Uh oh, when your town goes woo-ey, the politicians give up and run away.
One of the highest-profile Ukip candidates at the next General Election sensationally resigned tonight – along with his local party chairman – amid bizarre claims that the party had been ‘infiltrated by the Glastonbury occult’.
Jake Baynes was due to stand in next May’s election for Ukip in the Wells constituency, but resigned – claiming there was civil war within the party in Somerset and a vendetta against him, and he ‘wanted nothing more to do with politics’.
The Wells Ukip branch chairman Graham Livings also quit his post, claiming that the Somerset party had been ‘infiltrated’ by ‘devotees of the occult’ based around the alternative community in Glastonbury.
But two leading members of Ukip in Somerset, who run a healing centre which claims divine intervention from the Archangel Michael, dismissed the ‘occult’ claims as ‘ridiculous’.
The candidates, of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) were fed up with interference by interlopers from Glastonbury – a community that has turned into a hub of people who hold various mystical and magical beliefs. They call Wells a fractured community due to the political leanings. Wells is near Glastonbury and Stonehenge as well as having several historical religious and architecture sites of its own, making it a popular tourist attraction.
“These people say that they take angelic guidance and defer in all things to St Michael the Archangel – and at the same time we’re experiencing such vitriol and bile from them. I don’t have to put up with it, so I am resigning,” he said.
Well, can you blame him? There is no reasoning with people who take their direction via angels. They seem so self-righteous. The angel reiki devotees resent being called “occultists”. It is used as a term of derision by the politicians who feel, perhaps rightly so, that their spiritual, supernatural agenda is a bit off the mainstream. They assert reiki IS virtually mainstream. Not really, it’s still patently ridiculous.