A UKIP MEP has launched a devastating attack on Nigel Farage — just as her party leader ducks out of fighting the Eastleigh by-election. Marta Andreasen, who became an MEP for South East England under the leadership of predecessor Lord Pearson, said the party “has become a dictatorship” under Farage.
Minders from UKIP’s hapless press team were certainly AWOL when Andreasen spoke to London Loves Business:
“Nigel promotes the people who say yes to him and will be grateful for getting the job and will never contradict him”
“Under his leadership – and I have questioned his leadership obviously a number of times – the party has become a dictatorship. This is a Stalinist way of operating and he doesn’t care about the membership or the grassroots”
Having joined UKIP after being sacked for whistleblowing in a top Brussels role, could it be that Farage was intimidated by the European Commission’s former chief accountant?
“Nigel does not like women. He will not tolerate women that have a certain intelligence. He thinks women should be in the kitchen or in the bedroom. These are the two kinds of women he will respect, not a woman that says ‘things are not as you say and we should follow the rules’.
“Nigel does not like someone who will have reasonable ideas that contradict his ideas. He does not accept any contradiction to his ideas. Basically from day one, since I was elected, he was dismissive of my work.”
Her remarks may shed some light on Farage’s decision not to personally stand in Eastleigh:
“Farage doesn’t care about getting MPs elected to Westminster and if we don’t get MPs elected then we will not be able to lead the process of leaving the EU.”
“We have limited resources so we can’t fight all the by-elections and when we do try and fight all these by-elections there is no way that we can succeed. We should concentrate on three or four places where we have a real chance of winning”
And it was all going so well …