Members & staff of UKIP past & present. Committed to reforming the party by exposing the corruption and dishonesty that lies at its heart, in the hope of making it fit for purpose.
Only by removing Nigel Farage and his sycophants on the NEC can we save UKIP from electoral oblivion.
Indeed, it has now got so bad that Farage has decided to offer the unsuspecting public free membership!
But there is a catch. You have no voting rights and no say in how the party is run. How very convenient and how very UKIP!
From the UKIP website:
The formation of a Con-Dem coalition has left millions of British voters disenfranchised – no-one voted for this unworkable hybrid.
So straight talking UKIP is offering disaffected Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour voters the chance of a FREE year’s membership to give voice to their discontent and a chance to show the old failed parties that you believe in honesty and transparency in politics, not shabby deals made behind closed doors.
Members receive personal invitations to area events in advance, a regular digital newsletter, and access to an exclusive members’ online resource and forum. However, members joining under the FREE scheme, do not have internal party voting rights.
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So what happened to the UKIP Constitution and Section 4.9?
4.9 Members shall receive a membership card and the Party's newsletter. They shall be entitled to vote in all relevant internal Party elections.
Withholding this right from new members is discrimination. Would you really want to join a party that will treat you as a second class citizen, without membership rights or voting privileges?
This sordid little scheme is nothing more than a confidence trick to hoodwink UKIP's fee paying membership into thinking that the party is growing, when in reality the real membership is still shrinking.
Perhaps UKIP’s resident legal buffoon – Michael Zuckerman – can explain the legality of the scheme?
And what will the Electoral Commission say? Will they approve of a party that denies new members a say in how it is run?