The Bloom interview with Decca Aikenhead published today in the Guardian confirms what Del and I have been saying about Farage for many years. I quote Godders views on Farage below:
"He's not interested (in policy). He's not interested in the running of the party, or in making policy. He's Ukip's chief salesman, that's what Nigel is."
"Farage, he despairs, can't take criticism, goes to pieces in a crisis, is really a conservative, and doesn't even want to lead the party. "He's not a team player, you see. He didn't play rugger. Plays golf!" Bloom accuses Ukip's leader of pursuing an "Ein Führer" leadership policy and a "No-policy" policy agenda, and claims Farage has already struck a secret election deal with the Tories in return for a seat in the Lords."
Years ago Del and I sussed this was Farage's real agenda. I wrote it, Del spoke it but few in UKIP believed it some because it suited them financially but most because they believed Farage would lead them out of the EU. They have in Del's words been fooled, used and abused. I hope they will believe us now!
"Relations (between Bloom and Farage) had been breaking down since the spring, when Farage appeared to change his mind about flat tax in the middle of Question Time. Bloom asked what was going on, and "I got a quite hysterical text back: 'Your job is to get out there delivering leaflets instead of asking me about policy!'
Most telling is this part
Farage complained to him: "Whenever I'm interviewed now, people want to talk about you." Bloom thinks his friend became threatened by his media profile and public popularity, and that Crickgate had a lot to do with jealousy. "I'd taken the spotlight off his speech, that's what it was all about! It was toys out of the pram. Let's be brutally honest. He panicked."
If you upstage Farage in any way you are viciously attacked by the UKIP's mercenary ruling cabal. They know if Farage is ousted their meal ticket goes with him.
"He parodies the speech Farage did actually make, putting on a petulant, high-pitched wail and flapping his arms over his shoulders. "That's it! Conference is ruined! "
Farage phoned him up, Godders comments "He'd lost it badly. Oh, he was really in pieces. It was: 'Conference is over! No one's going to look at my speech now!'" But later that day the party secretary told Bloom not to worry, assuring him, "We'll smooth it all over. We can't afford to lose you, you're too popular." Bloom woke up the next day, "and there was Nigel Farage on the television, sacking me. I turn on and I'm being sacked on the telly!
That is the Farage way as I have often pointed out.
Bloom rightly says, Ukip is in the grip of an internal battle for its future. At HQ "they are all stabbing each other in the back", and the grassroots are being deliberately squeezed out. "They have been purged. This is 1933 Germany, night of the long knives. I'm waiting to be dragged out of the pub and butchered. This is New Ukip now. And they are looking for a deal with the Tories."
This blog has pointed this out for the last 4 years. Look at how many ex Tories are now running UKIP and on MEP slates. Moles may be a better description of these people.
"UKIP's radical libertarian ideas frighten Farage. More importantly, they would make an electoral pact with the Tories in 2015 much trickier. And so, says Bloom, he has been marginalising grassroots members, sacking troublesome rivals, and turning himself into "a professional politician, with a professional party, so he can be within some alliance with the Conservative party". Bloom had to be elbowed out before a pact could be agreed. "And," he says with confidence, "the deal has already now been done."