Roger Helmer’s resignation

Regular readers will be aware that in recent weeks this blog has been extremely critical of Roger Helmer MEP and a number of Conservative MPs for their inconsistencies and positions on the subject of UK membership of the EU.

The news this morning that a weary looking Roger Helmer is resigning his position as one of the MEPs for the East Midlands comes as a complete surprise.

While the disagreements and political arguments between Roger Helmer and me have been quite pointed and uncompromising, including my call for him to resign from The Freedom Association, I have a great deal of respect for the decision he has taken this week.  It is likely the thoughts and feelings he must have been experiencing in the run up to his decision are not dissimilar to those I experienced before I resigned as a Conservative Councillor in mid-term and then left the party.

Such a decision will not have been taken lightly – and from his resignation statement Helmer has exhibited principle in confirming that his disillusion with the attitudes of the Conservative Party on a range of issues, but particularly the EU, is at the heart of his decision.

Although I believe Helmer’s trust in some of his Conservative colleagues (such as Chris Heaton-Harris MP) has been and remains misplaced, and I have criticised him in candid fashion for it, I feel Helmer has taken an honourable course of action and I respect him for it.

The decision taken by Roger Helmer should sound as a wake up call to the many Conservative members who continue to kid themselves that the party might, at some point, become Eurosceptic.  It won’t.  And after years of believing the party’s direction could be changed, Helmer has finally accepted this and stepped down.

The fact is the Conservative Party is firmly in hock to the EU.  The powerbrokers who quietly run the party from behind the scenes will ensure it remains so and no amount of campaigning from within the party will effect any change in its pro-EU position.  If a person does not believe the EU should govern this country then they have no place in the Conservative Party.

I wish Roger Helmer the best for the future.

16 Responses to “Roger Helmer’s resignation”


  1. 1 Pirran 12/10/2011 at 8:18 pm

    I wonder if it was Dave’s “Tesco Bags Terror” that put him over the top….

  2. 2 Cassandra King 12/10/2011 at 9:01 pm

    One glance at the new modern Tory party conference should convince anyone not in a coma that the Tory party does not actually exist anymore. It looked like a cross between a North Korean party get together and a clip of a 70s news item featuring the old USSR congress. Same fake smiles and clapping and the same aura, instead of an AK47 waiting for those who failed to show the required happiness there is the withholding of government contracts and non jobs.

    In the olden days there was dissent and accountability and mavericks and motions and arguments and VOTES where the rank and file had a valid claim to be represented, now all I saw was lobbyist clients and spivs wanting to be clients of the regime, what next? Bidding for cabinet posts on the basis of how much they can make out of it?

    Who were those attendees at the conference? Not real people thats for sure, I have seen more genuine smiles on the faces of labour politicians when talking about the merits of having Millibrain as leader. The Tory party is now a shadowy corrupt and morally defective cabal of Quislings who would cut their Granny’s throat for a Euro. Taking the green sunlit uplands bollocks to a whole new level, not answering questions is now the rule and not the exception. There simply aint no Toryness in the Tory regime.

  3. 3 Shevva 12/10/2011 at 11:45 pm

    I think another blogger I read said something about the line being turned 90 degrees, has Roger decided to stand below the line?

    You would think being an MEP with 3 pro-European political parties at home would be a dream job.

  4. 4 StrongUnitedKingdom 13/10/2011 at 9:34 am

    Cassandra, your eloquent words are unfortunately utterly accurate.

    I saw this clearly at the Party Conference in 2009 and cut my support for them from then on. Britain will never prosper or regain its greatness whilst subject to EU rule and leadership by those who flaunt the Union Flag but serve only Brussels and their future personal wealth.

    I stood for UKIP in the 2010 GE and will do so again because they align with my principles and because we may not give up fighting for our country and our future. Should you want to discuss what the real UKIP is about, rather than the mis-information spread by controlled and biased Media, let me know or contact your local UKIP branch.

    At some point soon the voters, and particularly Conservatives, will have to accept that the Central Party no longer serves them or the country. UKIP needs people’s support to be ready for when this happens.

  5. 5 John Coles 13/10/2011 at 10:14 am

    I wish Mr Helmer well, he is a genuine person who has been outflanked by the appalling people that run the “Conservative” party.
    I hope that he joins UKIP: it may not be the perfect answer but supporting it at least offers some way out of our grotesque European entanglement.

  6. 6 John Payne 13/10/2011 at 10:59 am

    Roger has always had my admiration and I now congratulate him on his most honourable resignation.

    I have always claimed it is the Conservative Party pulling all the strings and the politicians follow the party line including Cameron and Hague.

    However I am surprised that no Conservative have disclosed publicly the real reasons why the party is so blindly supporting the EU and helping it to secure its goal of a united States of Europe.

  7. 7 Tedious Tantrums 13/10/2011 at 11:07 am

    I followed his blog for a year or so and found his global warming views useful. I don’t think he made much headway with those views either.

    It would be of further use if he carried on with his blog and his views of the EU could also be useful.

    Perhaps UKIP isn’t what is needed? Perhaps we need a new party altogether with no baggage which draws from the right and will pursue economic growth vigorously, get us out of the EU, stop the AGW complete scam and manage to have MPs who have political talent along with ethics and morality.

    Such a long shot, but you have to hope.

  8. 8 StrongUnitedKingdom 13/10/2011 at 12:19 pm

    TT,

    There are probably 10-20 parties that have set themselves up in addition to UKIP. They are making no headway and split the resource and force available to challenge the Pro-EU parties. Rather than endlessly subdivide ourselves it would make a lot of sense for them to join and help mould UKIP into the Party we all want and need. UKIP is not perfect, but it is fighting a massive uphill struggle against the establishment, the MSM and anti-UK vested interests.

    “Baggage” as you describe it is part and parcel of bringing thousands of people together, it cannot be avoided, and in fariness the UKIP baggage is miniscule in comparison to that of the old parties. What can be done is to drop said baggage along the way as the party matures and we have a great track record in getting rid of people who do wrong or damage the purpose of the Party. That is more than can be said for the old parties who recycle offenders ad nauseum.

  9. 9 Katabasis 13/10/2011 at 2:05 pm

    I agree with StrongUnitedKingdom. I was a card carrying member of the Libertarian Party until Andrew Withers borked the whole thing.

    On balance its probably actually a good thing several hundred of us then went to the UKIP fold. There are a lot of UKIP policies (and people) I’m not fond of, however they are the only party pressing hard with good policies on the two issues I care most about for the UK – the EU and energy/”climate change”.

  10. 10 Sam Duncan 13/10/2011 at 3:15 pm

    I take back what I said about Helmer in a previous comment here (that he’s one of the pro-EU Tory elite’s useful idiots). Clearly similar thoughts were crossing his own mind.

    If the Tory conference continues on the track it’s been on for the last fifteen years, there’ll soon be more people on the platform than the floor. Yet they still get votes. And all the “major” parties are the same. They’ve lost touch with Britain, yet still hold a dominant “market” position through a sort of brand loyalty. It would be interesting to compare their membership figures with UKIP’s. I bet they’re a lot closer than the polling is.

  11. 11 napiersabre 13/10/2011 at 3:45 pm

    SUK & TT Firstly I applaud Rogers resignation. Others need to follow. I met Roger at a spectator debate and found him well informed and very nice. I think he would have felt that the criticism aimed at him from Blogs I otherwise admire unfair. However perhaps this can be justified on the grounds that the Party he was defending has become nothing but an arm of the EU. Any new party will struggle to be heard if they are one dimensional. Currently UKIP is not acceptable as it is still perceived as one dimensional. They got my vote in the Euro Elections and local elections. No one got my vote this last GE for the first time ever.

    I am reminded of an answer that Ian Plimer gave to a question at the above mentioned spectator debate, “when will all this Global warming rubbish finish” He replied “When the money runs out” The same applies to real political change. Well people the money has run out.

    I think in time we will see Cameron as doing us all a favour. He has removed the one established Party many had pinned their hopes on from the scene and ensured that when the time comes none of them will be trusted and we will sweep the floor clean of the entire political class. There will never be a way back for the Conservative party now.

    The situation in Greece is running out of control faster than our idiot politicians can talk about it, let alone fix it. The last country in the world yet to feel the financial heat is Australia, and they have just committed economic suicide with a carbon tax. And as with our own dictatorship this tax has been imposed on an electorate who didn’t want it with some nasty property clauses that will make it prohibitively expensive for an incoming administration to abolish it. Democracy in action; bring it on! Australia’s largest customer and source of its riches China has the mother of all property bubbles about to burst and Australia will suddenly find themselves thrust into the same reality show we are all in.

    We see with the figures released yesterday the folly of the last 18 months of Tory leadership. 18 wasted months. We see the current squandering of an ideal situation where by public opinion would get behind some radically thinking. But no we waste the opportunity. Where is UKIP offering its ideas and solutions???? The same place the Tory party was for the 12 years of Labour rule, asleep at the wheel or trotting out Nigel Farage, who I personally find amusing at times but unfortunately is a one man band in the eyes of the public.

    But now is the opportunity. Britain’s survival depends on someone grabbing the reins and making radical changes, changes that the rest of the world will follow.

  12. 12 StrongUnitedKingdom 13/10/2011 at 4:22 pm

    Napiersabre,

    Thank you for your feedback on UKIP. If can summarise you have some three main issues: the Single Issue, the lack of public presence and the majority of public appearace work seemingly carried out by Nigel Farage.

    Single Issue Party: Once this was true but this changed some 6 or more years ago. We have a full range of policies on all aspects of health, education, defence, welfare, industry. etc. They are available for people to read in our manifesto and were there well before the last election. Old Parties tarring UKIP with a single issue brush certainly serves their purpose, but it is simply inaccurate. We have set our policies and publicise them at every opportunity. It is now up to the people to meet us half way and get informed. They may agree or disagree with the policies, but they may not rationally argue that they do not exist.

    Lack of public presence: Often we have heard the complaint where is UKIP, why are they not on the tv or radio, why are they not in the high street every weekend of the year, do they not care? Some harsh facts need to be explained here. We are activley blocked and banned from speaking at events, the press and media are prime culprits. Take for example the defection of the Conservative Lord Hesketh on Monday this week to UKIP, there was not a word of it in the papers. Ditto when councillors and Lord Mayors cross over to us. The press and BBC are either overtly pro-EU or support a Pro-EU party like the Daily Telegraph. Personally, at the last election, after a run of great hustings where I clearly beat the other candidates, I suddenly stopped getting invites to speak and had existing invites cancelled. Closer investigation found organisers who had close links to the main parties and who clearly wished to “limit the field” in contravention of all ideas of free speech and fair play.

    Net comes the issue of funding. UKIP does not yet have the massive funding of other parties. A little comes in, much is raised amongst the members themselves. As for elections, there was no central funding of Candidates. My campaign of deposit, leaflets, etc all came from my tax paid savings. Without external support, or the access to public funds that the other parties have, UKIP currently cannot afford to be canvassing and leafletting every month between elections.

    Lastly comes the issue of a single face to the public. Whilst Nigel does do a great deal, many other MEPs make public appearances but they are not reported. As for channels like the BBC and the “fixed” audience sessions like Question TIme, they mainly pick Nigel as he is known. We are in something of a Catch-22 situation here. Our choice is to send Nigel or lose the slot.

    Please understand this is far from a level playing field for us. Not a complaint, just a fact. Please mark us up or down on our principles or actions, but not what we are prevented from doing.

    And please let me know if you feel I have not answered your concerns.

  13. 13 StrongUnitedKingdom 13/10/2011 at 4:25 pm

    PS – I would willingly grab the reins of this country and make the changes necessary, but realistically we need to use all the time available to prepare for that day. The task of rebuilding a ruined country against wealthy adversaries like the EU, the US and the international banking community will be immense.

  14. 14 NickM 13/10/2011 at 11:42 pm

    StrongUK said: “we have a great track record in getting rid of people who do wrong or damage the purpose of the Party”

    Wrong in whose eyes? Damage according to whom? The time worn joke is that there are more ex-members of UKIP than members in it. Have they all done wrong or damage, every one?

    The reality is that UKIP has thrown away thousands of decent supporters over nothing more than personality clashes or bad management.

    In our region the UKIP MEP bypassed the existing supporters (the envelope stuffers and foot sloggers); broke at least two promises made in public; and has ended up with only a small coterie of his own supporters in a remote area. As a result UKIP is actually very fragile.

  15. 15 John Payne 14/10/2011 at 10:08 am

    I am very pleased to read comments made criticising the Tory Party, they deserve to be degraded. So back to the main point I continue to ‘bang on’ about. We must, at all times hold the Parties responible for policy decisions rater than individual members of Parliament. It is the only way to get at the core of the problem. By blaming the Party we are, in fact, including all those that decide to represent them as an MP.

  16. 16 StrongUnitedKingdom 14/10/2011 at 1:10 pm

    NickM,

    Two examples I referred to: Kilroy-Silk was a mistake, damaged the party and was removed. Mote broke the law, was kicked out of the party and presecuted. So to answer your question, wrong in the eyes of the party and wrong in the eyes of the law.

    Every party will have past, present and future members. However I made no reference to the idea that all previous members had done something wrong and would not have done.

    Whilst I have already stated that UKIP is not perfect, it is not in the business of throwing away decent supporters. There are two sides to any personality clash or bad management situation. Improvements need to be made and are being made. On the other side though, supporters, and particularly new supporters, need to understand that however passionate they are, they will not change things overnight just by joining. Often these people quickly become disheartened and leave with negative feelings. What we need is people who will stay, get on with the job, build on our strengths and constructively address our weaknesses.

    I do not condone the behaviour you describe in your MEP and would be interested to know to whom you refer. This behaviour needs to be addressed directly as it detracts from our purpose of saving the Sovereignty and future of the UK. In the meantime, please consider giving your support to local and national campaigns. Remember, the real issue is not about individuals, it is about our country.

    I’d be happy to discuss details with you offline and will be at the training in Aylesbury on the 1st Nov on the off chance you are there. The challenges in UKIP are smaller than in the other parties and are minute compared to those the UK faces. All of them can be solved.


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