Chris Pain has stepped down as East Midlands chairman of UKIP amid a police investigation into racist remarks on Facebook.He is still protesting is innocence, insisting his Facebook account was hacked. Meanwhile, police investigations continue.
We should not be complacent and assume that such rows will necessarily damage UKIP. The party has been embroiled in various scandals before. Two UKIP MEPs, Ashley Mote and Tom Wise, were jailed for fraud but this appeared to have no effect on their party’s reputation.
Indeed, the prosecution of Councillor Pain may even win support among the sort of people who believe this is “political correctness gone mad” and that UKIP is telling you what the establishment “doesn’t want you to hear”.