I was appalled yesterday to hear Mr Farage on his radio interview say of party members who made criminal accusations, 'that in any other political party they would be chopped off at the legs before breakfast'. This is the language of gangster films not political debate and as Junius points out this was allowed to pass without question by a pretty hopeless BBC interviewer.
Mr Farage went on to talk off people in UKIP with different political agendas. This came up at an NEC I attended where Ms Duffy alleged I had a some hidden agenda. Mr Farage was there listening when I replied to Ms Duffy that I had only one agenda and that was to get the UK out of the EU in my lifetime. I presume and hope this is also Mr Farage's agenda.
Mr Farage however only hears what he wants to hear and sees what he wants to see. His completely unsubstantiated allegations that UKIP candidates on their blogs had been advising voting for other parties has to be seen in the light of his allowing his own press officer setting up a political party, Libertas UK. Now what is that all about I wonder?
As I noted in one of my first blog postings I fell out with Mr Farage at the first NEC meeting I attended when I ask to see the evidence to support a wild allegation Mr Farage made about a UKIP branch. I have to this day never seen this evidence. Double standards and hypocrisy are evident when you compare Mr Farage's statements one with another, and with his actions. Put this with discriminatory application or non-application of party MEP selection rules by NEC member Mr Gill and you have a recipe for chaos.
This use of gangster film language by Mr Farage comes on top of Mr Denny & Mr Zuckerman using mental illness descriptions as terms of abuse. UKIP leaders must use moderate and temperate language and ensure their statements and actions do not contradict if they wish the electorate to take them seriously.