I wouldn’t say I was surprised by this

Gerard Batten, the Ukip leader, said he would approve of membership for English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson as a row with Nigel Farage worsened over the direction of the party.

Mr Batten said Robinson would not be admitted to Ukip “in the near future” because it would require changes to the party’s rules but he insisted the controversial figure was not “far Right” and had his backing.

Mr Farage said he was “really upset” over the suggestion Robinson could be allowed to join Ukip as he accused Mr Batten of marginalising the party.

Not surprised, no. Civil war’s going a little far, obviously, but disagreement, yes.

This isn’t new

Senior Ukip figures including Nigel Farage have expressed disquiet at the hard-right direction chosen for the party by its leader, Gerard Batten, and his open support for the jailed anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson.

To my certain knowledge that gap in desired direction has been going on for at least a decade.

But then why wouldn’t there be differences within a political party as well as between them? A political party that contains both Sarah Wollaston and Jacob Rees Mogg has a wider gap, no?

We can see how this will go, can’t we?

Leave.EU has been fined £70,000 and its chief officer has been referred to the Metropolitan police after the Electoral Commission found it had breached multiple counts of electoral law during the referendum to leave the European Union.

Therefore Brexit shouldn’t happen.

And I’m really not sure that the Remoaners realise quite the rage that such an action would bring about.

Sigh

Henry Bolton has been ousted as Ukip leader after members voted overwhelmingly to back a vote of no confidence in him.

The motion, which was issued against him by the party’s national executive last month, was backed by activists 867 votes to 500 at an extraordinary general meeting.

But in an act of defiance, Mr Bolton suggested that he could pursue legal action against individuals in the party over his treatment, having made similar threats to senior party figures on Friday evening.

Quite why an unemployed man would sue over an unpaid job is a little beyond me.

As to the party itself, my party. No, think it’s over. Sad, but there it is. Having won the cats in a sack tendency is just too strong.

I recognise this policy

When I first joined Ukip, I was attracted to the anti-establishment nature of the party. I don’t fit well with Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat bland establishment mediocrity – as I was reminded at a polling station with only those options on the ballot paper on Thursday. The Ukip of old loved to breathe new life into policy – whether it was no tax on minimum wage (raising the tax threshold to help the poorest earners, later part-copied by the Conservatives)

Oh well done Google, well done!

Diane James says leading Ukip was like banging head against brick wall
The Guardian – ‎57 minutes ago‎
Diane James now sits in the European parliament as an independent MEP. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA. Rowena Mason Deputy political editor.

Diane James: Why I quit as UKIP leader after 18 daysBBC News

Former Ukip leader Diane James reveals story behind awkward kiss with Nigel Farage Evening Standard

That’s from the entertainment section mind you.

Blimey

Have we gone back to the 1930s? Could we see the return of fascism? After all, hatred and prejudice, which many people thought had been marginalised in western democracies by the defeat of fascism in 1945, decolonisation and the American civil rights movement now seem to be part of the mainstream.

Furthermore, democratic institutions appear threatened. The rightwing UK press depicts judges as enemies of the people, while Nigel Farage warns of riots if Brexit is not implemented.

Asking, insisting, that the result of a referendum be enacted is fascism these days?

Bit mean isn’t it?

Nigel Farage almost cost the Leave side victory in the EU referendum, the leader of the ‘Out’ campaign claimed yesterday.
Dominic Cummings, campaign director of Vote Leave, said that without the Ukip leader’s intervention, the Brexit side would have won by 60 per cent to 40.

There only was a vote because Nigel drove Ukip’s tanks onto the Tory lawn.

There are all sorts of uncomplimentary things you an say about Our Nige and I’d even agree with some of them. But you’ve got to acknowledge the achievement as well. It all simply would not have happened without him.

Suppose if does clear the air, yes

Mr Farage announced an inquiry but said that it was unlikely to lead to suspensions or police involvement.

He said: “I don’t think that a political party can have an incident like this without having a look at it.

“I don’t see any need for the police to be involved, there are no complaints. Somehow I doubt people will be suspended.

“I won’t be on the inquiry myself. I suspect it will blow over and be looked back upon as one of these things that happens between men.”

There will be points for the spotters of feminist diatribes against this gross masculinity.

The point at issue was that there had been some talk of Woolfe moving over to the Tories. As, for an example, a certain DCB had done. Pity the punchee was who it was really.

Oh good grief

The favourite to become the next Ukip leader has collapsed outside the European Parliament amid reports he was punched by a colleague.

Ukip said that Steven Woolfe collapsed outside the European Parliament following a “clear the air” meeting with colleagues this morning.

However party insiders told The Telegraph that Mr Woolfe was punched by a Ukip colleague following an altercation.

The Daily Telegraph understands that Mr Woolfe is suffering from bleeding of the brain after he was punched. One witness said he fell into a window after being punched.

Nigel Farage, who was reportedly present during the altercation, said: “I deeply regret that following an altercation that took place at a meeting of MEPs this morning that Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”

Facepalm.

They’ve been running this article for 19 years now

Venom between leading figures, donations drying up and membership falling…ANDREW PIERCE on how Ukip is on the verge of collapse

I had several such when I was a press officer. We even had the Times reporting that we wouldn’t be contesting the next euro-elections. The ones we did contest and the ones we beat Labour and the Lib Dems in.

It’s entirely possible such an article will be right some day. But at least we’ll be able to say we won before that happened.

So, ferrets or wolverines?

In sack, of course:

Farage had to fight an extremely draining two-front war against these opportunist carpetbaggers during the referendum, as they sought to seize control of the party he built up from nothing while he was out winning the campaign.

Led by Douglas Carswell and Suzanne Evans, this cabal would utterly destroy Ukip. Yet they have reaped huge benefits from courting the party’s outdated national executive committee. This body is populated by a motley collection of amateurs; leftovers from a bygone age, when Ukip was a ragtag band of volunteers on the fringes of British politics. Watching them try to run the modern political movement that Farage built is like watching a team of circus clowns trying to carry out a pit stop at the Silverstone Grand Prix.

Yet the old constitution gives them power, and Carswell and Evans have lavished them with attention. They found a useful creature in the absurd figure of Neil Hamilton, a relic from the dregs of the Tory party best known for the “cash for questions” scandal and exactly the sort of representative Ukip doesn’t need.

Sigh.

That’s from Arron Banks, the major financial backer of the party. My knowledge of the internal details is well out of date but Jeebus did it used to be vicious. I assume all political parties are the same for the same reason it is in academia.

Oh Aye?

Ukip leader Diane James has quit the role after just 18 days.

Ms James said on Tuesday night that she does not “have sufficient authority, nor the full support” of Ukip MEPs and officers to reform party.

In a statement she said: “It is with great regret that I announce that I will not be formalising my recent nomination to become the new leader of the party with the Electoral Commission.

There’s a franchise and a movement out there. All it needs is a leader….

It’s as good an opportunity as anyones’ had these past 50 years, on a par with the SNP and SDP, to change the electoral landscape. Just needs someone who can ride it.

Surveying those who did run not sure the party’s got one though.