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Farage: The not-so-great dictator?

Farage: The not-so-great dictator?

Oh dear, how sad; never mind.

Over on Google+, an avid UKIP supporter just challenged This Writer with the words, “UKIP in Wales is growing stronger isnt it Mike.” Yr Obdt Srvt dutifully scoured the local newspapers for corroboration but found this instead (in the Brecon and Radnor Express):

“Ousted members of Brecon and Radnorshire’s UKIP branch claimed the party has blown its chances of a general election victory in the constituency.

“The local UKIP committee was suspended earlier this month in a row over the selection of its candidate for this May’s general election.”

The article said UKIP’s Welsh Executive had selected Darran Thomas of Rhayader as its B&R candidate, “having taken the decision out of the hands of local party members”.

It said former UKIP Wales chairman John Pratt claimed the party is run as a “dictatorship” by Nigel Farage.

And it said suspended branch chairman Clive Easton, the original choice as candidate for the upcoming general election, said: “Defeat has been snatched from the jaws of victory. I’m devastated to have all my hard work since 1996 snatched away.”

Barring his political persuasion, Mr Easton seems a decent enough human being. He is the UKIP representative who apologised in the newspapers after This Writer received a poison pen letter from a UKIP supporter in Newtown, Powys – a confused gentleman who, despite being in Wales, signed himself “John Bull”.

If he says UKIP is snatching defeat from victory, then there is good reason to believe him.

Meanwhile, the BBC is suggesting that UKIP has “peaked too soon” in its general election campaign.

That’s a little too close to the Spitting Image portrayal of David Steel and David Owen as the Liberal/SDP alliance. Eagerly awaiting a “surge” in voters, their excitement builds unto the Steel puppet ejaculates: “I’ve surged too soon!”

In UKIP’s case, this seems to be happening now.

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