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.

10 thoughts on “They’ve been running this article for 19 years now”

  1. Mmmm… Looking through a couple of the papers today, one does get the feeling journalists report from a world of their own imagining rather than anywhere congruent with reality.

  2. To add: Thing I find fascinating is they seem to have set up some sort of consensual alternative universe. Individually, they’re not even particularly imaginative.

  3. I like Nigel’s comments today: I feel like an escapee who’s been recaptured, and Even without a leader UKIP is more popular than Labour with one.

  4. “James revealed she had been badly shaken when someone spat and shouted at her at Waterloo station.”
    Fair enough for someone not to fancy this and sense to realise it goes with the territory of any leader. At the time of a Conservative leadership election the day before the result I was looking at the menu posted outside a restaurant I hadn’t been to (no not the IVY —this was in the provinces) discussing with a girlfriend whether we’d give it a try, when a couple came up to do the same thing. A glance told me it was Michael Portillo with i assume his wife, another glance told me my companion was oblivious. The thought occurred to me that this guy could be the next prime minister, so I was forming a line in my head that would be wittily offhand but would acknowledge I’d clocked him and that tonight could be a special night. I’d got to something like, “better not risk the moules Michael”.. but before I could deliver another couple came up and the guy said “Are you Michael Portillo?” Michael said yes and the guy said “You are a fucking arsehole, fuck off.” So he and his wife did. We didn’t eat there either.

  5. Seems like fair comment to me. What is the point of UKIP post Brexit? There is a gap for a socially conservative but economically left wing party to replace Labour but the libertarian wing should rejoin the Conservatives

  6. James revealed she had been badly shaken when someone spat and shouted at her at Waterloo station.

    Oh yes, that caring, sharing, why-can’t-we-all-be-friends socialism in action!

  7. Sam Jones said:
    “There is a gap for a socially conservative but economically left wing party to replace Labour”

    From what we’ve seen at this week’s conference, that’s going to be the Conservatives.

  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37572377

    UKIP leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe was taken to hospital following an altercation at a meeting of party MEPs, interim leader Nigel Farage has said.
    In a statement he said Mr Woolfe had “subsequently collapsed” and his “condition is serious”.

    This is NOT going to do them any favours at all.

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