A week ago, Nigel Farage resigned as leader of UKIP following an amazingly positive result in the General Election by the party and the man himself, although he hinted that he would consider standing in the forthcoming election once the Summer was over. Over the weekend the UKIP NEC persuaded him to change his mind and resume his role of leader. Last night, 168 hours since the polls closed in the election he made the statement that a leadership election would be damaging for the party in the context of a forthcoming referendum on Europe. This leadership election is the same one he proposed to cause less than a week earlier. His resignation was precipitated by comments he made during the election campaign that he would go if he failed to get elected as MP for South Thanet, these were comments made freely by this astute Politician who claims to be a cut above most other Politicians and unusually honest and straight talking.
Nigel Farage is the UKIP MEP for the South East, which includes my home, he has been my MEP since 1999 and in that time I have never received any correspondence outside of election campaigns. Other Parties have been much more proactive in that respect. Its clear that Mr Farage is a great speaker and a strong campaigner, even though I don’t support any of his views. As many commentators have pointed out, he is widely supported in the party and those already opposed to the European Union will continue to hold their position, irrespective of his antics. However his most recent flip flop behaviour is unlikely to win over any undecided people who might be persuaded to support either UKIP or vote to leave the EU. If he and his colleagues are serious about winning hearts and minds they will all spend a little time in his darkened room and come out with a set of actions that match their rhetoric. Perhaps an apology would be a good place to start.