First congratulations to Diane James. She was fresh, fragrant and excellent. Very good to hear her say Farage could not have done better than she did. I would go further. Farage would not have done as well as Ms James.
Look at who Farage put up as UKIP spokesman on Newsnight last nigh, Neil Hamilton! A man who is synonymous with Tory sleaze at the end of the Major government who helped condemn us to 13 years of Labour rule and slow bankruptcy. That tells you everything about Farage's judgement of UKIP spokesmen and candidates. He likes sleaze. He is uncomfortable with honest intelligent clean people. He likes to have people around him with few skeletons he can rattle. It makes him feel secure.
Look at how his protege Andreasen was used by the Tories to damage Diane James' campaign!. Those of us who opposed Andreasen going on a UKIP MEP slate as she failed six candidate criteria were villified by Farage and his trolls and kicked out of UKIP on a dodgy dossier compliled by the Tory mole and defector Bannerman. Pure John LeCarre!
Farage should read Machaevelli's book "The Prince" where he makes the point that a national army fighting for a its homeland is what a ruler can rely on and highly paid mercenaries cannot be relied on. They will always desert when it suits them as Andreasen and Bannerman have done. Farage's latest protege Hamilton is just another mercenary. He is there to get on the EU gravy train and collect £1million for passing Go in Brussels.
The reason UKIP lost this seat they could have won is the total neglect by Farage of bulding up a proper party structure with strong and growing constituency branches. Farages has been doing the opposite, shutting down branches and kicking activists out of the party. For why? They were all fully signed up to UKIP policies. Their only failing was they rightly questioned Farage's people judgement, Andreasen, Bannerman Hamilton etc . You can't win by shooting your own soldiers.
The LibDems won by getting their postal votes out and back in the first week of the campaign crucially before the Rennard/Clegg scandal broke. They had 6000 votes rougly in the bag by end of week around half their final 13342 total vote. UKIP's organisation was pathetic. If I were Ms James this morning I would feel very let down by my party but what can you expect from an organisation that could not even get their candidates names on the ballot paper in the London assembly elections.
She clearly won the vote on the day hands down but as Edith Cavell said before the German's shot her patriotism is not enough.