As I have said in previous posts UKIP’s finances are in freefall. Marta Andreasen’s Christmas appeal only managed to raise £58,000 despite assurances from Nigel that it would raise at least £250,000. In the South East they have just £20,000 for the Euro elections. In other regions they have even less than that. Only the South West has enough money to fight a good campaign which probably explains why Nigel is so keen to replace Trevor Colman with Gawain ‘Don’t mention the blog’ Towler.
It has already been decided that in March branches will be told that they must hand over the majority of their funds for the Euro elections. If the committees refuse they can expect to face suspension under Farage’s new constitutional changes. The funds will then be seized.
Here is an extract from the minutes for the Eastern Region. The meeting in question took place at the Red Lion Hotel, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire at 7.45 PM on 10th October. Those present included David Bannerman, George Curtis, Michael McGough, Andrew Smith, Peter Reeve and Stuart Agnew.
I note that Michael ‘Wolfman’ McGough denies having been present at this meeting. I can well understand his reluctance to admit to it. After all, he, along with fellow MEP candidates Bannerman, Smith and Agnew, approved a proposal to raid branch funds in order to finance their quest to become MEPs. Have they never heard of a conflict of interest?
Here is the passage that should alarm every member in the Eastern Region and indeed every member in the UK:
'The decision at 08/100 to write to all branches in about March 2009 to request substantially the whole of their funds was confirmed'.
I hope that members now realise that the leadership of UKIP is not the remotest bit interested in fighting Westminster or local elections. A serious political party - of which UKIP under Farage is certainly not - would never dream of seizing branch funds just weeks before important local elections. And what happens if Gordon Brown decides to call a Spring General Election? How does Nigel expect branches to finance that?
Of course, Farage is only interested in getting himself and his cronies elected or re-elected as MEPs. The interests of the country and our people count for nothing in Farage’s book. All that matters to him is another five years on the EU Gravy Train.