Today’s first letter is a brief report by our contributor Alan Piper on his meeting with Leadership Candidate John Rees-Evans, who, as we know, is touring the country:
I and a few others met JRE this week in our quiet corner of Cumbria. As we know, he doesn’t do hustings. But he does travel and has been working his boots off getting around the country with a small team, to meet kippers, even here. Having met him, it’s as simple as this:
If we want UKIP to remain radical, with support from both sides of the political divide, vote for him. He’s not a supporter of false unity, believes the Party’s best future lies with staying radical and is only standing because no-one else with that agenda is. But more than that, he is also proposing a truly radical vision of how the Party could operate which I would suggest is pure UKIP gold, because he immediately identified as fundamental priorities for change; the management structure and the lack of membership engagement which, to date, have been missing.
He doesn’t want to abolish the NEC as such. He wants to change it to become the head of the party operation, populated by people with specific talents and responsibilities, running the Party that they are legally accountable for. And on top of that, he wants the leader to be directly answerable to the membership, representing policy determined by the membership, through a process involving direct democracy. In other words, an end to autocracy.
In those two priorities, (IMHO) he has absolutely nailed the fundamental causes that are dragging this Party down, now that Nigel has moved on to become a hugely important UK confidante of the most powerful man in the world. And that is why I am posting this. I value UKIP Daily, time is short, and for those who are losing heart, I hope you will want to hear this because alongside change, JRE offers clarity and direction.
He’s no orator in the the Martin Luther King sense but he is a man of means and achievement, and in the detail, he’s very precise, very organised and I will say very impressive because what he’s offering is a level of professionalism which is politically unparalleled in terms of organisation, social media involvement, direct democracy and campaign support. I suggest it’s the future. Our choice is whether we want to be part of it, as UKIP.
Respectfully, Alan Piper
The next letter, by our contributor and NEC candidate Rhys Burriss, reports a welcome development:
I have mentioned before on UKIP Daily that there is a wonderful group of lawyers who have come together to fight for Brexit from the legal perspective. They are www.lawyersforbritain.org . I have just received an email with the important news that LFB intend seeking leave to appear as Intervenor in the Supreme Court shortly. I link to their Statement here for ease of reference, but the whole website of LFB must be read by UKIP members!
Read……….Learn……..And Inwardly Digest…… (as we used to say!)
Respectfully, Rhys Burriss
Looking further ahead, our contributor Ted Wildey picks up on an article in today’s Daily Mail:
Today’s Daily Mail includes an article by Dominic Sandbrook. It is entitled ‘Bonfire of the Liberal Elite.’ Above the title and leading into it is the following ‘For decades an arrogant global ruling class tried to crush the spirit of nationhood – blind to most voters’ deep-rooted pride in their country. Now, with Brexit and Trump, the world is witnessing the bonfire of the liberal elite’. Towards the end he discusses where to go from here and rejects ‘narrow, resentful nationalism’ and ‘a revival of Liberalism’. He then provides what UKIP might consider the basis for its next and every Manifesto:
‘What the world needs is a generation of pragmatic, patriotic politicians, open to co-operation but rooted in their national communities, open to progress but respectful of tradition, tolerant of difference but not obsessed with diversity, dedicated to the defence of Western values but not so hubristic as to think the world can be reordered overnight’
What more could we ask for?
Respectfully, Ted Wildey
And finally, for a spot of hilarity on this November weekend, here is a video which has been making the rounds of the internet and was sent to us by various readers. It is a spoof of the John Lewis Christmas advert. Enjoy!