Monday, October 11, 2004

Robert Kilroy-Silk: Twat (yet again)

I thought it was the European Union he wanted to wreck, not the UK Independence Party? In an interview with the Telegraph over the weekend (registration required) Kilroy's rabid arrogance seems to have finally slipped beyond his limited control. Having already scared off the UKIP's main financial backer by his earlier demand to be made leader, now it looks like he's going to continue to rant like a spoiled child until he gets his way.

Kilroy's ego knows no bounds. As the Telegraph itself - a paper not exactly unsympathetic with the UKIP's aims - puts it, "To say that Robert Kilroy-Silk had thrown a fit of pique would be a grave understatement... Throughout the telephone conversation, Mr Kilroy-Silk spoke at breakneck speed and often sounded breathless."

Kilroy rambles on without any apparent care for the good of party unity, political realities, or even truth (who are all these people he claims want him as leader? He'd be a disaster): "I'm not going to go on taking all the flak for the party and having no authority to put things right. Stop asking me to take on the burden of being leader without the leader's authority... What I am doing is telling people, 'Put up or shut up. Stop telling me you want me to be leader. Do something about it.' ... I can't carry on dissembling. I can't carry on like that. It has to be sorted out."

Reading the rest of the article, what seems to need sorting out more than anything is Kilroy's own deranged mind. The full account of Paul Sykes' abandonment of the UKIP almost makes me feel sorry for poor little Kilroy:

"Mr Sykes, UKIP's biggest donor, had taken issue with one of Mr Kilroy-Silk's comments about the need to 'kill the Tories'...

"Mr Sykes confirmed that he was switching his allegiance back to the Tories while sitting next to Mr Kilroy-Silk during a bizarre interview on Channel 4 news last week. 'Paul and I want the same thing,' Mr Kilroy-Silk had said during the broadcast. 'He believes in UKIP.'

"But Mr Sykes retorted: 'I don't believe in UKIP. I believe in the message on Europe.'

"'I'm pretty confident that if I want him to help in the East Midlands, he would help,' Mr Kilroy-Silk said with a nervous laugh.

"Mr Sykes snapped: 'Not in a general election campaign, I wouldn't.'"


And therein lies the problem. Local elections and European elections, fine. Vote for nutters to send a message. Very few people will waste their votes at a General Election. (Which is possibly why the Tories remain 9 points behind in the polls...)

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