Because of the lock-down and the ensuing complications, the letters still unpublished by Saturday 24th February have now been spiked permanently. Apologies for that, but as we all know, ‘events’ do have such effects – and to nobody’s surprise, ‘events’ also affect IT operations. So – apologies, with the heartfelt plea not only to forgive us but to start writing again!
Today’s first letter comes from our contributor Jerry Wraith:
If you can, would you please publish this letter:
“Gerard – Surely your statement would have made infinitely more impact if you had simply asked “Why does Jeremy Corbyn and the labour party want every household to pay up to a £1,000 more every year by staying in the EU’s customs union”?
Your philosophical arguments take too long to read and have no impact on the majority of the voters. – Jerry Wraith”
For your readers – I’m referring to this statement by Gerard on the Party’s website.
Respectfully, Jerry Wraith
Next is a letter from our reader and correspondent Alec Yates, on the new Interim Chairman Tony McIntyre, reproducing Tony’s press release on his appointment:
I have known Tony for 10 years, since he became Chairman of the Tiverton and Honiton Branch.
Tony is an organiser who gets things done. Branch chairman, County chairman, Regional Chairman, two party conferences in Torquay and a Spring conference in Weymouth, all very successful, are testament to his skills. I think Tony and Gerard will make a great team to stabilise the party ready for the challenges ahead. I am happy to endorse his statement below:
“At the NEC meeting held on Monday it was agreed that I should take on the role of Interim Party Chairman. As you will know this is an appointment at the behest of the Interim Party Leader Gerard Batten MEP. I have a great of respect for Gerrard and am humbled to be chosen by him to take on the role. I feel very strongly that UKIP still has an important role to play in the political climate of today, particularly with the members of both the Labour and Conservative parties doing their very best to water down the referendum result of June 2016 as we near the date to Leave the European Union. I have been a member of the party since 2006 and have been Chairman of UKIP South West for the past 5 years. I am looking forward to working with the NEC and the Regional Chairmen to stabilise the party after the unfortunate events of the past few months. Where there is a will there is a way. – Tony McIntyre”
Respectfully, Alec Yates
Our contributor Rob Mcwhirter sent in this letter:
Firstly, congratulations to Tony Mcintyre on his promotion to “cat-herder pursuivant”, i.e. Interim Chairman. Secondly, and more importantly, could I draw readers’ attention to a post they may have missed, from David Challice, responding to criticism of Lexdrum’s location etc.?
“We are in Devon because it is an ideal office. Cheap to run, with dedicated professional staff. Various leaders and Party Chairmen have come to Lexdrum House fired by a zeal for change, but once they see it they are supportive, despite ill-informed comments from others who simply don’t know what they are talking about.
It is not practical to run the main administration office of any organisation with volunteers. We’ve tried it and it doesn’t work.
As for the expense, Lexdrum is incredibly cheap to run. if Head Office was in London one month’s rent would pay six months in Devon.
If Head Office moved to Grimsby, the Party would be in total chaos. None of the staff would relocate, so the Grimsby Volunteers would be out of their depth, with no familiarity or comprehension of what is involved.
The cost of relocating to Grimsby, installing phone systems, computer systems, the inevitable hiatus of the usual functions of the office (email, membership renewals, paying invoices, liaising with Elcom, checking on donations, administering the branches etc) would cost the Party £-thousands. The Grimsby volunteers would also need to learn how to use the hugely complicated Subscriber database, and that would take months.
There are no snotty Tories at Head Office. They wouldn’t lower themselves.
David Challice, UKIP Head Office”
Respectfully, Rob McWhirter
We also received this letter from our contributor Felicia Catto, and while it is indeed flippant, it did make us smile:
I hope this is not too flippant for your serious (august?) publication, but I cannot help myself! I came across a report in the Guardian today on a scientific research by … scientists. They found out (!) that people who dislike body odour are ‘more likely’ to have right-wing views. I thought to myself that finally we know why any given Lefty mob has an aversion against using soap and water on themselves! Obviously, people with left-wing views don’t mind that they and their comrades stink … ! Perhaps if we all stopped washing ourselves, we’d become good Lefties? Or would lefties, once they start using soap and water on themselves, then turn into right-wingers? Hm …
Respectfully, Felicia Catto
Finally, Peter Mchugh penned another instalment of his “Caustic Comments” which delight so many readers:
Caustic Comment 27/2/18
Conservatives continue conserving Conservatism !
On June 23rd 2016, at the UKIP initiated Referendum, a UKIP inspired British electorate, threw the Tory government a try scoring pass, in the form of a mandate to free us from the clutches of an undemocratic and ruinously profligate, political conglomerate called the European Union – – – and they promptly dropped the ball.
Since then, under Dismal David Cameron and latterly under Theresa the Appeaser May, their ball handling has deteriorated even further and is reminiscent of the political infighting that a Tory government indulged in after declaring war in September 1939.
Then, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was coerced into mistakenly entertaining the notion that all-out war could be avoided by striking a deal with Germany and with Mussolini, acting as mediator.
Today, the unedifying spectacle of a befuddled David Davis sleepwalking through the Article 50 minefield he should never have entered, reprises the self interested wrangling that Lord Halifax and his supporters indulged in, before Hitler made their minds up for them, by invading France in May 1940.
Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain, by now a very sick man and the defence of Britain and its Empire had passed into the safer hands of a Prime Minister with guts and possessed of a ruthless streak.
By July he had recognised the threat that the Vichy French Navy represented if it’s command were to pass to Germany and he acted, by ordering the Royal Navy to sink the French Fleet at its anchor in the Algerian port of Oran – they did – and that danger was eliminated.
There is no parallel decisive action today on Brexit and no Churchill waiting in the wings to take the steps needed and thus the outcome promises to be a mere shadow of the total separation that 17.4 million British patriots voted for at the Referendum
In July 2016 Cameron’s resignation and Theresa May’s inauguration gave the party another clear try scoring opportunity and one that a Churchill wouldn’t have mishandled, but the Tory jinx struck again and the ball ran loose to be collected cleanly by the Brussels mafia .
The question has to be asked :
CONSERVATIVES – WHAT DO THEY ACTUALLY CONSERVE ?
….other than an unswerving resolve to ignore and disappoint the electorate and an ability to prevaricate and let prime opportunities go begging.