I don't often interfere in the personal affairs of others, but a statement by UKIP has made me so angry that I feel I must speak out.
It would appear that on hearing of Laura Sandys intention not to stand in the next General Election a UKIP spokesperson made the following, widely reported statement.
"We believe that fear of having Nigel Farage as an opponent in 2015 would have been instrumental in her decision."
Laura Sandys has made it perfectly clear why she has decided to stand down and it was nothing whatsoever to do with the fear of fighting Nigel Farage at the next general election. To suggest otherwise is a nasty example of cynical political game playing which belittles and insults a serious life-changing decision made someone who has worked very hard for South Thanet residents.
The suggestion, implicit in the UKIP statement, that Nigel Farage will have an electoral walkover in Thanet South is the height of arrogance. One thing I know is that the people of Thanet have very strong principles. They don't take kindly to people taking them from granted. Not do they like having people who have worked hard to help them, misrepresented and abused in the way that UKIP has misrepresented and abused Laura Sandys.
In future UKIP please show some respect and decency to others faced with difficult decisions. It's not much to ask a political party, or is it?