UKIP.

  7. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Of course any Party member, including Nigel Farage, is welcome to their opinions regarding UKIP. – This is what sets our Party apart from the other Parties in the Nation. However I think it is disrespectful to back out of leadership, and to promote a no hope successor, and to then carp about the current leader who has galvanised the membership into saving the Party financially !
    Muslim rape gangs and Prison reform in the hands of Tommy Robinson, seems like a common sense move, as it is best to be advised by someone with first hand knowledge of the facts. UKIP as a street activist Party ! – I understand Nigel’s implied meaning, but since he stood for election to the Commons, and lost, and our Party being non platformed by the Labour knuckle draggers, it would appear that the streets are indeed what is available to us. Nigel has to wake up !
    I am also rather perplexed by Nigel’s blowing hot and cold about UKIP ! He had it all, and could have driven the Party to great things, but was either side tracked, or just got bored with the job. On the other hand, Gerard Batten has worked well for this Party, and is gaining in stature upon the political stage. I rather think sour grapes can be seen due to the rise of this Party, and does not sit well with Nigel’s mercurial, though likeable character. UKIP is well suited to Gerard’s leadership, and is not treated as a toy !

  8. Paulski says:

    Farage ran an incredible decades long campaign for EU exit and for that he deserves all the plaudits and thanks of the British people.
    However if he isn’t willing to discuss the problems of Islam and no other party will do it, he has to maintain a dignified silence when people like Gerard Batten and Lord Pearson do discuss it. UKIP should be a broad church and clearly there should be room in the party for Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson. We shouldn’t go down the route of denigrating our most celebrated and highest profile past campaigner.
    Farage needs to accept that Batten has a lot of support on this issue both in the party and in the country. Whilst of course Tommy is a ‘divisive’ figure, after all what principled leader couldn’t be, he is also exceedingly popular and reasonates with a demographic of the population which doesn’t tend to vote.
    Farage needs to turn his guns on his opponents not on his own people. What is wrong with having TR as an advisor on something he knows more about than anybody else? Is Farage enjoying turning the ‘two minute hate’ onto somebody else? Didn’t Farage recommend James, Nuttall and Bolton for UKIP leader? Didn’t he initially praise Theresa May in her initial setting out of her exit views?
    To Nigel Farage, I am very grateful for what he has done. But he is not the messiah, he has been wrong numerous times before and UKIP is not his vehicle to drive anymore.

  9. Rodney Goodall says:

    I’m sorry to have to say this, but NF used to be my idol, then he walked away after the referendum, and then three of his preferred leaders were total washouts, and now he wants to scupper the best leader we have had since he left. He should remember, he is now just a member like the rest of us foot soldiers, and realise that his word is not law any more. What he is doing here will only cause more upset for our party, and will not further his cause in any way. If you look at the history of governments taking on “advisers” you will see even Blair took on a Tory to give advice, and being fair 99% of our Brexit negotiations are done by civil servants not party members or elected people, so why the big fuss over this, or is NF bored with the lack of fame on the radio, so wants his old job back.

  10. Paul Richardson says:

    Two thirds majority of the 1300 (+) who attended the EGM NOT a two thirds majority of the Membership.

    • Budgie says:

      Indeed so, but those are the rules, like any other election or referendum has rules. I would prefer a postal or, ideally, an online (cheaper) vote as being more representative.

  11. J.L.Kay says:

    If Tommy Robinson can rally support for Gerard Batten and of course UKIP, throughout the country, all well and good. Tommy has been saying nothing that UKIP hasn’t for years, for example about the dangers of mass immigration, the Islamisation of many areas of our country and the vicious, predatory Muslim rape gangs who infest our towns and cities, from Oxford to Bradford and even further afield.

    As long as Tommy doesn’t revert to any overt racist comments and abides by UKIP’s codes of conduct, I see no reason why he shouldn’t be admitted as a full member of UKIP.

  12. Mike says:

    I can’t help feeling that is not going to help anyone at all because the Establishment’s desire to keep important topics under the radar will not work anymore and need to be discussed by everyone. Gerard has his finger on the pulse of the working class as has Tommy Robinson, so any effort to divert subjects that some people feel uncomfortable with will only reduce voter potential unless of course this is Nigel’s plan and that he has other motives.

  13. Cllr Philip Winter (UKIP) says:

    Totally shocked that Nigel has done this!
    As a Party continuing to evolve on policies that the majority populace have been denied by an elitest Westminster and Brussels dictatorship, I believe Gerard Batten is delivering upon that.
    And appointing Tommy Robinson as the leaders advisor, well Mr Robinson did keep digging up that awful grooming gang business that for decades the main Westminster Parties were complicit in suppressing from the people. So through him the truth was out. And on Prison reform, why not listen? After all, Jonathan Aitken became a celebrity courted by Media and Politicians after he served his sentence, to advise on his experiences!!
    I follow my leader. He was elected to office, and much like a blood oath, we as Party Members supported that democratic process.
    On Muslims, they are a threat to our ordered Christian culture, they do in the main not integrate into our communities, and they are again in large part supportive of our enemies abroad. Of course it is right to debate such issues, a lot of Christian and indeed Israeli folk are mightily alarmed and afraid of current events in Great Britain, and I for one am grateful that we have a hands on leader actually doing something to make us safe!!!

  14. Musings says:

    If Nigel’s genuine concern in making such waves were Brexit he’d obviously be spending his time calling for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s leadership not that of Gerard Batten.

    I smell something fishy, and I’m not talking about the contents of Baldrick’s apple crumble.

  15. Ian Hensman says:

    Nigel would be far better employed helping Gerard with the common Purpose he needs to get his act together and not waste his considerable talents.

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