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UKIP Donor Backed Dictators & War Criminals

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 31 May 2014, 10:55


Earlier this month The Electoral Commission released details of a number of funders who had donated large amounts of money to Nigel Farage's UKIP.

One former Tory donor, Mayfair nightclub owner Robin Birley donated £50,000 to the coffers of the xenophobic party in the hopes of boosting the chances of the party at election time.

Birley is the step-brother of Tory MP Zac Goldsmith. As a teenager he was mauled by a tiger at a private zoo of family friend John Aspinall. The bones on one side of his face were crushed and Birley has had to endure years of plastic surgery.

However, it is his political life that is of most interest to Hope not hate.

In 1998, Birley began to work with the pro Pinochet Chilean Supporters Abroad organisation. Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was at the time under house arrest indicted for human rights violations committed in his native country. The Rettig Report found that at least 2,279 persons were murdered by the Chilean government for political reasons during Pinochet's regime, and the Valech Report found that at least 30,000 persons were tortured by the government for political reasons.

Birley welcomed the dictator to the UK with open arms and financed an extravagant residence for the elderly despot in Wentworth, Surrey. Birley also funded a pro-Pinochet booklet and said of the Chilean dictator "It's also an abuse of hospitality to ambush an old man when he has come to this country year after year. He has done an immense amount for Chile. No one is supporting him and I have sympathy for the underdog."

In the early 1990's Robin Birley was also president of the Mozambique Institute which supported RENAMO, the South African backed force that systematically committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war in Mozambique including mass killings and mutilation of innocent men, women and children during raids on villages and towns. RENAMO became notorious for the abduction of children in order to use them as child soldiers and it is estimated that one third of RENAMO forces were under 18 years of age.

 Posted: 31 May 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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BBC receives almost 1,200 complaints over Ukip election coverage

posted by: John Reynolds and Mark Sweney | on: Friday, 30 May 2014, 14:45


Nigel Farage on BBC's Andrew Marr Show … the Ukip leader has appeared on its Question Time programme at least 16 times since 2009. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

Nigel Farage on BBC's Andrew Marr Show … the Ukip leader has appeared on its Question Time programme at least 16 times since 2009. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

The BBC has received almost 1,200 complaints about its coverage of the European and local elections, saying it was biased towards Nigel Farage's Ukip.

The BBC has received 1,190 complaints accusing it of either having given too much coverage to Ukip, or being biased in favour of Nigel Farage's party.

It is thought to be the most complaints the BBC has ever received about its coverage of a party during an election.

The BBC received just 149 complaints saying it had been biased against Ukip in its coverage.

Seventy three complaints were made claiming a bias against the Labour party, though there were no complaints of a bias in favour of Labour.

There were no complaints of any bias towards the coalition government.

"Our coverage of all parties in the local and European elections has been proportionate and consistent with our guidelines on fairness and impartiality," said a spokeswoman for BBC news and current affairs.

In Friday's edition of the BBC's Newswatch, which airs at 8.45pm on the BBC News channel, the corporation's political editor, Nick Robinson, addresses questions on the treatment of Ukip.

Interviewer Samira Ahmed challenges Robinson that the tone of the BBC's coverage of Ukip around the local elections was over-egged, pointing out that its claims of a "political earthquake" were exaggerated given the Ukip overall vote went down.

Robinson defends the BBC's coverage saying that Ukip was "no longer just a European party" and "they [Ukip] were establishing themselves as the fourth party of English politics".

Read the full article in The Guardian

 Posted: 30 May 2014 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP MEP: I’ve never met a gay UKIP member who wants to get married

posted by: Scott Roberts | on: Thursday, 29 May 2014, 21:04


Gerard Batten, the UKIP MEP for London, says equal marriage would cause a “nightmare” and that gay members of his party are “perfectly happy” not to have it.

Mr Batten made the comments last week to Christian TV channel Revelation, before his re-election to the European Parliament.

The MEP defended his party’s stance against equal marriage, and suggested the change in the law had unravelled thousands of years of Christian teaching.

“Throughout my working life, I’ve worked with gay people. We’ve got plenty of gay people in UKIP. I’ve actually never met one of them who wants to get married.

Read the full article at Pink News

 Posted: 29 May 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Le Pen party steals Farage’s Italian allies

posted by: Charles Bremner | on: Thursday, 29 May 2014, 14:26


Marine Le Pen of the French National Front last night claimed to have won the agreement of the eurosceptic Italian Northern League to join her Freedom Alliance - a blow against Nigel Farage of UKip who previously counted them as allies.

Making a bid to lead a powerful new anti-EU bloc in the European Parliament she voiced certainty that she would win enough allies to freeze moves towards deeper union.

“We are going to try to stop all advances by the European Union, all measures towards federation and integration,” said Ms Le Pen, whose party was the chief victor in the continent’s Euro-hostile lurch in last weekend’s voting for the EU parliament.

Flanked by Geert Wilders, her Dutch ally, Harold Vilimsky of Austria’s nationalist FPO party, and Matteo Salvini of Italy’s Northern league, Ms Le Pen said that she and her four partners “have absolutely no worries” that they would find the two additional partners required to form a formal group in the parliament. Her fourth current ally is the Belgian Vlaams Belang, which won only one seat on Sunday. The Italians had previously been part of the existing Europe of Freedom and Democracy which also encompassed UKip.

However it was far from clear who among the new intake of unaffiliated hard nationalists would side with Ms Le Pen’s freedom alliance as Mr Farage has refused association with the Front on the grounds of its alleged racism.

Read the full article in The Times

 Posted: 29 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Councillor in charge of social care in Cambridgeshire, brands political rival Mentally ill

posted by: Chris Havergal | on: Thursday, 29 May 2014, 12:24


The UKIP councillor now in charge of adult social care in Cambridgeshire is under fire for branding a political rival “mentally ill”.

Cllr Paul Clapp, chairman of the county council’s adults committee, made the slur in a standards complaint against Steve Tierney, a former cabinet member on the authority.

In the complaint, Cllr Clapp claimed Cllr Tierney, a member of Wisbech Town Council, had “done everything in his power to discredit” Cllr Alan Lay, who beat Cllr Tierney to the Roman Bank and Peckover county council seat last year.

The complaint focuses on an incident in which Cllr Tierney “thrust” his mobile phone at Cllr Lay to film him at a town council meeting.

Cllr Clapp, who represents Wisbech North, wrote: “What he is saying at the moment in my oppinion [sic] is at least slanderous and if this is how Cllr Tierney gets his kicks then in my oppinion [sic] he is mentally ill and should not be a part of Wisbech Town Council.”

Read the full article at The Cambridge News

 Posted: 29 May 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Newly-Elected Ukip Councillor, Sacked By Party For 'Poofs' And 'Pakis Tweets

posted by: . | on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 20:45


Ukip has sacked one of its newly elected councillors only six days after sweeping to big gains in the local elections amid claims that he posted racist and homophobic remarks on Twitter. Dave Small was elected to Redditch Borough Council in last Thursday's poll, however on Tuesday he was suspended by the party pending an investigation into the alleged comments on social media.

A Ukip spokesman said: "He has now been expelled for clearly bringing the party into disrepute." It was reported at the weekend that, in February 2013, Small referred to gay people as "perverts" and expressed opposition to "poofs and dykes" being allowed to marry.

And he predicted that "thousands more scroungers" would soon arrive in the UK from Mali as a result of a range of coalition Government policies. Small also complained in a November 2012 post that he was not allowed to use the term "Paki".

In June that year, he wrote: "I visiting the city of Birmingham recently and felt like a foreigner in the city of my birth, all around me I could hear the sound of jabbering in an alien voice... we also have the Pakistani's and the Somali's. Tell me Mr Cameron Why? the men wear their Pyjamas."

Read the full story at The Huffington Post

 Posted: 28 May 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Ukip branch chairman: 'London is being ethnically cleansed of white people'

posted by: Lizzie Dearden | on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 18:14


A Ukip branch chairman has suggested that parts of London are being “ethnically cleansed” of white people.

Jeremy Zeid, the chairman of the Eurosceptic party’s branch in Harrow, suggested a Labour MP could be “complicit” in what he called "disappearing diversity" in Ilford, north-east London.

In a string of tweets, he wrote: “Having just been to Gerard Batten's [Ukip MEP] office in Ilford, the almost [sic] absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.

“Mike Gapes is so busy being ‘right on’ he is either blind to or deliberately complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Ilford which I'm sure will be called 'racist'.

“A word so overused by the t***pot Left as to be completely devalued.”

The comments sparked several responses on Twitter, with many people asking what he found so “worrying”.

Mr Zeid replied: “Are you not worried when diversity disappears?”

Read the full article in The Independent

 Posted: 28 May 2014 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP: New Recruit Same Old Racism

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 20:42


With wall to wall coverage of Nigel Farage and UKIP one could easily forget how racism is rife amongst certain sections of the party's membership.

Let me introduce you to a new member of UKIP, one who has joined, bolstered by the recent success of Farage & Co.

North East family man Glenn Pells is a lorry driver from Loftus, Cleveland. Like many, he is disillusioned with todays politicians and is seeking an alternative, and like many he has turned his attention to UKIP.

Pells was already a supporter of Nigel Farage but following the large gains by the xenophobic party, Pells has decided to take his commitment one step further and join UKIP

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To take things further Pells has also announced that he would consider standing as a UKIP candidate if asked by the party. In the meantime, he would be happy becoming a party activist.

Judging by some of the following racist comments made on his Facebook page I'd suggest he has all the qualities required to become a UKIP councillor.

Not just a fan of UKIP, Pells also has a soft spot for Jim Dowson and his violent far right Britain First Party, whom he believes are on the same side as UKIP.

UKIP & Glenn Pells deserve each other.

 Posted: 27 May 2014 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP councillor Dave Small suspended by party over racism claims

posted by: . | on: Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 17:44


UKIP MEP James Carver said there would be a

UKIP MEP James Carver said there would be a "fair and thorough" investigation

A UKIP councillor has been suspended by his party over claims he made racist and homophobic comments on Facebook.

Dave Small, who was elected to Redditch Borough Council's Church Hill ward on Friday, now faces a disciplinary hearing.

It is alleged Mr Small called African migrants "scroungers" and Clare Balding and Sir Elton John "perverts" because of their sexualities.

The Facebook page has now been taken down and Mr Small has not commented.

Speaking on the BBC's Sunday Politics show, UKIP MEP James Carver said he had brought the issue up with the party.

He said there would be a "fair and thorough" investigation.

Read the full BBC article here

 Posted: 27 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Ukip MEP wants less immigration and more breeding

posted by: . | on: Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 15:25


Scotland’s newly-elected Ukip MEP David Coburn has said the country should breed more rather than allow increased immigration.

Speaking to the Evening News ahead of his dramatic victory in the European elections, Mr Coburn said if there was a need to boost the country’s population the answer lay in more sex rather than more migrants.

Asked about the SNP’s plans for a distinct immigration policy to meet Scotland’s economic needs, he said: “Why don’t we have more children?”

He challenged the idea that there was any need for a population increase, saying: “Scotland is lovely because it’s not full of people. That’s why a lot of people love Scotland.”

Edinburgh Central SNP MP Marco Biagi said Mr Coburn’s comments smacked of communist dictatorships urging citizens to breed “in some sense of patriotic fervour”. He said: “The man needs to connect with real Scotland.”

Population projections suggest Scotland will need more people of working age to balance the future increase in the number of pensioners, whether or not there is independence.

Mr Coburn, though born and educated in Glasgow, has been based in London and his address, read out at the results declaration, was given as Kensington. But he said he was currently renting a flat in Leith and was looking to buy a house in Edinburgh.

Read the full article at The Edinburgh Evening News

 Posted: 27 May 2014 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Confusion over Ukip future of gaffe-prone councillor

posted by: Harry Readhead | on: Saturday, 24 May 2014, 17:21


Matt Ellery (right) who won a Brighton Hill South seat in the local elections (Picture: Twitter)

Matt Ellery (right) who won a Brighton Hill South seat in the local elections (Picture: Twitter)

A Ukip candidate who branded the women in his town ‘pug ugly’ and whose future with the party is in doubt after he said he ‘felt like stabbing someone’ on Facebook has remarkably won a seat in Basingstoke.

Matthew Ellery, 22, earned a place on Basingstoke and Deane borough council after winning one of two seats in Brighton Hill South, a result that prompted party deputy chairman Neil Hamilton to explain ‘perhaps some women like people talking dirty to them’.

But Ukip appear to be unsure as to whether Mr Ellery is still one of their representatives, after distancing themselves from him following his Facebook gaffe.

Read the full article in The Metro

 Posted: 24 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Ukip councillor under investigation over racist and homophobic comments

posted by: Kevin Rawlinson | on: Saturday, 24 May 2014, 17:02


Nigel Farage is dealing with fresh allegations of racism and homophobia in his party only days after the local and European elections as Ukip was forced to launch an investigation into comments made by one of its newly elected councillors.

Dave Small, who was elected to Redditch borough council on Friday, faces being kicked out of the party for referring to gay people as "perverts" and African immigrants as "scroungers".

In comments posted on Facebook, he also attacked BBC broadcaster Clare Balding and singer Elton John over their sexuality and referred to "our sworn enemies in the Muslim world".

Stonewall's acting chief executive, Ruth Hunt, condemned the comments, saying Ukip would be "judged by the company they keep".

She said: "These reprehensible views have no place in modern Britain. We hope the party leadership reviews these comments as a matter of urgency."

A Ukip spokesman said the party's national executive committee would look into the posts and decide what action to take. Similar offences in the past have seen members kicked out of the party.

Read the full article in The Guardian

 Posted: 24 May 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Telling Porkies Yet Again

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 22 May 2014, 18:46


Never let the facts get in the way of a good story...

 Posted: 22 May 2014 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP probes Preston candidate’s comments on Facebook

posted by: . | on: Thursday, 22 May 2014, 10:57


A UKIP candidate is today being investigated by party chiefs over a string of comments left on Facebook.

Liz Mahon, who is standing for the party in Garrison ward, Preston Council, made posts hailing Enoch Powell, criticising Nigel Farage for paying tribute to Nelson Mandela and calling halal food ‘sick evil satanic’.

The politician made a number of her posts on the Facebook pages of the far-right English Defence League and Britain First parties.

Today a spokesman for UKIP said the posts were “being investigated as a matter of urgency”.

The spokesman added: “Such posts are not acceptable and are not the views of UKIP at all.”

The Evening Post visited Ms Mahon at her home in Forest Way, Fulwood, yesterday. She said the posts were made “ages ago” and declined to comment further. The posts were made on her own Facebook page and other pages including the EDL and Britain First party between August 2013 and February this year.

Read the full story at The Lancashire Evening Post

 Posted: 22 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP euro candidate told to attend "equalities training"

posted by: Michael Davies | on: Thursday, 22 May 2014, 10:46


A UKIP candidate who said traders should be allowed to refuse to serve whoever they like has been told she should attend “equalities training”.

Donna Edmunds, an MEP candidate and a Lewes District councillor, made the comments on an internet forum.

She said that “being a libertarian, I believe that all business owners, Christian, Muslim, gay, straight,should be allowed to withhold their services from whomever they chose whenever they chose. It’s their business. Why should they be forced to serve or sell to anyone?”

She later told The Argus she thought it would be OK for a business owner to refuse to serve someone for no other reason than being a woman or that owners should be allowed to refuse service to gay people.

Read the full article at The Argus

 Posted: 22 May 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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London Ukip candidate held on suspicion of sexual assault

posted by: Rashid Razaq | on: Thursday, 22 May 2014, 10:20


A Ukip candidate has been arrested over an allegation of sexual assault, it has emerged.

Peter Lello, who is standing for mayor in Lewisham, London, was held after being accused of assaulting a homeless Bulgarian man, the Daily Mirror reported.

Scotland Yard said the attack is alleged to have taken place earlier this month.

Mr Lello is Ukip’s campaign manager in Lewisham and is a council candidate in today’s election for the borough’s Grove Park ward.

He has been released on bail until June.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Detectives from Lewisham borough are investigating an allegation of sexual assault. The allegation was made to police on Sunday, 11 May.

Read the full story in The London Evening Standard

 Posted: 22 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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NEW UKIP COUNCILLOR BLAMES ROMANIANS FOR THEFTS IN TOWN

posted by: Pamela McGowan | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 18:45


Allerdale’s David Wilson waded into the Ukip race row, defending Nigel Farage’s comments about Romanians.

He went as far as claiming that people from the Eastern European country had caused problems in his constituency of Aspatria, accusing them of theft.

Mr Wilson is one of three independent Allerdale councillors to announce that they have this week joined the UK Independence Party. Wigton’s George Scott and Binky Armstrong are the others.

His comments come on the back of Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s controversial suggestion that he would be concerned if a group of Romanians moved in next door – comments branded by some as racist.

Read the full story in The Carlisle News & Star

 Posted: 21 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Godfrey Bloom: It's Easier To Tell People I'm A Child Molester Than A Politician

posted by: Asa Bennett | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 18:30


Godfrey Bloom, the outspoken MEP who had the Ukip whip withdrawn after jokingly calling a roomful of women "sluts", has made another gag - involving child molesters.

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, Bloom, who is currently an independent MEP and not standing again in this Thursday's European elections, said that he was looking forward to no longer having to tell people that he was an MEP. "Sometimes I try and pretend that I'm a child molester," he quipped.

In less close-to-the-knuckle remarks, the ex-Ukip MEP, who infamously derided Britain's aid to "bongo bongo land", weighed in over Ukip's disastrous carnival that the party hosted in Croydon in a bid to rebuff allegations of racism.

Bloom said that events like Ukip's carnival smacked of "tokenism" and were a sign that the party was "slipping into political correctness".

He said: "Ukip have got a problem and that is you tend to inherit the politically correct lexicon and you start nodding in the direction of tokenism and it follows through for policy. They're slipping into political correctness.

"I fear we may be drifting into a ‘don't frighten the horses' policy," he said, warning that the party was adopting an attitude of "let's go mainstream and let's do all the things the main parties do".

Read the full article in The Huffington Post

 Posted: 21 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP accused of ‘gutter politics’ on election eve

posted by: . | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 13:15


Joe Fitzpatrick is at the centre of a political storm after publishing a UKIP leaflet lampooning postal-vote fraud.

Mr Fitzpatrick left the Labour party four years ago following the high-profile court case that ended with former MP Phil Woolas ousted from his Oldham East and Saddleworth seat.

Oldham Council leader Jim McMahon has described this latest stunt as “gutter politics” following controversial claims made in the leaflet.

The leaflet, for Alexandra ward UKIP candidate Dave Carter, features a seven-point plan: “How to win an election in Oldham”. It seemingly encourages voters to impersonate friends or relatives to get extra votes at polling stations, collect unused postal votes from family and friends and steal or swap postal votes.

Mr Fitzpatrick claims Labour and the Lib-Dems already carry out these underhand tactics.

The leaflet also advises voters to collect completed postal votes from their friends, steam them open and alter the vote with Tippex - and accuses borough solicitor Paul Entwistle of turning a blind eye.

Read the full article at The Oldham Chronicle

 Posted: 21 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Farage and the EDL Man

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 09:28


Just been passed a fascinating photograph.

Here we find UKIP leader Nigel Farage shaking hands with the one time East Anglian regional organiser Ivan Humble.

Wonder why?

 Posted: 21 May 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP candidate is evicted from hotel after angry outburst during political meeting

posted by: Kate Proctor | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 09:19


Stephen Brand, the UKIP candidate for Chirton in North Tyneside who disrupted a public meeting held at the Park Hotel in Tynemouth on Monday May 19

Stephen Brand, the UKIP candidate for Chirton in North Tyneside who disrupted a public meeting held at the Park Hotel in Tynemouth on Monday May 19

Police had to be called to a public meeting when a UKIP candidate standing in tomorrow’s local elections was thrown out.

A torrent of swearing and shouting led to Stephen Brand being asked to leave the Park Hotel in Tynemouth following his outburst at North Tyneside Question Time run by the People’s Assembly on Monday night.

He is standing in North Tyneside’s Chirton ward for the UK Independence Party against independent candidate Amanda Normand, Labour’s Margaret Reynolds and the Conservative candidate Heather Sarin.

Two officers from Northumbria Police were called to the sea-front hotel at around 7.50pm to calm scenes in the hotel’s ballroom after Mr Brand interrupted a speaker during a discussion on education.

Read the full article at The Journal

 Posted: 21 May 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP row over 'foreign invasion' leaflet using graves of Britain's war dead

posted by: Dan Kay | on: Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 09:12


UKIP are facing more criticism over a party leaflet which uses the graves of Britain's war dead to attack immigration.

The poster features a picture of crosses on a field in France with the slogan: "They fought and died to keep Britain free from foreign invasion. Don't let their sacrifice die in vain. VoteUkip."

The leaflets are being spread around parts of Wales, according to the Sun.

The use of Britain's war dead, particularly on the anniversary of WWI, has sparked fury among many.

Journalist Adam Bienkov wrote on Twitter: "Dear Ukip, the 'invasion' of people like my Polish grandfather who fought in the RAF actually saved this country."

Another added: "Hey UKIP - what about all the colonial soldiers who also fought to keep the UK safe in both World Wars?"

Read the full article at The MEN

 Posted: 21 May 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Steel band booked for Nigel Farage carnival refuse to bang the drum for UKIP

posted by: Robert Fisk | on: Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 20:25


The steel band booked to play Nigel Farage's carnival in Croydon refused to play after learning the show was for UKIP.

Dressed in their bright orange t-shirts Endurance Steel Orchestra got half way through a track when they decided to stop playing.

Speaking to UKIP candidate Winston McKenzie the band leader Marlon Hibbett said: "I did not know what we were coming here to do and if it had been made clear I would not have been here today.

"UKIP is not something that I agree with and I feel like I have been used."

But Mr McKenzie said "I said to you we are holding a political conference, can you play and you said 'no problem'."

Mr Farage was due to appear in Croydon at 2.30pm but has yet to appear.

It is understood his team is assessing the security risks.

Croydon Guardian

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Labour councillor claims he was assaulted by UKIP member in Retford

posted by: . | on: Monday, 19 May 2014, 19:17


A Labour councillor claims he was assaulted during an argument with rival UKIP politicians in Retford.

Harworth representative Cllr David Challinor says he was treated aggressively by Roger Helmer MEP's aide during a tussle over a megaphone.

However UKIP have said that Roger Helmer attempted to enter into sensible debate, but was shouted down. They also say the protest group should be ashamed of their behaviour.

Cllr Challinor, a former miner who is registered as disabled following an industrial accident, was part of a group of Labour activists who ambushed Mr Helmer in the market square during a campaign visit ahead of the Newark by-election.

The demonstrators shouted questions at Mr Helmer over the megaphone, and the East Midlands MEP went over to talk to the group.

But events escalated after the UKIP delegation attempted to head back to their vehicle and were followed by the protest group.

Mr Challinor, who has chaired Bassetlaw Council, then alleges that the campaign worker 'lunged' at him in an attempt to grab the megaphone.

Read the full story at The Retford Times

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UKIP candidate in election mix up

posted by: Victoria Oliphant | on: Monday, 19 May 2014, 16:35


A candidate for the upcoming borough council elections has been handing out leaflets - for his opposition.

Lawrence Stack is standing in Borehamwood’s Brookmeadow ward as the candidate for UKIP, and believed he would be campaigning against Conservative councillor Harvey Cohen, who is seeking re-election.

After nominating another Tory candidate, Clive Butchins, and helping with his campaign, Mr Stack later realised that Cllr Cohen was in fact standing in Elstree and Mr Butchins would be his election rival.

He said: “Clive is a really decent bloke, so I nominated him and have helped to hand out leaflets for his campaign. It was only when the candidate list was published that I realised I was standing against him.

“He is a really nice, genuine man, so all I can say is good luck to him. It's all quite funny really.”

This will be the first time Mr Stack has stood as a candidate for Hertsmere Borough Council.

Conservative candidate Mr Butchins said: “When I asked Lawrence to sign my nomination I certainly had no idea that he would be standing and I am pretty sure that he didn’t either, so that was all done in the best possible faith.

“We have had the benefit of Lawrence's contributions at a number of Town Council meetings over the last year or two and he clearly has the welfare of our community at heart, and I wish him all the best for his future in politics.”

Borehamwood Times

 Posted: 19 May 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Far Right Groups Protect Kent UKIP Rally

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 19 May 2014, 13:53


Britain First: Margate yesterday

Britain First: Margate yesterday

A number of violent,far right groups turned out last night to offer protection to a UKIP meeting that was to take place at The Winter Gardens in Margate last night.

The meeting,which was addressed by Nigel Farage along with several EU candidates including Janice Atkinson and Patrick O'Flynn was opposed by a small but peaceful counter protest outside the venue.

Britain First, Paul Golding's wannabe paramilitary outfit wrote on their Facebook page: "Britain First activists today in Margate. They spent the afternoon guarding the venue where UKIP leader Nigel Farage was giving a speech. They stood guard against a horde of leftwing thugs. Well done."

Members of Kent National Front also turned out to protect their new found friends in UKIP.

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 Posted: 19 May 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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My rivals should be hanged for treason, says Ukip candidate

posted by: Matthew Holehouse | on: Sunday, 18 May 2014, 18:25


Politicians from Britain’s three main political parties should be hanged and their voters tried for treason, a Ukip candidate has said.

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians have committed Britain to “slavery inside the EU dictatorship” and should be punished by death, Gordon Ferguson told prospective voters in a letter delivered ahead of Thursday's council elections.

Anybody who votes for those parties is “guilty by association of treason against our nation”, he added.

Nigel Farage has complained his party faces far tougher scrutiny than its rivals after a string of Ukip candidates were exposed making offensive, racist and eccentric comments. He said on Friday: “All anyone wants to talk about is the idiots in Ukip.”

Mr Ferguson wrote: “The Lib-Lab-Cons have conspired with a foreign power, the EU, and are all thereby guilty of treason. They have sold Britain, which is the fifth largest economy, illegally into increasing slavery inside the EU dictatorship. Those responsible should be hung by the neck until dead.”

Read the full article at The Telegraph

 Posted: 18 May 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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The truth about UKIP: Racist jibes, anti-gay rants & derogatory remarks about women

posted by: Ben Glaze, Colin Cortbus | on: Sunday, 18 May 2014, 14:58


Nigel Farage faces a new storm ahead of this week’s crunch elections as the Sunday Mirror reveals racist, sexist and anti-gay rants by many UKIP candidates.

Our investigators found ­references to “P**is” and “d*rkies”, menacing jibes at gays and swipes at women – branded “filthy old bitches” and “witches”.

The findings comes as a Sunday Mirror poll shows the anti-EU party even further ahead in Thursday’s vote for the European Parliament. UKIP is also mounting a major challenge in the local council votes the same day.

Our shock revelations follow the decision of a prominent Asian woman to quit the party saying it had “descended into a form of racist populism” and Farage losing his rag on radio when quizzed on German wife Kirsten.

Sanya-Jeet Thandi, who was chairwoman of UKIP’s London youth wing, said: “The direction the party is going is terrifying.”

Our investigators found one of the party’s would-be councillors saying that Islam should be wiped out.

UKIP member Ken Chapman, hoping to be elected in the Langley Mill and Aldercar ward on Amber Valley Borough Council in Derbyshire, posted a joke about a “P**i” last September 10 – and 13 days later said on Facebook “Islam is a blight on the world”.

Last May he wrote an illiterate post saying: “islam is a cancer that needs eradicating ­multiculturism does not work in this country clear them all off to the desert with their camals that’s their way of life.”

And a month later he posted a joke using the terms “d*rkie” and “Zulu” to refer to “a black guy”.

We also discovered the anti-semitic postings of Joseph Quirk, UKIP candidate for Boldon Colliery Ward on South Tyneside Council.

He shares material claiming Jewish bankers financed Hitler, Soviet Communism, 9/11 and Israel, and says: “This doesn’t even scratch the surface...”

Quirk warns UKIP’s critics: “Watch this space any of you brain deficient doubters out there. I would personally cull the lot of you. You are an absolute disgrace to democracy AND the human race!!!”

Read the full article in The Mirror

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UKIP EU Candidate's Offensive Gesture

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 17 May 2014, 18:30


Why is Janice Atkinson, UKIP South East European candidate making offensive gestures to members of the public?

Is this really the sort of person we need representing us in the EU ?

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Ukip shock over byelection candidate who backed voluntary repatriation

posted by: Daniel Boffey and Lucy Fisher | on: Saturday, 17 May 2014, 18:21


The Ukip candidate in a crucial byelection next month is facing fresh controversy after it emerged he has defended the policy of voluntary repatriation of immigrants from Britain.

Roger Helmer, an MEP for Nigel Farage's party who is standing in the Newark byelection, wrote in a book published in 2002 that he could not understand the vehement opposition to the policy within mainstream parties. Voluntary repatriation, in which legal immigrants are given financial assistance to leave the UK, was supported at the last election only by the BNP. The last time the policy was accepted by a mainstream party was in 1970, when it was a cause of the Tory MP Enoch Powell and featured in his party's manifesto.

Helmer has previously provoked controversy for defending those who find homosexuality "distasteful if not viscerally repugnant". He has also been criticised for suggesting women should bear some responsibility for date rape in certain circumstances.

The emergence of his comments on voluntary repatriation will inevitably raise fresh questions about Farage's party after a series of council election candidates were exposed for holding racist or Islamophobic views. On Friday, Farage's spin doctor attempted to halt a live radio interview as the Ukip leader struggled with questions over Romanian immigrants.

In his book, A Declaration of Independence, Helmer wrote: "I was surprised by the vehemence with which some party spokesmen attacked the concept of voluntary repatriation. It was described in the most intemperate language – 'abhorrent' was one of the milder words used. I have even seen the idea of voluntary repatriation compared to ethnic cleansing. This is a lunatic comparison."

Read the full article in The Observer

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Farage Repeats His Racist Comments

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 17 May 2014, 12:58


You would have thought that Nigel Farage may have learnt his lesson after his drubbing by James O'Brien on LBC yesterday followed by the subsequent mauling in the press.

Not so it seems, here he is repeating his racist message that O'Brien managed to destroy so well on his radio show.

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Ex BNP Councillor Signs UKIP Nomination Papers

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 16 May 2014, 21:21


Deirdre Gates

Deirdre Gates

A little bird has reliably informed Hope not hate that ex Three Rivers BNP councillor Deidre Gates has taken UKIP to her heart and has endorsed two UKIP candidates by signing their nomionation papers.

Candidates are required to obtain 10 signatures of local residents who live in the respective ward to enable the candidate to stand in the council elections.

The two UKIP candidates are Richard and Cathy Stacey who are both standing for election in the Penn and Mill End Ward, Rickmansworth for Three Rivers Council.

Gates was elected as county councillor for South Oxhey in 2009 but quit the party in 2010 following divisions in the party.

The former far right councillor seems to have gone the whole hog in her love affair with UKIP and is also displaying a UKIP poster in the window of her house.

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UKIP face accusations of hypocrisy for getting anti-EU election leaflets printed in GERMANY

posted by: Jason Beattie | on: Friday, 16 May 2014, 20:17


UKIP face accusations of hypocrisy for getting its anti-EU election leaflets printed in Germany.

Nigel Farage’s party is campaigning in this month’s European elections on how British jobs are being taken by foreign workers.

But UKIP activists in London ordered dozens of leaflets through a firm whose printing operation is based in Germany.

A Liberal Democrat source said it was “good to see UKIP taking full advantage of the European single market .”

Read the full article at The Mirror

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Ukip has lost almost one in 10 county councillors who won seats in 2013

posted by: Rowena Mason | on: Friday, 16 May 2014, 19:41


Nigel Farage has claimed his councillors are coming under an unfair amount of scrutiny as other parties trawl through social media for misdemeanours. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Nigel Farage has claimed his councillors are coming under an unfair amount of scrutiny as other parties trawl through social media for misdemeanours. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Ukip has lost almost one in 10 of the county councillors who won their seats when the party made a breakthrough at last year's local elections, research by the Guardian has found.

A year on from the May 2013 poll, the party is down by 12 county representatives out of the 139 who were elected.

The majority of new Ukip county councillors appear to have been working actively in their communities over the past 12 months, with statistics showing they have the best attendance record of any party at more than 92% of compulsory meetings. In many areas, they have fought to limit councillor allowances and perks, campaigned against HS2 and mounted protests against EU flags being flown in town halls.

However, the band of newly elected councillors also appears to have been plagued by a disproportionate number of controversies. They include Peter Lagoda in Cambridgeshire, who has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud amounting to almost £25,000; Matthew Smith in Norfolk, who was charged with electoral fraud earlier this year; and Peter Georgiou, also in Norfolk, who resigned after admitting to shoplifting from Poundstretcher.

Read the full article in The Guardian

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Fresh extremism storm as Ukip candidate shows off Nazi-themed tattoos

posted by: Tom McTague | on: Friday, 16 May 2014, 18:31


Ukip was embroiled in a Nazi scandal today - after one of its candidates was photographed naked showing off a series of Third Reich-themed tattoos.

Kevin O’Doherty, who is standing for a seat in Hastings, East Sussex, appears alongside a naked middle aged man poised to snort white powder off a young women's lower back. There is no suggestion the substance is a class A drug.

His left arm is covered with a series of offensive images - including a German eagle, used by Hitler during the Second World War, and two German planes diving towards a Jewish Star of David, coloured in yellow — the same colour as the badge Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.

The shock image comes as the party's leader Nigel Farage was challenged over another candidate's suggestion for gay men to be shot to force other homosexuals to 'decide' to be straight.

John Sullivan wrote on Facebook in February: 'I rather wonder if we shot one 'poofter' (GBLT whatevers [sic]), whether the next 99 would decide on balance, that they weren't after-all? We might then conclude that it's not a matter of genetics, but rather more a matter of education.'

Mr Farage said he had never heard of Mr Sullivan and said he would face a 'disciplinary charge'.

The Ukip leader also claimed his party was given a rougher ride in the media than the other parties.

But he was not challenged over the Nazi shame pictures which emerged on the website Political Scrapbook earlier today.

Mr O'Doherty, the candidate at the centre of the row, is standing for Ukip in Hastings where the party boasts one councillor.

Read the full story in The Mail

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UKIP embroiled in new row over Islamophobia

posted by: Patrick Wintour | on: Friday, 16 May 2014, 18:23


Ukip has become embroiled in yet another Islamophobia row after it emerged that one of its candidates has urged Catholics that they "must be ready to die" for their faith which is "the only countermeasure" to the "world domination" of Islam.

The candidate John Kearney is standing in Basingstoke. In a blog dedicated to his Catholic beliefs, he accused Muslims of having "contempt for human life" and said last year: "The real threat now comes from militant Islam who persecute the Church and martyr Christians in a way that reminds us of the early Church."

In addition, in August last year he wrote: "Today we have the rise of Islam and a contempt for human life among a large number of people of that faith. They seek world domination and are more evangelical in their cause than Christians have been in the past 40 years.

"A new word has arisen in Brainwashed Britain – 'Islamaphobia'. This is called an unnatural fear of Islam.

"I do not know about unnatural but I would say that anyone who does not fear Islam is a fool. No, Islam is a religion and the Catholic Church with the Lord on her side is the only countermeasure. But Catholics must know their Faith and they must be ready to die for it."

He also alleged that Britain is "a country run by sexual perverts who delight in child abuse", something he partly blames on Muslim teachings.

You can read the full article in The Guardian

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Nigel Farage aide disrupts interview amid racism and expenses claims

posted by: Patrick Wintour | on: Friday, 16 May 2014, 17:46


Ukip's director of communications tried to haul the party's leader, Nigel Farage, off a radio interview on Friday lunchtime after he came under sustained attack over his attitudes to immigrants and his expenses.

Farage was being interviewed by one of his long-term critics on LBCwhen Patrick O'Flynn intervened to say the interview had run over its agreed time. The interview had lasted just over 20 minutes.

The Ukip leader was accused of "reverse-ferretting" by the interviewer, James O'Brien, over a promise to have his expenses independently audited – an offer Ukip made on the BBC's Today programme and subsequently withdrew in a Guardian interview, saying he would not be subject to a stricter audit than other MEPs.

When it was pointed out that other MEPs – including those from the Labour party – had their expenses audited O'Flynn intervened, surprising even Farage.

Asked about other MEPs' auditing arrangement, Farage said: "What they have is an auditor to make sure they spend the money in accordance with the rules. There are no expenses. There are fixed-rate allowances that I have spent in accordance with the rules."

Pressed to say if he would agree to the same audit, he said: "We will make a decision en masse. I am very suspicious of the word audit used in that context." He made no commitment to an audit of his previous allowances.

You can read the full article in The Guardian

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UKIP's small business spokesman accused of hypocrisy after arrests at his restaurant

posted by: Jessica Best | on: Friday, 16 May 2014, 11:19


UKIP's small business spokesman is facing claims of hypocrisy after it emerged seven people were arrested for immigration offences during a raid on his restaurant.

Amjad Bashir's Manchester restaurant, which he set up with his two sons Tayub and Mudassar, was raided by authorities on June 1 last year, The Times reports.

The family have denied any wrongdoing and party leader Nigel Farage said they are appealing and he was not going to "prejudge" the case.

The newspaper said three days after the raid, UKIP European election candidate Mr Bashir resigned as a director of the company which owns the Zouk Tea Bar and Grill, and a sister branch in Bradford, but he remains a major shareholder and has continued to take a role in the running of the restaurant.

Mr Bashir, 61, is second on UKIP's list of candidates for the Yorkshire and the Humber region in this month's European elections.

The Home Office confirmed seven people were arrested "for a variety of immigration offences" and a civil penalty notice was served after the raid.

Read the full story at The Mirror

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Has Janice Atkinson Been Caught Out ?

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 15 May 2014, 13:38


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Kevin Carroll Endorses UKIP

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 15 May 2014, 12:26


Kevin Carroll, ex joint leader of the violent, racist English Defence League show which political party he chooses to support.

Wonder why ?

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UKIP Candidate Owes Thousands In Missed VAT Payments

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 15 May 2014, 10:42


An old friend of ours appears to be in hot water yet again...

You may recall we have written about Dudley UKIP chairman Dean Perks on numerous occasions. It was Hope not hate that discovered the infamous video of Perks speaking at a UKIP meeting in Coventry where he said he embraced aspects of Sharia law and thought the amputation of limbs could act as a deterrent for criminals.

You can read all about that here

Perks also hit the headlines in 2013 after he branded someone a "Retard" following an argument on Twitter. You can catch up on that one here

Later, Perks was forced to apologise after he embarrassed himself and UKIP after it was revealed he had posted a pornographic image on his Twitter feed. More here.

Now there are calls for Dean Perks to stand down as a candidate and Dudley UKIP chairman after it was revealed that he owed the taxman more than £10,000 in missed VAT payments.

Perks is standing for UKIP in the Upper Gornal and Woodsetton ward of Dudley Council.

The full HMRC tribunal concerning Mr Perks can be found at http://www.financeandtaxtribunals.gov.uk/judgmentfiles/j6351/TC01930.pdf.

Well done Dean, you never fail to provide us with a headline.

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UKIP: A Poem

posted by: Robert Cunliffe | on: Thursday, 15 May 2014, 09:34


Pasty-faced loons with nowhere to go
And nothing better to do
Than sneer at their cousins,
Sisters, neighbours, brothers

The imprint of blame
Imprinted on their brains
An urge to point fingers
To wag indexes
And get “exorcised”
Hot under the collar

To exercise their impotence
And pale colours
Their red, white and blue
And lack of resilience
With a pen
With a resounding “no”
A nowhere to go “no”

Vote “no”
In yesterday’s elections

The party of the pummelled
The rebuked and the overwhelmed
An outlet is required to vent
Anger, resentment and shame

Middle England has no borders
Boundaries or edges
And wants some
It wants “them”
To become “us” again

A dead empire
Its rallying cry

The past
Its future

Amnesia
Its fall-back line

© Robert Cunliffe (2013)

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Arrest made over alleged attack at UKIP meeting

posted by: . | on: Thursday, 15 May 2014, 09:02


Police have arrested a UKIP councillor following an allegation that he attacked someone at the launch of UKIP’s election campaign in Portsmouth.

Councillor Tony Hooke, who represents Andover South on Hampshire County Council, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of an assault which allegedly took place at Portsmouth Guildhall on April 28.

The 52-year-old, from Yately, has been released on bail. Cllr Ray Finch, leader of Hampshire UKIP, said Cllr Hooke strenuously denies the allegations against him.

The Portsmouth News

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UKIP Witch-Hunt

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 11:33


Watching BBC's Question Time last Thursday left me feeling slightly nauseous as once again we had to witness yet another week with UKIP leader Nigel Farage churning out the same tired scaremongering that we have become accustomed to.

There was a high point however, that was the rather eloquent criticism of Farage and his party by a member of the audience who likened UKIP's methods to Enoch Powell and the era of Macarthyism.

The video of this went viral as did infographics of the words used. You can watch the video here.

When attempting to clarify their political position, UKIP like to claim they are a libertarian party, the definition of which is the believe in liberty,especially with regard to thought, conduct and free speech.

This appears to have been overlooked regarding Question Time. As soon as the programme had finished UKIP members and supporters began creating the usual conspiracy theory, the man must have been a plant, selected by the BBC and the political establishment to attack Nigel Farage.

The eager beavers of UKIP's online army set to work in attempting to find the identity of the man who had the audacity to exercise his free speech and say he disagreed with Nigel Farage.

What evidence did they find to back up their claim that the establishment was out to get them? The fact that the person's ex wife and daughter were one time Liberal Democrat councillors.

It didn't take long for the character assassination to begin with the legions of UKIP keyboard warriors backed up by party officials including EU candidates making a number of posts on social media, identifying the individual,his background and details of his family members for all to see.

This isn't the first time UKIP have attempted to try and intimidate political opponents, with previous members of The Question Time audience receiving similar treatment.

Free speech is fine, just don't dare to disagree with UKIP.

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Nigel Farage has to stop throwing tantrums every time his party looks daft

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 09:50


(Image=Getty)

(Image=Getty)

There is a saying: “If you want to run with the big dogs, you can’t pee like a puppy.”

I am thinking of getting it cross-stitched, framed, and sent to Nigel Farage.

He would probably throw it at the wall and stamp on in it one of the childish tantrums he seems to be having an increasing number of.

Last week he ducked out of a public appearance on the basis there were some protesters.

At the weekend he claimed he needed bodyguards.

And on Saturday someone, somewhere, called the police to report someone tweeting things UKIP didn’t like.

We don’t know exactly who called the police. It happened just 90 minutes after @MichaelAbberton directed a tweet at Nigel himself.

Michael, a 46-year-old who lives in Cambridge and works for a school examinations firm, is not a fan of UKIP.

When he noticed their communities spokesman @SuzanneEvans1 tweeting someone about the upcoming Euro elections he thought she was misrepresenting the party’s policies.

He butted in, sought to find out what policies UKIP had, what could be found on their websites, and began taking notice of things on the #UKIP trend.

Then he saw an anti-UKIP poster claiming what the party would do if it got into power.

Rather than just retweet it, Michael went and checked every claim on the poster, and edited it.

For example, he found references to scrapping paid maternity leave on the personal websites of two UKIP candidates, and added their URLs to the poster next to the original claim.

Where he couldn’t find anything to substantiate the claim he said so, and when everything on the poster had been investigated he shared it online.

So far, so reasonable, you’d think. A drop in the ocean compared to the personal insults which do the rounds on those make-your-own-airbrushed-David-Cameron-posters.

Naturally, Michael got drawn into debates with UKIP supporters.

One of them included @Nigel_Farage in the conversation, although Michael says he had no idea if this was the real one or not (it is). These tweets were sent at 11.07am on Saturday morning.

An hour and a half later two police officers turned up on Michael’s doorstep.

“The first thing they said was there was nothing to worry about,” Michael told me that evening, admitting he was still “fairly rattled” about it.

“They had received a complaint, confirmed who I was and that I’d been tweeting about UKIP.”

The two police officers at no time told Michael what offence he was accused of.

They asked Michael about the poster, and he explained he’d checked claims someone else had made. He asked if he’d breached copyright, and the officers said no.

As if having two coppers knock on your door for finding out facts was not intimidating enough, Michael claims they then asked him to delete the poster, and not tweet about their visit.

Michael explained that deleting the poster would be useless as it had already been reshared, and the poster wasn’t his originally anyway.

And the police officers said he shouldn’t tweet about their visit, because in the run-up to an election it might look like they were taking sides.

According to Cambridge Police: “We were called with a complaint about a message on social media at about 12.40pm on Friday. Inquiries were made as to whether any offences had been committed under the Representation of the People Act but none were revealed and no further action was taken.”

A spokesman confirmed the complaint had come from a UKIP councillor that Michael was passing himself off as a member of UKIP.

He said the police had not spoken to whoever originated the poster Michael altered, and that all discussion about tweets being deleted was merely “advice”.

He added: “We can't tell people what they can and can't say on the internet, as long as it's within the law. We certainly don't go to people's houses and say: 'You can't tweet about this'. This is not 1930s Germany."

It’s not? Oh, that’s good. I was confused for a moment.

The problem here isn’t just the splay-footed size 10s of the Cambridge constabulary and the way they go about handling daft complaints on a Saturday afternoon.

It’s that the people really responsible for this mess are UKIP, which as hard as Nigel tries has members who behave like misfits chucked out of a sixth-form debating society for being mental.

1. If what’s on the poster aren’t UKIP policies, it’s UKIP’s fault for publishing in the first place and not deleting them in the run up to an election.

It’s not Michael’s fault for seeing them, or for pointing them out.

2. No-one with serious aspirations to influence legislation and perhaps hold the balance of power in 2015 should think the right way to carry on is to report critics to the police, wail about protests, or whine about their former policies being used against them.

There are people who don’t vote Labour because of the Winter of Discontent in 1978. There are people who don’t vote Tory because of Maggie, and she’s dead.

People are entitled to say they don’t like UKIP because of something that was in their 2010 manifesto and Nigel’s since disowned as “drivel”.

This is how grown-ups do politics. They scrutinise, they check, they remember.

If UKIP wants a seat at the leader debates, on the Question Time panel and in Parliament, it has to be able to take it without wetting itself in horror or launching great diatribes against journalists who write about its flaws.

The trouble is UKIP is used to being a bit niche. It was founded, after all, by a group of academics at the London School of Economics who didn’t like the Maastricht Treaty.

Then it had Robert Kilroy-Silk to contend with. Then Nigel was beaten at the 2010 General Election by a man dressed as a dolphin.

In local elections its largest share of the vote was 16.5% and in general elections it’s surged from a mere 1.5% to a whopping, er, 3.2%.

It has long been, in terms of political parties, nothing more than a puppy. A snappy, embarrassing, barely-housetrained little mutt with a tendency to bark at visitors.

Of late, and largely because of that barking, they’ve surged in the polls. They’re on course to win more seats, they’re nipping the ankles of the big dogs, and they keep doing the PR equivalent of getting over-excited and widdling all over their own feet and then shouting about the mess.

UKIP need to learn that when a politician screws up the only person to blame is that politician, not the people who noticed.

The way they’re going, UKIP is going to end up chasing its own tail while standing for Parliament in an ever-expanding puddle of cold wee.

It’s a good thing Nigel’s trousers are yellow.

The Mirror

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HOPE Not Hate Call In Lawyers Over Nigel Farage Remarks About Violence Towards Ukip Members

posted by: Paul Vale | on: Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 07:40


HOPE not hate, the anti-racism campaign group, has called in lawyers following remarks made by Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who linked violence against his party members to the pro-tolerance organisation.

Speaking on the BBC Sunday Politics show, the Ukip leader, who was egged last week, suggested Labour figures who position themselves as anti-fascist are leading groups whose members violently protest at his public meetings.

Farage said the "taxpayer and trade union-funded" groups Unite Against Facism and Hope Not Hate are using force at Ukip events. He added: "I can't stand it. I've always been a free spirit that's wandered around the place and done my own thing.

"Unite Against Facism and HOPE Not Hate are taxpayer-funded, they are trade union-funded, and they are headed up by very senior Labour Party figures. I'm perfectly happy for them to come to my meetings and have an argument with me but it's not so much fun when they are banging me over the head with banners."

On Tuesday, HOPE not hate revealed that the organisation has instructed its solicitors to write to Farage, demanding that he withdraw the "libellous allegations" and apologise.

Nick Lowles, chief executive of HOPE not hate, said: “HOPE not hate totally refutes the claims from UKIP leader Nigel Farage that it has supported violent attacks and intimidation against UKIP or himself, or that it has received any ‘public money’ to campaign against UKIP.

“HOPE not hate is a peaceful organisation that campaigns against racism, extremism and intolerance, working with an extremely wide array of community and civil society partners. We have not organised any demonstrations outside UKIP meetings, nor encouraged violence towards UKIP candidates or activists.”

He added: “This is a concerted effort by UKIP leaders to silence their critics. In a modern democracy, everyone should be entitled to participate in the political process and highlight their support or opposition of specific policy platforms. By trying to shutdown legitimate criticism UKIP are trying to divert attention away from the intolerant views of some of their activists and scrutiny of their policies.

"Late last year HOPE not hate took the decision to campaign against UKIP because of the way it was deliberately stoking up fears over immigration, using hysterical claims and falsehoods. We attempted to meet with the party leadership at the time, but they refused to even turn up to their own meeting.”

The Huffington Post

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UKIP: Corrupt Racist & Obsessed With Immigration

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 12 May 2014, 18:48


These aren't our words, they are the words of Dr Alan Sked, the man who founded UKIP in 1993.

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Farage Defends UKIP Homophobia

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 11 May 2014, 18:30


UKIP leader Nigel Farage has defended disgusting homophobic comments made by fellow UKIP MEP and Newark by election candidate Roger Helmer.

In the past Helmer has described being gay as "repugnant".

Farage told BBC1’s Sunday Politics show “He grew up in an age when homosexuality was actually imprisonable, and he had a certain set of views which he maintained for many years which he now says he accepts the world’s moved on and he’s relaxed about.”

Perhaps that is Nigel Farage's way of acknowledging that Roger Helmer is out of touch with the modern world ?

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Another UKIP Attack On Foodbanks?

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 10 May 2014, 16:11


We wrote the other day about Macclesfield UKIP PPC Frank Fisher and his astonishing spiteful attacks on the good work many foodbanks are doing all over the country.

You can read more about that here

People are able to contribute and leave comments regarding the posts we make and in response to the food bank story, someone claiming to be Frank Fisher left a remark.

We don't know if it is was UKIP's Frank Fisher who left the comment but it makes disturbing reading all the same.

Fisher said:

" Well sorry kiddos, but if you are claiming the growth of foodbanks is in some inverse proportion to benefit levels, that's pure garbage.

Foodbanks, and those that attend them, are being used by political activists, charities and other NGOs, to lobby for greater state spending.

They are a propaganda tool barely rooted in any kind of reality. "

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UKIP Business Spokesman Wants To Abolish Workers Rights

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 8 May 2014, 20:51


I've been following an interesting exchange today on Twitter between a user known simply by the name of @hrtbps and UKIP's lead candidate for the European elections in Scotland David Coburn.

It has been a most amusing exchange with Coburn going into full denial mode regarding comments left and since removed from the website of Yorkshire EU candidate and UKIP's small and medium business spokesman Amjad Bashir.

You can follow their exchange here

However, the purpose of this blog is to point out what exactly Bashir posted, I found it most alarming.

As I said, he has since deleted it however via the magic of The Wayback Machine website we can look at the webcache of his website from April.

Should anyone doubt my word you can view that here as well.

Bashir gives a little biography of himself explaining that he is a British man with Pakistani roots and then goes on to explain what attracted him to UKIP and why he joined.

That's when he comes out with his now deleted bombshell.

Bashir lists in his opinion various employment policies which he believes makes it impossible to employ workers. These are:

1) Maternity leave.

2) Paternity leave.

3) Holiday entitlement.

4) Working time directive.

5) Minimum Wage

6) Flexible working directive.

7) Unfair dismissal (tribunals).

Didn't UKIP recently announce they were the party of the working class?

With thanks to @hrtbps

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UKIP candidate suspended after Facebook stabbing rant

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 8 May 2014, 16:07


Knife crime is in the news today as plans for tougher sentencing is discussed.

The discussion is a topical one as a Basingstoke UKIP candidate has been suspended by the party after posting comments on social media where he claimed he wanted to stab someone.

Matthew Ellery,a Bournemouth University student is standing for UKIP in the Brighton Hill South ward of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council posted on Facebook “Genuinely feel like stabbing someone today!!!” and labelled local women as "pug ugly".

Basingstoke UKIP organiser Alan Stone attempted a damage limitation exercise claiming “The story has been blown out of proportion. He had no intention of stabbing anyone. He is entirely upset about it. His comments were entirely inappropriate, but please bear in mind he is a student and the comments were what you would expect from a student."

All students, please send your letters of complaints to Alan Stone c/o Basingstoke UKIP

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BNP Football Hooligan At UKIP Rally

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 8 May 2014, 13:54


Last night UKIP leader Nigel Farage was telling everyone who cared to listen that his party wasn't a racist political party.

He attempted to back up his mealy-mouthed explanation by surrounding himself with a selection of his black and ethnic-minority election candidates.

The problem is, whilst not everyone involved with UKIP could be labelled as racist, you don't have to look very far to find racism in the presence of Farage's purple party.

Just last night a very familiar face was spotted entering the London UKIP meeting. Jason Douglas, the former Redbridge BNP organiser & London Assembly candidate was seen happily chatting with the various UKIP members as he entered the central London venue.

Douglas has a history of racism and violence at football matches that saw him banned from attending Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road ground following a violent incident at a match against Southend. This was to turn into a lifetime ban after he was again photographed on the pitch, this time attacking Oxford United supporters.

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UKIP Deputy Leader Wants To Privatise NHS

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 8 May 2014, 11:52


Lets get one thing straight, I love the NHS.

In my opinion it is one of this country's greatest acheivements and I am very protective of our doctors & nurses along with everyone else who works within the NHS.

Just yesterday I had to visit my local hospital with my young son who unfortunately injured himself whilst playing at school. The care he received was fantastic and he came away with nothing more than a bump on his head but also with a huge smile on his face because the nurse had looked after him so well.

So I get particularly cross when I see people launching attacks against the NHS.

Take for instance the deputy leader of UKIP, Paul Nuttall MEP. Nuttall appears to want to privatise parts of the NHS.

Writing on his personal blog Nuttall says:

"I would argue that the very existence of the NHS stifles competition, and as competition drives quality and choice, innovation and improvements are restricted.

Therefore, I believe, as long as the NHS is the ‘sacred cow’ of British politics, the longer the British people will suffer with a second rate health service."

Second rate health service? More like a third rate politician !

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UKIP Employ Latvian Workers To Deliver Leaflets

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 17:52


Whatever happened to British jobs for British workers? It's a well known battlecry heard at election time from both UKIP & the BNP.

UKIP appear to have become a little confused by the idea of it as they stand accused of hypocrisy after paying Eastern Europeans to deliver their election material.

It seems that UKIP have been using the services of a Croydon firm to distribute its leaflets in London & The South East. The firm, Fast Leaflet mostly employs Latvian migrant workers.

Owner of Fast Leaflet Andrew Spalis confirmed that his firm has been working for Ukip for some time and that most of its workers are from Eastern Europe.

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UKIP's Newark Candidate On Rape

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 16:35


Roger Helmer MEP, UKIP candidate for the Newark Parliamentary by election has attempted to clear up the controversy surrounding his comments on rape, by being even more controversial.

Helmer said that no blame should be attached to the victim but women should take reasonable care not to put themselves in danger of the crime – in the same way that people going on holiday should lock their front door.

The East Midlands MEP said "I'd like to give you an illustration that is less emotive. If you go on holiday and you get burgled, there is absolutely no question the guilt lies with the burglar. But if it so happens that you left your front door unlocked, then your insurer will probably advise you that was unwise.

"Everyone who is a potential victim of any crime would be well advised to take reasonable care. I am not at all saying a rape victim is responsible for being raped but I would advise people who might consider themselves at risk to be careful. It doesn't seem to me that's bad advice. It seems to be the advice that any parent would give to a daughter."

He continued "I hope people would agree with the view that women concerned about rape should take reasonable care. If a girl goes and gets drunk in a clubbing area and incapable at 2 o'clock in the morning and lies on the pavement, it's not her fault, the guilt lies with the rapist.

"But the fact that she was there and drunk and incapable made the offence more likely. It seems to me if you say that quietly to somebody and they think about it, they say: 'It's obvious,' so why is it contentious'?"

So that has cleared that up then.

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What Do UKIP Really Think Of Food Banks?

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 07:59


Frank Fisher, UKIP's Prospective parliamentary candidate for the Macclesfield constituency shares with us his enlightened views on food banks.

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Roger Helmer For Dummies

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 19:15


Roger Helmer has been declared the official UKIP candidate for the Newark by-election on June 5th.

So just who is Roger Helmer:

2014

Helmer, who is UKIP’s leading critic of green energy was accused of hypocrisy after it emerged he was making more than £1,000 a year by having solar panels fitted to his property.

The MEP said that a government scheme that allowed householders to profit from fitting solar panels was “sheer lunacy”. However, he said his decision to fit the panels was “a straightforward financial proposition”.

The Times

2013

Helmer caused a storm when he claimed that 15 year old girls can consent to sex with pop stars. Helmer said "Suppose a 15-year-old girl is at a club with a pop star, and he says 'how about it, dear'? and she says 'yes please, I was hoping you'd ask'. In most people's book, that constitutes consent. Legally, she cannot consent, but in real terms, she can."

Helmer also claimed that if an underage child asked for sex then they were contributing to the problem.

BBC

2012

Helmer suggested that gay marriages will lead to incestuous and polygamous unions.

Roger Helmer MEP’s wrote on his blog, Straight Talking, that Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s comments about “grotesque” plans to introduce gay marriage were “impressive” and “brilliant”.

Of the Cardinal’s comment that gay marriage was ‘a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right’, Helmer continued: “I wish I’d thought of the phrase. Perhaps he ought to be a politician.”

Helmer, who once described the Catholic church as ‘systematically paedophile’ wrote yesterday: “Archbishop Keith O’Brien also makes the point, quite reasonably, that once you start to tamper with the institution of marriage, you get into some very murky water indeed. If two men can be married, why not three men? Or a two men and a woman?

“He could have gone further. Why not a commune? If two men have a right to marry, how can we deny the same right to two siblings? Are we to authorise incest?”

Pink News

2011

Discussing rape on his blog Helmer said: "Let me make another point which will certainly get me vilified, but which I think is important to make: while in the first case, the blame is squarely on the perpetrator and does not attach to the victim, in the second case the victim surely shares a part of the responsibility, if only for establishing reasonable expectations in her boyfriend’s mind."

Personal Blog

Helmer was rebuked by his own party for sending out a tweet during a spate of riots suggesting that the army should "shoot looters and arsonists on sight".

The Guardian

2010

Writing on his blog Helmer stated of the Roman Catholic Church that: "it would be perfectly fair to describe it as systemically paedophile."

Personal Blog

2009

Helmer wrote on his blog that homophobia does not exist and that the word: "is merely a propaganda device" designed to "denigrate and stigmatise those holding conventional opinions"

A month later Helmer defended himself, saying he was not claiming "that there is no discrimination, and that homosexuals do not suffer violence and prejudice from people because sadly, we all know that is not the case." but rather, he states, that the word homophobia has "no meaning" because he has "never met anyone with an irrational fear of homosexuals" and claims that the term is a propagandist one created by the "militant gay rights lobby"

Personal Blog

In August 2009, Helmer courted controversy when he criticised the NHS. Speaking to BBC Radio Helmer stated that: “If 80% of Americans are getting better health care than we are in the UK then we ought to ask why, and we ought to ask how are we going to deliver equally good results.”

BBC

2005

In November 2005, Helmer admitted that he regularly breaks speed limits on motorway runs. He argued that “No matter how fast you are going, you get people passing you” and confirmed that he has recently been caught speeding with his Jaguar, driving at 38 mph in a 30 mph zone.

2004

In April 2004, Helmer was criticised by Friends of the Earth for his voting record on environmental issues, voting in what they claimed was an environmentally friendly manner in only one out of ten possible "eco-friendly" votes.

Friends of the Earth

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UKIP Candidate Makes Offensive Text Messages

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 17:19


Yet another UKIP candidate is embroiled in controversy after it was revealed that he sent a string of offensive text messages.

David Schofield is the candidate standing for UKIP in the Chase ward for the Enfield Borough Council election.

Schofield sent the messages to a sitting councillor stating that gay marriage “sickens” people and goes on to describe Enfield North MP Nick de Bois as a “c**t”.

He also goes on to say a current female councillor “would do better as a fashion model”, “even underwear” or “a lap dancer”.

Schofield has attempted to deflect the controversy by describing the comments as a joke.

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UKIP Candidate Disqualified

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 16:31


A UKIP candidate has been disqualified from standing after his nomination papers were declared invalid.

Alan Easton has been banned from standing by South Lakeland District Council after he failed to fill out the nomination papers correctly and put the wrong party description on the form.

Easton attempted to deflect any embarrasment from himself by insisting he was only a paper candidate and that he didn't really want to stand anyway.

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UKIP Candidate Inspired By Nazi War Criminals

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 12:52


Inspiration is a fascinating subject.

We all have heroes and we all take inspiration from a variety of people.

So imagine my amazement when I discovered that a Leeds UKIP candidate listed a number of Nazi war criminals as some of the people that inspired him.

John Withill is the UKIP candidate standing in the Armley area of Leeds and has created a section on his Facebook page that lists a collection of people that inspire him.

Withill lists names such as:

Kurt Student Student was a German Luftwaffe general who was convicted and jailed for war crimes after his forces mistreated and murdered prisoners of war in Crete.

Albert Kesselring In 1947 a British military court in Venice tried and convicted Kesselring of war crimes for ordering the shooting of 335 Italian civilian hostages in the so-called Ardeatine cave massacre of March 1944. Sentenced to death on May 6, 1947, Kesselring later won commutation to life imprisonment.

Albert Speer Convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity, he served a 20-year sentence at Spandau Prison in West Berlin. Until his death, Speer continued to publicly assert that he had been unaware of the “final solution.” In a letter written in 1971, however, Speer admitted to having been present at a 1943 conference at which Heinrich Himmler announced that all Jews would be killed.

Why would any potential councillor take inspiration from Nazi war criminals?

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UKIP Candidates Links Homosexuality To Paedophilia

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 11:17


Paul Forrest

Paul Forrest

A Liverpool UKIP candidate has caused controversy by linking homosexuality to paedophilia.

According to Pink News, Paul Forrest, the UKIP candidate who is standing in the Clubmoor ward on Liverpool City Council said that gay men are “ten times more likely” to be child abusers than “normal men”.

Forrest also said the “end of Islam is coming” and that its followers who refuse to ‘turn to Christ’ will be “gone”.

Forrest is just one of many UKIP candidates to have posted offensive comments on social media.

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More Blackshirts Attend UKIP Meetings

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 09:38


Gary Raikes: NBU Leader

Gary Raikes: NBU Leader

I wrote last week about a UKIP meeting held in Horsham, West Sussex that was attended by a number of members of The New British Union, a strange far right group who model themselves on the British Union of Fascists led by their political hero Oswald Mosley.

It seems that the NBU are keen on attending further UKIP meetings, this time at a UKIP meeting held at The Emmanuel Centre in Westminster tomorrow.

I wonder if they will be made as welcome as they were at the meeting in Horsham ?

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Quick Question For Barnsley UKIP

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 5 May 2014, 22:10


Anisa Kola

Anisa Kola

It is well documented that UKIP have a problem with East European immigrants coming to the UK.

So I was rather interested to see that UKIP in Barnsley are fielding an Albanian immigrant, Anisa Kola as a candidate in the Dodworth ward.

How very interesting

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Kirklees UKIP In Meltdown

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 5 May 2014, 16:18


Melanie Roberts

Melanie Roberts

In days of old, Kirklees in West Yorkshire was a stronghold for the BNP. At their peak the BNP had three councillors on Kirklees council and came uncomfortably close in a number of other seats at election time.

Those days thankfully are long gone and the BNP are now extinct in the area.

So you would expect that the area would be open to the approaches of UKIP and their scaremongering tactics.

Not so, UKIP have failed to establish a foothold in the area and now it seems that the Huddersfield & Colne Valley branch is in meltdown with its chairman Graham White and its secretary Alec Marsland resigning due to increased in-fighting within the group.

Candidate Melanie Roberts has been made acting chairperson in the hope she can hold the branch together.

The branch is so financially poor that the 5 candidates standing in the council elections later this month have been ordered to pay for their own election material as there isn't enough money in the bank to cover the costs.

Lets hope the UKIP descent in Kirklees is a rapid one.

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Plymouth UKIP Candidate Links Prince To Paedophilia

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 5 May 2014, 14:20


Derek Wagstaff

Derek Wagstaff

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP reported over the weekend that his party had a number of idiots within its ranks.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday on a story that we shared with them regarding yet another one of Farage's "Idiots" Plymouth UKIP candidate Derek Wagstaff,

Wagstaff, an ex police office originally from Rotherham is standing for UKIP in the Stoke Ward on Plymouth City Council.

When Hope not hate checked his Facebook profile we found Wagstaff was a member of a large number of online extreme right wing groups including The English Volunteer Force, a violent splinter on The English Defence League and also Britain First, a rival political party who are actually standing candidates against UKIP in some areas and was formed as a breakaway group fom the BNP.

Wagstaff is not a dormant member of these groups regularly sharing racist postings made by these groups on his own personal Facebook profile.

The Plymouth man is also a member of The Anti Islamic World Wide Movement, Parents against Islamic Studies and Indoctrination in our British Schools and Islam Exposed (the truth about Islam) Facebook pages.

These kind of stories regarding UKIP members and racism have become par for the course and we would be fairly certain that there are plenty more out there on the various social networks.

However, our last discovery was a truly disturbing find and not one we had seen before.

Derek Wagstaff posted an article by a conspiracy theorist linking the Prince of Wales to allegations of paedophilia adding the comment: “Unbelievable what our future king has been up to.”

The bizarre, defamatory essay refers to Charles’s friendship with Jimmy Savile, the disgraced DJ, and the prince’s “potential for sharing a penchant for unnatural relationships with children”.

Wagstaff's Paedophile Allegation

Wagstaff's Paedophile Allegation

A UKIP official has told The Sunday Times that Wagstaff would be added to the list of members subject to disciplinary action.

So when Farage says UKIP is full of idiots who are we to argue ?

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UKIP Poster Today

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 4 May 2014, 22:10


UKIP poster seen today in Rochester, Kent.

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Wilders Still Hoping For UKIP Partnership

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 4 May 2014, 19:21


Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders

The far right Dutch MP Geert Wilders is still hopeful of creating a partnership with both UKIP and the French Front Nationale in the European Parliament.

Le Pen & Wilders have also attempted to convince other far right parties to join forces such as Vlaams Belang in Belgium, Finland's Finns Party and Alternative for Germany, all of whom are expected to make gains in the European elections later this month.

UKIP under Farage may find it difficult to reject the advances of Wilders & Le Pen especially if UKIP want to create problems in the EU.

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UKIP Leader Admits Some Members Are Idiots

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 4 May 2014, 18:52


UKIP leader Nigel Farage has admitted that his party has a number of idiots in its ranks.

Farage made the admission following yet more revelations about comments made by some of his election candidates, in particular comments made by Stockport candidate Harry Perry who posted extremist views on his Twitter page.

Perry calls for Pakistan to be “nuked”, dubs David Cameron a “gay-loving nutcase”, Muslims “devil’s kids” and homosexuality an “abomination before god”.

Last year Perry also described multiculturalism as ‘evil’ and asked EDL leader Tommy Robinson aka Stephen Lennon if he had a political party he could join.

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall blamed a national ‘witch hunt’ for seeking out bigots within his party, It is very apparent that there are plenty to be found.

Don't shoot the messenger Mr Nuttall.

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Blackshirts Attend Sussex UKIP Meeting

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 4 May 2014, 14:40


Diane James

Diane James

They say you can judge people from the company that they keep and that certainly seems to be the case with UKIP in West Sussex.

Last month, UKIP held a meeting to mark its European election campaign at The Drill Hall in Horsham. Keynote speaker that evening was European candidate Diane James, who finished 2nd in the Eastleigh By-election in 2013.

In the audience that evening were several members of The New British Union, a strange far right group who model themselves on the British Union of Fascists led by their political hero Oswald Mosley.

In the 1930s Mosley’s British Union of Fascists aligned itself with Nazi Germany and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini while its paramilitary foot soldiers, dubbed the Blackshirts, terrorised Britain’s Jews.

One of those who attended the Horsham meeting that evening wrote a report which now appears on the NBU website. Calling himself "The Sussex Blackshirt" It appears the NBU members took an active part in the proceedings that evening and found that they were actually in agreement over certain issues.

It certainly appears that at no time were the members of the NBU challenged over their presence at the UKIP meeting.

The Drill Hall in Horsham holds a particular historical fascination for The New British Union, In 1939 Oswald Mosley held a meeting there for his BUF addressing a crowd of over 500 supporters.

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UKIP suspends 'Islam is evil' tweet candidate

posted by: . | on: Saturday, 3 May 2014, 15:45


A UKIP council candidate who tweeted that Islam is "evil" and homosexuality an "abomination" has been suspended from the party.

Harry Perry was seeking election in the Offerton ward in Stockport.

Leader Nigel Farage had commented that his party contained "some idiots" but the reporting of problems within UKIP was "disproportionate".

Another UKIP candidate resigned last week after making controversial remarks about comedian Lenny Henry.

The party said on Friday it had started disciplinary proceedings against Mr Perry and did not condone his "crackpot" views.

'Nasty things'

Mr Farage was speaking in Dover as he unveiled his latest poster for the European elections on 22 May.

On Mr Perry's Twitter account, @harryperry15, he calls for Pakistan to be "nuked", dubs David Cameron a "gay-loving nutcase", Muslims "devil's kids" and homosexuality an "abomination before god."

Mr Farage said: "I've never heard of the bloke until last night. I've no idea who he is. I think he comes from the north west of England.

"Clearly his attitude and views are entirely inconsistent with being a member of UKIP. Simple."

He added: "I could show you 14 elected councillors from the Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative parties who haven't just said nasty things, they've been convicted this year of nasty things.

"And yet it never makes a national headline.

"I am not saying we haven't had our problems; we have. Every party has these kinds of problems but there is a completely disproportionate media spotlight on what goes wrong in UKIP compared to the others."

Asked about David Cameron's comment that it is not necessary to discredit UKIP because they do a "good enough job themselves", Mr Farage laughed and said: "It was good clever politics. I'll give him that.

"Yeah, we've got some idiots. [But] what is happening here is the establishment are singling out a handful of unpleasant comments made by UKIP people and yet the other parties do these things and say these things - it would appear with impunity."

'Racist views'

Mr Perry came fourth in the Offerton ward election in 2012, with 349 votes. He describes himself on his Twitter profile as "interested in politics and religion and what is happening to our country in respect to multiculturalism".

His tweets came to light after he sent private messages to a Lib Dem candidate on Facebook.

The BBC has not been able to reach Mr Perry for a response.

Last week, UKIP council candidate William Henwood, from north London, left the party by "mutual agreement" after tweeting that Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country" and comparing Islam to the Third Reich.

The week before, another candidate, Andre Lampitt, who appeared in a UKIP election broadcast, was suspended for expressing what a party source called "extreme racist views" on Twitter.

Mr Farage said he was "very angry" that "someone like this has been allowed to slip through the net".

BBC

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UKIP candidate sparks anger over remark

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A UKIP candidate has sparked controversy by posting an offensive comment on Facebook, saying ‘there is no such thing as a benign Muslim’.

Kevin O’Doherty posted the remarks on the social media website in relation to a story he shared about a Birmingham school at the centre of allegations of a takeover plot by Islamic hardliners.

He is standing as a UKIP candidate in the Central St Leonards ward in the Hastings Borough Council elections on May 22.

The post, dated April 21, said: “There is no such thing as a benign Muslim, only a latent adherent of Koranic dogma.”

It has since been removed from the internet.It has been reported Mr O’Doherty has expressed his views on controversial and sensitive topics in the news before.

After a UKIP candidate said comedian Lenny Henry should ‘emigrate to a black country’, Mr O’Doherty wrote on the Daily Telegraph’s Facebook site: “Lenny Henry is the one who raised the issue of racism by his proposition. The repudiation may not be pretty, but does it not have validity? He wants to set quotas which will do more harm than good. He is an opportunist grandstander.”

Magdi Osman, one of the founder members of East Sussex Islamic Association, and ex-Imam (leader) of Hastings Mosque, said Mr O’Doherty’s remarks on Muslims were ‘offensive’.

He told the Observer: “We are looking for peace and harmony with the community and remarks like this do not help. I found the remark offensive and comments like this open the gates for conflict, disunity and hatred.

“It’s unhealthy and we don’t need this. We have great respect for English people and they have shown us a lot of respect and care.”

Tim Miller, treasurer of Hastings Interfaith Forum, said: “Anything that amplifies blind prejudice is extremely unhelpful at a time when, if there are any tensions, the best way to diffuse them is to meet each other and get to know each other.

“Our experience of the local mosque is that they are very open to contact with the non-Muslim community.”

The Observer tried to speak to Mr O’Doherty at his house in Combermere Road, St Leonards on Wednesday (April 30) to get his comments but was told he was away in London.

A UKIP spokesman said: “UKIP is a non-racist, non-sectarian party and all candidates and members are expected to uphold these values. Where evidence is produced to indicate a breach it will be considered at the earliest opportunity by the National Executive Committee as part of an established disciplinary procedure.”

Hastings Observer

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UKIP man faces suspension over Twitter comments

posted by: . | on: Friday, 2 May 2014, 16:18


A UKIP local election candidate who tweeted "Islam is evil" and that homosexuality was an "abomination before God" faces suspension from the party.

UKIP said it had started disciplinary proceedings against Harry Perry, who is standing for election in Stockport.

A UKIP spokesman said the party did not condone or share his "crackpot" views.

The tweets came to light after Mr Perry sent private messages to a Lib Dem candidate on Facebook.

Lisa Smart, who is the Lib Dem general election candidate in Hazell Grove, received the two messages in March, before Mr Perry had been adopted as a UKIP candidate in the Labour-held Stockport Council ward of Offerton for this month's local elections.

'Divisive'

The messages, which have been seen by the BBC, talk about how the mainstream political parties want to change the UK's culture "without the permission from the white indigenous population", and add: "Don't you know, Lisa, that God hates homosexuality, you cannot be a Christian and support the gay issue."

Ms Smart told BBC News: "He came to me on my public-facing Facebook page and sent me a private message. It took me by surprise and I was disgusted to receive that message, in this day and age, from somebody who is wanting to represent the people of Offerton.

"I think the message is dangerous and divisive."

Mr Perry came fourth in the ward election in 2012, with 349 votes. He describes himself on his Twitter profile as "interested in politics and religion and what is happening to our country in respect to multiculturalism".

'Disappointed'

In response to a message from another Twitter user, in October 2013, saying: "I support the enforcement of Sharia as law anywhere in the world," Mr Perry replied: "Wake up to the fact that Islam is evil."

In another post, Mr Perry says: "God himself hates Islam."

Noel Matthews, UKIP's regional organiser for the north-west of England, said Mr Perry's alleged comments were being investigated by party chairman Steve Crowther and he was likely to be suspended.

"We don't hold these views and we don't support the crackpot statements that he has made," said Mr Matthews.

He said the party was "disappointed that a handful of our members have come out with these statements".

The rapid expansion of UKIP had meant that it had been a "victim of its own success", he added, because "some people have escaped the vetting process, such as it stands, in the various regions".

The BBC has not been able to reach Mr Perry for a response.

BBC

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Ukip local elections candidates' 'racist' language is exposed

posted by: JOE MURPHY, POLITICAL EDITOR JOHN DUNNE DAVID CHURCHILL | on: Friday, 2 May 2014, 10:18


Matt Pavey

Matt Pavey

UKIP was engulfed in a new racism row today after the Evening Standard unearthed evidence of its London election candidates using offensive language.

James Silverfox, an official Ukip candidate in Barking & Dagenham, made the comment “How did I know he is Nigerian?” on a news story about a fraudster plundering the bank account of a murdered British engineer. Challenged by the Standard, he denied the remark was racist.

Gary Port, standing for Ukip in Greenwich, admitted his Facebook page shows a “like” for a group devoted to the far-Right British National Party. Approached by the Standard, the removal man said: “I don’t think it’s that clear whether the BNP are racist...”

Matt Pavey, standing for Ukip in Lewisham, suggested that the case of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence had received disproportionate amounts of media attention compared with two killings of local white women. He told the Standard he had not intended to cause offence and denied being racist.

Heino Vockrodt, standing in Brent for Ukip, described members of Right-wing protest group the English Defence League — which has been criticised for attracting hooligans to demonstrations staged in mixed-race areas — as “honest normal people” .

An investigation by the Standard found a tweet in the name of another Ukip candidate who implied that “multiracial” schools had inferior results. The new row for Nigel Farage’s anti-Europe party comes days after Enfield candidate William Henwood resigned over tweets that said comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a “black country” and compared Islam to the Third Reich.

Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, commented: “I am shocked that Ukip is prepared to have people with these views as their candidates.

“Anybody who wants to stand for office in London must know that comments like these are not acceptable in a cosmopolitan city.”

After being passed details of comments apparently made by seven Ukip candidates in London, a Ukip spokesman said each would be examined for possible disciplinary action: “Ukip is a non-racist, non-sectarian party and all candidates and members are expected to uphold these values. Where evidence is produced to indicate a breach it will be considered at the earliest opportunity by the National Executive Committee.”

But Mr Farage’s election campaign continues to be dogged by controversial or offensive views held by senior party figures and council candidates.

A major Ukip donor has claimed that rape cannot exist within a marriage. Demetri Marchessini said: “If you make love on Friday and make love Sunday, you can’t say Saturday is rape.”

A senior Ukip MEP was exposed today for once claiming homosexuality was “abnormal and undesirable”. Roger Helmer, 70, made the claims in 2000 while a Conservative. In a statement on his website, Mr Helmer said he was “deeply shocked” by today’s story, and insisted it was “morally acceptable to prefer heterosexuality over homosexuality, or vice versa”.

The candidates and their views

James Silverfox

Candidate for Gascoigne ward, Barking & Dagenham

The former soldier, 66, made the comment “How did I know he is Nigerian?” on a link to a news story about fraudsters who plundered the bank account of a murdered Briton. But he told the Standard he was unrepentant about branding Nigerians as fraudsters. He said: “I was the victim of an online banking fraud and lost hundreds of pounds. I was told that the fraud was carried out by a Nigerian gang operating out of a house in Streatham.

“They [Nigerians] are well known for this type of crime and I am speaking out as a victim. I have not met any [Nigerians] that I know of but I would be wary of doing business with them after what I have been through.” But he flatly denied he was a racist, saying: “My wife is Asian and my daughter’s partner is from the West Indies and we get on well. How can I be a racist? I have two grandchildren who are black and two who are white … You won’t find any Nazi symbols in my flat!”

Matt Pavey

Candidate for Whitefoot ward, Lewisham

On his Twitter account, @WhitefootUKIP, he spoke out about allegations of police corruption in the case of murdered black London teenager Stephen Lawrence. He recalled two unsolved murders of white women and tweeted: “Does anyone remember the name Jean Bradley murder unsolved in Acton, London in 1993. Anyone looking for corruption here? No thought not.” Challenged by the Standard he said: “I did not mean to be offensive or malicious … I just wanted to highlight that some cases get overlooked. The way it was interpreted caused offence. I have nothing against the Lawrence family and am not a racist.”

Gary Port

Candidate for Charlton ward, Greenwich

On Facebook, he lists a page about the BNP as “liked”. He also “liked” a page for a group called the “South East Alliance” which contains anti-Islam material, such as an image claiming that 96 per cent of rapes in the UK are committed by Muslims.

Mr Port, a 35-year-old removal man, said of the BNP page: “I ‘liked’ it, not to join in, but to see what other groups and parties were doing.

“It’s like a news feed, so I just ‘liked’ it to get information on my own page because it brings up what issues other people are dealing with, it wasn’t to say I like it. It was a few years ago now, before I joined Ukip.”

Asked if he considered the BNP to be a racist party, he said: “What do you class as racist nowadays? At what point is something racist in this day and age with all the cultures? Obviously some parties are pushing that issue more than others.”

He added: “I don’t think it’s that clear whether the BNP are racist, from what I understand there was a big hype about it many years ago but I’m not sure what they’ve done about it.” But he added: “If I was racist I wouldn’t be doing the job I’m doing now. I do removals for council tenants and you could probably say the majority of them are ethnic. If I had a big problem with it, I wouldn’t be in that job.”

He said he wouldn’t “outright condemn” the “96.3 per cent of rapes in the UK are by Muslims” claim in a South East Alliance post because he would have to “look into the national figures”, but added: “I think personally that’s going to be far too high.”

He said both the Alliance and EDL are disaffected working-class groups, adding: “Like all groups you get some good and some non-good people.”

Heino Vockrodt

Candidate for Dudden Hill ward, Brent

He described members of the English Defence League, whose protests have triggered violent clashes, as “honest normal people”.

He stood by his views on the EDL when approached by the Standard. The commercial consultant, 52, who moved to the UK from Germany 18 years ago and is married to an Asian woman, said: “It appears to me that they [the EDL] are normal, hardworking people like builders.

“I do not agree with their policies but they do sometimes get unfair treatment. If anti-fascists go to their rallies and there is trouble they are always blamed. They get an unfair press sometimes I think. I have an Asian wife and am in no way racist. Ukip is not a racist party.”

London Evening Standard

 Posted: 2 May 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Radio manager resigns Ukip membership

posted by: Katejb | on: Friday, 2 May 2014, 10:07


Peter Willson (left) has resigned from Ukip after being recruited by county councillor Martyn Heale (right)

Peter Willson (left) has resigned from Ukip after being recruited by county councillor Martyn Heale (right)

A local radio presenter from Ramsgate has resigned as a member of Ukip after the party plastered its Facebook page with an announcement that he had joined.

Peter Willson, from Academy FM, said he had been "stitched up" and at first denied ever being a member of the party.

He later admitted he had signed up but had then "retracted" his membership.

The father of three, who has been at the Marlowe Academy based radio station since 2009, said the party had not asked his permission to announce his membership and he was upset by the move.

But Ukip party member Martyn Heale said: "Peter Willson joined Ukip on April 24, I went to his house and signed him up. He resigned today."

Thanet Gazette

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UKIP candidate being investigated for sexist and racist tweets that said women belong in the kitchen

posted by: Richard Hartley-Parkinson | on: Thursday, 1 May 2014, 21:18


A UKIP candidate is being investigated after his Twitter feed was found to contain apparently racist and sexist remarks.

James Elgar's account also included references to hijacked planes, rape by "Asian boys" and "foreigners and weirdos".

One of his tweets said: "There is [sic] no women in the CBB final? That's because they are all in the kitchen where they belong..."

Another said: "#ThingsAsianBoysDo groom and rape underage white girls, stab and rob innocent old white people, bomb innocent white people #EctEctEct [sic]"

Elgar, from Ottershaw, Surrey, has been elected to stand for local elections in the Egham Hythe ward on May 22 despite his membership of UKIP lapsing on January 1.

He has been reported to Runnymede Borough Council's electoral services for the comments.

UKIP said his account was "deplorable" and a spokesman said the 19-year-old had a "lot of growing up to do"

According to the getsurrey.co.uk he is also currently banned from Woking Football Club's Kingfield stadium for "irresponsible behaviour".

He posted a photo on Twitter of the letter confirming this with the message: "I’m not deemed responsible enough to been [sic] near a home game LOL!"

In an email, Elgar said: "These comments have not been put into context, they just seem to be extracts, not showing the whole conversation.

"Some comments are just quotes from films, some are over a year old and some of these comments are not even recognised by me as my own."

He said it was "customary" for teenagers to use profanity but said it had been a lesson to him to avoid it in future.

"I am a 19-year-old youth trying, early in my life, to make a difference through legitimate politics and to support UKIP in a positive and progressive manner," he said.

"I am no way supporting racist, sexist or radical views, far from it, my views are moderate when it comes to subjects such as immigration, taxes and crime."

His father, Mark Elgar, defended his son’s tweets as "banter" and said they were "random soundbites taken out of context" and did not reflect his son’s character.

"He is the least sexist and racist person you could ever meet, his best friend is a girl and he works with people from Czechoslovakia, Pakistan and Afghanistan," he said. "Last night he came home at 10.30pm with a curry."

A spokesman for UKIP said: "These sort of comments and images are utterly deplorable.

"Mr Elgar would appear to be a young man who still has plenty of growing up to do.

"Our inquiries reveal that his UKIP membership in fact lapsed on January 1 2014 and we shall not accept any renewal application from him.

"We shall be conducting our own internal investigation as to how a lapsed member was allowed to become a candidate in Runnymede in the local elections, let alone some-one who had expressed and/or passed on these kinds of sentiments on social media."

The Mirror

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Nigel Farage will pay the price for taking the British public for fools

posted by: Dan Hodges | on: Thursday, 1 May 2014, 17:15


The European elections were supposed to represent a beginning, not an end. They were the moment when the bugles echoed, and the People’s Army began its march to overthrow the Westminster establishment. Instead, the fanfare that accompanies Ukip’s predictably strong showing next month will be the signal for that army’s demobilisation. The tired and exhausted troops will survey the battlefield, count their dead, and start to wonder what all the sacrifice was for. Then, one by one, they will embark on the long, lonely journey home.

Farage had one task in this campaign. It did not involve the generation of publicity, which was always guaranteed. Nor was he required to top the poll, intoxicating though such a result would be for his followers. No, his real mission was to finally drag Ukip into the political mainstream.

For all his ritualistic excoriation of the “Westminster elite”, Ukip’s leader understands that the long-term future of his party and movement rests upon their joining it. He cannot continue to drift forever in the isolated backwaters of Brussels, or regional government. Farage fancies himself as a political showman, and he needs a national stage.

So, over the past 18 months, the building blocks of a strategy to expand Ukip’s appeal well beyond the usual rump of disaffected Eurosceptics was put in place. A well-respected communications director – the former Daily Express political editor Patrick O’Flynn – was hired. A strategic decision was taken to “front-load” the party’s limited resources into the European elections, rather than husbanding them for 2015. And, most fatefully, Farage and his inner circle decided to make immigration, not the broader issue of European governance, the focal point of their campaign.

Almost imperceptibly, that grand strategy has started to fall apart. It began, ironically enough, with the debates with Nick Clegg, billed as Farage’s great triumph. In his first appearance, he performed poorly, appearing badly briefed, bombastic and aggressive. In the eyes of most Westminster commentators, Clegg smoothly bested him. But not according to the polls that followed.

Ukip supporters like to believe that this terrified those who reside within the Westminster bubble. It didn’t. But it did generate surprise and interest – and a renewed realisation that the Farage phenomenon was worthy of serious scrutiny. Unfortunately, this was scrutiny that Ukip was manifestly unprepared for.

First, there were the revelations about Farage’s own expenses. In response, he said he would allow them to be independently audited. Then he backtracked. Next came Ukip’s campaign launch. Unveiling posters warning that 26 million Europeans were preparing to swarm across our borders and snatch the job out from under every honest, hard-working Brit, Farage was asked by the BBC’s Nick Robinson how he justified employing his German wife as his secretary. Characteristically, he attempted to laugh it off. “You try to turn everything into a joke,” Robinson replied. “But you have a campaign that says Europeans are taking British jobs and yet you have a German woman working in your office.”

Then came the scrutiny of his wider party. As Farage himself readily concedes, Ukip has long been seen as a one-man band. But day by day, the voters have been introduced to his backing vocalists. There was Andre Lampitt, who featured on Ukip’s election broadcast, and tweeted: “I was born and grew up in Africa please leave Africa for the Africans lets [sic] them kill themselves off don’t go there.” Or Ukip council candidate William Henwood, who told Lenny Henry to “go and live in a black country”. Or Ukip MEP Roger Helmer, who compared disliking gay people to disliking different kinds of tea.

The party’s strategy had been to use these elections to insert itself into the political mainstream. Instead, it has revealed itself to be uncompromisingly extreme. A ComRes poll yesterday found that 32 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement “Ukip is a racist party”, compared with 40 per cent who disagreed. Slowly but surely, Nigel Farage is presiding over the contamination of the Ukip brand.

“But look at the other polls,” people cry. “Ukip have got a double-digit lead!” That’s right, they have. Which only goes to underline the point.

There is no correlation between people’s broad perceptions of Ukip and how they intend to vote in the European elections. The party remains nothing more than a mid-term dumping ground for voters’ frustrations at everything from MPs’ expenses, through immigration, to the price of milk. It will end the campaign precisely as it started it – a political ashtray.

This campaign was Nigel Farage’s big opportunity – indeed, his only opportunity – to redefine his party. To recast himself and Ukip as a serious option when people move away from the politics of protest to the serious building of electing a Parliament and a government. And he has squandered it on a grubby, populist, divisive lunge for short-term political glory. A man who claims to be different from the “political class” he so despises has proved himself to be identical to them in every facet. The crude calculation, not to say base prejudice, that lay behind his decision to turn the Euro elections into a referendum on immigration. The naked hypocrisy of his stance on his own expenses claims, and his decision to employ his own foreign-born spouse while claiming no British worker could possibly fulfil the role. And now, the self justifying double-speak as he attempted to rationalise his decision to run away from Newark.

“I would just look like an opportunist,” said the man who stood in Itchen, Test and Avon in the 1994 European parliamentary elections, the Eastleigh by-election in the same year, Salisbury in the 1997 general election, Bexhill and Battle in 2001, South Thanet in 2005, the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election in 2006 and Buckingham in 2010.

Nigel Farage ran away from Newark because he was scared. Scared that he wouldn’t win, and scared that even if he did prevail, he’d be stuck with an unwinnable seat in 12 months’ time.

Not so long ago, the Ukip leader was a mildly eccentric – but fresh and interesting – addition to the British political scene. But he’s made two fatal mistakes. The first is to believe his own publicity. The second is to take the British people for fools. When he says that “the ordinary voters who are worried about immigration aren’t racist”, he’s right. But when those voters look at the likes of Andre Lampitt and William Henwood, then at themselves, they know how to spot the difference.

Nigel Farage and his army will have their victory in a couple of weeks’ time. There’s even a chance that their fraying banners will be carried across the field in triumph at Newark. But then they will begin the long march back into political obscurity.

The Telegraph

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Challenging the Politics of Fear

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 1 May 2014, 16:37


As UKIP tops the opinion polls for the forthcoming European Elections, a debate has broken out on social media and the internet over how best to tackle the party's message of fear. In particular, should we call it out for being 'racist' and is this an effective political strategy?

The leading twitter proponent of the 'UKIP are racist' camp is Telegraph blogger Dan Hodges, who wrote the other day that UKIP was a racist party. On the other side are the political scientists Matthew Goodwin and Rob Ford, who have just written a book on UKIP called Revolt On The Right and suggesting attacking UKIP is 'counter-productive', supported by blogger Sunny Hundal.

Of course, it is a bit of a false argument to limit yourself to one charge, as any successful political campaign will use a combination of strategies which can fluctuate depending on circumstances and tailored for specific audiences. For example, in this case, the message to 'soft UKIP' supporters will be quite different than that used to talk to people who are very likely to be strongly opposed to UKIP.

But, anyway, here's my take on the debate.

First, is UKIP a racist party?

Quite simply yes. It is deliberately whipping up fear - and by extension - hatred of foreigners, with its provocative posters and inflammatory language. It is deliberately exaggerating figures and playing on people's anxieties about immigration in order to win political support.

Believing otherwise is, at best, just politically naive or - at worst - giving UKIP leaders a credibility they do not deserve.

Only today The Times reports that a UKIP candidate calls for a ban on Islam and for all mosques to be knocked down; another mocks Olympic hero Mo Farah, claiming he can't be "British". Andre Lampitt, one of the stars of its televised election broadcast, posted a string ofdisgusting racist messages on Twitter about Africans and others, identifying himself as "Rhodesian". William Henwood, a UKIP council candidate, tweeted that comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country". UKIP has belatedly begun procedures against two members, one of whom was a former BNP member and another who had donated to the violently anti-Muslim EDL. Other UKIP supporters have made (widely-ridiculed) homophobic comments.

Now, if a politician or a political party is deliberately playing the race card then they need to be called out. If we say nothing then we are implying that this behaviour is somehow ok.

Does that mean that all UKIP supporters are racist?

Of course not.

Many UKIP voters, however, are racists, or at the very least are intrinsically xenophobic. They may claim persecution by the liberal elite and the politically correct, but racism is too often a cloak for hatred and other intolerance. Goodwin and Ford's own research over the last couple of years clearly shows that many UKIP voters are opposed to any immigration into the UK; that they are strongly hostile to Muslims; and their opposition to the European Union is simply reflective of a wider cultural unease about Britain's multi-ethnic make up.

Of course there are people minded to vote for UKIP who are not racist. Some might simply be against any further immigration into Britain, while others are just supporting UKIP to register their disgust at the mainstream political parties.

The argument that it is wrong to attack all those who support UKIP as racist is clearly correct - but then I don't know anyone who is actually doing that. Just as we always differentiated between the BNP leadership and BNP voters, so too can we differentiate between those at the heart of UKIP who have devised their racist campaigns and the people who are tempted to vote for UKIP.

Should we label UKIP racist in our campaigning?

Yes, we should, though we need to do it in a sensible way.

Some would say that labelling UKIP as racist is both ineffective and counter-productive. They point to opinion polls which show no drop in support for the party following its many scandals. They claim that name-calling will actually harden support for UKIP. To me this totally misunderstands political campaigning. It's horses for courses. The message we send to one section of voters can be different to those we send to another.

In 2011 HOPE not hate produced the Fear and HOPE report, a look at the drivers of hate in the UK. It broke society down into six cultural 'tribes', depending on their attitude to immigration and multiculturalism. Two of the tribes were very positive about immigration, two really opposed. However, half the population were in the middle, with mixed views. The largest single group we defined were the Identity Ambivalents, those who in theory were minded to be quite positive about immigration and multiculturalism but because of their economic insecurity were nervous about further immigration.

Many of this group might be minded to vote for UKIP because of their strong stance on EU immigration. Therefore, it is vital that we explain to these people why UKIP's anti-immigration and economic policies will do nothing to alleviate their economic insecurity. At the same time, this group is broadly anti-racist and so highlighting UKIP's racism and the racist views of their candidates is clearly beneficial.

Likewise, because of the voting system in the European Elections every vote counts: it is vital that we mobilise the quarter (25%) of society that is very positive about immigration and multiculturalism. If highlighting UKIP's racism motivates these voters than so be it.

Underlying issues

Simply attacking UKIP as racist without addressing some of the underlying issues behind its rise is clearly insufficient. But so too is pretending that UKIP is a neutral player, merely articulating the views of the vast majority of the population (Nigel Farage's line).

Yes, UKIP is tapping into popular concerns over the impact of immigration but it is also fanning the flames with its anti-immigrant hysteria and outright lies. It is poisoning the political discourse and encouraging a climate of intolerance. Over this, we should not remain silent.

In fact, the UKIP leader sounds worried. This morning he attacked me personally, and HOPE not hate, on BBC radio and in national newspapers, claiming I was a Communist and linked to the Socialist Workers Party (I am neither), or that we were linked to another organisation Unite Against Fascism (we are not) and that because our charitable (non-campaigning) arm accepted government funding in the past (now ceased) we are part of the 'Establishment' trying to stop them. I guess he must be feeling riled.

This weekend HOPE not hate is organising over 90 events across the country at which we hope to distribute over one million newspapers and leaflets. We will call out the UKIP campaign as 'racist' but we will also explain why UKIP's simplistic solutions do not answer the very real concerns of economic insecurity many people face.

The political mainstream is in a spin over how to deal with UKIP. There is a danger that saying it is wrong to call UKIP racist ends up as an excuse to do nothing. Not only is this morally wrong but it is ceding ground to the anti-immigrant party and allowing it to dominate the agenda.

To HOPE not hate it is not a case of either/or. We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and during that time we have run huge campaigns in which we ousted the BNP from most corners of Britain. As anti-racists we have a duty to confront racism and oppose those who are deliberately whipping it up for electoral gain. We can - and will - take on racial hatred. But we will do so understanding the economic insecurities that is driving UKIP's support and seeking to deconstruct it.

The Huffington Post

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Canterbury UKIP: Member's Anti Islamic Rants

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 1 May 2014, 14:10


Tracy Jane Quarrington With UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

Tracy Jane Quarrington With UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

A UKIP member from Kent has caused controversy after it was revealed she posted anti Islamic rants on social media.

Tracy Jane Quarrington from Canterbury in Kent posted a number of offensive messages on her personal Facebook profile, with one post predicting a future civil war in the UK between Christians and Muslims.

Aside from the rants, Quarrington, who joined UKIP in 2013 shared a large number of postings made by the far right BNP splinter group Britain First, who are actually standing candidates in the European elections against her own party UKIP.

Quarrington's parents David and Teresa Quarrington, who are also from Canterbury are veteran UKIP activists and travel around the country attending UKIP meetings.

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Camden UKIP chairman says "Islam is organised crime backed up by Quran"

posted by: Tim Lamden | on: Thursday, 1 May 2014, 07:53


A UK Independence Party (Ukip) candidate who made national headlines for describing Islam as “organised crime” says he does not regret making the comment and insists it is backed up by “quotations from the Quran”.

Camden Ukip chairman Magnus Nielsen, 64, who is bidding to become a councillor in West Hampstead, has made numerous posts on his Facebook page about the religion, including one in which he says “Islam is organised crime under religious camouflage”.

After the post was picked up the national press last week, Mr Nielsen spoke to theHam&High about his comments.

He said: “I don’t regret anything I’ve said. Whatever I said, I say having taken proper study of the circumstance and everything I said can be backed up by quotations from the Quran.

“What I have not said is that all Muslims are criminals, I don’t believe that is true.

“Islam is created by a man called Muhammad who was a gang leader of criminals and he justified his behaviour by saying he was instructed by god to behave that way.

“He was able to inspire followers to commit criminal acts using the justification of religion.

“It is a hot topic. We’ve just had Muslim infiltration in Birmingham schools, we have Muslim rape gangs in the north of the country and we have Muslim patrols in Tower Hamlets.

“It has to be stood up against and nothing is going to happen until the public start electing people who are in a position to stem the tide.”

Ham & High

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