Just like the old children's song about 10 green bottles sitting on the wall. One after another they are off, Sinclare, Andreasen, Bannerman, Natrass, now Bloom plus Bufton, Clarke & Colman hors de combat leaving Farage, Agnew, Batten, Nuttall and Legge holding on like grim death. Its deja vu all over again yet the leader takes no responsibility for this wipe out of UKIP MEPs. Well if its not Farage's fault whose fault is it? According to Nuttall all the NF infiltrators have been in Farage's words rooted out so who is there left to blame?
I saw Legge, the belted Earl, give a performance of stunning ineptitude on last Sunnday's Politics show West region. He has not improved since I sat with him on the SW2009 hustings and he got very upset when I gave a different speech at each of the 5 meetings emphasing different aspects of UKIP policy. Legge gave the same speech word for word at each meeting. It bored me and the other candidates to death but as a belted Earl he sailed in on the huge defential vote in UKIP assisted by the late Malcolm Wood arranging prior to the vote speaking dates at the largest SW branches for the belted one. Other candidates such as myself and Alan Wood were not invited to speak at these select gatherings I guess because we might appear better speakers than Legge. Legge's problem is that 5 years down the line he is still a poor and boring speaker compared to most politicians.
I know Legge does not like to be called a belted Earl but that's what all Earls are when raised to the peerage by the king giving them a sword and belt. .Rabbie Burns in his seminal poem, "A Man's a Man for a'That", on valuing the man not the rank said,
A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an' a' that;
But an honest man's abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities an' a' that;
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
Are higher rank than a' that.
Also the previous verse from the same poem,
Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord,
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a coof for a' that:
For a' that, an' a' that,
His ribband, star, an' a' that:
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.
The killing Burns line is:
“The rank is but the guinea’s stamp;
the man’s the gowd [gold] for a’ [all] that!”
He was saying that the common man is as good as any king or lord. Burns was a man far ahead of his time: on the eve of the French Revolution in 1792, he was writing "The Rights of Woman"
He also had something prescient to say about Europe.
While Europe’s eye is fix’d on mighty things,
The fate of empires and the fall of kings;
While quacks of state must each produce his plan,
And even children lisp the Rights of Man;
Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention,
The Rights of Woman merit some attention.
When asked to name the source of his greatest creative inspiration, Bob Dylan selected "A Red, Red Rose" by Robert Burns. Abraham Lincoln was also a Burns fan, reciting his poetry from memory and perhaps being influenced to emancipate African American slaves by the great Scottish poet's passionately stated belief in human equality.
Let us hope for UKIP's sake Legge is the next bottle to fall off the wall. Bloom had the decency of a common man to fall on his sword for the good of UKIP. Will Legge do likewise? There are many better men than him in UKIP.