First the good thing about Eastleigh was that three parties Lib, Con and UKIP put up good candidates. All were people with experience of work and family life. around mid-life. There were no juvenile haed office policy wonks like Milliband, Clegg and Cameron. Labour went for the parachuted in media personality and got trashed. That can only work in safe seats like Liverpool Wavertree wher the central party machine can ride rougshod over the local party as its majority is so large it does not need party activist workers to win.
It's different in marginals like Eastleigh where you need a good candidate that local party activists will go out and work for. The LibDems had a larger, younger, better motivated and better equiped army of workers than the Tories and UKIP's last minute cobbled together shambles, props S Crowther & L Duffy. LibDem local activist knowledge was the difference between winning and losing. Thanks to Farage UKIP does not have such people. They were all purged by UKIP's Stalin years ago as Andreasen pointed out recently.
These good candidates were chosen by the local party not by head office. Farage's UKIP .is going in the opposite direction. UKIP's PBI were recently conned into voting supreme powers on candidate selection to Farage. It was little different in practice in 2009 where the only two non-Farage sponsored caniddates were Batten in London and Colman in the South West and Farage tried hard to have them deselected in favour of his sycophants. Greg Beaman voted as number one on the North West UKIP MEP slate conveniently stood down in favour of Farage's favourite Nuttall whom we have had to suffer ever since.
Farage then goes on TV at Eastleigh to bad mouth the 2009 MEP group that he largely approved. Incredible! He was the one who chose Andreasen and Bannerman who deserted to the Tories. Look at his favoured candidates and media spokesmen now, the Hamiltons. Poor little Batten will be deselected for disloyalty not to UKIP or its policies but for daring to stand against Farage. Trevor Colman continues to plough his lone furrow in the South West upholding UKIP policies. He will be deselected by Farage in favour of Neil Hamilton. That really will put UKIP on the high moral ground dpn't you think!
Farage gave away his future plans when bathing in the media attentions earned by Ms James at Eastleigh. We must now move on to a mould breaking performance in the 2014 European election he trilled. and then added as an after though t and of course the county elections in May this year. That showed Farage's priorities. There is a one million pound pay off to all MEPs elected in 2014 and for county elections? Well for sure they don't improve Farage's bank balance.
Its brilliant the way the EU corrupt political systems and politicians. MEPs have just passed a vindicitive piece of legislation against the City of London disguised as a move against banker's bonuses. The Swiss have a similar bill before them. What are they doing? That's right they are having a binding referendum!
The EU hate asking or consulting us ordinary, dare I say it, plebs. The have 750 EU paid, and thus largely EU controlled, MEPs who like Mr Farage know on which side their bread is buttered. Its so much easier to keep all decisions in the hands of the political elite who all uphold EU groupthink. Even if EUKIP won all 75 or so UK MEPs they would still be controlled by the EU who has them by their bank balances. It was always thus and UKIP's wannabees know this.
The only way out of the EU is through the hard unpaid slog of winning seats in County Elections but Farage prefers the easy lucrative path to EU loot. Eastleigh is not the begining Farage claims. It was a unique coincidence of UKIP favourable factors. It is the high water mark that we wll not see again in my life time.