I hear there are 6 candidates to be the next leader of UKIP who have completed the nomination process:
Gerard Batten MEP
Mike Nattrass MEP
Malcolm Pearson Life Peer
Nikki Sinclaire MEP
Pearson & McKenzie are the two Farage candidates. One to polish Nigel's PC credentials and the other to win. I heard Farage boast on question time about the number of coloured and ethnic minority MEP candidates UKIP had in June, seven. But how many got elected as MEPs? Er none. Its the same this time. Farage would like a run off between McKenzie and Pearson, a contest that Pearson could not lose. Pearson will of course do Nigel's bidding in all things, UKIP will not change and rule by the Cabal will continue.
So what of the others? Well pressure will be brought on them to stand down along the lines of, following our bad court result of minus £360k plus costs we need a safe pair of hands and someone who can bring in wealthy donors for Nigel's next fiasco, ie Pearson, so do the right thing for UKIP and stand down. People like Alan Wood will be told by his namesake, long time Farage sycophant and Pearson's campaign manager Malcolm Wood that he will split the vote in the South West. Alan is a good guy and very loyal to UKIP so he might well be swayed by the snake oil salesman's talk.
Gerard Batten will be pressured over his future selection as an MEP next time round. Gerard believes, unlike Farage, in withdrawal from the EU and like Alan Wood wants what is best for UKIP. Unfortunately Gerard is not good at resisting pressure from Farage and his crew so he may well step down.
That leaves Nikki and Mike Nattrass. I have only met Nikki once and she struck me as a strong willed lady who obviously can help with Nigel's effort to acquire more PC brownie points so I suspect she will survive to the vote. I have never met Mike Nattrass but he is perceived as a bit of a being a loose cannon by those whose opinion I respect. Crucial will be his attitude to Nigel's pan European ambitions and how much history he has that Nigel knows about.
Bridget Rowe, Nigel's new PRO, will no doubt have a part to play in all this. As a former red top editor she knows how to handle these situations.
Alan Wood is an excellent campaigner and had there been any justice would have been the number 2 MEP candidate in the South West. He works tirelessly for UKIP and believes in UKIP core values and wants to organise and campaign in the UK not Brussels. He is also opposed to Nigel's pan-European plans as I imagine are Gerard Batten & Nikki Sinclaire. If his name is on the paper we get I will vote for Alan.
ITV are in dire straits and are desperately trying to recruit Michael Bishop who founded and ran British Midaland Airways for many years. Bishop has stated that he will only accept if he has the resignation of the entire ITV selection committee that chose him. If I were running for UKIP leader my platform would be similar to Mr Bishop's viz the resignation of the entire UKIP NEC and Chairman so that a fresh start could be made and the power of the Cabal that has done so much damage to our cause broken.