Ha, bloody ha

Last night I attended the Conservation Working Party meeting. Nothing especially remarkable in that. It was both interesting, and reasonably short (under an hour). I sat across the table from UKIP’s Blenheim Park representative, Cllr Floyd Waterworth. His was a silent presence, and seemingly largely uninterested in what was going on. He seems quiet in most of the meetings I have been to, and whilst this does not make him unique it is unusual for someone with big political aspirations.

I get home, have my tea, then check my emails.

One of them had this:

I wanted to give you the heads up that the UKIP Group on Southend Council has unanimously decided to remove Cllr Floyd Waterworth from the group. I believe he will now be regarded as an unattached UKIP Councillor and I will be proposing a list of replacement appointments on to the committees he currently attends on our behalf.

The UKIP Group now consists of
Cllr Moyies
Cllr Davies
Cllr Callaghan
Cllr Burling

Please let me know if you have any questions.

James Moyies
UKIP Group Leader

There is a saying: “The problem with political jokes is they get elected.” One cannot but wonder if the author of this quote was gazing into their crystal ball and seeing the UKIP group in Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Now, I really do not want to get personal but I cannot avoid seeing UKIP in Southend-on-Sea as anything but a shambles.

After May’s elections it looked like UKIP were set fair for this year’s General Election. The Tories in Southend were in retreat and both of the town’s MPs must have been somewhat worried, especially James Duddridge for whom the local elections were a Tory wipe-out in the ten wards that form his Rochford and Southend East constituency.

So, faced with some promising prospects what do UKIP do? Rather than push on the UKIP team (sic) resort to internal squabbles.

The group leader could not persuade his members to support his bid to stand for Parliament. Given the option of taking defeat with good grace, or being churlish, UKIP’s regional Chair chose the latter. Cllr Moyies could have accepted the democratic outcome, he could have expressed his disappointment in private, he could have presented a united front. Instead he announced that he would not vote for Cllr Waterworth, who was selected as UKIP’s candidate to take on James Duddridge. Then ensued some very public and acrimonious exchanges between the two UKIP councillors, culminating in last night’s email.

If there is a brewery looking for someone to organise a drinking session I suggest they avoid calling UKIP in Southend-on-Sea.


One Response to Ha, bloody ha

  1. Pingback: Unfit to govern? – UKIP Group in Southend-on-Sea suspended by UKIP | Julian's musings

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