UKIP has always swapped members with the BNP, New Britain Party and other extremist fringe parties. Veritas, the Kilroy-Silk vanity project with a handful of members, is the latest to poach members from UKIP.
Readers may be interested in this tale of high farce in the UKIP Falmouth and Camborne branch. In 2004, a member of the local party was asked by Gerard Batten to organise a meeting for Kilroy to speak at only to discover, when she arrived at the venue, that the UKIP leadership telephoned local party members not to attend. Clearly the UKIP leadership were more interesting in protecting their positions than in generating publicity and new members for their cause. The phrase 'ferrets in a sack' springs to mind!