Farage bottles Newark – but what does that tell us about UKIP?

by Ray_North on April 30, 2014

imagesThe resignation of the disgraced Tory MP Patrick Mercer will see a by-election in Newark sometime this spring – I’ll leave the psephological analysis and overview to the wonderful Jackie South. But the first interesting bit of political intrigue was the decision of UKIP leader Nigel Farage, not to stand.

Now, if we know anything about Nigel we know that he is an extremely ambitious politician with an extremely robust view of his own omnipotence and importance.

He wants nothing more than to be elected into Westminster  and where his moronic prattlings can be given even more credence and he can be even more irritating to those who he derides as the ‘political elite’; he wants to be at the centre of the political debate with his fizzog on the ten o’clock news and his utterings in all the newspapers.

Now, Newark is a seat which could provide UKIP win their first MP – and Farage will have been alive to this. His poll ratings are good and the election may come at a time when his party is riding high either at, or immediately after the EURO elections. He will know all of this, but, he will also have been alive to the fact that if he lost, it would be a massive body blow to his own personal standing within his party and beyond.

Yesterday, when the by-election was announced, he went on the telly (surprise, surprise) within minutes, to say that he was going to give very serious consideration to standing. Of course, what that meant, and I don’t criticise him for this, is that he wanted to look at the UKIP polling in the seat and consider the chances of success.

And his conclusion was that he wouldn’t necessarily win.

So, this morning he was on the telly and radio again, this time saying that he wouldn’t stand, as it would be ‘opportunistic’ and that he had no links with the area. Well, I don’t believe that for a second – if the polling had been more favourable, Farage would stand in Timbuktoo.

In short he’s bottled it.

And that lack of cojones tells us all we want to know about UKIP and Farage. It tells us clearly that they are a party that is all about their leader and his own personal ambition, and that the façade of being a legitimate party with a legitimate programme for government is exactly that, a façade.

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Fionauk512 April 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Forgive my lack of serious analysis, I just want to know if he ever closes his mouth. Does he know how? Or are photographers just playing a game?


Mike Killingworth May 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

I think he’s bottled it, too – and this may come back to haunt him.

The reason, I suspect, is that he’s had a quiet look at the local Kippers and discovered a bunch of w***ers even he doesn’t want to be seen around.


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