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Damage limitation. Lord Pearson's statement to members
Lord Pearson's statement:
Dear UKIP members,
Many of you have concerns about recent media coverage, and I want to answer some of them now.
We did anticipate that sections of the Conservative Press would attack UKIP in general and the new leader in particular. We were proved right and I must admit to a certain satisfaction at having drawn fire so quickly.
Naturally some media stories will be written to deliberately upset members and lose us future supporters. They will sometimes be false and frequently twisted, or 'spun' and there will be more of them. They are now out to get us, and we should be flattered by this overt recognition of the threat we pose. My appeal to each of you is to keep your nerve and treat the media with the caution it richly deserves.
Now for a few facts. The word "disband" has been taken out of context. In a long interview for the Times profile last Saturday, I was looking forward to the great day when we are out of the EU, after winning an 'in or out' referendum (a referendum delivered by Cameron after we had stood aside and helped him into 'Government'). On that day there would have been a complete realignment of British politics, led by a triumphant UKIP, with the political class rebuffed. It is in thinking about this happy prospect that I may have used the 'disband' word, and if I did it was a mistake and I shouldn't have done so. The party will never be mine to disband. That is a matter for the members alone.
As for the proposed deal with the Conservatives to stand aside at the 2010 election only, we knew that David Cameron was most unlikely to accept, because he is fully committed to membership of the EU. That's why he does not want an In or Out referendum. But - and this is important- we had to ask.
By rejecting the deal he has proved that he would rather risk losing the next general election (because of UKIP's participation) than consult the people of Britain on EU membership. Next time a Tory cries: "Vote UKIP and you'll let in Labour," you can reply: "We gave them the chance and the Conservatives refused it. Roll on the election." I feel this has turned out to be quite a coup for us, and we should be shouting it from the rooftops. We put our country before our party and they did the opposite.
I must also settle any worries that UKIP is merely the eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party. This is not true. Under my leadership, UKIP will continue to target seats right across the political spectrum. The Labour vote will collapse at the next general election, and we must go all out for it as well as for that of the Lib Dems, many of whose members do not realise how Eurofanatic their party is.
I am proud to be the leader of such a marvellous Party.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP Leader.
End of statement.
Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted springs to mind.
Fact. The offer to the Tories was made in earnest.
Lord Pearson was most upset that it was rejected. He would have disbanded UKIP for the General Election and asked UKIPPERS to campaign for The Tories. So much for being an alternative to the old party system!
It is no surprise that UKIP HQ has been inundated with complaints about the offer. Many members have threatened to resign.
Even Brendan Padmore - UKIP member, British Democracy Forum moderator and Farage sycophant - was upset:
What I want know is how am I going to defend my position when I have persuaded friends and colleagues that UKIP is not just a single issue party or a Tory pressure group
This **** about showing the Tories up for what they are is just ******** your average man on the street doesn't care two hoots what the Tories do about the EU.
This offer is an insult to all of the hardworking grass root members who have trudged the streets for what they believed to be a true alternative to the Lib/Lab/Con and I for one will not be renewing my membership unless I see a dramatic push for UKIP to be recognised as a party with a full manifesto and with core values that reflect the needs of the British people.
End of quote.
How ironic. For years Mr Padmore has been defending corruption and dishonesty in UKIP. At long last the scales have fallen from his eyes. How foolish must he now feel!
And don't forget that the offer was made WITHOUT the knowledge of several UKIP MEPs and the bulk of the membership.
And Lord Pearson should remember that the Guardian and Observer featured damaging UKIP stories following his election as leader. We were not aware that they had suddenly become Tory supporting newspapers!