On 8th October 2012 I asked Douglas Carswell with his almost defamatory views, when will you be joining UKIP? Seems the answer is 28th August 2014. I could be smug but anyone into politics would have seen this coming from a mile away.
I'm very pleased to say that I have always opposed and challenged his brand of disloyalty and offbeat form of back bench barracking. When he was being particularly pointed and asked him why he was being so cruel his answer was "I'm holding the Government to account" (it's somewhere on twitter if you want to search for it). He's lost the plot, that's obvious and when I'm down in Clacton with RoadTrip2015 I expect to see him washing his dirty linen in the town centre. The very sad thing about all this is the disloyalty. I had the great honour of being asked to speak Margaret Thatchers Birthday Commemoration in Grantham, a year after her passing. The speech was to a room full of Conservatives but also a number of UKIPers, many of which were former Tories, just like Douglas. None of them had the right to claim Margaret Thatcher as their own. She was loyal to the end,the very end. UKIP was formed in 1993, Mrs Thatcher died in 2013. She had 20 years to join UKIP and never did, even after being brought down by her own she was a true Conservative. She knew the meaning of loyalty, the party being bigger than any member and nailing your colours to the mast. To Douglas and his ilk, loyalty means nothing and he'll just wither in Margaret's long shadow.