Wednesday, November 19

More trouble and strife in the UKIP happy family

Political parties are diverse and dysfunctional entities made up of individuals who come from different backgrounds, believe in different things and want often can't stand each other. It stands to reason that not all Tory party members are going to be mates - among the MPs, you can't imagine that Ken Clarke and Bill Cash are going to be great buddies, or that David Cameron enjoys a drink with Dan Hannan. The same is true in Labour, back in the 80s, Militant MP Dave Nellist shared an office in Westminster with a certain Anthony Charles Lynton Blair - it's difficult to imagine that these two were in the same party.

However, while major parties have prominent members who might dislike or disagree with each other, in UKIP when a prominent (I use the word in the loosest possible sense) member disagrees with another, he (and it's virtually always he) dobs his colleague in to the police!

UKIP candidate for Suffolk Central and Ipswich North, John West, reported MEP colleague Jeffrey Titford to the Essex police for alleged abuse of parliamentary allowances. The police investigation cleared Titford of wrong-doing, although the Parliament's anti-fraud office stated that it was, itself, gathering information to conduct an investigation.

Not surprisingly, even for a party as deranged as UKIP, the party has decided that this uncomradely attitude was slightly overstepping the mark and have suspended West from the party, although party chair Paul Nuttall, in his letter to West, continued the theme of brotherly love in saying that while he "cannot allow this situation to continue….this is particularly hard for me as I have always found you to be hard-working and extremely likeable".

West, apparently, remains unrepentant, lodging a claim with Ipswich County Court so that he can get his £500 deposit to be a UKIP candidate in the European elections back, and blithely telling his local paper that "I was made aware of alleged irregularities and passed them on to the police. I have no regrets about my action".

Honestly, it's surely a sign that a party's falling apart when its members try to have each other arrested.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Apparently things have got so bad that leaflet delivery has been organised in such a way as to ensure canvassers can meet up in the nearest pub before, during and after.

Anonymous said...

In a current poll on where Ukip went wrong, more than 50% cite the MEPs going native and Farage's poor leadership as the main reasons. While that may be true, Ukip would be flattering itself to think it was every going anywhere in the first place.

Anonymous said...

In another current poll an enormous 64% of respondents are suggesting that chaning the UKIP leader would bring the party more votes.

Anonymous said...

"However, while major parties have prominent members who might dislike or disagree with each other, in UKIP when a prominent (I use the word in the loosest possible sense) member disagrees with another, he (and it's virtually always he) dobs his colleague in to the police"

HA! HA! Don't you just love Liebour,if leaked information gets out,grass em up to the police and get them arrested.