Dead man speaking
Derek Clark to face the music
Derek Clark faces a meeting of members in the East Midlands tonight. He will certainly have some explaining to do! For instance, why did he repeatedly lie to them - along with Farage - about the OLAF investigation and the fact that he had to pay back £31,000 after being found guilty of misusing his allowances to pay staff?
We await the outcome of the meeting with interest as many UKIPPERS now want him to resign as an MEP.
UKIP's electoral chances
Why doesn't Farage tell UKIPPERS about the £11,000 he had to pay back to the EU?
The latest polls put UKIP between 5% and 10%. The usual useful idiots are busily patting Nigel on the back for this 'fantastic' breakthrough! They seem to forget that under Roger Knapman UKIP was on 15%. And the result? Not a single seat was won in the 2005 general election.
10% is hardly cause for celebration. Such a percentage would not return UKIP a SINGLE MP to Westminster.
And let us not forget that there are well over 19,000 election positions in the UK. And how many of these has UKIP won? The answer is under 40 - and that includes the MEPs.
Here is an article that gives a more balanced view - no Farage spin doctors around! - of UKIP's chances on Thursday:
Remember when UKIP was going to take out John Bercow?
April 22nd, 2012
Why’s Farage’s party so poor at the ground war?This post has been going round my head since Thursday night’s PB party following a couple of conversations with those who were there. The first was an observation from John O, a regular since the early days of the site, about how few PBers appeared to have little direct experience of the grunt work and expertise required to win elections on the ground.
The second was with a long-standing lurker who posts only occasionally about Nigel Farage’s failure to become the first elected UKIP MP at Buckingham at the last general election – an outcome that led to my biggest losses in any seat at the general election.
Nigel Farage had resigned as leader of his party so he could devote himself full-time to fighting to win John Bercow’s seat. Because the main parties traditionally give the Speaker a clear run potential Farage backers never faced the dilemma of UKIP supporters elsewhere – that not voting Tory could help keep Gordon Brown at Number 10.
ConservativeHome ran a poll, see the panel above, which concluded that “Nearly two-thirds of Tory members would back Nigel Farage against John Bercow”.
- So if ever there was a constituency that was tailor-made for a UKIP victory it was Buckingham in 2010.
- They had their best-know figure as candidate, there would be few clashes of loyalty with Tory activists, and many were fired up at the prospect of bringing down Bercow.
- In the end UKIP flunked it appallingly securing a pathetic 17.4% of the vote and, even worse, being pushed into third place by a former Tory MEP and prominent figure in the Pro-EU Conservative party.
It is against the back-cloth of UKIP’s 2010 Buckingham performance that you have to judge their current opinion poll ratings. If there’s not even a basic comprehension of what it takes to win a first past the post election in a single parliamentary constituency then Westminster voting intentions matter very little.
Maybe UKIP will surprise us with a clutch of council seat gains in the local elections on May 3rd.
More likely they won’t.
To read the original: LINK