He’s had the hardest jobs in politics for a decade but now UKIP head of press Gawain Towler is heading back to Brussels. He will also stand for election in 2014. Putting out fires since most other spinners were still at school, Towler dealt with fruitcakes, loonies and Nigel Farage on a daily basis for years. Westminster will be darker without his signature red trousers, and farewell to the cravat/bowler hat/tweed look.
Farage and co are vulnerable without him.He also used the pic of Gawain in his bathrobe which I once did for laughs
The footnote H/T Gawain has been a regular feature on this blog and I can still heartily recommend following @gawaintowler on Twitter as I do. In light of this, despite my workload being stiff at the moment, I made a point of travelling uptown on Thursday to say farewell to Gawain with a beer or two before he leaves for a new UKIP job spec in Brussels.
For those who don't know who he is, Gawain was instrumental in securing Nigel Farage as a speaker for our day out in Stony Stratford, and is as sound as they come, right up to being spanked by the EU for having the temerity to blog his opinions.
He is mightily one of us, as this video clip shows.
His next challenge is to be elected as an MEP in the South West as third candidate in the UKIP list. If you're in that catchment area, please do him a favour in May 2014 when you cast your vote.
If location denies you that, instead raise a glass to the guy and pray to whichever God you respect that Labour and the Lib Dems poll less than 12% which is the magic number to turn UKIP's two MEPs there into three.
I'll miss the flamboyant bugger, so I will.