Wednesday, December 21

Blair gives Farage a bruising over EU budget taunts

Prime Minister Tony Blair clashed with UK Independence Party (UKIP) members of the European Parliament, yesterday in a debate rounding up the UK's six month presidency of the EU.
Blair lambasted UKIP Leader Nigel Farage who criticised Blair's efforts to revitalise the EU budget, telling him: "This is 2005, not 1945. We are not fighting each other any more!"
UKIP's Nigel Farage said Mr Blair was "outplayed and outclassed" by France's Jacques Chirac in budget negotiations.
In his two minute address to Blair, Farage was barely to be heard as he had to overcome heckles and jeers from fellow MEPs.
But Mr Blair said the deal between the EU's 25 member states had been the best possible "in the circumstances".
In the heated debate Farage and his UKIP colleagues, sat at their places in the European Parliament with union jack flags on thier desks, claiming they represent the majority of theBritish public. These were comments which incised the Prime Minister who said that although Mr Farage and colleagues "sit with our country's flag, you do not represent our country's interest".
Farage, also went on to say that budget negotiations had been "game, set and match to President Chirac", adding that Mr Blair had "been outclassed and outplayed at every turn".
"We are isolated and alone in the European Union. We are completely alone,"
Last weekend Mr Blair brokered an agreement between member states for the EU's next seven-year budget. It will see £1bn a year cut from the UK's rebate.
Mr Blair said there were "people who say it [the overall budget] should be lower, there are people who say it should be higher but I think, and we thought as the heads of government, that it represented a fair settlement for the present time".
He added that "without it, there wouldn't be the certainty for countries - particularly these new accession countries - to plan ahead for the future".
Members of the European Parliament will have to give their approval to the deal next year, and they have already demanded a much bigger budget.
The agreement, reached in Brussels early on Saturday, includes an EU commitment to review farm spending in 2008.

Source: BBC, European Parliament minutes

Why the Tories should leave the EPP by Nigel Farage

Letter to the Independent by UKIP Leader in the European Parliament Nigel Farage MEP.

"In 2004 the Conservative MEPs negotiated a membership deal where almost half of their information budget is given to the federalists. This money has been used to campaign for the introduction of the euro and the EU constitution; actions at odds with grassroots Tory opinion, and apparently the new leader of the party… If, as he claims, David Cameron really wants to be 'consistent' he should leave the EPP before the end of the year, to halt a further €700,000 being transferred to causes his party claims it opposes…Mr Cameron would be welcome to talk to our own Independence/Democracy Group, which takes less than a fifth of its members' money and campaigns against the EU constitution"

Source: The Independent 20 December 2005

Kilroy dissolusioned with the European Parliament

Hugh Muir diary column in the Guardian, p. 25:

The Diary seeks word on the progress of the broadcaster, Muslim-baiter and all-round visionary Robert Kilroy-Silk. Just as Mr Deeds went to Washington, you will recall that our hero was swept into the European parliament last year on a tide of enthusiasm from Eurosceptics and devotees of daytime television…Brussels has become a lonely place; so much so that our man is apparently wondering already whether he might not better serve the electors of East Midlands by returning to the telly. We are told the process of developing an exciting new broadcasting venture for him is already under way. "It is fair to say he is disillusioned with the European parliament," said one confidant."

Source: The Guardian, December 21st 2005

Wednesday, December 14

Will they or wont they....? The story of the Tories and UKIP.

The Conservative leadership battle has been fought and won in Westminster, but David Cameron's victory is still the cause of great uproar in the European Parliament.
In the recent Tory leadership battle Cameron pledged to take Tory MEPs out of the European People's Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament, where they sit with other centre right parties from all over the EU.
Dissatisfied with how business is being done in the European Parliament, Cameron has vowed to establish a new more hard lined right wing grouping of Tory MEPs and any other Eurosceptics.
This has been the cause of great dissatisfaction with the majority of Conservative MEPs as many hold positions of influence within the EPP group and the Parliament, which they would be set to lose under Cameron's plans.
All this is of course music to the ears of UKIP leader in the European Parliament Nigel Farage.It is rumoured Farage is flirting with seven rebel Tory MEPs in an attempt to lure them away from the EPP and bring them over to the UKIP benches.
These are most likely to be the seven Tory MEPs who voted against Conservative Leader in the European Parliament, Timothy Kirkhope who faced a leadership challenge from his Euro sceptic Tory colleague Chris Heaton Harris MEP last week.
However, most Conservative MEPs are ready to defy Cameron's orders to withdraw from the EPP group.
Earlier this week one of Cameron's former leadership rivals, Kenneth Clarke, accused him of taking a "head-banging" approach to Europe warning him off a possible new alliance with the likes of UKIP.
He told the BBC Politics Show that he feared Mr Cameron was too committed to the plan, and warned that "waltzing off" looking for new "ultra-nationalist" allies would be a disastrous way for the leader to announce himself on the world stage.
Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson also criticised Cameron's plan this week, saying that
Tory MEPS would have no alternative but to sit with "a ragbag of fascists and outcasts", again referring to the likes of UKIP.

Sunday, December 11

UKIP disregard the environment

A couple of weeks ago, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, Richard Corbett wrote a blog entry on his web site criticising the fact that UKIP don't have a single representative on the Environment Committee in the European Parliament a committee which presides over crucial pieces of legislation which have great effects on British interests.

A week or so later, Richard Corbett received an undated letter on blank notepaper with no address, but which appears to have come from UKIP MEP Tom Wise. It complains that his blog entry was inaccurate - in fact, "based entirely on incorrect information".

Richard takes up the rest of the story:

"I found this rather odd. As I wrote at the time, my claim was based on an official publication of the European Parliament Information Office in London on the work of the Environment committee. This publication gives a full list of UK members and I observed that there are no fewer than 13 members from the three main parties, plus the Greens, Plaid Cymru and even Sinn Fein - but not a single member from UKIP.

However, I now find that since this booklet was published (only three months ago), UKIP has taken measures to ensure that there is now one UKIP member on the relevant committee - still not a full member, but a substitute - namely Mr Wise. No doubt this is as a result of the embarrassment caused by Parliament’s publication - the timing is too significant to be regarded as a coincidence.

However, all is still not entirely well. I also note that, according to the minutes of the Environment Committee placed on Parliament’s web site Mr Wise has not attended a single meeting of the committee, despite having put himself forward as a substitute member! (Unless, again, he has done so very recently, since the most recently available minutes.)

Any joy I may have in seeing UKIP MEPs finally beginning to do some work in this Parliament by taking up a place on a committee is somewhat tempered by the fact that this membership appears not to be an active one!

I have written back to Mr Wise, clarifying this and suggesting that he withdraws his allegations about how "misleading" he finds my blog entry. In fact, I rather think it is his protestations that more accurately fall under the category of "misleading"!

Source: Richard Corbett MEP blog spot

Tuesday, December 6

Bloom feels vindicated for sexist comments

Godfrey Bloom, who last year made the infamous comment "No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age" claims that he has been vindicated by the BBC.
Bloom believes a recent report conducted by the BBC "The Money Programme," justifies his outrageous comments. The report claims that 30,000 women take time out from their jobs because of pregnancy, and up to 200,000 could face discrimination.
Bloom said: "Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy - they face five times the regulatory costs as big businesses. Is there any wonder that many feel that they have no option but to discriminate?”
Bloom's critics last July included Glenys Kinnock MEP, who said: "We know UKIP are Neanderthal in their attitudes, but it is absolutely terrifying that Mr Bloom can fly in the face of what we have worked and fought for, to establish equal opportunities and rights for women."
The leader of the Party of European Socialists, Poul Nyrup Rassmussen MEP, said at the time that Mr Bloom's remarks were "outrageous" and "absolutely unacceptable".
However Bloom recently hit back saying: "I was hounded for telling the truth about the realities of small business. UKIP have now been raising this issue consistently in the European Parliament for over a year."
"I am very glad that the BBC will air this programme and vindicated by what I felt was an honest view."

Source: UKIP

More jobs for the boys, as UKIP appoint new party Chairman

UKIP has appointed a new party Chairman to replace Jeffrey Titford MEP. Mr David Campbell Bannerman, 45, a long time acquaintance of UKIP leader Roger Knapman, and former Tory election candidate will take up his post immediately. Bannerman was recently a public relations executive who became Head of Communications for United News & Media plc in 2000. Formerly Bannerman was Special Advisor to Sir Patrick Mayhew from 1996-1997 before joining UKIP in 2002. His great uncle was Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman the Liberal Prime Minister between 1905 and 1908 UKIP Leader, Roger Knapman said that he "looked forward to working with David. David is a man with great political experience, with much energy and conviction, who believes in putting his country before Party." David Campbell-Bannerman was educated in Dorset, then at Edinburgh and Pennsylvania Universities. He started work as a trainee accountant with Bindon Hamlyn before becoming an account executive with Allen, Snapey & Marsh. After working for HDM he became Executive Director of Vantagepoint Communications. Between 1997and 1999 he was Communications Director/External Affairs Director of the Association of Train Operating Companies, before becoming Head of Communications, United News & Media plc in 2000. In 1997 he stood for the Conservatives in Glasgow Rutherglen and in 2001 in Warwick & Leamington in where he obtained nearly 38% of the vote. After joining UKIP, he stood in North Cornwall in 2005 polling 3063 votes trailing home a distant fourth with 5.5% of the vote.

Source: UKIP

Friday, December 2

UKIP try to scupper plans to save British ships

UKIP once again jumped on the Euro-myth bandwagon this week, with scare stories that the EU is trying to do away with 500 years of British Maritime History.
On the back ofrumours in some newspapers, UKIP issued a statement condemning the EU for trying to 'ban' the Royal Navy's traditional flag, the Red Ensign.
UKIP's Mike Nattrass who is a member of the Parliament's transport committee said "When will they learn, it is not for them to dictate to us about our traditions or way of life. The Red Ensign must be one of the most recognised symbols on the high seas in the history of the world"
If Nattrass had actually cared to attend the transport committee meetings he would perhaps better understand the EU's intentions.
The plans are part of a package to bolster the EU's ailing shipping industry, thereby saving British ships from a slow death.
In recent years many European ship owners have taken their vessels abroad to countries such as Morocco and Libya for registration. Such countries are traditionally cheaper to register vessels and have lower health and safety standards. This has been the cause of some of the worst environmental disasters in recent history.
To tackle the problem, the European Commission has proposed that ship owenrs should be attracted back to the EU. Part of this plan is to have a common EU system for registering vessels. This would mean vessels displaying the EU flag alongside traditional national maritime flags not replacing them.

Source : UKIP

Wednesday, November 23

UKIP show support for the death penalty

In a move that has shocked human rights groups up and down the country the U K Independence Party has this week condemned Britain’s membership of the European Union, as it prevents capital punishment from being carried out on British soil.

Following the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky earlier this week in Bradford, UKIP leader Roger Knapman opportunistically used the opportunity to take a swipe at the EU. Knapman said, “At a time when we are faced with what would appear to be an increasing tide of truly horrific crimes, it is right that the subject of the death penalty should be aired in public."

“No matter how horrific the crimes, there is no prospect of the death penalty being re-introduced in the UK unless we first leave the European Union”.

The death penalty is prohibited by Protocol 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Also Article 7 of the EU treaty states that action will be taken against member states where there is a ‘clear risk of a human rights breach,’ something which has spared thousands of people from intolerable suffering.

Source:UKIP

Monday, November 21

UKIP launch hypocritical attack on EU finances

Fresh from its own financial embarrassment following Tom Wise's alleged expenses fraud, UKIP has now hypocritically hit out at the apparent "disgusting" state of the EU's finances.
The European Court of Auditors last week declined to sign off the EU's accounts for the eleventh successive year, after stating that 60% of EU money could be open to fraud.
UKIP chairman Jeffrey Titford MEP said "Personally I would not trust the European Commission, past or present, to look after my grandchildren’s pocket money." All this despite the fact that one of his UKIP colleagues is facing allegations of illegally pocketing £30,000 worth of expenses.
However as Labour's Terry Wynn MEP explained "Only when accountability for EU spending is linked to politicians' reputations will we see detailed accounts of where the money from EU coffers is going. Each country has to take responsibility for its own EU spending."
Unlike Titford who recently blasted his colleagues as "Nerds" for taking time to study the budget, those who care to read it and not selectively pick from it, will see the Court of Auditors' report shows a welcome improvement on the EU's financial management.
There is no doubt there is still a long way to go until every Euro spent, can be accounted for but the improvement we have seen this year are more than could have been hoped for in 12 months.
For the first time the auditors can account for 60% of CAP spending and can highlight those member states where problems exist.

Saturday, November 19

UKIP’s MEPs: always losers…often absent…

UKIP’s MEPs: always losers…often absent…
and nearly always negative

In June 2004 the UK Independence Party won an unprecedented 12 seats in the European Parliament, four times as many as their previous best.
Previously a small fringe party, UKIP benefited from a surge in popularity mainly brought about by the ousted ex TV presenter Robert Kilroy Silk, and a huge cash injection from millionaire businessman Paul Sykes.

UKIP's MEPs came to the European Parliament in July 2004 threatening to "bring it down from the inside". So far during the life of this parliament, UKIP MEPs have had zero political impact, failed to live up to their own expectations, arguably failed to fulfill their responsibilities as elected representatives, and in many cases not even bothered to vote!

UKIPwatch.org has monitored the voting behaviour of each UKIP MEP in parliamentary voting sessions in Brussels and Strasbourg over the last 16 months. We have monitored their votes in particular in roll call votes in the Parliament – in such votes there is a record of which way each MEP votes and, of course, which MEPs failed to vote at all.

Overall the UKIP voting record shows that UKIP’s MEPs are not only regularly absent but also that they overwhelmingly vote against nearly everything in front of them, apparently regardless of the substance of the issue.

Our calculations from the official records of the European Parliament show that UKIP’s leader in the European Parliament, Nigel Farage for example, has taken part in only just over half of the roll call votes held on final resolutions adopted by Parliament. But even he was out-done in the non-voting stakes by Yorkshire and Humber MEP Godfrey Bloom, who only took part in 39% of roll call votes. The most diligent UKIP Members proved to be Derek Clark, Gerard Batten and Tom Wise, who participated in just over 80% of votes.

Nevertheless, their comparatively high voting record is less impressive when one considers how they voted.

Out of the 171 votes we monitored, UKIP MEPs voted on average 80% of the time against the issue at stake. Of the mere 78 times UKIP leader Roger Knapman actually voted, for example, on no less than 68 occasions he voted negatively. Seven of his votes were abstentions and three were by secret ballot. Only 3 times did Knapman vote in favour of a proposal. Nigel Farage proved just as unimaginative, voting 74 times against, abstaining 9 times and voting in favour only three times.

Our research reveals that of all the recorded parliamentary votes monitored, UKIP’s MEPs have only once, in 16 months, been on the winning side.


So what has UKIP achieved in Europe?

The answer to this question is of course very little. Although it can be expected that UKIP MEPs will vote against issues which call for further co-operation among EU member states, their voting record shows that they tend to show a blatant disregard not only for British interests but even for humanitarian issues.

UKIP MEPs have abstained on motions to:

• Help the victims of the 2004 Tsunami disaster
• Assist the sisters of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney, in their fight for justice
• create a single seat for the European Parliament saving the European tax payer €200m a year.

UKIP MEPs have voted against:

• Efforts to manage climate change
• Enlargement of the EU
• Efforts to assist the victims of drought and forest fires in France, Spain and Portugal in the summer of 2005.
• Efforts to reduce road accident deaths
• Efforts to fight organised crime
• Initiatives which allow cities such as Liverpool to hold the title 'capital of culture.'
• Stricter minimum standards for granting or refusing refugee status.
• The conduct of the Iranian regime


So what has UKIP voted in favour of?


One of the few times UKIP MEPs voted in favour of a proposal was when their own leader in the European Parliament Nigel Farage called for the censure of European Commission President José Barroso over an alleged conflict of interest which he believed resulted from a company (owned by Barroso's long time friend, Greek business tycoon Spiros Latsis) receiving state aid.

The motion failed miserably when put before the Parliament. A massive 589 MEPs rejected UKIP's motion, a clear signal that UKIP’s attempt to censure Barroso amounted to nothing more than an opportunistic and disproportionate publicity stunt. Even the likes of Jean Marie Le Pen (who usually votes the same way as UKIP) this time voted against them.


UKIPs voting record speaks for itself. The party whose members were elected in order to defend British interests barely even bother to vote where key European - and British - interests are at stake. It can hardly be said they are doing the job they were elected to do.

Source: European Parliament Minutes

Tuesday, November 15

UKIP candidate faces charges of indecency

The UK Independence Party candidate in the general election for Milton Keynes south west, Stephen Cornwell, has been charged with ten offences of making indecent photographs of children.
Mr Cornwell, who is 46, has already appeared before Milton Keynes magistrates and has been granted unconditional bail to return to court at the end of this month.
His political career had started as a Conservative but soon switched to Liberal Democrats. He once stood for Newport Pagnell Town council as an Independent and was last year's UKIP candidate in the local elections for the town.
In May his house was raided by police and computer equipment seized just three weeks before the general election.
Mr Cornwell was a candidate for the UK Independence Party in Milton Keynes South West and had allegedly stored drafts of his campaign material on his computer alongside the supposed indecent material.

Source: Milton Keynes Today, 15 November 2005

Monday, November 14

MEP misled party and the cash office

Last month the Sunday Telegraph revealed that Tom Wise, who represents the UK Independence Party for the eastern region, told the European Parliament's payments office, that he was paying his parliamentary assistant Lindsay Jenkins £3,000 a month.
In fact his agreement with her was only a sixth of that amount. Now it has emerged that Mr Wise not only misled Jenkins but also misled his party.
The EU payments office in the European Parliament believed it was paying Ms Jenkins directly because on the form submitted to the payments office Mr Wise had inserted one of his own bank account numbers under the name of "Stags" and indicated it belonged to Ms Jenkins.
UKIP leader in the European Parliament Nigel Farage,and founder member of the party, said: "We initially thought that Tom Wise was acting directly as a paying agent but we now understand that was not the case."

Source: Sunday Telegraph 13 Nov 2005

Saturday, November 12

Round up of the mystery of Tom Wise

There are a few questions that need to be answered in regard to the alleged Tom Wise financial misdemeanours. These have arisen due to the varying accounts of what has taken place, as recorded in the Sunday Telegraph and UKIP's own responses.

1. Why is UKIP claiming that Ms Jenkins (Wise's assistant) knew about the entire financial arrangement, when she is claiming she knew nothing about it?

The Telegraph clearly quotes a source: "The sum of £36,000, or anything like it, was never mentioned to her. It was only by accident that she found out there was a lot of extra money being claimed in her name." Presumably this has been published with Ms Jenkins consent.

However, UKIP has made two statements directly contradicting this: "Tom signed a contract with Lindsey Jenkins for £36,000, on the understanding that she would be paid a retainer of £500/month, and the rest for specific research projects as and when" and "With the researcher’s knowledge, the budget was ring-fenced in a company account".

Is the paper lying or mistaken?

2. Did Tom Wise use a personal account or not to claim the money from the European Parliament?

UKIP has stated "It was not held in his personal account", yet the Telegraph reports that "Mr Wise has told UKIP bosses that he invoiced for the money using the term "Tom Wise trading as Stags"". That is how sole trader accounts are titled, and these count entirely as personal accounts.

3. Did Tom Wise lie to UKIP?

The Telegraph made a bold statement that Tom Wise misled the party over how he claimed the money:
"it has emerged that Mr Wise misled his party. In fact the EU payments office believed it was paying Ms Jenkins directly because on the form submitted to the payments office Mr Wise had inserted one of his own bank account numbers under the name of "Stags" and indicated that it belonged to Ms Jenkins. The payments office was also given the contract between Mr Wise and Ms Jenkins in which the same account number had also been inserted next to her name."

And the quote from Nigel Farage appears to support this statement:
Last night Nigel Farage, "a UKIP MEP and founder member of the party, said: 'We initially thought that Tom Wise was acting directly as a paying agent but we now understand that was not the case."

4. Why has Tom returned £21,000 to the European Parliament cash office two months early?

With two months remaining in the financial year, why has Mr Wise pre-emptively paid £21,000 back to the EU? Surely the party realises that paying the money back early makes it look entirely as if he is guilty of deception. Is UKIP so swimming in money that it can afford to waste this amount of money? £21,000 could have been used to pay another researcher for a year.

Source: UKIP, The Sunday Telegraph

Thursday, November 3

UKIP accuses Davis of Plagiarism

UKIP Leader Roger Knapman has accused Conservative leadership contender David Davis of the ‘wholesale plunder’ of UKIP policy, by hijacking the work Knapman carried out as a whip in the Tory Government of the early 1990's.
Knapman said that Mr Davis’ who has recently pledged to hold more referendums on Britain's EU commitments meant that once again the Conservative Party would be using UKIP policy initiatives to bolster its image of Euroscepticism.
Knapman Said “While I am gratified to hear that Mr Davis now wants to undo the provisions of the Maastricht Treaty which he helped to force through, his plan is unworkable."
He went on “It is naive the think that the EU will allow a British [Tory] government to merely grab back the bits of power that it wants while leaving the rest of the structure in place."
Knapman added that this is the second time that Mr Davis had plagiarised UKIP policy, the first being the Conservatives’ much criticised extreme immigration policies in 2004.

Source: UKIP

UKIP MEP WISHES TO DIE WITH HONOUR!!

It might be a contradiction in terms, but this month UKIP MEP for the south west Graham Booth has placed a codicil to his will such that his name will not be "taken in vain after his death", in the hope that he will "die with honour."
In a pathetic display of how UKIP MEPs while away their time in Brussels, apparently fighting for Britian's withdrawal from the EU, Booth has written to the Parliament's President Josep Borrell, demanding that should he die whilst still an MEP, any possible tributes should make no mention of his name in connection to the EU.
On his website, Booth goes on that he would prefer Britain's early withdrawal from the EU in order that he can resign from the Parliament, meaning the codicil be revoked.
If that is to be the case the 65 year old veteran who has his days numbered, better get down to doing some meaningful work in the Parliament.

His letter to the President of the EU Parliament is reproduced below.

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Mr Joseph Borrell

President, European Parliament

Dear Mr Borrell,

After the minute silence in plenary on October 12th, marking the sad death of Herr Zimmerling MEP you remarked that he died "in the service of Europe".

Can I please obtain your assurance that should I, or any of my colleagues in the UK Independence Party, pass away whilst still members, you will not make such a comment about us. This is not an epitaph any of us would appreciate.

Yours sincerely,


Graham Booth MEP



Borrell's likely reply:

Graham who?!?

Don't flatter yourself mate.

Wednesday, November 2

Farage and Bloom go state side

Following in the footsteps of Charles and Camilla who this week embarked on a tour of the USA, were the not quite so glamorous UKIP couple of Nigel Farage and Godfrey Bloom.
Unlike most MEPs who usually dedicate this point in the Parliament's calendar to undertake work in their constituencies, Farage and Bloom set off on a jolly to the States where they are set to address the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington.
The trip is intended to drum up support of their anti EU sentiments state side and raise a bit of much needed cash for UKIP.
In the past UKIP have falsely accused the EU of being founded on anti americanist attitudes.
It is expected that in their addresses the infamous UKIP pair will scare monger amongst their audience with issues such as EU co-operation ion areas such as defence and technology as a threat to the USA's position in the world.

Source: Washington Times, November 1 2005

Monday, October 31

The far right continues to haunt UKIP

New research has found that UKIP, Britain’s self styled ‘fourth political Party,’
is doing little more than battle for the far right vote rather than take on the big boys of mainstream British politics.
A report by the independent race and refugee news network shows that UKIP's ‘let's get our Country back’ attitude is striking a cord with the far right.
The research found that in the 2004 European elections in London, the British National Party (BNP) and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) vote doubled from previous years. Moreover in 2004, 45 per cent of Londoners said in a survey that they would consider voting for either the BNP or UKIP.
Professor Peter John of Manchester University, pointed out that in London, the wards where the BNP did well were also the wards where UKIP did well, suggesting that both parties were appealing to the same mindset. 'With the decline of UKIP', he asked, 'will these votes now switch to the BNP?' One in five UKIP voters put the BNP as their second choice in the London mayoral elections in 2004.
Nick Lowles, of the anti-fascist organisation Searchlight, predicted at the launch of the research "The Far Right in London: a challenge for local democracy?, " that support for the BNP in London would grow in the future as the economy weakens, the Conservative Party takes a more moderate turn, UKIP continues its demise and the BNP becomes more strategically sophisticated.
Whereas research among voters in northern towns found that until recently, the BNP attracted votes from young people and from some former Conservative Party supporters in wealthier wards, in London it remained older, working-class voters who had turned to the far Right, after becoming dissatisfied with the Labour Party.
The research suggests that the main issue which is driving rising support for the far right in outer east London is immigration, although this issue has acted as a symbol for a host of other dissatisfactions, such as poor housing and education.

Source: independent race and refugee news network

Sunday, October 30

Old habits die hard for Kilroy Slick

Robert Kilroy Silk suprised everyone this month by turning up to work for the second time in six months at a European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg.
It seems that the ex chat show host has caved in to the pressure of his fellow East midland MEPs by deciding to do some "work."
Last month Kilroy's four fellow east midland MEPs wrote to the President of the Parliament calling for Kilroy's resignation due to his prolonged abscence.
This week they were pleased that their message had got through as the failed Veritas party leader turned up for work, for only the second time in six months. Nevertheless, his fellow MEPs who have unlike Kilroy been working hard to defend British interests over the last six months, were frustrated by the fact that Kilroy found himself immediately back in the lime light.
Kilroy, seemed at home strutting around in front of the camera as he filmed a special report for Sky News, in which he critises all things European and shows how blatantly uninformed he is on the EU.

To see Kilroy's only achievement in the European Parliament click here.

Wednesday, October 26

Who cares for British interests? - Only "nerds" according to Titford.

Today in the European Parliament Labour MEP Neena Gill slammed dithering UKIP MEP Jeffrey Titford for dismissing the European budget.

Speaking after a bitter exchange in the European Parliament, Neena Gill said:
"Mr Titford told parliament today that anyone who knows about the budget is a nerd. I have to follow the budget to make sure that people in the UK get a good deal from the European Union and to fight for changes that our voters want to see, such as an end to tobacco subsidies.

"For the two years that Jeffrey Titford was on the Parliament's budget committee, he was hardly ever there. UKIP are happy to make populist noises in plenary but are too lazy to do anything about it.

"If Mr Titford is serious about changing the budget, he'd make an effort to understand it."

A furious Neena Gill went on: "I have never been called a nerd before, but if it means fighting for a better deal, it's a name I'm happy to wear.

"UKIP have once again shown that they are not serious politicians. Not serious about representing the people they were elected to serve, and not serious about negotiating a deal for the British people."

As if Titford hadn't embarrassed himself already, he went on to say the European Parliament had "shrugged its shoulders, sighed and looked the other way," when it came to checking the "disgusting state of the EU’s finances."
In light of the recent article in the Sunday Telegraph, perhaps the newly appointed UKIP chairman should practice what he preaches by getting his own Party's finances in order.

Source: European Parliament minutes. 26 October 2005

Disgraced Wise coughs up

A full two days after the Sunday Telegraph accused UKIP MEP Tom Wise of fraudulently claiming £30,000 of EU taxpayers money, UKIP have finally issued a response to the damning claims.
The Sunday Telegraph revealed that Wise had claimed office allowances £36,000 of which he passed on only £6,000 for its intended purpose- to pay his assistant.
In a statement UKIP Leader in the European Parliament, Nigel Farage, said "the figures were wrong and the impression was given that Mr Wise was personally benefiting from these allowances."
Nevertheless, the statement failed to comment on why the figures were wrong. Farage also failed to address, why if the money was not intended for Wise's personal use was it not passed on to his assistant but swiftly handed back to the Parliament following the revelations.
UKIP's pitiful rebuttals also incorrectly state that Wise received no personal benefit from holding the money. The fact that Wise had £30,000 in his bank account for the best part of a year, will undoubtedly have earned Wise some pocket money in the form of interest.
Farage goes on to lambaste the accusations as statements which are "wholly false and impugns his [Wise's] integrity."
Nevertheless, Wise has so far kept a low profile at this months European Parliament in Strasbourg, only raising his voice to say "I don't fancy answering" when pushed on the issue. Not exactly the fighting talk you would expect from an innocent man.
The most obvious question that UKIP fail to answer is what the money was to be used for. UKIP which came to the European Parliament, intending to stop the so called "EU gravy train" in its tracks, looks like they have bought themselves a first class ticket and jumped right on board- destination Hypocrisy -Ville.

Source: UKIP

Tuesday, October 25

Too little too late as Wise hands your money back.

See below for UKIP's delayed and pitiful explanation as to why Tom Wise had £30,000 of YOUR money stashed in his bank account:

On Sunday 23rd October 2005, the Sunday Telegraph published an article about Tom Wise MEP and his use of the European Parliament's Secretarial Allowance.

The figures quoted were wrong and the impression was given that Mr Wise was personally benefiting from these allowances. This is wholly false and impugns his integrity.

Mr Wise fully accepts the simple principle that all UKIP MEP's must be above suspicion and regrets any confusion that the article has caused.

It is normal practice for MEP's secretarial allowances to be paid to a single person who acts as a paying agent to the contracted staff. Indeed, Mr Wise performed this function as office manager for Jeffrey Titford MEP in the 1999 - 2004 parliament. After his election in June 2004, and in the absence of any clear written rules, Mr Wise continued to act as paying agent, this time on behalf of his own staff.

UKIP cannot state strongly enough that at no time since his election has Mr Wise attempted to seek personal gain as a paying agent.

However, as recent rule changes discourage MEP's from performing this function, and after a meeting with the finance secretariat, Mr Wise has repaid all unspent balances to the Parliament.

Source: UKIP

Wise's 'indescretion' leads to UKIP crisis

At last years Euro elections it was UKIP who undoubtedly caught everyone by surprise, winning 12 seats in the European Parliament. However it wasn't long before allegations of sleaze took hold, and the party began to descend into anarchy. Within months UKIP had lost Ashley Mote MEP when it was learned that he had failed to declare an impending court case for benefit fraud, and then there was the infamous public fall out with Robert Kilroy-Silk.

Now, if the story in last weeks Sunday Telegraph proves to be true, it seems UKIP is well on its way to losing a third MEP in just over a year.

Tom Wise MEP for Eastern England appears to have been contradicting his own surname, having claimed £36,000 from the EU parliament to pay his researcher, Lindsay Jenkins, and then pocketing all but the £6,000 that he actually paid her.

Wise was once an assistant to Geoffrey Titford MEP and number two in the Eastern Region behind him. Titford recently took over the chairmanship of the Party after the resignation of Petrina Holdsworth.

It now looks as if Holdsworth's resignation was not entirely unrelated to this weeks disclosure. It appears that Wise's "indiscretion" was known to senior members of the Party who appeared to do nothing. Holdsworth quit after last month citing Party Leader Roger Knapman's inability to stand up to his colleagues.

Sources indicate that Holdsworth's demand for "greater transparency," which sparked the row with UKIP deputy leader Mike Nattrass, related directly to this issue, as rumours had spread of a gap between MEP's incomes and their actual declared spending. The former chairman's resignation has now been followed by a senior member of the Party’s NEC and more are expected to follow.

Meanwhile, Wise remains a UKIP MEP, but surely not for much longer. The third UKIP MEP in less than a year to bite the bullet now seems likely. Along with the recent loss of several National Executive Committee members, is the end now in sight for UKIP?

Source: The Sunday Telegraph, 23 October 2005

Sunday, October 23

Wise lies land Tom in hot water

UKIP MEP for the Eastern Region, Tom Wise, is this week at the centre of yet another UKIP controversy as the European Parliament gathers for its monthly meeting in Strasbourg.

An investigation by the Sunday Telegraph has revealed that Wise is claiming £36,000 a year of public money for a researcher he is paying just £6,000.

The parliament has paid Mr Wise the full £36,000 in the belief that it is being passed on to Ms Jenkins, a freelance author and researcher. Parliament rules state that the Parliament will pay the salaries of MEPs' assistants only when the amount being claimed matches the sum paid out.

However, it appears that Jenkins was unaware that, the MEP had told the European parliament that her salary was six times higher than it actually was.

Wise has since admitted that the extra money is in his bank account. He claimed that he had not intended to spend it and that he was merely "looking after it" for Ms Jenkins.

In the past UKIP have always been the first to criticise the so called 'EU gravy train.' Just recently Wise who picks up an annual salary of £59,095 plus a range of expensive perks, denounced the EU for being "a hideous waste of your money".

In a press release he said: "UKIP are the only party who think that the whole concept [of the EU] is built on a succession of lies. The proponents of the 'project' [the EU] will not tell you where it is going, if indeed they know. They will not tell you what it will cost as they have no idea. Yet you - and I - have to pay for it." - Famous last words if ever there were.

Mr Wise, first became financially connected to Ms Jenkins last autumn when they agreed a deal in which she would be paid £500 a month to work as a statistical researcher for him.

He gave her European parliament forms to sign to make her an official assistant but they did not contain the specified amount of her salary. When he applied to the parliament's payments office to register her he told them he was paying her an annual salary of £36,000.

Wise said "I have a contract between Lindsay Jenkins and the European parliament. I am not going to comment on the amount she has had." He later admitted that he was claiming £36,000 "in her name" from the payments office but that her actual payments added up to just £6,000 plus a small amount for extra work done.

When pushed on the subject as to why there is a discrepancy between the amount he pays his assistant and the amount of tax payers money he is claiming, Wise could only reply "I don't fancy answering."

A friend of 59-year-old Ms Jenkins said: "The agreement was always that she would be paid £500 a month as a retainer and for that she would work a certain number of hours.

"The sum of £36,000, or anything like it, was never mentioned to her. It was only by accident that she found out there was a lot of extra money being claimed in her name."

This episode is the latest in a series of financial misdemeanours by UKIP, the so called "straight talking Party." Last month UKIPwatch revealed that three UKIP MEPs are also refusing to play straight when it comes to their expenses. MEPs Godfrey Bloom, Roger Knapman and John Whittaker have so far failed to publicly declare their financial interests, in accordance with Parliament rules.

Source: The Sunday Telegraph, 23 Oct 2005

Thursday, October 13

Kilroy returns once more

The European Parliament was shocked for a second time this month as failed chat show host and party leader Robert Kilroy Silk manage to take time out form his busy schedule on the Costa del Sol to appear in Brussels.
Silk who last month came under increasing pressure from MEPs and the President of the Parliament to either start doing what he was elected to do or get out of politics once and for all, had been in danger of contravening Parliament rules. Rules state that if a Member does not attend half of the monthly plenary sessions they will not be entitled to pick up their Parliamentary allowances.
As Silk had not been seen in the Parliament since April, he was on the verge of being denied his allowance. This spurred him into action in Brussels.Nevertheless it was easy work for Silk, all he did was press a few buttons to register his vote and then cleared off, taking his wife also his personal secretary and chauffeur with him. Hardly the revolutionary work that he promised- to bring the European Parliament down from the inside.

Sunday, October 9

Behind the scenes personality clash overshaddows UKIP conference

It seems everyone is talking about leadership at the moment. Gordon and Tony, Ken and David and now the UKIP mob.
Last week, UKIP chairwoman Petrina Holdsworth joined in on the action after a blazing row with deputy UKIP leader, Mike Nattrass. The row which has overshaddowed UKIP's party conference this week end has unearthed deep divisions in the UKIP leadership, and lifted the lid on the Party's unprofessional personal politics.
What's more The Sunday times has now been passed a copy of the Email spat which led up to Holdsworth resignation. The emails which were circulated confidentially amongst UKIP's national executive committee, were passed on by a disgruntled member unhappy with UKIP leader Roger Knapman's handling of the affair:
  • September 26 From: Petrina Holdsworth To: UKIP MEPs and members of the National Executive Committee. "At the moment we have an awful lot of people employed by MEPs over here and I'm not sure that all of them are fully utilised."
  • September 28 From: Mike Nattrass To: Petrina Holdsworth "Petrina, when you take your swipes at MEPs you should first understand what you are saying. You suffer from a blind ignorance of the facts and refuse to understand even when your nose is pushed in it. We are expected to attend Parliament, make speeches at 10pm, leave our businesses and families to fly backwards and forwards for UKIP and then look forward to a load of crap from a chairman who does not even try to understand."
  • From: Petrina Holdsworth To: Mike Nattrass "This sort of reply is not helpful, it is just plain rude. If you are incapable of keeping a civil tongue in your head you should keep quiet."
  • From: Mike Nattrass To: Petrina Holdsworth "You are the rude one. To send a message of effective 'no confidence' in the way MEPs employ their staff and copied to the NEC is BLOODY RUDE and DESERVES A RUDE REPLY."
  • From: Petrina Holdsworth To: Mike Nattrass "Mike, there seems little point in continuing this exchange."
  • September 28, 8.53pm From: Petrina Holdsworth To: Mike Nattrass "Mike, I revisited your e-mails once the dust had settled and on reflection believe you have gone completely beyond the bounds of reasonable behaviour both in your language and in the assertions which you made. I demand an apology as I do not see that anyone on the National Executive Committee should be subject to such extraordinary abuse by a fellow member."
  • September 29 From: Mike Nattrass To: Petrina Holdsworth "Petrina it has been increasingly clear that you have a view of what MEPs do and the benefits they get which is not based on reality. Also you feel that the membership 'think we have gone native'. "I want an apology from you on this issue… If you as chairman make these misguided statements to the National Executive Committee there is no hope."
  • From: Petrina Holdsworth To: Mike Nattrass "I have warned you all of the feeling within the party. What more do you want? Blood probably. I am still waiting for my apology!"
  • Shortly after this e-mail, Ms Holdsworth decided to resign, but was persuaded back from the brink by Roger Knapman, the party leader. He and eight of the party's other MEPs wrote an open letter addressed to her.
  • October 2 From: Roger Knapman, Nigel Farage, Jeffrey Titford, Gerard Batten, Godfrey Bloom, Graham Booth, Derek Clark, Tom Wise and John Whittaker To: Petrina Holdsworth "We were very sorry to see the intemperate, inaccurate and unnecessary e-mails that you were sent. This sort of thing achieves nothing except to damage our cause. We are, however, delighted that you will stay on as chairman for the last year of Roger's period as leader." Ms Holdsworth considered the letter to be adequate, but only as a "holding statement" pending a more fulsome apology and preferably the removal of Mr Nattrass from his position.
  • Within days, however, it had all gone wrong again. By Tuesday, Ms Holdsworth had resigned for a second, and apparently final, time. She sent an e-mail to the party's NEC members to explain.
  • October 4 From: Petrina Holdsworth To: All NEC members "I was approached by Roger Knapman to rescind my resignation as chairman on the basis that Roger was willing to remove Nattrass from the deputy leadership for his recent behaviour. I agreed to that. "Roger then told me that it would be very difficult to remove it forthwith as the conferences were so close in time with all the attendant publicity. He said that he would obtain a letter from the other MEPs apologising for Nattrass's behaviour. "I went to London on the 3rd of October. On my return… nothing had been added to the short holding statement… "I am left with no alternative in my view but to resign yet again as chairman of the party and from the NEC in order to preserve my own integrity and self-respect."

Source: D Fogo, "Chairman Resigns Twice in furious UKIP row" The Sunday Telegraph 9 September 2005

Friday, October 7

Jeffrey 'Titters' Titford to the rescue!

Following the resignation of UKIP Party Chairwoman Petrina Holdsworth earlier this week, UKIP have been quick find a replacement.
Jeffrey Titford, Member of the European Parliament for Eastern England, will step back into the fold for an interim period sparing UKIP any embarrassment which would have been caused heading into the party conference this week end without a chairman.
UKIP leader, Roger Knapman who faced damning criticism from the ousted Holdsworth, welcomed Titford's appointment, by saying "I am very grateful to Jeffrey for agreeing to take on this task. He is a much-respected figure who has contributed a great deal to the Party over many years."
Meanwhile disgruntled party members are beginning to show their dissatisfaction with the UKIP leadership. Supporters of Holdsworth are unhappy with the way Knapman failed to stand up to deputy leader Mike Nattrass, who allegedly bullied Holdsworth out of the party.
Many are also frustrated by the fact that power within the party is being centralised around the 10 UKIP MEPs.
Six out of 14 National Executive Committee Members are now Euro MPs including the party leader, the deputy and the chairman. The 10 UKIP MEPs are also the Party's official spokespersons. The MEPs also directly employ 90% of UKIP staff including the regional officers, researchers and press officers leaving members in the UK with little say in the direction of the party.

Source: UKIP

Wednesday, October 5

UKIP leadership row overshaddows party conference

As UKIPwatch reported back in July, all is not well in the UKIP camp.

Yesterday Party chairwoman Petrina Holdsworth finally threw her towel in after months of in fighting and back biting.

The rumours first circulated last week that she had once again resigned, which were then followed by a swift press release from UKIP saying that she hadn’t. Today UKIP confirmed that this time Holdsworth's resignation is for keeps – or for as long as "the current regime" is in place.

The main reason for her resignation is UKIP leader Roger Knapman and his apparent refusal to stand by the terms of his agreement with Petrina, which brought her back into the fold after her original resignation on Friday. The deal had been that a letter of support from the UKIP MEPs – with the noteable exception of deputy leader Mike Nattrass – would be published on the UKIP website and that Nattrass would be fired.

Holdsworth did however accept that Nattrass could stay on until after the conference this weekend, to maintain the façade of Party unity, but he would then be given the boot immediately afterwards.

However, it soon became clear that UKIP leader Knapman had no intention of honouring his part of the deal and in fact had passed word to Nattrass via an intermediary that his position was safe "contingent on his continued good behaviour". Nattrass's response was to fire off another abusive e-mail in the direction of the party chairman.

Holdsworth's response was to deliver an ultimatum which expired yesterday afternoon and, on failing to hear from Knapman, she again submitted her resignation, leaving UKIP without a chairman for its upcoming conference this week end.

With the Conservative Party conference in full-swing, and the Clarkeites pushing the idea that "Europe" is no longer an issue in the leadership, a crisis in UKIP is just what the Eurosceptics do not need.

UKIP, under the "leadership" of Knapman – himself a former Tory MP and whip –may have turned out to have dealt the cause a crippling blow, just at the time when it was most important to present a strong, united face to the public. It looks like the Tories may be getting ready to take on a few new recruits.

Source: UKIP, UKIP forum

UKIP Chairwoman quits after UKIP leadership spat

After months of speculation UKIP Chairwoman Petrina Holdsworth has finally thrown in the towel. In her letter to the UK Independence Party National Executive Committee, Holdsworth highlights the lack of respect from UKIP deputy Leader Mike Nattrass and lack of trust from UKIP Leader Roger Knapman as reason for turning her back on the faltering party. See the damning resignation letter below:

Dear NEC Member

I was approached by Roger Knapman to rescind my resignation as Chairman on the basis that Roger was willing to remove Nattrass from the Deputy Leadership for his recent behaviour.

I agreed to that.

Roger then told me that it would be very difficult to remove it forthwith as the conferences were so close in time with all the attendant publicity plus the fact that Nattrass was co-hosting the I&D Group Conference. I was left in no doubt however that it would be removed by Roger after the conferences.

I therefore agreed to that.

In the meantime he said that he would obtain a letter from the other MEPs apologising for Nattrass`s behaviour .He stated that the letter was to be put on our website.

(As you know the letter has been signed by the other MEPs and a copy circulated to the NEC members.)

In the meantime Nattrass had issued another intemperate email on the 2nd October at 10.48.I telephoned Roger about this who indicated that Nattrass would have to go forthwith as he had now "cut his own throat". I telephoned Roger later that day but he was unavailable.

I then spoke with Piers that evening (2nd of October) who had no knowledge of any further action having been taken by Roger and we agreed that a short holding statement should be put on the web.

We agreed that the next day the MEPs letter would be put on the web,or at least a reference to the MEP's letter would be added to the statement. I sent two emails later that evening pointing out that there was no reference to Nattrass in the letter, which was not acceptable, and amongst other things I drew Roger's attention to the fact that the question of the removal of Nattrass's Deputy Leadership seemed to be slipping still further as Graham Booth had rung me that evening to say that Roger would simply be informing Nattrass that his Deputy Leadership was now dependant on his future good conduct.

I went to London on the 3rd of October. On my return in the afternoon I noted that the MEPs' letter was still not on the website contrary to my agreement with Roger and Piers.In deed nothing had been added to the short holding statement.

I emailed a copy of the letter to Stuart Gulleford and asked him to have a word with Piers out of courtesy before putting it on the website.

That evening I spoke to Stuart to ask why it was still not on the website. He told me that orders had come "from the top" to stop it going up.

I rang Roger and we had our first acrimonious exchange.

He refused to allow the letter on the website. He indicated that he did not want to remove Nattrass's Deputy Leadership. I pointed out that I felt Roger had not kept to his word on either topic and that I felt betrayed.

By the end of the evening it had been agreed that the question of the Deputy Leadership would be dealt with at the next meeting of the NEC. Roger said that Nigel (Farage) had agreed to raise the topic. I agreed to that as a final position although I viewed it as a weak option.

I hope that Nigel will not mind me adding that he was sympathetic to the position which I found myself in.

I asked Roger to put our latest agreement in writing to me as I was fed up with him changing the position so arbitrarily and frequently. He agreed and said that Piers would send me an email confirming the position this morning. No email has been forthcoming.

I have formed the view that I am no longer prepared to work under these unacceptable circumstances.

I now strongly suspect that nothing will be done re the Deputy Leadership as Roger has shown that he is not prepared to act decisively and to publicly support his chairman. I only wish he had been clear with me in the first place and then he would not have put the party in this mess.

I am left with no alternative in my view but to resign yet again as Chairman of the Party and from the NEC in order to preserve my own integrity and self respect. This time there can be no coming back under the present regime.

I thank the huge amount of people who have contacted me over the last few days to welcome me back but I cannot continue to act with the "rug being pulled from under my feet" repeatedly.

I regret that I will not be attending the conferences this weekend.

Yours sincerely,
Petrina Holdsworth

Source: UKIP forum

Monday, October 3

UKIP celebrate as EU flag is lowered

The UK Independence Party, whose aim is to 'bring the European Parliament down from the inside,' claimed a hollow victory this week.
The Party which is demanding Britain's withdrawal from the EU, were toasting yesterday as UKIP made their one and only notable achievement since being elected to the European Parliament.
Under UK law, all flags - except national ones - are treated as advertising material. With this in mind, UKIP made a formal complaint to Westminster Council to remove the EU flag on the European Parliament's offices in London, which Westminster Council has confirmed as there illegally.
This followed a similar retreat by Wear Valley council in the North-East, which had been proudly flying the blue and gold "ring of stars" outside its offices, to honour the fact that its leader, Olive Brown, is a member of the EU's Committee of the Regions.
Local resident, Jim Tague, pointed out to the council that, under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulation 1992, the EU flag is classified as "an outdoor advertisement" and requires planning permission. Wear Valley was therefore forced to remove the flag.
Nevertheless it seems that UKIP's victory will be short lived. Planning inspectors will visit Westminster this week, and are likely to suggest that the European Parliament apply for retrospective consent to fly the flag
If this goes ahead UKIP say they will object. "This is a historic conservation area linked to the British government. As such, this flag sends out an inappropriate message to the public,"
"The general public should be protected from this sort of false advertising promoting worthless tat," said UKIP's MEP Nigel Farage. "This is the most important victory for consumer power in decades."

Source: The Sunday Times October 2nd

Friday, September 30

UKIP are Losers in Livingston

Labour this week scored another by-election victory in Scotland - but with a reduced majority.

The Labour candidate in the Livingston by-election Jim Devine had a 2,680 majority over the Scottish National Party. This was a 10.22% swing to the SNP.

The by-election was necessary because of the death of former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.

Mr Cook had a 13,097 majority in May's General Election.

The newly-elected Mr Devine paid tribute to his former friend and said: "This is not a place that anyone wanted to be, far less myself.

"Robin Cook was an outstanding parliamentarian within this constituency. Let me say, I hope to continue the work that in particular he did for the constituents of this constituency."

If Jim Devine, who follows in the footsteps of the great European Robin Cook, can take any solice from the victory, it can be that he well and truly thrashed UKIP.

Once again UKIP flopped in their attempt to gain a seat in Westminster, the only Parliament which UKIP officially recognises.

The UKIP candidate Peter Adams trailed home in seventh place, managing to poll an abysmal 108 votes, which was only 0.32% of the vote.

The result is highly embarassing for UKIP, who are struggling to establish a support base outside of England. The party whose aim is to defend British intersts has failed failed to sell its "Lets get our Country back" brand north of the border, with the Scots seemingly unwilling to put their support behind white public schooled English men.

The man with the tan returns!

Not satisfied with sending a letter to the President of the European Parliament calling for the resignation of Robert Kilroy-Silk, East Midlands Tory MEPs RogerHelmer and Chris Heaton-Harris have gone one step further in trying to discover exactly how Kilroy is representing his constituents when hefails to show up for anything.
Kilroy last attended Plenary on April 12th 2005 and has not been seen in the East Midlands since early June. Many were worried he had even been 'kidnapped.'
The two Tory MEPs were offering a bottle of Champagne to the first person who spotted
the bright orange Kilroy.
Their stunt however backfired when a constituent complained that Kilroy was not the
only member wasting time saying "what we need in Europe are MEP's who will campaign for
the benefit of the people of the East Midlands and not waste their time in petty squabbles," referring to Helmer himself, who was recently kicked out of the Tory party in Europe.
Parliament rules state that "members who have not taken part in half the part-session days
will be required to repay 50% of [their general expenditure] allowance"
Mindful of this, all eyes were on September's second Plenary in Strasbourg to see if Kilroy
turned up to sign the register in order maintain his allowance.
There was amazement in Strasbourg when Kilroy appeared in the Parliament chamber - a full 5 months after he was last there. Pleased that Kilroy had eventually found himself, Heaton-Harris crossed the floor to award Kilroy the bottle of Champagne. No doubt corks will be popping at Kilroy's villa on the Spanish riviera this week end. After all Kilroy has just successfully fleeced the tax payer of £65,000 and wont have to work for another five months.

Thursday, September 29

What have UKIP got to hide?

Like their Westminster counterparts, MEPs are obliged to submit an annual declaration of
financial interests. Yet MEPs have to give their permission for their declarations of financial interest to be published on the web. At the beginning of September, The European Voice reported that a total of 47 MEPs out of 732 had failed to give permission for their declarations of financial interest to be published on the web.
Godfrey Bloom, Roger Knapman and John Whittaker all from UKIP all failed to give their
permission. Robert Kilroy-Silk also failed to give his permission, not surprising since nobody knew where he was, as did James Nicholson (Ulster Unionist Party)
The European Voice reported that Nicholson, who is a member of the Tory EPP group, had
said that his failure to put his details online was an "oversight" and that "I have no problem with it and will consider doing so".

Source: European Voice, September 1st 2005

Wednesday, September 28

Who's the hypocrite?

Gerard Batten MEP this week accused Jack Straw of "complacency and hypocrisy" in reaction to the Foreign Secretary's speech at the Labour Party Conference.

In his speech, Straw said that Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe was guilty of "bad governance" and accused the dictator of "indifference to the well-being of his own people".

Mr Batten said "This totally underplays the British government's laissez-faire attitude toward Zimbabwe, and the plight of Zimbabweans. Jack Straw accuses Mugabe of 'bad governance'; I accuse him of brutal tyranny."

The verbal assault on Jack Straw comes with particularly ironic timing. Just as Gerard Batten had lambasted the Foreign Secretary for not doing enought to help the plight of Zimbabweans, UKIP voted against measures before the European Parliament to assist refugees from countries such as Zimbabwe. UKIP MEPs including Batten attempted unsuccessfully to block a report on setting minimum conditions for granting and refusing asylum.

Tuesday, September 27

Keep you Kroes out of it!

Following in the foot steps of Socialist Group leader Martin Schulz' MEP crticisim of EU competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, UKIP's Jeffrey Titford has submitted a written question to the European Commission about the conduct of Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, during the recent German Federal elections.

In a newspaper article, Ms Kroes publicly supported Frau Angela Merkel on the grounds that she is a woman. The comments were widely interpreted as an endorsement.

Commenting on his written question, Mr Titford said: “It is highly inappropriate in itself for a European Commissioner to interfere in the domestic politics of a nation state. However, for Ms Kroes to use gender as a means of expressing her preference is wholly wrong and is, I assume, against EU rules on gender discrimination. I have asked the Commission to inform me of any action it will be taking in the matter.

“I am concerned that the endorsement by a European Commissioner may have seriously compromised Ms Merkel’s results in the German federal elections, not least by disenfranchising the male voters. In addition, many Germans blame the EU for the parlous state of their economy and are hardly likely to react well to interference from the Commission”.

Source: UKIP

Farage gives a frosty welcome to new Member States

UKIP leader in the European Parliament Nigel Farage, gave an icy welcome to Parliamentarians from Rumania and Bulgaria as they attended the Parliament sitting in Strasbourg this week. The MPs from the two countries due to join the EU in 2007, were in Strasbourg to see how their future colleagues work. This is what Nigel Farage had to say to them:

"I welcome our friends from Bulgaria and Romania. They will be warmly received by this ever‑expanding European empire.

I would say this to them: although you are not elected, you will be treated as full members of the European political elite. You will be entitled to the very generous daily allowance; you will find the chauffeur service at your disposal; there will be an endless round of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and drinks receptions. After all that, with your expanded waistlines, the plan is that you go back to your home countries and tell people that all is well with this club that you have agreed to join.

As Marx said – and I mean Groucho Marx, not Karl Marx – 'I wouldn't join any club that would have me as a member'. As far as the EU is concerned that is pretty sound advice, because this is a club whose accounts have not been signed off for the last ten years. This is a club, as you heard from the group leaders earlier, that is treating the voters of France and the Netherlands with absolute contempt as it tries to impose the provisions of a Constitution that should be dead. It is a club that will take away your very rights to govern yourselves and, sadly, is increasingly beginning to resemble the very political system from which you have just escaped. You will hear barracking from those who live on this European Union and who earn far more here than they would ever be worth in the commercial world.

You are here as observers, so just have a look around. What are we doing here today? What a nonsense that we are spending EUR 200 million a year of taxpayers' money on the monthly jaunt to Strasbourg. Have a look tomorrow and on Wednesday and Thursday at the absolutely farcical voting system here and realise that whatever Mr Barroso said last week about deregulation, less regulation and the sixty legislative acts they intend to withdraw, there have been some 2 000 legislative instruments passed in the short period since 1 July, when the British took over the Presidency of the Council.

Please look and go back and tell your people the truth. The ten Member States that joined last year all had referendums in their countries. I understand there is no intention to hold referendums in Romania and Bulgaria. Do not those people deserve the chance at least to vote in a referendum and have a debate? Would it not be a huge, historic mistake to railroad those people into this failing European Union without first telling them the truth? The British people were lied to 30 years ago about this European club. Your people deserve better than that."

(Applause from the IND/DEM Group)

Saturday, September 17

UKIP squander public money

The war of words between Labour leader in the European Parliament Gary Titley and UKIP's Nigel Farage, heated up this week.

"Parliament must act now to end UKIP's purposeful breach of public trust" said Gary Titley, as he called on the President of the European Parliament to investigate UKIP's misuse of public money for a political campaign.

In a letter to President Josep Borrell, Mr Titley, Labour leader in Europe asked him to scrutinise the funding of UKIP's political campaign in Britain urging withdrawal from the EU.

It has been alleged that the money is being taken from a budget intended to fund impartial information for citizens on Europe.

Mr Titley said: "UKIP is making a grave mistake if they think they can pull the wool over tax payers' eyes and squander public money for their own political ends.

"There are strict rules in the European parliament on the use of money. I can't spend parliament's money running Labour party campaigns. Why on earth should UKIP?

"It is typical of UKIP's blaze attitude to their role as elected representatives. While the rest of us are engaged in serious politics, fighting for a better deal for UK citizens, cleaning up our environment, and creating a stable economy for more jobs; they waste parliamentary time, stage silly stunts and now are in serious breach of parliamentary rules misusing public money.

"Parliament must act now to end this purposeful breach of public trust."

Thursday, September 15

Fraudster Mote

This week the European Parliament has been a buzz , as MEPs arrived in Brussels to get on with their Committee work.
UKIP MEPs refuse to sit on any Committees, despite picking up their Parliamentary allowances and office expenses.
This week alleged fraudster and ex UKIP MEP, Ashley Mote was observed by gobsmacked MEPs, as he wondered carelessly into the Parliaments Transport Committee, signed the attendance register and walked straight back out without even sitting down or making any contribution.
He may not have been proved a fraudster as yet in his pending court case for housing benefit fraud, but in the European Parliament he sure has earned the reputation.

Sunday, September 11

Labour demand changes after UKIP receive cash

The row between UKIP and Labour MEPs over the EU's decision to award UKIP €250,000 rumbled on this week.
Labour MEPs are fuming after the Commission decided to award UKIP the money, under a scheme which is to encourage education and the distribution of information about the EU. Instead UKIP aim to divert the cash to political campaigning against the EU.
Gary Titley, Leader of Labour in the European Parliament lambasted the decision as a "inappropriate use of parliamentary money." Other Labour MEPs are demanding the rules should be changed to prevent other campaigns in the future.
The situation was rather different from a week ago when UKIP leader in the European Parliamen, Nigel Farage, shared a platform with Titley, to call for greater openness in EU decision making.
Farage said, "Mr Titley's party and group have consistently mislead and misused vast amounts of public money. All we are doing is a little to redress the balance."

Saturday, September 10

Irony as UKIP receive EU cash

UKIP this week received €250,000 (£170,000) of taxpayers money to help it campaign against Britain's membership of the EU.
UKIP, which has ten MEPs, received the money from a fund for providing “information” to the public, which is given to all EU political groups.
UKIP, which has accused the EU of spending public funds to promote European integration, will use the money to begin a campaign for a referendum to quit the EU.
The "Let the people decide campaign" will start on Monday with a series of advertisements in national newspapers, and a website.
It is thought to be the first time that EU money has been used to push for withdrawal from the union
UKIP's grant was met with outrage from Labour MEPs,who branded it a a “disgraceful abuse of European taxpayers’ money.”
Gary Titley, the Labour leader in the European Parliament,said: “This fund was originally intended for the dissemination of information, rather than for political campaigning. I would seriously question whether this is an appropriate use of Parliamentary money.”
UKIPs leader in the European Parliament Nigel Farage hit back saying: “It is a perfectly valid use of the money — we are delighted with the irony of the situation. I did not hear complaints from Mr Titley when his own group spent their information budget interfering in the referendums in Ireland, Denmark, France, Holland and Malta. All we are doing is a little to redress the balance."
UKIP decided to campaign for a referendum after the government dropped plans for a poll on the European constitution after the French and Dutch no votes. They hope to collect two million signatures, in a petition as part of their campaign to push for British withdrawal from the EU.

Source: The Times, Sept 10th 2005

Wednesday, September 7

UKIP collaborates with it's rivals

"We're all reformers now" said UKIP's Nigel Farage yesterday, as he stood along side other party leaders in the European Parliament.
In a rare move UKIP have agreed to work along side the likes of Labour, Tories and the Lib Dems to push for greater transparency in EU decision making.
At present Ministers from all 25 countries meet regularly behind closed doors in the European Council, and debate and vote on EU legislation.
After they have reached a general agreement, they usually give wildly different views of the debate, each explaining how they triumphed.
In attempting to put an end to this secrecy, Farage found himself in agreement with Labour's Gary Titley, who described the decision making process as "almost medieval."
Farage was in full support stating, " While we are in the EU, we want it to be as open and democratic as possible."

Monday, September 5

UKIP seize on plans to curb extremists

The European Commission has put forward plans to make immigrants to Britain and other member states swear to be faithful to EU laws and its Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The so called "oath of faithfulness" to the United Kingdom and the European Union was seized up on yesterday by UKIP as a new reason for Britain to quit the EU.
A defeated sounding UKIP MEP Gerard Batten said, "with Brussels taking control of British policy, it is questionable whether any newcomers to Britain needed to show any loyalty to the country rather than to the EU itself. "


Source: The Sun, September 4th 2005

Friday, September 2

Anyone seen Kilroy?

The Telegraph spy column writes:

While his chameleon-like behaviour may amuse, the former talk-show host stands accused of not taking his job in the European Parliament seriously.
"How exactly is he representing hisconstituents in the East Midlands?'' asks Chris Heaton-Harris, a Tory MEP for the region.
"He rarely visits the European Parliament and I'm not aware of him doing anything in the East Midlands since the general election. I think he's letting down both his constituents and the country. I'll offer a bottle of champagne to the first person to spot Kilroy in the East Midlands.''

Any claim should be e-mailed to cheaton@europarl.eu.int

Source: The Telegraph Sept 1st 2005

UKIP outspent the big boys in 2004

They may have been paupers in the recent general election, but it seems that UKIP were amongst the big spenders when it came to last years Euro elections.
UKIP won 12 seats in the European Parliament in the June 2004 election, outspending every other party except the Conservatives in their election campaign.
A report by the Independent Electoral Commission has shown that UKIP spent £2.3 million behind the Tories £3.1 million on campaigning. They paid out double the £1.1m spent by the Liberal Democrats and spent £600,000 more than Labour.
The majority of UKIP's money came from Harrogate business man Paul Sykes, who donated £900,000 towards bill board advertising. However, since then Sykes has scaled down his support for UKIP by refusing to supply them with cash towards constituencies with a euro sceptic Tory MP.
In contrast to the euro elections, UKIP's piggy bank dwindled for the recent general election. UKIP received a poor £235,000 worth of donations for the May 2005 poll, despite fielding 451 candidates. It is likely that UKIPs donors felt short changed by their investment towards the European election campaign and therefore kept their wallets firmly closed.
UKIPs MEPs are notorious for their poor attendance in Parliament and have made little headway in Britains withdrawl from the EU. On top of that two of their MEPs have quit the party, with former chat show host Robert Kilroy Silk, using them as a platform for his own personal gain.

Source: The Guardian, September 1st 2005

Clarke is backed by UKIP

He may be facing "back biting" from within his own party, but Ken Clarke has been officially given UKIP's blessing in the Tory leadership battle.
The UK independence party, which has in the past criticised Clarke for his pro-European views, is now welcoming the prospect of Clarke as Tory leader.
"Ken Clarke is a man of great principle and experience, and has support from a very broad range of voters," said UKIP MEP Nigel Farage.
"He says he's the best man for the job and we at UKIP agree wholeheartedly."
In recent weeks UKIP have warmed towards Clarke after his criticism of the Euro.
However some cynics believe that UKIP's latest move is a way for their supporters to infiltrate the leadership camapaign of this most staunch pro EU Tory.
It would seem that Farage's statements have caused unrest amongst UKIP's grass root supporters. Many have began to question Farage's integrity, which could indeed spark UKIP's very own leadership battle.

Source: The Independent

Thursday, August 25

UKIP must learn to tighten the purse strings

Figures published by the Electoral Commission have revealed just how much the main political parties received in financial donations in the crucial run up to the May 5th general election.

Donations from April to June totalled £6,071,637 for the Conservatives compared to £5,803,413 for Labour. The Liberal Democrats trailed with £1,192,191.

The figures however did not make good reading for the UK independence Party. UKIP received donations totalling a relatively small £235,181.

Worryingly for UKIP their main donor was one of its very own MEPs. Graham Booth, UKIP MEP for the south west gave the party £10,232.

Mr Booth's donation was small change compared to the half a million pound the Conservatives received from transport entrepreneur Sir Tom Cowie and the £740,000 the GMB union donated to Labour.

The only shred of comfort for UKIP was that they out raised fellow minnows Veritas by a factor of 10 to 1. The party previously led by Robert Kilroy-Silk saw income of just £23,087.

Despite donations to UKIP totalling £235,181, the party was forced to pick up a bill of £250,000 in the aftermath of their abysmal showing at the ballot box.

UKIP was forced to dole out a quarter of a million pounds in the form of lost deposits on the 451 seats it contested.

UKIP's financial woes have not been without consequence. Only last month did a frustrated UKIP Leeds chairman, Peter Rogers, turn his back on the party after being given a mere £400 to fight the general election campaign.

With a round of by-elections planned for the autumn it looks likely that once again Graham Booth and his UKIP chums will have to have a 'whip round' their offices in Brussels to have any hope of fielding by- election candidates.

Source: epolitix

Wednesday, August 24

UKIP scare monger with Eastern EU worker statistics

The Government today released figures, which showed that the number of workers from the new EU Member States registered in the UK has exceeded their initial estimates.

This was something which UKIP's Nigel Farage was quick to seize on, blasting the figures “nothing short of an outrage.”

According to Home Office statistics, around 232,000 applicants from eight countries - Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the three Baltic states - have registered under a special scheme, allowing them to work in Britain. The scheme was set up before the May 2004 enlargement to prevent abuse of the UK's social benefit system.

“UKIP has said over and again that we have lost control of our borders. The government tried to ignore us but now the truth is out. The only way we can get out of this mess is to take back control of our own borders instead of allowing Brussels to dictate who and who cant come to our country,” said Farage.

However, the news is not as devastating as UKIP would have you believe. The scheme set up to monitor these workers has helped the British economy remain the strongest in Europe. The new workers have filled a valuable role in helping British industry remain competitive.

The employees from the new member states are mostly employed in factories (41,000) and restaurant kitchens (12,000), taking jobs the British employers have found hard to fill. They are overwhelmingly young - between 18 and 34 - and rarely claim social benefits. In total, around 1,700 people have applied for benefits (out of 232,000), and only 50 claims have been considered further.

All the while the UK continues to have a booming economy and record low levels of unemployment.

Source: EUobserver UKIP

Monday, August 22

UKIP founder Dr Alan Sked- a Europhile turned sour

This week, UKIP founder Dr Alan Sked gave an interview to cafe babel, the European current affairs magazine. The staunch euro-sceptic is now highly critical of his former party, which he set up as a pressure group, for being too right wing and having disconnected policies. Here is what he had to say:

In 1993 he founded UKIP, with the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union as its central policy. “I was busy turning the Tory party [the Conservatives] into a Eurosceptic movement. But I didn’t think things were moving quickly enough, so I formed UKIP. If parties see their share of the vote shrink, they will adapt their policies much quicker.” Mr Sked believes he has been successful on this front. “All three main parties in Britain [Labour, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives] used to be pro-European. Now only two are.”

Yet the relationship between UKIP and its founder has deteriorated over the past few years. “They hate me now. Maybe even more than they hate Brussels”, he laughs. “The party has just become too right-wing and has completely changed its policies. We never used to want MEPs, there would just have been empty seats in the European Parliament.” This does not mean, however, that Dr Sked’s political career is over. If the Conservative party ‘dares’ to choose a pro-European leader, the academic vows, “I will probably establish a new party. I’ll probably call it the International party, because that’s what I’m for.”

I’ve heard and absorbed a lot of negativity about the whole European project. Just for a change, might it be possible for the historian to imagine a positive future for EU cooperation? “A popular Europe is feasible, but only if we have a common enemy, like Islam for instance. But I sincerely hope that doesn’t happen.”

To Read the full cafe babel interview click here

Tuesday, August 16

UKIP's Euro-myth

In September UKIP are planning to launch a nationwide assault on Britain's membership of the European Union, through a campaign they have entitled "Let the people decide."
The campaign will include an online petition and regional publicity drives, to publicise their ill informed "euro-myth" that the EU no longer resembles the free trade area the British people were allegedly conned in to joining in the 1970's.
Such claims about the European Union can be seen as shorthand for xenophobia, and to raise the myth of ‘foreigners taking over the nooks and crannies of British life’.
It was, Hitler who said that people “will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one,” a quote which UKIP have also used on their website. It is for this reason, that we feel it necessary to dispell the euro-myth which UKIP have founded their campaign on and are intent on using to play up to people's concerns regarding the EU.
The UKIP campaign claims that the British government told the electorate they were simply joining a free trade zone in the 1975 referendum. However this is simply not true. British governments never hid the significance of joining the EU.
The Wilson government, in setting out its reasons for applying in 1967, stressed that “the Government’s purpose derives above all from our conviction that Europe is now faced with the opportunity of a great move forward in political unity and that we can - and indeed we must - play our full part in it...”
The Wilson Government White Paper pointed out that membership involved “Community law
having direct internal effect is designed to take precedence over the domestic law of the Member States”.
The Heath Government’s 1971 White Paper on joining spoke of the aims of “an ever closer union
among European peoples” and not just of trade but “social progress”, “approximating the economic policies of member states”, “stability”, and “closer relations of the member states” - all“objectives to which this country can wholeheartedly subscribe”.
The White Paper went on to say: “ If the political implications of joining Europe are at present
clearest in the economic field, it is because the Community is primarily concerned with economic
policy. But it is inevitable that the scope of the Community’s external policies should broaden as
member countries interests become harmonised. That is the Community’s clear intention. As
regards the co-ordination of foreign policy, the practical obligations which the UK will assume if we join now will involve no more than we have already assumed in WEU. But we shall be joining at a moment when we will be able to influence the process of development. This will also be true of progress towards economic and monetary union”.
It underlined that “what is proposed is a sharing and an enlargement of individual national
sovereignties in the general interest,” and “a Europe united would have the means of recovering
the position in the world which Europe divided has lost”.
It is also worth looking at the statements sent to every household prior to the referendum on
membership in 1975. The Government’s statement explained that this was “probably the most important choice that the British people have ever been asked to make”. A far cry from UKIP's claim of a small trading matter!

Source: Euromyths

Monday, August 15

Kilroy-Silk does 'little or no work' and should quit, say MEPs

A cross-party coalition have repeated calls for Robert Kilroy-Silk to quit the European Parliament on the grounds that he seldom attends and does "little or no work" for his East Midlands constituency.

In a letter to the parliament's president Josep Borrell, four MEPs, who all represent the East Midlands, say Mr Kilroy-Silk is not "fulfilling the pledge he made on becoming an MEP, to serve the electorate of his region".

The letter marks a new low in the political career of Mr Kilroy-Silk. Having resigned from two Euro-sceptic parties, the UK Independence Party and the Right-wing Veritas Party, he currently sits as a non-aligned member in the chambers of Brussels and Strasbourg.

His four regional colleagues - Christopher Heaton-Harris (Conservative), Roger Helmer (Conservative), Phillip Whitehead (Labour) and Derek Clark (Ukip) - said they "deplore" Mr Kilroy-Silk's non-attendance.

"He seems to have done little or no work as a constituency MEP for the East Midlands. This leaves five MEPs to do the work of six and the electorate have been short-changed," they wrote.
"Mr Kilroy-Silk should either do the job for which he is paid, or get out and leave it to those who can."

The parliament has no power to remove Mr Kilroy-Silk, who is understood to have attended the minimum number of plenary sessions required to be eligible for his parliamentary allowances.

"While Mr Kilroy-Silk will remain within the letter of the law, he will hardly be fulfilling the pledge he made on becoming an MEP, to serve the electorate of his region," the MEPs wrote.

Mr Kilroy-Silk last signed the plenary session attendance register on April 12.

Mr Heaton-Harris and Mr Whitehead have followed up their Brussels protest with a letter to local newspapers calling for Mr Kilroy-Silk to go. "He seems to specialise in resignation. So it is time for him to do the decent thing and resign from the European parliament," they wrote.
Mr Kilroy-Silk refused to comment on the protest.

Source: The Telegraph

Thursday, August 11

Farage blasts EU Trade Union initiative "propaganda for the chosen."

The European Commission today launched its annual initiative to help trade unions involved in pan EU dialogue.

The "Promotion of Active Citizenship" initiative aims to assist cross-industry trade unions participating in European social dialogue in areas relating to the promotion of active European citizenship.

The initiative also aims to bring citizens closer to the EU institutions and involve them in reflection and discussion on the construction of the European Union.

Ironically then UKIP's Nigel Farage, who spends his days in Brussels complaining that the people of Europe are being ignored, was first to criticise the initiative.

"This is a transparent use of our money to persuade us to do things we don't want to do", said Farage.

"Looking at the grants that have been offered to Trade Unions in this project in the past, it is obvious that hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers cash are to be doled out to fund meetings where trade unionists meet other trade unionists in order to say how wonderful they are and more importantly how important the EU is in ensuring regressive economic policy."

Once again, it seems that Farage has missed the point of the EU's intentions. By reinforcing the EU social model it will be ensured that the Member States do not off load the social responsibilities of their welfare states, which in turn would mean off loading part of their sovereignty.

Moreover, the initiative encourages active contribution to the EU's future direction- something which UKIP supporters should welcome.

Source: IND/DEM Group

Wednesday, August 10

UKIP launch "Let the people decide" campaign.

In September, UKIP is planning to launch a nationwide campaign to press the Government for a referendum on Britain's future in the European Union. The campaign will include an online petition which UKIP have entitled"Let the people decide." UKIP is hoping to muster thousands of signatures to present to Downing Street.
The party is basing the campaign on the premise that there has been no referendum on the EU since 1975. UKIP claim that since that time the EU has radically changed to the extent that it is barely recognisable from the free trade area of 1973.
In recent weeks UKIP has been desperately calling on its members to sign the on line petition. However it seems that with UKIP's poor support base and limited financial resources the campaign will have little impact and prove to be no more than a publicity stunt.
Critics say that such campaign tactics effectively confirm UKIP's position as a peripheral political pressure group, rather than a serious political party.


Source: UKIP

Sunday, August 7

Immigrants cause water shortages, says Veritas

As if proof was ever needed that Veritas were right wing nutters, the so called "straight talking party," have this week have reached new depths.
Veritas which has been in chaos since party leader Robert Kilroy Silk turned his back on them, is now blamming the current water shortages in the South East of England on immigrants.
"It is not a shortage of rain that is causing water shortages in the UK but an ever increasing population fuelled by mass immigration," said Veritas' environment spokesman, Carl Faulkner in a statement.
He went on, "Britain is full. Mother nature is telling us. Veritas is listening. The other parties are not."

The timing of this outburst is nothing but sickening, considering the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Niger and Mali, where severe drought means tens of thousands are facing starvation. On a lesser scale Spain, France and Portugal are also facing drought affecting their agricultural community.

Nevertheless, it is hoped that immigrants in the South East will listen to Veritas' message by laying off their hosepipes for the next few weeks, to save Britain from instant disaster.

Source: Veritas

Friday, August 5

Kilroy "led us up the garden path," says jaded ex employee

A STAUNCH Eurosceptic who worked as a political researcher for Robert Kilroy-Silk this week criticised the former television presenter and Euro MP for walking out on the political party he founded just five months ago.
Tony Bennett, of Chippingfield, Old Harlow, branded Mr Kilroy-Silk a failure after he resigned as leader of Veritas.
Mr Kilroy-Silk cited the party's poor showing in May's General Election, as well as its lack of cash and proper structure as reasons for his departure. "We tried and failed," he said in a statement.
However, Mr Bennett, a former United Kingdom Independence Party candidate who stood for Veritas in Harlow and polled 941 votes, said it was Mr Kilroy-Silk who was the failure.
"He does appeal to a significant section of the electorate but he has failed us as a leader of a political party," he said. "It was his party, it was his job to lead it well and he's failed.
"His leadership has been absent rather than incompetent. We all feel he's led us up the garden path and abandoned us when we've got to the top of the garden path. There's no staying power at all."
Mr Bennett revealed he resigned from Veritas two weeks after the election because of problems he had with a senior party member.
He also became disillusioned when the party failed to agree a draft constitution he had drawn up and said the leadership was not democratically elected.
His contract as Mr Kilroy-Silk's political researcher ends this month.
Mr Bennett, who has not spoken to Mr Kilroy-Silk for the past four weeks, said: "The name Veritas (Latin for 'truth') was wrong in the first place. It was pretentious, wasn't it? "
A lot of people are saying Robert Kilroy-Silk formed the party as a vehicle for self-promotion. I'm not saying that myself, but I can understand the perception.
"Veritas is in a state of partial ruin. I think it is dying."
Asked about his future plans, Mr Bennett said he would be meeting with other disaffected Veritas members to discuss a way forward.

Source: Herts and Essex News

Another one bites the dust?

Following a recent exodus of party members, it now seems that another crack has appeared in the UKIP foundations.

It has been reported this week that Petrina Holdsworth, UKIP Chairwoman and recent candidate in the general election for Folkestone and Hythe, has been sidelined and replaced.

UKIP party members have received letters, signed from “acting party chairman” Graham Booth, Member of the European Parliament for the South West, without explanation as to the demise of the only prominent female member of UKIP.

Meanwhile, UKIP are planning a series of meetings and conferences for the autumn to discuss the future and urgent restructuring of the faltering party.

Source: UKIP Forum

Tuesday, August 2

Latest EU poll makes miserable reading for UKIP

A recent YouGov poll commissioned by the U.K. Independence Party has back fired in Nigel Farage's face.

The poll shows that 50% of those questionned would vote to leave the EU, whilst over 60% think a referendum should be held on Britain’s continued membership.

The poll of over 2,000 people, which was conducted between the 22nd & 25th July, apparently shows that euroscepticism is on the increase.

UKIP MEP Nigel Farage said, “These results are better than we could ever have dreamed. It now shows that there is a clear majority which wants free trade with the EU rather than membership.”

Although UKIP were quick to seize on the results, they make abysmal reading for the UK Independence Party.

The fact that an alleged 50% of those questionned were against membership, says more of UKIP than the EU.

Many of those questionned appear disolusionned with the EU, but nevertheless do not find the United Kingdom Independence Party a credible answer to their concerns.

In the recent general election UKIP took just a 2.35% share of the vote, and hold only 10 Seats in the European Parliament. This does not correspond to the 50% of people who allegedly share in their cause.

This can be based in part on the internal turmoil which UKIP is currently going through. In recent weeks several prominent members have abandoned the party, which has been on a downward spiral since political loser Robert Kilroy Silk walked out in February, branding them "right wing nutters."

Source: UKIP