Friday, December 3

Bloom thrown out of EP Plenary for refusing to apologise...

Check out the BBC on G. Bloom's latest antics in Strasbourg: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11828319

Saturday, November 20

Farage the Messiah: the second coming!

Farage’s supporters hail his return as UKIP leader in their customary moderate underplayed tones:

“It’s the second coming of the newly re-elected leader of UKIP, plane crash survivor, death cheater Nigel Farage! Could his survival be the hand of God, a Tea Party revolution UK style?”
(Raymond Hall in the News & Star, 19 Nov)

Friday, November 19

UKIP to blunfrt into Northern Ireland

UKIP has announced that it intends to put up candidates in Northern Ireland, contesting 7 seats in the Stormont elections in May next year.

UKIP's policy of replacing the 108 Northern Ireland Assembly Members with 18 dual mandate Westminster MPs would throw a stone into the pond of the province's fragile peace process.

Whatever one thinks of Sinn Fein, it would exclude Norther Ireland’s largest party from the governance of the Province and upset the careful step by step peace process that is still underway.

UKIPwatcher

Thursday, November 18

Telegraph interview with Farage can't hide his more sinister sides

To mark his re-election as leader of UKIP, the Eurosceptic Daily Telegraph accords Farage a lengthy interview in today’s Telegraph. However, such a long chat inevitably revealed more than was intended.

‘The internal squabbling can be very tiresome,’, he sighed about the burden of returning to the UKIP leadership.

Less tiresome, perhaps, than visiting lap top dancing bars, on which he says: “Lap dancing? Don’t have the time these days, but I used to go to them. Like it or not, they are a fact of life. You are talking about normal behaviour there. Everyone does it.”

The interviewer also asks him about his extramarital affairs, which he dismisses by saying “Well, we’re all human. There is a big difference between that sort of thing and being really bad.”, which prompts the question about his expenses scandal, to which he replies: “I was trying to make a point about the Brussels gravy train, but it didn’t work. None of it went to me. Most of it went on my staff, on administration.”. So that’s ok then!

UKIPwatcher

Wednesday, November 17

UKIP MEPs trade insults as one of them takes UKIP to court

17 November

An investigation is to be launched after squabbling UKIP MEPs traded insults in Parliament, according to Parliament Magazine.


According to the article, Godfrey Bloom called Nikki Sinclaire a ‘queer’. She says she was so "shocked" by the comment that it took her two days to lodge a formal complaint with the Speaker (Parliament’s President, Jerzy Buzek).Meanwhile, Sinclaire has announced she is taking legal action against UKIP for alleged discrimination based on sexual orientation. Sinclaire said some Members of Ukip's political Group in the EP, the “Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD)” Group, had "extreme views", something that she has apparently only discovered now!


As a result, she now refuses to sit with her own party members in parliamentary meetings.


UKIPwatcher

Tuesday, November 16

Feuding UKIPPERs set up new blogs

It seems to be a common trend among disaffected UKIP members to set up blogs to moan/reveal/complain about its internal shenanigans.

What appears to be a new one, “Everything about UKIP” focuses on Nigel Farage’s working method of getting his cronies to smear internal opponents (November 16 ) and also has an entertaining character assessment of Farage by his fellow UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass (October 25).

It can be added to the long list of other blog and website dissidents within UKIP, who spend many a happy hour slagging each other off.

One of the more longstanding ones is “Junius”. Another is “Dr Edmond’s blog” by a former UKIP National Executive Committee member.

Then there is “Butterflies and Caterpillars", apparently relaunched as “UKIP-vs-EUKIP”, which just about sums them all up!

Together, they show that UKIP’s three main factions identified by David Cameron – the nutters, the fruitcakes and the racists – are all well represented in its website in-fighting.

UKIPwatcher

Friday, November 5

Norman Tebbit lambasts Farage

A damning article on Nigel Farage by Norman Tebbitt, soul mates on substance, but not, it would appear, close buddies.

UKIPwatcher

Thursday, September 9

More expenses trouble

Yet another renegade UKIP MEP in trouble over expenses!

With their track record as the only political party to have had two of of the people they sent to parliament actually sent to jail for financial impropriety, one would have thought they would have taken a little more care in selecting candidates at the last European elections, especially as it was in the middle of the Westminster expenses scandal when they were claiming to be more
virtuous than the other parties!

But, no, yet again we have headlines about fiddles and the pocketing of taxpayers money. The Sunday Times (Sept 5) under the headline " 'Make a mint' MEP in expenses inquiry" reports that: "An MEP who claimed that politicians could make 'half a million' from five years in the European parliament faces an official investigation into her expenses. A whistleblower has come forward to allege that Nikki Sinclaire, 42, a former UKIP leadership candidate, regularly claimed nearly £840 for driving the 1,200 miles from her home in Birmingham to the parliament in Strasbourg...The allegations have been made by one of Sinclaire's former employees who has complained to the West Midlands police and OLAF, the European anti-fraud office".



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Not a serious party!

As reported in the Western Morning News (4 September 2010) David Campbell Bannerman MEP, UKIP’s Deputy Leader, let slip at their party conference that UKIP is just not serious. The thrust of his keynote speech to UK conference was that UKIP must start "acting like a serious political party".

Now, that would be something!

UKIPwatcher

Thursday, September 2

New Head of Press for UKIP?

The Guardian is advertising for a £75-£85,000-a-year head of press for an “established” UK political party, and applicants are invited to apply to William Dartmouth. Dartmouth is a UKIP MEP, so one can only assume UKIP is looking for a new spin doctor. Nowhere in the job ad does it specify which political party it is. Is UKIP so unpopular that they think identifying themselves might put off prospective candidates?

UKIPwatcher

Monday, August 30

Due to technical problems, the following posts did not appear during earlier in the year:

Are UKIP and BNP identical when it comes to policies? UKIPwatcher came across this telling and detailed comparison of their policies, carried out by a religious think tank:

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So now we know who the UKIP collaborators are in other political parties. They have announced the list of sitting MPs against whom they will not put up candidates.

The list consists of Conservative candidates Philip Davies (Shipley), Douglas Carswell (Clacton), Janice Small (Batley and Spen), Alex Story (Wakefield), and Philip Hollobone (Kettering). They also manage to find (presumably to show some balance). One Labour candidate, namely David Drew in Stroud and independent Bob Spink in Castle Point. Lord Pearson revealed that he was trying to convince the local UKIP party in Wells to withdraw its candidate against ultra eurosceptic David Heathcoat-Amory.

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According to UKIP’s website, their "top straight-talking politicians today introduced the most statesmanlike strategy seen in recent British electioneering."

Statesmanlike? This hardly tallies with reports of their launch which consisted of "party workers giggling admiringly at the official campaign T-shirts" emblazoned with slogans such as "I love it when you talk straight to me," and "Withdrawal! Before it's too late".

One of the reporters asked "Ah, an ejaculation joke. Will this do much to dispel your image as 19th-hole bores?"

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The Chairman of UK in London has been caught out making offensive racist remarks, saying "You Left-wing scum are all the same, wanting to hand our birthright to Romanian gypsies who beat their wives and children into begging and stealing money they can gamble with, Muslim nutters who want to kill us and put us all under medieval Sharia law, the same Africans who sold their Afro-Caribbean brothers into a slavery that Britain was the first to abolish"

But most astonishing of all is his excuse for having made the remarks in the first place: “When I read the lies about Ukip being a racist party, I just saw red, and fired off an angry email." You couldn't make it up!

Of course, UKIP loudly suspended him and then quietly reintegrated him after the media furore died down!


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A striking feature of organised Euroscepticism in Britain has been its discreet but massive backing by a handful of multimillionaires who keep UKIP, certain so-called think tanks, and various other Eurosceptic groups going when they would otherwise fizzle away. After Stuart Wheeler and Paul Sykes, another one has now been unmasked.

It has now been revealed that one of the Eurosceptic's biggest financial backers is a publicity-shy Swiss-born banker who funds a network of obscure eurosceptic groups, including one run by UKIP leader Lord Pearson. Little known outside the City, Henry Angest has funnelled vast amounts of money to Eurosceptics, according to an Observer investigation.

The Observer has established that he donates to Global Britain, a thinktank run by Pearson, which attacks the "project of European union… as a bad idea, like slavery, communism and high-rise flats". In 2008, a year after Pearson quit the Tories to join UKIP, Flowidea's accounts show it donated £10,000 to Global Britain. Filings at the Electoral Commission reveal Global Britain gave £80,000 to UKIP in 2009.

He also backs groups that question scientific claims for climate change, and seek to further Britain's ties with the US radical right. Reportedly worth £45m, the 69-year-old is a trenchant critic of attempts to impose greater regulation on the City. He is equally scathing about the UK's "punitive tax system", including the recent levy on bankers' bonuses.

Yet, he has also given almost £7m to the Tories in loans and donations over the past nine years. The fact the Tories are being bankrolled to such an extent by a fiercely eurosceptic UKIP-sympathising City grandee threatens to embarrass David Cameron, who has tried to cast off his party's image as virulently anti-Brussels.

But Angest's support for Pearson's anti-Brussels thinktank suggests one of the Tories' most powerful backers does not share Cameron's belief that Ukip members are "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists". Pearson yesterday confirmed Angest had donated money to his thinktank. "Henry is a fine egg," he said. "It's a shame he's giving money to the wrong party."

Wednesday, August 18

Lord Pearson resigns

Controversial UKIP leader, Lord Pearson has resigned, saying he “wasn’t much good at party politics”.

Was he always a stand-in while Farage pursued his failed attempt to unseat Bercow?

And just to remind us over the summer that UKIP is a party of dinosaurs, Mike Natrass, their West Midlands MEP, pops up to denounce the government for its attempts to find alternatives to fossil fuels. In a press release he says that he "fears the Government is laying the foundations for an environmental assault where wind turbines and incinerators would spread across the country at an alarming rate."

This, shock, horror, is because “from next week a ‘Feed in Tariff’ will apply to local authorities which would allow councils to sell electricity to the national grid." Imagine!

Mr Nattrass said: “The Government is simply opening the flood gates to the mass development of inefficient onshore wind turbines and incinerators."

Well, the rest of the world knows that not switching from fossil fuels will certainly open the floodgates: to real floods when the ice caps melt!

UKIPwatcher

Thursday, July 22

A short life as a UKIP member

Adam Brown has had a short life as a member of UKIP and now he is to stand down as a councillor when his term ends.
Elected to Merthyr Tydfil Council in 2008 as an independent, he joined UKIP last year. He got into trouble by posting on an internet site an inappropriate sexual comment about Amanda Knox, an American woman who was on trial for allegedly murdering fellow student Meredith Kercher, from London, in the house they shared in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.

Brown, who has admitted that he was banned from every football ground in the UK for disorderly conduct, is now in trouble because of his May General Election expenses.

UKIP say “Adam Brown told us he could not afford to pay a General Election campaign printing bill for £3,500. As his own agent in Merthyr he had a legal responsibility to both pay the bill and sign a declaration relating to his election expenses. He did neither. This was something that could bring UkIP into disrepute, and after making numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact Mr Brown the party decided that he could no longer be a UkIP councillor. We informed Merthyr council of the decision.”

Brown said he had been asking questions about whether John Bufton, the UKIP MEP for Wales, had been making contributions to the party – as he had been doing from his councillor’s allowance and this was the reason for his being thrown out of the UKIP.

There are legal deadlines after elections for bills to be paid, and the agent has full legal responsibility for making correct declarations. Serious discrepancies could lead to cases being investigated by the Electoral Commission.

But he blames his decision not to seek re-election on the fact that the Council are refusing to allow him and his wife to adopt. He said “I would like to announce that I will not seek re-election in the next council elections due to the disgraceful decision by the council to ban my wife and I to adopt because of my role as a councillor.”

The Council say “There are no rules or regulations that cover councillors applying to adopt. They have the same opportunities and rights as another applicant which includes, if they wish, applying to any authority of their choice. They would be subject to the same prioritisation, processes and expectations as any other applicant”.

UKIPwatcher

Tuesday, July 20

Any lingering doubts about how right-wing ukip is on domestic matters as well can be dissipated by looking at their extreme anti-NHS line displayed again in today's (15 July) Daily Telegraph:

Letter from Paul Nuttall MEP to Daily Telegraph: "The NHS is one of the biggest employers in the world, but as with all state monopolies, it is costly, inefficient and stuffed with bureaucrats. In Labour's NHS, for every nurse there is a manager, and vital workers, such as midwives, are falling in numbers. The problem, however, goes far deeper. The NHS stifles competition, and as competition drives quality and choice, innovation and improvement are restricted".

UKIPwatcher

Ukipwatch will be back soon.

Ukipwatch will be back very soon with more stories.

Saturday, May 1

Lord Pearson backs the Conservatives

Lord Pearson, leader of UKIP, has written to a newspaper group in Somerset urging voters to support the Conservatives rather than his party's candidates. As previously reported, one of his candidates, Jake Baynes, refused to stand down when asked by UKIP to do so.

Interestingly, Niall Warry, a former UKIP supporter, is standing in Somerset and Frome, as well as a Ukip candidate.

Ukipwatcher

Friday, April 23

The candidate who refuses to stand down

More ructions within UKIP, whose candidate in Wells, Jake Baynes, has refused to obey the the instructions of his party leader and stand down in the general election to help Conservative Euro-sceptic David Heathcoat-Amory

UKIP leader Lord Pearson, who had asked him to stand down, said: "There's a debate going on, there has been a disagreement, yes".


Indeed there has! According to Jake Baynes, "To stand down would be a betrayal."

Ukipwatcher

Monday, April 19

Others watch Ukip too....

Good to see that other blogs are picking up on UKIP sleaze: see a good account on leftfootforward
(see April 6th 2010 at 5:07 pm.)

Ukipwatcher

Thursday, April 15

You really can't make it up!

Paul Wiffen, Ukip's parliamentary candidate and Redbridge council hopeful has quit after making racist comments about The Queen, just days after sparking controversy for previous remarks about Muslims and Romanian gypsies.

Paul Wiffen, who was standing for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in Ilford South as well as Chadwell ward, has stepped down after it emerged he made derogatory remarks about Her Majesty on Facebook.

In a conversation on the social network website, Mr Wiffen responded to a comment made by an American about the Queen, saying: “If you want one so bad, you can have the German bitch who has just handed our sovereignty to Europe without a murmur!”, according to the Evening Standard.

Selected, de-selected, re-selected and now de-selected! You can't make it up!

Ukipwatcher

Wednesday, April 14

Peas in a pod?

Are UKIP and BNP identical when it comes to policies? Ukipwatch has come across a telling and detailed comparison of their policies, carried out by a religious think tank.





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So who will Ukip NOT stand against in the General Election?

So now we know who the Ukip collaborators are in other political parties. They have announced the list of sitting MPs against whom they will not put up candidates.

The list consists of Conservative candidates Philip Davies (Shipley) whose father is the English Democrat Mayor of Doncaster, Douglas Carswell (Clacton), Janice Small (Batley and Spen), Alex Story (Wakefield), and Philip Hollobone (Kettering).

They also manage to find (presumably to show some balance). One Labour candidate, namely David Drew in Stroud and independent Bob Spink in Castle Point. Lord Pearson revealed that he was trying to convince the local Ukip party in Wells to withdraw its candidate against ultra eurosceptic David Heathcoat-Amory.



Ukipwatcher

Manifesto launch

According to Ukip’s website, their “top straight-talking politicians today introduces the most statesmanlike strategy seen in recent British electioneering”.

Statesmanlike? This hardly tallies with reports of their launch which consisted of “party workers giggling admiringly at the official campaign T-shirts” emblazoned with slogans such as “I love it when you talk straight to me,” and “Withdrawal! Before it’s too late”.

One of the reporters asked “Ah, an ejaculation joke. Will this do much to dispel your image as 19th-hole bores?”





Ukipwatcher

The Chairman of Ukip in London........

The Chairman of UK in London has been caught out making offensive racist remarks, saying "You Left-wing scum are all the same, wanting to hand our birthright to Romanian gypsies who beat their wives and children into begging and stealing money they can gamble with, Muslim nutters who want to kill us and put us all under medieval Sharia law, the same Africans who sold their Afro-Caribbean brothers into a slavery that Britain was the first to abolish"



But most astonishing of all is his excuse for having made the remarks in the first place: "When I read the lies about Ukip being a racist party, I just saw red, and fired off an angry email."
You couldn't make it up!


Of course, Ukip loudly suspended him and then quietly reintegrated him after the media furore died down!


Ukipwatcher

Friday, March 5

Nigel fined for "offensive" comments

Nigel Farage has been fined by the President of the European Parliament and will forfeit 10 days of his daily subsistence allowance.

Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, wrote to Nigel following a meeting in which Buzek invited NF to withdraw the remarks (made in a Parliamentary sitting on 24th February) to President Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. According to the letter, NF made it clear to Buzek that he had no intention of retraction.

Mr Buzek said "I attach the highest importance to freedom of speech. I fought for decades in my own country for such freedom. I have complete respect for your right to express the views you may hold on the policies and institutions of the European Union. However, as I explained to you today and on previous occasions, it is not possible to exercise the freedom which we all hold dear without respecting the dignity of others and of the institution in which we both sit. I do not believe that freedom of speech in the Parliament can extend to insulting other persons, especially guests speaking, at our invitation, in the chamber.

I consider that, unfortunately, some of the comments which you made on 24 February were offensive both to Mr Van Rompuy personally and to the member state from which he comes. Such behaviour is, in my view, inappropriate and disrespectful to the dignity of the Parliament. The very foundation of parliamentarism and democracy is that freedom of expression should respect others".

UKIPwatcher understands that Mr Van Rompuy was inundated with emails of support from UK citizens angered by NF's comments. While Nigel may have wanted to raise his profile in the run up to a General Election, sometimes these kind of stunts have a habit of backfiring.

UKIPwatcher

Very careless to lose an MEP so soon after the election

The year is not yet out since the European elections but it looks like this parliamentary cycle is following the same path as the last one. The Times reports that UKIP have withdrawn the whip from Nikki Sinclaire MEP. She has been removed from UKIP's website which has a statement on it which reads:

Thursday, 4th March 2010

Nikki Sinclaire says that her political views are incompatible with those of some members of the EFD Group in the European parliament, of which the UKIP MEPs form part. So she has been sitting as an unattached MEP since 18th January 2010.

She has also proved unable to collaborate adequately with the voluntary party in the United Kingdom, particularly with the regional committee in the West Midlands.

The national executive committee has therefore removed the whip; Nikki Sinclaire may no longer describe herself as a UKIP MEP, and she may not stand as a UKIP candidate in the forthcoming General Election.

Thursday, February 25

No respect for the House!

Nigel Farage showed what a distasteful man he is by showing no respect to the House (European Parliament in session) by rudely rounding on Herman Van Rompuy yesterday after the President of the European Council had given his first speech to the Parliament since his appointment by all the Heads of State of the member states of the EU. He insulted the man personally and professionally.

Mr Van Rompuy is apparently known to be a quiet, thoughtful and polite man with huge intellectual ability -regardless of whether you support his position. The same cannot be said for Mr Farage who yesterday showed himself to be just plain rude. Joseph Daul, head of the centre-right EPP party suggested that the UK should leave the EU if it was so unhappy following Farage's outburst and Socialist leader Martin Schulz said it "would be better for Mr Farage to resign." He also accused Farage as having no respect for the House.

Farage seems unclear as to what he wants. Should he not be happy that the new President is not an internationally renowned figure (although he is with 27 Prime Ministers and Heads of Government and many other world leaders)? Does he want a dashing, charasmatic figure at the helm?

It seems to UKIPwatcher though this this was probably just an opportunity for the wily prospective candidate for Westminster to raise his profile in the British press just months away from a General Election, which he has succeeded in doing. Most likely is that Farage was so extreme in his attack that he hoped to incur disciplinary action from Buzek, who was chairing the session. That did not happen.



Wednesday, January 20

UKIP attack women who wear burka

Some controversy for UKIP on the announcement of their wish to ban women from wearing the burka in public.

It led to a series of letters in yesterday's Times where Alan Sked, one of the original founders of UKIP said: "Sir, During the greatest financial crisis facing this country since the 1930s, how typical it is of UKIP’s present pathetic leadership that its flagship policy for the forthcoming general election should be to attack the less than 1 per cent of our female population who wear the burka. This is desperate and inane.

If the party is really so obsessed with race, immigration and Islam, it should simply merge with the BNP, which it increasingly resembles. Why have a competition in intolerance? Why not present a united front? After all the political expediency that drives both these anti-EU parties to take up seats in the European Parliament surely dictates such a measure. But let us dismiss any thought that either of them represents “British values”.

I founded UKIP as a tolerant, liberal and democratic party. By 1997 I could already see the far-right writing on the wall and quit as party leader and member. It is a decision that I have never regretted, now least of all. I hope that all decent people will condemn the party as you did in your splendid leading article.
Dr Alan Sked
London N1


The Leader article "Veil of Ignorance", which was published on the 16th January, was a very thoughtful piece and went on to highlight UKIP's inconsistencies. After all, were they worried about women being "marginalised" when Godders said "any small businessman or woman who employs a woman of child-bearing age needs their head examined” or that women don't clean behind the fridge enough"? UKIPwatcher thinks not.

Nigel Farage knows a bandwagon when he sees one and jumped on board at the speed of light - it is already known that is his successor as leader of UKIP, Lord Pearson, has said he wants to step up the party's campaign against radical Islam. Nigel said "What we are saying is, this is a symbol. It's a symbol of something that is used to oppress women." "And the real worry - and it isn't just about what people wear - the real worry is that we are heading towards a situation where many of our cities are ghettoised and there is even talk about Sharia law becoming part of British culture."


UKIPwatcher

Thursday, January 14

Godders reprents The City?

The good citizens of Yorkshire will be no doubt be tad irked to find that their UKIP representative in the European Parliament, Godfrey Bloom, feels his time in the Parliament is better spent talking on behalf of the City of London!

Godfrey "........makes no apology for speaking on behalf of the financial services of the city of London" In contrast, Linda McAvan, Yorkshire and Humber's Labour MEP said "I represent Yorkshire. It's where I come from, it's where I live and the people of Yorkshire elected me."

Godfrey Bloom (born in London!) is a UKIP MEP for Yorkshire. Every time there is a new set of 27 Commissioners (one from each member state) they have to come before the European Parliament to answer questions. If the MEPs are unhappy, they get chucked out (technically the MEPs threaten to chuck them all out, and an agreement is made), a bit like the Hearings for the presidential appointment in the US.

One Commissioner-designate, Michel Barnier, who is a very able French politician, faced the European Parliament's internal market committee. He performed extremely well. The UK press are very interested as he will be responsible for upcoming reforms in the banking/finance/City area. Godders asked a question about financial regulation. He asked the Commissioner-designate a question including the phrase "I am talking here on behalf of the financial services of the City of London". Other MEPS were asking him "Question? Where is the Question?" and the Commissioner (who has had a lot of contact in the meanwhile with The City, the FSA etc.) replied, including the phrase "You have the right to express your belief. It surprised me that you were speaking on behalf of the London Financial Services Industry, I believe you are supposed to speak on behalf of your constituents?" (people laughed and smiled). Godfrey then goes on to say " I make no apology for speaking on behalf of London." You can watch for yourself by clicking here. Godders starts at about 18.51

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