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had a feeling he'd be leader again after his 'resignation' speech.
didn't think it'd be this quick though
The party would probably be stronger in the long run if they struggled through after his resignation and tried to be more than a one nutter party. But maybe he feels his career is more important than the cause. It might be tbf.
i know i have.
I mean, what other job could he do?
I reckon he'd do very well in the post of always merry-drunken-uncle-who's-antics-are-entertaining-but-you-wouldn't-want-in-charge-of-anything-on-account-of him-being-a-racist-fuck. There's been an opening in the post since my uncle Phil moved down to Scarborough in disgrace, never to be seen again. Not saying I liked or respected the guy, but you definitely notice the lack of large picture books about the British army in your Christmas present haul once it's gone.
Basically equivalent of a leaving the boards farewell thread only to slink back a couple of days later
He either had to come back or watch the party implode. I suspect he said he would quit when he assumed he would be elected along with 4-5 others.
And I think it's very difficult for people like that to just quit and go away for a few months.
Maybe he's also worried that if he did spend a few months out of the public eye and choose to let someone else take on leadership of the party UKIP's fortunes would decline. It's difficult to see how any of the other leadership candidates would have been able to unify the "Red UKIP" and "Blue UKIP" wings of the party.
but yes, I think the party recognised that his charisma is a massive asset and there'd be a huge vacuum without him as leader which would probably result in them going backwards in the short term.
All this really does is delay the inevitable though - at some point they've got to have it out and move beyond Farage... this would have been a good opportunity to do it off the back of a high-water mark result (4m votes and their first MP elected in a general election) as well as use the fury of the injustice of only gaining a single seat as a unifying force. I can't see the next five years carrying the same momentum with or without him in charge, regardless of EU referendum result.
He's not had the best run of it what with cancer and plane crashes. He looks pretty dreadful for a wealthy 50 year old.
Can see him working himself into an early grave if he's not careful.
UKIP just show up to plenary once a month to get their 1 minute youtube clips saying all the same stuff about HOW DARE THE EU TELL US THAT WE NEED THIS LAW TO TACKLE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Really not sure what to make of all this. He seemed a bit unhinged on election night, but can't say I expected this complete u-turn so quickly.
they probably weren't expecting a tory majority
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