Saturday, April 29

Flagging Up Trouble

Matt Davies, the UKIP candidate for Knaphill in the local elections, has expressed his outrage at an order by senior fire officers to remove the Union Flag at a station in Woking.

"The fact the council is saying this is due to health and safety concerns, is the most ludicrous notion I have ever heard.

"It is typical of the weak, subservient old parties to see this pushed through. It's time we started trusting our people again and give them back their right to show pride in their country!"

As the diatribe continued, so did the nationalist sentiments:

"Many of the fire fighters angry at this decision are ex-forces, who have fought for this country's freedoms. UKIP believe they are being let down terribly by the politicians who are supposed to represent them. We believe the coming council elections are an ideal time for people to show that enough is enough!"

Defection Numero Dos

Former Tory MP for Ludlow Christopher Gill has announced his immediate defection to UKIP amid claims that there is dissatisfaction within the Conservative Party about re-instating "dinosaurs" to the front bench and, more significantly, party differences on Europe. "I know that there are quite a number of Conservative members and probably MPs in other parties too, who secretly agree with what UKIP is trying to do".

"It is just sad that they won't have the courage to do what is right for our country and come out of the closet and say so".

Perhaps setting up a hotline for angst-ridden would-be UKIP converters would be of help.

Riddle of the Spinks

Rumours abound in Westminster this week regarding the possible defection of Conservative MP Bob Spinks to UKIP, as reported in the Hickey column of the Daily Express (13.04.06)

According to an inside source, "Bob made it clear he didn't approve of what Cameron said because UKIP is a party he respects".

And it appears UKIP would be just as glad to have him as the Tories would be to get rid: "It is well known UKIP Would be delighted to have someone as able as Bob on board and there's now a fear he could change sides if Cameron continues with these outbursts".

The Telegraph equally highlighted the Castle Point MP's sympathy for the much-maligned secessionists: "UKIP supporters are no more racist than the Tories were in the last election. I regret very much the personalised political attack on UKIP".

Racism, naturally, being perfectly acceptable provided the threshold is clarified before the campaign.

Loonies!

"Fruticakes, Loonies and Closet Racists" Revisited

Amid the media frenzy that followed the comments made by David Cameron, the Tory leader's press secretary, former UKIP candidate George Eustice, has, somewhat diplomatically, supported the views of his employer. "David's right. I agree with him. I was in UKIP long enough to realise it wasn't the political party for me".

Not wanting to say I could have told you so, but .......

Source: London Evening Standard, 18 April, Londoner's Diary

Crossed Wires

UKIP old boy Jeffrey Titford picked up a few wrong signals this week over proposals to erect an Orange mobile mast in the village of North Farmbridge. The Eastern Counties MEP had falsely and vociferously claimed that the local nursery, Deerlands, would be forced to close on health and safety grounds, but was put in his rightful place by owner Heidi Cook who refuted his allegations.

"I did not provide any information directly to Mr Titford regarding the alleged closure of my nursery if the mobile phone mast was granted permission and, indeed, was not asked".

Once the truth emerged, Mr Titford could only muster up a somewhat sheepish and curt response: "There has been a misunderstanding, arising from information given to me by other villagers, and I apologise".

And so the vacancy for a new village idiot was duly filled!

Motormouth Natrass

With typical sensationalist fervour, UKIP transport spokesman Mike Natrass has cited the party's favourite scapegoat as the culprit for the closure of the Royton Peugeot factory by claiming that the EU has single-handedly orchestrated its move to Slovakia through EU grants.

Overlooking the strict, member-state monitored cohesion funding system, Mr Nattrass said "The Commission has decided that Trnava deserves the jobs more than Coventry, with the British government doing nothing more than a helpless bystander".

Failing to realise that this was the choice of the manufacturer and beyond political intervention, Mr Natrass continued:

"How can our democratically elected parliament at Westminster have given the unelected European Commission the power to play god with British workers jobs?"

As the answer to that rhetorical question is so simple, Mr Natrass is obviously dying to be sent to Coventry, arf arf!

Wednesday, April 19

Joan Collins: Life, politics and sheer bitchery (Sunday Times
News Review, 16 Apr, p. 7): "In the 1980s Collins was well known for
her Thatcherite views. Today she is an unashamed Brussels-bashing
English patriot. A year ago she came out for UKIP, telling the press
that she was flattered to be asked by her friend Robert Kilroy-Silk
- then a leading party member - to be a patron of the party. Now she's
about as happy at having appeared at the UKIP meeting as she is at
having appeared on Footballers' Wives. "One afternoon in Nottingham I
was bored and my friend Robert Kilroy-Silk asked me to come to a UKIP
meeting and have my photo taken with him. So I did. And that was it. I
never said I was patron or a supporter.""

Sunday, April 16

Are You Local?

As the local elections loom, our beloved UKIP have released their new, improved (and grammatically sound) manifesto to show us just what a modern, 21st century party they really are.

As local election co-ordinator Jonathan Arnott explains "It has taken us a long time to get used to the idea that there is a lot more that the UK Independence party must be talking about". Hmmm, the single-issue party label wearing a bit thin, is it? Despite attempts to broaden their policy spectrum, their lack of homework is self-evident.

Take their section on transport for instance seeking "Closer local control of public transport and improved safety, particularly at night". Sounds like a positive mantra for such a forward-thinking ensemble, n'est-ce pas? And the altruism is twofold, with their plans to save visitors to the capital a few pennies with a defiant "Say NO to crackpot congestion charges". With such extraordinary policies in place, our roads would be the safest in the world.... because the mass influx of private vehicles lured back to a free-entry London would have brought all the buses to a permanent standstill!

The financial thriftiness and road safety theme continues with the call to "Remove speed cameras unless they cut accidents". Well, naturally, why would we need them with all that inert traffic in our cities? Not forgetting that if you live in a rural area there is, of course, no risk at all to life or limb from speeding vehicles. Fruitcakes!

And the principal objective of the manifesto? "Reorganise local taxes to slash council tax by 50%". Nice traditional vote-wooing material there, but this, coupled with funding lost through scrapping socially and environmentally responsible congestion charges and speed cameras would merely leave the transport system in dilapidation. Unless hailing a glorified skateboard to work on a wet winter morning down a pot-holed A-road is your cup of darjeeling, you had better get those rusty cogs to come up with a few more realistic policies. Unconvinced we remain!
Source: UKIP

Friday, April 14

Nutters fruitcakes and racists?

Cameron's reference to UKIP as "nutters fruitcakes and racists" seems to have become one of his most quoted lines. Yet what took him so long to notice? After all, much of the evidence was already around in the 2004 Britain in Europe publication on UKIP. Click here to see:

http://corbett.pir2.info/assets/docs/briefing/theres-something-about-ukip.pdf

Thursday, April 13

UKIP Crash ‘Camp Cameron’

Whilst the Conservative Spring Conference was heating up in Manchester UKIP ‘fruitcakes’ were cooling off after their latest spat with Tory leader David Cameron.

Whilst David Cameron was speaking at the Conservative Party Conference UKIP were seeking revenge by “parking their tanks on Cameron’s lawn”.

UKIP Leader, Roger Knapman and MEP Nigel Farage were so upset and angered by Mr Cameron’s comments that they vowed to “do everything we have to through the law to make him apologise." They threatened to sue Cameron, contest all Tory seats in the forthcoming Local elections and park their tanks firmly on David Cameron’s lawn.

Worried that they might not gain enough support in the local elections, UKIP, led by Farage, took to the streets, blocking the entrance to the Tory party conference and encouraging Tory voters to join ranks with them.

They came, they saw, but did they conquer? Nope, they have actually decided to drop their lawsuit against The Tories. But why UKIPWatch asks? Perhaps it’s because they actually do have “some pretty unsavoury connections with the far right”. Or perhaps it's because they say one thing at home and do another in Brussels. Whilst Roger Knapman and chums are contesting Tory marginals in the UK, Farage is getting into bed with Tory MEPs.

UKIPWatch loves nothing more than some right wing in fighting. Long may it reign!

Source :BBC
Source: Richard Corbett Blog
Source: The Telegraph

Tuesday, April 4

Fruitcake Farage and his closest racist colleagues

In an interview today with LBC, a London news station, Conservative Leader David Cameron referred to UKIP members as "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists".

In an apparent attempt to gain some political points with voters and distance his party from extreme right wing fascist parties, has Cameron gone too far? Or are UKIP actually racists? Let’s see………………..

A former key figure in the UKIP ranks, Robert Kilroy Silk labelled Arabs "suicide bombers, limb amputators and women repressors" on his BBC Talk Show in 2004.

Deputy Leader Mike Nattrass once stood as a candidate in the Dudley West by-election as a NBP (New Britain Party), a party known to be anti-immigration and somewhat racist. Source: The Observer 2001

Now UKIPWatch couldn't possibly comment on the alleged "closet racists" but the Press and fellow UKIPWatchers may wish to consult the following list:

Aidan Rankin - former co-author of the UKIP manifesto - member of the Third Way, a breakaway party from the National Front. Source: The Independent 3 June 2004

Alastair McConnachie - former UKIP candidate - Holocaust denier The Guardian Source :

Martyn Heale – Former UKIP South Thanet Branch Chairman, now Agent and Campaigns Manager - former National Front branch organiser and candidate. Source: The Guardian

Mark Deavin – Post Graduate Student of Dr Alan Sked, a London School of Economics lecturer and UKIP founder – Links to the British National Party Source : The Guardian

Nigel Farage says he's happy to be branded a fruitcake, a loony and gadfly afterall... “i'm wearing the gadfly tie today” He however denies the "racist" remarks claiming…. "We are a non-racist, non-sectarian party..."

Really Nigel……? Isn’t it worrying when even Robert Kilroy Silk accuses you of being “bloody right wing fascist nutters

Shhhhh! Don't tell Kilroy!

No-one tell "the man with the tan" but UKIP are on the lookout for a new leader! Current leader Roger Knapman ends his four year term this summer and is looking for an unlucky candidate to step into his shoes! Campaigning will begin in May with ballot papers being issued to the 20,000 party members with the final result declared at their Annual Conference. With a mix of known and unknown characters in the running UKIPWatch has a rundown of potential candidates.

Nigel Farage: current IND/DEM Leader

Do you want an ex Tory who can barely retain his deposit?

Farage: current Independence and Democracy Group co-leader, founding member of UKIP and former Chairman. He is a former Conservative activist before joining the Anti-Federalist League. He is becoming more and more interested in sitting in Westminster standing in both the 2001 and 2005 General Elections. In 2005 he only just managed to retain his £500 deposit with a total of 2079 votes. Do you want a leader who cannot win elections?

Source: The Guardian

Do you want an untrustworthy leader?

Farage has a reputation for being a ladies' man when News of the World article printed his latest love quest - part Swedish, and part German, Latvian born Liga Howells. "Married MEP Nigel Farage formed a European union with a WOMAN, begging her to get MaaSTRICHT with him during sex"
Can you really trust a leader who is unfaithful?

Source: News of the World 29 January 2006

Do you want a leader who is involved in a financial scandal?

Both the leader and President of the IND/DEM Group, Nigel Farage and Jens Bonde, are currently being investigated by the legal service of the Court of Auditors. EUobserver.com, "a website for the latest EU news", is funded by the IND/DEM Group. Both Bonde and Farage are facing financial liabilities should this investigation reveal that cross subsidies have breached EU financial rules. EUObserver.com has been using C grade Parliament staff, offices and other Parliament benefits to fund their website with no mention of the link. Infact they previously claimed to be "an independent website published by EUobserver.com ASBL".

Source: EUReporter.com



David Campbell Bannerman: Current Chairman

Do you want a leader who is the Great Nephew of a Liberal Prime Minister and a former Tory activist?

Campbell-Bannerman is the current UKIP Chairman, replacing Petrina Holdsworth in 2005. He is the Great Nephew of Liberal Prime Minister, Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1906-1908) and a former Tory activist. He was a prominent figure in Conservative party politics becoming Special Adviser to Sir Patrick Mayhew, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 1996.

Source : UKIP

Do you want a flip-flopping politican?

Nephew of a Liberal, former Tory candidate and now UKIP member! Can one person be any more of a "flip-flop" politician? Campbell Bannerman stood in Glasgow Rutherglen in 1997, as a Conservative candidate, gaining only 9% of the vote, in 2001 in Warwick and Leamington and then in 2005 as a UKIP candidate with only 5% of the vote.

Source : Ask Aristotle

Mike Nattrass: Current Deputy Leader

Do you want a leader who is a former member of the New Britain Party?

Nattrass, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands is currently Deputy Leader of UKIP. He is also a former member of the New Britain Party, standing in the Dudley West by-election on 1994 as an NBP candidate. The New Britain Party is an anti-immigration party and a particularly racist party. Nattrass fortunately gained a mere 146 votes. Do you want a racist leading your party?

Source: The Observer, 2001

Do you want a leader who attacks the only woman in the party?

While the main political parties are campaigning on issues particularly affecting women is it right for UKIP's Deputy Leader to pick fights with their only female representative? In late September 2005 a "war of words" began with Natrass and former Party Chairwoman Petrina Holdsworth. Nattrass was "outraged" that Petrina claimed he and his fellow Brussels colleagues were employing people but not fully utilising them. After numerous emails back and forth, extreme personal attacks and nasty comments Petrina was forced to resign.

Source: The Telegraph

Who stays and who goes....... you decide!!