For a party new on the scene — they had no presence at all in the chamber until May — UKIP in Southend have certainly taken to factionalism quickly. Since James Moyies announced that he wouldn’t vote for UKIP parliamentary candidate Floyd Waterworth at the general election, the whole local party seems to have come crashing down on itself.
Regardless of his reasons, a senior party figure announcing they won’t vote for their party’s candidate is tantamount to a knife in the back.
When the revelations broke on Sunday (with thanks to Cllr James Courtenay), it was staggering enough. But since then James Moyes has been sacked (or resigned) as chair of the local branch, and the whole thing featured in a whole-page spread in the local paper.
I have been saying for months that UKIP are a disorganised rabble, without the nous…
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