Last year I published a marked card of NEC candidates. Many people last year told me they found it helpful to know where candidates loyalties lay. By overwhelming popular request I repeat this for this years runners and riders.
The two outstanding independent thinking candidates are:
both include one MEP , John Bufton and Trevor Colman as seconders. Trevor is now Independent UKIP and John is veering that way. I have worked with John and Trevor in the South West and I can vouch for their honesty, integrity and dedication to our cause. Both Mr Rowlands and Mr Smith have real experience and are not reliant financially in any way on UKIP.
Then I would put those apparently untainted by Cabal and Young Independence (Farage youth) influence, no MEPs or party paid hacks amongst their proposers,
The last would raise UKIP's IT quotient/
(The last is seconded by Julia Reid who I know can stand up to Farage)
If you want an independent NEC representing and upholding UKIP's aims and ideals then I suggest you vote for the first two above. Unlike the Cabal they are definitely not in UKIP for personal gain and as such represent the true ethos and spirit of UKIP.
The remainder are tainted by a mixture of MEP and party hack support and youth lacking experience. An easy target for Farage dangled Brussels baubles and finance. Most are to a greater or lesser extent Farage sycophants with some indeed supported by Farage himself or his long time associates Nuttall and Malcolm Wood.
I see D Denny, another long time Farage supporter, boasts of being involved in altering the party constitution yet again! So if you want less party democracy in UKIP and more rule from the top think carefully about how you vote.
Neil Hamilton has more political baggage than Jacob Marley's ghost but I can see one good reason for having him on board. He would be a credible alternative leader to Nigel Farage! I anticipate there will be increasing unhappiness in UKIP when Farage pushes on with his pan European party. There will be resulting leadership challenge. UKIP needs a complete clear out at the top and Mr Hamilton and his wife might just do that.