Author: Stephen Place

The Leadership Contest

The leadership contest is in its last throws, “thank goodness”, I can hear you all say. Yes, it has been a lengthy process, some would say ridiculously too long. Most commentators have this as a two horse race between Anne-Marie Waters and John Rees-Evans. I declare now that as the campaign manager for Ben Walker, and now Ukip United, I have of course a vested interest in the process and the outcome. I have some questions: Anne-Marie, Given your potential success, how are we to address as a party, the internal troubles with the NEC and apathy within the…

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UKIP United

Well tomorrow and throughout the next few days the ballots will land on the doormats of the Ukip members. I cannot stress how important their decision will be. This party is on the brink, make no mistake. All the candidates have worked tirelessly over the last eight weeks or so. They all want what is best for the party that is clear. They have all their own way of delivering the changes that we need. They have all paid a very large sum of money to take part and put forward their messages and thoughts and hopes. Eleven candidates…

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UKIP Leadership Contest – a Speech

UKIP, as we know, is sadly in disarray. There is no discipline within the party, officers of the party have descended into language not befitting the standing they have. Many members take to social media with an abandon that knows no boundaries, the conversation is of the lowest standard. Many contributors hiding behind their keyboards demonstrate little if any respect for their fellow members. Non-members find here amongst the many pages a secure unchallenged place in which to vent their anger, angst and vitriol. People who could be described as “senior” party figures have been caught up in this…

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Ben Walker – leadership campaign

Colleagues, we have been here before, four times in a year. Since that glorious day, June 23rd we have, as a political party, had our ‘annus horribilis’ and the jury is out as to whether we can survive it. We have to subject ourselves yet again to the gut wrenching process of choosing a new leader. Casting my net amongst the likely candidates to take us forward, like the North Sea, it is slim pickings. Although it is still three weeks to the closing date for nominations the list of declared interest is depressing, with a certain exception. We…

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Hidden in plain sight – the attempted transfer of power

Imagine you are the Government. You have been for seven years, even given a change of leader and a disastrous referendum whereby you attempted to swat away an annoying little man called Farage who was just simply beating you. You are enjoying a clear percentage point lead over the official opposition by, as some would have it, as much as twenty five percentage points. Brexit is looming, and after a suspiciously long time prevaricating with what would seem no good reason, you write and send the letter enacting Article 50, the official notice to withdraw from the EU. This…

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