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 Yet they have reaped huge benefits from courting the party’s outdated national executive committee.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 My knowledge of the internal details is well out of date but Jeebus did it used to be vicious.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.

7 thoughts on “So, ferrets or wolverines?”

  1. Mr Banks is certainly unsure whether he’s coming or going at the moment. Not long ago he was talking about a new political party with a new leader at the helm – someone other than Nigel Farage. Now he appears to be trying to wrestle control of the party away from the idiots running it. But he’s a shrewd operator – the votes will follow his money, so if he pulls the plug in UKIP and throws his considerable financial backing behind something else, expect UKIP to peter out and something far more efficient to appear in its place – probably with Nigel Farage heavily involved.

  2. “Ukip has an opportunity to reinvent itself too now, as a truly 21st-century movement along the same lines as the Five Star movement in Italy.”

    In other words, to become a even more of a cult populated by enthused unthinking people than it already is.

  3. “I assume all political parties are the same for the same reason it is in academia.”

    Like: they’ve got nothing productive to do? 🙂

  4. ““I assume all political parties are the same for the same reason it is in academia.”

    Like: they’ve got nothing productive to do? ”

    No, more like it’s impossible to measure the quality and quantity of ‘output’, so you have to fall back on some other metric. Backstabbing skills are as useful as any, I’d suppose.

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