I reproduce a Tim's email below for the benefit of those not on his mailing list.
"Dear fellow members of UKIP (and others concerned about the UK's relationship with the EU),
Members of the UK Independence Party are being asked to vote for a new Constitution. It is very important that – in the run-up to the 2014 European elections and the 2015 general election – UKIP’s members agree to and respect their party Constitution, and that the Constitution itself be clearly written and legally unambiguous. The present Conservative-LibDem coalition government is mediocre and unconvincing, as well as being essentially Europhile.These are ideal conditions for minority parties to pick up protest votes. UKIP ought to top the poll in the 2014 European elections and at least to double its share in the next general election (i.e., to reach at least 6% in the national vote). But – as far as possible – UKIP must concentrate on “outfighting” (fighting our enemies), not “infighting” (fighting each other).
Unhappily, many influential members – including, for example, Mike Nattrass MEP and several branch chairmen – are concerned about the contents of the new Constitution. Last year the party had a major debate about its attitude towards pan-European political parties. I took an active role in that debate and helped put together some of the key information on the meaning of PEPPs. I was delighted that – after an open, democratic and occasionally quite fierce debate – the party’s members voted by more than two to one that UKIP must not become associated with a PEPP.
The current concerns about the Constitution focus on two issues,
- the possibility that, under clause 3.4 of the proposed Constitution, the Leader and the National Executive Committee could override last year’s PEPP vote and take the party, and its MEPs, into a PEPP, and
- the selection of candidates for elections.
I am not in this e-mail going to cover the second of these. However, I do feel very strongly that the party membership’s opposition to a PEPP must be respected by the Leader and the NEC. I have therefore written the following Open Letter to Nigel Farage and asked him to reassure members. Will Nigel give us a clear and definite commitment that, while he is Leader, UKIP will have nothing to do – no connection whatsoever – with a pan-European political party, a structure which – as everyone knows – is a creation of the EU and a bribe from the European Parliament to MEPs? If Nigel can give us that commitment, I will support the new Constitution. The Open Letter appears below, and is also attached as a Word file and a PDF file.
Mike Natrass knows NF far better than TC and I respect his opinion for that reason more than Tim's. NF is the main indeed only cause of internal conflict in UKIP. You can see this in the selection of candidates for the coming London Assembly elections. I reproduce the list below.
Barnet & Camden Michael Corby
Bexley & Bromley David Coburn
Brent & Harrow Mick McGough
City & East Steven Woolfe
Croydon & Sutton Winston McKenzie
Ealing & Hillingdon Helen Knight
Enfield & Haringey Peter Staveley
Greenwich & Lewisham Paul Oakley
Havering & Redbridge Lawrence Webb
Lambeth & Southwark Gawain Towler
Merton & Wandsworth Mazhar Manzoor
North East Paul Wiffen
South West Jeff Bolter
West Central Elizabeth Jones
They all look like Farage loyalists to me but I would be happy to be proved wrong!
Mr Webb is also UKIP's candidate for London Mayor
TC is dead wrong. Selection for the EUKIP party slate is the be all and the end all of the NEC.
There is nothing wrong with loyalty to the party leader but it should come second to loyalty to the party's aims and aspirations. I feel that for many of these candidates their loyalty to NF comes first as they seek preferment on MEP lists. Joining a Pan European grouping is clearly counter to UKIP's core aim and the membership rightly rejected this Farage plan last year. I did warn T C that Farage would be back with the same proposal in a different envelope. Now who does that remind you of? That's right the EU!!!
That is why I and many others now refer to Farage's organisation as EUKIP. Its like the end of Orwell's satire Animal Farm when the animals having got rid of their human task masters end up controlled by their ruling political elite the pigs. The final chapter shows the still impoverished other animals watching in the cold through the farmhouse windows see the pigs drinking and gambling with the humans they claim to oppose inside the warm farm house and living high on the hog so to speak.
Thus it is with EUKIP. EUKIP MEPs eat drink and carouse in Brussels with the EU elite and accumulate huge wealth whilst those who put them there suffer in penury in the UK. Not that it stops Nigel coming round frequently with his begging bowl. It reminds me of an old joke about a couple who win the football pools and the wife asks the husband what will we do with the begging letters. Keep sending them out her husband replies!
The only function EUKIP's membership serves is to supply money and adulation to the controlling Cabal.