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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 30 August 2014, 14:46
Here is a rather illuminating quote from UKIP's Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP Taken from The Scotsman newpaper last week.
Wonder what our Scottish followers make of it ?
Posted: 30 Aug 2014 | There are 9 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 29 August 2014, 16:52
Let me introduce you to UKIP supporter Miles Jackson.
The following message was taken from Twitter. As UKIP become more popular so does the amount of messages like this on social media.
Posted: 29 Aug 2014 | There are 12 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Ben Quinn | on: Thursday, 28 August 2014, 20:23
Ukip's existing general election candidate in Clacton-on-Sea said he had no intention of standing aside for the Conservative defector Douglas Carswell – and even said that the Tories had been making overtures to him.
Roger Lord, a former Conservative candidate turned Ukip member, said that the announcement by Carswell "was a complete surprise to me". He said that he had first heard about the news whilst at work, when he was called.
"There are some basic courtesies that one expects. Douglas Carswell could at least have called me an hour before his announcement," Lord said.
"It's pretty arrogant of Douglas Carswell to assume that the voters and the electorate are like sheep and they will just go along with this.
"I genuinely hope that the national executive of Ukip will hear me out. For starters though It's pure bad manners for someone from Ukip who I have never met to just ring me up and tell me to shut up.
"Nigel Farage also contacted me and I had a word with him. I have known him since 1997 and have stuck with him but I do have a few options open. I have been contacted by a prominent Eurosceptic who I have known for a long time and he said that he would back me 100%.
"A bottom line though is that I would like a fair hearing and to stand on a stage with Douglas Carswell to put my side of the story. I have stood in several general elections and I have stood on platforms with a good many MPs and I know that I can hold my own.
"After I was selected I had already formed campaign team, which actually includes campaign members who are former supporters of Douglas Carswell. They have already said to me that they are not going to support him."
Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:11
Tory Douglas Carswell has defected to UKIP and quit as MP for Clacton, saying he will contest the subsequent by-election for the party.
If he wins the support of voters he will be the first elected UK Independence Party MP in the Commons.
The maverick Eurosceptic backbencher said he wanted to "shake up" the cosy Westminster "clique".
Mr Carswell made his surprise announcement at a news conference in central London.
He told reporters he did not believe Conservative leader and Prime Minister David Cameron was "serious about the change we need".
He said the decision to jump ship from the Conservatives had given him "sleepless nights" but he wanted to see "fundamental change in British politics" and UKIP - a party he believed belonged to its members rather than a "little clique" of political insiders - could deliver it.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who this week was selected to fight South Thanet at the 2015 general election, said it was the "bravest and most honourable" decision he had ever seen in British politics.
Mr Carswell has been an outspoken critic of Westminster politics since being elected in 2005, calling for more democratic accountability such as open primaries to select candidates and recall elections for MPs who break the rules.
Explaining his decision to force a by-election - which he did not have to do in order to sit as a UKIP MP - he said: "The only honourable thing to do is to say to the people of Clacton, who I represent in Westminster, it's their choice."
Mr Carswell, who was an early supporter of Mr Cameron when he was bidding for the party leadership, said he had not spoken to the prime minister before announcing his decision.
Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 21 August 2014, 22:46
Despite UKIP's best attempts to dampen the fire that began following Janice Atkinson's controversial comments that referred to a Thai UKIP member as a "Ting Tong" it appears that the controversy is far from disappearing.
Atkinson’s comments were recorded by the BBC. In the footage the MEP can be heard talking about a married couple who she had met earlier in the day saying: “...so that was good. We've got Fa who's, I dunno, she's a ting tong from somewhere.”
She attempted to claim that the comments were naive rather than malicious and said she was “incredibly sorry” for offending the couple.
She said: “I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry. It was poor judgment and naivety on my part rather than words spoken with any malice."
UKIP claimed that Atkinson had offered the couple, Mr & Mrs Munday from Ramsgate a full apology, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage also making a hastily arranged personal visit to the Munday's.
However, it has become clear that the Ramsgate couple are still far from impressed with the behaviour of Janice Atkinson.
On a posting made on social media, Vincent Munday wrote:
"Let's put a few myths to bed once and for all.
My wife and I did not go to the BBC, it was rather a case of us being tricked into listening to the video whilst on camera, hence the shock on our faces when we hear Janice Atkinson referring to my wife as a ting tong from somewhere.
I would like to say however that we are glad that we were told what she had said and I thank Elle from the BBC for playing it to us.
In my opinion, rather than naively saying what she said, Ms Atkinson used the term referring to the little Britain character, her subsequent "apology" means nothing, she said what she meant and meant what she said.
I can categorically state that my wife was never up for sale and that she was not a "Thai bride". Ms Atkinson did phone me the next day, anyone with half an ounce of decency would have done their utmost to say sorry but as opposed to doing this her arrogance prevailed, she spent most of the time pointing what damage my wife and I would do to the party and Nigel, she didn't seem to realise that it was her comments that were doing that.
The rest of the time was spent trying to point out what a lovely person she was because she had tried to help her husbands best friends wife, who also happens to be a Thai national, stay in the country.
Her written apology which was obviously written by a press team meant nothing, her silence since the incident has been deafening, she has done nothing to put the matter to bed. Yes Nigel has come to my house and apologised, whilst this is a lovely gesture, he did nothing wrong and the apology was unwarranted.
I would like to say at this point that my wife and I bear him and the party no malice whatsoever. The story has since been on Thai tv, this has hurt my wife badly and she has been very upset by this, it's hard for us to understand this, Thai culture is quite complicated but she has shed a few tears which upsets me too.
Once again, in my opinion, Janice Atkinson has shown her true colours, I think she has her own interests at heart, she is an arrogant racist who has been caught out and I firmly believe deserves to be ejected from the party because it's very unlikely her arrogance would allow her to leave of her own volition.
Anyone who knows my wife will know what a sweet and lovely person she is and that she certainly didn't deserve Ms Atkinson's horrible comment."
More on this later....
Posted: 21 Aug 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 21 August 2014, 11:32
A former UKIP election candidate is due to appear at Crown Court next week on three charges alleging under-age sexual grooming on the internet.
Ronald John Loebell from Clitheroe, Lancs has been charged with attempting to cause a 12-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.
The three charges he faces arise out of alleged activity on a teenage chat internet site when he was in contact with someone claiming to be a 12-year-old girl. He was, in fact, communicating unknowingly with an undercover police officer.
He faces two charges of attempting to cause a child under 13 to watch/look at an image of sexual activity, and a third charge of attempting to cause/incite a female child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
The case has been sent for a pre trial review with the possibility of further charges being brought against the former UKIP man.
Loebell was a candidate for UKIP in Edisford Ward in the Ribble Valley Borough Council elections of May 2011 and also stood for election to Clitheroe Town Council, but was beaten in both contests.
Posted: 21 Aug 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Paul Gallagher | on: Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 12:21
An investment firm whose major shareholder is the controversial former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has been ordered to pay a retired couple more than £2m in damages after losing a High Court case where it was condemned for giving “negligent advice” and gambling their money on mining and natural resource funds.
Andrew and Kirsty Mohun-Smith said they were horrified after discovering that York-based TBO Investments Ltd had ignored their request for cautious financial planning and instead placed almost all their money in unregulated high-risk schemes which were later suspended. TBO made no attempt to make any offer to the Mohun-Smiths after the couple complained, nor did the company agree to mediation. TBO Director Scott Robinson, a former business partner of Mr Bloom’s, did not bother to attend the court hearing in June and sent a sick note which Judge Richard Seymour QC dismissed.
TBO must now pay £2.24m and were ordered by the judge pay an interim payment of £30,000 by 14 July, but the Mohun-Smiths are yet to receive a penny. A subsequent appeal by Mr Robinson was also thrown out and TBO was ordered to pay an extra £10,000 in court costs.
Mr Mohun-Smith, 57, said: “I relied upon [TBO] to put in place investments for us that would provide a reliable and comfortable standard of living for the rest of our lives. However, to my complete horror it has become clear that nearly all our money was placed in unregulated collective investment schemes which have been suspended with an almost complete loss of capital.
“This company and its advisor Scott Robinson must be stopped from giving financial advice to members of the public. They provide negligent and misleading advice. They do not seem to realise that they are playing not only with people’s money but their lives and it cannot continue.”
Since the High Court ruling, TBO has ignored all communication from the Mohun-Smith’s solicitor Jonathan Mortimer, from Raworths in Harrogate, including requests to provide details of TBO’s insurance policy. Mr Mortimer has now written to all three TBO directors – Mr Robinson, David McLaughlin, a former Ukip employee in Mr Bloom’s office, and Christopher Tresidder – as he pursues them individually for the £2m compensation advising them to take independent legal advice in respect of personal liability.
Latest company accounts show that Mr Bloom owns 53.5 per cent of TBO Investments. He was director of TBO between 1992 and 2004, the year he became an MEP, although he remained a consultant until 2007. TBO was also fined £28,000 in 2008 over an “'unacceptable risk of unsuitable investment advice being provided” for six years from 2001-07. There is no implication that Mr Bloom was involved in any of TBO’s advice to its clients.
Ukip withdrew the party whip from Mr Bloom in September 2013 after he struck a journalist in the street and referred to woman as “sluts” at his party conference. He sat as an independent MEP until the end of his term in office in May this year. In 2009 it emerged that Mr Bloom, then Ukip MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, used his parliamentary staff allowance to pay three assistants, including Mr McLaughlin, who were also employed by TBO.
In a separate case TBO was hit by the Financial Ombudsman Service last month when the watchdog ordered the firm and Mount Sterling Wealth (MSW), another financial company run by Mr Robinson and Mr McLaughlin from the same address as TBO, to pay a pensioner £20,000 after she received “negligent” advice.
The woman, who only wants to be known as Mrs Q, was left “devastated” after discovering Mr Robinson invested 60 per cent of her £50,000 life savings in high-risk mining and natural resource funds between 2007 and 2011. Mrs Q was 64 and drawing her state pension when she first invested with TBO and living with her partner in a property with a “reasonably significant” mortgage. She was one of several TBO clients who received letters from Mr Robinson in 2011 inviting them to transfer into his new firm MSW. Mr Robinson subsequently increased Mrs Q’s exposure to high-risk funds to 80 per cent and she has fought for two years to get her retirement savings back. Ombudsman James Harris ordered both TBO and MSW to pay Mrs Q “fair compensation”, which has been estimated at £10,000 from each firm.
Mrs Q, who turns 71 on Monday, told The Independent: “I entrusted the majority of my life savings to TBO Investments and more recently Mount Sterling Wealth. I was devastated when I found out that I had lost so much of my original investment particularly as I had just retired. What has made the experience so much more frustrating has been their response to the claim - in particular, they have denied liability throughout, failed to keep to deadlines imposed not only by their own internal procedures but also by the Financial Adjudicator and even suggested that I was an experienced investor who should have known the risk that I was taking on.
“I have only been paid £5,000 by MSW after numerous letters from my solicitor threatening to wind up the companies and it looks as if I have no alternative put to take enforcement action to recover the majority of the money still due to me.”
Mr Mortimer, who is also representing Mrs Q, said: “I would understand if the directors put their hands up and admitted to a mistake but the way they have conducted themselves is absolutely disgraceful.”
Mr Bloom told The Independent on Friday he was “stunned and horrified” to hear about the rulings against TBO and size of compensation owed to the Mohun-Smiths and Mrs Q.
He said: “I’m just back from holiday and don’t know anything about it. I’m majority shareholder but left the company in 2004. When I was there TBO never handled any money. I simply can’t understand how this has happened. When I was there at no time would we have allowed investments to be made in unregulated funds as we would simply not have passed regulatory inspection had we done so.”
Mr Bloom said he “bumped into” Mr Robinson and Mr McLaughlin every year but was unaware of any problems with the company.
He said: “I assumed my shares were worthless. I was told there was a management buy-out of TBO and I understood that it was being wound down. I never received any recompense and just assumed it would happen at some point. I suspect there is much more to this than meets the eye and I certainly hope some good comes of it for those concerned.”
Mr Robinson is believed to be on a two-week holiday and did not return calls. A spokesperson for TBO said: “All the matters relating to the Mohun-Smiths’ claim are in the hands of our solicitors. It would be inappropriate to comment any further pending the Court of Appeal reviewing the matter, save to say that Mount Sterling Wealth Limited has no connection to the Mohun-Smiths’ claim.
“As to Mrs Q, we have no wish, and do not think it would be appropriate, to discuss the specifics of cases or clients. However, whilst we are disappointed with the decision made by the Financial Ombudsman Service the outcome is fully acknowledged.”
Posted: 19 Aug 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Miranda Prynne | on: Monday, 18 August 2014, 19:56
A Ukip MEP has apologised "profusely" after calling a Thai constituent, and member of the party, a "ting tong".
Janice Atkinson, who represents the south east, was recorded making the comments after meeting Fa Munday, a mobile food seller in Ramsgate, Kent.
She said: "..so that was good. We've got Fa who's, I dunno, she's a ting tong from somewhere."
Mrs Munday and her husband Vincent, both loyal Ukip supporters, handed back their membership of the party claiming they felt “betrayed”.
The caterer, 35, who has lived in England since she got married eight years ago, said: "I can't understand why she said that.
"It left me feeling hurt and disgusted. Nobody has ever spoken to me in that way."
Senior party member Ms Atkinson's comments were captured by the BBC team while she spoke to local people and Ukip members in Ramsgate.
She insisted the comments were naive rather than malicious and said she was "incredibly sorry" for offending the couple.
She said: "I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry. It was poor judgment and naivety on my part rather than words spoken with any malice. I am devastated that I have caused hurt and apologise profusely to both Mr and Mrs Munday."
A Ukip spokesman said: "Janice has apologised for the words she used. Ukip in no way condones the use of language that may reflect prejudice or cause offence and we sincerely hope this matter can be resolved privately."
Mr Munday, 54, who had previously campaigned for UKIP, vowed never to support the party again.
He said: "We both feel betrayed, and it's absolutely outrageous what she said.
"Come rain or shine, I was out there leafleting for UKIP, and we get rewarded with this racist bigotry.”
"When we heard the comments, we were absolutely shell-shocked. Nobody should speak like that, not at all."
Vincent and his wife had been members of the party for four years.
He added: "I firmly believe that Nigel Farage doesn't have a racist bone in his body, but Janice Atkinson quite evidently does.
Posted: 18 Aug 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: . | on: Saturday, 16 August 2014, 21:04
Ukip faced a new race row last night over a £28,000 gift from a pensioner branded ‘evil’ by a judge for giving a bomb-making recipe to a man who attacked immigrants’ homes, writes Simon Walters.
Allen Boyce received a two-year suspended jail sentence for handing bomb-making instructions to a British National Party activist who was jailed for a race-hate campaign against Asian families in Eastbourne.
Details of political donations published last week show that Boyce, a National Front parade bugler, who died recently aged 82, left £28,416 in his will to Ukip.
Boyce pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court in 2006 to incitement to possess explosives.
He told Terry Collins how to mix two chemicals needed to make a bomb, and gave him a note claiming he knew a hotel where immigrants lived.
Collins did not use the recipe, but carried out a 14-month race-hate campaign against three families. He was jailed for five years for pelting their homes with stones and a firework tied to a brick.
Judge Anthony Niblett suspended Boyce’s sentence for two years and placed him under a two-year supervision order.
He told him: ‘Your involvement in criminality stems from your extreme political views which are abhorrent to all right-minded people. On mature reflection, you will understand the wrong, indeed the evil, in which you have become involved.’
Last night, Mr Farage reacted quickly to defuse the row and announced the money would be given to charity.
In a statement issued shortly after The Mail on Sunday contacted Ukip over the donation, the party said it was ‘horrified at the provenance of this money’.
It said the cash would now be passed to a charity ‘helping Christians and Yazidis suffering in Kurdistan’.
Posted: 16 Aug 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Leicester Mercury | on: Friday, 15 August 2014, 13:25
A senior member of Leicester's UKIP branch has quit claiming he had suffered online racial abuse at the hands of another party supporter.
Ismail Patel complained to UKIP bosses about messages he had received on Facebook after making a comment about the crisis in Gaza.
The 26-year-old said party officials did not take action against the alleged offender so he decided to leave and join George Galloway's Respect party.
UKIP has said it was unable to substantiate Mr Patel's complaint with the evidence he initially provided – two screen shots – and had asked him for further information that would prove a UKIP member was responsible.
The party says it took Mr Patel's allegation very seriously but he defected to Respect last week before it could complete its inquiry.
Mr Patel, from Beaumont Leys, who joined UKIP last year was the Leicester branch's membership secretary and social administration secretary. He was being assessed as a potential parliamentary candidate in May's General Election.
Mr Patel, who served in the Queen's Lancashire Regiment for six months after leaving school at 16, said he was sure the racist abuse had come from a UKIP member he knew.
Read the full article at The Leicester Mercury
Posted: 15 Aug 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith | on: Sunday, 10 August 2014, 20:53
Ukip MEP Bill Etheridge has been caught in a race-row once again after praising Adolf Hitler for his "magnetic and forceful" qualities as a public speaker to a roomful of prospective party candidates.
Mr Etheridge referenced the Nazi leader’s behaviour during his speeches at the Nuremberg rallies while training young Ukip members planning on standing for council or parliamentary elections, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The West Midlands MEP – who has written a book celebrating "golliwogs" - called on candidates to look to a “hateful figure who achieved a great deal” during his talk.
"Look back to the most magnetic and forceful public speaker possibly in history.
"When Hitler gave speeches, and many of the famous ones were at rallies, at the start he walks, back and forth, looked at people – there was silence, he waited minutes just looking out at people, fixing them with his gaze," he said.
"They were looking back and he would do it for a while. And then they were so desperate for him to start, when he started speaking they were hanging on every word," he said, adding: "I’m not saying direct copy – pick up little moments".
No stranger to controversy, Mr Etheridge defected to Ukip after claiming that his "right to express his views" were being stifled by the Conservative party.
He and his wife had left the Tories after they were summoned to a disciplinary committee and suspended after a colleague complained about pictures on Mr Etheridge’s Facebook page showing him posing with a "golliwog" doll.
He later wrote a book celebrating the controversial children’s toys, using them as an example in his argument about "political correctness".
The Ukip training session was described by Labour MP Mike Gapes as 'unbelievable'.
He said: "I thought nothing could surprise me any more, but this just goes to show that Farage has completely failed to clean up his party.
"One of his MEPs training young candidates to speak like Hitler? Simply unbelievable."
Ukip has repeatedly faced public outcry following offensive or controversial comments by its members. Last year Godfrey Bloom resigned following a string of incidents including joking that the party’s female activists were "sluts", while earlier this year William Henwood, an Enfield council candidate, suggested comedian Lenny Henry should leave Britain to live in a "black country".
Party leader Nigel Farage, who is expected to run for Parliament in the next election, has not commented on the most recent incident.
Instead Mr Etheridge released a statement responding to the criticism surrounding his speech. He said: "I was talking about a whole range of public speakers and the techniques they used. I also mentioned Tony Blair.
"At no point did I endorse Hitler or anybody else. I was merely discussing public speaking and the techniques used down the years.
"Hitler and the Nazis were monsters and I am angry that I am even being asked questions about whether we would wish to be linked with them. Yet another cheap shot to deal with from the media."
Posted: 10 Aug 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Jaya Narain | on: Friday, 1 August 2014, 16:03
A Ukip Euro MP was branded ‘crass, ignorant and insensitive’ yesterday after he joked about encouraging jihadists to blow up a building that spoils his view.
Steven Woolfe said that if ISIS terrorists ever came to the picturesque city of Chester he would ask them to destroy a newly-built NHS centre near his home.
The 46-year-old, who was elected an MEP for North West England in May, told a local newspaper: ‘If you had Ukip policy on planning it would never have got through.
‘My view of the lovely cathedral, one of the most beautiful buildings in England, is now blocked. As a joke, if ISIS came in I would be saying that’s the first building you can get, please. Just move it so I can have my vision back.’
The extreme Islamist group ISIS has been engaged in a series of horrific massacres across Iraq and Syria since early 2013.
Bob Thompson, the Lib Dem’s parliamentary candidate in Chester, said the comment spoke volumes about the character of Ukip. He added: ‘At a time of serious terrorist activity in various parts of the world ... Ukip inviting a terrorist organisation like ISIS to destroy a building in our city is crass, ignorant and insensitive.’
Mr Woolfe, a former barrister who is the party’s Migration and Financial Affairs spokesman, later apologised, saying: ‘The devastating and worrying violence in the Middle East is something I am well aware of and which I have commented on on many occasions. The issues and death are no laughing matter.
‘The joke was to identify an ugly building in Chester which has altered the beautiful historical views and surrounding architectural context.’
Mr Woolfe, 46, said: ‘I simply used hyperbole which is a common method in northern comedy.
'I didn’t think for a moment this would be regarded as something I actually wished for or advocated. In future I shall be more circumspect and just stick to professional language.’
However, agreeing with him about the NHS building, Mr Thompson said it was a ‘poor design which does no favours for our city.’
The building is described as a super-surgery which will amalgamate a number of GP surgeries in the area, something which has angered residents.
Posted: 1 Aug 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments