As in previous years I will mark your card of the NEC candidates. Those successful will be very disappointed when they arrive to find that it is a pointless organisation totally controlled by Farage through his power of patronage for the wannabe MEPs who feature strongly in this candidate list which I give below in alphabetical order with my ratings.
Alan Bown -a depleted moneybags in Nigel's pocket
Nigel Clark - no MEP contagion and may be worth a vote
Geoffrey Clark -" Farage and Finch" will tell you what a decent fellow I am" - hoist by his own petard
Toby Coke - seems OK. Black mark for being proposed by Agnew
Chas Dodman - no MEP contagion may be worth a vote
Terry Durrance - Nuttall associate - avoid
Seb Fairweather - no previous - may be politically a bit naive as he lists Farage as one of his assentors
Sean Howlett - Hamilton, Nuttall and Batten listed -avoid
Bazza Mahoney - Clark, Helmer, Farage and Agnew! Thumbs down definitely
Mick McGough - Farage, Denny, Batten Bloom, Helmer ! A wannabe in spades - avoid at all costs
Rob McWhirter -serial NEC candidate, decent bloke pity about his Murky Castle background
Toby Mickelthwait - another serial NEC type- ineffectual so fits in well
Andrew Moncreiff - Nuttall & Farage- says it all- avoid
Paul Oakley - Towler and McGough - again says it all - avoid
Chis Pain - Only one to dare criticize current NEC; Great campaigner - the outstanding candidate
Scott- Hayward - thinks UKIP has a significant Scottish presence - way out of touch
Piers Wauchope - no previous, no obvious MEP contagion - could be OK
So there you have it dear readers one good candidate and three or four possibles. The rest to be avoided if you want independent thought representing ordinary members on the UKIP NEC.
PS just arrived from UKIP HQ is a list of PC candidates. I note they could not get one person to stand in my area, Avon & Somerset so I can sleep safe in my bed thank goodness.
PPS Which UKIP MEPs were absent? Bannerman, now a Tory, Nikki for refusing to sit with Nigel's nasty friends, Trevor awol, Mike Natrass too close to Nikki and most significantly our belted Earl, William Legge but nitty gritty politics was always a bit beneath him.