"Some newer members have not, it appears, heard the term 'New' UKIP, coined, I believe, by Andrew Neil (perhaps Helen Lewis, New Statesman) but no matter. Transition to New UKIP was not an overnight makeover. It followed a number of quite deliberate steps to fight the 2015 election. Believe me I used to be part of the hierarchy.
1 New constitution granting almost complete power to the leadership.
2 An unelected party Chairman, Secretary and other senior positions.
3 The 'adjustment' concession so member votes can be set aside by the leadership in secret.
4 The curtailment of regions to select their MEPs with a much more easily manipulated national vote which also can be circumnavigated and has been.
5 The withdrawal from a basic libertarian ethos.
6 The suspension of due procedure for membership cancellation.
7 The secrecy of the vote counting and refusal to publish members' votes (where are the national lists for the August 2013 MEP vote?).
8 The quite obvious swing to main party political correctness as illustrated by MartyCaine's posts. A fundamental concession to the metropolitan press elite.
9 The strategic advance in favour of a coalition in some form.
10 The ruthless dogma that criticism of the leadership is disloyal to the cause, party, country. Where, I wonder, have we seen that historically?
11 The outright refusal to allow regions to elect representatives to the NEC. Yorkshire Region is still not represented in spite of 400,000 votes. This skews the whole governing body to the south.
12 The final say on PPC selection remains with the leadership.
Folks, I still vote UKIP, remain a member and advocate on TV and radio of UKIP. My record on this is above reproach. Long-term members who still remain know exactly what 'New' UKIP means. The irony is that UKIP governance follows almost exactly the EU method. The referendum 'no' vote polls are now the worst in 10 years. So who in Brooks Mews works for the government?
A few things for the record, I spoke to four packed houses in the north of England in the winter, exhorting people to vote UKIP in May. Head Office vetoed other appearances. My continued technical support for the region for 12 months, post July 1st has been vetoed. I paid all staff and kept Yorkshire on the road right up until the 1st of July. Every TV and radio appearance has me endorsing UKIP. I am a founder member and have donated over £150,000 in the last 20 years in some format. All accounts are logged. I flag these points up because there are thousands of new members who perhaps think this is how it always was."
GODFREY BLOOM: WHY TRADITIONALISM AND LIBERTARIANISM ARE NOT INCOMPATIBLE