Henry Bolton, Leader of UKIP and “former” boyfriend of the alleged racist and Meghan-Markle-hating Jo Marney, has received a unanimous vote of no-confidence by his party.
I’m not too sure how to feel about this one.
I really couldn’t give a damn about Henry Bolton; he comes across as a sleazy little rat who’d sell his own Granny in order to get ahead in life. You just have to look at his choice of girlfriend to know what kind of guy he is.
But hey – you can’t judge him by his partner’s actions, or the people he associates himself with though, can you?
I say yes, you can to a degree – if you associate yourself with racists and altogether shitty people, then you’re pretty much going to be a shitty person yourself. You might not be racist, but you know that the people you call friends are and, by not disavowing them, you become guilty by association.
Unless you’re Hilary Clinton that is, and God knows if you say something along the lines of “enabled her husband by standing by him” the Left will have you for it…
I think the fact that UKIP’s ruling body have put in a no-confidence vote is a step in the right direction for the party; the less it’s associated with racism, the better.
To be honest though, it’s probably too little too late.
I’ve never been a UKIP voter, and probably never will. The party did have some ideals that I agreed with, and still do to this day: Brexit, self-government and common-sense policies regarding immigration. I seriously considered voting for them when Nigel Farage was the Gaffer, but ultimately, let my vote fall with the Tories to act out the will of the people.
The least said about that, the better eh?
For me, and probably a lot of people in this country, UKIP would have been a lot more credible as a party if not for the “guilty by association” position it put itself in.
So now that the vote is in for Bolton, what now? He’s so far refusing to budge as Leader, but I think we all know he and UKIP are probably toast. Bolton was never going to be able to live up to Farage in the eyes of UKIP voters; (Paul Nuttall found this out the hard way) and certainly never stood a chance with the rest of the country. The party itself however, have never been able to shake themselves free of the tag of being “slightly racist” or “not as racist as the BNP, but still: racist”.
What little chance UKIP had of being taken seriously as a party, evaporated when Nigel Farage stepped down.
So, Henry Bolton, I have some advice for you:
Do it now and you’ll have time to nab yourself a new girlfriend, just in time to see the party ultimately disintegrate into nothing more than a distant memory.
I’m sure Hitler will have some long-lost 25 year old relatives around somewhere?