“A UKIP wipe-out” was how the media described the County Council election results; and for once they were – sadly – right. Despite a lot of hard work from our candidates, and very much appreciated assistance to them from a number of members and supporters, with only one exception they all came no higher than third or fourth (although Andrew Pemberton was only one vote short of tying for second place). The exception was Jeff Bray in Tendring Rural East who came second; but even he had less than half the votes of the Tory who won the seat. So wipe-out it was, right across the country apparently – although some areas had no County Council elections and UKIP Councillors in those areas remain in place.
It would seem that Theresa May is a much more wily politician than one might have thought her to be. Having clearly announced “No general election until 2020”, she suddenly sprang one on us, catching everyone unawares – including the electorate, who were so mesmerised by this unexpected development that they went into May 4th entirely in general election mode, abandoning the usual choice in local/county elections of someone likely to be best for the locality, in favour of giving support to the self-proclaimed “bloody-minded woman” prepared to stand up to Juncker in Brussels.
However, what she says she will do and what she actually does are, as we have seen on more than one occasion, not necessarily the same, and this is one of the reasons why we in UKIP are needed now even more than ever. Too big a majority on June 8th and Theresa may consider herself free to backslide…… we really do need someone in Westminster to keep an eye on her.
In fact with UKIP safely out of the way, the whole of the Parliamentary establishment could well backslide to what has recently been its default position, i.e. – “We’re in charge. The masses must do as we say. Why should we listen to them ?” If we want ordinary men and women to have a voice in what goes on in our own country, then we desperately need UKIP to keep fighting for us.
Which brings us to our next area of effort. We are going to need the full help of all our members and supporters towards General Election polling day June 8th.
And the news we’ve all been waiting for has come in at last. Members of UKIP National Executive Committee struggled to find a way to accept our own local candidate. But – although we all believe Jeff Bray when he says that his entirely unobjectionable Tweets have been interfered with to make it look as though he was tweeting objectionable things (and although we all know of someone who is clever enough yet at the same time stupid enough, unintelligent enough and also unpleasant enough to do that) – the NEC could not accept a candidate whose Twitter comments, real or falsified, would be likely to cause disruption to the UKIP campaign in other parts of the country as well as here.
Those who came to our Hustings on April 26th heard both Jeff Bray and Paul Oakley speak. Local man Jeff won, but the vote between them was very close.
Several afterwards said they thought Paul would make a good candidate for us.
And this, as our anxiously waiting Chairman finally heard, is to be the case.
PAUL OAKLEY WILL STAND FOR UKIP IN CLACTON ON JUNE 8th.
As there seems to be some misunderstanding about how Paul came to be in Clacton, here is an outline of how these things work:
UKIP’s “PPC Team” (Prospective Parliamentary Candidates) work all year round to assess anyone who puts themselves forward as a prospective MP, so they have a list of members who have been accepted whenever there is a by-election. At times of General Election, more people come forward so the PPC Team’s work becomes monumental, especially now that applicants’ social media have to be investigated fully – not a problem in days gone by, of course!
Everyone accepted as a prospective candidate is then given a list of Branches from which they can choose one to apply to, names of any such applicants are sent to the Branches, and if more than one, or there is a local applicant too, then a Hustings must be held for the members to decide whom they would prefer to represent them in Parliament. The majority of Branches, having no candidate from amongst their members, are very happy with this procedure.
At our previous Hustings, just before Douglas came over to us, we were sent five names of people who wanted to stand in Clacton ! Our then Committee turned down two for various reasons, so we organised a Hustings for three – although at the last minute the one we expected to like best pulled out…
The whole point is that none of these were people being “parachuted in” by HQ.
They had all – as has Paul Oakley – chosen to ask the people of Clacton to give consideration to their application, using the usual channels of procedure. In fact we’re very lucky not only that Paul wants to come here, but that he has already been warmly endorsed by members. Otherwise, with Jeff tweeted out of the running, we would have had no choice but to accept a parachutist. Nigel himself on a parachute would have been welcomed with open arms, but no-one else !
PLEASE HELP US DO ALL WE CAN TO RALLY BEHIND
OUR PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE.
WITH LESS THAN 4 WEEKS TO GO UNTIL JUNE 8th,
LET’S GIVE IT ALL WE CAN FOR
If you can help in any way leafleting, poster in window or car, board in garden, fly a UKIP flag, or etc please ring –
Chairman Tony on 01255 851 035 or 07890 363 369
Membership Secretary John/Secretary Joan on 01255 820 833
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