Tuesday, January 15

A grand old team to play for?

It’s been a fun-filled four years for those lucky 12 men elected for UKIP in 2004. The European Parliament did what the British public had long been dreaming of by helping Robert Kilroy Silk vanish form the media spotlight; poor old Ashley Mote got an extended holiday in jail; Tom Wise awaits his fate; and John Whittaker wielded his axe ruthlessly.

And if you have ever wished of joining this motley crew, then now’s your chance. The 2009 candidate selection process is under way, just don’t forget your cheque book.

Before you even get to the interview stage, so that's pretty much anyone who applies, you will be requied to pay a non-returnable deposit of £250.

Should you be lucky enough to be shortlisted you will get invited to the odd husting and, providing you do the business, and we have already mentioned some of those that did the business last time, you will become a UKIP candidate for the 2009 European elections. Well once you've coughed up another 800 quid.

You may well see some of that again but that depends on how many deposits UKIP manages to save. So potentially, you could end up paying over a grand to be quizzed by the UKIP faithful and then face humiliation at the polling booth. UKIPwatch is ruling itself out with immediate effect.

Anyone who's still interested should probably check these rules out and note that a CRB check is now mandatory.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see that among the policy gems unveiled by UKIP this week is opposition to energy saving lightbulbs and improved environmental protection.

Anonymous said...

By their own admisssion they got it all wrong on the lightbulbs issues. As usual they made up the story without checking the facts. What a pointless little party.

Bob Feal-martinez said...

Just in case you pointless little anonymous people hadn't noticed the environmental lobby has called for energy saving light-bulbs to be flagged up as a potential health risk from the mercury content and for filament lamps to be retained

Anonymous said...

Have you heard the latest news? 1980s TV celeb chef Rusty Lee is to top the bill at a UKIP rally. With top stars like that on board the UKIP raft maybe the other parties should think about fading quietly away.

Anonymous said...

The wheels really are coming off the wagon now. I see Petrina Holdsworth, former national chairperson of UKIP has resigned from the party.

Anonymous said...

Yea the wheels are really coming off. Oh by the way a Labour Government Minister has just resigned..... but im sure thats nothing compared to a simple ukip member resigning

Anonymous said...

Youy make my point for me. While a government minister resigning is of news interest, anything that happens in UKIP is totally inconsequential. UKIP is nothing in British political history. It won't even be remembered in 10 years from now.

Anonymous said...

Apparently UKIP sent its dwindling membership a mail last week to tell them to look out for Nigel on the BBC's Andrew Marr political programme on Sunday morning. The mail included the qualification that should major news stories develop then the guest list could change. Major stories did indeed develop as the programme had to ditch Nigel in favour of a former leader of the Liberal Democrats party and an actress who writes books about cakes.

Nigel's press office might like to take note that when the BBC says your boss's appearance on a show is subject to events that actually means that they will take him if absolutely nobody else is available.

Anonymous said...

Last I heard it was NEW Labour membership that was dropping dramatically, don't hear much about that, but when one single UKIP member resigns gosh golly the knives are out on the forums!
I hardly think 1 memeber leaving is much to shout about for ANY party.

Anonymous said...

One member no but a former national chair yes. Another senior member has also resigned recently.

Bob Feal-martinez said...

UKIP watchers. Strangely enough it is very common practice that news items or interviews are pulled due to other events, when so much media is now live. Hardly breaking news

Anonymous said...

Bob, True but a cake-baking actress and someone who isn't leader of the Liberal Democrats Party anymore hardly amounts to major developments does it?

Anonymous said...

When Nigel Farage eventually scraped onto the Andrew Marr programme a week later, what was he asked about? You've got it - Daniel Hannan. He must be sick of the sound of that name by now.

Anonymous said...

UKIP ran five candidates in five local elections in England last week. Between them they got a staggering 930 votes, yes 930 between 5. If they had fielded 6 candidates they could have broken the 1000 votes mark. Better luck next time Nigel.

Anonymous said...

Seems Nigel is upset that Prince Charles visited the European Parliament in Brussels this week hinting with the usual UKIP paranoia that it is all part of a plot against the British people. The Prince was actually there to talk about global warming but why let that get in the way of a good conspiracy theory?

Anonymous said...

Anon,

Farage staged a sit-down protest during the applause for the Prince at the end of his speech. Great - it will show him up for the trivial, irrelevatnt, half-wit he really is. If this is the leader, what are the rest of theme like?

Anonymous said...

Apologies for the More to Life than Shoes use of English in my previous posting. I didn't proof read it.