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[Ed: You can read Part One here and Part Two here]

Have you noticed the build-‘em-up-knock-‘em down pattern when it comes to our recent succession of short-lived leaders? It looks like those who could take the party in a dynamic new direction are determinedly thwarted by the party machine and driven out. No new leader is allowed to make a success of the leadership – to be their own person, to reform the party or to take the limelight away from Nigel Farage.

Steven Woolfe was first built-up as the great hope. It looks like he was then dumped by the inner circle. An employee of Nathan Gill failed to submit his nomination forms in time for him to stand in the first leadership election. When he looked like the favourite in the second, he was involved in an argument with other UIKP MEPs. No outsider was at the meeting, but the story of his altercation was soon all over the press and he was made a laughing stock. He left the party shortly afterwards.

The first leadership election was decisively won by Diane James, in no small part because she was perceived by many members to be the Farage-endorsed candidate. She resigned after 18 days, saying, “It has become clear that I do not have sufficient authority, nor the full support of all my MEP colleagues and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary and upon which I based my campaign.” Read and re-read those words. The elected party leader is unable to carry out her mandate because is thwarted by her MEP colleagues (sitting in the EFDD group, still led by Nigel Farage) and party officers (mostly employed and thus answerable to individual MEPs rather than the party itself). She left the party shortly afterwards.

Some of us were excited by the prospect of Raheem Kassam as a young, energetic, media and internet savvy leader. Going by what he publishes on Breitbart London, he has an excellent grasp of the issues. He attended a patrons’ luncheon where he was talked-out of standing by his close friend Nigel Farage.

After being taken aside by the Chairman and warned not to rock the boat at hustings and believing as a result the race to be staged-managed, John Rees-Evans dramatically walked-out of the Newport hustings. He left the party shortly after his second attempt at the leadership.

Many of us were surprised and disappointed when the person we saw as Farage’s obvious successor – Paul Nuttall – didn’t put himself forward in the first leadership election. By popular demand he stepped-up in the second election and won by a landslide. Appealing to the disaffected working class who had so heavily supported Brexit, he initially led in polls for the Stoke by-election. It looked like he would be the first UKIPper (defecting Tory MPs aside) to be elected to the House of Commons – succeeding where Farage had tried and failed numerous times, even at one point standing against the Speaker.

Then it all went disastrously wrong. There was the unnecessary empty house debacle. Then it became public that he had exaggerated a number of elements of his life story – not least around the Hillsborough tragedy, triggering a massive negative reaction. Who was advising him? Who leaked to the press that the Hillsborough statements weren’t true?

With predictions abounding that the passionate Anne-Marie Waters would win our third leadership race, some of those at the top of the party used the press to smear as neo-Nzai entryists the many loyal party members who supported her. The Old Guard launched a concerted campaign to get their favoured candidate Henry Bolton elected and until recently were still crowing until recently about how they saved the party. Anne-Marie Waters left the party shortly afterwards.

David Kurten has a clear grasp that the key struggle that we face is against Cultural Marxism. He’s not afraid to speak his mind about these things, while so many of UKIP’s spokesmen remain silent. In doing so, he drew the ire of the LGBT group in the party, who tried to get him disqualified from the leadership race. Farage ally, one-time donor and serial troublemaker Arron Banks went quiet on his declared support for Kurten and Henry Bolton reneged on his promise to make him Deputy Leader.

Which brings us to Henry Bolton … Previously little-known in the party, it’s unlikely he would have won the leadership had it not been for Nigel Farage being his political nominee and describing him as “a man of substance”.

It almost seems designed to be as damaging as possible. Each new revelation is more shocking than the last. The photos look weird. Who was it leaked those ‘racist’ text messages to the press? And who or what is this Jo Marney character. Could she be a call-girl or some sort of agent?  Is it true that she previously had an association with Nigel Farage’s son? Is this really a man with no income except that of the wife he’s just walked out on? It transpires that much of his military career appears to be fake.

Despite being taken apart by the media and a unanimous (apart from himself) vote of no confidence in him by the NEC, he’s doggedly hanging on. He must surely know he can’t survive. I can only conclude he’s intent on wreaking as much damage to the party as possible – with the apparent support of Nigel Farage.

Bolton’s background in the military and the police and being honoured by the Queen is a good fit for that of a security services agent. We in UKIP may like to think we’re on the side of the police, the forces and the monarchy, but that doesn’t mean they’re on our side.

If stepping down was just a ploy by Nigel Farage to defeat his enemies in the party and show that we cannot succeed without him at the helm, he’s proved his point. He could step back into the leadership at any time. It looks more like he wants to finish UKIP off. As for starting another movement, Arron Banks is now telling us to give up and join the Tories.

Why should yet another leadership election produce a different result and break this pattern? Our fortunes won’t improve until we change those pulling the strings behind the scenes.


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About Comrade K (42 Articles)
Part of the London diaspora, Comrade K. now lives in exile in Cardiff, where he is active in his local UKIP branch. He has come a circuitous political route from enjoying winding-up leftists at school, but then, because he thought the ‘60s seemed really cool even though he wasn’t there, indulging revolutionary socialist fantasies during his student years, even going so extreme as becoming a Labour party activist for several years. K. however eventually came round to sense and, despite being seduced by some green philosophies which he still hasn’t entirely repudiated, realised that free-thinking, intelligence and individuality is something entirely different to mindlessly repeating what all his trendy friends and celebrity icons told him … plus he found that going along with feminism didn’t get him girlfriends after all.


  1. Pictured: Widdecombe addresses a hustings at Portcullis House, Parliament on June 15, 2009 in London.

  2. Furthermore Is Nigel a alcoholic? which might explain his somewhat erratic and selfish behaviour.

  3. You see, articles like this one are the reason why no-one takes UKIP seriously.Simple incompetence and vested interests from a small number of individuals who wish to get as much money as they can and thus are trying to keep their jobs are painted as conspiracies where the Soros illuminati are using UKIP as controlled opposition.

    If you want the real reason why AMW lost, it is because most of her support was driven by London based (small numbers for UKIP) people who have tunnel vision on Islam and were vocal on the internet. As anyone will tell you, the amount of money spent on snail mail in UKIP shows that a large number of members only see post. Who had the Farage “endorsement” and best CV? Bolton by a long shot, no matter how falsified it may have been. UKIP is dead and it’s incompetents such as Oakden and the other constants who have killed it as well as overfocus on immigration as early as 2015. Not the state, not conspiracies, but idiots in campaigning strategy that like to keep their (rather well paid) jobs.

    • The reason why Bolton won is that those candidates with broadly shared concerns (AMW, JRE, DK, PW) did not join forces, and thus split the vote. If you add up their votes it easily exceeds the votes for Bolton.

      Unfortunately ego gets in the way of realism.

      The Conservatives effectively have a two round voting system – the leadership candidate numbers are whittled down to two by MPs, in stages. Then the whole membership votes on those two. The Conservatives are also ruthless at removing duff leaders (unlike Labour). It is not by chance that the Conservatives are the most successful political party ever.

      If UKIP had a two round system, such that the top two go head to head in a second round, it is highly likely that AMW would have beaten Bolton, as she would probably have gathered many of the votes from those voting DK, JRE, and PW.

      • We could have had STV, or similar, but 2 of the candidates, who ultimately didn’t win anyway, blocked it.

        • Toby Micklethwait // February 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm // Reply

          Dear Rob,

          You say “2 candidates”.

          And both of those two withdrew from the contest on 31.8.2017, just too late for us to be able to implement transferable votes.

          Regards, Toby, 01932-873557

    • “Tunnel vision on Islam”?

      Muslims will be a majority across Western Europe well before the end of this century if we carry on the way we’re going. In England we face the biggest threat since the Danes, but at last the Danes were culturally similar to us.

      You may call being concerned about that “tunnel vision”; I call it simple concern for the preservation of England and the rest of Western Europe has it has been for centuries.

  4. It’s nearly 8 years ago now, but I still have in my mind’s-eye the photograph of Mr Farage being helped out of the wreckage of a light aircaft crash (May 2010) which occurred while he was electioneering. It later killed the pilot:

  5. If anything is killing UKIP it is the Constitution. It is total garbage.

    • Specifics, please? It was checked by lawyers and passed by the membership…

      • I think wht he is implying, as I would, is that it is unwieldy and totally unable to cope with the fairly fast moving car crash that UKIP has been for quite some time now. A week is indeed a long time in politics, and you need to be nimble.

        • Indeed. This is not the context in which to debate the Constitution in detail; however, in a situation where we are told that one current course of action will lead to the party disintegrating and the only other permissible will lead to Carey street or possibly the election of someone whose CV is as suspect as his forerunners within three months seems rather unhelpful. Meanwhile we are told that HB has been busy, rallying the troops proximate to B’ham because he knows that the further away members live, the less likely they are to vote etc. Democracy of the lunatic asylum.

          • He is on a shot to nothing,
            HB will give it his best shot.

          • I have lived through ALL the other constitutions, and seen how they have dealt with crises, including NEC vs leader.

            I assure you, this one is vastly better – we could hav3 spent decades debating the replacement and people would still call it unwieldy…

          • I’m sure we when you joined Rob, UKIP was more like a Gentleman’s club. I believe the Constitution is not fit for purpose; eg we have had HB standing for Leader on his purported organisation skills; however, the Constitution does not make clear that the primary role of the Leader is political leadership, coupled with the ability to attract new members and new money through a projection of what the Party stands for; with regard to organisation, he appoints a full time Chairman who should be responsible for the nuts and bolts. If prospective leaders were constrained to talk only about how they would project their primary role, I do not see how HB would have slipped through the net.

            We need your Appendix BB and we need it extended to the point when UKIP uses exclusively paperless democracy, certainly at the national level.

          • Toby Micklethwait // February 15, 2018 at 6:15 pm //

            Dear Forthurst,

            You says “the Constitution does not make clear that the primary role of the Leader is political leadership”.

            The constitution says “7.1 Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 all registered parties must appoint a Party Leader. The Party Leader shall give political direction to the Party and shall be responsible for the development of the Party’s policies with the agreement of the NEC”.

            Paragraph 7.1 is the very first paragraph of the definition of the leader’s job.

            This IMHO it is made clear that giving political leadership is the main role.

            Regards, Toby, 01932-873557

        • Toby Micklethwait // February 4, 2018 at 10:19 am // Reply

          Dear Sussex man,

          You say “unwieldy”.


          We lack a mechanism to bend the constitution when needed.

          As an example (and there could be lots of ideas) we might wish to let the NEC interview and appoint a leader on a several month trial, followed by NEC confirmation [or not], followed by a (postal yes/no) vote by the members … at a time when we are mailing the members anyway).

          However… the problem is… who is to be allowed to bend the constitution? The Supreme Court? We do not have one.

          My idea is to use the UKIP Lords as an upper chamber, but that idea might not fly.

          Or would you want the leader (or the chairman or the NEC) to be allowed to bend the constitution?

          Getting the constitution right is NOT as easy as one might hope!

          Before writing a new constitution one needs to answer some fundamental questions:

          How is power to be split between all the parties concerned? What limits on powers?

          What power should the regional chairmen have in the central process?

          Should the discipline procedure (our judiciary) be totally independent of the executive?

          Dozens of similar broad questions. And we probably would NOT all agree on the answers …

          … even though we are the only party in Europe with the word UNITED in its name.

          Regards, Toby, 01932-873557

  6. Heck, CK, I was as much of a Nigel groupie as anyone. I even bought Bad Boys of Brexit for him indoors for Christmas. However, the scales fell from my eyes a long time ago.

    Can’t people see that Nigel has been involved in most (except the Stoke Halal/Tweed debacle – unless he recommended his tailor!) calamities that have beset UKIP since he stepped down?

    Consider – would Henry have got anywhere without Nigel’s endorsement?
    Would his position now be tenable had Nigel used his LBC platform to any other purpose re Bolton except to continue to support him? (Such is many people’s regard of Nigel that his word means everything. He only needed to say SOmething, not everything, but something!). He hasn’t. He won’t.

    Have you ever heard Nigel praise the most able man left in UKIP? To wit, Gerard Batten? I haven’t.
    Unless a miracle happens, Bolton will win. Unless, that is, Nigel says something.
    There you have it folks. Just my humble opinion – because, in spite of what some may think, I don’t think you loyal Kippers deserve this, after all your hard work. So I hope I’m wrong.

    • Dee
      “except the Stoke Halal/Tweed debacle ”

      Nigel is very much at the root of that debacle, because of his insistence on the pro-Halal policy in April 2015:

      • Ah yes, Hugo, you are right.
        I have been mulling over, on my walk this morning, how very different things could have been if we had all been able to work together. How UKIP might have not just survived, but thrived.
        It seems that Islam, or some people’s refusal to face up to it, has always been the cause of the Division.
        Someone said somewhere here that it was Nigel that persuaded Raheem not to stand – and yet his manifesto was the best I have ever seen regarding external and internal reform both of the UK and UKIP.
        Had he stood though, he wouldn’t have won, once again, Islam would have been the divisive factor.
        As it was with Anne Marie’s candidacy.
        So would Gerard Batten have more success, I wonder. The FLA say they would persuade members to join if Gerard wins, precisely because he is willing to face up to Islam as well as Brexit. How is that different from those who joined UKIP because of Anne Marie, I wonder?

        • Dee,

          I think it may be because Gerard has been having talks with the VAT’s and FLA I believe,also he has been a member of UKIP for a very long time a lot of it as an MEP. But one does have to ask why did’nt he step up to the plate earlier, and I wonder who he voted for in the last leadership contest? I would love to know that.

          • The last thing we need is another reluctant leader so I really hope he is up to it, and all the c**p that will be thrown at him.

          • No idea about last time, but I had video of his endorsement on Lisa Duffy’s homepage when she stood the time before ?

          • UKIP needs a female leader IMHO. Someone calm and sensible.
            However I don’t think that UKIP will be in the politics game that much longer.
            UKIP has failed to get rid of Bolton, mainly because although the NEC vote was unanimous, hardly a peep has come out of them regarding forcing him out.
            The same with Branch and Regional Chairmen.
            Where are they?
            If Bolton lasts until Feb 17, he will survive, because people go chicken in open votes or in open forums. No guts.
            After that, its all over, for good.
            In Sunderland last week the UKIP vote utterly collapsed in a by election.
            In May it will be decimated. As Mike Hookem has stated ( see KipperCentral for his excellent article ) Bolton has failed to organise a thing, and failed to communicate. He’s an utter disaster.

        • But, DD, do you think, given past history, that Gerard will be able to come up with the goods, or will the curse of Islam strike again, with Nigel using LBC to snipe from the sidelines if Gerard puts his UKIP head above the parapet?
          Not that I think it will happen – dirty tricks aplenty going on in social media – the latest digging the dirt on someone in or on or connected with the NEC from a long time ago.
          But we can but hope.

      • Hugo,

        Poor old Nigel his ears must be burning.

  7. Further to Chris’s remarks about the EGM. He is right – Bolton is lobbying hard in the areas most accessible to the meeting in order to fill the meeting.

    We need to do the same.

    Part of the reason Bolton won the election was because he was the only one with a full time campaign manager who spent 2 weeks on the telephone lobbying all and sundry to vote for Bolton.

    We now need to copy this and lobby people to vote for a future for UKIP.

  8. Purely by chance I bumped into Paul Oakden yesterday. We had a few minutes discussion.

    I put it to him that a major problem with UKIP is that those at the top do not listen to the concerns of the grassroots. He strongly denied this to be the case – which I found ironic!

    The other point I made was that the party had not really thought what its direction should be beyond Brexit. And that although the focus was quite rightly upon campaigning for the referendum to be held, and then campaigning to win it, there was little thought or planning put in to what the purpose of the party should be beyond that. He agreed with my point.

  9. Nigel’s ‘job done’ proclamation in June 16 was a huge mistake and a signal to countless ex Tories in the party to return to their fold.
    Possibly there still exists a very influential cabal of ex Tories in the party including Nigel who have always wanted to neatly put UKIP to bed after Brexit had been achieved. Let’s call it ‘the managed decline of UKIP’.

    Countering this there appears to be several equally determined groups within the Party who wish to progress forward to establish UKIP as a fully functioning, successful mainstream party and to hell with wreaking havoc in Tory marginals that would ensue with success.

    What is to be done?

  10. I am afraid that no political party is going to be allowed to operate outside mainstream thinking in the way that it would like. There are too many stratospheric influences ensuring they cannot. This third article by CK demonstrates the argument very plausibly.
    Every now and then we are thrown a bone, one of the latest being Amber Rudd assuring us that Sharia has no legality in the UK.
    We are are expected to believe this, despite effectively operating under a tenet of Sharia that has been placed on us by the Government via the UDHR; no criticism of Islam and Offence Law.
    Confusion is being sown about the land to deliberately muddle and render us helpless in a Gordian knot. I do not see how, at this moment, ordinary politics is going to make a breakthrough.

    • There are some 90 Sharia courts operating in the UK – under the direct sanction of Sharia May and Amber Rudd.
      They make a mockery of British Common Law.
      They have never been authorised by parliament.
      Amber Rudd is lying wouldn’t you say.

  11. CK,

    Thank you again for this article. You might like my article on the subject just over a year ago:

  12. A small number of events suggesting a conspiracy might be ignored but when those events grow in number one has to wonder.

    Conspiracies might be difficult to prove but that does not mean the possibility should be dismissed. Such dismissal is what the perpetrators rely on.

    Time might tell if our suspicions were right (consider Heath) but time is not on our side.

  13. “Our fortunes won’t improve until we change those pulling the strings behind the scenes.”

    Well said Comrade K. Whoever the leader is and whoever gets elected to the NEC, UKIP is still controlled by a small unelected London cabal.

    As the Sheffield pro-Halal leaflet and the Lenny the Lion episodes showed, the controlling cabal have not the slightest interest in what the branch members or even the regional officers think. Groupthink allows then to laugh off and ignore things that are staring the rest of UKIP’s members in the face. The latest example is the fact that Henry Bolton has shown himself to be totally unsuitable as a leader. The cabal still supports him and that’s why he’s hanging on until the EGM.

    Even if AMW had won, she would have spent all her energy fighting the cabal and would probably have been no more able to turn UKIP around than Diane James was. She might now be running a fledgling party that is still being blocked by the Electoral Commission, but at least the people around her are working for her, not against her.

  14. Continuing on the theme.
    It would appear that we are being manipulated into a no win situation which aims to bring the curtain down on UKIP.Ever since Nigel resigned I have been eagerly waiting to see what new delights the wonder team of Nigel and Aaron would produce to unite the leave populace from all parties. The longer time goes on with no action apart from negative comments regarding leaving UKIP for the Cons or having a second reforendum, the more sceptical I have become.
    The denouement could soon be here.
    1. Henry Bolton wins the egm vote. Result UKIP is finished.
    2.Henry Bolton loses the egm vote and another leader is given the job. Result. No suitable person is available therefore UKIP would be finished as it would be led by a donkey.
    3. Henry Bolton loses and more than one person comes forward. This is the worse of all worlds as it would mean a delay of three months and we would still be led by a donkey.
    My prediction. Do not underestimate Henry Bolton winning. He should have lost to Anne Marie Waters but somehow managed to win. Second favourite is number three as it spells the death of UKIP by a thousand cuts.

    • 1.5 HB resigns before EGM
      GB takes over as interim leader: resurgence
      solution found to the ‘leader’ conundrum

      2&3 The donkey issue.
      If UKIP cannot find a solution to the 3 month leadership contest following HB losing and reluctantly a donkey agrees to lead the party, is that so bad ?

      As long as the donkey leader has strong support from the majority of the party and good team of people close to them to advise and prepare them, they would be fine, ie good enough. Certainly no worse than May, Corbyn, CleggCableFallon.
      The donkey would thrive and it would allow others to shine occasionally as well.
      What is needed in the leadership is a good team.
      UKIP should not expect a brilliant, all rounder as a leader to emerge. Plus, do not underestimate what Gerald Batten would deliver with UKIP.

      And yes, HB has no intention of losing the EGM he only needs to bus in 200, 300 supporters to win. Money will be being spent on this already.

      • Reference “Money will be spent on this already”. Maybe provided by Bolton’s ‘lady’ who said in a post on facebook today that she was giving him £1,500 to survive.

      • I’d very much like Batten to lead us to see out Brexit March 2019. The last thing we need is yet another leadership election. Then the best candidate to take us forward with a new mission to fight Cultural Marxism is David Kurten.

        The constitution states that a leadership election must take place within 30 days though (but it was 4 months between Nuttall standing down & HB being elected) and Kurten is likely to stand again.

        If Bolton wins this EGM, it could be a new beginning, as so many will leave the party in disgust and might set up something new.

    • Gerard batten is no donkey!

      • Rob – please do not carry “Gerard batten is no donkey!” on your placard – banner to the EGM and please, please do not make this the new UKIP slogan.

        • Gerard’s promise to restore the pound logo will prevent “lions led by donkeys” becoming the new slogan ???

          • Thanks Rob, that is amusing – can see you would be a dab hand at marketing.

            [For the record Mike Jayes comments upon UKIP resorting to a donkey as a leader precluded Gerard Batten, as he would be the interim leader and unable to apply. My comments were based on UKIP finding another leader to replace Gerard Batten after 3 months. Hopefully Gerard Batten and UKIP might find another way forward to keep GB as leader after the interim period.]

          • Nothing in the constitution stops him applying, although it would be improper…

  15. CK,

    You produce a very interesting and thought provoking article. I have to say that now I do not know whose side Nigel Farage is on, whether he is our hero or actual enemy? Today, I woke up thinking he was most probably our hero, and thus we should not give him a rough time if he turns up at the EGM, but now I am having second thoughts.

    I do remember during the referendum him talking about the ‘5th column’, I for one had no idea what he was talking about, except it may have something to do with mass immigration, now he never mentions it.

    However, I do think that Farage is a true patriot, look at how he goes regularly to visit 1st WW soldiers graves etc, but it is possible that after the referendum result which even he was not expecting, he was threatened by higher forces.

    I don’t think he is a coward or a traitor either but just trying to work within the system, otherwise he will be silenced just like they are trying to silence Tommy Robinson and AMW’s. I may not all together agree with how they deliver their message, but that does not mean I disagree with that message as part of a bigger picture.

    I think Farage wants to remain as a ‘respectable’ politician so his voice can be heard, that’s all, but I might be completely wrong.

    • I agree Duck but ‘working within the system’ prevents tackling the larger issue than Brexit – the abolition of Britain by demographic means. Best answer Farage goes on doing what he’s been doing mostly brilliantly but UKIP is radical. Some hopes. UKIP is terrified of radicalism and a portion of that may be state interference. If you want to be ‘respectable’ you’ll do what they want a bit anyway. A nudge here a nudge there.

      • Mike,

        That is what I mean he should stay on the outside sniping away, because he is good at it. But we need a new strong radical leader who is also a good powerful speaker, I do hope that someone can step forward and fill this role otherwise we will fold.

        • I fear that, if Nigel isn’t getting his way, he’s forever going to be touring the TV studios and the press, sniping from the sidelines and throwing spanners into the works.

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