At around 12:35 today:
Carswell refers to the Tory party as “a party that talks Eurosceptic at general elections but ends up agreeing with Michael Heseltine about further integration – the authentic voice of the Conservative Party establishment” and then …
“The Tory Party is an immensely sophisticated political force. It is the most successful democratic organisation in human history …”
“It hasn’t won an election since 1982.”
“It has an enormous sense of survival …”
That brilliantly timed little smile on Douglas’s face sealed Heseltine’s fate: Douglas won hands down.
I’m fresh out of hospital, recovering from a burst appendix, so I will make this brief.
Firstly, I should imagine that you will be somewhat bewildered by the sheer amount of freedom that being a UKIPer gives you (as opposed to the oppressive control that you no doubt experienced in the ‘Conservative’ Party). Remember: freedom has pitfalls and responsibilities, but I’m sure you need not be reminded of that.
I applaud the actions you have taken to join UKIP. Instead of taking the easy option of merely jumping ship, you have chosen to do things the hard way, the right way. While the “right way” of doing things brings with it its own hardships, the rewards will be greater because your detractors will have a harder time attacking you: you’ve not left them with sufficient a target to do so.
There will be relentless attempts to criticize, marginalise, ridicule and isolate you – not just from the usual channels or from your natural enemies, but also from those you had previously considered to be your friends and colleagues. Expect it and be strong. The public will support you because you have shown integrity. You have put your own career on the line for what you (and they) consider to be the “right thing” to do.
When in doubt, during those dark nights of the soul and the dark days of betrayal that will surely follow, think Ghandi.
It is instructive to see life as akin to a game of draughts: each move you make determines the options that will be available to you in the future.
Choose wisely, have courage, and be quietly confident. Say grounded. You are amongst friends now. Welcome.