Monday, June 26

A voting record to be ashamed of

Experts have long been predicting a deadly pandemic influenza and with bird flu reaching Europe the European Parliament has been studying a report which, among other things, looked at minimising the chances of avian influenza mutating into a form transmissible between humans.

With the 1918 pandemic influenza estimated to have killed up to 50million people and HIV being clear evidence that viruses can cross from animals into humans, some sensible planning on the issue is obviously required.

As birds and viruses do not respect national boundaries international collaboration is also required.

UKIP ignored all of this though and added further ignominy to their voting record by voting against the measures this report recommended, measures which could help save millions of lives should a pandemic break out.

So it seems UKIP will stop at nothing to continue their protest against the EU, even when it means failing to support potentially life-saving actions.

UKIP CONFUSION OVER TOLERANCE

UKIP MEPs have again demonstrated their relentless opposition to diversity and inclusion by voting against a European Parliament resolution condeming the rise in xenophobia, racism and homophobia in some EU states at the June Strasbourg session.

As shown on the roll-call list, Gerard Batten, Roger Knapman, Mike Natrass, John Whittaker and Tom Wise, along with non-attached members Roger Helmer and Ashley Mote, appalling all voted against, with the remainder refusing even to fulfil their duty of taking part.

Whilst this outcome was only to be expected from the secessionists, it comes, paradoxically, just two weeks after East Midlands representative Derek Clark had supported his Labour counterpart Neena Gill in condemning the European Parliament for refusing entry to a group of Sikh lobbysists wishing to wear their ceremonial daggers.

Mr Clark said: "I will be writing in the strongest terms to the President of the European Parliament, protesting at what seems quite apparently to be racist behaviour on the part of the European Parliament and demanding an apology to the Sikh community".

These events, coupled with the Polish worker scandal that recently befell Roger Knapman, demonstate all the more that the internal inconsistencies within UKIP policies on diversity and discrimination are highlighting their status as an underdeveloped, one-issue party.

MORE DOMESTICS CHEZ LES UKIP

As reported in the Financial Times on 7 June, internal power-struggles continue to dog our dearly beloved.....

"There have been months of near tranquillity for Ukip, so a public row in the eurosceptic party was long overdue. Geoffrey Kingscott, general secretary, has obliged by resigning in frustration at having his authority undermined. Last October Petrina Holdsworth, the chairman, quit after a leading MEP accused her of talking "a load of crap". Before that, of course, Robert Kilroy-Silk, chat-show host turned wannabe world leader, also left in a huff, calling the party "a joke" run by a "self-serving cabal"… Kingscott, a retired linguist, will have plenty to occupy his time. Having penned The Railways of Nottinghamshire and Last Train from Trent Station (not a thriller), he is now working on Lost Railways of Leicestershire and Rutland. Can't wait."

What would Dr Beeching say!

Thursday, June 15

Tory "softy" saves UKIP from new fall-out

"Apparently, UKIP members became embroiled in a row over the by-election when their candidate, Nigel Farage, suggested the party shouldn't stand. Farage insisted that since the Tories looked like selecting hardened Eurosceptic Syed Kamal, there was no point in pitting anyone against him. "A lot of us were miffed at that kind of approach and there ended up being a row," says one member. "We were keen to put up someone whatever happened. "But once that Euro-softy Bob Neill got in, Nige happily changed his tune.""

Source: The Independent's Pandora column.

Kingscott gets up a head of steam

The is from the Financial Times' The Way We Live Now column....

There have been months of near tranquillity for Ukip, so a public row in the eurosceptic party was long overdue. Geoffrey Kingscott, general secretary, has obliged by resigning in frustration at having his authority undermined.

Last October Petrina Holdsworth, the chairman, quit after a leading MEP accused her of talking "a load of crap".

Before that, of course, Robert Kilroy-Silk, chat-show host turned wannabe world leader, also left in a huff, calling the party "a joke" run by a "self-serving cabal"…

Kingscott, a retired linguist, will have plenty to occupy his time. Having penned The Railways of Nottinghamshire and Last Train from Trent Station (not a thriller), he is now working on Lost Railways of Leicestershire and Rutland. Can't wait."

Monday, June 5

UKIP to fight Bromley and Chislehurst

UKIP's deputy leader Nigel Farrage is to fight the late Eric Forth's Bromley and Chislehurst seat.

Mr Farrage told Gallery News today that he will make his announcement on Friday.

"I have had an invitation to stand from our local branch. It was passed unanimously. I will make my announcement on Friday."

According to sources close to Mr Farrage, his campaign on a 'Lend Me Your Vote' and 'New Labour or Blue Labour'.

"The source said, " Despite the 13,000 majority, he is convinced he can win it. It could be a major shock for all three major parties. He will spell out that he would not expect them to vote for him at a General Election - but he will appeal to the Conservative voters to send a shot across the bows of the Tory party.

"His message will be to lend him the seat until the next General Election to warn the Tories not to get too cosy on Europe, immigration and taxation."

Asked if he intended to stand, Mr Farrage told Gallery News, "I am positively thinking in that direction. I do not think the Conservative party or Bromley and Chislehurst Conservatives will choose someone in the mould of Eric Forth."

He said Mr Forth, whose funeral took place last week, was a 'signed up member' of the Better Off Out (of the EU) campaign.

"We would not have put up a candidate against Eric Forth at the next General Election. We do not believe that the Conservative will select a candidate who will maintain traditional party policies on Europe, tax and immigration - policies where there is nothing to choose between the three main parties.

"What I expect is that the voters will be offered a choice between New Labour and Blue Labour.

"I will be making a statement on Friday and it will be surprising if I do not accept the unanimous invitation of the Bromley party to stand as their candidate."

Mr Farrage said he expected the Conservatives to select their candidate
on Saturday, the writ to be moved on Thursday next week and for the
by-election to be held on June 29.

The result at the 2005 General Election:

Eric Forth, Conservative 23,583 (51.1%)
Rachel Reeves, Labour 10,241 (22.2%)
Peter Brooks, Liberal Democrat 9,368 (20.3%)
David Hooper, UK Independence Party 1,475 (3.2%)
Ann Garrett, Green Party 1,470 (3.2%)

Conservative majority: 13,342

Source: Gallery News, House of Commons (Wednesday 31 May)

UKIP MEP Joins Mussolini & Le Pen in Opposing Human Rights

UKIP MEP Joins Mussolini & Le Pen in Opposing Human Rights

UKIP and their MEP Tom Wise have been slammed today (Friday 19th May) for joining with the far right to vote against a European Parliament report defending human rights. While the Human Rights report authored by Suffolk Euro MP Richard Howitt drew cross party support gaining a massive 522 votes, Mr. Wise joined teamed up with far right members Jean Marie Le Pen and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's grand-daughter Alessandra Mussolini to oppose.


The Howitt Report names and shames states where human rights abuses are occurring, as well as making solid recommendations of how the EU and individual member states can be more effective in halting torture, abuse, oppression and the trafficking of people for slavery and sexual exploitation.


Labour's Richard Howitt who authored the report stated:


"The protection of human rights are a vital concern and in authoring this report I built consensus across the political divide, reflected in an overwhelming majority voting for this report. Our aim is to promote human rights and to punish those repugnant regimes that practice horrendous torture and oppression.


"UKIP obviously think that effective human rights should be opposed, but I have seen the horrific scars of torture victims and heard their terrifying stories, and I can tell you that UKIP should hang their heads in shame. They should have to explain their vote personally to the victims of human rights abuses."