Today’s letters are about Leaders – or rather, the strange ‘affairs’ our current and past Leader have presented us with this week. The first letter is from our correspondent Septimus Octavius, chiming it with the article by Gerard Batten MEP in today’s edition:
Why has Nigel openly countenanced the possibility of a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU?
For the first time I find myself profoundly disagreeing with something said by Nigel Farage.
Until now, Nigel has on the whole proved himself to be very sound indeed on all things EU related, so of all people, I thought that he might have read and understood Article 50 – but, on today’s news, it is clear that he has not.
Article 50 has been invoked, which means that on or before 29 March 2019 the UK will be released from the Treaties of the EU; this is what Article 50 dictates, and does so as a matter of EU law – there is nothing the UK or any person or institution within it can now do to stop the operation of Article 50.
Ex-MP, Sir Nick Clegg should have shut up long ago, but who would have thought we would ever see the day when he should praise and heartily agree with Nigel?
Time for Nigel to do the Trappist thing in this regard, methinks.
Respectfully, Septimus Octavius
On that issue – Leave, and another referendum – our correspondent Roger Arthur asks this question:
Remainers often ask for a another vote on our EU membership, after claiming that referendum outcomes are advisory only.
In view of that, perhaps they could explain why they now want a third referendum.
Respectfully, Roger J. Arthur
The next letter reflects the issue surrounding the current Leader, Henry Bolton. It is from our contributor and correspondent Mike Kennedy:
Bolton’s personal behaviour in his private life and the sensationalising by the MSM would count for nothing, and might even add some valuable publicity, if Bolton was doing his job properly.
He has already shown himself to be out of his depth as party leader and that is why he should be replaced. He tells us he has been busy, since elected, sorting out Party finances, improving internal communications and organisation and the website. All laudable, but these are things which he should direct and delegate to others while he gets on with the really important stuff. He has neglected his urgent and most significant role, that of keeping UKIP in the public eye, appearing in the media and vigorously critiquing Theresa May and the Government for their complete mismanagement of the Brexit negotiations and pointing out where the British people are being betrayed.
He has had a completely open goal with plenty to comment on and criticise almost every day throughout the abysmal capitulations, failures and incompetence as May has stumbled through Phase One of the Brexit negotiations. He has not said anything about the appalling outcome of Phase One, for example. This is his most important role, to keep UKIP visible to the voting public because many now think UKIP has either disappeared or given up; whenever UKIP is mentioned in public discussion it is usually to ask where they have gone.
UKIP is expected to be outspoken and controversial yet to talk a lot of common sense. This is what Bolton should be doing every day and marshalling his large cohort of spokespeople to do the same on all the other areas of public concern. He should be stirring things up in the political circles and not allowing the Government to get away with deceiving the public on any important issues.
He says his priority is to reorganise the Party in order to be able to fight forthcoming elections, meanwhile the membership has been shrinking and by the time he has done his reorganisation it will be too late because May will have done her worst virtually without serious criticism. The silence of UKIP and its associated political threat has allowed May to survive and continue her duplicitous capitulation to the EU. It is no good starting to campaign a few weeks before an election. The Party must be in the public eye continuously if it is to have any election success.
It is his incompetence rather than his personal life which shows why Bolton should go. Sadly UKIP again needs a new leader.
Respectfully, Mike Kennedy
Finally, on the question of a new leader, here is a proposal from our reader John W Beney:
A brief but democratic proposal for Daily UKIP readers please.
Following the many letters and emails requiring Henry Bolton to resign or be dismissed as the Leader, hopefully the NEC will call time on Mr Bolton at the NEC meeting on 18 January 2018. [Ed:now officially to take place on Sunday Jan 21st 2018]
There have already been suggestions mooted of who should take over the role of Leader and several names mentioned but the last thing we need at this time is yet another expensive and time consuming Leadership election.
From the result of the last election, the correct appointment should be David Kurten who came third in this election. Anne-Marie who came second has departed to pastures new, so David is the obvious and, I would contend, the democratic choice. This principle being similar to the replacement of an MEP between elections.
Respectfully, John W Beney, UKIP Member from Eastbourne