They Brought It On!
The much-heralded Conduct Committee complaint has finally arrived. I’ve got a bundle of “evidence” (essentially, bits and pieces of my blog and Twitter feed with big circles around them) supplied by my old UKIP pal who seems to think that he can stop me saying things he doesn’t like or approve of by issuing a Complaint.
Given the lauded and infamous UKIP championship of free speech and expression, I find this batch of issues hypocritical and silly. I don’t personally believe he has a leg to stand on with any of them and I intend to contest his complaint vigorously.
It’s very sad that the local UKIP fellows don’t agree with my personal view or the things I write. But they don’t get to censor me or silence me simply because they don’t agree. I strive to always be factual, and when I am expressing personal opinion this is always clear. I am always extremely careful about what I write because I am experienced enough to know where “the line” is and how to stay clear of it. I’m sure UKIP would prefer to live in a world where their opponents were silenced and they could just spout off anything they like without scrutiny or challenge but this is not that world and no amount of vexatious complaints will make it so.
I think that the fresh air of transparency will be a valuable tonic here, particularly since I anticipate the usual bias from the usual suspects. Once I have checked with Fenland District Council that its within the rules to do so (and presuming they agree) I will publish the entire “complaint” here with all evidence and notation and I will publish my entire response also. Then you, dear reader, can make your mind up who is in the right from a fully-informed position.