Squeaky party split finger up the bum time
Then came an extraordinary leak to the press, just before Ms Evans was to appear before the inquisition of Iain Dale on LBC: her lawyer stood accused of making a threat that her witness statement for the court case would accuse Farage of wife-beating. Richard Hendron was, it seems, recorded by a party to the discussion.
There was, of course, only one other party to the conversation, and although the report by the Farage cheerleaders at Breitbart London does not name him, the Mail had no such compunctions: step forward UKIP’s General Secretary Matthew Richardson, himself a lawyer and another of those connected to the Young Britons’ Foundation. And if it was Richardson who recorded the conversation, he could be in big trouble.
Nigel Farage is in trouble: not only is a faction coalescing around Ms Evans, Carswell and former hack Patrick “Lunchtime” O’Flynn, they are now firmly allied with Vote Leave, while Mr Thirsty and his pals are backing the rival Grassroots Out campaign. Only one of those groups can hope to secure official designation in the upcoming EU Referendum campaign, and it’s looking increasingly like Vote Leave will get the nod.
The longer Farage clings on, the worse the damage will be. And if the Referendum battle is lost, he will be toast. Whether or not he’s partial to a few cans of Stella.