OPINION:Crisis? What Crisis? Reports Of UKIP Membership Surge
You may not have noticed, as another MEP departs UKIP’s shores, but there are reports of something of a membership surge into UKIP.
UKIP’s Basildon & Thurrock Branch posted the below on Facebook.
Not bad going for a Party that is apparently circling the drain of terminal decline is it? Nor can all these new members be fairly attributed to Treason May’s sell-out Brexit deal. Some of course will have joined for precisely that reason but we can say with equal confidence some will have joined due to Tommy Robinson’s appeal for people to join and to argue otherwise is to deny common sense and objective reality.
On average, under Gerard Batten, UKIP have added between 4-6% in the polls. This means that at worst, those people simply don’t care enough about the issue of Tommy Robinson to be put off UKIP and at best they share some of his concerns.
People say UKIP should be polling higher but they are dismissing, once again, objective reality. Brexit fatigue is a real phenomenon and it is one Theresa May is seeking to exploit in her campaign to foist the sell-out deal onto a weary populace. Also, UKIP was decimated organisaionally following a succession of poor leaders and a kamikaze Chairman in Paul Oakden. So, UKIP’s poll rating is a solid foundation on which to build.
Proponents of Mr Farage’s coup deny objective reality an awful lot which tells us that if there is a crisis it is an existential one which is in the collective mind of the Party. It is an identity crisis which actually has been playing out since the referendum victory about what role and purpose UKIP has in the new political reality we find ourselves in. Going back is not an answer that has any long-term sustainability. In fact, under the more moderate but totally incompetent Henry Bolton, UKIP nearly winked out of existence.
It is Mr Batten alongside Mr Robinson who are providing the only solid answers to this essentially psychological crisis. Not only that but their answer is bringing material results. More needs to be done, beyond Brexit and Islam, voting reform is another key issue UKIP needs to seize on to fix our visibly broken political system which is failing in its first function, to represent people properly, by betraying Brexit.
However, Mr Farage’s ill-judged and opportunist coup is crumbling precisely because the man himself provides no coherent, objectively based, vision of how UKIP finds a new identity. So, I ask again, crisis, what crisis?
UPDATE: The 400 new members have been confirmed in an email from Gerard Batten to members. UKIP’s membership now stands at well over 24,400 according to the email.
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