The low calibre of many UKIP MEPs lets the ordinary party members and the country down. Some are poltical dross so how did they get high up on UKIP slates in the first place? Look at what is left now in UKIP's Brussels battalion and how they got there.
Derek Clark, aged 79, East Midlands, the Calvin Coolidge of UKIP. Coolidge known as silent Cal, was Harding's vice president and became US president in 1923 when Harding died suddenly of a heart attack. When told of Coolidge's death in 1933 Dorothy Parker, the celebrated American wit simply said, "How did they know?" UKIP's Clark is best known for falling asleep in meetings and signing up to subsiduarity in Romania in direct contravention of UKIP policy. How did he end up an MEP? Simples, on the coat tails of Kilroy Silk who got a huge vote for UKIP in 2004 and promptly left UKIP. Under Clark the East Midlands went from 2 MEPs in 2004 to 1 in 2009, the height of the expenses scandal which hit every party except UKIP. Incredible!
Stuart Agnew, Eastern Region and allegedly rich. Second on the Eastern region slate to Bannerman. The best candidate was undoubtedly Robin Page but he was disqualified at a Farage dominated NEC meeting in late 2008. Hence Mr Agnew. Mrs James, one of the few good candidates UKIP has is now suffering from similar treatment as that meted out to Robin Page.
Paul Nuttall, not top of the pops in the North West region, that election was one by Greg Beaman the then North West RO who having won the right to the number one spot inexplicably decided to stand down. As number 2 choice Nuttall then moved up to number one and has bedded in as Farage's right hand man.
Legge I have written in my previous blog. He was undoubtedly helped greatly by his title and the support of his future employee the RO Malcolm Wood. He is also rich but how much money has he given UKIP?
Not exactly an inspiring bunch.
Gerard Batten and Trevor Colman were elected by the members fair and square despite the best efforts of the Cabal but Colman will not stand in 2014 and it is by no means certain that Batten will get the nunber one spot on the London slate.
That leaves Farage the leader who largely controlled the UKIP MEP slates in 2009 and totally controls the slates for 2014. His diastrous record speaks for itself. In a democratic party he would have been replaced years ago. But in UKIP with a fresh group of sycophant MEPs the whole cycle will start alll over again. Farage's pension will have increased. His status in the EU will have been further enhanced. He will be leading a pan-European party. As for UKIP's avowed aim to leave the EU, who cares?