mercalia wrote:from the poll-
Approaching half (46%) of Conservative members would be happy to see Nigel Farage, a man who would otherwise be considered their most dangerous political foe, take over the reins of their party.
we live in interesting times.
I wonder how much of this is due to the radicalisation of existing Tories and how much is due to entryism. I've read that, since the Brexit Party has no membership, the Conservative Party has no mechanism for excluding its supporters.
It's definitely in line with other reports of entryism and that there are 40-50 thousand new members of the Conservative Party in the last year.
The Brexit Party does have a membership. It currently stands at four, according to the latest official paperwork. It's a reasonable guess that three of them are the directors and secretary of Brexit Party Limited: MEPs Nige and Tice, plus UKIP 2015 manifesto co-author and Rothschild spouse Phillip Basey - can you get much more neo-liberal elite?
This looks like a big problem for the Conservative Party. When the Labour Party has suffered hijack attempts (by Greens recently or Socialist Workers previously), it's been from other long-established political parties, so they've been able to identify and expel, sometimes rather heavy-handedly. The Conservatives are facing a hijack from a much newer party which has supporters not members.
So I think we arrive at the question: should as few as 40,000 activists be able to divert a country? And if not, what should be done to stop it?