Has UKIP reached the end of the line?
In recent weeks the United Kingdom Independence Party has suffered a series of setbacks. Today, with Godfrey Bloom MEP having quit, one has to ask whether this organisation was just a flash in the pan or whether it still is a force to be reckoned with.
Stripped of the party whip last week in the wake of his “sluts” joke, Bloom, issued the following statement:
“I have felt for some time now that the New UKIP is not really right for me anymore perhaps than New Labour was right for the Denis ‘The beast of Bolsover’ Skinner… I shall sit out my term as an independent and give my wholehearted support to Jane Collins who is almost certainly going to be the next UKIP MEP… I shall of course retain my membership”.
Separately, with other UKIP members and elected officials being labelled as racists, Nigel Farage’s control and attempts to make his party appear “grown up” are appearing increasingly facile.
If UKIP intends to bloom and prosper, the only way forward is to prune out the party’s dead wood. Nigel Farage should lead the way and deal out a large dose of weedkiller.
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