Paul Nuttall looks a pretty blokeish sort of bloke to me. He has promised to keep drinking with Nigel – pint for pint, pub by pub – Guinness, not warm beer, mind you.
On the surface Ukippers can breathe freely again. Their party is, once again, in a safe pair of male hands set for stripping out Labour’s disgruntled heartland of northern voters.
Or is it? On the very day of his victory, Mr Nuttall was naive enough to state that: “Ukip obviously has a women problem”.
What woman problem is that? Diane James stalking off? No, not that one.
“Opinion polls tell us that we do statistically better with men than with women”, Nuttall explained. “What we’ve got to ensure happens is that we get more female faces out there. We’ve got to move away from this idea that Ukip has been a one-man band.”
It sounded suspiciously like Theresa May telling the Conservatives they were ‘the nasty party’ – that Dave’s own perceived ‘woman problem’ was very much at the heart of. By ‘woman problem’, was meant the idea that women are under-represented in Parliament and in the Cabinet in comparison with past Labour administrations. For some strange reason it didn’t stop the public voting the Conservatives in.
But for his pro-EU, pro-feminist modernising agenda, Dave might have done rather better in 2015 than he did. He might not have lost quite such a slab of votes to Ukip and won himself a proper parliamentary majority.
Ukip’s strength and attraction has always lain in its defiant stand against ‘PC-dom’ as well as in its Brexit quest.
The UK’s Brexit vote and Trump’s win in the US were nothing less than one huge howl of defiance at the liberal Left and its bankrupt feminist orthodoxies -ones bent even on destroying manhood itself – from the dying US mid-west to the UK working man’s north.
Now is not the time to give way or give in. It is the time for a political party to articulate and redress the social and economic (and psychological) destruction feminism has wrought. The moment has arrived.
To date Ukip alone has managed to withstand the politics of gender and identity. Ukip alone has dared challenge the equalities agenda that the feminist queen, Harriet Harman, Labour’s former deputy leader and the inspiration behind the Equality Act, managed to harmanise the Tories to as well.
Today you’ll hear barely a whisper of difference between Labour Angela Eagle’s and Tory Maria Miller’s brands of out of touch feminist theory, as Laura witnessed first-hand on the Daily Politics a month ago.
This should be fertile territory for Mr Nuttall. Men need a champion. After 40 years of feminism, there are genuine problems of male disenfranchisement in need of redress. For all the feminist propaganda, the dice today are loaded against men. The sooner he articulates this the better for Ukip.
He only need look at the higher male unemployment rates, especially amongst the under 25s, the higher male homelessness and suicide rates and at our over feminised and under exercised education system. What about the dysfunctional National Health System that prioritises training female over male doctors though women are more likely only ever to work part time and for fewer years? Finally, as he trawls the man deserts of Britain’s hinterlands and witnesses the too few marriageable men and the too many fatherless families, he might ask what and who drives men’s social and economic marginalisation down to each new generation?
Are these concerns that occupy the minds of the militant feminists who inhabit the main political parties? If they are what is their solution but to try feminise or emasculate men further?
This is not what most ordinary women wish or vote for. “Harmanising” Ukip – converting it to Marxist and feminist quota and equal representation ideology -won’t win it a single extra female vote.
What will is a party leader who dares expose the myths of the gender pay gap and boardroom discrimination.
If Nuttall capitulates to the ‘women problem’ notion at this stage he might as well put up his hands up and give up his vision of a Northern Ukip political power house now.