With Gerard Batten’s leadership done, Ukip likely is too

Gerard Batten via Derek Bennett

Rarely for the Ukip of late, it has been some time since they last had a leadership election. But with Gerard Batten indicating his tenure is at an end, the party may be entering its terminal phase.

Writing on Twitter, the former MEP said: “My term as UKIP Leader ends today. A big thank you to all who have supported my leadership & UKIP over the last 15 months, morally, materially & financially., The NEC will now begin a leadership election process, which will see the next leader elected within the next 90 days.”

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Alastair Campbell’s expulsion shows the folly of party loyalty

Alastair Campbell via Salford Uni

It is an irresistible irony that a spin doctor has lost his position for telling the truth. But for Alastair Campbell, former comms guy for prime minister Tony Blair, that is where we are.

On the night of the European elections, ‘People’s Vote’ Campbell, to use his Twitter name, told the BBC he had voted for the Liberal Democrats, citing Labour’s lack of a coherent policy on Britain’s exit from the EU and its lacklustre campaigning in the elections.

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Podcast Ep. 132: Don’t Cry For Me Miss Theresa

Right Dishonourable Episode 132 Theresa May

This week we belatedly discuss the resignation of Theresa May, the pandemonium at the European parliamentary elections and who will be next prime minister.

Joining us isn’t John Curtice, or anyone remotely qualified.

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If inciting hatred is violent, lobbing milkshakes is too

Milkshake via Kurman Comms

It is mad and hilarious that in the same week Britain lost a prime minister many pundits were debating the legitimacy of throwing milkshakes over political opponents.

These attacks are funny. Pouring a girly if delicious drink on a macho politician is amusing – as evinced by the people laughing. But it is also violent, in much the same way throwing anything at anyone is an act of violence, because that is how the word is defined and used in English. And it is violent in the legal sense, potentially earning a charge of common assault.

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For Britain, the European elections are a vote on democracy

EU flag inverted by MPD01605

Three years on from the referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU there is still no obvious way forward. It’s therefore unsurprising – even fair – that these European elections will be treated as a comment on what’s happened since that vote, and what should happen next.

Theresa May’s handling of things has been chaotic, even allowing for the troubled circumstances in which she became prime minister. Writing this on Wednesday night, it seems her time has come.

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