During the last Leadership Election of UKIP I was campaigning for John Rees Evans to become the next leader of UKIP, his vision of a Direct Democracy was nothing really new, it was in fact how UKIP originally were meant to be and up until 2014 UKIP had its own members forum were people could voice their opinions and share ideas with those at the top of the party, that forum went a long way to getting everyone singing of the same hymn sheet and was certainly part of UKIP’s rise in popularity. When they decided to shut that forum down it disconnected the top tier from its membership and this made it far easier for those who never really understood or liked UKIP, to manipulate things to the extent of what UKIP has become today. For me it is nothing more than the Vote Leave party of Britain and controlled just as much by the Tories as Vote Leave was.
The sheer hypocrisy of the upper echelons of UKIP is simply unbelievable and it angers me to see what has happened in the party now. In the EU parliament, UKIP sit in the European Freedom & Direct Democracy Group, they are members of the Association of Direct Democracy in Europe and only last month during the leadership elections, Nigel Farage, Roger Helmer, Bill Etheridge and Ray Finch gave speeches promoting direct democracy at the ADDE conference in Stockholm but for some unexplained reason, when it comes to Direct Democracy within the party they would much rather run UKIP in the same dictatorial style as the EU and are actually telling people, if you don’t like it they should leave.
Well I don’t like it, I have quit and I will do everything I can to give people that Direct Democracy party they want. I have had a few people suggest that I am just stealing John Rees Evans idea and nothing could be further from the truth. I spoke with John at length before embarking on this as I wanted to know if he was going to do something along the same lines but being the honourable man he is, he believes he has a duty to those who supported him and will remain in UKIP to continue his fight for direct democracy within the party. Personally I do not rate his chances of success in that but I do admire his stance. However there are many who are tearing up their membership cards in disgust at what as happened and unfortunately there simply wasn’t another political home for them. I strongly suspect that there will be many more doing the same after the NEC elections are concluded so I knew something needed to be done quickly….
Here is Haydn Rushworth with an excellent video showing how many in UKIP feel right now.
So DDIP has been created to give them a new political home, however it is not being created just for them. The idea of Direct Democracy Initiative is to give a home to people who truly want a political party that wants involvement from its membership on everything that happens within the party. We believe that the best solutions are always found from debates involving people of opposing opinions and the more people involved in those debates the faster the best solutions can be found. This is why we will build a party based on members input and that is one thing that will be buried so deep into its foundations it will never be removed!
We already have some great people on board and when good people come together anything is possible. If you are interested and/or you want to get involved in creating a party of the people for the people then visit….