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Nigel Farage was not elected to the British Parliament in Thanet South.  It is a huge loss for Westminster and the British people.  He also did what he said he’d do – quit as Leader of the UKIP.

I think we, lovers of liberty and UKIP around the world, owe a huge debt to Farage.  He put UKIP on the map.  In 2014, they became the first part other than Labour or the Tories to win a UK-wide general election in the EU elections.  UKIP drew over three million voters in an election supposed to be close between the two major parties.  They also ran the BNP out of politics.  They gave people hope around the world.

BUT I also think Farage could have run a better General Election campaign.  Yes, it’s true the press was against him.  But that should have been foreseen.  I think Farage’s failure again and again to stick to a simple message:  We must restore our sovereignty from the EU and European courts and institutions and restore the authority of Westminster cost UKIP votes and maybe seats.

UKIP had a manifesto at the ready and the person to deliver it:  It’s co-author – the only UKIP MP elected last night – Douglas Carswell.  Could have given power to the British people again.  But while the manifesto was sound, it was not what was needed.

I am not sure who should be the new UKIP leader but it is time to consider Carswell for the post.  He’s smart, visionary and articulate.  I should have more to say on this.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

3 Responses to “FARAGE RESIGNS; I am SORRY to see him GO BUT…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think we should be looking to the 1923 Committee (the Conservative backbenchers/the ones who typically give the more moderate Leaders some hassle) for standing up against EU than UKIP. I think the great UKIP experiment has failed and ultimately the path for sovereignty activists ought to be the same as it is in the US: work within the Republican Party to force them to nominate better candidates. UKIP voters dashed and voted Tory last minute because in seat after seat they didn’t want to be culpable for a Labour government. Third parties are seldom the answer; the answer is usually more robust primary and nominating conventions (something I hope the UK eventually has.)

    • Sandy Sanders

      This is a thoughtful post – you might be from the UK!

      There will always be the issue: Stay in or go out. Now our two party system makes it easy – if you want to win – stay in but if you want to perhaps influence the system and bring up new ideas – especially on a budget – might have to go out. In the UK I would have joined UKIP but I am still a nominal Republican (who has supported others from other parties) and thus I am reluctant to join a GOP committee but I might do so. I have been invited to join the Hanover GOP committee. I agree primaries and conventions can be useful to change the directions of a political party.

      Thanks for coming by! Come again.


    • Sandy Sanders

      One more thing: It’s the 1922 Committee.


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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