Thursday, August 27

UKIPs enemy of taste lusts after Amanda Knox

Another delightful story - as a UKIP councillor for Merthyr Tydfil has launched a poll on the following carnal question. "Amanda Knox? Would you….?"

Amanda Knox is currently on trial for murder.

Still, in lusting after women with a dodgy past, Councillor Adam Brown is bringing nothing new to UKIP. Godfrey Bloom admitted to lusting after Mussolini's granddaughter a couple of years ago.

However, UKIPwatch could not hide a smirk when the berk Brown initially told his local paper that the Amanda Knox poll was nothing more than "an example of laddish behaviour on a football message board over two years". On being reminded that the posting in question had actually occurred a month rather than two years ago, he hastily changed tack, denying all knowledge and demanding to revise his statement. Smooth.

Wednesday, August 26

Trial date set for former UKIP MEP

Meanwhile, it looks as though a date has been set for the trial of disgraced former UKIP MEP Tom Wise and his researcher Lindsay Jenkins on charges of false accounting, use of criminal property and money laundering.

It will start on Southwark crown court on November 2nd.

UKIP have spent the past year frantically trying to airbrush Tom Wise out of their history. Wise remains innocent until proven otherwise, but if he is proved guilty he will follow Ashley Mote as the second UKIP MEP to be convicted of financial crimes.

Tuesday, August 25

See you in Southport

Ukipwatch was delighted to receive the details for UKIP conference 2009, which this year is being brought to you from Southport.

This year's treats start on Thursday evening with stand-up 'comedy' from (it's the way I tell 'em) Frank Carson, who will be sure to wow the masses with his unique brand of risqué politically-incorrect humour circa 1974. Ukipwatch will be taking a strait jacket with her to make sure that her sides don't split.

Friday promises to be pretty dull, however, offering us all the opportunity to head down to the beach to catch a few hours of rays, with a series of worthy speeches, before returning for a nice piss-up at the leaders' lunch!

We're most looking forward to the award of party medals on Saturday. Hope UKIPwatcher has been nominated!

Wednesday, August 19

Stuart Agnew and the missing passport

Norfolk farmer Stuart Agnew took over Tom Wise’s UKIP seat for the East of England in June, and has already indicated an ability to rival his predecessor’s reputation for dimness.

Agnew, to whom the rest of Europe is clearly something of an inconvenience, turned up at St Pancras to travel to his first Parliament session minus his passport (either in the belief that he wouldn’t need it, or, perhaps, because he hasn’t ever left fair Blighty).

UKIP members of the European Parliament obviously have their reservations about the institution that they have joined – but you would expect such up-right citizens to assiduously attend their place of work. Forgetting one’s passport is up there with “my dog ate my homework”.

At least Nigel Farage has got more of a sense of humour than the hapless Agnew, telling the Torygraph that, "He turned up at the station, saying, 'Oh my God, I've forgotten my passport,' smiled sweetly at the staff there, saying, 'I've just been elected,' and, would you believe it, they let him through. It has been the cause of a lot of hilarity in the party. How he managed to board the train is beyond me." Dear old thing.

Monday, August 10

UKIPs new far right comrades in Brussels

Although UKIP held their own in the European elections, going from 12 to 13 seats, their allies from the far-right Independence and Democracy group fared less well. Cathy Sinnott lost her seat in Ireland, eurosceptics were wiped out in Denmark and Sweden, and the French sovereigntist Mouvement Pour la France was reduced to just Phillipe de Villiers. Meanwhile, the awful Jim Allister (one of the few unionist politicians to be more extreme than Ian Paisley) also lost his seat having run on the ticket of his personal vanity project Traditional Unionist Voice.

As a result, the Ind-Dem group folded and Farage went around with a begging bowl trying to find other nationalities to form a group with UKIP. The result does little to alter the perception that UKIP keeps company with homophobes, racists and assorted nut-jobs.

The European Freedom and Democracy group brings together UKIP and the Italian separatist Lega Nord as the main components, with the two deputies of the Greek LAOS and an MEP from the Political Reformed Party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, SGP), a party from the Dutch Protestant right emphasising moral issues - both of which were within the old Ind/Dem grouping in the last parliament - as well as two from the Danish People's Party, and one each from the True Finns and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists.

UKIP is always at pains to stress that it is a cuddly non-racist, mainstream party. Yet, though its new comrades are not quite as beyond the pale as the National Front or BNP, many are either xenophobic, hompohobic or overtly racist.

The Lega Nord may be in government in Italy, but this only highlights how extremely right-wing the Berlusconi coalition is. The party's leader, Umberto Bossi, in 2003 called migrants from Africa "bingo-bongos" and said boats of irregular migrants attempting to disembark in Italy should be fired upon Another of their number, Giancarlo Gentilini, deputy mayor of Treviso and member of the party, in 2007 called for the "ethnic cleansing" of homosexuals. He has also said of immigrants: "We should dress them up as rabbits and go bang, bang, bang with a rifle."

Meanwhile Søren Krarup of the Danish People's Party, has said "Islam has for 1,400 years attempted to conquer and repress European Christianity." In 2007, he described the religion as "a totalitarian regime that has thousands of human lives on its conscience."

"The headscarf is a symbol of this regime and the Qur'an may very well be compared with Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'," he said at the time.

Lovely stuff. Respectable and non-racist? UKIP just got to these low-lives before the BNP did.

Saturday, August 1

Who are the UKIP 13?

UKIPwatch had hoped that justice would prevail and the assorted deadweights, incompetents and fraudsters that constituted the UKIP MEP group would be swept away by the voters this June. A month before polling day, the consensus was that the Conservatives would make significant gains at the expense of Labour, while UKIP would hold just 5 or 6 of their seats won in 2004. No such luck….

So who are the new UKIP MEPs?

There was a marked turnover at the election. Gone are Roger Knapman, Jeffrey Titford, Tom Wise, John Whittaker, while convicted benefit fraudster Ashley Mote, did not opt to stand as an independent this time round. The poisonous Mote will hopefully vanish into obscurity, although UKIPwatch spied him in Strasbourg shaking hands and embracing the two new BNP MEPs - Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons. Good riddance to a total shit.

In for UKIP are seven new MEPs. Nikki Sinclaire became the first openly lesbian MEP to be elected on the UKIP ticket in the West Midlands, while party chairman Paul Nuttall took Whittaker's seat in the North-West. There are two new faces in the Eastern region - David Campbell-Bannerman (who stood against Farage for the UKIP party leadership back in 2006) and poultry farmer Stuart Agnew. Adding a little touch of landed-class to their delegation is the Earl of Dartmouth in the South-West, leaving a distinctly miffed UKIP spin-doctor, Gawain Towler, hoping that either the Earl or Trevor Colman fall under a bus so that he can inherit the seat! The complete collapse of the Labour vote also allowed UKIP to sneak the final seat in Wales, with John Bufton becoming yet another unlikely MEP. Finally, taking Ashley Mote’s seat, aptly enough, was Marta Andreassen, and she will probably be, along with Farage, UKIPs most prominent member in the new Parliament.

Of the remaining MEPs, aside from Farage, only four of the 2004 intake survive - Derek 'deadweight' Clark for the East Midlands; the utterly anonymous Mike Nattrass (who achieved so little in his first term that he struggles even to recognise himself); Gerard Batten; and, finally, the wannabe Colonel Blimp of British politics and arch-buffoon Godfrey Bloom.

So, that is the new motley crew. We’ll be watching them.