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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 23 October 2014, 10:01
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been fined a meagre £200 for breaching electoral laws according to The Electoral Commission.
The fine came about after Farage failed to declare tens of thousands of pounds worth of free office space.
The EC found that the failure to report the “regular non-cash donation of the free use of office premises from a donor, Mr John Longhurst”.
It said: “The failure to report had been ongoing since 2001 and has been independently valued as rising from £3,500 to £3,800 per year over this time.”
Under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 all non-cash donations of more than £1,500 must be reported to the Commission.
Posted: 23 Oct 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 07:59
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 18 October 2014, 17:10
Former UKIP MEP Ashley Mote has been charged with fraud offences and misconduct in public office.
Mote faces nine charges allegedly committed between 2004 and 2009. They include obtaining a money transfer by deception, fraud by false representation, false accounting, and receiving the proceeds of crime.
The ex MEP will appear before magistrates next month.
He was an MEP at the time of the alleged offences, but resigned his seat in 2009 prior to the European elections.
Mote was convicted of benefit fraud in 2007 for which he served a nine-month prison sentence and was described by the trial judge as "a truly dishonest man"
Posted: 18 Oct 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:47
Following the debacle in Clacton that saw the UKIP PPC Roger Lord passed over in favour of Tory turncoat Douglas Carswell, it appears the same could be about to happen in nearby Basildon & Thurrock.
Lord branded Douglas Carswell as "arrogant" and a "gutless coward" claiming that he was betrayed by UKIP following Carswell's defection and selection in the seaside town.
The disgruntled Lord resigned as a UKIP county councillor and eventually left the xenophobic party following his shoddy treatment by Farage and co.
A little further south in the Basildon & Thurrock constituency, things aren't quite as rosy for UKIP.
Basildon UKIP chairman Kerry Smith has been deselected by UKIP as the PPC in favour of a "big fish" candidate.
The Basildon councillor received a phone call from the party informing him he would not be standing for Stephen Metcalfe's seat in South Basildon and East Thurrock.
Smith told the local press he was disappointed and didn't know what was going on.
Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Labour Group Leader, said: "The decision to deselect him shows what we all know - UKIP in Basildon is in disarray. They don't speak with one voice, they split on every vote. They are letting the residents of Basildon down badly."
Posted: 18 Oct 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nicholas Watt | on: Thursday, 16 October 2014, 17:01
Nigel Farage has suffered a blow after his pan-EU grouping in the European parliament collapsed, depriving Ukip and its allies of millions of pounds in funding.
The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group was forced to disband after Iveta Grigule, a Latvian member of the group, resigned. This meant that the group only has MEPs from six EU member states, just below the number needed to qualify for official group status.
The move will cost Ukip about £1m a year in funding. The group received €2.6m (£2.1m) in 2013. Ukip accounts for 53.3% of the group.
Farage accused Martin Schulz, the president of the European parliament, of acting as the head of a “banana republic” after he said that pressure was placed on Grigule to stand down if she wanted to lead a parliamentary delegation to Kazakhstan.
Full article here The Guardian
Posted: 16 Oct 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Thursday, 16 October 2014, 13:01
One of the main Eurosceptic groups in the European Parliament, which includes Britain's UKIP, has collapsed after a Latvian MEP withdrew.
The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group had 48 members and also included Italy's Five Star Movement.
MEP Iveta Grigule's exit meant it no longer qualified as a group because it featured fewer than seven countries.
Group status is important as it means extra funds, seats on committees and more speaking time.
Posted: 16 Oct 2014 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Lucy Fisher | on: Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 19:28
A senior Ukip spokesman has been exposed as claiming to hold a “fake” degree and a professorship at an unaccredited academic institution.
Andrew Charalambous, the party’s housing and environment spokesman, is listed on a Facebook page as holding a “PhD in the parallels between Plato’s Utopia and Spartan Society”. He was listed on his official website as being a “professor of environmental sciences”.
Last night he removed mention of the professorship from his website, and also removed claims that he “is a qualified Barrister-at-Law” and a “Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts”. Still remaining on his biography page, however, were claims that he was “a Special Constable for eighteen years. Serving with the City of London Police Detachment of the Honourable Artillery Company.”
Yesterday Mr Charalambous claimed that he was not the author of the Facebook page or linked to it in any way, but repeated to The Times the claim that he holds a doctorate.
When asked if he held a PhD from the same institution as his professorship, Universitas Sancti Cyrilli, he said: “Yes, same place. That’s in similar sort of things, yeah.”
The institution, based in Malta, said yesterday that it is not a university and is not able to award degrees. Alfred Baldacchino, the director of the organisation, said it is an educational institution but has no buildings, headquarters or staff in Malta.
Mr Charalambous said that the claim about his professorial post “shouldn’t be on” his website and that the “website people take stuff from various places and they put that on there”.
He said it was an “honorary thing”, awarded for his contributions to ecology at Surya, an ecological nightclub in King’s Cross, London, in which he is a shareholder.
He also alluded to the doctorate as honorary, describing Universitas Sancti Cyrilli as a “place that’s given me a couple of honorary degrees”.
Mr Charalambous was criticised in 2008 for using the name of Friends of the Earth without permission.
His website sets out a number of Ukip policy pledges on the environment and housing. Some of the statistics, the sources of which are not cited, have been called into question.
The website claims that there are 750,000 British citizens “homeless or sleeping rough” while Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation stated last December that the number is 185,000.
Mr Charalambous also claims that there are one million houses lying empty across the UK, but the independent charity Empty Homes claims the figure last year was 635,130.
According to the Campaign to Protect Rural England, 700,000 homes are planned for the British green belt and countryside, while Mr Charalambous states that the figure is one million.
On one of his official websites, it says that he has in the past “lived with indigenous tribes including the Dayak, so called ‘headhunter’ tribe of Kalimantan, Borneo” and that he has been “commissioned as a Colonel by the American state of Kentucky”.
A Ukip spokesman said: “Andrew Charalambous does not have a PhD nor does he claim to have a PhD. The Facebook page which makes the claim was not authored by or controlled by him.”
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 07:50
A NORTH Cornwall farmer chosen as a UKIP parliamentary candidate is facing de-selection after a judge warned he could be sent to prison.
The party announced just last week that David Evans, from Week St Mary, would contest the Camborne- Redruth seat but, on Monday, the 71-year-old pleaded guilty to six animal welfare charges.
Bodmin magistrates were told the carcasses of 119 sheep were found on his farm and a further 141 – many of which were close to death – had to be put down earlier this year, in a case described by an animal health inspector as the worst he had seen.
District Judge Kevin Gray told Evans the circumstances of the case were "appalling" and he could face a jail sentence.
A spokesperson at UKIP's London office told the Cornish Guardian yesterday: "UKIP takes such matters extremely seriously and we are investigating this and the general conduct of David Evans."
During the court case, counsel Mike Brown, for the defence, said that Evans, of Trehausa Farm, Week St Mary, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, had not acted maliciously and had suffered from ill health during one of the wettest winters on record.
"He became unable to cope and the sheep died from exposure as the land became saturated," said Mr Brown.
Evans admitted that between a date unknown and February 6 he failed to dispose of the carcasses of 119 sheep containing specified risk material, and in such a manner as to prevent an animal or bird having access to them, and on February 6 caused unnecessary suffering to six sheep by failing to address their emaciation and to nine sheep by failing to address lameness. He also admitted on March 12 he caused unnecessary suffering to a sheep by failing to address emaciation and, having a duty to ensure the welfare of sheep, failed to provide clean, dry bedding.
Kingsley Keate, prosecuting on behalf of Cornwall Council, said that it was the worst case seen by Jonathan McCulloch, an animal health inspector at the council.
Following complaints, Mr McCulloch, veterinary officer Sue Potter, two animal health officers and two police officers visited the farm on February 6 and found carcasses of sheep and lambs in paddocks and throughout the farm, including decomposing in "dumpy" bags, as well as live sheep which were emaciated, weak and muddy or suffering from lameness.
There were further visits to the farm on dates in February and on March 12. A total of 141 sheep had to be put down in February and March due to their condition. Many were "close to death", said Mr Keate, and had untreated illnesses.
Evans had treated the flock as pets but they had been "left out to their own devices to survive a very wet winter", said Mr Keate.
"There was insufficient food, bedding or dry areas for the sheep, which were huddled together and did not have food of the quality which would be expected. Sheds which could have housed them were being used to store machinery," he said.
He said that Evans had 450 sheep at one time which was too many for him to look after.
Mr Brown, for the defence, said that Evans, who has an extremely high IQ of 130 to 142, had bought the farm in 2001 and had obtained the sheep originally to maintain the grassland. However, one of the symptoms of his Asperger's was a lack of social interaction with humans and after he had become a recluse he began breeding the sheep as pets.
In 2012 he had suffered serious complications following a burst appendix and was unable to walk around the farm. He then had an accident on his quad bike and could not use his arm. His ability to care for the flock was "hampered through no fault of his own".
Mr Brown said that Evans had tried to seek help from Defra and a farming support group but to no avail.
Since the offences he had made significant efforts to rectify any problems and had reduced the flock. The farm was being regularly inspected by a veterinary surgeon and any lameness was treated. The grass was now plentiful, the sheep were feeding well and a farm hand had been taken on.
"He is happy to undertake regular monthly inspections at the farm to ensure it doesn't happen again," said Mr Brown.
The case was adjourned until November 20 for a probation officer's pre-sentence report and Evans was bailed without conditions.
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Duffy | on: Sunday, 12 October 2014, 15:55
Married UKIP MEP Roger Helmer – who claimed gay people “undermine” marriage – has appealed for “privacy” after a tabloid newspaper published a report claiming he visited a ‘sleazy’ massage parlour.
According to the Sun newspaper, Mr Helmer – who represents UKIP in the East Midlands and unsuccessfully ran for parliament this year in the Newark by-election – was photographed visiting Victoria House massage parlour this week.
The parlour – described by the newspaper as “sleazy” – has the motto “Driving men wild since 1999″, and invites men to “come and play” and have an “adventure of the physical kind”.
Mr Helmer said: “MEPs are entitled to a private life. I work extremely hard and when I do occasionally have time off I enjoy a massage. I hope my constituents will agree people are entitled to enjoy their leisure time as they please.
When asked whether his wife – whom he employs as a research assistant – knew about the visit, he said: “She will tomorrow I dare say.”
Despite appealing for his own private life, Mr Helmer has sought to interfere in the private lives of millions of gay couples on several occasions, claiming previously that he should be able to dislike gay people in the same way as different types of tea.
The East Midlands MEP has also compared same-sex marriage to incest, saying: “If two men have a right to marry, how can we deny the same right to two siblings? Are we to authorise incest?”
He has also described homosexuality as “not a lifestyle worthy of equal respect” and claimed it is fair to see it as “abhorrent to God”.
Roger Helmer previously tweeted in 2011: “Why is it OK for a surgeon to perform a sex change operation, but not OK for a psychiatrist to ‘turn’ a consenting homosexual?”
Posted: 12 Oct 2014 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Heather Saul | on: Friday, 10 October 2014, 14:39
Nigel Farage has been accused of “stooping to a new level of ignorance” for reportedly suggesting stopping migrants with HIV from entering the UK would be a "good start" in controlling Britain’s borders.
In an interview with Newsweek Europe, the Ukip leader set out the changes he would like to see, including a block on convicted killers being allowed into the UK, referring to the Latvian prime suspect in the Alice Gross murder case.
It was in this interview, published as the polls closed in the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton byelections, that he reportedly said Ukip "want to control the quantity and quality of people who come" to the UK.
When asked by Newsweek whether "quality" meant people without a murder conviction, he answered: "Yes. And people who do not have HIV, to be frank. That's a good start. And people with a skill. That is what Britain should do."
He went on to say: "I have never said that we should not take refugees. We have a proud record of accepting refugees, and that must be continued."
The Terrence Higgins Trust's, the oldest HIV charity, condemned his remarks for demonstrating an “outrageous” lack of understanding over the issue.
Chief executive Dr Rosemary Gillespie said: "It is to the UK's credit that for more than three decades successive governments, no matter their political stamp, have refused to put in place border controls against people living with HIV.
"Major international organisations, including the United Nations, agree that such draconian measures would have no impact on the epidemic. In bracketing those living with the condition with murderers, and suggesting there is no place for them in his vision of Britain, Mr Farage has stooped to a new level of ignorance."
Responding to his remarks, Labour MP Pamela Nash said: "New level of disgust at Farage tonight. Not a clue about the facts around HIV. Blatant discrimination."
On Twitter, fellow Labour MP David Lammy claimed Farage was "trying to revive the very worst bigotry of the 1980s”.
Posted: 10 Oct 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Martin Shipton | on: Thursday, 9 October 2014, 07:58
A Ukip parliamentary candidate who distributed a leaflet condemning diversity and the notion of a multicultural society is to be disciplined by the party.
But Martyn Ford has not been suspended as the candidate for Swansea West and his case is unlikely to be considered before late next month.
The leaflet states: “Islamic terror. Abuse of our children. The consequence of multiculturalism.” It goes on to quote critical remarks made by Mr Ford about Muslims, immigration and the “political elite”.
A Ukip spokesman said: “This flyer was submitted for approval by the party, but it was deemed inappropriate. It was distributed nonetheless. We will be taking the appropriate action.”
It is understood that Mr Ford will be reported to Ukip’s national executive under the party’s disciplinary process, but that is not likely to be until late November.
Anti-racism campaigner, former Cabinet member and Labour MP for Neath Peter Hain, said: “Condemning diversity and attacking multiculturalism shows just how dangerously out of touch Ukip are with modern Wales.
“The language used on Martyn Ford’s official Ukip leaflet is completely unacceptable. Rather than reasoned policies Ukip have opted for poisonous rhetoric aimed at immigrants.
“The content of Mr Ford’s leaflet would not look out of place on something produced by the BNP or National Front.
“That Ukip have refused to suspend Mr Ford for this offensive and inflammatory propaganda is truly shocking.
“It is clear that despite their attempts at spin, Ukip are a dangerous right-wing party that feeds on hatred and have nothing positive to offer the people and communities of Swansea or Wales.”
Swansea West Labour MP Geraint Davies, said: “This leaflet has caused enormous concerns and distress among our local communities – no one in Swansea wants the politics of division and hatred that this leaflet represents.“I have been approached by a large number of local residents who have been appalled and shocked by what they see as an expression of racism and prejudice by Ukip in Swansea.
“The people of Swansea expect parliamentary candidates to respect everyone in the community irrespective of their political views and represent all people in our community.”
Posted: 9 Oct 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 21:56
Of all the people involved with UKIP, one person has constantly been at the front of the queue when it comes to scandal and controversy.
Godfrey Bloom, The Ex UKIP MEP became a household name after stories such as "Bongo Bongo Land" and "The Sluts Row" hit national headlines.
Some of the more gullible UKIP members would label Bloom as " A loveable rogue". It's not a term I would use.
Now that Bloom is no longer on the UKIP gravy time, he has to find activities to fill his diary and it looks like he has found a suitable one for the middle of October.
Godfrey Bloom is to be a guest speaker at a Traditional Britain Group conference held in London on October 18th. The fact Bloom is speaking at the event is controversial enough, however Bloom will be sharing a platform with a collection of far right politicians.
Whilst Bloom name does not appear on the original TBG flyer, their website and Facebook page confirm Bloom is a late addition to the roster.
The Traditional Britain Group is a tiny right wing campaign group that has some links to the Ultra right wing of the Conservative Party.
The man who stands at the helm of the TBG is the controversial Gregory Lauder Frost.
Lauder-Frost is a former BNP member and was previously a member of the Conservative Party's Monday Club as well as the Western Goals Institute. He believes that the UK was wrong when it declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 because the Nazis had no quarrel with our country.
He also believes that the Nuremburg trials where a “farce… without an ounce of legitimacy” and defended the Luftwaffe’s bombardment of Coventry, saying: “Britain had all its small arms and tanks manufactured at Coventry. If you did not want to be bombed you should not have declared war on a country who had no quarrel with you.”
Lauder-Frost was jailed for two years in 1992 for embezzling money from his employers, the Riverside health authority. The court heard he had channelled money into extreme right-wing political causes. It also emerged at the end of the trial that he was implicated in attempts to sell Russian arms to US based far right groups.
The Traditional Britain Group was criticized for overt and disgusting racism after they called for the Labour peer Doreen Lawrence and millions of ethnic-minority Britons to “return to their natural homelands”. Lauder-Frost said of Doreen Lawrence ": “We do not feel there is any merit in raising such a person to the peerage. She’s a complete nobody. She’s just a campaigner about her son’s murder. It’s ridiculous. She has made countless anti-English comments over the last 10 years. She’s no friend of the English people.”
He continued "This woman has done the British nation no favours whatsoever. If these people don’t like us and want to keep attacking us they should go back to their natural homelands."
Sharing a platform alongside Bloom and Lauder-Frost is the former Croatian diplomat Dr Tomislav Sunic, who has regularly addressed racist gatherings in America and Europe.
In August 2003, Sunic gave a lecture alongside the far-rightist ex-lawyer Horst Mahler, currently serving a prison sentence in Germany for Holocaust denial, at a conference sponsored by Germany’s nationalist far-right party, the National Democratic Party.
Sunic spoke at the BNP conference in 2013 and has also addressed several meetings of the National Front including its 45th Anniversary meeting in 2012 and a meeting in Bradford in 2009.
The Croat sits on the board of the American white nationalist political party American Freedom Party (AFP) and is the author of the vile anti-Semitic book, Homo Americanus.
Also listed to speak is a name familiar to Hope not hate readers, Paul Weston, chairman of the miniscule Liberty GB party.
Weston was previously better known as the chairman of the now defunct British Freedom Party, the political wing of the thuggish English Defence League.
Paul Weston is a regular blogger for the "counter-jihadist" anti-Islamic website Gates of Vienna. Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik took inspiration from the website and Weston's articles claiming that there is a "civil war" brewing in Europe with Islam. When questioned in 2012 Weston admitted that the articles may well have inspired Breivik.
The far right barrister Adrian Davies has spoken at TBG gatherings before and will be again later this month, indeed he spoke at their re-launch meeting in 2010, alongside controversial racist lecturer Dr Frank Ellis.
Davies unsuccessfully represented the Holocaust denier David Irving at the Court of Appeal in 2001 after Irving had failed in a libel action against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books.
Previously chairman of the now-defunct far right Freedom Party, Davies is also linked to the BNP and is a regular speaker at meetings of the far right "New Right". He was one of the founders of the far right farce that was The British Democratic Party.
Godfrey Bloom is still very much a member of UKIP and is very popular in the party, particularly in his old European region of Yorkshire & Humber where he very close to newly elected MEP's Jane Collins & Mike Hookem. In fact there are a large number of UKIP members in the region who would like to see him back in the forefront of the xenophobic party.
Only time will tell.
Posted: 8 Oct 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 19:03
A UKIP MEP apologised last night for retweeting a link to a virulently anti-Semitic blog after her party had initially mounted an extraordinary defence of the politician.
Jane Collins, who was elected this year to represent Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, posted a link to a page of an extremist blog attacking Labour’s deputy leader Harriett Harman over allegations an organisation she once worked for had links to paedophile rights campaigners. The opening sentence referred to the politician as a “Jewess” – which she is not.
Featured elsewhere on the blog are vehrmently anti-Semitic posts including one entitled ‘Book review: Jewish supremicism by Dr David Duke’. Another post called ‘Holocaust or Holohoax? 21 amazing facts’ is featured in a list of the site’s most popular posts. Although the UKIP MEP did not retweet any of theses pages, the list is clearly visible alongside every post on the website.
After Jewish News repeatedly pressed the party – which is expected to secure its first seat in the House of Commons in tomorrow’s Clacton by-election – Collins deleted the Tweet and subsequently apologised. “I have deleted my retweet after seeing how vile the cigpapers blog it linked to is. Sorry to have caused offence to the Jewish community,” she wrote on the microgging site. The retweet had remained on her account for three days and for around 24 hours after this paper brought it to the attention of the party.
The about-turn came less than 24 hours after UKIP defended the MEP. After this newspaper’s first call to the party, a UKIP spokesman told the Jewish News “wholeheartedly opposes anti-Semitism” and added: “She is in no way endorsing the blog, or its previous content, which I am sure she has never read or would never read. That somebody is described as a Jewess, whether accurately or not should be of no more consequence, nor should it be any more insulting than saying that Mrs Collins is a Yorkshire-woman, it is merely descriptive not pejorative. Unless of course the Jewish News is suggesting otherwise. If so then an apology would be appropriate.”
And in an extraordinary remark, the party goes on to refer to a listing for a comedy event featured on the Jewish News’ website earlier this year in which the antiquated term is used. It highlights a “5 starred collection of stories-in-song; charting feuding tailors, a Jewess who joins a 1950s Christian cult, a cocaine-addicted rabbi and many more”.
“That the story has been highlighted by a collection of hard left anti-UKIP bloggers and online warriors says more about them than any falsely perceived anti-Semitism.”
It was only after a second call to the party that a UKIP spokesman described the blog as “vile”, though he continued to insist that the term ‘jewess’ was usually “as unloaded a term as Yorkshireman”. He acknowledged this was not the case with this blog.
The Community Security Trust earlier urged UKIP to look closely at the link and apologise. A spokesman said: “It is clear that Jane Collins has made a serious error of judgement. The article’s opening words are ‘Jewess Harriet Ruth Harman’. Above all this, the website itself has two sections, ‘home’ and ‘Join the British Truth Movement – Stop White Genocide’. Another plainly visible link on the site is ‘Holocaust or Holohoax? 21 Amazing Facts’.
“So it is ridiculous for UKIP to claim that this website’s word ‘Jewess’ is merely descriptive; and it is a gross insult to use the Jewish News website as a point of comparison. I hope Ukip will do the responsible thing and issue a sincere apology.”
Board of Deputies Vice President Jonathan Arkush said: “We are amazed by the UKIP spokesperson’s response. Not only have they failed to acknowledge the irresponsibility of an elected politician retweeting an article posted on a white supremacist and racist website , but they totally missed the point that reference to Harriet Harman’s supposed faith was wrong, irrelevant, deeply offensive to Jews and could encourage anti-Semitism.”
The retweet was first highlighted by former JLC chief executive Jeremy Newmark. The specific page posted by Collins to allegations highlighting by the Daily Mail earlier this year that the National Council for Civil Liberties, where she worked as a legal officer, had granted “affiliate” status to a paedophile rights group. The
long-time politician denied claims she had been an “apologist for paedophilia” and, while expressing “regret” at the links which were established before she began working for NCCL in 1978, insisted she had nothing to apologise for.
The UKIP spokesman said: “Let this be a lesson to UKIPers and politicians of all parties, it is deeply unwise to just send a retweet without first checking where it came from. This blog is vile is and it’s beholden to people on people to check their sources.”
Posted: 7 Oct 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 14:22
Former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig – who has warned that same-sex marriage amounts to “child abuse” – says he’s campaigning for UKIP by-election candidate Douglas Carswell.
Mr Craig is notorious for his extreme anti-gay views. In a recent blog post, the right-wing Christian branded same-sex marriage a “democratic disgrace” and described it as “social vandalism by the Tory Bullingdon boys”.
The ex-councillor and former 2008 London mayoral candidate also revealed he had applied to join UKIP and was supporting former Tory Douglas Carswell’s bid to become UKIP’s first elected MP.
In his blog, Alan Craig wrote: “Whatever you think of the issue itself, the gay marriage legislation last year was a democratic disgrace. Faithful one man/one woman marriage has been a defining and enduring bedrock of our society and culture – and the preeminent place of nurture for the nation’s children – for a millennium and a half.”
“Yet without warning, electoral mandate, Green or White Paper consultation or intelligent debate, and egged on by media, the PR industry, Hollywood celebs and the all-powerful gay lobby on both sides of the Atlantic (the UK perennially follows where the US leads), our political leaders like lemmings rushed off the marriage cliff and into the gay sea while emoting loudly and stupidly that it is ‘all about love’.
“Overnight, unitedly and unnecessarily they redefined, enfeebled and wrecked a hugely beneficial social institution.”
Mr Craig added: “As a consequence procreation and child-rearing are no longer primary purposes of marriage and conjugal faithfulness is no longer a primary characteristic. Marriage is no longer marriage.”
In a post published earlier this year, titled ‘Gay marriage and child abuse’, the former Christian Peoples Alliance leader mocked the wedding announcement of gay parents Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow.
“The problem is that all gay marriages are a counterfeit,” Mr Craig wrote. “According to the government and unlike conventional marriages, gay marriages cannot be consummated and adultery cannot be reason for divorce. So same-sex partners in a gay marriage are free to play the field whereas husbands and wives in a real marriage promise to be faithful ’til death us do part’.
“By firmly bolting a counterfeit on to the hallowed institution of marriage, parliament has diluted, distorted and, in the end, dismantled an invaluable social institution. And it is the nation’s children, who need stability, commitment and faithfulness at home to best flourish, who will suffer.”
Mr Craig, an ex-councillor for the London Borough of Newham, was nominated for Stonewall’s ‘Bigot of the Year’ award in 2012.
Posted: 7 Oct 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Friday, 3 October 2014, 10:18
THE Russian-born wife of a Bristol businessman who hit the headlines when it emerged he had donated £1 million to UKIP was allegedly helped to stay in Britain by a disgraced MP.
Katya Banks, who is married to Arron Banks and lives in Tockington, divorced her first husband – a Portsmouth merchant seaman – after just three months.
According to national newspaper reports, Mrs Banks – formerly known as Ekaterina Paderina – faced questions over the validity of her marriage to Eric Butler after she arrived in Britain from Ekaterinburg in eastern Russia on a student visa in the 1990s.
Mr Butler told reporters he fell in love with Miss Paderina despite the fact that he was more than twice her age but the authorities suspected it was a sham marriage.
He was introduced to MP Mike Hancock through a restaurant owner who had a Russian girlfriend and was promised that he would help to get everything sorted.
Mr Hancock, who is now an Independent MP and has a reputation for close links with women from Eastern Europe in their 20s and 30s, denied at the time that he helped Miss Paderina. There is no suggestion they had an improper relationship.
Bridget Rowe, spokeswoman for UKIP, said if Miss Paderina had gone to her local MP she would have done so for help as a constituent. Ms Rowe said: "Isn't that what MPs are there for?"
Mr Hancock was also facing questions at the time over his Russian parliamentary aide Katia Zatuliveter who MI5 suspected of espionage but she was cleared two years later of passing secrets to Moscow and allowed to stay in Britain.
Mr Hancock used to be a Liberal Democrat MP who formally resigned from the party two weeks ago after he admitted inappropriate behaviour with a woman who is known only as "Annie".
Miss Paderina, 38, married Mr Banks in November 2001 and is now known as Katya Banks.
She is aspiring to be an actress and model, offering herself for assignments on a modelling website.
She says: "I am starting acting, and looking for photographers to help me update my portfolio on a TFP arrangement (the model gives her time free of charge in exchange for prints).
"I am based near Thornbury Village, Bristol, but willing to travel.
"I am fun and friendly with an extensive, glamorous wardrobe and a large house which could be used for location shoots.
"I will not do nudes."
In 2008, the couple advertised on a website for an au pair aged over 23 from Eastern Europe for six months to help with three children aged three to nine for six months. They were offering £100 for working a 35 to 40 hour week. The National Minimum Wage six years ago was £5.73 an hour for adults aged 22 and over. But UKIP spokeswoman Ms Rowe said £100 a week was not below the minimum wage in 2008 if it is taken into account that the post was a live-in position with food and accommodation included.
The Bristol Post made efforts to speak to Mrs Banks and Mr Hancock yesterday but neither were available for comment.
Mr Banks said on television that he was prepared to stand as a UKIP candidate in Thornbury and Yate, the constituency where he lives.
As reported in yesterday's Bristol Post, the former Conservative donor had been intending to give the anti-EU party £100,000 – but dramatically upped his donation after former Tory leader William Hague dismissed him as "someone we haven't heard of".
Posted: 3 Oct 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Thursday, 2 October 2014, 20:50
Dudley Council’s UKIP leader, Ken Turner, has quit the party amid claims he was “bullied and intimidated” and subjected to a kangaroo court.
He and his councillor wife Hazel both resigned on Tuesday after refusing to tow the party line and pay a regular donation from their allowances into branch funds.
Instead, they wanted to pay into an elected members pot to cover campaign costs.
But Cllr Turner, who became leader of UKIP on Dudley Council after he defected from the Conservative Party, said the payment row was a “smokescreen” to his concerns about UKIP’s call for a referendum over a planning application to build a mosque in Hall Street, Dudley.
He said: “I am extremely embarrassed by UKIP’s lack of appreciation of council requirements and how council business is conducted.
“I cannot and will not impeach myself and my integrity by doing some of the actions they are asking to be taken.”
The outspoken member for Hayley Green and Cradley South said the call for a referendum would be an expensive waste of tax payers money and irrelevant to the planning process.
Cllr Turner claimed a meeting with UKIP officials on Tuesday at which he had been asked to agree to pay the contribution or resign, was a “kangaroo court”.
“They are amateurs, trying to bamboozle people,” he added.
But Halesowen and Dudley UKIP branch chairman Dean Perks accused Cllr Turner of “digging his heels in and refusing to budge” on the payment issue.
He said it was usual for councillors to pay a contribution to an elected members group and/or the local branch.
M Perks said: “The elected members agreed to pay to support the branch but Ken’s version of what was agreed was different and he wouldn’t budge.
He added: “It is always sad to lose members, never mind councillors, and it was nice when they came across to us.
“It’s a blow, as we’ve no leader now, but we are a team and if people don’t want to be part of a team and do things democratically, then it is not a sad loss.”
Cllr Turner admits it was his “folly and stupidity” to be lured into the UKIP camp after being enticed by the prospect of standing for Halesowen and Rowley Regis under their ticket in next year’s general election.
But the wannabe MP was overlooked and had to settle for being the fledgling party’s prospective parliamentary candidate in Walsall South, from which he has now also resigned.
He said the “right place” for him and his wife was as independents, and although Cllr Turner had already announced he will not seek re-election to Dudley Council next May, he is now considering standing as an independent candidate against sitting Tory MP James Morris in the general election.
The husband and wife team retreated to the independent benches after a fall out with the Conservatives in December 2013.
Cllr Hazel Turner will serve the ward as an independent until she is due for re-election in 2016 when she will stand down.
Posted: 2 Oct 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 11:34
Greater Manchester Police have been called in to investigate a UKIP election leaflet that has made a number of false claims in relation to child sex abuse.
The leaflet, in the form of a personal letter was delivered by UKIP activists as part of the UKIP campaign for the Harper Green by-election in Bolton.
UKIP claimed that Bolton was part of a “politically correct Labour brigade” and that GMP was investigating the town as part of Operation Doublet.
The letter claims: “The Labour controlled towns of Bolton, Bury, Oxford and Derby, which are run by the politically correct/diversity Labour brigades, are under investigation as part of police operation Doublet following the Rotherham and Rochdale scandals in which disgusting child sex abuse has been going on.”
Greater Manchester Police have assured the public that neither Bolton Council or any of its councillors are under investigation as part of Operation Doublet.
The leaflet was the work of the UKIP campaign team representing candidate Jeff Armstrong who is contesting the by-election for the xenophobic party next month.
It was signed off by Joan Johnson, chairman of Bolton UKIP, who also runs UKIP's North West regional office.
UKIP candidate Jeff Armstrong has refused to comment.
Posted: 1 Oct 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments