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UKIP Chairman to face questions from members

7 August 2009

On Wednesday the 12th of August UKIP will be opening the chatroom section of http://www.ukip.org.uk and the Party Chairman Paul Nuttall will be taking part in a live question-and-answer session from 8pm to 10pm.

For the first hour, Paul will be taking pre-written questions and, if time permits, holding a brief discussion on each of those issues. This will hopefully ensure that he can get through a substantial number of questions, and make sure that everyone gets a chance to ask their question. Please submit questions in the ‘Questions for the Party Chairman’ thread on the General Discussions board.

In the second hour, members will be able to ask ‘live’ unscripted questions and there will be more of a round-table discussion to allow members to make suggestions for the Chairman’s attention.

Dont miss out , Make sure you are registered on the partys members forum. If you haven’t already done so click here.

Lifted from Bloggers4UKIP

Update:

Paul Nuttall will now be unable to make the live chat this Wednesday as he has been asked to speak at two separate events where the press will be in attendance. He can, however, make the following day.

The new arrangements will be as follows (8pm-10pm):

Live chat (with Jonathan Arnott, General Secretary) Wednesday 12th August.

Live chat (with Paul Nuttall, Party Chairman) Thursday 13th August.

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UKIP wins seats in Cambridgeshire

24 July 2009

UKIP have won their first council seats in Cambridgeshire – Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire District Council.

In the county election, Councillor Reeve swept up with 865 votes to Conservative Councillor Sun Normington’s 682 votes.

The LibDems took 308 votes, pushing Susan Coomey (Labour) into 4th place with a pitiful 53 votes.

In the district election, Cllr Reeve also took the seat with 753 votes. Conservative Angela Curtis accrued 569, Independent Jeffrey Clarke came third with 303 and Melanie Allgood, LibDem, came fourth on 295.

BBC exclude UKIP from election programmes in Norwich

22 July 2009

Glenn Tingle, the UKIP candidate for the Norwich North by-election, has been excluded from a BBC election hustings programme.

Craig Murray, one of Glenn Tingle’s opponents in the election, says that “many more people have told me that they are voting UKIP, than have said they are voting for any other party”. Feedback from the dozens of UKIP campaigners on the streets every day in Norwich tells much the same story – that Glenn Tingle is currently the lead candidate in Norwich North.

So why is the BBC – required by law to be an independent and impartial broadcaster – excluding the UK’s second largest European party and the party with the leading candidate in the election from a televised hustings? Well, there’s only one way to find out …

The BBC is producing a televised election hustings for the Norwich North by-election but the UKIP candidate has has been excluded.

UKIP is the second largest European party in the UK, the fourth largest political party in the UK and by admission of one of his opponents, the UKIP candidate, Glenn Tingle, is the favourite candidate.

Excluding the leading candidate (or, indeed, any candidate) is unacceptable and I feel certain that if he was a candidate for one of the LibLabCon parties that he would have been included.

You might like to make a complaint to the BBC along similar lines. The more complaints they get, the more likely they are to treat Glenn Tingle fairly.

Lifted from Bloggers4UKIP

Update: The BBC’s response:

Thanks for your e-mail regarding our coverage of UKIP.

Especially when there are a large number of candidates – 12 in Norwich North – the broader interests of the voters would not be served by giving equal coverage to each and every candidate, irrespective of their chances of success. So when editors are deciding how much coverage to give, relatively, to different parties and candidates in any election, one of the key factors they look for is “evidence of past and/or current electoral support” in that electoral area.

On that basis, in Norwich there is clear evidence of support for the three main parties as well as for the Green Party and therefore those parties will be getting similar levels of coverage. Similarly, there is evidence from the recent elections that both UKIP and the BNP have some support in at least parts of the constituency and they will also, proportionately, be given an appropriate level of coverage by programmes covering the by-election.

For example, ‘Look East’ looked at Glenn Tingle’s candidacy on 15 July and Radio Norfolk did a piece on him the following day. UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s visit to the constituency also featured on ‘Look East’ and ‘Look East Special’ on 20 July.

We’d like to assure you that we’ve registered your comments on our audience log. This is the internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily for all programme makers and commissioning executives within the BBC, and also their senior management. It ensures that your points, and all other comments we receive, are circulated and considered across the BBC.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us with your concerns.

Yes, the Irish Guarantee is a fiction – Farage

17 July 2009

Further to a previous post, Nigel Farage, in another hard-hitting speech, declares the Irish ‘guarantee’ to be worthless.

Hat tip: England Expects

Good stuff, Nigel.

Vaclav Klaus’s speech to which Farage refers, offends the EP, because he speaks passionately, with conviction about democracy, which is so lacking in the EP. The EP brooks no opposition, which makes it borderline totalitarian.

UKIP Nigel Farage – The EU hasn’t a clue on Financial markets

14 July 2009

Hat tip: Julian Craig

Blair or Brown to be first EU President?

16 June 2009

If the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by all member states in the autumn, an EU President could be appointed and installed before the end of 2009.

While the Cameron camp says it stands to gain nothing by blocking Blair’s appointment, a spokeswoman declared “We do not accept the need for an EU president”.

Eurosceptics are unlikely to be satisfied with such a vague stance, particularly since Kenneth Clarke threw a spanner in the works on Sunday, casting doubt on Cameron’s allegedly eurosceptic stance.

The Mirror asserts that Brown is likely to be the first EU President, which leads me to suspect that Brown is hanging on to his job so that he can deliver the Lisbon Treaty unto his EU masters in order to swipe the presidency from his old rival Blair.

Philip Davies (Tory MP) is against Brown securing the Presidency, opining that it would be a “slap in the face” for British voters.

It is difficult to discern any decidedly eurosceptic stance from the three mainstream parties so far and it looks increasingly likely that UKIP will have to lead us out of Europe.

UKIP has already embarked on such a course, as Bloggers4UKIP reports:

UKIP’s Lord Willoughby de Broke has introduced the Constitutional Reform Bill 2009 into the House of Lords which, if hell freezes over and the LibLabCon pass it, would:

    • Repeal the European Communities Act 1972
    • Repeal the Human Rights Act 1998
    • Introduce binding referenda
    • Require the British Parliament to approve international treaties and declare war
    • Hand powers down from the British Parliament to local authorities
    • Fix the salary and expenses of a British MP and what expenses can be claimed for

Update: Hague, on asked whether he wants Blair to be President of the EU:

The march of the Eurosceptics

14 June 2009

There was a time when conservative types feared that Labour could win another election and that to get them out of power, we needed to vote Conservative – the latter being preferable to the former.

At the time, smaller parties had no hope of gaining power and the view was that votes for a smaller party would dilute the Conservative vote, ultimately letting Labour back in to power.

The MPs’ expenses exposés had the disaffected clamouring to support non-mainstream parties. This monumental switch has the potential to change the political status quo, diluting the power of the mainstream parties.

Most surveys of public opinion put eurosceptic sentiment at anywhere between 55% and 85%, the overriding sentiment being eurosceptic and gaining ground. Politicians who are europhile because they have the most to gain from “ever closer union”. They seem to care not for their country – just for their 30 pieces of silver.

If Labour’s fortunes decline further and with them, those of the europhile LibDems, we could see a surge in UKIP popularity around the time of the GE. Should that happen, the Tories have most to fear from UKIP – not from Labour.

UKIP will get my vote

14 June 2009

I had fully intended to vote Conservative at the General Election, but after Clarke’s and Hague’s pronouncements today on the Politics Show, I shall be voting UKIP.

Cameron has been prevaricating for too long and now the cat is out of the bag.

Update: UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said:

“This statement just goes to show that all the Tory promises during the European Election campaign about holding a referendum can now be seen to be sheer, brass-necked dishonesty.

“If Cameron’s Conservatives cannot be trusted not to dissemble on this vital matter, how can anybody trust them on anything else?

“Of course we saw that 60% of those who voted on the June 4 voted against the Treaty, but they are not the only ones who are denied their say. Britain deserves a referendum, and deserves to be shot of both this government and the dishonest opposition.

“UKIP will have more than 500 candidates in the next general election and we plan to fight every inch of the way to allow our people a say in their own future. Nothing else is acceptable.”

BBC takes political sides

30 May 2009

Isn’t the BBC supposed to be apolitical and fair to all parties, especially before an election?

Yes, I know they’re biased lefties, but their blatant attack on UKIP on the Today programme should NOT go unchallenged.

Brussels Laid Bare – EU corruption

29 May 2009


UKIP Treasurer Marta Andreasen dared Lord Kinnock to attempt to ban her new book Brussels Laid Bare just days after its launch.

Marta, the former chief accountant for the EU, was sacked when she tried to expose EU waste. She questioned EU accounting practices and accountability and frequently clashed with the former Labour leader, Neil Kinnock who was an EU Commissioner at the time.

“I very much hope one of the drivers of the gravy train such as Lord Kinnock will try to ban this book,” she said.

“Kinnock is blamed and shamed in the book but I don’t think he’ll have the nerve to try and stop it. I’m sure he has read it but, if he is clever, he’ll try to ignore it.”

At Andreason’s book launch on Monday in Westminster, she urged every voter to read it before the European Elections on June 4.

Christopher Booker describes Brussels Laid Bare as “a chilling cross between two of Franz Kafka novels, The Trial and The Castle“.

Read Christopher Booker’s full review.

Should Amazon be out of stock, purchase Brussels Laid Bare here.

Marta Andreasen is standing as a UKIP MEP candidate on 4th June.