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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 20:16
South Thanet UKIP branch have been left with egg on their face after making a huge mistake on the social network Twitter.
The BBC politics programme Daily Politics made a posting on their own Twitter feed that was attempting to demonstrate whether Nigel Farage had what it takes to become Prime Minister.
The BBC reporter Giles Dilnot posted a photo of two boxes, one labelled "Yes" and the other "No" and asked locals to take part in a simple opinion poll by posting a coloured ball in the appropriate box, with the results being revealed on the programme today.
South Thanet UKIP, the same area in Kent where Nigel Farage is aiming to become an MP in the general election next year to exception to the photograph posting a reply that said " Perfect place to hold vote in front of a mosque in London. The BBC's random means selective"
The BBC reporter attempted to explain that they might be wrong about their facts writing "You are SO wrong you might be embarrassed by that"
South Thanet UKIP asked Dilnot for the location and the BBC journalist was only too happy to oblige, informing the red faced Kippers that the photo was actually taken outside Westminster Cathedral !!
Posted: 26 Nov 2014 | There are 35 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 20:43
You'd think everyone in Boston UKIP would be grinning like Cheshire cats wouldn't you?
UKIP are being heavily tipped to win a parliamentary seat in the Boston & Skegness constituency next summer.
That's not the case it seems, with one failed candidate for the UKIP candidacy quitting the party and declaring the whole selection process a fix.
Dodgy dealings in UKIP? I don't believe it.....
Paul Wooding is now considering standing as an Independent after he withdrew from the race to become UKIP's official candidate.
An unhappy Wooding said that the selection process showed no "ethics, honesty, principle and integrity" and showed "tter contempt" for the voters of Boston & Skegness.
Wooding claims the selection of Robin Hunter-Clarke was pre-determined and a fix.
“The narrow minded agenda of having the youngest candidate to stand in the 2015 General Election will backfire in my opinion.”
He continued "I do not feel as though I have lost an honest contest"
However chosen candidate Hunter-Clarke believed Wooding's complaints were nothing but "sour grapes".
Posted: 25 Nov 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:10
With all the fuss of the Rochester & Strood by election last week, there was one important story that slipped under the radar.
UKIP have formed a working alliance with two Dutch MP's Joram Van Klaveren and Louis Bontes who represent the VoorNederland (VNL) party in the Dutch parliament.
The VNL are a new party on the Dutch political scene, in fact they were only formed in April of this year.
VoorNederland have a right wing, anti EU, anti immigration agenda, so they are perfect bedfellows for the xenophobes in UKIP.
However, VoorNederland has a murky history. It is a splinter of the racist PVV party lead by Islamophobe Geert Wilders. Bontes has been a Dutch MP since 2010, representing the PVV until just last year when he was expelled from the party after a clash with Wilders.
Like Bontes, Van Klaveren also became an MP in 2010, however he remained loyal to Geert Wilders until March of this year.
Together, along with a third former PVV MP Johan Driessen they formed the fledgling VNL.
VoorNederland currently have no representation in the EU, but Farage is possibly looking to the future, gathering round him as many working partners as possible to further his anti EU, anti immigrant message.
Posted: 25 Nov 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 22 November 2014, 21:40
A war of words has broken out between UKIP head office and one of their European press officers.
The party have attempted to disassociate themselves from comments made on BBC Radio Ulster by Hermann Kelly where he claimed that he was in favour of a United Ireland, contrary to the thoughts of the party.
Kelly appeared on the BBC Talkback programme as part of a debate about UKIP's influence in Northern Ireland.
The UKIP man revealed that he originates from the Bogside in Derry and that he was a nationalist.
When questioned about his possible support for a United Ireland, Kelly confimed that he still believed in the idea saying "I now live and work in Brussels. I don't have a vote in the North of Ireland, I won't be having any decisive powers on the status of Northern Ireland."
"This is who I am, it's important to have an identity."
However, Kelly's comments have gone down like a lead balloon with UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall attempting to explain that Kelly was appearing in a "personal capacity" only.
In a statement issued by the NW MEP, Nuttall wrote "Earlier today Brussels-based EFDD Press officer Hermann Kelly appeared on BBC Radio Ulster and made some statements that seemed to contradict official Ukip policy in Northern Ireland."
"Mr Kelly appeared in a personal capacity and not as a Ukip Northern Ireland spokesperson. Ukip totally disassociates itself with the comments made today on BBC Radio Ulster by Mr Kelly. Ukip is a non-sectarian unionist party that is fully committed to the union. It is in fact the only party with elected representation in all four parts of the United Kingdom."
Hermann Kelly is Director of Communications for the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament, the group formed and lead by UKIP in the EU.
Happier Times: Kelly with Paul Nuttall (Seated)
Posted: 22 Nov 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 20 November 2014, 09:53
We reported just last week about the meltdown occuring within the ranks of Southend UKIP.
Southend UKIP group leader on the local council James Moyies refused to support Floyd Waterworth the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East.
A war of words broke out between the two UKIP men which eventually saw the resignation of Moyies as South Essex chairman.
We can now report that UKIP have suspended Moyies from the party for 6 months and excluded him from attending any UKIP meeting.
A leaked email to Moyies from UKIP's very own "Prince of Darkness", party chairman Steve Crowther backs Floyd Waterworth as candidate.
Crowther wrote “While I imagine you will be unwilling to actively support these campaigns, I ask you to ensure no obstacles are put in the way of them and that other members are encouraged to give them their fullest co-operation.”
I suspect we haven't heard the end of this story.
Posted: 20 Nov 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 18:28
The knives are out for a leading UKIP spokesman if certain sections of the right wing press are to be believed.
Patrick O'Flynn MEP, one time Daily Express political hack and now UKIP economics spokesman has made large numbers of enemies during his short spell in the Eurosceptic party.
The hard right within UKIP (there are quite a few) want to return to the days of Margaret Thatcher, with low taxes along with slashing benefits to the very core.
O'Flynn upset this section of the party after he revealed at the UKIP conference in September that he wanted to raise income tax and introduce a luxury tax, the latter horrified UKIP leader Nigel Farage and he quickly distanced himself from the speech.
At the chairman’s conference dinner, O’Flynn was openly mocked by large sections of those present, much to the obvious embarrasment of O'Flynn and amusement of Farage.
Since then, senior members of UKIP have attempted to have O'Flynn removed from his post, abelling him a "pinko" with several letters being penned to the poisonous party chairman Steve Crowther, calling for his dismissal.
Is O'Flynn finished? Let's hope so....
Posted: 19 Nov 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 21:55
Another day another UKIP branch turns in on itself and self implodes.
This time the lucky branch is Southend with the UKIP group leader on the local council James Moyies refusing to offer his support for Floyd Waterworth the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East
The relationship between the two is so bad that Moyies, who stood against Waterworth has appealed against the selection of Floyd Waterworth as candidate.
Not to be outdone, Floyd Waterworth has told James Moyies to end his "weasel words or resign".
Waterworth continued "I understand he may not want to canvass for me because he is obviously very disappointed not to get the nomination, but he should put nothing in the way of my candidacy"
“I have asked him to confirm or deny the weasel words attributed to him. As the leader of Ukip on Southend Council he has a duty to do that. If he doesn’t, he needs to answer to the party"
He continued “There has been a challenge by James to Ukip’s national executive committee, but they have confirmed my candidacy. It’s up to James Moyies to back me or step down.”
Moyies has since resigned as South Essex chairman and has convinced the secretary and treasurer to also resign.
Posted: 12 Nov 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 20:22
Always prepared to sink to new depths, UKIP in Cornwall appear to have hit rock bottom with a newspaper that they have delivered to the public.
The South East Cornwall Conservative Association has complained to UKIP HQ in what they call an " insensitive personal attack" by printing a photograph of a net drum – a piece of fishing equipment that killed Neil Murray, the husband of Sheryll Murray - alongside criticism of the South East Cornwall MP.
Mr Murray was killed in 2011 after he became tangled in a fishing net as he was attempting to haul it in.
Bob Davidson, deputy chairman of the local party association claimed the newspaper was “nothing short of callous. I write to complain in the strongest possible terms about the insensitive personal attack on the memory of our local MP’s late husband Neil."
He continued " Your Party’s newspaper, which I enclose, has on the front page a picture of a net drum from Looe. To remind you Sheryll Murray MP’s husband died aboard a Looe Fishing Boat named after their son ‘Our Boy Andrew’ having been dragged into a net drum whilst at sea."
“Your candidate does seem to have a record of this kind of unfeeling action. It was only last year that The Sun, amongst many other media outlets, highlighted that your candidate, at the time to be a Councillor, Bradley Monk, had worn a Jimmy Saville mask to a party at the height of the scandal which affected so many.
“I ask that you withdraw this particular newspaper immediately from circulation and issue a public apology for any distress caused.
“Whatever the reason for this tactless article it is clear that your candidate does not yet have the maturity to stand for parliament. Even if he pleads innocence it is clear that he has not undertaken the basic research that constituents would expect from a Member of Parliament.”
Posted: 12 Nov 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 17:03
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has come under fire for claiming that World War 1 should have continued in order that the a full and unconditional surrender could have been achieved from Germany, even if the cost would have been a further 100,000 deaths.
Farage claimed that the Armistice was "The biggest mistake of the entire 20th century"
Speaking at the annual Tom Olsen Lecture at London’s St Bride’s Church Farage said “I believe we should have continued with the advance We should have pursued the war for a further six weeks, and gone for an unconditional surrender. Yes the last six weeks of the war cost us 100,000 casualties, and I’m prepared to accept that a further six weeks of war might have cost us another 100,000."
Farage claimed that the further six weeks of fighting could have prevented the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, as the full surrender would have meant that there was no need for the Versailles Treaty.
The UKIP leader said "I don't actually think Versailles was the mistake. I believe the real mistake, the anniversary of which we remember today, was the Armistice"
Posted: 12 Nov 2014 | There are 9 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 6 November 2014, 22:57
UKIP have been accused of attempting to curb the freedom of the press after they ejected a journalist from one of their meetings, despite inviting him their in the first place.
Steffan Storch, a reporter with the Llanelli Star attended the meeting after UKIP activists asked for a reporter to attend the public meeting.
The reporter had spoken to the Llanelli chairman Barry Clark prior to the start of the meeting and had discussed the agenda set out.
However, when the meeting commenced Storch was approached by Clark and was asked if he was a reporter, when Storch said yes he was asked to leave.
The reason behind the ejection is unclear, however it seems there is disquiet within the ranks of the local party following the deselection of James Cole as UKIP’s general election candidate for Llanelli. UKIP HQ are thought to be behind the deselection of Cole as they deemed the selection process invalid.
Posted: 6 Nov 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 10:35
UKIP, always the party to fall out amongst themselves have done it again, this time in Portsmouth.
The Xenophobic party have sacked their prospective parliamentary candidate for the Portsmouth South constituency Douglas Denny, deselecting him from standing for the Hampshire seat.
The divisive decision was made by the party’s national executive committee (NEC).
However, it seems the NEC forgot to inform the chairman of Portsmouth UKIP, Stuart Potter of their ruling, something that hasn't gone down too well in Pompey.
Hope not Hate wonder if the decision was down to comments made earlier this year by Denny where he called homosexuals "abnormal" saying "'I wish that they wouldn't try to keep ramming it down my throat that they are normal in their sexual practices." ?
Posted: 5 Nov 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 2 November 2014, 18:28
A UKIP candidate has been heavily criticised after he posted imaqges on his Facebook profile claiming London is full of "cosmopolitan poofters".
David Little, the UKIP PPC for Dover also used Godfrey Blooms description of Africa in an image where he once again referred to "Bongo Bongo lands".
The same image posted calls people from Scotland as ‘Ungrateful bastards’ and Wales as being full of ‘God-fearing fridge-cleaning women’.
Little has attempted to dismiss the postings as "humour"
Posted: 2 Nov 2014 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments