You either love it or hate it. Personally, I love Marmite – but only on buttered toast and crumpets. Drizzle it on ice-cream, and it would make me feel sick. Everything has it’s place.
It’s much the same with leaders. It’s a case of “cometh the hour, cometh the man.” Churchill, for example, as “Marmite” in his day as Nigel Farage, a loose cannon who was adored during the war years, was swiftly out of style when the nitty gritty of post-war set-up was needed, rather than flamboyant gestures.
Labour has now become the party of the toxic loon, but in ’45 it was the party which reformed to ensure that we had the NHS, rebuilt housing stock, put the country back to work, and took care of those who had been left unable to work, rather than throwing them on the scrap-heap as after the First World War.
As with Marmite and party leaders, every party has it’s time. If the right time, party and leader can be brought together, then progress and prosperity is ensured.
Nigel Farage will, I believe, go down on record as one of the Greatest Brits, and UKIP will be the party which sweeps to power and relegates other parties to history.
But not his UKIP, and not his leadership. He is an eminently electable MEP and suitable thorn in the side of the EU – but has proven unelectable here, on each of the seven times he has stood as an MP. However adored he is by his fans, and however admired by those who enjoy seeing him cross swords with the EU grandees, and whatever he may be in his private life, he simply doesn’t come across as easily likeable.
There is a time and a place for abrasive swagger, and there is a time and a place for uniting the people, and we need the latter, now.
Churchill’s fatal move in his election campaign of l945 was a radio broadcast which he gave from his country pile, which used the words “as you sit there in your cottages…” revealing a mindset totally opposed to the national mood.
Nigel Farage’s fatal move was to swagger off to New York straight after the Referendum, leaving his party in chaos and the country so obviously under attack from Remainers.
We needed someone with the humility to see it through.
Think what opportunities were missed to put some UKIP MPs in parliament last year, when people reluctantly voted for Traitor May’s Conservatives, in their desperation to ensure that anti-Referendum Labour didn’t get to power.
The General Election of 20l5 saw UKIP come second in half of all constituencies. What if jitters over May’s betrayal of Brexit had tipped UKIP into first place?
But by then – directly thanks to Nigel Farage walking out so abruptly – UKIP then was flailing and ailing, a fan-club whose idol had shown his contempt for them, triggering an exodus by Anne Marie Waters and those who were sick of being called “Nazis” by the snobbish, outdated old-guard of UKIP who had dedicated themselves to pandering to the politically correct, making themselves irrelevant.
This is hardly fair: there is already a political voice available for the snobbish, politically correct, and out of touch – it’s called the Conservative Party. And the Labour Party. And the Lib Dem Party.
And Nigel Farage – basically a Tory renegade – was responsible for that in many ways, long before he jumped ship for a radio show: he had snobbishly refused support from people whose communities had been decimated by the crimes which are now public knowledge, and had previously turned for political solution to the only groups which seemed to offer it.
And he had lost the support of people like me who want a government to comply with the wishes of the majority, and ban religious slaughter.
It’s no longer considered desirable to abandon our own values in an effort to court the “ethnic” vote, and in any case, it makes no sense: most people of most ethnicities happen to love those values.
This is the age of populism, not PC. We need Gerard Batten’s NewKip.
Gerard Batten is not “Marmite.” He comes across as eminently likeable, strong, capable, honest, dynamic… but modest. This isn’t a man who smirks, and winks, this is a man who looks the world straight in the eye.
His attitude and personality imply a man concerned for people, party, and country, rather than ego. The only reason UKIP still exists at all, is that he dragged it from the brink of bankruptcy. He has not only taken a firm – even radical – stand in EU parliament, but has involved himself in the issues of the day at home, with the real people of the day, who are desperately in need of a political voice.
He has a broader appeal than any party leader currently on offer, and has won over the new, educated, dynamic younger vote, as well as growing the party in all demographics.
His UKIP is the modern version, which doesn’t see it as a peculiarity to have, as supporters, people of all ethnicities, because this is not, I repeat, the age of PC, it is the age of populism.
He has espoused causes, such as the “Free Tommy Robinson” campaign, which old UKIP turned it’s nose up at, because, heaven forbid, Tommy Robinson was beneath them.
However unfair it is, Nigel Farage’s party had the image of a blue-rinse, one-trick fan-club. This is not good in British politics where we vote for policies and party, and are uneasy about personality cults.
Judging by the ludicrous reaction of some to his statement that he will come back from his holiday at Trump Towers and oust Gerard Batten, there are still plenty of his fan club in situ, who would prefer to see UKIP wiped out at the ballot box, than see it gain mass appeal, as long as they can gaze in adoration at Their Nigel: they seemingly prefer to be a potty side-show and to rant at those who find Nigel Farage unappealing, than to see a dynamic, well-rounded, mass-appealing UKIP take it’s rightful place in British politics.
It speaks badly for Nigel Farage that only now, when Gerard Batten has got the party up and running, does he choose to return to UK politics in the hope of making use of Batten’s hard work – arrogantly announcing his return, as if Gerard Batten has merely been keeping his throne warm: and it would be the death-knell of UKIP’s growing mass support, and, possibly, Brexit, if the Fan Club had their way.
Clearly he doesn’t give a toss that even the thought of a leadership challenge will weaken the party. But then, two years ago he made clear he didn’t give a toss about either UKIP or Britain.
I hear that Nigel Farage is now even asking for a second referendum; maybe he has been too long immersed in the EU way of doing things, or maybe he is now worried about actually losing his job there. Either way, it shows a man totally out of touch with the people and the times, which have changed radically since the Referendum.
We need to secure a landslide for UKIP at the next GE, and we can do it under Batten, who is today’s man. We cannot do it under the leadership of the proven unelectable, minority-appeal Nigel Farage, and if Nigel Farage has any real concern for his country, he will have the humility and good sense to acknowledge that.
In desperation, without Batten at the helm offering a totally up-to-date and relevant NewKip, people will vote Tory or, even worse, Labour. We will be finished as a nation. Nobody except the fan club will vote for Nigel Farage’s UKIP.
But hey, never mind: after years on an MEP salary, Nigel has plenty of money salted away, unlike the rest of us. And while we are ground into the mud of the floundering EU, and he continues to pick up his inflated MEP’s salary, he can go fishing or shake his head in feigned despair, while broadcasting on Fox News.