As a party grows it changes. That is the normal order of things. Anything that stays still, ossifies. So it is with ideas, organisations — and particularly political organisations such as UKIP. With the massive growth in the party’s support, electoral success and membership we have seen UKIP develop from what was essential a niche-marketing specialist shop off the high street to the Morrison’s of politics.
The management of the operation has to change and its way of doing things has to change. In some cases that will be policies that have to change, marketing, and at times personnel.
Those who were the stalwarts of earlier years may find themselves either at odds with the way things work today, or antipathetic to the way that things are presented. Views and voices that were clarionlike and clear ten years ago can at times seem boorish and out of touch today. Such is growth, such is life. References made in the article just don’t stand up to too much scrutiny if what we want to see is UKIP emerging not merely as a voice of the people ignored too long by the legacy parties, but as a vote and election winning machine in its own right. We cannot remain a non-pc hobbyhorse. We have to get serious (and yes, this from the chap in scarlet trousers).
So when those who triumphed in the selection process a decade ago feel unfairly dealt with this year have to look at the party today and see that it has, in part through their own hard work, generated a new collection of UKIP activists whose quality and ability should fill us with pride and joy. Some are disappointed, some feel betrayed and let down, some feel that they deserve more, better and a lifetime of cookies and cake. They must get real and understand that for us to win – and though it sounds portentous it is the case – we are talking about the future of our country here, for us to win we must move forward.
So rather than disappearing in a cloud of purple-tinged umbrage they should look at reality as it is rather that that they might wish it to be. They should thank those who are their supporters and point to the greater good.
UKIP, for all its oddities and peculiarities (I will remind the readers of a previous comment) is the only game in town when it comes to wresting back our birthright from those who would see us remain in the European Union. We must work together to ensure that we win next year and win big at the local and European elections. To do that, they must take the knocks and think not of themselves and their outraged amor propre, but of the good of the party and the cause. It will not be easy, but if we are to be accepted as a grown up political party and movement it must be done.