In response to Kathy Gyngell: Farage needs to sign some intellectual heavyweights to stop the rot, sfin wrote:
This article expresses what has concerned me the most about Ukip and Nigel Farage for a long time.
He is a brilliant politician, orator, motivator and general thorn in the liberal establishment’s side. He has, seemingly, unbounded energy and stamina and his achievement in taking Ukip from a rump, single issue protest party, to four million votes and representation at Westminster is astonishing. But…
…his biggest weakness lies in is his man management skills – and in particular building a team of talents, to concentrate on, and be spokesmen for, particular policy areas; building a shadow cabinet, in other words.
Bridging the, so called, “divide” between northern, blue Labour and disaffected shire Tories shouldn’t be too difficult, as it has been done before by his heroine, and mine, Margaret Thatcher, who owed her three victories, as much to the aspirational, socially conservative, working class (the fabled ‘Essex man’), as the traditional shire Tory.
This whole ‘resignation/ un-resignation’ issue has been handled very badly, in my view. Mr Farage should have taken a well-earned, extended summer break, even keeping a loose hand on the tiller, whilst allowing others to bloom in the spotlight of publicity. He could then have returned in time for the autumn leadership election – where he would always be a shoe in.
The counter to this argument, is that with a hostile, Conservative, press and pygmies with over inflated egos undermining Ukip, seemingly, daily, Mr Farage feels he has no choice but to continue to impose iron discipline from the top.
Interesting times ahead!