Personal Statement from Lord Pearson of Rannoch
Although I understood his reasoning, I deeply regretted Nigel’s decision to step down as leader. Sadly my efforts to get him to change his mind, publicly at the conference and privately, have been to no avail.
I had to think long and hard before putting my own name forward to lead UKIP. I knew that were my bid successful, I would be committing to an indefinite period of hard work and would have to forgo directorships and other interests. However I also realised that any sacrifice would be trivial compared to those made by Nigel Farage over nearly two decades. Dauntingly, I would also find myself successor to the most eloquent politician in the land.
The above statement - or should we say love letter - was taken from Lord Pearson’s election address. This sickening display of adulation must cast serious doubt on his fitness to lead UKIP.
Is Lord Pearson so out of touch with the membership that he is totally blind to Farage’s dishonesty and corruption? Where has he been for the last few years?
No mention of the Elcom case, OLAF investigations, a rigged MEP selection process, the expulsion of democratically elected NEC members, attempts to turn UKIP into a dictatorship, Farage's £2 million expenses, employing Mrs Farage despite promises to the contrary, countless resignations, Farage's extra-marital affairs, the John West You Tube video incident, stopping the internal investigation into Tom Wise, etc, etc, etc, etc.
And yet despite all these scandals Pearson still thinks Farage is a wonderful man!
And now let us look at some of the people who support his bid to become leader:
Proposer: NIGEL FARAGE MEP & UKIP LEADER BROMLEY
Seconder: JEFFREY TITFORD EX MEP & EX UKIP LEADER LEWES
STUART AGNEW MEP N NORFOLK & BROADLAND
GODFREY BLOOM MEP HOWDEN
MARTA ANDREASEN MEP RUYMEDE
DEREK CLARK MEP DAVENTRY
JOHN WHITTAKER EX MEP & UKIP CHAIRMAN NORTH LANCS
GRAHAM BOOTH EX MEP TORBAY
ALAN BOWN NEC THANET
GEORGE CURTIS NEC COLCHESTER
CHRISTOPHER GILL NEC LUDLOW
DOUGLAS DENNY NEC BOGNOR & LITTLEHAMPTON
ANDREW SMITH EX PARTY TREASURER EPPING FOREST
DON RANSOME BOSTON & SKEGNESS
MICK McGOUGH REDBRIDGE & WALTHAM FOREST
STUART GULLEFORD BRENTWOOD & ONGAR E Ex Titford Office manager
DAVID CAMPBELL BANNERMAN MEP & DEPUTY LEADER WEST LONDON
To say that the above was a Roll of Dishonour would be an understatement!
All these people have actively supported Farage in his lies and dishonesty. Some are under investigation by OLAF. Some have been accused of helping Farage rig UKIP’s MEP selection process. Some have been reported to the Police. One made a false statement in his MEP election address. One advised misleading Elcom. One is not in favour of leaving the EU and was sacked from her job after allegations of racism.
Lord Pearson is Farage’s favoured successor. He made this VERY clear on The Daily Politics.
Farage intends to use Pearson as a puppet. The fact that Pearson has the signatures of the so-called party elite/Farage sycophants tells you all you need to know - here is a man who will work in their interests.
And don't forget it was Pearson who was heavily involved in getting Marta Andreasen selected as an MEP. He signed her nomination papers and even allowed her to use his flat as her UK address. Why was he so keen to support a person who does not even believe in leaving the EU? The answer is Farage told him to.
So what would change if Pearson won? The answer is nothing.
Farage will remain:
Leader of the MEPs
Leader of The Political Committee
Employer of the Press Staff
Leader in The EU
Lead Candidate in The General Election
Leader of the EFD - a Pan EU Political Party group
Leader of all employed staff
And don't forget that Farage has been having talks with certain well-known Tories. If he gets elected in Buckinghamshire you can expect a few shocks.
The members need to ask themselves a few questions:
Do you want a leader who is just a tool of the former leader. A leader who will allow Farage to pull the strings and dictate policy from the backseat? A leader who does not want the job and only put his name forward because Farage asked him.
Or do you want a leader who will reject Farage, pursue a new agenda and work for the good of the members and ultimately our country?
If the answer is yes to the second question then you must reject Pearson and vote for another candidate. And we are not taking about Batten or Nattrass!