Over the last twenty years or so I have been very much a UKIP person. I was originally involved with Alan Sked's "Anti-Federalist League" which was an anti-EU movement. This became the UKIP and I gravitated towards it as a member.
Over a decade ago I ran the UKIP head office when it was in London's Regent Street.
However, I have a mind of my own and have been labelled by "sheeple" as a serial resigner as I have resigned from UKIP in the past five times.
Nobody can be sure how UKIP will turn out when they are eventually the government, and I suspect this will happen. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. One hopes this won't happen to UKIP but if they become the same as the other parties now that they've got us out of the EU, then my own objective of leaving the EU will have been accomplished so I'm not quite so worried.
However, that doesn't mean I am not sad that the Tories have taken control of the party through their people such as Hamilton, Carswell, Evans to name a few. In addition to those, it is evident that many on the UKIP NEC have been nobbled.
I have now resigned from UKIP for the last time as, at 77, find there are other things in life, than being tied to thinking along party lines, although unless something better comes along, I'll probably still vote for them.
However, deep in my heart, I think it will be a wasted vote as, unless UKIP changes drastically, and is put on a proper business footing, I think it will collapse. I would like to see a different hierarchy at the top. I would like to see a management team of business professionals running the finances of the party, and a political team running the politics. Perhaps even a change of name.
I know having an NEC running for three years, with a third changing every year gives continuity, but when the new third start, there is too much power held by the remaining two thirds. If we get bad Tory eggs in, they have then got time to work on the newcomers. Perhaps all lolunteers for the NEC should take a lie detector test, and then all the NEC take the test every year? I am only half in jest saying this.
I also have an interest in American and South African politics. In the USA I always admired the Libertarian, Dr Ron Paul. In South Africa, I would certainly be voting for the DA (Democratic Alliance) whose headquarters are based in the Western Cape. It doesn't necessarily mean I support Trump in the USA but do consider both Clintons extremely dishonest, corrupt and disgraceful. However, since Trump was elected I am much more enamoured with his hard work