Author: David Soutter

UKIP 2017 – where to?

All in all UKIP could claim to have had a good year in 2016. With the wins in the few council elections coupled with the Welsh Assembly elections and those in London, the year should have ended on an electoral high. At the moment UKIP is a great edifice that stands in the polls at 14% with AM’s in Wales and London, 500 councilors 21 MEP’s and 1 MP in Westminster. A reasonable front for any new leader to build upon. So why the long face, you ask. Paul Nuttall was elected after a crisis to be leader of...

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The UKIP NEC Election 2016

A very personal view on the election that was finally concluded on 15th December 2016.   Well, it’s now allover but does that include the shouting, or is that to come? UKIP has, forthe first time in a long time, elected what amounts to a new NEC. The newly-elected members will, I think, have their own views on the conduct of the election but that is a matter for another article. However let me first pay tribute to some of those who did stand but did not manage to get elected, some of whom were kind enough to listen...

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UKIP leadership

How did we get here? Well, it’s taken UKIP the best part of six months but finally the party has a leader who seems to want the job and has received a majority of the popular vote. Paul Nuttall has been a member of UKIP for quite some time and during his campaign he made much of the positions that he held to promote his credentials for leadership. He spent his time travelling around the country helping candidates and the party, and supporting various events. He was frequently seen in Wales, particularly in the North, promoting UKIP by attending...

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The ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor

The EU Observer published an article written by Goran Buldioski who is director of the Open Society Foundation in Europe. This is an interesting article. It takes in the result of Brexit, the Trump victory and the general retreat of, as Buldioski calls them, the ‘Progressives’. The tone of the article, which seems unintentional, feels sneering. Just into the first page he says: “It suddenly struck me that the world’s biggest democracy has just endorsed gender inequality, a form of discrimination that progressives like me had recently considered dying out in the developed world.” This shows a complete misunderstanding...

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UKIP leadership

If you thought that the events surrounding the first set of UKIP leadership elections were bizarre, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Steven Woolfe failing to get out of the runners’ paddock, four of the candidates running on one race-course and another candidate running backwards on another. Then a less than convincing win and a 18 day tenure, back to square one. Nothing however could have prepared us for the current saga. From large numbers of candidates to rule changes and then interference or lack of interference from the UKIP acting chairman and others. Right at the start of the...

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