I was reading through the latter's
If I am elected leader, UKIP will have the best economist in British politics.
... is followed, a little later, by this one...
The financial crisis in late 2008 came as a profound shock to me.
If Tim Congdon is the "best economist in British politics", one can only assume that the bar is set pretty low—there are plenty of people for whom the financial crisis did not come as "a profound shock".
Later on, this amazing economist explains that when the financial crisis hit, he...
... left UKIP in order to have more access to the top brass in the Conservative Party (and to some extent UK officialdom more generally) to argue for 'quantitative easing', among other things. QE was in fact adopted in early March 2009—and, I am happy to say, the economy recovered briskly.
Hmmm. I am not sure that having a leader who advocates inflating away your savings through a massive devaluation of the currency—which has, in any case, had almost no effect on the economy (except the previously mentioned increase in inflation)—is necessarily what sensible people want to see.
So maybe he'll win...
* After Polly Toynbee, who is well known for contradicting herself many times in the same article.
** I have recently done some paid work for Athena PR, which is representing Nigel Farage. But I can assure you that I am not particularly fussed who wins this contest—I was just struck by the inconsistency highlighted above.