Mere minutes after this morning’s blog about Southend UKIP’s merry progress down the road to political oblivion, my attention was drawn to the above tweet. There doesn’t seem to have been any official confirmation yet, but if the BBC Essex political reporter is tweeting it, it’s a good bet it’s true.
UPDATED: It’s official. A press release from UKIP has found its way to my inbox.
I would be amiss if I didn’t point out that I predicted exactly this:
“…I can honestly see only two possible conclusions to this whole sorry saga. UKIP high command will be forced to intervene, and either sack Floyd Waterworth as parliamentary candidate, or force the Southend UKIP group to readmit him — which would surely necessitate the threat of expulsion all four other councillors.“
I have also heard from my little birds that the selection of UKIP candidates for the local elections has been delayed as a result of this sorry mess.
The state of affairs now, surely, is that despite having five councillors elected under its colours, the UKIP group is now nonexistent. On the other hand, the number of “Independent UKIP” councillors has now grown to five.
I know Cllr Waterworth doesn’t like swearing — neither do I, normally — but even he would surely be hard pressed to disagree, that the only word to describe this chaos is “clusterf**k”.