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Letters to the Editor – Tuesday 13th February 2018

In the run-up to the EGM, we are receiving numerous letters addressing the problems created by the current Leader. We will publish those as a priority and apologise to all our correspondents whose letters are held in the queue. They are not forgotten!

The first letter is from our contributor Dr Tomasz Slivnik:

Sir,

Henry Bolton was spotted with Jo Marney in the National Liberal Club, of which he is a member.

According to the National Liberal Club’s own website their members are of two kinds: ‘Political Members’ who sign a declaration that they are a Liberal in their politics, and (ordinary) ‘Members’, who must sign a declaration that they shall not use the club’s facilities for political activities adverse to Liberalism. The word ‘Liberal’ is highly ambiguous and overloaded these days, so in this context, what does it mean? The web site goes on to say:

“A common misconception … is that club membership … depends upon the membership of the Liberal Democrats … This is not the case”.

It may be a common misconception but there is usually a reason why common misconceptions are commonly held.

The March 2016 article published in LibDemVoice sheds light on the former question and on why the latter misconception is so commonly held. According to this article, the National Liberal Club dropped “the one-off Joining Fee (worth half a year’s subscription) for anyone who is a paid-up member of the Liberal Democrats” and furthermore “Every major British Liberal and Liberal Democrat politician has been a member, and the club is increasingly the British base of choice for international liberal politicians … It’s also a uniquely progressive place.” I wonder how many other British political parties were offered this same deal.

The cost of membership of such a club is not inconsiderable, particularly for someone who claims to be broke. Surely hardly a luxury one would afford oneself unless one wanted to regularly use the club’s facilities and mingle with its other like-minded members.

It seems like an unusual club for the Leader of UKIP to belong to, and its membership declaration an unusual one for a member (let alone the leader) of a libertarian party to sign up to.

Henry Bolton has said (see here) that the Thurrock Independents are still members of UKIP. After a rebuke from a Thurrock Independents Spokesman, he corrected himself to say that all but one of the Thurrock Independents have resigned from UKIP, but that Tim Aker remains a member of UKIP. In fact, Jack Duffin has written that:

“Thurrock Independents, the new residents party in Thurrock, can announce that all 17 Councillors have resigned the UKIP Local Government Whip and joined the party.”

We thus know that the Thurrock Independents are “another political party (whether registered with the Electoral Commission or not)”. Referring now to the Party Constitution:

4.3 If, after becoming a member of the Party, a person

  1. a) joins another political party (whether registered with the Electoral Commission or not) …
  2. b) without the authority of the NEC, sets up or has set up or has aided and abetted the setting up of another political party, whether registered with the Electoral Commission or not; or …

the Party Chairman shall revoke their membership forthwith. …

The Party Constitution leaves no room for the Party Chairman to have any discretion. It reads the Chairman “shall” not “may” not “might” not “can” nor “could” but “shall” revoke such a person’s membership “forthwith”. My dictionary defines the word “forthwith” as “immediately, without delay”.

Perhaps Henry Bolton and/or Paul Oakden will explain why Tim Aker is still a member of UKIP?

On 5 February, Interim Chairman Paul Oakden e-mailed us all to advise us we would be voting at the EGM by secret ballot. “I have decided that a closed ballot will now determine the outcome of the EGM.” writes Oakden. But the Party Constitution is clear “5.7 The NEC may also summon other special conferences or EGMs for specific purposes, which will be open to all Party members ‘in good standing’. The NEC [not the Party Chairman] may from time to time make rules for the convening of and the procedures for the conduct of such conferences.”

Respectfully, Tomaž Slivnik

The other letter is a statement sent by Catherine Blaiklock, Chairman of the Eastern Region Committee, to the regional members. It deserves wide publication:

Dear Members,

The EGM is on 17 Feb. I urge you to go and vote.  This is the last chance for UKIP as a political party. I will be voting for the removal of Henry Bolton for the following reasons, and ask you to do likewise.

  1. Henry Bolton has no political message. This is the number one reason why you should vote to remove Henry.  The UK is in danger. Your children’s future is in danger. Life as we know it is in danger and everyday it gets worse. If things continue as they are, within 20 years, we will be have serious civil unrest.  Henry fails to understand this. He started by saying that immigration is not a problem. It is ‘the’ problem and the major reason why people voted for Brexit.
  2. Henry Bolton is not truthful. Lying and being caught is the most dangerous thing you can do in politics. I voted for Henry on the basis that he had been married twice and was a family man.  Neither were correct. Henry at hustings, said David Kurten would be his deputy and Aiden Powesland would get a position. He reneged on both. Henry said he had a BA from Sandhurst. Sandhurst does not issue BA’s. Henry told newspapers he had been paid nothing by UKIP. John Bickley (UKIP Treasurer) had to go public and say Henry had been paid a total of £15,002.30.  Henry said the NEC had blocked his plans. The NEC said they have never had any presented. Henry promised to appoint the YI’s chairman as Youth Spokesman. He did not. Over 70% of YI voted ‘no confidence’ in him.
  3. Henry Bolton is now tarnished beyond repair. When people laugh at you, you are finished. Henry is associated with someone racist.  This sums it up with voters: (From Susie Govett who was Henry’s campaign manager)
    UKIP Canvasser 2015: Will you be voting UKIP?
    Voter: Not sure, are you racist?
    Canvasser: It’s not racist to be concerned about immigration
    UKIP Canvasser 2018: Will you be voting UKIP?
    Voter: No, you’re racist sympathisers, your leader is sleeping with one.

This is not a vote for or against the NEC. This is a vote solely for, or against Henry.  The NEC  versus Henry is  PR hype. You are voting only on one issue: The ability of Henry Bolton to lead UKIP and save this country.

This is a vote for your children, your grandchildren and your country.  The UK needs a strong UKIP.

Yours faithfully, Catherine Blaiklock. (Chairman, Eastern Region Committee).

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Vivian is a UKIP patron, Vice Chair of UKIP Cardiff and Editor in Chief of UKIP Daily

21 Comments on Letters to the Editor – Tuesday 13th February 2018

  1. posting my comment rectified the problem, the pages re-adjusted itself and the whole script is presented

  2. The contribution scripts on all the text are cut off on the RH side, it carries on off screen where it cannot be displayed by a bottom bar, as some displays allow.
    It is only on the LH side of the page, with promotions on RH half.
    The situation is that a great deal of screen space is lost/wasted
    I noticed this the other day and makes letters unreadable

  3. I have read quickly the HB proposed new constitution.
    I ask if any legal mind experienced in Company Law has perused Boltons amendments, they seem to place Bolton in the position of a Shadow Director of the NEC. If that is tha case then as a board member and director he is not a separate Party Leader but merely subject to the NEC deliberations as per NEC Directors.
    His power grab and attempt to control the NEC will fail.

  4. Well said Catherine and also Bernard from Bucks – matters not a jot whether you’re a member or not, a great shame the party loses people like you over a terrible mistake. Let’s hope the revolting Bolton is swiftly ejected on Saturday and that we learn from it. Watch carefully where he goes next, it will tell us all where he really came from.

  5. Main issue is that Bolton is unable to ‘bury’

    When asked about it in interviews, still 1 month on, he blabbers on about his “strong emotions” and “feelings” for her. This is politics, not OK!/Hello gossip mag stuff.

    For any remaining supporters of Bolton if he was serious he would SHUT DOWN any questions about Jo Marney immediately. He doesn’t, he blabbers on about his feelings and relationship status.

    He has turned a mole hill of an issue into a mountain.

    Even if all party members were silent the public can see his lack of integrity for themselves as he continues to feed the media circus.

  6. Who on earth is the lady who claims to hold office in UKIP Eastern Counties. Never heard of her.

    What has she ever done in or for UKIP.

    Her comments may be correct but why are they relevant.

  7. Bernard from Bucks // February 13, 2018 at 6:55 pm // Reply

    As someone who has recently resigned his UKIP membership and as someone who will have no say at this EGM, perhaps Viv will allow me to make one point before maybe finally, as Shirley Bassey sang, the ‘party’s over’.
    During my fifty years of working life, I have observed how successful leaders have worked their way up from within a group or organization, to become popular, successful leaders. Be it golf club, tennis club or political group.
    From hard work, the loyalty and respect have been earned, Earned over time.
    A ‘new’ leader, who springs up not only out of the blue, but also from an opposing organisation, cannot possibly have this gradual build-up of respect.
    Respect for a leader is earned from within the ranks, not ‘parachuted’ in from a rival party.
    I hope you all make the right decisions and I wish you well.

  8. Can someone please tell what Henry Bolton`s partner has said or written that is Racist? Over the last few years, Racist is shouted at anyone who says anything that the other disagrees with.
    Like many people, my uncle was killed by Real Racists, The Nazis.
    Has it now come to this, don`t like something shout Racist?

    • Paul, you are absolutely right, in this snowflake-run society.

      In answer to your question, Jo Marney social-media’ed that Prince Harry’s girlfriend is part-black. Jo hates black people, thinks they’re ugly and will taint the royal bloodline. Something like that.

      Many decent Kippers left the party after Bolton and Farage called them nasty names. The country is slowly having its way of life replaced by an alien culture, but to even want to discuss this gets you called nasty names.

      It is not in anyone’s interest for UKIP to be split like this. Not the party, the country, or any other group. I am afraid that Batten if he becomes leader will be hamstrung by party precedent and avoid the subject in the interest of party unity. Sadly this will not save UKIP. It will then remain just another safe, uncontroversial group, with no MPs thanks to FPTP.

      • She said she would never sleep with a negro as they were ugly. It was expression of a private preference, which she is entitled to have, that was publicised. No-one seemed to care about the invasion of privacy or thought police at work.

        I believe the Markle remark was in a tweet, so public and fair game (so far as anyone cares).

        She could have weathered one storm (in a tea cup) but several proved too much for cowardly Bolton.

        • SY,

          Does anyone find Henry stunning in the ‘good looks’ department, no I thought not, so she contradicts herself straight away.

        • Having just come from a meeting with Henry I can assure you that Henry is no coward.He will not give in. I look forward to Saturday. I would be interested to see if Stout Yeoman et al have the same courage of their convictions like Henry Bolton. He has more fire in his belly than all the other party leaders put together and then some.

  9. “someone who claims to be broke” – What is the truth and what is “broke”? It would appear from all available information on the subject (much, if not all, provided by himself) that HB accrued a considerable and uninterrupted period of public service. That surely qualifies him for a not-inconsiderable pension. If he is not receiving such a pension then it beggars belief that such an allegedly astute operator has not had one eye on how he was to support himself and his many families (and maybe families to come) once he reached retirement. Is it too late to demand that our leader makes the position clear on this point? Of course drawing £2,000 per month tax free may equate to being ‘broke’ in HB’s eyes. It doesn’t to mine.

  10. I have an interesting letter appearing on KipperCentral later today ~4pm(?), folks 😉

  11. Well said, Catherine,
    succinct and spot on. Henry’s behaviour and untruths would be a sufficient reason, but the key issue is that Henry has no political message (or if he has, he does not present it because it is not UKIP’s).
    Andrew Moncreiff

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