The front-runner in the UKIP leadership contest, Nigel Farage MEP, was on the receiving end of an astonishing attack from a fellow UKIP MEP today, who criticised Mr Farage for being a "control freak" and damaging the party by monopolising power.
The front-runner in the UKIP leadership contest, Nigel Farage, was on the receiving end of an astonishing attack from a fellow UKIP MEP today, who criticised Mr Farage for being a “control freak” and damaging the party by monopolising power. The letter was published by Junius, a blog run by a disaffected UKIP member, and was written by Mike Nattrass, an MEP for the West Midlands region.
Mr Nattrass accuses Farage of discrediting his opponents in the leadership bid and dominating all media coverage of the party. He wrote:
“Increasingly I am hearing the word ‘Spiv’ used to describe him, from people who are not members but see his image. I am concerned that the UKIP party brand will be tarnished, even holed below the water line, by his monopoly of power.”
Mr Nattrass said Mr Farage’s dominance was adversely affecting the party, and he provides an insight into the discontent of UKIP MEPs in Brussels. He is particularly critical of Mr Farage’s relationship with Nikki Sinclaire, who resigned from the Europe of Freedom and Democracy grouping in the European Parliament. Nattrass also said Farage managed MEPs and their staff poorly – giving them no say in the hiring of new support staff.
“Whilst Nigel is a very good speaker, he is also a control freak. He grabs all UKIP publicity to the detriment of any other UKIP spokesperson or MEP. I expect that Nigel will be elected leader as no one else is effectively allowed to stand without a spin campaign against them. I can see less MEPs in the UKIP squad when he does win.”
Mr Nattrass, who says Mr Farage “does not like truth or competition”, also hints that Mr Farage was the source of The Sunday Times allegations of fraud, which he said appeared at the time of his own leadership bid. Mr Farage is also accused of “derailing” previous UKIP leaders.
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9 Responses to “Farage is a “control freak” says fellow UKIP MEP”
Farage is a "control freak" says fellow UKIP MEP: http://bit.ly/8ZVZT1 by @leftfootfwd's Liam Thompson
@leftfootfwd http://bit.ly/a57xtw. @Nigel_Farage 'control freak' in fact dcb is trying ti derail his campaign
evidence based really?
Personally I don’t like farage’s politics, but wasn’t it these kind of attacks that LFF was screaming about when they were made against Gordon Brown? Personally I think both are fine- its called consistency.
RT @leftfootfwd: Farage is a "control freak" says fellow UKIP MEP http://bit.ly/a1IiXX
haha a good thing Mr Nattrass had no say in the hiring of staff, his lack of judgement is incredibly astonishing! He said Tom Wise MEP was a good chap was he was convicted of fraud, a good thing control- freak Nigel Farage spotted that on time to get rid of him and now Nattrass is a supporter of Ms Sinclaire who claims to drive down to Strasbourg while travelling on cheap low cost flights! Again who got rid of her on time? I say well done to hard working control- freak Farage thanks to whom the party got 12 seats at the last Euro elections! If you were to rely on incompetent, fraudulent, jealous people like Nattrass, Sinclaire and the Junius (Gary Cartright) team oh my I would have left the party a long time ago. All these awful people are stabbing in the back THE MAN that got them a job in the first place! They are a disgrace to the party.