The paranoid tradition in politics has long been part of the scene in the USA, but not here in the UK - until UKIP arrived. Getting voters frightened witless that the alleged Dark State is coming to get them is part and parcel of the Kippers’ modus operandi. The media only runs lots of stories ridiculing them because it’s part of some dastardly establishment plot (although, of course, many Kippers are part of the establishment, but hey ho).
They still don't look like a credible couple
So UKIP was already a more than slightly paranoid organisation. But now its increasingly ridiculous looking leader Henry Bolton has taken it all to a new level, as he tries to excuse his own recent behaviour and its media coverage. The reality is that the ridicule raining down on him is his own fault, the result of his own idiocy. This, however, cannot be allowed to enter. So he has decided that they’re coming to get him.
This was evident when he told Arron Banks’ unhinged rant outfit Westmonster, on his relationship with 25-year-old Jo Marney, “The reports are an infringement into our private lives. It’s an attempt by the left-wing media in particular to try to attack the party through me. It’s not worked … I have no doubt I’m going to come out of this, and Jo and I are going to come out of this as a couple, stronger than we went into it”. The left-wing media? Er, no.
The blame game may actually distract some from the routine dishonesty that Bolton has inherited from Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, exemplified by his telling fans “Please read my article on Breitbart regarding the state of our borders and the issues we are facing all the while we are not fixing them” while accompanying his exhortation with a photo showing a location nowhere near our borders. Like Farage and his “Breaking Point” stunt.
So what happened when Ms Marney was discovered to be more than the average UKIP racist, and then he was caught not really dumping her after saying he was, er, dumping her? Yes, you guessed it: “An organised coup and insurgency against my leadership of our party has begun. Prominent individuals both inside and outside the party have co-operated with left wing media to intentionally destabilize the party during this time and turn the members against me”. They’re coming to get him. And it’s not his fault.
But the party hierarchy can just bin him, right? After all, he’s an embarrassment, he’s seeing demons around every corner, he’s not dumping his publicity stunt squeeze, and he’s quite happy to do this all in public. But, as the HuffPost has discovered, UKIP are stuffed - they’re so skint that they can’t afford another leadership election!
That means the dwindling ranks of the UKIP faithful can only look on as Bolton threatens to take them all down with him, boasting “The following messages were sent to me by Patrick James Gilmore whom recently alluded in an article that a group was acting against me … That entire conversation has been backed up and secured. I am going to release screenshots given to me by Patrick James Gilmore of conversations he has had with Ben Walker and Annabelle Fuller (aka Trixy Sanderson)”.
Well, one advantage of his roping in Ms Fuller is that one of his most vocal potential leadership rivals might get made to look even more ridiculous that Bolton himself. As Rolf might have said, can you guess who it is yet? But seriously, UKIP is finished.
Henry Bolton’s descent into paranoia will just make it happen more rapidly. Good.