Henry Bolton OBE has been sacked as leader of UKIP after an Emergency General Meeting of the party. On Saturday 17th February, over 1,000 members attended the meeting in Birmingham, and the majority (63%) decided to support the NEC’s vote of no confidence. Therefore, UKIP will have their 5th leadership contest in 18 months. Does this mean the party is finished?
Ever since Nigel Farage resigned after the EU referendum, the party’s management has experienced a countless amount of infighting. Firstly, it was Diane James who resigned as leader after just 18 days. Secondly, it was Paul Nuttal was resigned after UKIP’s dismal performance in the 2017 General Election result by polling just 2%. Thirdly, it was Henry Bolton who’s 25 year old girlfriend was his downfall.
In September 2017, Henry Bolton was viewed as the saviour of the party. Nigel Farage endorsed Mr Bolton and he was seen as the pragmatic candidate which could move the party back to its glory days. However, the tabloid press were quick to expose his closet-secrets and this was a nightmare for the party once again.
Regardless of Henry Bolton’s girlfriend, there is clearly another underlying problem. The party’s National Executive Committee is a disgrace. Even during Nigel Farage’s 6 year term as leader, he could not dramatically reform the party due to the NEC. Within the committee, there are a bunch of ego-centric and selfish wannabes who believe they know best. Therefore, 5 leadership contests for people who 1. aren’t Nigel Farage and 2. want to reform and modernise the party.
So let’s get real, is UKIP genuinely becoming more and more irrelevant in British politics? The simple answer is yes, and the only way UKIP can return to their glory days of 15% in the polls is by rapid internal reform. The party is very close to being declared bankrupt, so the easiest way to financially improve is by boosting membership. If UKIP can modernise their system, get rid of the idiots in the NEC, then maybe there is hope.
However, time is rapidly running out as the UK is just 13 months from exiting the EU. Opinionate’s advice for the party; look at what the Liberal Democrats have done ever since their 2015 General election disaster….FOCUS ON THE MEMBERSHIP AND REFORM!!