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Don Jerrard

Don Jerrard

One Vox Political commenter put it this way: “AND NOW, ANOTHER ONE GOES DOWN!!! Just a few bad apples, right, Farage?”

It is looking quite bad for Nigel Farage’s ‘People’s Army’. “Suspend one member – shame on him. Suspend two…” or “To suspend one member looks like diligence; to suspend two is carelessness!

If you’re unaware of this, UKIP has suspended its general election candidate for Fareham, in Hampshire – one Don Jerrard.

According to the Southern Daily Echo, “Mr Jerrard said he had not resigned from the party and had no intention to do so.

“He said a meeting on February 2 will decide if he continues to be suspended or is restored to the approved list of candidates.

“Mr Jerrard, a retired lawyer, had previously stood for election as the Police and Crime Commissioner in Hampshire for the Justice and Anti-Corruption Party but lost out to Simon Hayes in 2012.”

The what party?

UKIP supporters and kind, fair-minded souls may wish to point out that neither Mr Jerrard nor Amjad Bashir, the MEP who was suspended by UKIP in what appeared to be a staggering display of ‘sour grapes’ just as he was about to announce his defection to the Conservative Party, have been found guilty of any misdemeanour and it would be wrong to suggest otherwise.

That being said, as our commenter’s remark makes abundantly clear, UKIP seems to be succeeding admirably at harming its own reputation.

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