It’s curious to observe what some people consider to be acceptable and beyond reproach and contrast that with what immediately sends them into a frothing , seething mass of indignation, aggressive self justification, vitriol and sneering sideswipes.
It seems that 13 years of UKIP failure to advance either discussion or activity that moves the UK closer to withdrawal from the EU, a raft of broken promises by the party’s leader including the failure to publish expenses details and be transparent with voters, a cavalier disregard for the party’s own rules which resulted in ineligible yet favoured ‘supporters’ being elevated to European Parliament candidate status and thereon to becoming well remunerated MEPs – with at least one later defecting to the Conservatives, and the absence of any expert comment on EU matters let alone a robust strategy and plan for exiting the EU, is for many a perfectly acceptable state of affairs. They are happy.
However, pointing out these failings, criticising them and exposing a variety of fixable shortcomings is considered to be completely unacceptable. The result is the bitter invective hurled about by those for whom supporting UKIP has become a belief system that reminds me of something like a political version of scientology. Anyone who fails the purity test and dares to challenge the party or its elders becomes the target for a barrage of intolerance. The aim is to silence the critic or better still destroy him. Tonight, along with others, Budgie and Peter S over on the UKIP comment thread on Raedwald’s blog have succeeded. I made a snap decision that enough is enough.
As I have just told them over there, go back to Nigel and claim your reward. I’m going. You’ve done your job well. You have silenced a critic through abuse without a single substantive use of evidence to correctly contradict any of the points I’ve made. You don’t accept the warnings, so when it all falls apart you can find someone else to blame and abuse.
I will take no pleasure seeing the Eurosceptic cause defeated in the future due to the paucity of leadership and the failure to provide a route to successful exit from the EU. I will take no pleasure from seeing a party that had so much potential, a party I wanted so much to be able to support, collapse from the inside through incompetent leadership and infestation by BNP exiles. I have been accused of all sorts of motives for criticising Farage’s leadership and woeful performance and none of them are true. But that doesn’t matter any more. When blogging becomes a misery making bind – not because of debate or even heated argument, but because of personal abuse and sneering comments designed to undermine me because of the opinion I hold and expressed – it’s time to give up. When you cannot be heard above the heckling there is no point continuing to speak.
There have been some good little successes on here over the years. Hopefully all those hours of tapping away quietly on my keyboard have challenged some people to give thought to the way the world around us works and is run, and to look at things more critically, not taking things at face value, but digging deeper and looking at the evidence to see why things are the way they are and whose interests are being served each time the media publishes a story.
So that’s it. I don’t want to do this any more. It’s ironic really. The tribalist Faragista usually only manage to wear down and drive away people inside the party. Now they’ve managed to drive away someone outside it who wanted it to improve and do the Eurosceptic cause justice. UKIP will have one last hurrah in the 2014 elections, thereafter it will slide away as people realise that it is all fur coat and no knickers, and be swamped in the 2015 general election. Should there be a referendum in the future, UKIP will be bit part players at best, hamstrung by inept and self serving leadership and continuing their slide into obscurity. Why? This simple statistic…
In the polls around 15% of people now declare their support for UKIP. In the polls around 45% of people now declare their firm opposition to EU membership. Therefore 30% of people who are against EU membership do not support UKIP. Yet the Faragista tell us UKIP is successful and that the leader is a trump card who appeals to voters by talking their language and being an ordinary bloke! If UKIP cannot seal the deal after all these years with that 30% who apparently share UKIP’s core aim then something is badly wrong. But point out the problem and the cause and you get the digital flamethrower. The lemmings are marching towards the cliff, blindfolds wrapped tight, and if you get in their way you’re for it. Well, they are impervious to logic and resistant to evidence, so I’m now all for moving out of the way and letting them go over the edge.
Thanks to all those people who have contributed in a variety of ways to this blog. Thanks to all those who have given up their time to read my musings and comment constructively, even in disagreement, on them. You made it rewarding and fun. All the very best.