THIS IS A JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT
BY REECE COOMBES, DARRELL GOODLIFFE AND VIV EVANS,
THE EDITORS-IN-CHIEF OF KIPPER CENTRAL AND UKIP DAILY
To enable grassroots (UKIP members and non-members) to communicate with each other, we, the E-in-Cs of Kipper Central and UKIP Daily, have decided to form an Editors’ Coalition. This means that we not only will link to each other’s sites but also draw attention to important announcements and information in our respective articles on our sites.
Kipper Central and UKIP Daily have different content and address a different readership, but what is needed now is to facilitate the call-out to the grassroots, to gear up for the time after the EGM regardless of the outcome, to prepare for the local elections and to campaign full out for Brexit.
Our Party under the current leader has been woefully lacking in any activity in those specific areas.The official party website is blissfully unaware of the existence of Kipper Central and UKIP Daily. A presence on Social Media alone is not sufficient.
Moreover, members have no means of knowing what other members talk about or think, they don’t even know what activities branches in their region are planning, activities they may want to support.
Thus our decision to form this Editor’s Coalition:
- to facilitate communication between members,
- to provide articles on policies,
- to provide material for members to send emails to our representatives, to promote campaigns, action days, rallies by branches across the country.
Members, the grassroots, will see that they are not alone. Our elected representatives will see that we grassroots are not to be overlooked, taken for granted and put back in the corner when elections in the Party or the Country are over.
Kipper Central and UKIP Daily are and will be independent of each other. We will make our own editorial decisions, but when the need arises, we will unite in our separate publications to make us, the grassroots, heard.
For Kipper Central:
Kipper Central and UKIP Daily have in common their desire to see UKIP succeed and prosper so that it can play its necessary role in the battle for national independence and Brexit. We have a shared commitment to a Party that is driven by its grassroots and to giving them a voice. Our shared values present an exciting opportunity for us to work together and we look forward to deepening this partnership and giving grassroots Kippers a strong and powerful voice both within UKIP and the wider Brexit community.
Reece Coombes, Darrell Goodliffe
For UKIP Daily:
As E-i-C of UKIP Daily I’ve seen the crying need for three issues:
- to provide thoughts and arguments for UKIP policies;
- to provide a platform for members’ campaigns and for candidates to promote their views and policy statements above the 150 words allowed in the official CVs and
- to provide, most importantly, the space for debates amongst members and contributors to argue and make their views known.
UKIP Daily has moved to a faster server and the site will be redesigned in the coming weeks to enhance the existing facilities, incorporating links to Kipper Central and creating space for branch announcements.
Communicating freely, be it in articles and letters, be it in comments, is a necessity for our Party and for Society as a whole. Free Speech is being hampered wherever we look. UKIP surely is the champion of Free Speech!
Our Editors’ Coalition is meant to create support for and indeed defend Free Speech in our Party and in all our publications.