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This is the omelette that required the breaking of eggs

Alex Wickham, the Mini-Guido has written a piece on the Coffee House blog attacking the way UKIP operates and casting his eyes over what looks like some choppy water in the party’s own inland sea.

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.

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About Gawain Towler (12 Articles)
Gawain Towler is UKIP's former Press Manager, and is a Candidate in the European Elections on the South West list. He is now based in Brussels.

5 Comments on This is the omelette that required the breaking of eggs

  1. Gawain, im sorry i cannot agree with you on this one. Asking people who have given much to the party to shut up and to prostrate themselves before the altar of party is naive and insulting. Worse, it reminds me of the Stalinism, or for that matter any dictatorial organisation, where the leader is immune from such prostrations but everyone else is expected to do his bidding or be purged.
    A wise man once told me on divorce: The first one you can say maybe it was her, the second likewise, but once you get to the 4 and 5th its time to ask yourself if you are the problem. Mike, David C-B, Nikki, Marta and many others. This is not how you treat people, and i think they were right not to bow down in homage ‘for the greater good’. Especially when we both know that the greater good is whatever Nigel and those around him decide is the ‘greater good’.

  2. Nice piece Gawain but lets not get rid of that ‘Non-PC Hoby horse’ too quickly, because if we suddenly stop being that fresh of breath air that the public are screaming out for we will simply be inadvertently advertising the idea that we are no different from the rest of the political regime, who the public want nothing more to do with anymore. Professionalism needs displaying in our policies and our capability to govern and yes we need to see far more of the likes of well mannered speakers like Steven Woolfe for example but we also still need those mavericks who say it as it is or we will only end up sending the electorate back to sleep, let us not unnecessarily camouflage our honesty and integrity with an unwanted PC cloak because that is without doubt the last thing the public want to see. Changing tactics in any game should only ever be done when losing, definitely not whilst winning.

  3. Well said Gawain. Onwards and upwards.

  4. as i keep saying …the ukip genie is out of the bottle ?….and about to create the3 earthquake in westminster history ? …watch the hand of god at work….ukip defender of christianity

  5. Very well said indeed. What ever you do for the party Gawain, I am certainly glad you are around.

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