So I stumbled across this article from Rothpol written and signed by RIK. It is basically a condemnation of UKIP, locally and nationally. Credit where credit due, this is actually a very well written piece, signs of what used to be a intelligent, independent individual who wrote with deep conviction. This was obviously before Rik succumbed to UKIP, which sadly has equated in him acting solely as a mouth piece for these people.
I have put some text in bold which deserves special attention:
At the end of June, John Wilkinson was teasing Rotherham Independents and presumably others, that they had an excellent potential candidate for the by-election. I reproduce below an email sent by John Wilkinson to Peter Thirlwall:
Hope you are well.
Are you putting up a candidate for the Sitwell by-election?
We have a good guy we want to go with.
At close of nominations, it became clear that their claimed ‘good guy’ was none other than John Wilkinson himself! Alternatively, said ‘good guy’ might have thought better of it?
John Wilkinson, famous locally for his diatribes in the Rotherham Advertiser especially on the subject of climate change.
This scientifically illiterate, flat earther, appears incapable of understanding even the the most basic of scientific concepts, if his patently ridiculous and false arguments are actually believed by him.
His prejudices, based as they are on ignorance or misinterpretation of the facts, leads to inevitable questions as to his judgement on other matters, if he can get this one so wrong?
Of course he is representing a Party that tells everyone that will listen, that if we came out of the EU, the whole world would suddenly improve overnight.
I am certainly not a lover of the EU and the corruption that appears endemic in that organisation, but his beliefs and that of his Party, UKIP, in this matter are clearly suspect and certainly not at issue in this local by-election.
Pernicious ‘moral relativism’ that attempts to undermine confidence in prevailing interpretations by attacking the merest detail and then claiming the whole concept is discredited as a result, that had previously manifested itself in the courts of America, resulting in the extraordinary verdicts in the famous examples of OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson and again in America in the continuing and interminable debates surrounding Evolution vs Creationism!
A distinctly unwelcome American approach, imported, it would seem by UKIP, and practised in good measure wherever self serving narrow political advantage is perceived, for themselves. The first casualty in this? The truth!
UKIP cannot be taken seriously unless they allow facts to inform positions rather than prejudice!
Giving the voters of Sitwell this UKIP candidate, if he is the ‘good guy’ promised in his email then heaven help the Rotherham voters in the future if their judgement is so obviously poor! Is he really the best they could do? Perhaps Caven Vines was to be their ‘white knight?
Finally, there is credible evidence of an electoral pact between UKIP and the BNP, at at least one previous set of local elections. They carved up Rotherham secretly between them and agreed not to stand against each other. Discipline only broke down in Maltby where they opposed each other. BNP and BNP light or UKIP as it’s members call it, has not changed one iota since then.
This bunch of narrow minded, prejudiced, far right nutters that are essentially politically parasitic and specialise in fomenting conflict as a political tool, should be ignored by every right thinking person, as one would avoid the plague.
Suspicions are growing that the pact is back on and the lack of a candidate from the BNP does lend weight to those suspicions. We should be told?
This is a well noted attack on John Wilkinson and UKIP. I hope you have read it and let it absorb into your consciousness so you can note how things have greatly changed. From Critic to gimp? From scrutinizing UKIP’s policies and stances to out right cheerleader. Maybe the old RIk, a man of worthy standing and a true independent has been kidnapped and replaced by a kipper? Ridiculous you might say. But the rothpol blog could indicate otherwise. So therefore we have to put out this appeal:
Swinton resident (Rotherham); Rik Van Hegan appears to be missing for sometime now. We the people are concerned for his well being, suspicions of a possible kidnap by flat earther kipper/s.
Have you seen Rik? Do you know where Rik is?