Several Ukip MEPs suspect that Steven Woolfe deliberately picked a fight with his colleague Mike Hookem last week to avoid questions about his defection talks with the Conservative Party.
Woolfe collapsed and suffered two “epileptic-like” seizures two hours after an altercation with Hookem on Thursday. He is expected to be discharged from hospital in Strasbourg today.
But according to one fellow MEP, some colleagues, who initially feared for Woolfe’s life, are angry at his attempts to present himself as the victim and want to scupper his bid to become Ukip leader.
Crazy Ukippers huff and puff and Woolfe is blown down
A few years ago, Ukip introduced psychometric testing to weed out the nutters who wished to stand as candidates. That worked well, didn’t it? The only person I know who failed one of these tests was my colleague James Delingpole. Sure, James can get a bit psycho, but I’m not sure he’s in the same league as the rest of them.
These psychometric tests came to light at the same time that some staffers in Ukip HQ revealed what life was like on the inside. “You see the most extraordinary things,” one commented. “Everybody has been out with everybody else. There are animals in the office, people taking their clothes off . . . there are no sanctions. People are used to doing their own thing.” Well yes, but what animals? Pangolins? Ravens?