Whither UKIP?

UKIP’s party conference in London at the weekend didn’t go quite as planned.

Nigel Farage had not envisaged that one of his MEPs — rather than the party platform — would grab the news headlines.

The Mail‘s Robert Hardman was in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, for the proceedings. The generally glib Farage looked quite hot under the collar:

Was it the air conditioning? Or did he know that one of his MEPs was about to go round the bend on national television? Or had he just taken the stairs three at a time in his rush to the auditorium after a final, furtive fag in the street?

Whatever it was, UKIP leader Nigel Farage was not merely aglow as he addressed his party conference in London yesterday. He was sweating like a Tory marginal.

Was that before or after MEP Godfrey Bloom’s outbursts about women and towards Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick?

In an elephantine display of political ineptitude, Godfrey Bloom told a fringe meeting that all women were ‘sluts’, then embroiled himself in a row about racism, walloped a television reporter in the street, lost the party whip by teatime and elbowed Mr Farage off the evening news headlines.

By the end of the day, Hardman reports:

… Mr Farage was blunt. Mr Bloom, he thundered from the platform, had ‘destroyed’ his conference.

No sooner had they finally become a ‘serious’ party, than UKIP had become a laughing stock.

On Sunday, September 22, the Mail reported that Alan Sked, who founded the UK Independence Party 20 years ago, called the current party leaders

‘morons’ and ‘fascists’.

Alan Sked, a history professor who launched Ukip in 1991, said the party had lost its way and was now ‘obsessed by race, Islam and immigration’ rather than Europe.

Professor Sked, who split with the party several years ago, also launched a highly personal attack on UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage, accusing him of recruiting former members of the National Front to the party.

Sked has formed a new, left-leaning party called New Deal, the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s recovery programme during the American Depression.

Sked told Sky News:

‘There are decent people in the party and decent people who vote for it because up until I founded my new party, New Deal, there has been no other party that has said it’ll take Britain out of the European Union.

‘However, quite clearly UKIP nowadays is led by morons who have no policies and are fascistic and the chickens are coming home to roost.’

Professor Sked said the party was ‘absolutely doomed’ and suggested that media investigations into Mr Farage’s past views would continue to dog the party.

Oh, dear, not a ringing endorsement then.

The comments on another political site included one from someone who attended the UKIP conference out of curiosity. They said that those in attendance were a well-behaved, well-presented cross-section of England, all concerned about the direction in which the nation is going.

Perhaps some of you attended. If so, it would be interesting to read your impressions.

The question remains — what now for UKIP? Is this the sort of conference voters will overlook? Is it damaging to Farage and the party? Has it changed your minds at all?

10 comments for “Whither UKIP?

  1. September 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Not that I’m the voting kind, but I will continue to support UKIP whenever possible.

    Anyone would think that LibLabCon are angelic.

    Let us never forget who got us in this mess. (We can almost forgive the LibDems, because, well because they are a non-entity. One appearance in govt in 90 years does not a political force make).

    The Tories took us into the EU. Unforgivable.

    Labour took us into two illegal wars. Unforgivable.

    UKIP may well take us out of the EU.

    For that they receive my support.

    CR.

  2. mona
    September 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    UKIP cannot do any worse , five years of Cameron Britain will give fifty billion in foriegn aid most of it bribes Europe seven hundred billion, another two million immigrants and deliberately put a hundred thousand into rent arrears. Godfrey Bloomer knew when to pull the trigger others are waiting for their turn nearer election time all innocently of course.

    • September 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Don’t forget that 80 billion they will waste on go-faster stripes for their intercity train set….

      CR.

      • September 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        :mrgreen:

  3. September 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Firstly, the press is as politically correct as the LibLabCon Party, and therefore its comments should be taken with a pinch of salt. What is a “loss of popularity” in Fleet Street is just “not saying the things the establishment approves of” to the rest of us.

    Secondly, Sked did not form UKIP or its forerunner all by himself, but with a group of other people, including Farage, who unlike Sked wasn’t given the boot for using party funds to finance a private legal dispute. Sked has never forgiven UKIP since being sacked as leader, and has been trying to destroy the party ever since.

  4. Fred
    September 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    “Sked has formed a new, left-leaning party”
    Says it all. The rabid left have ruined England and still the idiots think that we shall fall for the cry of “racist”
    Anyone that wants to preserve our country is given the label.
    It is a label that is past its sell by date.
    The cry is now hunt the leftie and make him pay for the damage he has done.
    The tide is turning and there will be no where for these wreckers to hide.

  5. Mudplugger
    September 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

    We can all see the orchestrated campaign against UKIP building in the vested-interest mainstream press, more’s the pity that Godfrey Bloom had acidentally provided free fuel for its fire.
    But the mere fact of this unsubtle campaign confirms just how worried the establishment forces are about the way UKIP’s message is now finally resonating with the general public and turning into real votes on real ballot-papers.
    Expect the campaign to get stronger, heavier and dirtier as we approach the Euro elections next year, for if UKIP can triumph against all that, then they really have something to worry about.
    Keep voting UKIP and watch the fear spread.

  6. September 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

    The cynic in me says that all politicians look to their own interests once elected.

    The optimist in me says that UKIP is the only viable hope that is untested in this respect.

    Therefore, short of UKIP announcing policies of mass immigration, greater European integration, anything greenie or even more micro-management of our lives, they get my vote.

    That said, I’m concerned that Bloom had the whip withdrawn. Apart from the fact that the notion of whipping is antipathetic to independence, it is a sign that the party is compromised by a need to defer to the political mainstream.

  7. September 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Found Ian’s Comment about Sked interesting.

  8. September 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments.

    Special thanks to Ian for the Sked background. For those of us who have only been tracking UKIP peripherally up until recently, Sked was UKIP, so this is particularly useful.

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