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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 21 June 2014, 18:17
Some of you might know the name James Delingpole.
Vocal UKIP supporter Delingpole is an English columnist and novelist who has written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Spectator and is also executive editor for the London branch of the right wing Breitbart.com.
He is also a wannabe UKIP candidate, failing to make the cut as a UKIP European candidate when he put his name into the hat last year, writing about his rejection in The Spectator.
He is also no stranger to controversy or being down right offensive. In 2013 he described an article by a fellow journalist which attacked the views of columnist Suzanne Moore as giving her "such a seeing-to, she'll be walking bow-legged for weeks." Delingpole later apologised.
Delingpole has now added his two penneth in the row between Conservative MP Michael Fabricant and journalist Yasmin Alabhai-Brown.
Fabricant apologised after posting a message on Twitter saying he might end up punching Alabhai-Brown "in the throat" if he appeared on a discussion show with her, posting the remark after Yasmin Alibhai-Brown took part in a Channel 4 News debate with Rod Liddle.
Ms Alibhai-Brown said she was shocked and called on David Cameron to withdraw the party whip.
Delingpole wrote an article in Breitbart yesterday entitled "There is Nothing Wrong with Wanting to Punch Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in the Throat"
In the article he writes " I've re-read the tweet about dozen times now but I still can't work out what the problem is."
"there's nothing wrong with wanting to punch Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. It's healthy, normal, natural and a sign of intelligence and discernment."
Fabricant later gave a half hearted apology for his message of violence, I doubt Delingpole will.
Posted: 21 Jun 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Friday, 20 June 2014, 10:45
A prominent member of Crawley's Ukip branch, who shared and "liked" Facebook posts by a right-wing group linked to the BNP, has been advised not to do so again by his chairman, who himself has denied accusations he has done the same.
Simon Darroch – Ukip's campaign manager at last month's borough council elections – has come under fire on political website The Blue Guerilla for liking posts by Britain First.
The political party says it is against Islam and calls itself a "street defence organisation" which "fights the many injustices that are routinely inflicted on the British people".
Mr Darroch, who lives in Waterside Close, Bewbush, has been advised by Ukip chairman Lee Gilroy not to like or share any more Facebook posts by the group.Political blog The Blue Guerilla posted an article on its site claiming that both Mr Darroch and Mr Gilroy had liked posts by Britain First.
Read more at The Crawley News
Posted: 20 Jun 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 18:16
The leader of the UKIP group on Thurrock Council has been charged with drink driving after a late night incident at a fundraising function attended by national party leader Nigel Farage and MEP Tim Aker.
Cllr Robert Ray was arrested in the early hours of last Friday morning after a dinner at the Orsett Hall Hotel reports The Thurrock Enquirer.
A statement by Essex police said: “A man has been charged with drink driving after being arrested at Orsett. Robert Ray, 65, of Purfleet Road, Aveley, was stopped by officers at Orsett Hall at 2.15am on Friday, 13 June. He has been bailed and will appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on 1 July.
The event at Orsett Hall was a £55 a head fundraiser for UKIP organised by the Thurrock branch of UKIP, which is supporting Mr Aker in his quest to ‘double up’ as a Westminster MP after his success in the recent East of England European elections. He has been nominated as the party’s candidate for the Borough seat.
Read more at Your Thurrock
Posted: 18 Jun 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 17:16
Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno has said he thinks UKIP leader Nigel Farage is a "dangerous man" who the whole country should be "keeping an eye on".
The right-wing, anti-Europe political party recently stormed to victory in the European elections, gaining MEPs in Scotland, Wales and every English region. It was the first time since the general election in 1906 that a political party other than Labour or the Conservatives have topped a national election.
'It's incredible how seriously people are taking him, so on that basis we should start taking him seriously as well and figure out what we can do about it," he added. "Growing up in Leicester, it's so multicultural. It's created an incredible city; a vibrant, creative place. It's what makes it amazing. We need to keep an eye on that geezer. Hard."
Read more at The NME
Posted: 18 Jun 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 16 June 2014, 11:41
As Nigel Farage and UKIP attempt to form allegiances in the EU in the hope of keeping their Europe of Freedom & Democracy Group alive, one UKIP organiser has made an astonishing racist slur which could ultimately damage Farage's best efforts.
The Italian 5-Star Movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo voted last week to join UKIP paving the way for an alliance in the EFD in the hope of giving the group's members more power over European legislation, access to more funding and the right to sit on committees.
To form an official group in the EU requires 25 MEP's signing up from 7 different EU countries. The EFD still fall short as they currently only have members from the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.
However, a leading UKIP official Brian Higginson, Northern Ireland Regional organiser and culture spokesman appears to be not as keen on the Italian nation as his party leader Nigel Farage.
In the run up to the recent World Cup clash between England & Italy, Higginson wrote on Facebook "Right, come on the sons of St George, get into these Italian greasers"
Is this the official UKIP line on Anglo/Italian relations? Wonder what Beppe Grillo will make of it ?
Posted: 16 Jun 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: James Lyons | on: Saturday, 14 June 2014, 12:23
A leading UKIP activist has been charged with sexually assaulting a homeless immigrant.
Peter Lello, 44, is due in court later this month accused of attacking the man, believed to be Bulgarian, on the first May bank holiday weekend.
The Mirror revealed on polling day he was arrested and Scotland Yard today said he had been charged on Thursday night.
It is a huge embarrassment for the party, which tried to make immigration from Bulgaria and Romania a major election issue.
Lello, who failed to be elected mayor of Lewisham in South East London last month, is suspended from his job as an underwriter at the Government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department.
Read the full story in The Mirror
Posted: 14 Jun 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Ross Hawkins | on: Thursday, 12 June 2014, 18:18
Nigel Farage has declared to the Electoral Commission over £205,603 worth of benefits-in-kind accumulated over more than 10 years.
The Electoral Commission says he should have made the declarations within 30 days of accepting the benefits.
It is considering whether to take action against him.
UKIP's leader has had free use of a barn for his constituency office since 2001 but until now has not informed the Electoral Commission.
The commission says he should have told them about the value of the rent-free deal.
Records released today show he failed to do so until after the property featured in news stories in April, and he was contacted by the Commission.
A commission spokeswoman said: "At the moment, our party finance team is still reviewing all of the necessary information supplied to us by Mr Farage and are considering it carefully.
"Once this process is complete we will take a decision on whether any further action against him is necessary."
It has the power to fine him up to £20,000.
But Nigel Farage said he had always declared the property - an old grain store near Lyminster - in a register in Brussels.
He told the BBC he had declared it as a benefit in kind there every year since 2001.
He added: "The Electoral Commission decided it's a donation in kind to UKIP. I don't understand it for a moment. I took advice which I thought at the time was right."
A UKIP spokesman said: "Every year since 2001, Mr Farage has declared in his European Parliament Register of Interests the use of a rent-free office from J Longhurst Ltd. The premises has been used as his MEP office so the European Parliamentary register was the logical place for it to be declared.
"Mr Farage was surprised to learn that the Electoral Commission thought it should be informed as well as this did not accord with the professional advice he had received at the time."
Posted: 12 Jun 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 12 June 2014, 17:35
I'm a massive football fan and I can't wait for the start later of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Like many, I'm a long suffering England supporter, yet I always back the team no matter how well they perform.
Not so for a newly elected UKIP councillor and organiser from Broxbourne.
David Platt, UKIP's only representative on Broxbourne council can't bring himself to support his national team, even before they kick a ball in anger.
Despite the fact that UKIP pride themselves as being ultra patriotic, Platt announced on social media that he and his family can't support England and has therefore opted to support the Italian team.
How very patriotic of him !
Posted: 12 Jun 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 19:16
A senior Ukip politician has resigned from his party following a scuffle with a protester during the election campaign.
County councillor Tony Hooke – arrested in May in connection with an assault – says he quit Ukip to avoid discrediting it should he be charged in the run-up to next year’s General Election.
His arrest came after an incident between members of the party and protesters at a meeting at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on April 28 which had been attended by party leader Nigel Farage and launched Ukip’s breakthrough election campaign.
Read the full article at The Southern Daily Echo
Posted: 11 Jun 2014 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Asa Bennett | on: Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 17:29
Ukip and party leader Nigel Farage peddle "ridiculous nonsense" about the impact immigrants have on Britain, Cobra Beer boss Lord Bilimoria has said.
Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, the India-born crossbench peer lashed out at the eurosceptic party for their "complete scaremongering" and "misleading rhetoric" about immigration.
"I think that this country would not be where it is without all the benefits of immigration taking place over the decade," he said.
"We are where we are, one of the top 10 economies and at the top table of the world, mainly because of the input of immigrants and the religious and ethnic minority community."
Lord Bilimoria's comments come after retail tycoon Theo Paphitis told HuffPost UK that it was "nonsense" to say that migrants were "robbing" native Britons of their jobs.
Citing academic research, Lord Bilimoria pointed out that immigrants from the European Union have made a "huge" contribution to Britain's economy.
"They're young, they work hard, they pay their taxes, they do not use the NHS as much and they do on the whole use the benefits system less. Of course you've got to clamp down on the people who abuse our benefit system, but they're in the minority."
Read the full article in The Huffington Post
Posted: 11 Jun 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Marco Giannangeli | on: Sunday, 8 June 2014, 15:07
UKIP may be forced into a U-turn and join with Marine Le Pen’s National Front party if it hopes to have any power in Europe, it emerged last night.
The warning comes as it was revealed that the Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom had spoken to Le Pen and assured her that in the UK "hardly anyone knows what anti-Semitic means".
Many of the party’s former allies have abandoned Ukip’s European Freedom and Democracy group to join Conservative European Conservatives and Reformers bloc.
The last fortnight has seen frenetic negotiations, dubbed “the mating season”, between various national parties to form influential blocs in the 751-seat European Parliament.
With fringe parties winning a record 30 per cent of the total vote in May, it marks a starkly different political landscape, and one full of horse-trading opportunities.
Ukip bullishly maintained its opposition to France’s National Front last night, insisting that it would be able to form a bloc – which must consist of at least 25 MEPs from seven nations - without Ms Le Pen.
But the French victor is also having trouble. Desperate to portray her party as moderate, she has rejected alliances with extremist groups from Greece, Hungary and Bulgaria and is keen to persuade Nigel Farage to form an alliance.
In a recent meeting with disgraced Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom, she is reported to have asked how her National Front party was perceived in the UK.
Mr Bloom, who is about to step down as MEP at the end of the month, lost the Ukip whip and left the EFD group earlier this year after having jokingly called a female audience "sluts" slapping a BBC journalist on the street. He is still a Ukip party member, however, and his reply did not help Mr Farage’s cause.
According to witnesses in the Brussels hotel lobby where the pair met, he told the French leader that her worries the National Front may be seen as anti-Semitic were unfounded because in Britain "hardly anyone knows what anti-Semitic means".
Read the full article in The Express
Posted: 8 Jun 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Valentina Pop | on: Friday, 6 June 2014, 20:47
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Thursday evening (5 June) met outgoing independent MEP Godfrey Bloom, who still retains Ukip membership in Britain
Officially, Ukip is not interested in an alliance with Le Pen, but Bloom is a long-time supporter of the French politician and has ignored Ukip leader Nigel Farage's request not to contact her.
Bloom lost the Ukip whip and left the European Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group earlier this year after having jokingly called a female audience "sluts" and after having slapped a BBC journalist on the street.
He has retained party membership back home, but has not been re-elected to the new parliament.
According to sources close to the meeting, Bloom had a friendly conversation with Le Pen, who was interested in how her party might be perceived in Britain.
He told her that her worries the National Front may be seen as anti-Semitic are unfounded because in Britain "hardly anyone knows what anti-Semitic means".
Read the full story at The EU Observer
Posted: 6 Jun 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Rowena Mason | on: Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 21:06
Nigel Farage has said most legal tax avoidance is "ok" after being questioned about why around £45,000 of income was paid into his private company rather than a personal bank account.
While denying he used the company to avoid any tax, the Ukip leader said nobody voluntarily paid anything to HM Revenue and Customs and defended the practice of reducing a tax bill within the law.
He made the remarks to the Southend Echo, which raised questions about his tax affairs and the registration of his private company, Thorn in the Side, to the address of his Essex accountants. He has previously rejected allegations that the company – of which he is the only director and 100% shareholder – could be used to reduce his tax bill.
"This firm of accountants did a lot of business with City brokerage companies and was recommended to me," he told the newspaper.
"No one voluntarily pays any additional income to the Inland Revenue. Most forms of legal tax avoidance are ok, but clearly some are not."
He dismissed criticism of the setup, saying it would not save money on his tax bill: "To receive money personally I have to pay 40%. Corporation tax at 20% is for retained profits [kept in the company] only, therefore the criticism is ridiculous."
Using personal services companies is perfectly legal but their use by civil servants potentially to reduce tax bills has been criticised by George Osborne, the chancellor, and Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury. Being paid into a company can help reduce a tax bill substantially as personal income taxes can be higher than the amount paid through corporation and dividend taxes.
It comes as Farage spent the day before the Newark byelection at a travel and tourism conference in Malta, rather than campaigning with the Ukip candidate, Roger Helmer. His absence from the last few days of the campaign is likely to fuel speculation that Ukip has given up winning the Nottinghamshire seat, where the parliamentary poll will be held on Thursday. David Cameron and Osborne have both visited the constituency in recent days.
There was speculation that Farage himself could have stood in the seat vacated by disgraced Tory Patrick Mercer, who stepped down following a lobbying scandal. However, Farage said he wanted to stand in the south-east next year and to concentrate on the European election campaign, which saw Ukip come first to the humiliation of the other parties.
Read the full article at The Guardian
Posted: 4 Jun 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 19:14
The Tamworth Herald has just posted an interesting story regarding the link up between UKIP's only councillor in the area Tony Madge.
Madge was elected earlier this month to represent UKIP for the Stonydelph ward on Tamworth Borough Council.
The newspaper reveals Madge is to join forces with the town’s only Independent Party councillor to “have a stronger voice” on the council.
The Tamworth Independent councillor in question is Chris Cooke, a person we are very familiar with at Hope not hate HQ.
In 2007 Cooke admitted aiding the far-right wing British National Party with their election campaign in a local byelection.
Cooke's firm PDQ printed the postal vote letters for the BNP candidate Lynne Smith and later admitted to being a close friend of the BNP activist, helping her post the letters to voters, prior to the Castle Ward by-election.
A regular on internet forums, Cooke was a known BNP sympathiser and in a letter to Tamworth residents, Cooke defended BNP candidates, saying they had become the victims of 'hysterical propaganda' for 'daring to stand for a legal political party that says immigration has gone too far and we must get out of the EU'.
On his personal website Cooke also had a link to the BNP arguing that the party is the victim of “smears, lies and disinformation.”
In an interview with the Tamworth Times Councillor Cooke said voting for the BNP was ‘an option’ for him that he would not be ashamed of. It was also revealed by the newspaper that Cooke has been posting pro-BNP comments on websites for two years prior to the Castle Ward by election.
In one of his internet messages, posted on the BNP’s own message board in September 2005 Cooke wrote of NHS salaries: “I hope when the BNP come to power (note –when’!) that they allow themselves to dig a bit deeper into such things as the NHS than just the pay of the top guys. The whole edificial empire needs an overhaul.”
In September 2007 he described BNP party members as ‘sincere, brave and intelligent’.
The Tamworth councillor was also on friendly terms with Coventry BNP organiser and current BNP West Midlands organiser Alwyn Deacon, helping them leaflet in Bede,Nuneaton.
Cooke was a member of UKIP until 2001, it seems his particular brand of nastiness is in demand by the party once again.
Posted: 4 Jun 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Martin Shipton | on: Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 09:16
Wales' newly-elected Ukip MEP says he sees no inconsistency between his party’s stance on immigration and the fact that he employed “dozens” of eastern European and Filipino workers in a care company.
It has emerged that Mr Gill, who lives in Anglesey, was a director of a number of family businesses that owned property and provided care services on contract to Hull City Council in Yorkshire.
He yesterday confirmed he had employed “dozens” of immigrants from new EU countries like Poland and others from the Phillipines. He also said he had provided “bunkhouse” accommodation for employees and others who had migrated from eastern Europe.
One of Ukip’s major campaign policies at the recent election was its opposition to unlimited migration from other EU countries.
Mr Gill said: “We employed people from overseas because we could not find local workers to do the jobs. We had a care home of our own, but mostly our workers were employed on home care contracts we had with Hull City Council and other organisations. The workers were paid more than the minimum wage, but not massively more.
“The amount we could afford to pay was determined by the amount of money we received from the council.
“Working in care is quite tough and we had a big turnover of staff. The bunkhouses were temporary accommodation we offered to people coming from overseas until they could get something more permanent. We charged £50 a week inclusive of electricity to people who would be earning between £200 and £300 a week. I wish I had that proportion of spending money left after paying my mortgage.”
Mr Gill said he did not consider there was any inconsistency between his role as a Ukip politician advocating Ukip’s policies and his previous role as someone involved in importing labour from overseas.
He said: “So far as the workers from the Philippines were concerned, it was not at all easy to get work permits. We had to demonstrate the lengths we had gone to in trying to recruit local labour. Work permits would not have been granted if we could have recruited locally
Read the full article at Wales Online
Posted: 4 Jun 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Sunday, 1 June 2014, 20:06
A Ukip MEP has said the NHS should fund 'gay cure therapy'.
Roger Helmer, who is standing in the Newark by-election this week, suggested it is no different to treating trans-gender people.
He told the Daily Mail: "One person is unhappy with their physical sex and wants to change it and we say, ‘OK you can do it’.
"You have a homosexual who says, ‘I’m homosexual, actually I’d rather be straight, is there a way of fixing it?’
"We say to the person who wants to change from a man to a woman or vice versa, ‘Please do that on the NHS’.
"We say to this guy, ‘That’s wicked, you’re not allowed to think about it’."
He also added that same-sex marriages should not be treated with the same respect as traditional marriages.
Helmer is already known for his dubious views on gay people saying it was okay for people to find homosexuality "distasteful if not viscerally repugnant".
Further, when asked if immigration has benefits he replied: "‘I like Indian restaurants too."
Read the full article at The Huffington Post
Posted: 1 Jun 2014 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Paul Hutcheon | on: Sunday, 1 June 2014, 11:31
UKIP's newly elected MEP in Scotland has said his party would try to reverse a Yes vote in September's referendum.
David Coburn said Ukip would back a referendum on Scotland returning to the Union as part of the next General Election campaign.
He also revealed plans to help make Scotland Tory-free by targeting Conservative David Mundell's seat.
Ukip made its electoral breakthrough north of the Border last week. The SNP, which made opposing Ukip a key plank of its campaign, was denied a third MEP.
Coburn, who has made a series of controversial remarks about drugs, the birth rate and gay marriage, has now caused a row about the referendum.
A cross-party consensus has so far existed on how to react to September's result: the SNP has said a No vote would kill independence for a "generation", while the pro-Union parties have agreed to accept a Yes victory.
But asked how he would respond as an MEP for Scotland to a Yes vote, Coburn said: "I would want Scotland returning to the UK and I would be pushing for renegotiation."
Read the full article at The Herald
Posted: 1 Jun 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments