The last few days have been very entertaining but also sadly predictable.
1. During an NEC meeting Marta Andreasen has a hissy fit and resigns as treasurer. She leaves the UKIP conference in disgust at her treatment at the hands of the NEC.
2. But Douglas Denny - UKIP NEC member, idiot and Himmler lookalike - denies this on the British Democracy Forum:
"As I understand it she had another meeting to attend (in London?) to give a speech for the Fri. Hence not possible to attend conference. No 'contempt' involved, just practicalities of not being in two places at once or chasing up and down the country. No need to extrapolate unwarranted erroneous prejudices".
3. The Times article appears. Marta attacks the odious Nuttall and confirms her resignation as treasurer:
“I resigned because I disagree with how the party is being managed at the level of the chairmanship”.
“There have been certain breaches in the procedures that I have implemented, therefore I warned the NEC [National Executive Committee] this is not the way I want to handle the finances of the party.
“I do not want to see funds being wasted, and the management of this party needs to wake up."
4. Nigel Farage speaks to the BBC. He gives them a different story:
“She is on the budget control committee here in the European Parliament - and that's the last place the European institutions want her to be.”
"That job was always going to take priority over her being treasurer. As I have learnt myself, I have found being the leader of the group in the Parliament and party leader in the UK and I have found it too much.”
"Similarly Marta has a big job here and in the UK and that's really why she's gone."
5. And finally Rachel Oxley - UKIP NEC member, useful idiot and close friend of John Whittaker - attacks Marta on the BDF:
“ Marta chose her words very carefully and deliberately. She was not terribly pleased about the proposed loss of her £30K salary, plus her £17k expenses, which seems to be eminently sensible as she now has her MEPs salary. Many of our pensioner members donate money that they can ill afford to party funds - we have a responsibility to use the funds appropriately.”
Oh dear! I do hope that she got Nigel’s permission before saying that! I bet she now feels VERY stupid for backing Marta's bid to become an MEP candidate!
And I really do wish that they would get their stories right. So now we have several different reasons given for her departure!
Can I suggest that they all pick just one story and stick to it? It would make them look less stupid!
But one thing is certain - Marta Andreasen is about to jump ship. And she is not going to be the only one leaving SS UKIP!
She NEVER intended to stay in UKIP. She simply used the NEC to become an MEP. They were warned about her long before she was selected as an MEP candidate. But they ignored ALL the warnings. They only have themselves to blame.
One can only hope that UKIP’s new leader sacks them all and calls for fresh elections. Will Trevor Colman or John Bufton care to answer the call and clean up UKIP?