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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:39
Back in February I posted a blog regarding Vesper Hunter, chairperson of Hertfordshire UKIP.
Hunter was reprimanded by the party after she made a series of claims on social media, attacking UKIP for its lack of women involved with the party in Hertfordshire.
Not only read the riot act, Hunter was also sacked as election agent as her behaviour was deemed "inappropriate".
She resigned from UKIP but was to change her mind soon after following a number of consultations with local supporters.
Just three months later and Vesper is again less than happy with the party.
Hunter, who was also a UKIP council candidate for Three Rivers Council recently attended the Eastern UKIP regional meeting and expressed her unhappiness with the lack of young people and LGBT representation, posting her frustration on Facebook for all to see.
Once again, her words went down like a lead balloon with the Eastern regional UKIP hierachy, with some accusing Vesper Hunter of promoting "tokenism and political correctness".
Consequently, an official complaint was made about her to the UKIP NEC, the same NEC who realised UKIP are nothing more than a one man band and begged Nigel Farage not to resign as UKIP leader.
Hunter soon realised her number might be up in the party and feared for any of her friends who dared support her views. Remember, UKIP aren't keen on people having views that differ from the party line.
Vesper Hunter threw in the towel (again) and submitted her resignation from UKIP, declaring a witch hunt had been launched against her.
Will she be persuaded to yet again change her mind or have UKIP finally had enough of Vesper Hunter and her views ?
Posted: 22 May 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 21 May 2015, 13:16
A UKIP candidate has defected to The Conservative Party following allegations of bullying from his party comrades.
Steven Gillingwater, a Slough council candidate made the allegations on his personal Facebook page.
Gillingwater, who stood as a UKIP candidate in the Britwell & Northborough ward wrote:
"Farewell ukip. Please delete me if you are not supportive of what I am doing.
I have left UKIP due to the nasty bullies that have resulted in me leaving.
I would say sorry for doing a public statement but bullies need to be shamed and hope these two get the payback they deserve after what has happened to me.
I am know rejoining the conservative were I felt at home.
Please accept my resignation from all ukip groups or factions.
Best of luck to you all but I will fight for the conservatives and believe they are the true party of democracy."
Gillingwater doesn't name his alleged bullies or go into specific details about the bullying, but his resignation and subsequent defection will no doubt embarrass UKIP in Slough and further afield.
Posted: 21 May 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 15 May 2015, 17:20
Today sees another casualty of war in the UKIP public fallout.
It appears that Paul "Gobby" Lambert, UKIP communications chief has turned his back on the party, following the departures yesterday of Matthew Richardson & Raheem Kassam.
Lambert was poached from the BBC to run UKIP's chaotic media output last year.
At this rate there will be nobody left by Xmas.
Posted: 15 May 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 15 May 2015, 09:40
I always accuse UKIP of being very far from the truth, so it is quite refreshing to see a UKIP MEP tell a few home truths regarding his party.
Jonathan Arnott, UKIP MEP for the North East region wrote a piece for the North East Chronicle newspaper yesterday and admitted that UKIP's election campaign was flawed from the start and that the party's failure to gain more than one MP was in some ways self inflicted.
Arnott wrote "For all we might moan about an electoral system which means that one SNP vote was ‘worth’ the same as 149 Ukip votes, we can’t deny that at least some of this problem is self-inflicted."
Criticising his UKIP comrades Arnott wrote "I’m grateful that Nigel Farage took time out of his busy schedule and Thanet South campaign to come to Hartlepool, but Nigel’s enthusiasm isn’t always matched by the rest of the party."
Attacking UKIP's anti immigration stance Arnott wrote " So why, oh why, do we turn almost every question into an immigration issue? Question about jobs...it’s immigration. Question about housing? Clearly an immigration issue. Class sizes? Immigration. The economy? Immigration. Traffic jams? Immigration. Health service? "
He continued "we sound like a broken record banging on about the same thing over and over again."
Arnott, quite rightly was very unhappy with the UKIP candidate selection process and in particular the selection of Magnus Nielsen, UKIP candidate for Hampstead & Kilburn.
"When as in Hampstead & Kilburn we select a Parliamentary candidate whose abhorrent views were aired and publicised already at last year’s council elections, the resultant bad publicity is entirely our own fault. Freedom of speech is not an excuse"
"The candidate concerned finished in fifth place, losing his deposit. I can’t say I’m surprised - and I’ll be blunt: if I lived in that constituency, I couldn’t have voted Ukip either."
Turning his attention to UKIP's poisonous rhetoric, Arnott wrote "The message we portray is often toxic."
As civil war breaks out in UKIP, Arnott's telling piece will certainly add fuel to the fire.
Posted: 15 May 2015 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 14 May 2015, 21:45
You can always rely on the rather ridiculous David Coburn MEP to get it wrong.
Posted: 14 May 2015 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 14 May 2015, 18:11
As the rift deepens a former UKIP leader has spoken out against Nigel Farage.
Roger Knapman, who was leader from 2002 to 2006 has said:
"He cannot take up and put down the leadership crown at will. I do think it is time now party members had the opportunity to say whether or not there should be a leadership election."
Posted: 14 May 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 14 May 2015, 13:33
Just one week on from the General Election and UKIP appear to be in a headspin.
Yesterday, I wrote about how the UKIP mouthpiece Breitbart London has already begun briefing against party leader Nigel Farage, claiming he forced through the UKIP decision on reversing his resignation.
UKIP's only MP Douglas Carswell has also expressed his distaste at Farage and his shoddy manoeuvre, with Carswell only finding out about the U-turn when Laura Pitel from the Times showed him the news on her phone.
Carswell threw his toys out of the pram soon after and announced publicly that UKIP in parliament does not need £650,000 of taxpayers’ money to run their parliamentary operation.
The cash is supposed to help parties cover their expenses at Westminster such as employing admin staff. However Carswell has refused the money saying "I just think it would be completely inappropriate for me to accept that money."
This has rubbed Farage up the wrong way as the thought of UKIP losing vast sums of money is the thing of nightmares for the UKIP leader and has no doubt sent his blood pressure soaring through the roof.
Carswell, attempting to defend his position said "There are one or two rather excitable staffers in Ukip who came up with a proposal that involved hiring 15 extra people. I would point out that I'm not an American senator; I doubt very much that even Ed Miliband when he was leader of the opposition would have had 15 staff in his office."
Things took a turn for the worst today when UKIP donor and former treasurer Stuart Wheeler told the BBC that Mr Farage should resign and fight a leadership election.
Ukip’s economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn MEP also told The Times that Farage had changed into a “snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive” man and had made UKIP look like a "personality cult".
O' Flynn said “What’s happened since Thursday night, Friday morning has certainly laid us open to the charge that this looks like an absolutist monarchy or a personality cult. I don’t think that even Nigel would say it’s been the most glorious chapter of his leadership.”
The UKIP MEP also laid into “aggressive and inexperienced” aides who he blamed for bringing a “Tea Party, ultra-aggressive American influence” to Ukip’s campaigning and called for Farage to sack them.
It is thought he is referring to the poisonous Raheem Kassam and UKIP party secretary Matthew Richardson.
Ukip's director Steven Stanbury has demanded that the party conduct itself more professionally.
“The four million who voted for us ... expect a more professional approach and not the selfish, self-indulgent attacks that we are seeing,” he said.
O'Flynn is know to be unpopular with certain sections of the party, so he will be desperate for support, something he might just find from Douglas Carswell.
Posted: 14 May 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 21:42
Back in March I wrote about Breitbart UK and how it was little more than a mouthpiece for UKIP and Nigel Farage, you can read my article " Breitbart: A Nest Of Vipers " here.
So you know that something is amiss when Breitbart starts to brief against Nigel Farage and his ridiculous resignation ploy.
Breitbart have just posted a very interesting article online where the author, Andre Walker claims that Nigel Farage forced UKIP’s National Executive Committee to refuse to accept his resignation, also claiming that he was considering changing his mind on his plans to quit before his announcement on Friday last week.
According to Walker, Farage convinced the NEC that UKIP would be in a very dark place without him and refused to leave the room when the NEC discussed his future.
Farage was also present when the vote took place, meaning he witnessed those NEC members who dared to vote against him.
The Breitbart story follows revelations that Douglas Carswell, UKIP's only MP is potentially on the verge of splitting from UKIP following a very public spat between with Farage and UKIP over finances and the fake resignation of Farage.
Walker is Breitbart London's chief political correspondent and was once a high flier in the Conservative Party and former Chief of Staff to David Morris MP.
He was forced to resign his position of political advisor at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead after he was recorded plotting a smear campaign against his Tory colleague Alison Knight, deputy leader of the council. Walker's conversation was recorded by a fellow passenger on a London commuter train that Walker was travelling on and uploaded to Youtube.
Posted: 13 May 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 7 May 2015, 17:04
Another endorsement for UKIP from the far right.
This time it is from Eddy Butler, former BNP elections guru who first came to prominence in the early 1990s when he was BNP organiser in Tower Hamlets and masterminded the "Rights for Whites" campaign which culminated in the election of the first ever BNP councillor, Derek Beackon in 1993.
Who next I wonder ?
Posted: 7 May 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 7 May 2015, 16:38
It's all kicking off in Bristol, UKIP supporter and EDL activist Luke Morgan is highly offended because his local polling station had pencils in the voting booth.
Luke is only comfortable with chunky wax crayons it seems !
Posted: 7 May 2015 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 7 May 2015, 14:27
Another day another dodgy endorsement for UKIP
Jeffrey Marshall, one time BNP organiser and candidate has revealed who he will be backing today at the ballot box.
For those who can't remember, Jeffrey Marshall was the BNP East London organiser.
He hit the headlines after he was embroiled in a scandal over his call for children with disabilities to be killed.
When David Cameron’s son Ivan passed away in February 2009, Marshall went onto an internet forum writing: “We live in a country today which is unhealthily dominated by an excess of sentimentality towards the weak and unproductive. No good will come of it.” Cameron’s son had cerebral palsy and was described by the Camerons as their “beautiful boy”. David Cameron said that Ivan had brought “joy and love to those around him”.
Not content with attacking the Cameron family, Marshall, who is not known to have any children of his own, stated that although it would be “a kindness” to kill children with disabilities, this was not the same as advocating such a measure as compulsory state policy. “But so what if it is?” he asked. “At least we would all know where we stand. There is actually not a great deal of point in keeping these sort of people alive, after all.”
No doubt UKIP will be delighted.
Posted: 7 May 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 7 May 2015, 13:38
Henry Reilly UKIP candidate for South Down appears to have fallen through a time warp into the 1930s.
In a letter in yesterday's Mourne Observer he said that Germany is readying itself for war.
I missed that one on the news, thanks Henry for the heads up.
Now, where did I put that powdered egg ?
Posted: 7 May 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 21:20
UKIP leader Nigel Farage can be frequently heard bleating to the media about how this General Election campaign is the "dirtiest" in history.
What Farage conveniently neglects to mention is that his own party has a well oiled smear machine, which posts lies and half truths online, in the hope of tarnishing the reputations of its political opponents.
Using a "proxy" attack blog entitled "Nope, Not Hope" UKIP are able to launch various attacks on rival politicians whilst playing the "victim" card, claiming that UKIP are different to the established mainstream parties.
"Nope, Not Hope" has churned out its poisonous message for a couple of years. You can probably guess by its name that its main target is Hope not hate, probably because we reveal the truth about UKIP, a truth that Farage and the party are very uncomfortable with.
Hope not hate can exclusively reveal that one of those involved with the "Nope, Not Hope" website, along with its Twitter and Facebook page is a former UKIP spin doctor, Mark Croucher.
Croucher first became involved with UKIP in 1998 and stood as a UKIP parliamentary candidate in the Dartford constituency in the 2001 and 2005 General Elections.
In 2002, Croucher was employed by UKIP as their National Press Officer and Director of Communications by their then leader Roger Knapman and was allowed to write UKIP's first local election manifesto.
Croucher's standing in UKIP grew and he was soon placed in charge of the media strategy for the party's 2004 European election campaign and in 2005 UKIP made him editor of party's internal magazine, "Independence News", a position he held for the next two years.
He briefly walked away from the party in 2007 but returned two years later to act as a consultant for UKIP's European election campaign and was then given the position of Head of Media for UKIP's new group in the European Parliament "The Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group".
From 2011 to the present day Croucher has worked as a consultant for several of UKIP's MEPs and is closely associated with Farage along with deputy leader Paul Nuttall and London MEP Gerard Batten.
In January 2015, Croucher was elected as Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, an apolitical Trade Union for journalists and precursor to The National Union of Journalists.
One of the lies frequently spun by "Nope, Not Hope" is a feeble attempt to link Hope not hate to violence and intimidation, a lie cooked up by Croucher & UKIP in a shabby attempt to damage our reputation and good standing with our supporters.
Another "Nope, Not Hope" lie is we manufactured fake evidence against errant UKIP candidates and officials, despite the fact that Raheem Kassam, Chief adviser to UKIP leader Nigel Farage recently admitted to the media that guilty UKIP candidates "often give a bullshit excuse about being hacked".
Posts made by "Nope, Not Hope" are frequently reposted and reused by leading UKIP officials such as Farage, Nuttall and Suzanne Evans MEP, Deputy Chair of UKIP.
Just today, Farage and Nuttall used a story in the national media, cooked up by "Nope, Not Hope" that claimed that since the start of 2015 there has been 319 councillors from all of the other political parties who have either been convicted or stood down due to a variety of scandals and crimes, claiming that UKIP do not have a monopoly when it comes to troublesome candidates and officials.
This story was skilfully torn apart in an article by the BBC Head of Statistics, Anthony Reuben, who proved that the "Nope, Not Hope" story had more holes than a Swiss cheese.
So when Nigel Farage talks of "dirty campaigns" he knows what he is talking about.
Posted: 6 May 2015 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 20:34
Less than 48 hours to go to polling day and more racist UKIP candidates are being exposed.
Take Derek Wilkes, UKIP candidate for the Douglas ward on Wigan council.
Derek seems to like the particular brand of Islamic hatred Britain First churns out, so much so that he shares their poisonous posts on a regular basis.
If it isn't Britain First nonsense, Derek manages to find equally vile Islamophobic messages to share with his twisted friends on social media.
Can anyone find a UKIP candidate not full of hatred?
Posted: 5 May 2015 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 4 May 2015, 12:18
A leading UKIP candidate has been accused of attempting to mislead the public on his election literature Hope not hate can exclusively reveal.
Bill Etheridge is the UKIP parliamentary candidate for the key marginal seat of Dudley North and is also a sitting MEP and councillor on Dudley Council.
Etheridge and his UKIP team have been distributing leaflets in the Dudley area which include photographs of "members of the public" but who are in reality linked to the UKIP man.
At the top of the leaflet, 'Bill supporting the community', there are three people who claim to have been 'helped' by Bill. Two of the three people are related to someone who works for Bill Etheridge.
A quick glance at Etheridge's personal MEP website reveals staff members who work for the Dudley UKIP man.
One member of staff listed is office assistant Vicky Richards whose deals with "inquiries from the public and campaigning".
In fact, Josie Edwards is the mother of Vicky Richards and Lorna Handley is her niece.
One of those, Lorna Handley claimed later that the words that appeared on Etheridge's leaflet were not her own and that she was no longer happy to endorse Bill Etheridge.
Deceiving the voting public is never a good move at election time, UKIP appear to have perfected the art.
Posted: 4 May 2015 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 3 May 2015, 19:24
Why do so many UKIP candidates have a problem with Islam?
Here we have Adam Duffield, UKIP candidate for the St Budeaux ward on Plymouth City Council.
Some of his political mentors appear to be leading members of far right parties, such as Simon Darby of the BNP and Paul Weston of Liberty GB.
Don't expect UKIP to comment, they wont.
Posted: 3 May 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 2 May 2015, 21:34
A leading member of UKIP in the East Midlands was a councillor with an Italian far right party Hope not hate can reveal.
Francesco Lari, Nottingham UKIP chairman was a Lega Nord councillor in the Italian town of Zola Predosa,near Bologna until 2013 and was even a parliamentary candidate for the far right party.
The Lega Nord Is a right-wing populist party that has evolved from being a regionalist/separatist movement centred on northern Italy but which has evolved into an all-Italy hardline Eurosceptic and anti-immigration party.
Lega Nord has moved further towards the far right under its new leader Matteo Salvini.
Posted: 2 May 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 1 May 2015, 16:11
A UKIP parliamentary candidate posted an anti semitic slur directed at Labour MP Luciana Berger via his Twitter account it has emerged.
West Lancashire UKIP PPC Jack Sen told Berger: “You’re about authentic Labour as Ed Miliband. Protect child benefits? If you had it your way you’d send the £ to Poland/ Israel.”
Sen also wrote "Britain’s youngest Jewish MP, Luciana Berger, is facing criticism over her record of…." loyalties.
Berger was previously the victim of a revolting hate campaign on Twitter conducted by neo nazis that eventually saw the imprisonment of Garron Helm after he posted an anti Semitic tweet to her.
Berger said " This is clearly an anti-Semitic comment. Remarks like these have no place in our politics. I expect UKIP to take action."
Posted: 1 May 2015 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 1 May 2015, 12:10
At last, we have found a UKIP candidate who actually tells the truth.
John Bickley, UKIP parliamentary candidate for Heywood & Middleton posted this last night on his Twitter page.
Maybe Bickley could be a future UKIP leader if Farage fails in his quest to win South Thanet ?
Posted: 1 May 2015 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments