Over the past week, the leader of UKIP, Henry Bolton, has been in the news following revelations he was dating a model who had sent racist text messages about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle.
This led to a vote of no confidence in his leadership from UKIP’s National Executive Committee at the weekend and was followed by the resignation of many prominent members of the party.
Despite this, on Monday, Mr Bolton stated publicly he would not be resigning his position as leader, which he has held for just four months. Whilst describing his relationship as now ‘on hold’, Mr Bolton has pledged to remain in post for now and reform UKIP’s National Executive Committee.
This was always going to be a difficult time for UKIP. The result of the referendum did beg the question: What is the point of them now? The party was also always a bit of a one-man band with Nigel Farage at the helm and it was always expected that when he stood down it would be a struggle to fill his boots.
I remember a time when members of UKIP really thought they were going to take over British Politics and win in seats like Dartford. That now seems a very long way off.
Since the referendum, the party has changed its leader numerous times. There seems to be little direction for its future and this latest episode does make you wonder if UKIP may have had its day.