Despite the fact the EU referendum has occurred, and Theresa will deliver some rotten soft Brexit deal before the next general election, UKIP is claiming it will be the party to deliver Brexit. UKIP is not going to be elected into Downing Street in the next few months. Let’s have a realistic message that people identify with!
The party is lost with zero vision. While I still hold that Bolton’s attack on the NEC was absurd, and that I do not know of any rule it ever broke, I do believe this committee needs to delegate to, and include, persons under the age of 50. It doesn’t understand communications: the digital outreach is poor, the marketing embarrassing, and the manifesto weak.
There is no awareness of who Peterson, Milo, etc. or even Gramsci is! They don’t know the critical difference between the two patriotic young movements: alt-light and the alt-right. Someone at the very top of UKIP told me they don’t even know what the alt-right is.
I am an expert in digital matters, headhunted by the top software engineering company in the UK. I know that the UKIP Tech committee is full of amateurs who haven’t a clue what they are doing: they don’t want me to join their talking shop. I have studied the methods used by Trump, Momentum, and Le Pen. I get young people to vote UKIP.
We need a committee with a range of ages; older members with life experience, but those in twenties and thirties also have relevant experience, on current political concerns to most voters. In addition, give the youth wing a seat for goodness sake, even if it’s a non-voting one; hear the political concerns of students, and also advise the youth wing how to operate.
The members of UKIP vote for who joins the committee that runs UKIP: the NEC. It clearly needs an injection of fresh blood who can bring some vision and charisma! However, instead it shuns our well-meaning offers for free assistance as “infiltrators”; maybe it’s the after-effect of those drug-infested 1970s hippy raves, but those tin-foil hats are popular!
The election is months late, and suddenly the criteria have been altered last minute for no strong reason. A shambles!
A handful of Millennials (in 20s or 30s), with a strong media following made it known they were planning to stand, to share for free their understanding of technology and young voters’ concerns with this committee dominated by pensioners. They have strong support from party membership and likely would have all won a seat, and resurrected UKIP.
After we received some silly remarks from NEC members, who don’t appreciate the need for social media, the Millennials have been blocked.
For years the criteria was very inclusive, but the NEC itself, not the membership, has suddenly passed new illogical rules for who can be elected to said body, stating you need to have been a UKIP member for at least 2 years. These are rules set in addition to those in the constitution, and serve no purpose but to protect the old guard.
Personally, while I’ve campaigned with UKIP for years, and I’m one of Britain’s most active Brexit activists, I couldn’t associate with my local branch due to the local party candidate, an absolutely idiot, telling the media he wanted to kill an Asian Brexit supporter. Basically, my refusal to support this moron bars me from standing for the NEC!
One Millennial, not myself, described these rules as a “joke”, while another said the party needs social media help. Personally, when I heard the latest thoughts on digital outreach from the party leadership, I felt like screaming and banging my head on a wall.
Many of the most passionate activists in the Brexit referendum are banned by these new ridiculous rules. One remarked, “Maybe they should just ban anyone under 50 from joining the party!”
We are the ones who get off our arses!! We do the hard work! We organise rallies and marches for Brexit, at our own expense, without party funding. Where are most of the MEPs and the NEC? We do livestreams. We built a news network. We have impressive intel, due to thorough research. We are the real British patriotic movement.
Frankly, we’ve had enough of watching the party die over the last 18 months due to a lack of vision by the management. The party needs a manifesto written by people who know about politics, and to use the Internet PROPERLY to reach the majority of the electorate, which is roughly half the age of NEC.
In addition, the holding of meetings on weekdays, not weekends, blocks working people from the NEC, and limits it to a clique of mostly pensioners, who don’t understand the core electorate. Even the top levels of leadership expect us to meet them on work days when we beg to show them what they could do with social media; a meeting that has not happened despite my offering to take a day off work months ago.
Enough of unqualified people thinking they deserve a title due to age!! Delegate for goodness sake to those who have the talent and are begging to help, or you won’t have a party left to have titles from!
I am not convinced that joining a visionless committee, attending meetings, which clash with holding a job, is currently a good use of my time. I shall focus more on working with other Millennials on various projects to modernise the British right. You haven’t stopped us!
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