UKIP’s only councillor in Wales has resigned from the party over the parachuting in of Farage favourites Neil Hamilton, Mark Reckless and Alexandra Phillips for the Welsh Assembly elections in May.
Kevin Mahoney, councillor in Vale at Glamorgan County Council, will now designate himself as an ‘Independent’.
In resigning he wrote an epic rant against the party.
So much for doing politics differently eh, Farage?
It is with great regret that I must honour the pledge that I gave on national television recently that, out of a sense of preserving my own personal integrity and honesty I will not associate myself with those personalities described in the media, as candidates, who have been parachuted into Wales by the UKIP hierarchy in order to leapfrog local Welsh-based activists on the regional list for the May Assembly election.
The thought that I would ever sanction the candidacy of Neil ‘cash for questions’ Hamilton, the rejected-by-English-voters-at-
the-General-Election, ex-Tory from Kent, Mark Reckless, or Nigel Farage’s very close friend and former PR media spokesperson from Gloucester, Alexandra Phillips, as being suitable persons to make laws that affect us all in Wales is too laughable for words.
I have regularly placed on record that, along with the majority of the British public, I despise the political class from all parties. I loathe their sense of entitlement and the fact that they arrogantly view local voters as being there for their own political career enhancement, hence the cynical and parasitical hopping from constituency to constituency, pledging their undying love for any area whose constituency party will accept them as their candidate.
I had hoped that UKIP would rise above the political cronyism that has always infected the other parties, but I’m afraid that this is not the case.
I have worked for a number of years to help to perhaps replace the shower of hopeless incompetents that currently inhabit the benches of the Welsh Assembly with a better calibre of representative. Candidates, I hoped that would would challenge the Labour party hegemony which has for so many years ensured the continual decline of standards in Wales.
I did not work to replace the current incumbents with those who are as bad or even worse.
I an delighted that my public stand against the political cronyism within UKIP and its national and Welsh leadership has resulted in a forcing of the decision to give the entire membership of Wales a vote on the list order which had been previously been denied to them.
I am also delighted that my own and others’ intervention this afternoon ( Saturday 6th Feb) has ensured that a unanimous vote of branch chairmen rejected the proposal from returning officer Piers Wauchope that UKIP conducts the membership ballot internally.
The decision voted on by all present to engage the services of the independent Electoral Reform Society to administer the list ballot I feel speaks volumes about the confidence of those present in the ability of the UKIP hierarchy to conduct a fair and transparent process.
I have done my bit and feel that I can hold my head up high in my efforts to protect the Welsh electorate from those who see the voters as a mere stepping stone for their political careers. I guess that the rest is up to the Welsh voters to decide who they wish to represent them after May.
Possibly my greatest regret is that for the first time since I became eligible 39 years ago, I will find myself unable to vote in the May elections, as I regard all the current political parties in Wales to be as bad as each other.
Former UKIP County Councillor
Vale of Glamorgan County Council