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Now UKIP is gunning for Labour, what's Ed Miliband going to do about it?

posted by: Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin | on: Friday, 31 May 2013, 15:02

'The resentments fuelling Ukip run deep, and have built up over two decades of marginalisation and neglect. Apologies are a start. But there will be no quick fix.' Photograph: David Levene

This weekend the UK Independence party (Ukip) will enter a new stage in its strategic evolution. In a television broadcast the party, already the most successful challenger to the main parties in postwar English politics, will launch an invasion of Labour's working-class heartlands. With a growing war chest, Ukip plans to take its message direct to blue-collar communities in red territory. The idea, Leader Nigel Farage has explained, is not complex: "Gun for Labour".

At first glance, this seems bizarre. Conventional wisdom holds that the rise of Ukip has come at the expense of Cameron's Conservatives. So why go after Labour? The reasons are twofold.

First, for some time the so-called clowns of British politics have been pointing to vulnerabilities within the Labour base. One member of their high command told us: "The low-hanging fruit for us are not former Tories, but people who have traditionally and culturally always been Labour."

Bolstered by finishing in the top three in six parliamentary byelections that have been held in Labour-controlled seats since 2011, members talk of exploiting the failings of a "liberal metropolitan intelligentsia, which is uncomfortable among working-class voters, failing to defend their interests, and finds their concerns distasteful".

Second, contrary to much of the coverage that focuses on renegade Tories, the shift actually marks the logical next step in a transformation of the Ukip electorate that is already under way. While the local elections in May revealed that the Ukip insurgency is for real, they also demonstrated its effectiveness within Labour territory. The result was reported as a crisis for the Conservatives, but Ukip gained their best results in the most working-class areas. The campaign saw many deride Ukip for placing billboards in urban areas where there were no elections, but the move was deliberate, intended to sow the seeds for a future invasion into the disgruntled old Labour base.

The message of this future campaign was spelled out by our senior clown: "Who suffers from poor crime? Who suffers from villains who get 17 cautions? Who suffers when the local comprehensive is not effective? Who lost their job in the pub because of a nice-looking girl from Slovakia? It ain't the middle classes. It ain't Ed."

As Steve Fisher, a lecturer in political sociology from Oxford University, has written, in 2013, support for Ukip came as much at the expense of Labour as the Tories, while its roots in working-class areas strengthened as its support surged. In other words, the more Ukip grows, the more it will hurt Labour.

The claim that Ukip is drawing only from the right is one of the big misconceptions in British politics. Our analysis in a forthcoming book on the party reveals that its voters are much more likely to be low-income, financially insecure and working class. They look like old Labour, and since 2010 the Ukip surge has been strongest among these low-skilled, older and blue-collar workers, the exact groups that Labour is struggling with the most. Since its low point in 2009, we find that Labour has made double-digit advances in its vote share among women, the under-35s and graduates, all groups that avoid Ukip. In contrast, Labour has barely grown among men and those with no qualifications, and the party has actually lost ground among pensioners. Among these groups, the Ukip vote has surged by an average of nine percentage points.

An invasion of armies, wrote Victor Hugo, can be resisted – but not an idea whose time has come. While there is lots of talk about a diffuse anti-politics mood, Ukip also articulates a more specific idea: the resentment and anger of the old Labour working-class base.

The Blairites gambled that they could recruit the middle class and retain traditional voters who had nowhere else to go. Half a loaf under Blair and Brown was better than no bread at all under the Tories. For a decade or so the bet paid off handsomely. But it came with a cost. Working-class voters in safe Labour seats felt abandoned by the party that once championed their cause. Turnout slumped, and a sour anti-establishment mindset took hold. Immigration came to symbolise the pathology of New Labour for old Labour loyalists. The former cared more about foreigners than its core supporters, they thought. When they complained, they were attacked as "bigots".

Now the politics of resentment bubbling under the surface of British politics has started to erupt. Ukip strategists are pointing to a coalition of disgruntled social conservatives, who are mocked on the right as "swivel-eyed loons" and dismissed on the left as unbearable bigots. Now screening their candidates, Ukip offers them what the toxic far right couldn't: a populist outlet that does not force them to compromise their democratic principles. Ukip has no grand ideological vision. Its narrative is simple but effective. Enough is enough. No more immigration. No more Europe. No more cosmopolitan condescension from liberal London elites.

The invading Ukip army faces a favourable landscape. Even after three years of austerity and draconian measures to cut inflows, immigration remains second only to the economy in voters' minds. In the last six months the share of voters ranking this issue as important jumped from 19 to 31%, which will surge further as the accession of Bulgaria and Romania nears. Only the economy, voters tell YouGov, will have a stronger influence on their decision at the next election. Public confidence in the Tories to manage immigration has fallen further than on any other issue, but significantly these voters are not switching to other parties. Asked which party they think would handle immigration best, the most popular response is "none of them". And Ukip is not listed as an option.

Such concerns are wrapped in a serious loss of trust. In 2012, trust among the "white working class" in government stood at 23%, equalling the worst figures under New Labour. But when working-class voters were asked who would make the best prime minister, only 22% said Ed Miliband, while 42% said they did not know. This means that for every one (white) working-class voter who supports Miliband's bid for the premiership, there are two who reject all three mainstream leaders. Some may link this to ignorance, but the figures have worsened since 2010, as Miliband has become more widely known.

There are some inside Labour who see the Ukip army assembling on the hills. The MP John Mann argues that Labour must "wake up and get real on immigration", while Blue Labour types hope to translate intellectual debate into genuine connections with workers. But recognising a problem is always easier than solving it. The resentments fuelling Ukip run deep, and have built up over two decades of marginalisation and neglect. Apologies are a start. But there will be no quick fix.

How bad could this get? Labour should look to Europe, where for 20 years social democrats have struggled with the fact that their base is highly vulnerable to radical right invaders. Consider this: during its initial breakthrough period in 1984, the French Front National drew just 8% of its support from manual workers. By 1995, this had rocketed to almost 30%, leaving Le Pen's as the most popular political party among workers. It was the same story in Austria, where between 1979 and 1999 the Freedom party saw its share of the blue-collar vote surge from 4 to 47%, making it the No 1 vehicle for working-class protest. The mechanics of the British system mean that Labour has never been confronted with this challenge. The BNP might have knocked at the door, but when Labour finally kicked into gear it ensured that only few voters let the extremists in. But it is clear to us that Ukip has the potential to come crashing through the house.

Tony Blair won Labour power by winning the hearts and minds of the middle class. If Ed Miliband wants to do the same, he needs to win back the hearts and minds of the workers. An invasion is coming, led by a former stockbroker in a pinstripe suit. Farage is setting up shop in your local pub, Labour, and the locals will like him – a lot. So, what are you going to do?

You can read the original article here in The Guardian

 Posted: 31 May 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Interview Potential MEP Candidates

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 31 May 2013, 01:19

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UKIP economics spokesman: I hope thousands of jobs will be lost

posted by: The Political Scrapbook | on: Friday, 31 May 2013, 01:11

Nigel Farage with Godfrey Bloom

Nigel Farage with Godfrey Bloom

UKIP’s economics spokesperson has said that he welcomes mass redundancies in the public sector. Speaking to London Loves Business.com, gaffe-prone MEP and former investment banker Godfrey Bloom said of UKIP plans to slash tens of billions of pounds from public spending:

“They are public sector jobs, so they are taking money out of the economy and wealth creation. I hope hundreds, thousands of jobs will be lost”

His European Parliament drunken antics aside, Bloom is certainly an interesting candidate to be speaking on economic issues.

His firm of financial advisers was fined £28,000 by the FSA after its practices exposed clients to “unacceptable risk”.

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 Posted: 31 May 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP in the workplace

posted by: Narmada Thiranagama | on: Friday, 31 May 2013, 00:11

Until their performance in the May 2013 local elections, UKIP’s policies on matters outside immigration and Europe had largely escaped scrutiny. It is time this changed.

This lack of scrutiny clearly shows in their published policies: their most detailed statement of policy for the 2010 General Election comes branded with a prominent health warning that it ‘should not be considered current policy’. Their briefer and more recent statements of their policy priorities consist of the magic bullet of withdrawal from the EU, which would allow the imposition of strict controls on all kinds of immigration, padded out with a mixture of other populist ideas and glued together with frequent invocations of ‘common sense’.

Should we take UKIP’s policies for the economy and the workplace seriously, given that they do not seem, yet, to be preparing themselves for a serious entry into Parliamentary politics? For UNISON’s members and the communities they serve, the prospect of UKIP Councillors having a voice in local decision-making means that it is important that we know what their political instincts are. Even more than the devastating impact that their immigration policies would have on our migrant worker members and the vital role they play in public services their policies for everyone else appear to be just as dramatic. Many voters who chose UKIP as a vote against the ‘political class’ might be surprised at what they have planned for the working classes.

UKIP and the economy

UKIP have very little to say about the current economic crisis facing the UK. On a page titled 'What we stand for’ a reference is made only to ‘anxious and troubled times’. Revealingly, it goes on to say, “Violent crime erupts in our cities. Jobs are lost and services failing under a tide of immigration, pensions have been crippled and cash savings yield almost nothing”underlining the fact that immigration as a public ill has considerable explanatory power for UKIP. Recent comments by Godfrey Bloom make clear that UKIP also expect mass redundancies in the public sector to revitalise the economy: “They are public sector jobs, so they are taking money out of the economy and wealth creation. I hope hundreds, thousands of jobs will be lost…you will never understand UKIP until you understand this point. Public spending takes money out of the economy, it doesn’t put it in.”

The page aimed at small businesses provides a more detailed commentary on UKIP’s view of the workplace. The casual reader will not be able to navigate to this page easily from any menu, however, unlike other UKIP policy statements they have not taken it down or qualified its status as current UKIP philosophy.

A bonfire of employment rights

Unsurprisingly, UKIP focus their policy for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on leaving behind the regulatory burdens of Europe. They envision a radical transformation of the relationship between the employer and employee, virtually unregulated and free to respond to market forces. “UKIP would put an end to most legislation regarding matters such as weekly working hours, holidays … overtime, redundancy or sick pay etc. and provide a statutory, standard, very short employment contract template … those employers who offer relatively generous terms would be able to use this in their advertising and might be able to attract better candidates or pay slightly lower salaries, and the reverse would apply to employers who demand longer working hours, or offer fewer holidays or fewer days’ sick pay etc.”

The implications of these policies are not only harmful for employees, they might also play less well with the majority of small business owners if there was any serious threat that they might become reality. The annual survey of SMEs by BIS regularly finds that regulation comes very low on the list of obstacles to growth. In 2012, the SME Barometer found that SMEs thought that the biggest obstacle to growth was the economy. Of the 667 directors and owners they interviewed, 32% believed that the economy was the biggest obstacle, followed by 13% who blamed taxation. ‘Regulations’ languishes at the bottom of the table along with ‘competition’ at 7%.

When concerns about the ‘economy’ were broken down, these employers said that uncertainty about the future, lack of demand from customers and increased running costs were their main worries. So not only does UKIP not have anything to say about the main concerns of one of their core constituencies, their employment rights policies would actually make their current worries far worse. Their proposals to strip away workers’ rights and rely on ‘reputation’ and market forces to govern the conditions of service of employees would plunge employers into a legal minefield and worsen the economic climate.

UKIP do not seem to value the role that consistent, transparent and well-understood employment regulations have in supporting the economic activities of companies – big or small. Clear and effective procedures actually help employers understand their duties and gives security to their employees. The removal of this framework could easily lead to an increased need for SMEs to consult legal opinion more extensively than before.

UKIP also plan to reduce job security for employees. “UKIP would legislate to ensure the scope of claims which can be heard by tribunals will be greatly reduced. In particular, limits on unfair dismissal and discrimination claims will be re-instated and no unfair dismissals or discrimination claims would be admitted by the Tribunals in respect of employees with less than two years continuous employment.” These proposals would massively increase job insecurity for UK workers, encourage bad practices by line managers and damage workforce morale. This would in turn lead to a negative effect for the economy as a whole, as increasing numbers of workers experience insecure employment and low pay. Once consigned to this shadowy economy, they’d find themselves without many safety nets, as UKIP plans to simplify the welfare state by getting rid of all benefits and replacing it with a ‘Basic Cash Benefit’ of around £64 per week for parents aged 25 and above. Given Bloom’s view that massive redundancies in the public sector would not affect the economy, it is clear that a UKIP economy is comfortable with high levels of unemployment.

An unequal playing field

UKIP informs us that ‘many SMEs are understandably nervous about employing young women, or try not to promote them to key positions’. Rather than rely on anti-discrimination legislation (which they would repeal), UKIP would leave it to employers to decide what to offer parents or potential parents. “An SME which refuses to offer parental leave will either have to offer young women higher salaries than other businesses which offer a long leave period or they will simply have to recruit from a smaller pool of potential employees.”

Women who feel that employers can now discriminate against them with impunity might not have much recourse to the law for redress, since “UKIP would additionally scrap most ‘equality and discrimination’ legislation, cap all compensation payments and allow commonsense to prevail.” While they do not get into any detail as to which parts of equality law they would repeal, they do name the provisions around Race, Sexual Orientation and Religion or Belief as being particularly undesirable and would free private companies providing public services from having to follow equality legislation. In short,"UKIP will oppose measures in the ‘Equality’ Bill to force employers in the public sector to discriminate against the indigenous male population". Together with their wish to get rid of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption pay and sick pay these proposals amount to a radical intervention by a UKIP state to roll back decades of social change.

Employment tribunals

UKIP’s instincts for decentralisation applies to Employment Tribunals as well:

“It is far better to allow localised tribunals to build up a body of practical case law and real life examples on what is, and what is not, acceptable, and to occasionally embody these into consolidating statutes, than it is for the government, largely in the name of some ‘equality and discrimination’ agenda to constantly impose more and more rules on employers who then find it almost impossible to work out which particular rights given to one perceived victim group trump those of another group.”

By implication, case law could differ from one part of the country to another, increasing uncertainty for employers. With the planned repeal of so much employment rights legislation, UKIP’s plans for employment tribunals could actually produce an outcome contrary to the their stated aim: to make employers’ legal obligations to their employees clearer.

In conclusion, one thing is clear. UKIP are not a friend of workers or trade unions. Nor is there an evidence base for their economic and employment policies, which would remove virtually all regulation particularly for small companies. They sincerely believe that this would have no negative impact on living standards or economic confidence. It is time the media started asking them some tough questions on jobs and work.

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 Posted: 31 May 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Lincolnshire's Dark Clouds Of Racism Return

posted by: Simon Cressy & Colin Cortbus | on: Friday, 24 May 2013, 01:44

Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright

Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright

The dark clouds of racism are never too far away from the group of UKIP councillors newly elected to Lincolnshire County Council.

Hope Not Hate can reveal the full extent of Councillor Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright’s sickening xenophobic and racist posts on Facebook over the past year.

Keywood-Wainwright represents Boston North West and was one of the UKIP councillors subject to a recent investigation in The Daily Mirror regarding racism and offensive comments posted on the internet.

In one post featured in The Mirror Keywood-Wainwright claimed "Bottom line is we have too many Muslims in this country!".

On the subject of immigrants having inoculations before arriving in the UK, Keywood-Wainwright writes "Don't mention the smelly lot - have been gagging in the supermarket when surrounded by them - booze and tobacco smells - yuk - need a mask - thinking about taking a deodorant spray out with me - especially for ASDA and ALDI - would that be racist - or called protecting my human rights to fresh air ?".

Responding to an article about Romanian street crime in France she writes “Seems they are a crafty lot - no doubt when they get here they will be lying and claiming benefits for children they do not have etc. we have all this lovely culture to come - never mind we can afford to pay for it - we will give up our homes and benefits to make sure they are settled in well!!”. She engages in further scaremongering claiming “We will be living on the streets in tents and under bridges as the migrants are doing now”

She takes her hatred of migrants to a new level writing “Germany is such a clean place - you do not see litter there - so all the problems with migrants especially the Romanians must be driving them to despair - wrecking their neat and tidy country.”

When another user suggests that empty military bases in Germany could be “sacked full with immigrants”, Tiggs replies "Yes they could … just so long as they stay there and don’t get into the UK!". Further to this, in reference to ‘illegal immigrants’ she writes "put them in a box so they can’t fight back and ship them off as cargo".

After complaining that ‘white Brits’ are now ‘definitely [sic]’ a minority in Nottingham, she makes disgusting claims about immigrants; She writes “ You cannot take people out of slums and give them nice houses as they too in time will become slums”.

In a further post about Africans she writes “have seen this in Africa - they build new homes to take the people out of shanty towns and the first thing they do is build a corrugated lean to and make the garden into a tip - same happens here - unfortunately it is certain peoples nature”.

Reverting back to good old fashioned scaremongering she writes “TB has also been brought into the country by Pakistanis and Indians in mass immigration - GB was nearly totally rid of the disease but it is now once more rife - another thing our foreign friends bring in to drain our resources”

She also refers to Pakistani women as ‘baby machines’ writing“ The females are baby machines at 16 ! I had at least 2 staff went on holiday to Pakistan came back married and pregnant - then their Pakistani husbands came over a couple of months later - they stopped work and claimed sick pay straight away - of course their doctors who signed them off were also Muslims !!”

She also suggests people should not be trusted because of their nationality, writing ‘from what I know of them Turks they are not to be trusted’.

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo, Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright defended herself stating "I am not a racist. There are too many Polish, Lithuanians and Muslims in this country. It is as simple as that."

Recently, Lincolnshire's UKIP councillors refused to sign an anti-racism pledge. With councillors like Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright should we really be surprised by their refusal ?

 Posted: 24 May 2013 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Man's Cruel Jibe At Disabled Kids

posted by: Simon Cressy & Colin Cortbus | on: Wednesday, 22 May 2013, 11:03

Ramsay Urquhart

Ramsay Urquhart

A Scottish UKIP activist has left the party red-faced after posting a sick joke directed at disabled children on his Facebook profile.

Glasgow based Ramsay Urquhart, a former parliamentary candidate and councillor for the Eurosceptic party made the posting on Facebook back in September 2012.

28 year old Urquhart stood in the Glasgow Central constituency in the general election in 2010 and also the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in 2011. He is also a former community councillor for the Anderston Community Council in Glasgow.

Urquhart acted as UKIP’s Young Independence (youth wing) Co-ordinator in Scotland and was a founder member of UKIP’s Glasgow Branch acting as its interim Vice-Chairman.

The University of Stirling graduate posted a "step by step guide to exploiting your child for cold hard cash" where he asks if the reader has a severely disabled child and would they be prepared to take advantage of the condition of their child ?

The sick guide suggests the reader continues the process "until your child's miserable existence is over".

UKIP's reputation has taken a battering following revelations of offensive and racists postings by a number of its high ranking officials.

The postings by Ramsay Urquhart drag UKIP further into the gutter and Hope not Hate call on Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP to immediately expel Urquhart from the party.

 Posted: 22 May 2013 | There are 7 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Nigel Farage: Not More Bad News ?

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 22:07

Quick, get him a pint !

 Posted: 21 May 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Another UKIP Racist Uncovered

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 16:26

Robin Cook

Robin Cook

Another day, another racist UKIP official uncovered.

This time it is the East Riding treasurer and prospective parliamentary candidate Robin Cook who hails from the Howden area who has posted his bigoted views for all to see on Twitter.

He also appears to have a soft spot for the violent thugs in the far right EDL as he frequently reposts their hate filled messages.

No doubt we will see the usual UKIP responses, Cook will claim his Twitter account was hacked and the rank and file UKIP members will bury their heads in the sand and point their fingers at everyone else instead of addressing the real problem of racists in their party.

 Posted: 21 May 2013 | There are 9 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Lincolnshire UKIP In Further Crisis

posted by: Colin Cortbus & Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 10:44

Alan Jesson

Alan Jesson

The racism crisis surrounding Nigel Farage’s UKIP Party deepens today as our investigation exposes yet another UKIP racist.

Alan Jesson the newly elected UKIP County Councillor for Spalding South posted a series of vile posts earlier this year on the social networking site Facebook.

Spouting xenophobic abuse towards a Polish woman Jesson writes “what u gonna do when we pull out of the EU and repatriated [sic] you and your friends to give full employment to British workers.”

He continues “Fuck off we don’t need you sweetheart we get along just fine without you".

Using an extract from the well known Martin Luther King speech Jesson writes "I have a dream, as each day passes I hope and pray that one day soon Britain will be free of the corrupt EU and a day when the migrants are persuaded or forced to return to their countries of birth.”

Jesson quotes wildly exaggerated figures on future immigration, commenting on an article referring to Romanian and Bulgarian immigration “Just there's 14 million more coming”.

In a series of other disgusting posts he writes of "how true it is that the biggest threat to the UK way of life was Islam and its followers”. "Mosques need banning until they adopt sexual equality and gay relationships and conform to British culture" he writes in a comment from January.

In November 2012 he wrote ” No Mosques should be entertained in this country. Islam is anti Gay [sic] and anti women [sic] . It can never be part of English culture.”

His apparent ‘concern’ for gay rights is merely a façade for his thinly veiled hatred; Alan Jesson also harbours homophobic sentiments. In a repulsive comment from February he claims “Gay people have no rights to marry in church as God does not recognise this action. It would just be a farce. Just because a growing number of people have had it with the Gay community doesn't make them frightened of Gays in fact I believe most gays are indeed Hetrophobic.”

Demanding vigilante patrols, Jesson writes “Spalding needs a night time voluntary civil protection patrol”. Unsurprisingly he also has some extra-tough views on crime, “4pm the river Welland Spalding most days the bit that runs through the town come see the EE s fishing for their tea. I'm going to start pushing them in and then the Police might take a bit of notice of these thieves”.

Ominously and in what seems to be a reference to Enoch Powell, he writes “I really do think soon there will be rivers of blood”.

For a councillor supposedly representing a ‘libertarian, non-racist party’ he has a strange view regarding freedom of speech. Commenting on an unspecified incident where campaigners were handing out anti war leaflets he says “ the [sic] should be hung for treason.  

The newly elected UKIP councillors on Lincolnshire County Council appear to be blighted with hatred and bigotry, but we seriously doubt Nigel Farage and UKIP will take any action.

 Posted: 21 May 2013 | There are 8 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Leading Member Of UKIP Appears In Court

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 20 May 2013, 17:26

Piers Wauchope

Piers Wauchope

A leading member of UKIP has appeared in court accused of breaching an injunction obtained by his ex-wife.

Piers Wauchope a Tunbridge Wells borough councillor and member of UKIP's National Executive Committee pleaded not guilty at Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court to a charge of breaching a non-molestation order.

Wauchope, UKIP's failed Police Commissioner candidate for Kent was charged after allegedly damaging a number of doors at the home of his estranged wife, after he went to pick up some of his possessions in January.

Patricia Wauchope Shaw obtained the injunction against her ex-husband in August 2012 after they originally separated.

Wauchope told the court he believed he had not broken the injunction but admitted to police that he was in the house and had caused the damage. His defence has asked for the case to be committed to the crown court for trial at a later date.

The case was adjourned with Wauchope currently on conditional bail.

 Posted: 20 May 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Welcome To Purple Rain

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 20 May 2013, 12:22

Welcome to Hope Not Hate's new Purple Rain blog where we keep a close eye on the fortunes and misfortunes of UKIP.

From now on everything UKIP flavoured will be posted here and it will be the first port of call for news and views with a purple tinge.

Our tag line to this blog is "Putting UKIP Under The Magnifying Glass" and that is exactly what we will be doing, putting Nigel Farage and his party colleagues under a close deal of scrutiny.

If you have any information or a news story you think we might be interested in you can send them to purplerain@hopenothate.org.uk

Hope you enjoy the blog.

 Posted: 20 May 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Hypocrisy

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 17 May 2013, 13:14

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP can't quite work out what mood he should be in this morning.

Jubilant, following last night's victory in the Rotherham Council by election, Farage will have no doubt sunk a pint or two of real ale which he appears to have a particular liking.

However, following his humiliating appearance in Scotland last night where a loud protest greeted him as he turned up in Edinburgh to launch his party's Scottish campaign a grumpy Nigel Farage labelled the protesters as "fascist scum".

Farage told BBC Radio Scotland this morning that the incident was deeply racist and displayed a total hatred of the English.

We found the following quote from UKIP's Scottish spokesman Lord Monkton which looks suspiciously anti Scottish " The Scots are subsidy junkies whinging like a trampled bagpipe as they wait for their next fix of English taxpayers money"

I wonder what Grumpy Nigel has to say about that ?

 Posted: 17 May 2013 | There are 8 comments | make a comment/view comments