Kippers tell Henry Bolton to reach for the ‘pearl-handled revolver’
There was also talk of an ‘Edward VIII moment’
With leader Henry Bolton left reeling over racist messages by his former girlfriend, senior party figures in Ukip have found a range ways to express their frustration at the latest “intolerable farce” to hit the party.
Former Ukip deputy chair and one-time leadership candidate Suzanne Evans said that Bolton had not quite lived up to his billing. She told the BBC’s Daily Politics: “He promised us he would be the sensible, safe pair of hands after a very rough journey over the last couple of years with so many different leaders. But unfortunately he wasn’t, was he?”
Other Kippers were more scathing, with UKIP sport spokesman Bill Etheridge quitting in protest and demanding that Bolton resign "before his ego finally drags the party down."
Culture spokesman David Meacock called for Bolton to stand down after what he called the leader’s "Edward VIII moment: choose either his mistress or his crown”.
Meacock also demanded that - if necessary - party chairman Paul Oakden should use special powers to expel Bolton. And he employed a cricket metaphor to make his point.
"Without the actions I am calling for, this intolerable farce will continue for at least another week,. Further evidence of his complete lack of judgement is that incredulously Mr Bolton still thinks he can continue any association with Jo Marney, as Leader, despite her membership of UKIP having been suspended.
"Standing for election at any level with Mr Bolton as leader after all this would be rather like sending your opening batsmen to the crease only for them to find, the moment the first balls are bowled, that their bats have been broken before the game by the team captain."
But perhaps the most overtly Ukippish line of the day on the sorry saga came from a member of UKIP's ruling National Executive Committee.
The anonymous Kipper told the Mirror: "He's an officer and supposedly a gentleman and what do officers do? They either resign or they take the pearl-handled revolver and a bottle of gin and do it that way.
“Just metaphorically, obviously, not literally.”