I have just returned from a day trip to Torquay to attend some fringe meetings at the UKIP conference. I was approached by several UKIPers eager to tell me the NEC the previous day, Thursday, had decided to kick me out of the party. I await official notification from Comrade Nuttall or Comrade Zuckerman or whoever. There should of course be a disciplinary hearing to which I may even be invited but it will be packed with Farage supporters and the result a foregone conclusion. Its a pity UKIP's NEC occupy their time with such a trivial matter rather than considering how to get us out of the EU's rapacious clutches or perhaps how to increase not decrease UKIP membership. It won't stop me writing my blog.
I attended Nikki's fringe meeting along with the usual quota of Farage supporters, in this case Reeve and Mickelthwaite. Nikki's referendum campaign deserves support. She is doing something in the UK to try and get us out of the EU. The Farage Cabal is doing nothing to match it in our core policy area in our own country.
The breaking news was that allegations of fraud using EU money had been made by a whistleblower against Nikki the previous evening. Clearly a deliberate leak by the UKIP spin machine made at a time to do maximum damage to Nikki's fringe meeting. Nikki did say there had been a spy in her office, presumably the whistleblower involved. I hope Plod does a thorough investigation on this allegation if they ever receive a complaint.. Personally I have always found Nikki to be a woman of transparent honesty and integrity. I don't believe Nikki has done any different with her EU funds than any other UKIP MEP.
Del Young was dismissed as head of Young Independence using similar tactics and allegations. Farage's UKIP will never change. Without a new leader from outside the Cabal and not on the Brussels payroll UKIP will wither and die. Job done for the Tories I'd say!
Lord Pearson did not seem to be present at the main conference but even with his absence the UKIP age profile still seemed quite elderly. Its literally a dying party. Farage's description of Pearson as head and shoulders above all the other leadership candidates last year can now be clearly seen as what it was, a piece of silly, impolitic bravado from a man besotted by those with the titles he craves, Monckton, Dartmouth, Willoughby de Broke and the late lecher of the valleys.
The faithful however can rejoice, the Fuerher is returning to lead them further into the EU mire. The second phase of the Russian campaign is about to begin and inevitably UKIP will meet its Stalingrad. I know he has still a leadership election to win but in UKIP such things can be considered mere formalities a bit like disciplinary hearings.