Well the hustings are over and soon we will know the result. Meanwhile Farage on Newsnight bumbles on answering hypothetical questions he asked himself and implying his support for Tony Blair as EU president! Every politician I have ever heard knows the danger of answering hypothetical questions but Farage seems now to believe he transcends the safety first rules that apply only to lesser politicians. Farage again shot himself and UKIP in the foot. We cannot get a new leader quickly enough.
I ponder on who we might have had. Many people ask me why Del Young did not stand. He is a fine speaker, politically very astute and he has real integrity and dedication to our cause. The reason Del did not stand was that Nuttall kicked him out on the allegation of being a member of UK First. The allegation was completely untrue and no evidence was ever produced to support it but in UKIP any allegation made by the Cabal needs no factual basis or hearing. It's pure Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, verdict first trial later except UKIP dispenses with the trial bit.
The other leader UKIP might have had was Richard Suchorzewski. He stood against Farage in the 2006 leadership election and was subject to a vitriolic character assasination by the Cabal by the vilest allegations, many personal that were totally untrue. His manifesto then can be seen by clicking the link below:
Both Del and Richard are around 40 years old, would not have gone to Brussels but would have campaigned in Britain, built up the party structure in the UK and encouraged youth in the party. Both have the management background needed to build up a real effective UK based party strucure.
None of the present candidates recognise the importance of this.Ex UKIP election candidate Rob McWhirter said: "If we don't serve our existing membership adequately, and reduce the churn of new members, no amount of swanning around TV studios or call centre recruitment will save us.
As the result of the personal villification Richard resigned from UKIP. A big mistake as he could not get back in despite the support of Roger Knapman. The truth was Farage did not want a potential leadership rival back in the party.That is the reason Farage now supports Pearson. He is no threat to Nigel and will simply keep Nigel's seat warm. The other candidates all have their strengths and weaknesses but none will make as good a leader of UKIP as Del or Richard would have made. All are however preferable to Pearson but I still mourn UKIP's loss of Del and Richard.