It takes vast amounts of chutzpah and hard work to get a new political party up off the ground. When you have already shown that you’ve not got enough of one nor are willing to do enough of the other to keep an extant political party afloat then perhaps setting up new political parties just isn’t going to be quite your thing.
But The Numpty, Henry Bolton, is going to have a go:
The ousted former UKIP leader Henry Bolton has announced plans to set up a new political party.
Mr Bolton, who lost the party leadership following a vote of no confidence by UKIP members last month, said his ‘One Nation’ party would “contribute constructively towards determining the trajectory the UK follows” upon leaving the EU.
Amazingly, political parties do not succeed with solely the support of one leggy bottle blonde, as Henry will soon find out.
He told the BBC his “OneNation” party will be “a truly professional political party that believes in Britain, that preserves our national identity, culture, heritage and confidence and talks our great nation up rather than down; a party dedicated to the full independence of the UK in all areas of law, government and public administration.”
In a press release sent out announcing the party’s creation, Bolton said: “The colour of OneNation is British Racing Green. BRG was the international motor racing colour of the United Kingdom. It represents British branding and excellence.”
On its website, the new party says that Ukip had, until the EU referendum, been seen as just such a party “but it has sadly lost much of its credibility, influence and ability to shape national events”.
It says: “Policies are being drafted, a variety of campaigns and events are in the planning, membership will be open soon and more details will emerge over the coming days and weeks.”
Now, it is possible to dismiss what I’ve said as just being sour grapes. I have a certain identification with the old regime at Ukip for example, worked as a press officer in the lead up to the 2009 elections, stood as an MEP candidate in them. Never met Bolton either. But then we can also describe me as having a certain experience can’t we? It’s also true that Bolton has been described to me by one old hand, one I like and admire, as being a “numpty” which isn’t a recommendation in a would be political leader.
Yes, I did indeed know Nigel Farage, worked for him, found him to be vain, superficial to an extreme and often enough petty. Good points all in a would be political leader, very much what made him, by a long shot, the most successful politician of his generation. He took a small rabble to referendum victory, no mean achievement. I also like Nigel, politics be damned. Fun bloke to have a drink with and there’s little a male praise singer can say greater than that.
Henry Bolton doesn’t have it. Anyone with a little more awareness, just as an example, would not be bidding to be the one leader of a party whose name variously translates as Ein Volk or Ein Reich.
Sigh. Perhaps Jo could help him modelling Eulalie or something?