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On a recent message from Head Office

 On 10 Aug 2017, at 13:17, we all received an email from Paul Oakden. Here is my take on the letter and its translation into plain English. He wrote:

Counter-intuitively, over the last two months, those of us in the centre have been enjoying an unexpected period of stability.

What’s counter-intuitive about the salariat making sure they’re enjoying a period of certainty even if the party and the members who pay for their salaries have never been more uncertain!

We have an excellent Interim Leader in Steve Crowther …

Isn’t it a bit self-serving for the ventriloquist to praise himself in this way through his sock puppet?

… who, most importantly, is determined to do what is necessary to help UKIP evolve into what it needs to be for the future.

Translated into English: “… is determined to make sure the UKIP mission is irreversibly sabotaged in the way he wants, before the new leader can do anything about it.”

For my part, I marked my one year anniversary as Chairman last week – yes, it came as a surprise to me too.

How come then it came as no surprise to me? I knew this was going to happen when Oakden was made ‘interim’ Party Chairman, supposedly for a period of only six weeks, and swore to the NEC on just about everything except his grandmother’s grave that there was nothing in this world that could persuade him to take the job on a long term basis at the end of this interim period, and that there was no reason for us to be concerned because the NEC expressly refused to make the appointment unless it was on a time-limited basis only. There was no way several of us would have voted to approve it if it had been permanent.

I have been working quietly in the background to try and build a structure and financial platform through which the next Leader can flourish.

Translated into plain English: “I have been working in the background to ensure that by the time there is a new leader, the structure will be such that Crowther and I will control everything regardless and he or she, whomever they may me, won’t be able to do anything about it.”

Working with our excellent Treasurer, John Bickley, our mind-set over the last year has been focused on raising more money than we spend.

That’s not what John Bickley seemed to be advocating when I was on the NEC and pushing for things to be done this way.

I know of no other organisation that would have that level of commitment and dedication to its future from the people it employs, particularly at a time when they’re being given more work to do, not less.

Perhaps that’s because he’s never had a real job. This is not intended as a criticism of some HO staff who are doing a great job but I think we all know people on the UKIP gravy train whose output is seemingly non-existent. Anyone who’s ever worked in a real business, particularly a startup, will see Paul Oakden’s statement as somewhat detached from reality.

One of the things I’m particularly excited about is the excellent work Noel Matthews has been doing on the party restructure. Many of you will have noticed that your Regional Organiser may have given up the role recently and that the party has taken no steps to replace them. The simple reason is that we want to change the way in which these roles are appointed and make the process more transparent, open and crucially more available to the membership.

Translated into plain English: “The simple reason is that we want to appoint our people to all the key positions so that Crowther and I still control the party regardless of who is the new Leader.”

These are the roles whose primary focus is to represent the party to the members, while your elected structure is, of course, the reverse.

Or, in English: “These are the roles with which Crowther and I control the party, while your elected structure is, of course, just for decoration.”

On the newly appointed General Secretary Paul Oakley:

Paul [Oakley] is an incredibly impressive, diligent and committed NEC member, with a legal background that makes him the perfect choice for the role. He stood for the NEC on a platform of transparency and openness and he is already working hard alongside colleagues to deliver that to our members.

I have known Paul for some time and always thought him to be a good chap. But presumably the platform of transparency and openness is the reason why the NEC removed the Clacton PPC Jeff Bray, chosen by the branch, and appointed Paul Oakley, who just happened to be an NEC member, to be the PPC in that constituency?

A huge amount of blood, sweat and tears went into winning our referendum last year.

Just not the blood, sweat and tears of our Aston Martin driving pilot!

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26 Comments on On a recent message from Head Office

  1. I somehow missed this report on our illustrious leader, P.Oakden. He really should take to social media? I await with baited breath, for his words of wisdom. “Chocks away chaps”

  2. For our colleagues on the far left. Joke.
    Could we not form a shadow nec and ltd co ..To point out inconsistencies and other questionable & occult practices. Using free emails. Innovative.
    WE could have a chairman.
    We could buy him a bike
    We could have a conference . in Scotland.
    Do we get money from EU if we follow their rules?
    Is this post OK am I a troll? I’m too old for this.

  3. Clearly the “swamp” still needs draining. Thank you for your article Dr. Slivnik; nothing seems to have changed since your resignation comments long ago.

  4. kenneth james ogilvie // August 14, 2017 at 11:30 am // Reply

    In plain English it is the NEC that will run the party, make all the decisions and tell the leader what to just just like the commissioners in the EU do

    • Really? Half the time the leader tells (or tries to) the NEC what to do! As I have written before, the point of the constitution, in part, is to keep them from each others throats! ?

      Part of the problem is that BOTH have a valid mandate from the electorate…

  5. Paul Oakley (not Oakden) // August 14, 2017 at 10:38 am // Reply

    Regarding transparency and openness about my scurrilous candidadacy for Clacton, the facts are rather mundane. Jeff Bray beat me at the hustings by 19 to 16 votes. The NEC (rightly, in my absence) rejected his candidacy as a result of social media posts attributed to Mr Bray and proposed to appoint a totally new candidate, Diana Coad. The Clacton Committee decided that if they could not have Bray then they would prefer me. The NEC (again without my involvement) agreed to that request. As the Chairman put it:

    “Because Paul had been at the hustings and had been democratically voted on, it was only right to pick the number two. He has not been parachuted in – he was put before the party electorate.”

    So there.

  6. The new structure does seem to be an attempt to get more control to the centre, which is entirely unjustified as the centre is the biggest screw-up in the whole party structure. Why would anyone of any talent put themselves forward for these jobs and the chance to report to a fantasist airline pilot who has never had a job in his life? Also, on his salary, I note from the UKIP accounts he gets £50k from his position as a director of the UKIP company and his salary as the chairman, and then £80k from Roger Helmer, so £130k altogether. Ask yourself a question – if the bulk of your salary is being paid to you by one person, who are you going to be loyal to?

  7. I resigned from UKIP 2 years ago.
    I still get emails from Oakden and Crowther!
    Self Appointed Party officials! Oakdens track record is not a good one. The though of him gaining his pilots licence is enough to give one aviophobia!
    He has already crashed UKIP!

    As for Crowther, can anyone tell me why he was moved to Chairman(temp). Why was Deputy Whittle not allowed to take over when Nuttall screwed up?

  8. On the NEC: “Often criticised (usually from non-members operating online under pseudonyms”.

    Translation: “We know they’re members really but we’ve got to think of some excuse for John Bickley’s car crash venture onto UKIP Daily”.

  9. Sonya Jay Porter // August 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm // Reply

    To put it mildly: Oh dear!!!

  10. Whoa, Tomaz, you do not pull your punches, do you? I remember receiving Oakden’s email and thinking he misused the word ‘excellent’ to describe certain individuals at the top, considering that UKIP is in a mess and has been for some time. Still, I suppose it depends on what they are excelling in; if it’s misrepresentation and power-grabbing, fair enough.

    Oakden the fantasist temp here for the future – if crowther oakley and bickley and evans and uncle tom cobley have their way.
    Never had a proper job, an attitude that I would call hectoring (I have met him)and a self belief that must come from a public school background because it is not based upon talent.
    Oakden the clueless but at least he is loyal – no not to the party – but to crowther and via the temp leader to the clique/cabal/NAC ( as mister nailer calls them).
    All this is an object lesson on power and responsibility and why it is so so vital to put into place a constitution that serves the members and allows them to run the party rather than the NEC who are bought off with the glamour and promise of potential future goodies.
    What on earth has oakden achieved in 12 months?
    So many things are going wrong – even the fact there are 11 candidates for leader is a ticking time bomb. As others have pointed out if someone wins by a small margin and lots of the candidates gain a similar number party unity may be up the swanee.
    I urge AMW, JRE, BW, and DK to put differences to one side and proclaim that if any of them are elected leader then the other three will be offered a major role in the party ( viz Deputy Leader/ Treasurer/ Party Chair and/or Deputy Party Chair.)Together they would hopefully represent more than 50% of the votes cast.
    Their first act should be the expulsion from the party of any official of the party ( Deputy Leader MEP etc)who has brought the party into disrepute.
    Strike whilst the iron is hot.
    AMW is garnering a great deal of MSM publicity and despite this being presented as negative will be interpreted as very positive by millions of ordinary working people. As leader the media would be obliged to give her the oxygen of reply and though they will hope for stupidity and ‘racism’ will find instead a woman who can think and speak and is fearless.

  12. I assume ‘all’ in relation to receipt of Oakden’s email is the NEC. I’d swear HQ knew nothing of my existence except that missives requesting donations do manage to reach me.

    • Marie, I agree! Despite countless sending of my email address I get no notifications of anything but funding requests or cheery messages from our great, as Tomaz pointed out, temporary Chairman. Electronic communication might be the way forward – I wonder if it will ever become mainstream?

      • I get the emails from Paul Oakden and Steve Crowther, though I’m not a ‘full’ member, I only signed up to the mailing list on the UKIP website homepage.

        • Ah, that`s how you get emails is it?
          I haven`t seen a single one
          and having seen the above analysis, aren`t I the lucky one?

        • Stuart, On that basis, I can only assume my mistake was in renewing my membership for five years in 2015, and adding a donation.

      • Thanks Dee, I feel better knowing I’ve not been singled out! Electronic communication? I wondered if it takes longer to get from the West Country to the West Midlands. Pesky ISPs!

    • It’s very strange, I never get any of Piers Wauchopes emails, he is running the election process. I have complained several times but they seem unable to sort it out. Too many email lists.

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