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With Sadness, a New Year Resolution

[Ed: Graham has been a contributor for UKIP Daily (articles, letters, comments) and we are sad that he made the decision he describes below. UKIP Daily, as we keep maintaining, is not a closed shop. Anyone can contribute, provided the contributions are in some way UKIP-related. That’s why we publish Graham’s article. We hope that this particular New Year’s resolution will quickly go the way of other New Year’s resolutions. And: thank you, Graham, for all you’ve done.]

This year I have resolved to stop paying attention to anything that happens in UKIP. I came to this conclusion with both relief and sadness.  Someone once said that the value of something can be measured by the amount of time you are willing to put into it.  I spent a lot of time as a PPC fighting an election that I had no way to win, but I wanted to use it as a test to see if radical UKIP policies could be communicated in a non-threatening way and opposition tackled head-on.  I supported other campaigns, leafleting and running social media for our candidate in Harrow, in addition to my own.  I spent over £1,300 of my own money.  Ultimately, I was thrown under a bus by Henry Bolton – after standing up and defending the Integration Agenda and other radical policies in public, they were all thrown out on day one of his reign and I was left looking like a fool.  I had been called racist in the streets, shunned by the parents in my kids’ schools, ridiculed for the burka ban, been trolled relentlessly on social media, and all for nothing.  Surely a leader is supposed to have your back, and I couldn’t help thinking that if Henry had actually ran himself (what kind of leader has never actually ran for the party they lead except as police commissioner?) then he wouldn’t have acted so hastily.

The General Election was a turning point for UKIP. Many of our branch activists thought we should not run a candidate and refused to give support; they fell for the ‘strong and stable’ Mrs. May, forgetting how she had been a Remainer.  So rather than the GE being a chance to unite the branch in busy campaigning, it was extremely divisive.  Living near London, I attended several of the national party press briefings, and was roundly ignored at all of them.  There were only ever 20 people in the room for most of them (except the rowdy manifesto launch, which was fun and gave a hint as to how the party could look if it became more populist) and yet the huddle of sycophants that surrounded Paul Nuttall could never find it in themselves to look outwards to even acknowledge members that had come to support them.

It became increasingly clear to me that the London region is terribly managed. I helped a candidate run in Harrow where the branch chairman was entirely absent from the election, and in fact didn’t want to run a candidate.  Demographically UKIP can never do well there and there were no Brexiteers running, but I helped run a limited social media campaign and we found pockets of support, especially along ethnic lines.  But if even branch chairman can get away with doing absolutely nothing at election times then what is the point of having them?  We had no London-wide social media campaign, no London-wide agenda to counter Sadiq Khan.  In case nobody has noticed, our two London AMs Kurten and Whittle (deputy party leader then!) don’t talk to each other much and they talk even less to our regional chairman.  There is no coordination between them, let alone any actual activity.  It is all petty squabbles, petty vindictiveness, and no adults supervising the kids, so this state of affairs goes on and on.  I spent half a day preparing a guide for PPCs to use social media at the reluctant request of the regional chairman who then binned it because he couldn’t understand it himself.   I offered 20 hours a week to help develop policy and social media in London but was again ignored, because if I did it how could the chairman possibly get the credit for himself?

I decided to leave the party a few months back and have been waiting for my subscription to expire, which it does in the next week or two. Now I am hoping that Nigel Farage and Arron Banks will start a Five Star type movement.  Ultimately, I am afraid that UKIP belongs to its five key donors, who have the party over a barrel.  The officers have become institutionalised and who pays the piper calls the tune.  They create conflict between the NEC (whatever happened to them by the way?) and the leader so that they can continue to extend their influence.  They let the people below squabble like rats in a sack to distract attention.  It’s not a radical party, it’s a reactionary party.  I really hope it can change, but I don’t see any sign of that.  In the leadership election, I didn’t think any of the candidates were much good so voted for the one I felt most likely to cause the top of the party to explode, so that something better could be rebuilt, a truly member-led, populist movement.  That didn’t happen and the party continues to stumble on, but saying nothing and going nowhere.  I honestly don’t know what it stands for any more except that the donors are unwilling to write off their past investments. I am now told that the GE17 manifesto that I spent £1,300 promoting for the party was not in fact properly authorised, although nobody seems willing to state definitively whether it was or wasn’t.  Like the rebranding, it is shambolic and I don’t see that Henry is improving things at all, in fact he is the one declaring the GE17 manifesto ‘ultra vires’, although the leader does not have this unilateral power to decide policy either, and has left us in policy limbo.

Good luck to those who remain, I wish you well, but I shan’t be spending any more time and effort on this, I shall miss UKIP Daily but I have to be strong and resist the urge to bash out a comment or the occasional article! Or will this only last a few days like most of my resolutions before…

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Graham Matthews was the 2017 General Election UKIP Candidate, Kingston & Surbiton Parliamentary Constituency

55 Comments on With Sadness, a New Year Resolution

  1. I agree with most of what Graham says in his article but not the conclusion.

    As bad as UKIP is I am staying with it for the moment. This is for the following two reasons:

    Reason 1: probably the UK will enter the next General Election (presumably 2022 but perhaps earlier) still effectively in the EU (perhaps in some indefinite “transition” period) and with both main parties committed to either staying in the EU or at least holding a second referendum on staying in. In these circumstances there will be a need for a Brexit party as an alternative to the two main parties. UKIP, with its relative name recognition, is best placed to perform this function. As much as I admire Anne Marie personally, I think her “For Britain” party has muddied the waters (no pun) by giving priority to anti-Islamification over Brexit. For the moment at least “For Britain” doesn’t seem as well-placed as UKIP to take on the two main parties over the failure to deliver Brexit.

    Reason 2: the Brexit guru Sebastian Handley has said that if 1 million people joined UKIP we would probably get Brexit tomorrow. I agree with him. There is no way we are going to get 1 million members, particularly with the proposed increase in membership fee, but we can hardly ask people to do something if we are not prepared to lead by example and do it ourselves.

    I would urge Graham (and all Brexiteers – UKIP members or not) to consider supporting the People’s Charter movement as a populist addition, or alternative, to UKIP membership.

    In any case disassociating oneself from UKIP does not necessarily involve boycotting UKIP Daily. I hope Graham will break his resolution and not deprive us of his invariably illuminating contributions here.

  2. I hope the Editorial Team will not object to this link to an article in Kipper Central this morning. In light of recent revelations I feel it is essential reading.

    http://kippercentral.com/2018/01/05/nec-preview-coup-democracy/

    Regards.

    • As a potential candidate, I am keeping a close tab on NEC elections, and expect them soon – within permitted timescales – once the smallprint has been sorted on electronic voting.

      • Rob

        I have little interest in the NEC. The article I gave a link to also reported potential rises in membership fees – that is my interest. I don’t know if you read my comment after that article on the KC website but at no time did I mention the NEC.

        Regards

        • If we’re seriously skint – which nobody seems to be denying – then why should membership fees be a sacred cow?

          • I have not suggested that they should be a ‘sacred cow’. I stated that I would feel it was throwing good money after bad.

    • It would help if people read the constitution before stirring it and yet again causing problems where none exist:

      Elections and term of office

      6.11 Members of the NEC shall be elected for a term not exceeding 3 years and shall be eligible for re-election at the completion of each 3-year term. In exceptional circumstances the NEC may extend the periods of office of retiring members for a period not exceeding six months.

      The new leader wants the NEC to discuss how the NEC is elected before we run the next election. There are many views on this ranging from sticking with the status quo through to regional reps. Any change to the constitution has to be approved by the members which is both a timely and costly process so should not be done in haste.

      • I fail to see how giving a link to an article which I believe is relevant can be described as ‘stirring it’.

        I am assuming you saw my comment on the thread that followed the article. Perhaps you need to read it again. At no time did I refer to the NEC. My concern was with the potential rise in fees whereby I stated

        “Even without rises in membership fees I would feel that renewing my membership when it becomes due later this year would be throwing good money after bad.

        In light of recent revelations I may leave rather sooner…..”

        The revelations, of course, being the leader’s indiscretions.

        You have illustrated quite clearly why members don’t feel listened to.

  3. Viv,

    I know I have said this before but I would like to once again commend you for publishing all points of view on UKIPD. It is vital, not just for UKIP supporters but for the future of our country to air everyone’s feelings.

    Thank you for continuing to do that.

  4. All political parties succeed because of their leader’s ability to connect with the electorate. Timing and luck, as with many things in life plays a vital role in such political success.

    UKIP reached the top of the pile in 2014 & 2016 because of Nigel’s efforts: proportional representation (EU elections) and ‘all votes count’ (EU referendum).

    UKIP’s future success will be in direct proportion to the success of its leader’s ability to connect with the electorate. Our leader needs to be on the political pitch scoring lots of goals. If that happens the rest of the ‘team’ perks up and the stands fill again with supporters (members and voters) keen to see the leader (goal scorer) in action. Nigel delivered that analogy in spades and now Henry has to. His brand is built around him being a man of principle, credibility, a moral family man with a reputable military record – in other words a man of substance and integrity. Anything that undermines the ‘brand’ could result in another ‘Nuttall situation’ where the press latch on to ‘shortcomings’ & ‘missteps’, start digging and set about destroying personal reputations (and in turn the party). Let’s hope we’re not in for a repeat performance!

    • He’s certainly connecting with one particular member. Sadly, many other members, myself included, feel badly let down and ignored. If you have been reading the offerings on this site then you would, or should, be aware of the many complaints due to H Bolton’s lack of communication with members. Even some of who voted for him are unhappy to the point that we now regret giving him that support.

      If he cannot successfully reach out and connect with members he will certainly not be any more successful in connecting with the wider public. Many members of the general electorate don’t even know who he is. They certainly know now and not for the right reasons.

      I was a bit sceptical about Graham’s decision to bow out of UKIP. Now I feel he could well steer clear of the party in future. I will, no doubt, be joining him in such decision because I won’t be renewing my own membership at the end of June – assuming I am prepared to hang on even that long.

      Far from being a man of principle, credibility and a moral family man I would say that Bolton is a disgrace. He has neither substance nor integrity in my opinion. You do yourself no favours in trying to defend him. He has let the party down and kicked members and supporters in the teeth.

      • He has mislead us. On 23 October he told reporters “We will have to sell family home” as leader unpaid and wife was”nervous and supportive”. Now we find she had already gone abroad in summer, which ties in with those stories of him living in an apartment block , not a family home. So much for integrity. And all within a month of becoming leader. Yet he still thinks he is clever and tweets about being sharper than George Osborne. Yet gets caught by his own web and falls at first hurdle. Add no self-awareness or sense of irony to the list.

      • Brenda, I didn’t defend him, I simply laid out what a leader needs to do and the dangers of their ‘brand’ being undermined.

    • “a man of principle, credibility, a moral family man” 😀
      It would appear that Mr Bolton has only been scoring in the bedroom recently, not on the political pitch. 😉

  5. Good luck Graham, and thank you.

    Successive leaderships have not served the People’s Army well. They have failed to understand what needs to be done to win the long-term support of the mass of the British people, but especially its long-suffering patriotic working class, whom they have badly betrayed. To repeat a certain phrase, they have all been political pygmies, when what we’ve needed is selflessness, acuity and intelligence.

    Those who served the great cause can be rightly proud of the immortal victoy, but the battle has moved on. The torch of our national liberties and identity must now be borne outside UKIP.

  6. I’m sure many will identify with much of what Graham says here, I certainly do. My decision to leave the Party was made very easy for me by Farage and Bolton’s nasty comments about AMW and her supporters following her narrow leadership election defeat, comments motivated I believe by good old fashioned control freakery.

    Nothing that has happened with UKIP since tells me my decision was incorrect.

    I can report life outside UKIP is less stressful, more rewarding and clearer. I recommend it.

    I am proud to say my support for AMW continues to grow, simultaneous with the ladys growing confidence and effectiveness. The fund raising lunch I organised for For Britain pre Christmas was well supported by a combination of ex Kippers and freshly politicized members of the public. These newly motivated concerned people are continually joining the Party, many being their first ever political party membership.

    We have a genuine sense of positivity for what 2018 will bring. Most refreshing.

    Jeff Wyatt
    Chairman For Britain Milton Keynes

    • Well said Jeff (and well done to the Editor for printing his comment). From what I have seen in For Britain so far, there is a very strong positive feeling, much as all the other parties and all the organs of the State are doing their best to stop us. Their wired-up mole secretly recording AMW for six months and the immediate hour-long ITV special hosted by HNH’s Nick Lowles show how scared they are of her.

      The sort of endless internecine warfare that goes on in the higher reaches of UKIP is conspicuous by its absence. And when it does inevitably start, I am confident that AMW is the sort of lady who will not put up with it.

      One of the most upsetting things I found about UKIP was how many high-ups in the party were in it mainly to bolster their own sense of self-importance, not primarily to get us out of the EU.

      In For Britain we still have a country to save. Many of the UKIP hierarchy seem to have lost sight of that, if they ever knew it.

      • Well said Keith.

      • Purple Potty Mouth // January 4, 2018 at 4:28 pm // Reply

        ‘In For Britain we still have a country to save. Many of the UKIP hierarchy seem to have lost sight of that, if they ever knew it.’
        Don’t know if county chairman counts as hierarchy but I have never lost sight of why I felt the need to join a political party at all in 1999, let alone stand as a candidate, serve as a Cllr and branch/county officer. We have also just had a more than likeminded appointment as our Regional Controller for SE.East (Kent, Surrey, W 7 E. Sussex) in Gerald Gravett.

        • I was mainly referring to UKIP’s national figures and not trying to impugn the hard work of the volunteers at county and regional level.

          Indeed in my experience the people at county and particularly at region are often the most browned off, because they have personal experience of the poisonous atmosphere at national level.

    • Well said Jeff. After 8 years proudly slogging the streets of Norwich leafleting for UKIP, in one hour Henry Who managed to completely kill my enthusiasm by effectively calling me a racist nazi.

      Moreover, Mr Farage endorsed that, the same bloke who kept the party radical simply by not being afraid of the media. Now, the Brexit elephant has been trampled in many people’s hearts by the Allaphant, which is so big, even Nigel has now magically lost his backbone.

      Anne Marie Waters has proved she has the courage to do what it takes to clean out all the corruption in Britain which is why so many of us have joined her party, and not just for the issues around culture.

      UKIP, at a stroke, has ceased to be a radical party and I can only surmise a conspiratorial reason for this, nothing else seems to explain it.

      Rob Pearce
      member, For Britain Norfolk

  7. Henry is to be commended for his commitment to – ahem – supporting YI members 😂

    • And in return Kipper Central, run by the youth wing of the party, has chosen not to report on the situation.

      • Which is ridiculous and tells you all you need to know about their ‘journalistic integrity’. Only in Pravda or China Daily (oh, and also in France but that’s a different matter!) is reporting about leaders’ lives off-limits.

  8. There is a picture of Bolton’s new squeeze. She is very scantily clad with her back to the camera. On her derriere is a picture of the UKIP Lion. Superimposed on the picture is UKIP’s new logo.

    It would seem the party is going after a new demographic – Sun readers lamenting the loss of page 3 perhaps – and I was reminded of another former Lib Dem, Lembik Opik. He had a fling with a “cheeky girl” who also liked to flaunt her derriere. Something about Lib Dems and how they express their mid-life crises.

    Middle aged man loses all judgement over a girl young enough to be his daughter. Such a cliché and not a good look for a would be prime minister. There are many voters who stayed in relationships (and got over their crises) for the sake of the children. Bolton is not one of those. Indeed, regardless of children it seems partners are changed liked clothing.

    Bolton argues for a private life. I would sympathise but his girlfriend is pushing her derriere into the public domain and so I don’t actually sympathise with his view. Keep your life private and yes we will respect privacy. Push your derriere into the public domain and you forgo privacy.

    I sympathise with Graham Matthews. There are many of us on the cusp of despair over the party. I could write a whole article of reasons additional to his as to why we should all walk away. It’s a close call for me but I hang in there for having nowhere else to go.

    Meanwhile, Mr Bolton should reflect on why a young woman is attracted to a balding, middle aged man. The reasons are usually transitory unless there is a large bank account involved.

  9. Having read about Henry’s shenanigans tonight it’s interesting re-reading the article above in light of events.
    UKIP needed a bit of extra integrity, and, without being falling into the easy trap of being pious/knee jerk/judgemental I think I’m safe in saying … this isn’t good.
    It’s saddening and maddening. I enjoyed your article, Graham, and wonder what you’re thinking now.
    One never changes affiliation based on the actions of its figureheads, so a Kipper I remain.
    But a paid-up, active Kipper, as I was till fairly recently?
    Such a shame. The hard-won Brexit for which we fought so determinedly is still not in the bag, and now this distraction which will lose even more ‘fair weather’ Kipper “hearts and minds” at this critical time.
    Not good.

    • Interesting. I didn’t go to any of the leadership hustings last year. I wonder if Henry Bolton was quizzed about his family circumstances? Did he mention that he was estranged from his wife at that time? If he did explain what was going on it may have affected the vote. In any case his judgement here looks poor.

  10. Purple Potty Mouth // January 3, 2018 at 10:17 pm // Reply

    Graham – as a candidate who retained her deposit in 2010, came a good second in one of the safest Tory seats in 2015 – and bloody tanked in 2017, even beaten by the so called Independent put up by disgruntled local Tories who can’t stand our MP after losing my County seat thanks to Theresa the Appeaser I take a completely opposite approach. The 2017 manifesto was not as dire as the Tory one but I for one was delighted when Henry decreed we would default to the 2015 manifesto until the new party structure and policies were in place. Nothing wrong with integration or one law for all but EVERYTHING wrong with parading that policy in a pre-manifesto launch press conference. I had my head in my hands groaning. We were playing right into our enemies’ hands. Thankfully it didn’t come up at the limited number of hustings, nor on the doorsteps in Thurrock, where I and a number of my branch opted to campaign.
    What should we have led on? Why the economy stupid! We should have had a positive program of tax reform and economic incentives that we would be able to enact once we were free of EU rule. Yesss – my lovely branch members put a tax reform motion into conference, which I was more than happy to propose as none of the trio who devised it were at Torquay – and it was voted through! Our detractors expected the burqa ban guff, had all their snipes ready and primed. What if we had wowed the ordinary tradesmen and small business owners by explaining how after Brexit the burden of VAT could be lifted? Even replaced with sensible purchase taxes such as we used to have the opportunities and savings that will open up would not have been lost on those who VAT hits/inconveniences most.
    As for Henry – well I supported David Kurten, tackling cultural Marxism, is, another root cause, like EU membership of a lot of ills in our society. (Imagine how the grooming gang scenario might have played out without it – cops ACT, decent people in their communities are galvanised to tackle it and the observed pattern is circulated to other forces to aid them in rooting it out of their watches) Frankly I don’t believe David, or any of the other candidates could have tackled the rot at the heart of UKIP, at least not alone, David had been in discussions with Henry beforehand& as his chairman or deputy it might have worked.Bottom line is I am beginning to feel Henry is probably our only chance – last chance. I keep hearing criticism that he is MIA(missing in action) but suspect he is working like stink behind the scenes. Take the Nathan Gill brouhaha – suddenly Nathan has stepped down as an Assembly member, (we all understand why stepping down as MEP was poor strategy) A little tactful diplomacy from our man? Anyway Graham – come to Lakeside International in Frimley on 27/1 and meet him for yourself. Surrey is not such a sack of ferrets as London. Most of the time we are all good friends.

    • The point is, Henry does not have the authority to go back to the 2015 manifesto without getting NEC agreement to do so as it would represent a change in policy. Motions in conference have no authority either. UKIP has a constitution and a rulebook for a reason. The leader is supposed to propose policy that the NEC has to agree on. In the same way that he argues the policy contained in the GE17 was not approved (he can only mean that the NEC didn’t approve it as obviously Nuttall did) he is now going about changing policy unilaterally (i.e. he made this decision without getting NEC involved, although who knows, as no NEC meeting minutes have been published since he became leader – transparency has decreased). Either a party is managed according to its rules or not, you can’t be half-pregnant. I didn’t agree with some of the GE17 manifesto but I defended it in good faith as I was under the impression that it had been properly adopted according to the party’s rules. How could Nuttall, Evans and Bickley do a press launch for a manifesto if it hasn’t been approved?

      Sorry I am not inspired by Henry. The revelations about his private life make me even less inspired, particularly as he was tweeting (bragging) about the dates he was having with her – he couldn’t manage much to say about Brexit over christmas, but did send out two tweets about his dates with a model. If you go on Youtube and compare e.g. Henry’s speech to Tiverton and David Kurten’s in Gloucester it is chalk and cheese. One talks about issues head-on, the other never mentions them except in the most oblique terms possible. Anyway, for me it isn’t just Henry, it is the state of the party overall, he’s a symptom of the malaise, not the cause.

      • Purple Potty Mouth // January 4, 2018 at 2:27 pm // Reply

        I am still inspired by David Kurten so I wouldn’t argue with that. In fact Henry was very dull at our SE hustings and those I viewed on youtube but since being elected leader has improved considerably. He was good on QT, if not quick enough at the start (hardly fair to knock that)& gave me the pleasure of making my MP squirm, also good on LBC yesterday morning.
        If he & Tatiana split in July why not mention it? Always possible he hoped for a reconciliation.

      • The 2017 manifesto was approved by the NEC

        • Ok, so if that’s the case, then HB can’t single-handedly refute it as it amounts to a change in policy which the NEC would have to agree on. So have they agreed or not? I don’t believe there has ever been an announcement and hence the limbo.

      • Graham

        Not so long ago I accused you of ‘having it in for Henry’ as you were frequently critical of him.

        I am now apologising for that accusation as you must have sensed something about him that I’d missed.

        I wish you well for the future and may well be following you out of the party sooner rather than later.

        Kind regards.

    • Many of us thought Bolton was our last chance. Well, now we know just what he was doing behind the scenes and the stink is all over the MSM today.

  11. A few years ago I’d have described this as rubbish. Now I don’t. See what you think.

    http://eutruth.org.uk/eucontrolstructure.html

  12. A sad Commentary but one I can identify with, save the comments about Whittle and Kurten which are propaganda put around by certain former GLA candidates with a grudge, fanned for his own reasons by the incompetent and self publicising London Chairman.

    UKIP will never flourish whilst incompetents like Oakden are still in place and the ‘three percenters’ at regional level are allowed to run things

  13. A sad indictment of the party, Graham, but mainly true.

    Why London Chairman Freddy Vaccha wanted you to write a social media guide is beyond me, he already had a full local campaign guide that I wrote for an MEP I worked for from 2016 that was utilised by branches in the NW and SW and he also had great work from Chris Mendes that he could of used – however, as you say, he couldn’t take credit for that.

    Just a quick couple of points though. The Harrow Chairman was asked to stand in Copeland so could not be in two places at once to support a candidate in a constituency we had no chance of winning. Indeed, with resources so limited it made sense to concentrate in the best two constituencies, Dagenham & Rainham and Hornchurch where we saved deposits on both. That was an agreed strategy by the London Committee but Freddy Vaccha bled off resource to support his own campaign in Bexley where large amounts of money and activists were committed only to see a result of 3.4% (Down from nearly 20%)

    The comment about Peter Whittle and David Kurten is incorrect – I work with both and they are often at the same events together, including a Christmas Party I went to that Peter organised. This is part of the propaganda put about by some disgruntled former candidates who believe they should have had those positions and also propagated by Vaccha for his own ends, notably divide and rule to keep his own position and get those former candidates on side.

    Despite the GLA elections not being until 2020, they are frequently mentioned at LRC meetings because some want a job rather than getting funding, candidates, training and campaigns in place for the locals next year.

    The level of infighting in London has become poisonous and despite multiple complaints from several party members and officials, Paul Oakden sat back and ignored multiple breaches of the constitution which made things worse.

    When you spend more time fighting your own party members than the opposition then it is time to say enough as I also did late last year after a spurious accusation of assault that was thrown out by the Met Police – another problem that Oakden sat back and allowed to happen.

  14. Hello Graham – I haven’t a clue on what to say to your probably accurate summation; other than to wish you well and say thanks for your comments on here.
    In the past have stood for UKIP & partially funded a campaign + leafletting, but not a fraction of what you have given & committed to UKIP. Am baffled by the UKIP leadership-management over the past three years or so and how UKIP command has marginalised and marmalised you into a corner.

    Have no idea as to how all this will play out.

    1991 UK population 57.5 million
    1991 UK census 94.1% of people reported themselves as being White British, White Irish or White Other with 5.9% of people reporting themselves as coming from other minority groups.

    Today am guessing actual UK population is between 65 to 70 million ?
    Today NHS funding problem + Rail fares up + Energy bills up + Housing shortages + wage suppression. Defence-Military + Police spending down ?
    Cuts to army and police. Free speech with all the new laws is curtailed. Govt debt & % debt to GDP is up from 1991.

    Where are the benefits/increased wealth from the post 1991 census population increase ? Is it going to EU or on Foreign Aid or lightly taxed Companies with HQs in Ireland & elsewhere ?

    (stats unsourced, unverified & part copied from wiki; word count < 250)

  15. Does UKIP have a future? With Henry Bolton’s leadership it might have a future as the third UK political party. UKIP was basically founded as a reactionary party, it was reacting to the ever increasing rule by the EU. What did the UK Parliament do about the increasing power? Nothing! It just approved the changes whilst being unaware of its decreasing unimportance in “ruling” the UK. The UK Parliament has no influence in the EU otherwise there would be no need for MEPs.

    UKIP requires fiscal stability and, as stated/implied, an effective means of communication. All of the candidates during leadership campaign acknowledged theses two points. What was lacking was a future vision and policies for the future, the candidate seemed more concerned with fighting about leaving the EU.

    For UKIP to flourish it needs effective policies that for me include effective fiscal policies that will take into account the fact that the UK will not be a part of the EU. Regarding grammar schools we should be looking at technical schools to encourage the study of mathematics, engineering, science and possibly language. The arts, such as acting and painting, should be relegated to second place.

    I have just renewed my UKIP membership because I think that UKIP has a future as the third UK political party. Although I did not vote for Henry Bolton to become the leader I am confident that he will be an effective leader. UKIP has no future as a single issue party, it has to be a multi issue party. The fighting of the last general election was a shamble and there was effective leadership shown. Unlike Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties who seem to support the EU and not the UK UKIP believes in Britain and UKIP is “For The Nation”.

    Might I suggest that Graham Matthews renews his membership and supports Henry Bolton to make UKIP the political party “For The Nation”.

    D. Turgoose

    • Thinnish Free-Thinker // January 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm // Reply

      Support Henry Bolton?

      It’s only just over 18 months ago (15 May 2016) that Bolton’s second child with his second wife was born. Now it looks as though he’s playing away. What else do you make of his warning that an article is to appear in The Sun on 4 January, focussing on his private life, his changed relationship status, and his spending time with “somebody who has become increasingly important to me”?

      A really trustworthy kind of guy, eh?

  16. As Viv says, please stay on here! And why not consider running in the forthcoming NEC elections, so you can try and sort matters out from the top?

  17. A very sad epitaph with which I entirely agree save one, Ukip Daily is open to all. Inc ex kippers such as I who stood twice.

    In recent months I’ve been following Malcolm Jackson on FB and he’s turned his attention to exposing Common Purpose. But he started the site trying to understand how Crowther met Farage and why Ukip changed. The obvious answer is that it’s been infiltrated, whether Crowther, Richardson’s, whoever, I joined in 2009 and have lost count of people being thrown out on some pretext or other.

    I believe the answer lies in Common Purpose and exposing it as MJ is trying to do. And I haven’t given up hope that AMW will eventually place her specialist subject in the context of CP, cultural Marxism and the deliberate destruction of our nation and way of life.

    Because there’s one thing you can be absolutely certain of.

    Ukip won’t.

  18. “Or will this only last a few days like most of my resolutions before….”

    It’s not that long since you left before. We all wished you well, many also thanked you and a few days later up you popped again. So, I suspect your last sentence is probably the realistic one.

    See you again soon Jack in the Box!

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