After it was made clear that Nigel “Thirsty” Farage was not interested in returning for yet another stint as leader of the saloon bar propper-uppers at UKIP, all manner of alternative candidates were suggested. Some of them, like Steven Woolfe and Suzanne Evans, are predictable and more or less credible. Lisa Duffy and Peter Whittle may also have a chance. And then there is Raheem “Call me Ray” Kassam.
There's a word for this, and that word is TWAT
Raheem Kassam, let us not drive this one around the houses for too long, is a Grade A, 24-carat, copper-bottomed, nailed-on shit of the lowest order. He could not be safely left unsupervised to shovel crap from Heap A to Heap B. It is not outside the bounds of possibility that his left hand does not know who his right hand is doing. To put him in charge of any political party would be an act of electoral suicide.
One need not look too far to see why this might be: after UKIP’s only MP Douglas “Kamikaze” Carswell had passed adverse comment on Donald Trump’s latest debate performance, “Ray” whined “Can you imagine, a party is going through turmoil, I call for unity, but the only MP is only interested in doing things like this”. FACT: UKIP and the Republican Party are independent of one another.
Still, details, eh? Kassam doesn’t like his adoration of the Crybaby Combover to be questioned: after Rob Ford wondered why he was acting as a Trump surrogate, the jaw-dropping reply was “Sometimes things are not done for political expedience but because they are the right thing to do morally. Maybe you wouldn't understand”. Raheem Kassam trying for the moral high ground by backing a self-confessed sex pest. Yeah, right.
This lack of principle, combined with a natural inclination to smear and lie, went further: after Bill Pruitt hinted there was worse to come than the Trump “groping tape”, Kassam whined “Wow how low. Hollywood liberals ensuring no one will ever speak freely on set ever”. The Apprentice, which Pruitt worked on, was not a Hollywood show. And there’s a big difference between free speech and what Trump did.
To what depths will Kassam sink in pursuit of his ambition? He was even prepared to go after the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, claiming “Interesting how asking routine questions about the politicisation of Jo Cox's death is viewed as ‘attack’”. Alas, “Ray” is of less than perfect courage, and the original Tweet that provoked the criticism which Kassam found it so hard to accept has been deleted. I wonder why.
All of which explains who Jay Beecher, who was Lisa Duffy’s campaign manager, summed up Kassam thus: “A vote for Raheem is a vote for a vile moron who bullies young members, body shames, trolls, and who will use UKIP as a means to boost his ego”. He was a disliked and divisive figure when he worked for Mr Thirsty. He would be a disastrous choice for any position of responsibility. And a complete joke as leader.
So go on, Kippers, make my day - vote for Raheem Kassam and his promise to “Make UKIP Great Again”. Then watch your party go down the tubes.