Jonathan Arnott: Why I just couldn’t do it!

I just couldn't do it. I tried, believe me, I tried. Martin Schulz is stepping down from the Presidency of the European Parliament. (Think, John Bercow without even the veneer of impartiality) With friends and opponents alike, even with those who I struggle to get along with, I always try to be polite and wish people all the best for the future when they move on to something else in life. Twice today, on the second and third ballots, I had to walk past Schulz's seat and other MEPs were talking to him. I wanted to be my…

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Arnott – ‘I’m not Nigel Farage’, but I will lead UKIP to success!

I'm not Nigel Farage. If you want to understand me, or understand my campaign to become UKIP Leader, you'll need to understand those four words. You'll find me in the bar only rarely: at the North West Conference a fortnight ago, I was accosted with "But I thought you were teetotal!" when I was spotted, glass of Irish whiskey in hand. I prefer Irish; the third distillation makes it that much smoother. I'm very loyal to my friends, and they're loyal to me. Those who know me well have unquestioning support forme as the next…