I have never understood the hold Farage has on people. Greg Beaman came top in NW region as UKIP MEP candidate for the 2009 elections. He stood down within 48 hours leaving Nuttall in the top slot. The late Piers Merchant told me that Mr Beaman had been under pressure from Farage to stand down. I have never understood why given the time and effort Mr Beaman had devoted to winning top spot on the UKIP slate why he then stood down.
It cannot have been financial given 5 years as a UKIP MEP is estimated to be worth one million pounds to your bank balance. So why did Mr Beaman stand down? Answers in the comments section of this blog would be most welcome. He obviously let down those who had voted for him but worse it enormously strengthened Farage's control over UKIP with his unquestioning acolyte Nuttall an MEP and deputy leader.
It has done huge damage to UKIP which is now more than ever the Farage party. It is important now that the UKIP MEP selection round is starting again that party members can be sure the candidates they are voting for are capable of standing up to the pressures and control Farage exerts. The latest changes to the UKIP constitution gives unbridled power over candidate selection to Farage via the UKIP NEC which is dominated by his place men so it is unlikely anyone capable of independent thought will find themselves in the top four slots of any UKIP list
UKIP members should realize how profoundly undemocratic their party is and how much it is under the dictatorship of one man.