14 May 2015

Getting a bit heated?

The Times reports:
Nigel Farage has become a “snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive” man who is making Ukip look like a “personality cult”, the party’s campaign director has claimed in a devastating attack.
Patrick O’Flynn, the party’s economics spokesman and one of its most senior MEPs, breaks cover today to warn that the Ukip leader’s recent behaviour risked depicting the party as an “absolute monarchy”.
In an interview with The Times, Mr O’Flynn lit a match under tensions within Ukip over Mr Farage and his closest advisers. He claimed that the party leader had in recent months moved away from being a “cheerful, ebullient, cheeky, daring” politician, and blamed Mr Farage’s team of “aggressive” and “inexperienced” aides.
Ukip has lurched through a series of calamities since polling day. Having made good on a promise to stand down as leader if he failed to win his own Westminster contest, Mr Farage was reinstated after three days because his party rejected his resignation.
Less than 24 hours later, Douglas Carswell, the party’s sole MP, clashed with allies of Mr Farage over £3.5 million of public money available to the party. He accused Ukip officials of seeking to claim more “Short money” than it needed. The party said last night that the two men had met to discuss the issue but had yet to reach agreement.
Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people ...


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