Stephen Jenner @ Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:47 pm -
"I think Nigel was a very good leader of the UKIP, membership has doubled and votes have doubled since he and Pearson took over from Knapman".
No Sir, you are wrong. Nigel was always, is always, a very bad leader. And he did not 'take over' from Knapman.
Since the day he walked through the door Nigel has lead UKIP, Knapman was like all the other 'leaders', strings went up from his body and mind that were pulled by Nigel.
It's not like the Mafia, if you disagree with Nigel you don't die but you do leave the party.
I have met Nigel a couple of times, but I cannot say that I know him, however my parents (now just my father sadly) know/knew him very well, along with ALL of the previous leaders of UKIP from Alan Sked onwards. He is not the kind of person to be interested in puppetry, what on earth would be the point? What I am saying is that you sir are completely incorrect, whilst I agree that he might not be the best possible leader (because his personality grates with some), he is the best one that UKIP have had and I was disappointed when he resigned, he had to be dragged into a leadership contest, and I would suggest that this is not the action of a natural leader.
Perhaps there is tinge of "A woman scorned" about "In2minds"!
Another founding member of the UKIP is Gerard Batten MEP, and as far as I know, he and Nigel rarely agree on anything, but he is head honcho in UKIP London. Any who leave (apart from 1 notable exception) leave of their own accord.