UKIP has its leadership election taking place this month with the results due to be announced on 29 September.
The anti-EU party has a turbulent record when it comes to electing new leaders and, given that a rabble of eleven candidates have all somehow managed to make it through to the final round in this instalment, it appears nothing has changed.
In 2015, Nigel Farage stood down then endorsed his successor Diane James who lasted just 18 days in the job before she too resigned.
Mr Farage stepped back into the role and after the Brexit vote resigned again.
He was succeeded a second time by the bumbling Paul Nuttall who’s most notable act saw him and his election team set up camp outside a mosque in Stoke to beg Muslims for their vote in what became his failed parliamentary by-election campaign.
Asked about the UKIP latest leadership contest, a tired and bemused looking Nigel Farage shrugged off the entire thing stating that he was “not really engaged.”
Speaking on a YouTube interview with WestMonster, Mr Farage exclaimed his disillusion at the future of UKIP:
“I’m dismayed to see eleven candidates.”
“I think that’s really bad news.”
“It’s too many candidates for the whole thing to be taken seriously.”
With a shake of his head, he lamented:
“One questions the whole management of the party.”
The party is currently blighted with infighting over the future direction of policy.
Several candidates are intent on steering the party towards the political ground of the BNP by taking on the issue of our times – Islamisation.
The others appear convinced that taking up a moderate, more central party line will enable them make inroads into the traditional Labour heartlands.
As it stands the party is already split down the middle.
Regardless of who takes the leadership position, the winner is lumbered with the unenviable task of uniting eleven warring factions, each with its own preferential choice of leader and political direction.
The ongoing infighting has resulted in casualties today after the party’s three sitting councillors on Plymouth City Council threw in the towel and defected to their natural political home with the Tories.
Devon Live announced that:
“Cabinet member and Honicknowle representative John Riley, Moor View ward’s Maddie Bridgeman and Ham elected member Christopher Storer have decided to terminate their membership and have decided to quit and jump ship at join the Conservatives.”
The dilemma over UKIP’s longterm existence was always inevitable.
Grounded firmly on a single issue, any ambitions to expand its appeal and formulate a comprehensive manifesto was always bound to cause division within its ranks and result in internal turmoil.
Owing to the excellence of Nigel Farage, UKIP survived to realise half of its mission after the EU Referendum last year resulted a victory vote for the Brexit.
Only after Britain has left the EU will the anti-EU party have completed its founding mission.
Following the Brexit result, UKIP top brass abandoned the party claiming that defecting back to the Tories would provide them more leverage in negotiating a better deal for Britain.