Having swept to victory in 16 seats at May elections, UKIP became Lincolnshire County Council’s official opposition group. It has taken the party just six months to complete a process of total meltdown culminating in the expulsion of five councillors last night.
The members were expelled for joining a UKIP breakaway group on the council created by the party’s former leader in the county, Chris Pain, who had already been driven out of UKIP after a row with top brass.
Cllr Pain may be familiar to Scrapbook readers (and Lincolnshire Police) as the owner of a Facebook page on which the following racist rant was posted:
“Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, baby-making, non-English-speaking ********* and take those other hairy-faced, sandal-wearing, bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-********, raghead ******** with you.’”
With a UKIP spokesman saying that UKIP Lincolnshire “is not a name the party will permit for a breakaway group, led by a man who has been booted out of the party”, the plotters have christened themselves UKIG — United Kingdom Independence Group.
The episode is yet another question mark over the strength of UKIP’s operations in what should be key areas. With party spinners briefing they would be in with a shot at the Ribble Valley seat if Tory Nigel Evans were to be convicted on sex charges, Scrapbook has previously revealed that their local operation was in disarray.
We wish UKIG well on their inevitable slide towards political oblivion.