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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

UKIP: Like father, like son. Farage's son arrested!

‘I have nothing to say, I have nothing to say, you’re ****ing in the wind with me.’

A statesman speaks! Farage on being asked about his son's drunken antics

From the Mail:

UKIP leader Nigel Farage's son, 21, facing a drunk and disorderly charge after 3am arrest in London street

  • Thomas Farage arrested at 3am in a London street earlier this month
  • His lawyers have asked prosecutors to deal with case away from court
  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage hopes to make gains in May 2 elections
The son of UKIP leader Nigel Farage is facing court over a drunk and disorderly charge, it was revealed yesterday.

City trader Thomas Farage, 21, was arrested at 3am in a London street earlier this month.

He did not appear for his first hearing at City of London Magistrates’ Court yesterday and his lawyers have asked prosecutors to deal with the case away from court.

The allegations are embarrassing for UK Independence Party leader Mr Farage ahead of the May 2 county council elections, in which UKIP hopes to make record gains.

But the hearing was yesterday adjourned until May 10. There is no suggestion the case was deliberately delayed until after the elections.

Farage was arrested at 3am in St Martin’s Le Grand, a street in the Square Mile near St Paul’s Cathedral.

His lawyers asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider medical evidence in the case, although no further details were given.

Prosecutor Catherine Baccas told magistrates: ‘There are discussions between the parties as to a more appropriate outcome.’

CPS guidelines state that low-level crimes by first-time offenders can be dealt with out of court using cautions, fines or community service if it is deemed appropriate.

A spokesman said: ‘In this particular case, the defence has asked that we take into consideration medical evidence concerning the defendant before proceeding with this prosecution.

‘It is only sensible that potentially relevant evidence should be taken into account, so we have asked the court to adjourn this case until we have received and reviewed the evidence.’

UKIP leader Mr Farage refused to comment, saying: ‘I have nothing to say, I have nothing to say, you’re ****ing in the wind with me.’

He has two adult sons from his first marriage and two young daughters with second wife Kirsten Mehr, a German broker. His first wife, Grainne Hayes, would only say: ‘I believe it’s all being dealt with by my ex-husband.’

Thomas Farage, who lives with his mother in Rochester, Kent, was unavailable for comment. He was granted unconditional bail.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315599/Nigel-Farages-son-Thomas-21-held-drinking-3am-arrest-London-street.html#ixzz2RyWgBtrC

UKIP's election shambles continues. And Nuttall makes an ass of himself on TV



And so the farce continues. More ex-BNP standing for UKIP, a candidate makes a Nazi salute and Godfrey Bloom insults women .... again.

And yet all the party leadership can do is moan about the Tories leaking ''smear' stories to the press. The odious Paul Nuttall's pathetic performance on the Sunday Politics is just one example. Nuttall may have a small brain but hasn't it occurred to him that the fault lies with UKIP's shambolic selection process?

UKIP has the money - thanks to the EU-  to employ competent people to oversee the selection process. And yet what do they do? Use sycophants and the mentally challenged - stand up Duffy, Reeve and Crowther - instead!

And what of Godfrey Bloom - Nuttall's colleague in Brussels? So will Nuttall defend him? After all, he can't blame the Tories for Bloom's sexist outbursts!

From The Mail:

Alex Wood, 22, is standing in council elections in Somerset
 
Claims account was hacked and denies making racist comments
 
Pictures emerged clenching knife between teeth in front of Union Flag
 
Denied making Nazi salute and comments that Africans 'lived in mud huts'
 
UKIP leader Nigel Farage admits it 'doesn't look very pretty'

Refers to 'coloured people' in radio interview rejecting claims of racism

UK Independence Party election candidate has been caught on camera apparently making a Nazi salute – bringing further scandal to the party ahead of Thursday’s local elections.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage admitted the latest revelations about members 'doesn't look very pretty' as he was again forced on to the back foot over the failure to vet people standing in this week's local elections.

The latest photo to emerge is of Alex Wood, candidate for Blackmore Vale in Somerset, which was posted on Facebook, along with racist comments. In another picture, part of a series of images, the 22-year-old clenches a knife between his teeth against a backdrop of the Union Flag.

UKIP candidate Alex Wood
UKIP candidate Alex Wood, who is standing in the Somerset County Council elections, is pictured apparently making a Nazi salute. Wood said he was reaching for a camera

Mr Wood denies being a racist
Mr Wood, pictured clenching a knife between his teeth in front of a Union Flag, denies being a racist

Comments saying that Africans ‘lived in mud huts’ and ‘kill each other’ also appeared under his name on the Facebook page, but he told the Mail last night that he ‘categorically denies’ posting them.

He said: ‘My account has been hijacked – by that I mean someone, somehow, has gained access to my Facebook and posted personal pictures of me without me knowing.

'Claims that I am a racist are categorically untrue and all comments of a racist nature on Facebook were not posted by me.’

A string of revelations about UKIP candidates have dogged the party ahead of Thursday's elections.

Mr Farage was again forced to admit the party does not have the resources to check the backgrounds of everyone standing for election on a UKIP ticket.

Challenged about the pictures of Mr Wood, Mr Farage said: 'That doesn’t look very pretty, I agree with you, and we have had, out of out 17,000 candidates, a handful that have embarrassed us, most of them because they simply haven’t told us the truth.

'We’re the only party in British politics who actually forbid former members of the British National Party or extreme organisation from even becoming members of UKIP, let alone candidates, and in one or two cases, people haven’t told us the truth, but I’m pleased to say it is only a handful,' he told BBC Radio 4.

Mr Farage also courted controversy when he referred to 'coloured people' during an interview to reject claims UKIP supporters are racist.

Party aides later stressed he was referring to comments made by former Tory councillor John Cherry, who resigned last week after suggesting inner-city children from a ‘coloured area’ would not be welcome at a proposed new school in the countryside.

Pollsters predict UKIP could make major gains in Thursday's elections of between 50 and 100 seats.

But the campaign drive has been over-shadowed by revelations about some of the party's candidates.

Mr Wood defended the photograph of him raising his left arm, insisting it was in fact a picture of him at a Christmas party reaching for his friend’s camera after she had taken pictures of him ‘trying to eat from a tree’.

Nigel Farage
Party leader Nigel Farage has come under pressure to suspend Mr Wood, pictured together

‘It sounds stupid, I know,’ he said. ‘But it’s true.’

He added: ‘I do not wish to say anything else as it is being investigated by police.’

Mr Farage last night came under pressure to suspend Mr Wood.

UKIP suspended 24-year-old Chris Scotton, a candidate in Leicester, at the weekend after it was revealed he backed online groups with racist views.

The release of the image also comes after a series of other humiliating incidents for the party, including a UKIP candidate being investigated by police over allegations of electoral fraud.

Northumbria Police said officers were investigating a report of alleged electoral fraud in the Cowpen area of Blyth.

Detective Inspector David Brown said on Sunday: ‘We can confirm that we have received a complaint... We are in the early stages of the investigation.’

Last week UKIP were also forced to respond to a series of revelations about candidates’ racist pasts.

Others are accused of making homophobic comments or saying that vigilantes should kill paedophiles.

And on Saturday UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom sparked fresh controversy when he repeated his call for company bosses not to employ women of child-bearing age.

Branding maternity rights ‘draconian’, he said: ‘I would say be very, very careful indeed what that young woman has to offer.

If I wanted a receptionist or a dental nurse, I would be thinking very carefully about the age of that woman because she has to turn up at nine o’clock every morning. This isn’t rocket science.’

It comes after veteran Tory Cabinet minister Ken Clarke claimed UKIP voters are racists and said the party's politicians are clowns.

Mr Clarke said UKIP is merely a protest party and those attracted to it are ‘waifs and strays’ who are simply ‘against’ foreigners and immigrants.

Recent polls showed that Nigel Farage’s Eurosceptic party has overtaken the Liberal Democrats and is set for its best local election results ever on Thursday, when 35 county councils and unitary authorities in England and one in Wales go to the polls.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316924/UKIP-candidate-Alex-Wood-caught-camera-apparently-making-Nazi-salute.html#ixzz2RwdmlXD7

From the East Anglian Daily Times:

A UKIP candidate in Thursday’s county council elections in Suffolk has been disowned by the party after it discovered he had once been a member of the BNP.

But Alan Ryall will still be on the ballot paper in the Wickham division because the discovery came after the closing date for withdrawals.

Weekend reports looking into UKIP candidates across the country said Mr Ryall had been a member of the BNP for “one or two” years but he said he now felt that party was “too extreme”.

He did not want to discuss his candidacy when our reported visited his home near Wickham Market – although he said he understood it was too late for him to withdraw from the election.

Asked about allegations that he had been a member of the BNP in the past he said he did not want to say any more and went into his home.

UKIP spokesman Stuart Gulleford said the party had a very strict policy on not allowing current or former members of the BNP to become members. “He will not be standing as a UKIP candidate and his membership will be terminated,” he said.

However, he accepted Mr Ryall will be described as the UKIP candidate on the ballot papers because they have already been printed – and many have already been sent out to postal voters.

Mr Gulleford claimed: “Everyone who joins UKIP has to sign a declaration that they are not and never have been a member of the BNP.”

UKIP was stronger on this issue than other parties, he said, and asked: “Do they know that none of their members have ever been a member of the BNP?”

However, Mr Ryall told a national newspaper he had not been asked by UKIP about his lapsed BNP membership.

Mr Gulleford said he would not be giving any advice to voters in the Wickham Division about how they should vote on Thursday following his party’s withdrawal of support for Mr Ryall. “That is a matter for voters’ conscience,” he said.

To read the original: LINK

And here is the odious Paul 'just call me Benito' Nuttall's shambolic performance on the Sunday Politics:


Monday, 29 April 2013

UKIP's election campaign decends to farce as Bloom admits party lacks credible policies!


 
Incompetence is no excuse
 
And so UKIP's leadership continues to be exposed as incompetent. Even Godfrey Bloom - UKIP MEP, serial womaniser and drunkard - admits it in a series of leaked emails!
 
And how we laughed at Farage and those sycophants who have been bleating on about how those nasty Tories have been leaking facts to the press about extremist elements in the party. Sob! LINK
 
UKIP's leadership wanted to enter the big league. Were they that naive to think that all those skeletons would remain hidden in the wake of increased media attention? And let us not forget that the Tories wouldn't have any stories to leak if the candidates in question hadn't been caught with their trousers/skirts down! Or is Farage too stupid to realise that?
 
And let us not forget that UKIP is not above attempting to smear their opponents or former supporters. Nikki Sinclaire, former UKIP MEP, was the subject of one such attempt by elements close to Farage.
 
And UKIP can't even decide how many candidates are standing for the party on May 2nd! They claim 1700 +. Independent research by the Guardian has found 1217. And to make matter worse, Farage recently stated that over 1800 were standing!
 
So the party can't even be trusted to tell the truth when it comes to the number of candidates standing. Or perhaps Farage just can't count!
 
From The Guardian:

A series of leaked emails between key figures in Ukip reveals growing chaos at the heart of the party as it struggles to fill a policy vacuum just days before crucial local elections in which it is expected to make spectacular advances.

In one email, a senior party figure claims that leading the anti-EU party is like "herding cats". Ukip leader Nigel Farage is warned that his party is facing a decade without credible policies, as crippling internal rows rage, and it is suggested that the party should consider buying off-the-shelf strategy from right-leaning thinktanks.

Senior members must "get off their hobby-horses" if the party is to develop policies, Farage is told in the bombshell emails from Stuart Wheeler, the party's treasurer, and Godfrey Bloom, a leading Ukip MEP.

A despairing Bloom, writing last Thursday, warns: "My experience thus far is that as soon as more than two people get in a room progress completely stops. Even where we have experts of our own, they disagree." Bloom suggests the party should now consider buying policy "off the shelf" from thinktanks to lend it some credibility rather than attempting to "reinvent the wheel" by devising party positions on the major issues of the day.

Wheeler, a former Tory donor who gave £5.5m to the Conservatives in 2001 before being expelled for also donating to Ukip, responds: "I could not agree more strongly that some people will have to get off their hobby-horses."

Details of the party's internal crisis are revealed today as Ukip prepares to field an unprecedented 1,217 candidates in Thursday's local elections. The party is unlikely to return large numbers of councillors but Downing Street fears it will deprive the Tories of victory in many seats and be the cause of major trouble for David Cameron's leadership.

Along with its strong anti-European Union message and calls for a hardline on immigration, Ukip is campaigning heavily on issues likely to appeal to wavering Tories, including opposition to green belt development, wind farms and a second high-speed rail line. However, the party's manifesto is vague on details as it attempts to appeal to the broadest audience, including disaffected Labour and Liberal Democrat voters.

The emails leaked to the Observer illustrate how powerless the party is to build a manifesto as it attempts to please its politically divergent support. Bloom says the party's policies are "naturally coming under more scrutiny" as it grows, but warns Farage of the inability of members to agree on policy lines.

Bloom, who also complains that whatever the party says on tax and the economy will "be sneered at or decried", writes: "The charm and frustration of Ukip is we have doctors who fancy themselves as tax experts, painters and decorators who know all about strategic defence issues and … retired dentists who understand the most intricate political solutions for the nation.

"Our website will have no policies at all on there for 10 years if we adopt a neo-Byzantine approach to formulating them. This means some quite senior members are going to have to stable their hobby-horses."

The former financial economist also reveals a split between the old stalwarts of the party, formed in 1993 in response to the Maastricht treaty, and the new members who he fears are introducing "political correctness" among other "main party baggage". Ukip is said to be picking up 1,000 extra members a month, with membership now exceeding 25,500. Bloom writes: "Having worked on the defence paper for over one year it would appear Ukip has more military and naval experts than we have soldiers. Most of them do not agree with each other. It is like herding cats. We are also attracting new members who bring main party 'baggage'. Focus groups, quotas, even political correctness.

"We must be wary of listening to these siren voices. We did not get where we are today by following, but leading."

Bloom claims that he has been in talks with two free-market thinktanks, the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Civitas, whose policies he suggests "buying off the shelf where it is close to our own small government, low tax, libertarian position".

The Ukip MEP, who admits in the emails that his party "do not have the resources to write serious papers on major subjects", adds: "If Nigel, or indeed any of the 'frontbench' spokesmen talk of welfare or tax, the endorsement of such institutions is a very strong shield from the sort of dismissive left wing interviewers with whom we usually cross swords.

"Imagine Nigel in a hostile (oh yes it will be) interview with a 'Paxman', being able to say "Yes it will work, our policy has been completely vetted and endorsed by........" fill in the blank, Civitas, IEA, IOD, BMA, RCN etc..."

Wheeler, who reportedly made a £90m fortune in investment banking, writes that he agrees with "a great deal" of Bloom's points, but adds that the party's "policies must be Ukip's policies". He adds: "Obviously we cannot just say, when asked about what our policies are, that we agree with the IEA on X, Y and Z, and agree with Civitas on A, B and C, and some other thinktank on others etc."

A spokesman for the party said: "What you are seeing is discussions about policy development. Mr Bloom would like to get things done rapidly, Mr Wheeler would like to ensure that consensus is reached.

"It merely displays creative tension that in the end will produce a far better policy platform than we might have otherwise without due discussion."

The emails

The email conversation revealed between Godfrey Bloom, the Ukip MEP, and party treasurer Stuart Wheeler:

From: Godfrey Bloom
Sent: 25 April 2013 10:29
To: Stuart Wheeler, Nigel Farage and others
It would appear Ukip has more military and naval experts than we have soldiers. Most of them do not agree with each other. It is like herding cats.

From: Godfrey Bloom
Sent: 25 April 2013 10:29
To: Stuart Wheeler, Nigel Farage and others
We are also attracting new members who bring main party 'baggage'. Focus groups, quotas, even political correctness. We must be wary of listening to these siren voices. We did not get where we are today by following, but leading.

From: Godfrey Bloom
Sent: 25 April 2013 10:29
To: Stuart Wheeler, Nigel Farage and others
We do not have the resources to write serious papers on major subjects, why reinvent the wheel? Why not buy policy 'off the shelf', where it is close to our own small government, low tax, libertarian position.

From: Godfrey Bloom
Sent: 25 April 2013 10:29
To: Stuart Wheeler, Nigel Farage and others
Now here's the rub. My experience thus far is that as soon as more than 2 people get in a room progress completely stops. Even where we have experts of our own they disagree.

From: Godfrey Bloom
Sent: 25 April 2013 10:29
To: Stuart Wheeler, Nigel Farage and others
The charm and frustration of Ukip is we have doctors who fancy themselves as tax experts, painters and decorators who know all about strategic defence issues, and branch chairmen, retired dentists, who understand the most intricate political solutions for the nation.

From: Stuart Wheeler
Sent: 25 April 2013 13:38
To: Godfrey Bloom
Dear Godfrey, I could not agree more that some people will have to get off their hobby-horses.

To read the original: LINK

Also see Dr Edmund's blog: LINK

Saturday, 27 April 2013

UKIP feels the heat as Farage admits incompetence as far-right candidates stand for party in May elections


UKIP has been taking a pounding after it emerged that several UKIP candidates were ex-BNP members/supporters and racists. Indeed, one has been exposed as anti-Jewish and yet another one has been accused of electoral fraud! Now what were we saying about UKIP being the new BNP? LINK

But why are so many UKIPPERS upset that the press are now taking a greater interest in the shadier aspects of UKIP? They want to be in the big league but then get upset when party members are caught with their trousers down!

Farage has pathetically tried to defend the party by admitting that candidates were not properly vetted before selection. He told the World at One:

When it comes to the general election and the European elections we have put in place a very rigorous testing procedure … I’ll be honest with you, we don’t have the party apparatus to fully vet 1,700 people.

I have no doubt that among these 1,700 one or two will have slipped through the net that we’d rather not have had.

As the New Statesman put it:

It is hard to think of a greater gift to UKIP’s political opponents. By voting for the party are you inadvertently supporting a racist or a fascist? Don’t ask Nigel Farage, he can’t tell you. LINK

In other words, incompetence! And this chump wants to lead the country! And let us not forget that Farage rigged the MEP selection to ensure that Bannerman and Andreasen became lead MEP candidates. Both later jumped ship and joined the Tories!

Read on to view a selection of interesting national press articles on UKIP:

From the Telegraph:

Ukip criticised over ‘cloud cuckoo’ views of candidates

Racism is “just ethnic banter”, vigilantes should be allowed to kill paedophiles and Londoners should wear face masks to protect themselves from Eastern Europeans, some of Ukip’s local election candidates have suggested.

The party is facing questions over its vetting after campaigners criticised the “far-right connections” and “cuckoo conspiracy theories” of some of its potential councillors.

Ukip has been surging in polls ahead of local elections on May 2, with the latest survey suggesting it could win 100 seats.
 
However, Nigel Farage, its leader, admitted the party has not checked the backgrounds of all its 1,700 candidates, which has led the party to abandon a number of its contenders and distance itself from others when their views have been exposed.
 
One controversial candidate is Richard Wilkins, standing in the Isle of Wight, who suggested on his Twitter feed that childkiller Mick Philpott should have faced “chemical castration” to stop him claiming benefits for more than two children. He also suggested Mr Philpott should be “hung or burned at the stake” and objected to police charges against “3 blokes [who] kill a pedo”, adding “if they can’t do it we will”.
 
Mr Wilkins said he stood by his comments on “chemical castration and hanging” and wanted them printed “up in lights”.
 
Another candidate, Chris Scotton, who is standing in Leicestershire, has a Facebook page that endorses the far-right English Defence League.

He has “liked” groups including “No more mosques in Britain”, “Women deserve as much respect as men… LOL jk, get yah tits out luv.”, “RACISM?? NAA MATE ITS JUST ETHNIC BANTER”, and “I hate when I lose my black friend in the dark”.

Another candidate, David Waller, a candidate in Malling, Kent, suggested that Londoners need to take extreme medical precautions when restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian immigration are lifted next year, because of the risk of tuberculosis.

“I would…suggest not going to London after January 2014 unless you absolutely have to and if you do, adopt the Japanese practice of wearing a face mask,” he wrote on his blog.

Mr Waller later told The Daily Telegraph that he had not meant the remark to be serious and he is in no way xenophobic.

Caven Vines, a candidate in Rotherham, has also written a blog rant against “so-called British Muslims”.

“Muslims go to war warring the same cloths as ordinary people who they hide behind they cover their faces, they hide behind women and children they set up rocket launches in school yards they use children to push wheel barrows into crowds and soldiers then detonate it killing innocent people SO WHO ARE THE COWARDS.

“Its about time the Government and the Police stopped pandering to these so called British Muslims and other foreign nationals.” Mr Vines has stood by his comments.

Meanwhile, the Leeds branch of Ukip has a page describing asylum seekers as “primitives” and “undesirable aliens”.

Over the last few weeks, Ukip has been forced to withdraw some of its candidates amid rows over their extreme views.

It suspended Anna-Maria Crampton, a candidate in East Sussex, over alleged comments blaming Jewish people for the Holocaust, and Sue Bowen, a candidate in Cornwall, after it emerged she was a former member of the British National Party.

However, it has embraced some candidates with controversial histories. One ex-Tory, Rob Fraser, was censured by Leicestershire County Council in 2011 for using the phrase “n*gger in the woodpile” and previously in 2009 for saying Romanians would “stick a knife in you as soon as look at you”.

Peter Wilding, a founder of the pro-Europe British Influence campaign, said Mr Farage should not “get away with a smile while saying we haven’t done due diligence” . He criticised the “cuckoo conspiracy theories” of some candidates and the “far-right connections” of others.

However, a Ukip spokesman last night blamed Conservatives for trying to “traduce people supporting Ukip”.

“UKIP is made up of ordinary people many of whom are young and have made the odd excessive comment on new media,” he said. “However, I am perfectly prepared to answer every criticism that [Conservative] central office has laid at our door after they have told me how many Romanians and Bulgarians they expect to come to London in the next five years.”

To read the original: LINK

From the Mail:

The UK Independence Party today suffered a string of damaging revelations about its election candidates, including one who reportedly claimed Jews murdered each other in the Holocaust.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage was forced to admit the party had not properly checked all 1,700 candidates it is fielding in next week’s council elections, raising the prospect of more embarrassments to come.

The row threatens to undermine the party’s hopes of making a major breakthrough in May 2’s elections.

Anna-Marie Crampton, a UKIP candidate in East Sussex, was suspended by the party over reports she posted extreme views on a conspiracy theorist website called 'Secrets of The Fed'.

Crampton, 57, is allegedly quoted as saying: ’Holocaust means a sacrifice by fire. Only the Zionists could sacrifice their own in the gas chambers.

’The Second World Wide War was engineered by the Zionist jews and financed by the bankers to make the general public all over the world to feel so guilty and outraged by the Holocaust that a treaty would be signed to create the State of Israel as we know it today.’

Just two weeks ago Mrs Crampton posed with Mr Farage at a rally in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

A spokesman said: ’These comments are really way out there and really hard-core anti-Zionism.’
 
A spokesman for British Influence, which is campaigning against UKIP policies on Europe said:

’This sort of holocaust denial from a UKIP candidate is further evidence of the toxic mix of anti-semitism and cuckoo conspiracy theories that run rife in UKIP and she should be expelled from the party and not simply suspended.

’The fact is that UKIP has more than 1,700 candidates being fielded in next Thursday's local elections - almost as many as the Lib Dems – and one has to ask oneself how many more of them have skeletons in the cupboard.’
The anti-zionist comments made from the Facebook account of Anna-Marie Crampton
 
Anna-Marie Crampton
 
Anna-Marie Crampton
 
Yesterday, Susan Bowen, from Boscastle in Cornwall, was dropped as a candidate in elections to the county’s unitary council after it emerged she was once a member of the BNP.

In county council elections UKIP is fielding more candidates than the Lib Dems.

But the dramatic election push could come at a cost, after Mr Farage admitted that not all of them have been properly vetted to ensure they do not hold extreme views.

He said that a ’rigorous testing procedure’ was in place to choose candidates for next years’s elections to the European Parliament, and the 2015 general election.

This tested ’people’s knowledge, their ability with media - you know, full credit checks, police checks and all the rest of it’.

But he told BBC Radio 4’s World at One: ’I’ll be honest with you, we don’t have the party apparatus in a very short space of time to fully vet 1,700 people.

’We have made people sign declaration forms, expressing the fact that they’ve never been part of political parties that we consider to be wholly undesirable. By that I mean the BNP.

’And, you know, we ask people if there is a problem with a criminal record or whatever else it may be, please tell us.

’I have no doubt that amongst those 1,700 one or two people will have slipped through the net that we’d rather not have had.’

Mr Farage has previously criticised Tory leader David Cameron for his 2006 claim that ’Ukip is sort of a bunch of ... fruit cakes and loonies and closet racists mostly’.

To read the original: LINK

From the BBC:

Norfolk election: Police investigate 'malpractice' allegation

Police have been called in to investigate allegations that signatures were forged on a nomination paper for next week's local elections.

The inquiry relates to forms for Jonathon Childs, a UKIP candidate in the Norfolk County Council elections.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that we have received a complaint of electoral malpractice, which we are investigating."

Mr Childs said he would co-operate with any police inquiries.

It is alleged one or more signatures on his nomination paper were forged.

Under election rules, candidates have to sign the form, along with 10 people who support the nomination.

Linda Mockford, assistant returning officer, said she received a complaint about an alleged irregularity on a nomination paper and had referred the matter to the police.

"The nominations have been declared valid and the election will proceed. Anything will be dealt with after the election," she said.

Matthew Smith, UKIP
 
UKIP agent Matthew Smith said he did not believe there had been any wrong-doing
 
Mr Childs, UKIP candidate for East Flegg, near Yarmouth, said: "I was made aware of someone's name on the nomination form who hadn't signed it.

"I went of my own free will to make Great Yarmouth Borough Council (GYBC) aware of this and then found out that my signature had been forged, too. The council thanked me for making them aware of this.

"If a crime has been committed I would like the full weight of the judicial system levied against the perpetrator.

"I am sure GYBC will conduct their duties in a diligent way and I have 100% trust in their protocol and systems in place."

Matthew Smith, who is agent for UKIP candidates in the Great Yarmouth area and is also standing for election himself, said he was "absolutely certain" the paperwork had been filled out correctly.

"I can say that there's been no wrongdoing on our part and I don't believe that there has been any wrongdoing at all," he said.

To read the original: LINK

Also see: LINK




Thursday, 25 April 2013

UKIP candidate denies holocaust


How Nigel must regret having this picture taken!
                              

From The Argus:

UKIP candidate for Crowborough Anna-Marie Crampton with party leader Nigel Farage
               
A UK Independence Party candidate in East Sussex has denied the holocaust, claiming World War Two was engineered by Zionists hoping to create the state of Israel.

Anna-Marie Crampton is representing the eurosceptic party in Crowborough for the East Sussex County Council elections.

But, with polling day just a week away, groups have reacted angrily after a website entry in her name claimed World War Two was financed by Jewish “banksters” to make the world feel guilty.

A further comment said: “It was thanks to them that six million Jews were murdered in the war along with 26 million Russians.”
 
Sam Westrop, director of Stand for Peace, a leading Jewish-Muslim interfaith organisation, said:

 Time after time, conspiracy and anti-Zionist sentiment is revealed to be nothing more than thinly-veiled anti-Semitism.

“UKIP, to its credit, has expelled extremist and bigoted members in the past.

“They must also expel Anna-Marie Crampton. Such hatred must be fought at all times.”

The comments were made in Ms Crampton’s name on an article titled “Was Pope Benedict fired by the Knights of Malta?” on an external website called Secrets of The Fed.
“These psychopaths hide behind and use the Jews.

“It was thanks to them that six million Jews were murdered in the War along with 26 million Russians.”

'Tired of being lied to"

The Facebook account, from which the comments were made, also separately shows pictures of her wearing a party rosette while stood next to UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Also on the profile, which claims to be verified by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg, is the statement: “I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I am a conscious, aware, critical thinker and tired of being lied to. Are you?!”

Despite numerous attempts to contact her, Ms Crampton, of Southview Road, Crowborough, was not available to comment yesterday.

She is standing for the party in the traditionally Conservative area alongside prominent UKIP member Sonia Finch.

A spokesman for UKIP said it would not be appropriate to comment until he had contacted Ms Crampton.

Manchester-based researcher Colin Cortbus, who contacted The Argus about the comments, said:

"Anna Marie Crampton has revealed herself to be a repulsive anti-semite, who tramples upon history and truth with her baseless, long-discredited fabrications.

"Her use of the long discredited Protocols of the Elders of Zion, used by the Nazis as a cornerstone of their racist indoctrination programmes and as school textbooks, shows that she will stop at nothing to push her racist agenda. UKIP should be utterly ashamed of her."

Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany, France, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Lithuania.

To read the original: LINK

This is what Gregg Beaman - ex-UKIPPER - had to say:

Only this morning I posted about the pitiful election leaflet we have received from our UKIP candidate. I was only out for a few hours but when I came back I heared of yet another reason, far more serious, for not voting UKIP on May 2nd.

One of their candidates in Sussex, Anna-Marie Crampton, has been told to stand down in the election, although her name will still be on the ballot paper, for alleged anti-Semitic remarks regarding the Holocaust. It seems she has also urged people to read 'The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion', a pretty vile hoax written around 1900 by Russian anti-Semites to justify their anti-Semitism. The story is covered in the Jewish Chronicle Online.

The problem with UKIP is that despite an army of staff, funded by their MEPs, they don't seem to use those resources to vet their candidates. Or maybe they just hope the more 'eccentric' ones will be able to survive a campaign without coming out with something embarrassing at best, utterly damning at worst.

Part of the problem is that the amount of coverage a party gets during an election campaign, such as the number of election broadcasts they are allocated, depends on the number of candidates they have. So pressure is put on branches to find candidates, at all costs, so an occasional nutter slips through the net. But it's hard to blame it on that when the photograph of a shamed candidate with her party leader is all over the internet.

UKIP is riddled with people who believe in conspiracy theories, especially Common Purpose and the New World Order. The problem is that people like Anna-Marie Crampton are exposed every now and then, as are other 'eccentrics' in UKIP, but what if the one that flies under the radar gets elected.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

UKIP: The New BNP



It comes as no surprise to us that many UKIPPERS are hoping to persuade ex-BNP supporters to vote UKIP next month. UKIP and the BNP share many similar views, ranging from concerns about immigration to hatred of the EU. The collapse of the BNP has resulted in many BNP supporters considering voting for the party. UKIP's leadership may pay lip service to hatred of the BNP but in private they want their votes! One UKIP MEP recently told a member of the Junius Team:

"Of course we want the BNP vote! We'd be bloody mad to reject it."

Also, a large number of disgruntled right-wing Tories are planning to give Cameron a bloody nose by voting UKIP in May. They hope to push Cameron to the right or even force him out in the wake of a Tory collapse. This, combined with Farage's attempts to take on Thatcher's legacy, has worried many senior Tories

However, a UKIP 'victory' could prove a pyrrhic one. A Tory move to the right will simply mean those discruntled Tories returning to the fold and abandoning UKIP. Indeed, there is more than one Tory MP and a certain London mayor who would very much like to replace Cameron and would simply love UKIP to give the PM a bloody nose!


We believe that UKIP's vote will increase in May. However, we believe that this will simply result in spittling the Tory vote and thus allow more Labour and Lib Dems into local government. As one Lib Dem has said to us:

"I'm pleased UKIP are fielding many more local candidates. It means more seats for us on May 2nd!"

But are voters really aware of what UKIP stands for? Are they aware that UKIP's leadership are happy to sit with the far-right in Brussels? Are they aware of the extremist elements at home? This is something that more than one TV programme is looking into even as we write these words!

Here are some facts from the New Statesman:.

The danger with extremism is that, when filtered through eyes and minds of reasonable people, it appears ridiculous. The reasonable assumption is that others will view it through the same filter and find it equally ridiculous. But, while The Reasonable laugh, support for extremist views creeps up. Because what The Reasonable failed to notice is that fear and insecurity have a way of robbing others of reason.

Ukip’s manifesto is a collection of promises selected, seemingly, on the basis of “twenty things that really annoy people”, with no inkling of implementation method or any costings; a wish list for The Annoyed.

Scared of immigrants? Vote Ukip.

Insecure about the financial crisis? Vote Ukip.

Hate the smoking ban, HS2, Brussels, travellers, burqas, regulation, tax, Boris, debt, wind farms, quangos, foreign aid, crime, Abu Qatada, tuition fees, lazy people, Muslims, foreigners, the hunting ban? Vote Ukip.

The real danger of Ukip becoming a serious contender for coalition partnership in 2015 is gleefully ignored by the centre-left (because, after all, they are damaging the Tories) and dealt with by the centre-right by shifting closer to their extremes; by copying their policies and rhetoric. Everything from the EU referendum and citizenship tests (pdf) to Theresa May’s – and I’m not making this up – imbecilic tales of cat loving, illegal immigrants.

In other words, not only is nobody challenging their vitriol, but they are being allowed to set the political agenda.

Meanwhile their oleaginous leader, whom the British media have taken to calling “charismatic”, is invited to appear on every news programme. This is, apparently, in order to provide balance on European matters – which is like inviting a creationist to give their view every time a story breaks about dinosaur fossils.

This man, who claims he stands alone in wanting to fight for Britain’s interests in the Evil EU, and who bemoans the amount of taxpayers' money going to the aforementioned Evil EU, boasts about having claimed up to £2m in expenses out of said taxpayers' money and presides over a party three of whose representatives have the worst attendance record of any British MEPs (who together already have the lowest attendance record of any national delegation). Presumably they are all fighting for Britain’s interests remotely from a BBC studio, somewhere.

Most important of all, we are asked to believe – and this is essential in making Ukip palatable to The Annoyed – that Ukip is not a party of bigots. That, it may walk like a duck and quack like a duck and be affiliated to other ducks all over Europe, but it is, in fact, a platypus. “I'd rather have a party of eccentrics than bland, ghastly people”, says Nigel Farage. Let us examine those eccentrics.

Links with European far-right parties

Ukip is part of the group Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD). The group includes representatives of the Danish People’s Party, the True Finns Party, the Dutch SGP and the infamous Italian Lega Nord – all of them far-right. Nigel Farage is co-President of the group along with Lega Nord’s Francesco Speroni, who described multiple murderer Anders Breivik as someone whose “ideas are in defence of western civilisation."

Mario Borghezio, another member of the group, declared in a radio interview that Breivik had some "excellent" ideas. Farage’s reaction was to write a strongly-worded letter to Borghezio, asking him to withdraw his comments or Ukip would pull out of the EFD. Borghezio not only did not apologise, but responded with an extraordinary speech in which he raged: "Long live the Whites of Europe, long live our identity, our ethnicity, our race… our blue sky, like the eyes of our women. Blue, in a people who want to stay white."

Nigel Farage did not withdraw from the EFD. He continues to co-preside over it, along with the leader of the Lega Nord. MEP Nikki Sinclaire, however, was expelled from Ukip for refusing to take part in the EFD because of their “extreme views”.

Links with domestic far-right parties

“Ukip has no links to the BNP,” explained Farage in 2007. The first line of any description of Ukip calls it “a libertarian, non-racist party”. What party, other than one skating close to the lines of taste and decency, needs to describe itself as “non-racist”? Farage boasted on The Andrew Marr Show (20 January 2013) that “Ukip is the only UK party to explicitly ban BNP members from joining”. What party, other than a party whose policies are attractive to such organisations, would need to do that?

Christopher Monckton, their Scotland Leader and Head of Policy Unit invited the now-defunct British Freedom Party – an amalgamation of mostly breakaway BNP members led by a former Ukip candidate until January 2013 – to join Ukip: “I would very much like them to come back and join us and we stand together.” Ukip’s excuse for this lapse? Monckton had been away on a tour of the US and was not up to speed with current policy. More recently, however, Farage refused to vote to oppose moves for the European Union to fund the BNP.

The founder of the party, Alan Sked, says it has become "extraordinarily right-wing" and is now devoted to "creating a fuss, via Islam and immigrants”.

Xenophobia

“Our traditional values have been undermined. Children are taught to be ashamed of our past. Multiculturalism has split our society. Political correctness is stifling free speech”, states the Ukip manifesto. Their “Pocket Guide to Immigration” promises to “end support for multiculturalism and promote one, common British culture”. After attracting some negative publicity, it has disappeared from here, but an archived version can be seen here (pdf).

One of their prospective MP candidates recently wrote: "A removal of multi-culturalism and assimilation of these people needs to be done to save them from the abyss of exclusion and welfare. Above all, one should not shy away of contemplating forced repatriation, or threatening it to further assimilation, as a result of their lack of economic contribution to the UK." In fact their position on “forced repatriation” and “assimilation” is indistinguishable from the BNP’s. Except, perhaps, that Ukip’s 2005 manifesto advocates that all incoming immigrants should be “subject to health checks” for “communicable diseases”.

More recently, during BBC’s Question Time, Farage caused upset with some gross generalisations he made about Bulgarian people. He sent his trusted lieutenant and deputy chairman of the party Paul Nuttall to Bulgaria to defuse the situation. Nuttall explained that he had nothing to apologise for, since he never bashed Bulgarians, but was just noting facts. He stressed that “Brits fear all immigrants, regardless of where they would come from.”

Islamophobia

“On the question of Islamification,” said Farage during a well-received speech, “we have to do a bit more to teach our children of the values of our Judeo-Christian society.” He proceeded to note that at least 20 police forces are turning a blind eye to the operation of Sharia Law and expressed admiration for countries which say: “You’re welcome to come here and to have your children here… but if you’re coming here to take us over, you’re not welcome.”

A recent manifesto commitment to "tackle extremist Islam by banning the burqa or veiled niqab in public buildings and certain private buildings" was further explained by Farage: "I can't go into a bank with a motorcycle helmet on. I can't wear a balaclava going round the District and Circle line.”
Finally, Ukip peer Lord Pearson put it unequivocally. "The Muslims are breeding ten times faster than us," he said. "I don't know at what point they reach such a number we are no longer able to resist the rest of their demands."

Misogyny

Ukip’s only female MEP (after the expulsion of Nikki Sinclaire) Marta Andreasen, recently threatened to leave the party, labelling Farage as an “anti-women Stalinist dictator” whose view is that “women should be in the kitchen or in the bedroom”.

This came as no surprise. His grasp of sexual politics has always been tenuous at best. As he explained in a Telegraph interview: “Lap dancing? Don’t have the time these days, but I used to go to them. Like it or not, they are a fact of life. You are talking about normal behaviour there. Everyone does it.” Then, asked about extra-marital affairs, he conceded: “Well, we’re all human. There is a big difference between that sort of thing and being really bad.”

When Godfrey Bloom MEP, infamous for making a speech in the European Parliament – one of his better ones – while heavily intoxicated, said that “no employer with a brain in the right place would employ a young, single, free woman”, Farage’s reaction was “Dear old Godders! Godfrey's comment [as above] has been proved so right.”

Views on the less able

In 2007, Jack Biggs alleged that he had been banned from running as a candidate because of his disability and presented significant evidence in support. Later, high-ranking member Alexandra Swann sided with a Ukip councillor who said it was dangerous to allow those who do not work to vote. Political Scrapbook reported her as saying that “allowing people to vote on how other people’s money is spent — if they don’t contribute — is dangerous”. This, presumably, would include those unable to contribute because of disability.

Finally, the apotheosis (and demise of Godwin’s law, forever hence) came when a UKIP candidate aired his repugnant views about compulsory abortion of all disabled babies.

Homophobia

Ousted MEP Nikki Sinclaire, who came out as a lesbian, won a sexual discrimination case against UKIP after refusing to sit with its homophobic allies in the European parliament.

On a private members’ forum, senior UKIP member and former parliamentary candidate Dr Julia Gasper claimed some homosexuals prefer sex with animals. The Mirror reported her as saying: “As for the links between homosexuality and paedophilia, there is so much evidence that even a full-length book could hardly do justice to the ­subject.” (Ironically, UKIP General Secretary Jonathan Arnott had banned a discussion on the site on gay issues, because he feared that someone “is going to screenshoot comments and send them to a newspaper”.) She was sacked.

More recently a UKIP Croydon North candidate tweeted: "A caring loving home is a heterosexual or single family. I don't believe (a gay couple) is healthy for a child." He did so, after retweeting an article written by a National Front supporter who claimed there was "no such thing as homophobia". He was sacked.

However, Olly Neville, the former UKIP Youth Chairman, was also sacked for supporting same-sex marriage. Sack them all, as long as we don’t have to talk about it, seems to be the policy.
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These are the facts and they speak for themselves. This is a barrel in which you would be lucky to find one good apple, misplaced amongst the rotten ones. Like former UKIP activist Kim Gandy, who worked in care, but joked on Facebook that elderly people should be euthanised when they become a burden (she told the NS the comments were written after a bad day, and have been taken out of context), or Maggie Chapman, who cracks jokes about Muslims having sex with camels and “paki” families going home and spreads Christmas cheer with her “eggnog for nig-nogs”. Farage can distance himself from all of them; sack all of them; disinherit all of them. The inescapable truth is that it is his policies which attract them and will keep doing so; they remain his “eccentrics”.

Paul Nuttall once wrote: “We in Ukip know: if you champion British interest and culture then you are labelled a nationalist with all the connotations that goes [sic] with it.” I would remind Nuttall of the distinction drawn by Charles De Gaulle: “Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” I look at the policies, the rhetoric and the candidates, and I see nothing about love of one’s own people. I see only hate for others.

Instead, if you find yourself nodding in agreement with a couple of items on Ukip’s long list of empty promises, remember all the other things you will also be signing up for. They represent a particularly insidious brand of extremist; Bigotry Light, if you will – all the hatred of normal bigotry, but none of the calories.

And rejoin The Reasonable, so we may continue to be the majority and laugh at things. Like this election leaflet.



Editor's note: this article originally stated that Maggie Chapman worked in care and had made comments about euthanasia. This was misattributed, and has been corrected.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Happy St George's Day! And Lisa Duffy proves yet again why she's about much use as a chocolate teapot


We note that Lisa 'needs a wash' Duffy recently appeared on Any Questions. We feel sorry for the poor sods that had to sit next to her!

How we laughed at her inept performance! Her intellectual/debating skills are non-existent. Indeed, you would get more sense out of a brain damaged ant on pot. A truly pathetic performance. UKIPPERS are now asking why she was selected to represent UKIP and, more importantly, why she is still allowed a senior position in the party?

To hear her and have a right old laugh: CLICK HERE

And to think that this chump has ambitions to become an MEP! Just like the reject below!

Monday, 22 April 2013

UKIP's Stuart Parr and Cliff Dixon express sympathy for far-Right EDL!

Stuart Parr is the cretin behind the Farage Sycophants 4 UKIP blog. Dixon is the chairman of UKIP Hillingdon. So can expect them to be expelled from UKIP? After all, the EDL is supposedly beyond the pale according to Fuhrer Farage! 

From Stand for Peace:

UKIP officials expresses sympathy for far-Right EDL


UKIP officials expresses sympathy for far-Right EDL

Evidence has emerged that a senior UKIP figure, the Chairman of UKIP Hillingdon, Cliff Dixon has links to the English Defence League (EDL), a far-Right group with a long history of attacking Muslims.

Dixon, formerly involved with the English Democrats party, boasted on his blog, in 2011, that he has ”joined my friends from March for England to tag along on the EDL Tower Hamlets demonstration.”
Colin Cortbus, a Stand for Peace fellow, notes: “If Mr Dixon thinks extremists should get off our streets, perhaps he should lead by example.”

Mr Dixon’s blog also records his attendance at a number of nationalist marches, mainly through the relatively small ‘March for England’ group. One event was co-organised by the British Patriots Society, which is described by anti-extremism campaign Hope not Hate as “a tiny splinter of the English Defence League”.

One photo shows Dixon posing with EDL leader Kevin Carol and other EDL and BNP figures.

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Junius says - Click on the photo to see the full image with Dixon

Dixon has openly admitted to the authenticity of the image. Further, on Dixon’s own blog another photo shows him with EDL and EDP figure Ben Weald.

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Dixon is not the only UKIP official to take a somewhat uncritical view of the EDL. UKIP Bedfordshire Councillor Stuart Parr has complained to the BBC, claiming that the EDL is not “a political organisation. It has no political ideology at all and campaigns only against Islamification and unfettered immigration.”

Parr has also spoken of a “Muslim breeding programme”.

He has encouraged violence on the grounds that the UAF, a violent far-Left group, is putatively condoned by authorities. Parr writes:
Let Choudary turn up with his mates and exercise their right to protest at our soldiers, just as long as everyone else who wants to stage a “counter protest” is allowed to exercise their right to protest at Choudary and his Islam4UK mates. I’m sure the BNP and EDL will be there, not to mention the families of soldiers and ordinary members of the public who will want to turn up and support our troops. The British government lets the violent fascists from Unite Against Fascism start riots at EDL protests so it’s only fair.Choudary wants 500 muslim protesters carrying empty coffins in Wooton Bassett so the police won’t even have to bring their own body bags.
 
In the past UKIP spokespersons have said of the EDL: “If you are an EDL supporter then you are not welcome in Ukip.” Following previous investigations by Stand for Peace, UKIP has promptly expelled far-Right members of the Party. Will UKIP expel these officials too?

To read the original: LINK

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UKIP: Jon Gaunt has been promised a lead MEP position by Farage

Looking forward to getting his snout in the EU trough!

We note that Farage has promised Jon Gaunt - ex-DJ and looking for a well-paid job - a lead MEP position in the West Midlands. So once again, the wishes of the members in that region have been ignored. Gaunt only joined UKIP in March 2013.

We also note that Farage has promised to 'purge' his MEP lists of 'undesirable' candidates prior to the lists being published. Gerard Batten is one of those now regarded by Farage as an 'undesirable'.

Farage cites the problems with Bannerman and Andreasen as the reason behind his decision to personally approve the lists. Nigel obviously hopes that UKIPPERS have a very short memory! Let us not forget that was Farage himself who rigged the selection process in two regions to ensure that both Bannerman and Andreasen were selected as MEP candidates!

Shouldn't Farage's colossal lack of judgement have been cited as the reason why he shouldn't be allowed ANYWHERE near the lists!

Of course, what Farage really means is that he wants to purge UKIP of all those candidates who can't be trusted to worship the ground he walks on. He also likes to have dirt on the favoured few as yet another way to control them. We can well remember his boast that he had 'bastard files' on his MEPs. These files contained certain facts that the MEP in question would not want widely known. In other words, keep your mouth shut or I'll leak this to the press.

 
Gerard Batten: Soon to be heading for the Job Centre.



Wednesday, 17 April 2013

UKIP: UKIP candidate ousted after Margaret Thatcher comments

It appears that Mr Bell had seriously compromised Nigel's desparate attempts to be seen as Mrs Thatcher's heir! Yet another example of 'libertarianism' in UKIP. Upset the Fuhrer and you're out!


UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage and Ken Bell 
 
From the BBC:

A UKIP candidate who wrote an offensive tweet about Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from local elections following an "extremely sarcastic" email exchange with a female activist.

Ken Bell was standing in Pendle Central in the Lancashire County Council elections on 2 May.

UKIP north west regional organiser Fred McGlade said Mr Bell was suspended over emails "offensive to women".

Last week Mr Bell tweeted "sympathies" to the devil for hosting Mrs Thatcher.

Mr Bell exchanged emails with a woman following an online debate about UKIP's national billboard campaign on immigration called "Enough's Enough".

He admitted his emails were "extremely sarcastic" and "derisory" but said he stood by them.

But Mr McGlade said: "It was aggressive and offensive to women in general.

"When I saw [the messages] I was appalled and thought this is not acceptable to us as a party."

He added: "It was not over a tweet over Margaret Thatcher's death.

"He was under suspension when he voluntarily stood down; his membership had not been cancelled."

Mr Bell said he had "mixed messages" from Mr McGlade, who he alleges "manoeuvred" him into standing down after he tweeted "sympathies go to His Satanic Majesty for having to host" the ex-prime minister who died last week aged of 87.

Mr Bell said: "I have no regrets about my email exchange or my Thatcher tweet.

"I am still a member in good standing of the party and have no plans to resign from UKIP."

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Monday, 15 April 2013

Democracy in UKIP! YI activist blocked from official position for criticising Neil Hamilton!





And so UKIP's so-called leadership has blocked a YI activist from becoming Treasurer. And his terrible crime? He dared to criticise Neil Hamilton, UKIP NEC member, wannabe SW MEP and disgraced former Tory MP.

We note that Nigel Farage has promised Neil 'Cash for Questions' Hamilton the lead MEP position in the South West.



Yet another example of just how libertarian UKIP really is! Criticise one of Farage's sleazy buddies and you're out!

From The Commentator:

Following reports of incidents involving Gareth Shanks, the Chairman of the Friends of Palestine in UKIP group, the youth activist has been refused a role in the party’s youth wing, Young Indepdence, on the basis that he is, “A considerable embarrassment.”

UKIP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) ruled that although Shanks had been elected unopposed to the position of Treasurer of Young Independence, the NEC blocked the appointment citing Shanks’s record of comments.

Jonathan Arnott, UKIP’s youth secretary, stated that Shanks’s behaviour on social media led to the decision, including Shanks stating of his own UKIP membership, ”I would leave, but I can be 10000x more annoying as a member.”

Shanks was known to be overtly critical of NEC member Neil Hamilton, once tweeting, ”How is Neil Hamilton on the NEC anyways? He’s corrupt, he shouldn’t bein the Party, let alone a position of power. Another comment from Shanks read, “If Neil Hamilton gets a place on the MEP lists, I’m leaving the Party. It’ll just show Farage pusheshis mates into high spots.”

Activists have pointed to an e-mail between YI Chairman Sean Howlett and Neil Hamilton wherein Howlett lets Hamilton know about Shanks’s views, to which Hamilton responds, “Many thanks Sean, I wil deal with him.”

Shanks’s rejection from the position comes months after activist Olly Neville was excluded from the party for defying party policy. The event was called “Ollyshambles” by party activists.

Shanks told The Commentator: “I was removed from my position as treasurer even after winning the election uncontested, the reasons behind which are to do with my personal dislike for a NEC member and not for the poor reasons given by the NEC.

“I can’t help but feel that we’ve spent so long in the European parliament that we’re starting to copy how they do democracy. I don’t want to leave the party, but as we saw with OllyShambles, the UKIP smear machine is in full flow and I’ve even had two party officials accuse me of lying about serving in the military, so i’m finding it difficult to see the point in staying on anymore.”

Messages of support trickled in on the #StandWithShanks hashtag on Twitter, however many also supported the NEC decision, tweeting, “Well done, UKIP, well done.” Others pointed to the fact that another NEC member had remarked that “gays aren’t normal” and had not been disciplined for it. One tweeter warned, “UKIP are become less Libertarian by the day. [sic]“
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