The first of a series of occasional postings from Doctor Politics:
UKIP diagnosis & cure?
Symptoms and Diagnosis:
Principal symptoms, poorly attended meetings controlled by a small group of Elected Members of RMBC, whose views always prevail. The events surrounding the elections this year involving the controlling group, taking their bats home for the duration of the campaign and together, with some public pronouncements, brought the Party into disrepute! Effective support for all candidates was directly impeded by the actions of a few and prospects for next year damaged, as a consequence of those, who put themselves above the party!
Treatment and Cure:
Close the Rotherham Branch
Use democracy to fix the problem, of developing the skills of as many members as possible, in the basics of organisation and election fighting, as well as increasing recruitment.
Form three constituency party branches, devoted to fighting next years elections and building UKIP in Rotherham
The officers of those bodies should be lay members.
The UKIP Group on the Council should be accountable to a borough wide UKIP group that should be formed after next years elections, when the party will have the time to deal with the issues involved.
That is my prescription for the current afflictions of Rotherham UKIP which, if followed, I am confident will restore Rotherham UKIP to full health.
A collective effort