[Ed: as introduction, please see the report on BBC Wales greeting readers this morning]
Nathan Gill, Mark Reckless, Mandy Jones, Caroline Jones. 4 out of the 8 UKIP AMs produced by the 2016 election. Every one of them betrayed the trust of UKIP members who gave them their privilege of being an AM. All put their egos and personal ambitions first and walked away from the UKIP Assembly group. What an indictment of UKIP’s candidate selection process!
Caroline Jones’ resignation is just a case of sour grapes and frustrated ambition. Having engineered a backstairs coup to seize the UKIP group leadership in the National Assembly, she was then overwhelmingly rejected in an election by all UKIP members in Wales. That is the real reason why she has flounced out.
Sadly, her ego far outstrips her ability. She cannot make a speech or even ask a question without ploughing laboriously through a script written by her researcher. She was a disaster as UKIP Group leader, summarily sacking group staff without due process and refusing to accept majority decisions against her by other UKIP AMs. In a few short weeks, she destroyed the cohesion of the UKIP group, demoralised the staff and was an embarrassingly wooden performer at First Minister’s Questions. She was way out of her depth.
She moans about “dignity and respect” but shows absolutely none towards UKIP members who gave her the privilege of becoming an AM. She is now a cuckoo in UKIP’s nest and, if she had a shred of “dignity and respect”, she would resign her seat in favour of Martyn Ford, no. 2 on UKIP’s regional list in SW Wales in the 2016 election.
On 7 April 2017, after Mark Reckless defected to the Tories, she tweeted:
“MR has let the people of Wales down. They gave him an opportunity to regain his political status. Now, do the honest thing – GO.”
On 2 May 2017, she tweeted:
“He really has no shame. Give the seat back to UKIP, Mark, so that the rightful person takes her rightful place and she is Sue Boucher.”
A few minutes later, she tweeted:
“He was elected on a UKIP ticket and NOT as MARK RECKLESS. Do the honourable thing and give Sue Boucher her rightful place.”
Caroline has proved to be duplicitous and deceitful, interested only in power and position. Typically, at about 0800 this morning, she was busily engaged in trying to re-write history, deleting all such tweets, which expose her hypocrisy.
But she can’t delete the BBC or Wales Online. Wales Online still reports that, at 1300 on 6 April 2017, she told the BBC:
“The people of Wales vote you in for the party you represent. It is unfair to go to represent something else unless it is subject to the people who voted for you. He should stand down as an Assembly member.”
Caroline Jones should now take her own advice and resign forthwith. On grounds of selfishness, duplicity, dishonesty, hypocrisy and incompetence she is not fit to be an AM.