Dong Zhou wrote:-Douglas Carswell leaves UKIP, says it is an amicable split and will sit as independent so won't seek by-election (wouldn't be surprised if in 2020 election, he ran for Tories). Nuttall says Carswell has been a key Brexiteer but not always seemed suited to UKIP and in interests of ending party civil war, this is for the best. Banks says weak leadership allowed Carswell to resign rather then be expelled, Farage (no Westminster victories was undermining UKIP and jumped before he was pushed
Carswell to UKIP was the sort of thing which, if your slightly unworldly, seemed great but if you knew the realities of life, was going to be a carcrash. Carswell was of the Hannan Brexiteer line, on the respectable edges of Tories, highly pro-Brexit, intellectual, some highly articulate spokespeople, liberal, wanting to break the system. UKIP was the party of breaking the system and there were factions within UKIP that Carswell suited but this is the party of Farage which has rather fundamental differences with that wing of thought and where his style and ego was going to clash with Carswell. Also that Carswell could get into Westminster while Farage kept failing and the very different route the two men took over Brexit
Brexiteers and UKIP should be grateful to Carswell for his service. His defection and winning the by-election to hold Clacton gave UKIP huge clout, put panic in Tories about stopping further defections and momentum, helping push Cameron further then he wanted. Though not a hugely visible figure in the Leave campaign, he was an important one and a major player in Vote Leave behind the scenes which led Brexiteers to victory. It says much about UKIP, Farage faction and modern politics of paranoia+bitterness+deriding successful politicians that this is not the case. Carswell going will help bring some stability to his struggling regime due to the hatred of the Faragistas but I fail to see how a important figure in Brexit, a fine intellectual mind and your only successful Westminster electioneer going can be seen as a good thing.
-BBC profiles maverick Carswell
-Bill Ethridge calls it a great day for UKIP
Sun Fin wrote:
I hope if he does run as a Tory 2020 they give him a major role on the way forward on Brexit. He has always felt to me to be one of the few politicians who had a vision for what Brexit could be rather than 'anything but the EU'.
Dong Zhou wrote:You mean shouting red, white and blue isn't a plan? Your an enemy of the people
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