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posted by: David Gale | on: Saturday, 30 November 2013, 00:39
In an open letter to UKIP leader Nigel Farage, David Gale, one of UKIP’s top performing Police & Crime Commissioner candidates, has today announced his resignation from the party.
In a damning indictment of its leadership, Gale accuses UKIP of betraying its supporters in its shift to the right. Gale said, “In many areas of the country, UKIP has been taking more votes from Labour than from the Conservatives, with the UKIP membership in the north focused on a common sense view of policy that is not shared by an ever-increasing number of ex-Tory UKIP candidates. What we’re seeing is yet another crony elite riding a wave of public expectation for something different. It’s a deception and it’s a betrayal.”
Going on to list issues with the party’s MEP candidate selection process, as well as its failure to alert members to a middle-aged, convicted paedophile actively engaged with the party’s younger membership, Gale questions the leadership’s professional competence in its running of the party, “Whilst I doubt that it was your intention to model your public persona on Lord Percy, UKIP is beginning to resemble an episode of Blackadder, with candidates presenting as an association of Elizabethan dandies.”
Gale’s announcement comes after a sitting MEP and a number of Lincolnshire councillors were forced out of the party, all citing procedural irregularities by the leadership. Reports suggest that a large proportion of the UKIP Worcester branch in the West Midlands has resigned en masse, again citing the party’s leadership as being out of touch with its membership.
Gale said, “ I remain deeply respectful of the many genuine grass roots members who aspire to something better for our country but I feel that UKIP’s leadership is deceiving them. I wish the membership all the best.”
Click here to see David Gale’s letter to Nigel Farage
Click here to see Reported Breaches & Consequences
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posted by: Joseph Patrick McCormick | on: Friday, 29 November 2013, 19:40
A former UKIP parliamentary candidate has written a paper questioning whether gay people sent to death camps during the Holocaust were only sent there because they were also Jewish.
Dr Julia Gasper, a former parliamentary candidate and UKIP branch chairman in Oxford, made the claims in a paper titled “Where Is the Evidence for a ‘Homocaust’?”, which was published on Academia.edu.
In the paper, she questions whether it is possible that only gay men who were also Jewish were sent to death camps such as Auschwitz by the Nazis, and cites a lack of evidence in questioning the difference in treatment of Jewish people and gay people during World War II.
She writes: “So far, and correct me on this if I am wrong, I find that the individuals either cannot be identified, or were Jewish as well as homosexual (so they would have been sent to the death-camps for being Jewish) or that they were imprisoned rather than killed. That does not really support a conclusion that there was a holocaust of homosexuals comparable to that of the Jews, or even the gypsies who were also decimated.
“The entire Homocaust website does not seem to me to supply us with ONE firm example of a non-Jewish homosexual who was sent to a death camp.”
Questioning estimated figures on LGBT History Month, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) websites, she continues: “But always one detects the same confusions – were they Jewish or non-Jewish? Were they imprisoned or eradicated? Were they pederasts or not?”
She continues: “LGBT militants are to be found behaving very assertively in Holocaust Memorial events.
“If anybody cares to show me where the real evidence is to back up their claims I would be very interested to see it.”
Concluding, she suggests that information on websites such as Homocaust.org is inaccurate.
She says: “The USHMM site makes a distinction between homosexuals imprisoned as criminals and Jews subjected to genocide. And the evidence I have seen so far upholds that distinction.”
Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, told PinkNews: “It’s disappointing that Dr Gasper has chosen to question the fact that the Nazis persecuted gay men between 1933 and 1945. After they came to power in 1933 the Nazis toughened existing anti-gay laws and launched a vicious repression of gay people and gay culture, including violently looting The Institute for Sexual Science, burning its extensive collection on the streets. The police established lists of homosexually active people. Significant numbers of gay men were arrested, and thousands received severe jail sentences in brutal conditions. Up to 15,000 gay men were sent to concentration camps but many more were exposed to inhumane treatment in police prisons. Thousands died as a result of brutal treatment in camps and prisons.
“Whilst it is important to recognise the differences between the ways the Nazis persecuted different groups, this shouldn’t lead us to question the fact that thousands of gay men suffered appalling persecution because of their sexuality. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust completely rejects the notion of a hierarchy or competition of suffering between different persecuted groups of people. Any attempt to rank the experiences of different group of peoples does a grave disservice to the memory of those who were persecuted. Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January, is an opportunity for us all to remember the millions who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides.”
A request for comment from Dr Gasper was not returned to PinkNews.
Her full article is available to read below:
Where Is the Evidence for a “Homocaust”? (2)
Where exactly is the documentary evidence for the now widespread claim that the Nazis persecuted homosexuals to the same extent that they persecuted the Jews? I have been looking on this website www.homocaust.org which is recommended by none other than Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of Stonewall in England. I have also consulted various books.
So far, and correct me on this if I am wrong, I find that the individuals either cannot be identified, or were Jewish as well as homosexual (so they would have been sent to the death-camps for being Jewish) or that they were imprisoned rather than killed. That does not really support a conclusion that there was a holocaust of homosexuals comparable to that of the Jews, or even the gypsies who were also decimated.
When you enter the Homocaust website it confronts you with stark claims. It states boldly “Between 1939 and 1944 gay men and women were persecuted under the Nazi party.”
It carefully gives the impression at this point that the anti-homosexual laws were passed in 1939 although they actually dated back to the 19th century, long before the Nazis came to power. Then it goes on to say “100,000 were arrested, 50,000 were imprisoned, 15,000 were sent to labour camps, 4,000 survived, 11,000 weren’t so lucky”.
It displays a series of black and white identity photographs of men imprisoned for violating paragraph 175, the original German law against homosexuality. And these photographs come from the Auschwitz museum. But does that prove that the people shown were all in Auschwitz? Or that they died there?
Their names are not given so we have no idea whether they were Jewish or not.
On the next page the claims are repeated in a much watered-down form.
“During the Nazi period up to 100,000 gay men & women were persecuted & imprisoned for their sexuality under Paragraph 175 of the German Penal code. The Third Reich had no place for such ‘deviants’ & set out a systematic strategy to rid itself of this ‘poison’. About 15,000 were sent to concentration camps where, forced to wear the ‘pink triangle’, as many as 60% lost their lives.”
What I notice here is the appearance of “up to 100,000″ and “about 15,000″ admitting that their figures given earlier with such certainty are mere guess-work. It is not plausible to say that “the Third Reich had no place for such deviants” since the number of homosexuals in top Nazi jobs in in the SS who ran the death-camps is very well-documented and beyond dispute.
The Homocaust website claims that homosexuals were singled out for worse treatment and harsher conditions than other victims. I find this implausible. There is abundant evidence of other prisoners suffering just as severely, or worse, than is documented here. They were skeletons worked into the ground on starvation rations, then gassed in their millions, men women and children. They were beaten, burnt, raped, tortured, shot…need I go on?
When we start looking for specific evidence about victims who were non-Jewish and therefore could really be said to have been victimized for being homosexual, rather than for being Jewish, the evidence is thin indeed. The site, which seems to be authored by a certain Lewis Oswald, provides the following names:-
Heinz Heger, a pseudonym, so that his Jewishness cannot be investigated. Indeed many people regard his book “The Men With the Pink Triangle” as being fiction. It has all the hallmarks of gay pornography. In the Homocaust site it is taken at face value as history.
Gad Beck - he was Jewish.
Heinz F – without a full name how do we trace him to establish if he was Jewish?
Annette Eick, born 1909 – a Jewish lesbian who fled Germany in 1938 and died in 2010.
Henny Schermann born 1912 – another Jewish lesbian
Paul Gerhard Vogel – yes he seems to have been genuine non-Jewish homosexual but he was not sent to a concentration camp. He was sent to a labour camp called Emsland in Holland. Later he was sent to Norway and used as forced labour. Unlike 6 million Jews, he survived the war. In fact he lived to the age of 97. http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Gerhard_Vogel
Pierre Seel – yes, he was another non-Jewish homosexual but he was not sent to a concentration camp either. A Frenchman, he was arrested in 1941 by the invading German forces and treated very badly while being held in prison for six months. But he was never made to wear the pink triangle and after six months he was released from prison. There seems to be no proof that he was actually arrested for being a homosexual rather than being a sympathizer with the resistance. He admits that while in prison he had relations with an 18-year boy which was then illegal in France. So his criminal status may have been related to ephebophilia rather than homosexuality as such.
Karl Gorath – yes, he does seem to have been non-Jewish. But rather than being forced to do hard labour and starved to death, when first convicted as a homosexual he was required to work as a nurse in a hospital at Wittenberg. He was then convicted of another offence. “One day, a guard ordered me to decrease the bread ration for the patients who were Polish war prisoners, but I refused, telling him that it was inhuman to treat the Poles in this way. As punishment, I was sent to Auschwitz, and this time, rather than being marked as a “175er,” I wore the red triangle of a political prisoner. At Auschwitz I had a lover who was Polish; his name was Zbigniew.” So although he was a non-Jewish homosexual and in Auschwitz, he was not there for being a homosexual. Karl was liberated from Auschwitz in 1945
Heinz Dörmer. Yes he does seem to be a genuine non-Jewish homosexual – but he was not sent to an extermination camp. “In April 1935, Dörmer was accused of homosexual activities with members of his troop, and from 1941 to 1944 he was imprisoned for “corrupting the youth” at Neuengamme concentration camp, a “holding tank for homosexuals, politicals, and non-German aliens.” ” Note that Dormer was explicitly a pederast, not just a homosexual, and that he was kept in prison but never treated in the same horrific way as Jewish inmates of Auschwitz. He was released from prison when the laws against homosexuality were eventually repealed.
So to sum up, the entire Homocaust website does not seem to me to supply us with ONE firm example of a non-Jewish homosexual who was sent to a death camp. It does not provide good enough documentary proof to convince any serious academic historian of its claim that homosexuals were exterminated under the Nazis. It speaks of “up to 100,000″ and finally shows us evidence of…none.
These claims are now being widely disseminated, and are even found on websites that offer teaching materials to be used in British schools. The website of “Gay” History Month, set up to provide teaching resources for schools in the UK asserts that homosexuals were sent in their “tens of thousands to the Nazi death camps”. http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/calendar/Archive2010/LGBT%20History%20Month%20Events.php?recordID=413
Here it says that the number was 15,000, without offering any sources.
But always one detects the same confusions – were they Jewish or non-Jewish? Were they imprisoned or eradicated? Were they pederasts or not?
LGBT militants are to be found behaving very assertively in Holocaust Memorial events.
If anybody cares to show me where the real evidence is to back up their claims I would be very interested to see it.
Julia Gasper 26th November 2013.
After posting the paper above I got a message from Lukasz Szulc of the University of Antwerp who kindly drew my attention to this other website, provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
Having consulted it, I get the impression that it may be the source for a lot of the assertions made on the “Homocaust” website. That is because many of the same figures are found there – but all of them are admitted to be guesswork. There are very few names and even fewer documented sources. And the version of events given in the two sites is not consistent.
I will reproduce what the museum site says in blue. “An estimated 1.2 million men were homosexuals in Germany in 1928. [does not say where the estimate comes from.]Between 1933-45, an estimated 100,000 men were arrested as homosexuals, [It does not say how this estimate has been reached or what archive sources support it] and of these, some 50,000 officially defined homosexuals were sentenced [that’s already halved the opening figure]. Most of these men spent time in regular prisons [which is not the same as a death-camp], and an estimated 5,000 to 15,000 of the total sentenced were incarcerated in concentration camps [so the figure of 15,000 is actually only an estimate of something between 5,000 and 15,000 and once against there is no documentary source quoted]. How many of these 5,000 to 15,000 “175ers” perished in the concentration camps will probably never be known. Historical research to date has been very limited. One leading scholar, Ruediger Lautmann, believes that the death rate for “175ers” in the camps may have been as high as sixty percent.” [So all of this is really hypothesis and speculation]
The vast majority of homosexual victims were males; lesbians were not subjected to systematic persecution. While lesbian bars were closed, few women are believed to have been arrested. Paragraph 175 did not mention female homosexuality. [If so that reduces the number of possible victims significantly and contradicts what is said on the Homocaust site about the Nazis persecuting “gay men and women”.] The USHMM site mentions Henny Schermann, the Jewish lesbian who was gassed at Ravensbruck concentration camp in 1942, and makes it clear that she was killed for being a Jew. Her name crops up in the Homocaust website.
Unlike Jews, men arrested as homosexuals were not systematically deported to Nazi-established ghettos in eastern Europe. Nor were they transported in mass groups of homosexual prisoners to Nazi extermination camps in Poland.
Altogether what we find on the USHMM site is not fully consistent with is said on the Homocaust site. The USHMM site makes a distinction between homosexuals imprisoned as criminals and Jews subjected to genocide. And the evidence I have seen so far upholds that distinction.
Posted: 29 Nov 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 29 November 2013, 16:47
Yesterday, we wrote about anti immigration campaigner Dean Everitt and his links to the far right British National Party despite his regular denials in the media that he and his campaign isn't racist.
Violent thug Everitt was a firm supporter of the BNP but tired of the party following their failure to make any real impact in the Boston area and in 2013 switched his allegiances to the new kid in town, UKIP.
In March, Everitt spoke to the local media, telling them that UKIP was the only political party that could halt immigration.
As UKIP's influence grew in the Lincolnshire area, Everitt called on his friends and family to lend their support to Nigel Farage's xenophobic party.
When Farage made a visit to the Boston area in April, Everitt was one of the first to make the call to his supporters to support UKIP's leader.
A month later Everitt called on his followers to repeat their support of UKIP, this time at the ballot box.
Following the election of 16 UKIP councillors onto Lincolnshire County Council, making them the official opposition, Everitt wasted no time in linking his anti immigration campaign to UKIP, with Everitt becaming close to a number of the newly elected councillors, including Chris Pain, Alan Jesson and Bob McAuley.
Here we see Everitt with UKIP councillors Chris Pain and Bob McAuley along with a number of other UKIP supporters.
Most of Everitt's UKIP councillor friends including Chris Pain would find themselves thrown out of UKIP just a few month later, much to the despair of Dean Everitt.
Keep an eye out for the next installment of "The Everitt Files" where we reveal Everitt's rabid racism, his hatred of homosexuality and his criminal activites.
posted by: Tom Pride | on: Friday, 29 November 2013, 14:05
A UKIP councillor in Cambridgeshire who accused 3 children in care of being “takers from society” – to their faces - received state grants for 8 of his own 10 children to attend public school.
UKIP’s Cllr Gordon Gillick stood up in a meeting and aggressively asked three children who had made a film showing what it was like to grow up in care “Can you tell us: how does it feel to be takers from the system?“
Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors who were present at the meeting were so shocked they have written a cross-party letter of complaint about Gillick:
But amazingly I’ve discovered that Cllr Gillick is what he would call a ‘taker from the system’ too.
Gillick and his wife received state grants to send 8 of their own children to a local public school:
So not only is Gillick a disgusting bully – it seems he’s a f*cking hypocrite too.
Some like me may be old enough to remember Victoria Gillick back in the 80s who campaigned against contraception. Victoria is Cllr Gillick’s wife.
Posted: 29 Nov 2013 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Friday, 29 November 2013, 09:15
Cliff Dixon, Ukip’s chairman in Uxbridge, has admitted taking part in a march held by the far-Right English Defence League in east London
Nigel Farage is confident that the UK Independence Party will win the European elections next year. The Ukip leader is, however, relying on some interesting characters to help achieve that victory.
Ukip’s chairman in Uxbridge, west London, is Cliff Dixon, who admitted taking part in a march held by the far-Right English Defence League in east London.
Dixon posed for photographs on the march in 2011 with Kevin Carroll, the co-founder of the EDL. Carroll and his fellow EDL leader, Tommy Robinson, announced last month that they were leaving the organisation because it contained too many extremists.
Farage’s spokesman tells Mandrake that no action is being taken against Dixon because he was not a member of Ukip then. “He was a member of the English Democrats and had been asked to go along to it [the march],” the spokesman says.
That’s OK then.
posted by: . | on: Friday, 29 November 2013, 09:09
The British daily "The Independent" has dedicated its daily cartoon Thursday to the hot issue of opening the country's labor market to Bulgarian and Romanian emigrants.
The cartoon pictures British Prime Minister, David Cameron, kicking out of his way emigrants, wrapped in Bulgarian and Romanian national colors, to make way to a troll-like creature with the inscription UKIP (Independence Party).
UKIP is a far-right populist and Eurosceptic party which has been leading a strong campaign against opening the country's labor market for Bulgarians and Romanians in January 2014, instigating fears among society of increased crime wave after their arrival.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage and British newspaper Daily Express recently launched a controversial campaign against Bulgarians and Romanians urging Cameron move to ensure they stay in place to mitigate a youth employment crisis in Britain.
Meanwhile, British media write that their PM will travel to Eastern Europe on Thursday to attend the third Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius and to urge EU leaders to put an end to the era of "vast migrations" from poor countries to the west.
posted by: Graham Tutthill | on: Friday, 29 November 2013, 07:56
The former chairman of the Dover and Deal branch of the UK Independence Party has been told that his membership has been rescinded - because he stood against a UKIP candidate, as an independent, in a county council election.
Vic Matcham came bottom in the poll in the Dover West ward in May with just 114 votes. The UKIP candidate received 1,653, just 126 short of victory.
In March 2012, Mr Matcham stood down as UKIP branch chairman citing “an increasingly heavy workload” as his main reason. He said he would be staying on as a UKIP party member, but that his committee days were now behind him.
At the time, UKIP regional co-ordinator Mo Eleanor said Mr Matcham had served the party beyond the call of duty for many years and he would be sorely missed. She said: “Even to the detriment of his own health, VIC would be out canvassing and leafleting in all weathers and we have lost a truly great servant to our cause.”
Mr Matcham has revealed that he has received a letter stating that the party chairman, Steve Crowther, has rescinded his membership.
Mr Crowther said it was because, “under Constitution clause 4.3 as a consequence of you having stood against a UKIP candidate in the Kent Council elections in May 2013”.
Mr Matcham had said that despite the county council election result, he intended to stand at the general election in 2015.
But now, he says, he has had enough. “I have now packed in with all parties and might not even vote anymore,” he said.
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 28 November 2013, 02:04
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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 27 November 2013, 23:07
As the crescendo of UKIP xenophobia reaches boiling point, we see the real feelings about the East European Roma population from one UKIP supporter.
Joe McAteer from Bannockburn in Scotland uses the same disgusting, racist language about the Roma that we come to expect from members of neo nazi organisations.
Will he be disciplined by UKIP? Of course not.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Heather Saul | on: Wednesday, 27 November 2013, 17:14
Ukip members have never been shy and retiring types when it comes to airing their views, with leader Nigel Farage freely admitting he often struggles to reign in his controversy prone members of the "party of radical alternatives and free speech".
Who could forget Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom's reference to "bongo-bongo land", or his 'women who do not clean behind fridges are sluts' joke, which went down like a lead balloon?
Now UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew has become the next member to cause a stir by saying women do not have the ambition to get all the way to the top because babies "get in the way".
Mr Agnews remarks that babies get in the way of female ambition drew a flurry of attempted blue-card interventions during European Parliament on Tuesday.
He said:"The point is we have absolute gender balancing in the education system. In fact, if you look at the people who get degrees more, women get them and they are getting the jobs in the work place, but for various reasons, they don't have the ambition to go right to the top because something gets in the way. It's called a baby.
"I've never had a baby, but I understand if you do have a baby it can change your life - it changes your ambitions. So, the route is there. Those females who really want to get to the top do so."
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posted by: Chris Ballinger | on: Wednesday, 27 November 2013, 09:26
THE former chairman of Crawley's UKIP group has hit out after he was suspended over allegations he posted racist comments on Facebook.
John Mac Canna has been removed from the position he has held for more than four years after the party was told racist comments had been posted on the UKIP Crawley Facebook page.
The 50-year-old has been replaced on a temporary basis by Lee Gilroy, 44, from Anglesey Close in Broadfield, who defected from the Conservatives in July. Mr Gilroy intends to apply for the position permanently.
Mr Mac Canna, from Wordsworth Close in Pound Hill, denies the accusations and believes he has been forced out as part of a plan to quickly promote Mr Gilroy.
He said: "I have lost all confidence in the decision-makers in this party. I have been suspended without a hearing and when I asked for the evidence they were unable to present any.
"From the way this has been handled I see no point in fighting the decision. It has left a bitter taste in my mouth and put me right off UKIP. It is clear to me the plan all along has been to make Lee chairman when there have been members committed for years. God help us if he ever gets into power."
Mr Gilroy, a former Tory councillor for Broadfield South and Crawley Conservative Association chairman, defected to Ukip after becoming "troubled" by Tory policies.
He said: "John has been accused of holding some extreme views and I hope we can move on from this. Members have previously felt excluded from the group but I am actively involved and want to bring everyone together. There is no conspiracy theory. I happened to be in the right place at the right time to help out. The regional organisers have seen I am keen to fight to win seats and grow the membership."
Mr Gilroy added that he will not "do any deals with Labour or the Conservatives" to gain more control at the council and has identified four Tory seats he believes the party can win.
Mr Gilroy also intends to put his name forward to become UKIP's general election candidate for Crawley.
Steve Harris, UKIP's South East regional organiser who made the decision to remove Mr Mac Canna, admits he did not substantiate the claims before doing so. It is not known what the alleged racist comments were and Mr Harris acknowledges he has not seen them and there is now no sign of them on Facebook.
He said: "I was informed that John Mac Canna had put some absolutely abhorrent comments on Facebook and decided to suspend him. I am too old to use Facebook myself but I was told there were racist posts and decided to put a stop to it.
"We are now trying to close down John's Crawley UKIP Facebook page. John had the right and opportunity to appeal but it has been more than a month and he has not done so. None of the Crawley members I know who have been a part of the group for a long time wanted to be chairman so I put Lee Gilroy in place. Lee is a very impressive man."
An AGM will be held in the new year where all the members of the Crawley UKIP branch will vote on a new permanent chairman.
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posted by: Chris Havergal | on: Wednesday, 27 November 2013, 09:16
Children in care were allegedly told they were “takers” from society by a UKIP councillor.
A dozen complaints have been lodged against Cllr Gordon Gillick over comments he reportedly made at Shire Hall in Cambridge when councillors were visited by three looked after teenagers who had made a film about their experiences.
The session was meant to brief members on their responsibilities as ‘corporate parents’ to protect children from abuse, but several councillors who were at the meeting told the News Cllr Gillick had interjected to ask the trio why they were “takers” from the system.
Cllr Gillick, who represents Waldersey, wanted to know when children in care would start giving back to society instead, according to eyewitnesses.
A council spokesman confirmed an investigation was under way.
Last night Polly O’Neill, an adviser at Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre, who spent three years in care herself and saw her three children taken into care, said the allegations were very serious if true.
The 49-year-old, who lives in the city, said most children were in care through no fault of their own.
She said: “It’s not right to blame them. It would be another negative thing being thrown at them, and they would have to go away and deal with that.”
Councillors from the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour groups have submitted complaints.
Somersham’s Cllr Steve Criswell, who was at the meeting, said: “The three young people were fine examples of how we make a difference helping them overcome adversity and his comments were demeaning and totally unwarranted, and I felt he should be ashamed of himself.”
Cllr Maurice Leeke, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: “To be saying these people are, through no fault of their own, takers from the system, would be totally the opposite of what we should be doing.
“Our role should be supporting them to become worthwhile adults, not rubbishing the situation they find themselves in.”
Cllr Peter Reeve, the UKIP group leader, said he had not been at the meeting but supported his colleague.
Cllr Reeve said: “As long as he’s being honest and transparent and saying what he believes, I’ve no problem with that.
“It may or may not be that I agree with him or that people find his views offensive, but I would rather a councillor is honest than cover up their beliefs because they are worried about it not being politically correct.”
Cllr Reeve accused rivals of making “politically vexatious” complaints and claimed UKIP spoke for residents.
The party is now the council’s third largest group, with 12 members, but it has faced controversy, with one member, Wisbech South’s Cllr Peter Lagoda, awaiting trial next year for alleged benefit fraud. He has pleaded not guilty.
The party’s candidate in Arbury, Hugh Mennie, was fined after he admitted forging eight signatures on his nomination form.
A council spokesman said: “The council has received 12 complaints against Cllr Gillick and these are now being looked at. It would be inappropriate for the council to comment further.”
Cllr Gillick was away and unavailable for comment.
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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 27 November 2013, 01:38
You have probably gathered by now that I enjoy reporting on the meltdown that appears to be gathering momentum within the ranks of UKIP.
Earlier this month I brought to you a report, that highlighted a huge rift with UKIP in Scotland resulting in six of its nine European candidates resigning following allegations of dirty tricks by various sections of the Eurosceptic party.
The six included Scottish UKIP leader Lord Christopher Monckton and Scottish chairman Mike Scott-Hayward.
The dispute is a result of UKIP HQ propelling their own lead candidate, London based David Coburn to the top of the party list, much to the chagrin of some sections of UKIP in Scotland.
It is thought that Coburn along with Otto Inglis were launched to the top of the Scottish list as they are staunch supporters of UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
In an attempt to put a lid of their troubles, some sections of UKIP north of the border have tightened up security on its many Facebook pages in an attempt to stop interested parties (such as ourselves) witnessing their very public meltdown.
Posting on the UKIP Scotland Facebook page admin Rob Sale wrote:
Some UKIP activists were less than keen to tow the line however:
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 24 November 2013, 21:58
This time from a UKIP activist in the Greater Manchester area.
Raymond "UKIP" Jones believes that innocent children learning about other peoples cultures and religions will lead to something far more sinister.
Let's see what weak and feeble excuse UKIP conjure up this time when it comes to defending yet another racist in their ranks.
Posted: 24 Nov 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Friday, 22 November 2013, 19:05
An MEP has told the BBC she revealed her gender reassignment secret because of threats from journalists and her former colleagues in UKIP.
Nikki Sinclaire, 45, an independent MEP for the West Midlands, left UKIP in 2010 after winning a sex discrimination case against the party.
She made the allegation in her first interview with the BBC since saying she had lived as a man until the age of 23.
UKIP said Ms Sinclaire's claims were unfounded.
Ms Sinclaire, the UK's first openly transsexual parliamentarian, told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire that she feared other people would expose the fact she had undergone gender reassignment surgery.
The MEP said: "One of the reasons I've had to reveal this was threats from journalists and UKIP.
"They threatened to expose this and this is why I felt the need. Because people asked: 'Why are you saying this now?'
"Basically, I wanted to put my side of it before someone else put a distorted side out."Expenses probe
UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who is in hospital recovering from a back operation, said he had not spoken to Ms Sinclaire for years and was "unaware of any threats to her".
She said she had complained about UKIP members' behaviour towards her at the European Parliament, which she said was conducting an investigation into the matter.
Ms Sinclaire remains on police bail following her arrest in February 2012 on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament.
The arrest was part of an inquiry following an allegation made in 2010 into allowances and expenses.
She told 5 live that she denied the allegations.
Speaking about the reaction to the revelation of her gender reassignment, Ms Sinclaire said none of her constituents at her surgery in Redditch this week had even mentioned it.
The MEP also spoke of the torment she experienced in the years before her surgery, revealing that a doctor had warned her that if she pursued her wish to no longer be a man she would "end up living in London as a drug addict and a prostitute".
Speaking of her misery at the time, she said she would not wish this on "the worst person on the world".
Ms Sinclaire also revealed that she suffered from deep vein thrombosis after the surgery, and almost died.
She said she was housebound for a year and suffered from "terrible" depression.
posted by: Jason Beattie | on: Friday, 22 November 2013, 11:48
UKIP came under attack today after failing to join other European politicians wanting to end the Strasbourg “gravy train”.
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to end the £130million a year “travelling circus” which sees MEPs travel from Brussels once a month to sit in the French city.
All Labour and Conservative MEPs backed the move but the 4 UKIP MEPs present for the vote - John Agnew, Gerard Batten, Derek Clark and Roger Helmer - all abstained.
The decision could save taxpayers millions of pounds a year as well as the £12million spent on maintaining the Strasbourg Parliament building which is empty for 300 days of the year.
If it goes ahead it means MEPs will just sit at the Brussels Parliament.
However, it could be vetoed by the French at a summit next month when EU heads of states meet to ratify the Parliament vote.
Labour’s Europe spokesman Gareth Thomas MP said: “Labour MEPs voted in favour of abolishing the wasteful practice of moving the European Parliament from Brussels to Strasbourg every month.
“Labour has a longstanding commitment to abolish the Strasbourg seat which cost taxpayers £100 million each year and tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
“The unnecessary ‘Strasbourg shuttle’ wastes millions of pounds a year and damages trust in the institutions of the EU and that is why Labour believes it should be abolished.”
Conservative MEP Ashley Fox who co-sponsored said MEPs who failed to back the vote should not be “able to look voters in the eye.”
“This vote is an overwhelming endorsement of our campaign to scrap the parliament’s dual seat system.
“Over the parliament’s seven-year term budget this will in fact cost taxpayers a staggering £928 million. In hard economic times, there are so many better things that could be spent on rather than empty buildings and needless journeys.”
But UKIP MEP Derek Clark defended the decision to abstain.
He said: "This resolution from the European Parliament is not worth the paper it is written on."
posted by: . | on: Friday, 22 November 2013, 11:39
As director of communications for the European parliament’s EFD group, dominated by UKIP, Hermann Kelly is Nigel Farage’s highest-paid spinner. Here is how he responded to a Liberal Democrat MEP who pointed out that UKIP’s representatives have the worst attendance records — Farage is fifth laziest out of 752— in the European Parliament:
Scrapbook has encountered Horrible Hermann before. His amateur-hour Malcolm Tucker performance consisted of him yelling down the phone from Strasbourg after we revealed that Godfrey Bloom has been hiding a massive conflict of interest from European officials — in the form of a financial advice company he owned while sitting on the parliament’s economics committee.
And we all know what became of Godfrey.
posted by: James Bloodworth | on: Friday, 22 November 2013, 11:26
UKIP’s attendance record in the European Parliament is worse than that of their counterparts from the three major parties, according to data compiledby the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Happy to sign-in and collect their allowances, UKIP’s nine MEPs have missed around a third of the votes in the European Parliament between 2009 and October 2013. They have also missed almost all of the ‘reports amended’ sessions in which MEPs lay down amendments to legislation.
This was once again demonstrated on Wednesday, when Europe voted on whether its Parliament should continue meeting in both Brussels and Strasbourg, after a long campaign highlighting the fact that it costs European taxpayers €180m to meet in two locations rather than one.
Despite UKIP claiming to be standing up for Britain against European bureaucracy, however, only four UKIP MEPs out of nine bothered to turn up to vote on the measure at all. And those that did turn up abstained – on a measure that would have trimmed spending and cut waste!
And yet despite only four UKIP MEPs turning up to vote on the ‘second seat’ rule on Wednesday, six UKIP MEPs signed in to claim their daily spending allowance.
In other words, some UKIP MEPs signed in and couldn’t even be bothered to abstain!
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 20 November 2013, 21:23
A leading anti immigration campaigner and UKIP supporter has been found guilty today of assault by beating and criminal damage.
Dean Everitt, leader of a the Boston Protest March anti-immigration movement appeared at Boston Magistrate Court today following a dispute with a neighbour that saw Everitt chase a man down a street armed with a baseball bat.
The dispute began over the behaviour of children of both families.
District Judge John Stobart handed Everitt a 12 month suspended sentence, to pay £100 costs, £60 victim surcharge and £30 compensation.
Everitt is close to a number of former UKIP councillors including Chris Pain and Bob McAuley who were all recently thrown out of UKIP following a dispute with UKIP chairman Steve Crowther]
Everitt has organised anti immigration demonstrations in Boston, Spalding and Wisbech.
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posted by: Alastair Sloan | on: Monday, 18 November 2013, 20:43
Immigration debate heightened over the weekend by the political re-entry of “philanthropist” and businessman Paul Sykes. He’s pledged up to four million pounds to support UKIP, accompanied by an advert targeting Romanians and Bulgarians coming to work in the UK.
Paul Sykes has made a lot of money – benefiting from free trade to China by selling them our old buses, playing a key role in the early days of British internet, as well as flogging land to the developers of Meadowhall shopping centre near Sheffield.
All in, he’s worth over £500m. His Wikipedia page describes him as a “philanthropist,” although his donations to political parties seem to outweigh his charitable donations.
Personally, I’d rather property tycoons like Sykes put their cash into affordable housing, in the tradition of the great Victorian philanthropists (a Peabody estate pictured above), rather than supporting nationalist parties which don’t ground themselves in economic reality. Immigration has been shown time and time again to have a strong impact on the public purse – the chart below illustrates this and FactCheck have a wider explanation here.
We shouldn’t expect Sykes to be the next Peabody or Guinness sadly. The Yorkshire Post reports that his latest property investments in Harrogate will be rented out to travelling executives, not locals, despite the fact that Harrogate alone has 3000 people waiting for a council flat.
In Sheffield, where he made millions developing Meadowhall shopping centre, the waiting list for homes stands at 84,500. And in Barnsley, where he was born, 6000 people are waiting.
If only rich men like Sykes would pitch in to help solve the housing shortage, rather than propping up hollow nationalist ideologies, then perhaps immigration would be less of an issue.
You can read the original post on the Unequal Measures blog
Posted: 18 Nov 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Gary Younge | on: Monday, 18 November 2013, 09:29
In the movie Talladega Nights, motor-racing champion Ricky Bobby celebrates his victory with an obscene gesture. When his team's owner complains about the money and prestige his profanity has cost him, Ricky Bobby replies: "With all due respect Mr Dennit, I had no idea you'd gotten experimental surgery to have your balls removed."
"What did you say?" asks Dennit.
"Well, I said it with 'all due respect'," replies Ricky Bobby.
"That doesn't mean you get to say whatever you want to say to me," retorts Dennit.
"Sure as heck does," says Ricky Bobby. "It's in the Geneva convention. Look it up."
When it comes to catch-all caveats, "I'm not a racist" ranks alongside Ricky Bobby's "all due respect". They're the magic all-purpose words designed to draw poison from the inevitable offence to come; a necessary declaration of self-absolution before the gratuitous sin.
No one's ever racist nowadays. But somehow racism still seems to exist and find its target. Few doubt that certain views pervade and practices persist but even fewer will own up to holding them or following them. A system of discrimination remains, yet no one, apparently, is running it. So while those who take responsibility for it are rare, those who suffer the consequences are many.
So it has been over the last week with the Roma in Britain. The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, provided his disclaimer. "I am a liberal," he said. "I think one of the great things about our country is that we are open-hearted and generous-minded." Describing the Roma as sometimes "intimidating" and "offensive", he also said: "We have every right to say if you are coming to live in Britain … you have got to be sensitive to the way that life is lived in this country."
Sensitivity is a great thing, but mythology is dangerous. One wonders how the Roma should indicate their inculcation into British values. By encouraging their teens to get hammered on a Friday and Saturday night and start brawling? Or by stigmatising the next group of immigrants who come after them? For that too is the way "life is lived in this country".
Meanwhile, another Sheffield MP, Labour's David Blunkett, warned of "explosions" on a par with the northern riots over a decade ago if the Roma didn't integrate. Ukip's Nigel Farage praised Blunkett for his "courage".
There is nothing courageous about slandering a group of impoverished, marginalised people. They're too poor to sue and too isolated to effectively resist. There can be no comeback because they have no power, so where's the courage? But there is everything racist about denigrating a group of people as though their shared ethnicity means shared values and implying collective responsibility for the actions of individuals in their community.
Nor does there seem to be much basis for this moral panic. The Guardian recently reported that South Yorkshire police say crime has not increased significantly since the Roma moved to town a few years ago. After a chip-shop owner swore two teenagers tried to sell him a baby, the police scoured CCTV footage and records of babies born in the area and found nothing. A police spokesman said it "could have been a joke in poor taste". That didn't stop it making the front page of the Express. What's left, according to Blunkett, is littering and hanging out in large numbers. But there are laws against littering and obstruction. They shouldn't be applied specifically to the Roma – but nor should the Roma be specifically spared.
To be against demonisation is not to be in denial. The arrival of a large number of poor people does demand resources to facilitate their integration. Those challenges are most likely to fall on working-class communities that are least equipped to meet then, their capacity further diminished by the swingeing cuts of Clegg's government, including – as Blunkett pointed out – the Migration Impact Fund. But the challenges are because the Roma are overwhelmingly poor, not because they're Roma.
The truth is the Roma have far more to fear from non-Roma than vice-versa. Gassed by the Nazis, forcibly sterilised by the Swedes, recently expelled by the French, they have long been persecuted. In the last six weeks, two Roma families in Ireland, accused of stealing children because they didn't sufficiently look like them, had their kids taken away from them by the state only to have them returned. In Serbia, skinheads tried to snatch a blond child from in front of his house for the same reason.
This discrimination is not legitimised by the fact that the villification comes from a multiracial group, as is the case in Sheffield. Racism is about power not colour. A mob is a mob, whether it's decked in the union jack or looks like the United Colours of Benetton. The Residents Association of Page Hall, the area of Sheffield where the Roma are concentrated, is on patrol, to monitor and correct their behaviour. To his credit, Blunkett also called on local communities to reach out. If there is anything to fear it's not that there'll be a riot but a pogrom.
I saw this play out in 2002 in rural Hungary, where the Kolompar family, a young Roma couple with two kids, had been chased from a new home by a mob rallied by the local mayor of Nemetker. With the crowd threatening to burn their house if they moved in, the Kolompars turned back. The villagers then trashed the house, damaging the roof and destroying the doors and windows so that it was uninhabitable.
Paradoxically, the plight of the Roma in eastern Europe was so bad that securing minority rights for the Roma was a precondition for countries from the region joining the EU. Polls show that 91% of Czechs had "negative views" towards them while a survey of Hungarian police officers revealed that 54% believed criminality to be a key element of the Roma identity. In the Czech Republic, 75% of Roma children were placed in schools for people with learning difficulties; in Hungary it was 44%. The mayor of Mendez, a small town in Slovakia, said: "I am no racist … but some Gypsies you would have to shoot."
To counterbalance integration against the threat of riots is basically the Tebbit test without the sport. "Where you have a clash of history, a clash of race then it's all too easy for there to be an actual clash of violence," said the former Tory party chairman.
With all due respect, that is racist.
Posted: 18 Nov 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Paul Hutcheon | on: Sunday, 17 November 2013, 13:11
UKIP in Scotland is in "turmoil" after six of its nine European candidates quit amid allegations of dirty tricks and claims an ally of UK leader Nigel Farage was unfairly helped in the contest.
The six, who include Scottish leader Lord Christopher Monckton and chair Mike Scott-Hayward, stood down as ballot papers were about to be sent out.
But the party pushed ahead with the selection and David Coburn, who is Ukip's London chair, was the controversial winner. A party source described the process as a "shambles" and evidence of London "parachuting in" a candidate.
Ukip in Scotland has failed to replicate the party's success south of the Border, where Farage and his team have elected representatives in town halls and Brussels. At recent Holyrood by-elections, Otto Inglis polled 4.83% in Aberdeen Donside and Peter Adams got 3.75% in Dunfermline.
But Ukip in England is tipped to do well in next year's European election, with the Scottish party in the hunt to take one of Scotland's six MEP seats.
The prospect of a breakthrough prompted some of the Scottish wing's biggest hitters to stand in the contest.
Nine candidates were shortlisted: Monckton; Scott-Hayward; Inglis; Coburn; Paul Henke; Ross Durance; Malcolm Macaskill; Steven McKeane; and Kevin Newton.
The selection was aimed at whittling down the nine hopefuls to six.
Whoever came top of the internal ballot had, in the words of one insider, a "decent" chance of becoming an MEP next year. But the selection has prompted an extraordinary bout of infighting and a civil war between the UK party and its Scottish branch. On the eve of ballot papers being sent out to Scottish members in September, some candidates became concerned about the alleged tactics being used by Inglis.
There was also suspicion about the presence in the race of Coburn, who was believed to be an ally of Farage.
Fears were aggravated when Ukip's Lanarkshire branch sent an email saying it endorsed Coburn and Inglis as "preferred lead and second candidates". The statement added: "Lanarkshire branch office bearers and members are thereby requested to canvass and cast votes on behalf of David Coburn and Otto Inglis alone."
The grievances came to a head at a candidates' summit in Edinburgh in September. Seven of the nine - the exceptions being Inglis and Coburn - resigned as candidates in an email to Ukip chair Steve Crowther. They stated: "We withdraw as candidates for European parliamentary seats."
In a clear dig at Coburn, they claimed that "Ukip's leader had invited a London friend to stand", adding a senior figure in the contest had "unfairly advantaged him".
The letter complained about the alleged tactics of another candidate, which a source confirmed as Inglis.
They said of the Lanarkshire email: "A branch broke the rules by widely endorsing these two candidates."
The candidates claimed that Ukip in London "twice refused" to suspend the ballot pending an investigation.
It is understood Newton reversed his decision to quit.
Despite this meltdown, Ukip sent ballot papers to Scottish members with all nine candidates on it.
With more than half of the contenders no longer competing, it left the relatively unknown Coburn with a huge opportunity, which he took, as he topped the poll.
One source said Ukip has presided over a "shambles" in Scotland: "It would appear they think parachuting in a London-based Scot is the answer. You cannot invite candidates to join a fair election fight when in reality the whole ballot appears to have been fixed from the start."
The source added: "We have blown any prospects of electoral success in next year's European elections."
Ukip recently published the results of the list rankings for Wales, Northern Ireland and regions in England, but not Scotland.
Coburn describes himself as "Lead Ukip Scotland MEP Candidate" on his Twitter feed.
The mass resignation is the latest setback for Farage's party in Scotland. Earlier this year, Farage had to abandon a press conference in an Edinburgh pub after being heckled.
He said: "The anger, the hatred, the shouting, the snarling, the swearing was all linked in to a desire for the Union Jack to be burnt."
Asked about the resignations, Lord Monckton said: "I just want to confirm where we've got to with London. Once that's been sorted out, the position will become clear."
Asked why he resigned, he said: "We will go into all of that after London has come up with its answer."
Henke said of his decision to withdraw: "It was about fairness. I took my name off the list."
Inglis said: "Speak to someone further up the tree."
Coburn said that he had won the internal contest, but denied Farage had asked him to stand. Asked about the six resignations, he said: "I can't really discuss the list. I'm just a candidate like everyone else."
He added: "There is no civil war in Ukip Scotland. There are always disgruntled people everywhere."
Macaskill, Durance and Scott-Hayward did not return calls.
McKeane declined to comment, while Newton could not be contacted.
SNP MEP Alyn Smith said: "Ukip in Scotland are clearly in turmoil, and the reality is that people are not buying the prejudice they are selling."
A Ukip spokesman said: "Ukip's candidate list for the European Elections in Scotland has not yet been announced because of a dispute within Ukip Scotland, which has seen some candidates, including the Scottish Leader Lord Monckton, at odds with others.
"Several of the candidates, including Lord Monckton, withdrew from the list in September shortly before the ballot papers were despatched. The Party's National Executive Committee decided that it would nonetheless proceed with the ballot, which was won by David Coburn.
"The NEC has subsequently reviewed the situation and, with the withdrawn candidates declining its requests to return to the list, has resolved to move forward.
"David Coburn will be the lead candidate, supported by a full list of nationally approved candidates which will be announced shortly."
Posted: 17 Nov 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 15 November 2013, 20:25
Oh Dear !!
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 15 November 2013, 19:47
Back in April I wrote a blog entitled "UKIP's Racist Canvasser".
The blog was about North Yorkshire UKIP activist Tony Nixon and his online racist activity.
Nixon from Guisborough was part of the UKIP campaign team, canvassing on behalf of his party in the Stokesley area of North Yorkshire.
The UKIP man is also a supporter of the EDL and made a large numbers of offensive and racist posts on his Facebook page, including sick racist jokes and offensive racist images of US President Barack Obama.
Nixon posted jokes about destroying mosques, setting Muslims on fire and running over people from Pakistan with a bus.
Following our expose of him, we passed the story on to the local newspaper, The Northern Echo ,who covered the antics of Nixon in great depth and also passed the details on to the police.
Shortly after Nixon was arrested by North Yorkshire police and was released on bail whilst the police made further enquiries.
Well it appears Tony Nixon has been back to his old tricks, posting yet more racist posts, some now directed towards the Roma community.
UKIP supposedly suspended Nixon following his arrest, yet nothing more has been said by the Euro sceptic party regarding their member.
Will UKIP act regarding Nixon and his blatant racism? I doubt it.
posted by: Carl Jackson | on: Friday, 15 November 2013, 16:27
A PUB manager has claimed a group of ex-UKIP members launched a new political party under his roof without telling him.
Stuart Wilcox said he was outraged when dozens of people descended on The Old Cock last Thursday (November 7) for the first public meeting of ‘An Independence Party’.
The group has been set up by Doug Ingram, Carl Humphries and Jim Holton who in recent months have resigned from their respective posts of chairman, vice-chairman and treasurer of the Mid-Worcestershire UKIP branch. Mike Nattrass, former MEP for the party, has also joined the new group.
Mr Wilcox immediately moved to disassociate the Friar Street venue with AIP as well as any other political party, stating the Old Cock Inn was an open minded community and non-political pub.
He said numerous community groups and charities used the rooms free and, in the last two months, Mr Ingram had booked the room, but he did not know what it was for.
Last week Mr Wilcox was asked whether the room could accommodate 50 people, which he assumed was for a business conference.
But, he got suspicious when, hours before the meeting, one customer said ‘a lot of people aren’t going to be happy about this’.
He soon realised a new party with affiliations to UKIP was being launched under his roof and called the police concerned the pub may get unwelcome attention.
“We did not know about any of this and, if we did, I would have asked them to find another venue.
“We had to keep it under wraps on the night, even though we were only just discovering ourselves what was going on.”
He added, in future, new groups would be asked to declare their business and said he would be informing the party future meetings could not be held at the Old Cock Inn.
Mr Humphries, interim chairman of the party, said he would speak to Mr Wilcox to clear up the matter but stated staff did know the party launch was taking place and were only concerned about the room exceeding capacity.
He said the meeting had been arranged to announce the existence of the AIP and claimed thousands around the country had declared an interest with many other breakaway groups forming.
He said the group’s main priority was to remove Britain from the EU and confirmed further policies as well as formal party membership would be determined democratically at future meetings.
Mr Humphries added: “We have been really surprised as to the impact and enthusiasm in this type of new political party.”
Sgt Sarah Kent said police were called ahead of the meeting, an officer attended and there was no trouble.
posted by: . | on: Friday, 15 November 2013, 02:05
A UKIP candidate who attacked MPs for being part of a public school elite sent her own children to private schools, the Chronicle can reveal.
Janice Atkinson, a key hopeful in next year’s European Parliament elections, spoke out this week in favour of selective education.
And, on Tuesday, she issued a press release stating that all of her children and step children attended grammars.
In it she urged Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon to “make his fellow public school boys in the cabinet see sense”.“The make-up of the Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem front benches showcases the public school system,” she said.
She followed her attack with a Twitter post claiming “LibLabCon” were “okay mate” with “elitist schools and opps”.
But the Chronicle can reveal that although Mrs Atkinson’s children now go to grammar schools, they all previously enjoyed a private education.
Her eldest son went to St Michel’s Prep School in Otford, while her younger son was a pupil at St Michael’s and also at New Beacon in Sevenoaks.
Meanwhile, her stepson and stepdaughter were both educated at Hilden Grange in Tonbridge.
In her press release Mrs Atkinson accused Mr Fallon of hypocrisy, saying: “Sevenoaks hopes to have one (a grammar) soon. But this is at the behest of Michael Fallon, a minister in the Government, who is pushing for a satellite in his town.
“Why can’t he make his fellow public schoolboys in the cabinet see sense? If it’s good enough for Sevenoaks, it’s good enough for the rest of the country.”
But Mrs Atkinson denied there was any suggestion of hypocrisy surrounding her own situation.
“There’s nothing hypocritical about paying for your children’s education,” she said.
“It’s about avoiding social engineering so working class kids are not confined to sink schools.
“If you are a working class family you don’t have the money to move to a better area, so, without grammar schools, children are stuck in sink estates, in sink schools.
“Grammars are all about social mobility, which sadly is on the decline.
“It’s about parental choice – we need more choice not less.
“I haven’t said anything hypocritical. If children have the ability to go to grammar school, that’s great. But if parents want to pay they have the right.
“What’s important is high-quality education, regardless of whether it’s selective or you pay for it.”
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 14 November 2013, 22:12
As the cracks start to appear in UKIP's fake veneer we begin to see fallout follow fallout in the various UKIP regions around the country.
We have already seen Lincolnshire UKIP implode, with 6 councillors being kicked out of the party for daring to criticize Nigel Farage and the UKIP politburo.
Worcestershire UKIP has begun to dissolve, with an entire group of activists quitting UKIP to form a new political party along with former UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass.
The collapse of Hampshire UKIP is well under way with two councillors handing in their resignations with a third one threatening to quit because of internal quarrels.
Croydon UKIP has also started to implode following an argument over gay adoptions.
Now it is the turn of Yorkshire to begin to show visible cracks with the Yorkshire and North Lincs Chairman Mike Hookem threatening to sack an election candidate just a month before he stands for election.
Samuel Fletcher is a leading member of UKIP's youth wing "Young Independence" and is considered a bit of a rising star within the ranks of UKIP. He has also recently been selected as the UKIP candidate to contest a by election on Keighley Town Council at the start of December.
Fletcher is quite rightly fed up with the attention seeking antics of UKIP clown prince Godfrey Bloom.
Following Bloom's latest gaffe that called for the unemployed and public sector workers to be banned from voting, Fletcher wrote:
"How glad am I that this man is no longer an official UKIP MEP, or UKIP spokesperson or official representative of the party in any way."
Some of Fletchers friends agreed with the sentiments, some in a less friendly way to that of Fletcher.
The discussion led to the interjection of Mike Hookem, UKIP candidate for the European elections next year and Yorkshire regional chairman who jumped to the defence of his friend Godfrey Bloom.
Hookem wrote: " If it wasn't for Godfrey Bloom working hard and FINANCING YNL Region for the last fifteen years you wouldn't have a branch or region to join. You should consider your actions before slagging off party members on social media in fact I want to see both of you (Sam & Edward) at the next regional meeting were Jane Collins and myself will consider your future in the party.
Fletcher did not take the threat lightly and replied soon after: " Mike Hookem (and I would contact you privately but you haven't contacted me privately): You say that Bloom gave lots of money to UKIP for 15 years. Fine - that's very generous of the man and decent of him considering he's personally a very wealthy man. The fact is though that Bloom is no longer a UKIP MEP or official spokesman for the party. All his UKIP status was stripped from him by the NEC in September, after the Crick incident at the party conference, wasn't it? GB is an Independent MEP now, and therefore UKIP members do not have bow to him and kiss his feet. I for one certainly am not falling head over heals with admiration for the man on this issue.
Let's hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship...
Posted: 14 Nov 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 11:18
London UKIP member/supporter Malcolm Jackson posts his strange views on The Metropolitan Police.
We aren't sure where Malcom Jackson gets his information, Looks like it has come direct from Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Maybe he has been having a few chats with Godfrey Bloom, he likes it there as well...
Posted: 13 Nov 2013 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Alex Whickham | on: Tuesday, 12 November 2013, 16:41
For the Tories, it’s Europe. For Labour, it’s Blairites against Brownites. The Lib Dems, devoid of principle, go in for limp-wristed back-stabbing.Now Ukip, in a sign of its growing political maturity, has become distracted by cynical, and at times thoroughly unpleasant, infighting as those close to Nigel Farage seek to maintain his leadership cult.
You can read the full article in The Spectator
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 12 November 2013, 13:16
Following yesterdays criticisms in The Plymouth Herald regarding UKIP activist Alan Skuse's attempt to hijack the Plymouth Remembrance Day ceremony, we can reveal other leading members of the Euro Sceptic party have shown the same level of contempt for Sunday's proceedings.
Stuart Agnew, UKIP MEP for the East of England attended the Remembrance ceremony in Bedford on Sunday and also laid a wreath with a large UKIP logo in the centre.
Another prominent UKIP member who attempted to use the day to promote his party was UKIP's Head of Policy Tim Aker who along with other members of Thurrock UKIP laid a simialr wreath to Agnew and Skuse in Grays,Thurrock.
UKIP have obviously forgotten the true meaning behind Remembrance Day.
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Monday, 11 November 2013, 19:03
THE UK Independence Party has been accused of hijacking a Remembrance Day ceremony.
UKIP Plymouth committee member Alan Skuse laid a wreath at the Plymstock War Memorial yesterday which featured a prominent party logo.
And the local party branch's website featured images of the same wreath repeated 14 times on each page.
They are seeking to hijack a national day of remembrance for narrow party political ends, said Cllr Ian Bowyer, Conservative group leader on Plymouth City Council.
And council leader Tudor Evans said the wreath was in very bad taste.
But UKIP defended their action, saying the wreath was supplied by the event organisers, the Royal British Legion.
Cllr Bowyer said:"This really is plumbing the depths. I am absolutely appalled.
"It is so overtly political. It's a cheap trick and disrespectful to the memory of those they are seeking to remember. Plympton and Plymstock councillors assured me that any wreath they laid would be low-key.
"This is UKIP seeking to promote UKIP. As Conservative group leader I would not let any of my members go anywhere near a display of this sort."
He said that misusing the poppy emblem of remembrance on the party's website demeans the heavy price paid by those who gave their lives in past conflicts.
Council leader Tudor Evans said: "That is very bad taste. We have always made Remembrance Day an apolitical event.
"We'd be happy to leave the wreath there but the logo has to come off. Propaganda in this way is not at all the right thing in a military city which has seen a lot of war deaths."
David Salmon, chairman of the Plymouth branch of UKIP, said that local committee member Alan Skuse laid the wreath.
But he insisted that the wreath was made for them by the Royal British Legion.
He insisted it was “totally apolitical”, and said:"I ordered some wreaths and that is what was sent to me."
He agreed that it was "a bit over the top" but added: "If people are upset I can't say more than that. The sentiment remains the same."
Mr Salmon said he paid £25 for each wreath ordered from the Royal British Legion, and had no control over what was delivered.
He believed the wreath laid on the Hoe during Sunday's ceremony was the same, and said he would be "talking to people" about next year's wreath.
A UKIP spokesman said: "We support the right of people to honour and remember our war dead however they choose.
"This was far from a malicious act and I'm sure the local branch just thought it was the nicest way to collectively remember those who have served our country."
A Royal British Legion spokeswoman said: "We are an apolitical organisation and we don't take donations from political parties."
Posted: 11 Nov 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Sunday, 10 November 2013, 21:28
Former UKIP politicians across Lincolnshire have rounded on leader Nigel Farage by accusing him of running the party like a private club.
The breakaway group at Lincolnshire County Council has heavily criticised his command as a bitter war of words erupted this week.
Mr Farage has hit back and branded them troublemakers in the row.
The fireworks began after Mr Farage axed five Lincolnshire councillors from his party on Monday.
It follows their decision to join Chris Pain in a breakaway group, currently called the United Kingdom Independence Group, following a split with original UKIP members on Lincolnshire County Council in September.
Wainfleet and Burgh councillor Pain had already been shown the door by UKIP on September 18 because of a dispute with national chairman Steve Crowther.
Mr Pain said: “I am hugely disappointed in the party’s decision to not only get rid of me but to also do the same to another five hard working councillors. What disappoints me the most is Nigel Farage and his team running the party like it is his own private club.”
But a statement issued Mr Farage, he said did not use the party like his own private club.
“Unless a private club means working more than 100 hours a week, travelling hundreds of miles and having little time for hobbies or even to see friends and family,” he said.
“The five councillors were removed because they were supporting an ex-member who was kicked out of the party due to his own behaviour – not the behaviour of anyone else.
“There are thousands of members of this party who work hard to get our message heard. There is no room for persistent troublemakers who want to focus attention away from common sense policies and independence from EU.”
Posted: 10 Nov 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Tuesday, 5 November 2013, 16:39
Boston councillors are among five in the county who have been chucked out of the main UKIP party today.
The five UKIP county councillors followed ousted leader Chris Pain to a breakaway ‘UKIP Lincolnshire’ group in September.
The move means they can no longer call themselves UKIP Lincolnshire. It is understood they will change their name to United Kingdom Independence Group (UKIG).
UKIP Lincolnshire councillor Bob McAuley holds seats at both county and borough councils.
Speaking to The Standard today he said: “We formed a group of five UKIP councillors including Chris Pain, as we had no choice. We have seven days to appeal from Monday to see if we can resolve the issue but I think it’s a pointless appealing to somebody has already been instrumental in putting us here in the first place.
“Regardless of this, I’m there to represent the people who elected me. I’m still with UKIP in principle, I still want us out of the EU and for there to be better controls on immigration. It’s a national issue but one that affects people on a local level.
“Irrespective of whatever we call ourselves, we want to reassure people that we are still councillors and still represent them.”
UKIP is now led at county level by Colin Mair and is no longer the official opposition, with 10 members left in the original group.
Coun McAuley added that he did not think his colleagues in UKIP Lincolnshire would consider going back to the original group of 10.
Posted: 5 Nov 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Dominic Gover | on: Monday, 4 November 2013, 18:18
Godfrey Bloom has risked more controversy by calling for public sector workers to be stripped of their right to vote.
Former Ukip MEP Bloom made the outburst on LBC radio during an episode which revealed he remained as brazenly forthright in his views as ever.
Bloom also said that being out of work and having grandparents who had been unemployed should led to disqualification from voting as well.
Bloom sits in Brussels as an independent MEP following his resignation from Nigel Farage's anti-EU party in September.
Addressing listeners of the London-based radio station, Bloom said: "If you haven't done a hand's turn and neither have your parents' parents, then I can't actually understand why you should be able to vote on the administration.
"Another thing I think perhaps we need to look quite closely at is those in the public sector because those in the public sector naturally vote for increases in pensions and benefits in the public sector."
The last time Bloom opened his mouth it led to him stepping down from the UK Independence Party and Farage blaming him for "ruining" Ukip's party conference.
Bloom called female party member "sluts" and then attacked a reporter in front of TV cameras with a rolled-up copy of a party pamphlet.
The episode followed an incident in July which brought Bloom to national attention when he branded foreign countries receiving financial aid "Bongo-Bongo Land."
Posted: 4 Nov 2013 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Tom Edwards | on: Sunday, 3 November 2013, 14:19
The UK Independence Party is in meltdown in Worcestershire - with an entire group of activists sensationally quitting to form a breakaway group.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass and Carl Humphries, UKIP’s best known organiser in Worcester, have teamed up to launch a new political party.
Mr Humphries is a former Worcester city councillor and UKIP election candidate who has been working behind the scenes for years recruiting new party members.
Mr Nattrass, who quit UKIP last month after being deselected from next year’s European elections following rows with leader Nigel Farage, has launched ‘An Independence Party’.
To add to the drama, two other UKIP activists resigned yesterday to join the new party - saying they were fed up with being “dictated to”.
UKIP’s Worcester branch treasurer Jim Holtom, and chairman Doug Ingram have tendered their resignations.
The new party is now staging a meeting in Droitwich next Thursday and is aiming to recruit members to stand for election.
Its logo is an EU flag with the word ‘out’ plastered across it, and Mr Nattrass says it will have similar right wing ideals as UKIP.
The breakaway is a blow to UKIP’s Worcestershire ambitions, and comes just five months after it made an historic breakthrough at the county council by winning its first ever clutch of seats.
Mr Nattrass said: “Nigel Farage wants to run UKIP his own way and doesn’t want people like me to suggest improvements.
“The way it’s being run is nonsense and it is time for change - the levels of support I have got for this shows that.
“Our logo is an EU flag with ‘out’ on it, which shows what we are about - we’re also totally against the HS2 simply because I don’t see it as worthwhile.”
Mr Humphries said: “I resigned from UKIP last week to help this new party - it won’t be people at the top saying ‘we’ll dictate to you how to behave’, it’ll be run from the bottom.
“UKIP stabbed Mike in the back. Head office wants to meddle in everyone’s affairs, I feel it has lost its way.”
UKIP has already hit back by saying Mr Nattrass is trying to “imitate” the party, and has contacted the Electoral Commission.
A spokesman said: “We are concerned by what we perceive as his attempt to imitate UKIP’s name which we believe is not permitted under election regulations.
“Therefore the party secretary has contacted the Electoral Commission to review Mr Nattrass’ proposals and prevent any potential confusion for the electorate in distinguishing between the two parties come election time.”
An Independence Party will have its launch meeting at The Old Cock Inn in Friar Street, Droitwich on Thursday November 7 at 7.30pm.
Posted: 3 Nov 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Sunday, 3 November 2013, 13:03
A UKIP candidate who stood in Isle of Wight Council elections this year, has been banned from public life for five years, after admitting he forged signatures on his nomination form.
Richard Wilkins' electoral fraud came to light when a Conservative supporter was called before local party leaders to explain why she had supported a UKIP candidate, Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court heard today (Friday).
Fifty-one-year-old sole trader businessman Wilkins, who stood for the Newport North seat won by Matthew Price, forged six of the ten signatures he needed on the form, magistrates were told.
It was the second case of its kind in two months against a UKIP candidate brought under the Representation of the People Act. Another candidate was fined £110 for a similar offence in Cambridge in a separate incident.
Wilkins’ solicitor Barry Arnett told the court that elements of UKIP had given out wrong advice — saying that, provided permission was given by householders, nominations could be signed by candidates.
Wilkins, of Fairmount Drive, Newport, admitted forging the signatures between March 1 and April 15 this year. Despite publicity about the investigation before the May 2 election, Wilkins polled 168 votes, 19.5 per cent of the ballot.
Conservative Cllr Price won the seat with 356 votes, while a Labour candidate polled 173.
The police investigation was launched after Island Conservatives discovered the name of one of their members had appeared on Wilkins’ nomination form, without her knowledge.
Others — including Wilkins’ sister and brother-in-law — only discovered their names had been used without permission when Isle of Wight County Press chief reporter Emily Pearce contacted them, said Tracy Connors, prosecuting.
Wilkins’ solicitor Barry Arnett said: "It was the first time my client had ever stood as a candidate and in my submission UKIP are also to blame in not advising him properly and adequately in election procedures.
"He had previously completed a legitimate form but it was rejected because, while they were genuine names and signatures, some of the people were not on the electoral roll. That gave him less than 12 hours to get another form completed.
"As a result of my client's representations UKIP has now changed its policy."
He suggested further improvements UKIP should make to prevent the electoral process and people like his client suffering in the future.
He said his client had lost two stone in weight and suffered mental health and financial problems as a result of the case.
"He is a broken man and accepts that is through his own folly," said Mr Arnett.
Sentencing Wilkins, presiding magistrate Jennifer Jennifer Thorpe told him: "You put yourself in a position of trust and abused the electoral process. People whose signatures you used were emotionally affected by your deceit."
Despite a probation report which said his 24/7 on-call business would be badly affected if he had to do community service, Wilkins was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work.
He was also told to pay £85 costs and a £65 surcharge in addition to his ban from public life, which bars him from standing for public office.
Posted: 3 Nov 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments