Why does UKIP leader Paul Nuttall keep lying about himself?
Could it be because Paul is clearly struggling with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem? Could this explain why he feels it so necessary to lie in order to create a fantasy alt-image of himself – as a PHD graduate, charity board member, professional footballer, friend of disaster victims and all-round working class hero?
A quick look at his political history clearly illustrates the probable source of his feelings of inadequacy.
From his childhood, Paul was a committed Tory. He joined the Conservative Party as a young man and remained a member until he was 28 years old.
Despite being a Thatcherite on the right of the party, Paul would have struggled to find acceptance from his fellow Tories. We can only imagine how the party of posh boys David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson – who were in the ascendancy in the Tory Party at the time – would have looked down on a working class lecturer from Liverpool. And imagine the feelings of rejection Paul would have felt – rejected not only by the leadership of his beloved party – but also by the people and the city he was brought up in:
This is presumably why – realising his political career as a Tory was going nowhere – in 2004 Paul suddenly joined UKIP.
At that time, the party was relatively small and it would have been easy for someone committed and right-wing enough to reach a position of importance. This would have made it the perfect move for someone like Paul with high political ambitions but limited ability.
And he was right. Whereas as a Tory Paul had barely been able to get himself a candidacy as a local councillor – within a year of joining UKIP, Paul had become one of the party’s general election candidates for Westminster. Something which would have been well-nigh impossible for someone like him even after a lifetime in Cameron’s Tory Party.
All of this, of course, would have fed Paul’s deeper feelings of inadequacy. Even as a UKIP candidate, he failed no less than three times to be elected. However, Paul would have been able to at least ameliorate his feelings of failure with a relatively easy rise through the ranks of a small party like UKIP.
Amazingly, in less than 4 years after joining, Paul became the party’s Chair. But even in such an important position, Paul still wasn’t able to prove his importance to his adopted party. Paul was easily eclipsed by the bright shining star of Nigel Farage’s charisma – which only served to illustrate his own distinct lack of it.
Psychologists say people who suffer from low self-esteem frequently fantasize about themselves and their achievements, in order to make themselves look more important and feel better about themselves. Experts also say sufferers of low self-esteem are prone to feelings of anger, often against people they regard as inferior to themselves – such as immigrants and outsiders.
Paul to a tee.
And now UKIP are finally waking up to the fact they are being led by an incompetent Walter Mitty fantasist, with limited ability. Within just 4 months of becoming leader, Paul is already causing the break-up of his second-choice party – a party he never really wanted to be a member of, but which was convenient as a remedy to salve his life-long feelings of inadequacy and insecurity.
So please don’t be angry with Paul Nuttall.
Feel sorry for him.