Richard North is one of those on the correct side of politics in my book – wants smaller government, out of the EU, many other things and so I’m loathe to write against him, despite the way he’s been carrying on. I might have gone to Harrogate with them, I actually agree with a lot of it.
Two of his staunch allies, Witterings from Witney and Autonomous Mind I’d like to count as friends if they’ll accept that. True, he put down OoL when it first started but I paid that little mind, wanting to wait and see what happened.
Richard thought through Flexcit and is genuine about getting out of the EU. He can’t stand Farage and can’t stand UKIP. I can see why and let’s face it, Nige and UKIP are on something of a rollercoaster just now but they are vulnerable in some policy areas.
I think Richard doesn’t quite understand what’s going on here. Now either Nige is part of the Grand Plan of Them to pretend to have altercation and then Them just continue on their merry way anyway, with everyone’s hopes dashed … and we all come grovelling to Richard and say he was right all along.
Or else we see something happening which has not been happening until now – someone on the national stage actually giving LibLabCon grief and I only include Con in there meaning the left Tories who dominate now that the real conservatives are defecting.
Politics needs its theory, yes, it needs its legal basis … but it is also seat-of-the-pants stuff, it is seizing the moment, seeing a chance and running with it, knowing it’s a set-up and yet knowing from history that they are sometimes too clever by half and muck up their little game. That’s why need to have people there ready to swoop on the ball and carry it forward.
What it doesn’t need is potential allies falling out and losing the opportunity. Look, I don’t know any tribal Kippers. I know many, like myself, who are greatly enjoying the grief the establishment is getting, I have huge respect for Douglas and Mark, you can call me a Kipper for now. But even UKIP knows it’s on trial, there are few tribalists and those supporting it are doing so on a conditional basis.
I believe it is genuine because it can’t afford to be otherwise, it would lose all support just like that. Richard disagrees of course and points to Nigel being no more a man of the people than he is. Well, nor am I but I’ve thrown in my lot with the people – seems to be the sane thing to do.
Perhaps Nige is on an ego trip, I don’t know. I don’t care because some things are happening in Britain just now. In France, they’ve just bludgeoned through or rather ‘bored everyone to death’ through the Environmental Bill and that ties France to climate targets based on rubbish science. It’s a con. France is depressingly familiar and there is NO political will to change for the better.
Here there is. Now that’s worth supporting. So this sort of thing amazes me:
There it is. Heisenberg is right. UKIP is the only route at this time, pre GE2015. We can argue about this till the cows come home this evening and I respect you not buying this in the least – if Richard could leave it at that, then fine. But he can’t and nor could his main followers. What we’re getting is bile, rather than respectful disagreement and on which grounds.
At least, that’s the impression it gives and impressions are pretty important in politics. If we can’t agree on details on our side, then at least we can damn with false praise, e.g. for an EU theorist, Nigel makes a good beer drinker, something like that.
Bile though simply turns off anyone who might have been potentially onside and loses them to the Harrogate cause.
There was this yesterday too: