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Is Patrick O’Flynn Bought & Paid For?

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 06/05/2013

Is Patrick O’Flynn Bought & Paid For?
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Is Patrick O’Flynn Bought & Paid For?
For what passes for a professional journalist he does seem remarkably partisan especially having been a guest speaker at UKIP’s conference!
Similarly Farage seemed decidedly shifty when questioned by Michael Crick regarding the status of Paul MacMullen laterly of the NoTW!

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the light weight nature of this adulatory posting by Patrick O’Flynn would tend to indicate that there is more than a little truth in the report made on this blog a few days ago outlining that we had sound reason to believe that Patrick O’Flynn’s reports were far from reliable and were motivated more by ambition than professional or responsible journalism – resulting from the fact that he has been offered a leading position on UKIP’s MEP selection list in return for supportive articles both in his employers newspaper and elsewhere.

May 6th, 2013 in Featured, Outside View

UKIP leader Nigel Farage arrives in Westminster after a successful night in the local council electi

The spectacular rise of UKIP

WELL, I was expecting it and I dare say you were expecting it, but the Westminster political class really wasn’t expecting the spectacular UKIP advance in the local elections.

A few commentators had predicted modest gains – perhaps 40 council seats. Many others had cast doubt on the ability of Nigel Farage’s “ragbag army” to fight a nationwide set of elections. Yet more thought that once the negative campaigning techniques of the bigger parties and their sympathetic pressure groups were unleashed that the vast majority of voters could be deterred from even considering UKIP. It was all rubbish.

But it is the sort of rubbish we have come to expect. Time and again since the last general election political pundits have underestimated the appeal of UKIP and the prospects for UKIP.

Around two years ago when I dared to predict on Twitter that UKIP would soon overtake the Lib Dems in the opinion polls I had my sanity questioned. Now it is a rare poll that shows the Lib Dems in touching distance of UKIP’s (unprompted) vote share.

But failing to predict the rise of UKIP and failing to understand the appeal of UKIP has not deterred the punditry class from pontificating about why it has happened. The consensus seems to be that this is a mid-term protest movement and that a few tactical ploys by the Tories will cause it to ebb away.

Well as one of the few pundits who did forecast the rise of UKIP, I have some news for my colleagues: people voted UKIP last Thursday in very large part because they agree with UKIP policies.

From the flagship policy of leaving the EU, to support for reclaiming our border controls, to cutting the foreign aid budget, to ditching expensive green energy gimmicks, to dumping the European Court of Human Rights and building more prison places the polling evidence shows that UKIP’s positions command the support of huge swathes of the electorate.

On all the above issues the fundamental positions of Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems are pretty much identical and are unpopular beyond the chattering classes.

So that’s the answer; people support UKIP because they have been brilliantly led, yes. Because living standards are falling and the electorate wishes to kick the Westminster parties, yes. But most of all because only UKIP has dared to break with the politically correct centre-Left consensus that dominates elite opinion.

As it happens I do not think producing half-strength versions of UKIP policies will do David Cameron a lot of good. Having billed himself as a Tory moderniser obsessed with the centre-ground, it would look fake were he now to mount a wholesale move to the Right. His best chance is to be true to himself – whatever that is – and at least get a few plaudits for belated authenticity.

UKIP will continue to prosper by challenging the consensus of the elites on the EU, aid, law and order, energy policy, the human rights regime and the rest. The biggest challenge facing it is the first past the post system at the general election of 2015.

But even here the clever money is no longer on UKIP being unable to win seats. Yes, the party attracts votes in considerable numbers all over the country now. But it also has strong-holds; Ramsey, parts of Lincolnshire, Essex and Kent. A double-digit vote share and a clutch of parliamentary seats in 2015 is certainly a realistic target now.

And before that of course come the European elections of 2014 and the prospect of giving the Conservatives a humiliating thrashing less than a year before the general election.

There even now exists the substantial possibility – and I put it no higher than that – that we are witnessing the beginnings of a permanent transformation of British electoral politics, that never again will Labour or the Conservatives be able to command a parliamentary majority, even under first past the post and that both these traditional political brands are in an irreversible long-term decline. If this is the case then UKIP has by far the best prospects of any alternative of breaking into the Westminster big time.

If it does so, can it please promise the British electorate to remain the voice of common sense and never to turn its back on the beliefs and interests of millions of patriotic and hardworking British people.

Patrick O'Flynn

Patrick O’Flynn is the Chief Political Commentator at the Daily Express. He tweets at@oflynnexpress

To view the original sales pitch for UKIP CLICK HERE.

Regards,

Greg_L-W..

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Another potential UKIP MEP waiting in the wings? – Questions that Patrick O’Flynn and Nigel Farage must answer

Heading for Brussels as a member of Nigel’s EUKIP Gravy Train?

Patrick O’Flynn – chief political correspondent for the Express – has been the subject of some interesting discussions recently. His coverage of Farage has been laudatory to say the least. Indeed, he appears to be falling over himself to present Nigel in the most glowing terms – LINK – He even spoke at the UKIP conference!

Sources close to Farage have told us that O’Flynn has been offered a lead MEP position by Farage in exchange for a pro-Farage/UKIP line. We can confirm that Farage has met O’Flynn. The MEP lists have also been discussed.

Would Mr O’Flynn care to comment on this? And would Nigel like to confirm or deny the offer of a MEP seat to O’Flynn? And is O’Flynn’s boss at the Express aware of these allegations and the fact that O’Flynn’s supposed impartiality has been seriously brought into question?

This is not the first time Farage has been accused of offering an MEP seat to a journalist. Here is an interesting article by Michael Crick of Channel 4. The video that accompanies the original article is also most interesting. Farage’s discomfort can clearly be seen. Nigel is not a very good liar! You will need to click on the link at the end of Crick’s article to view it.

From Channel 4 News:

In my Channel 4 News report from South Shields last night I was unable to include a series of exchanges I had with Nigel Farage about the controversial former News of the World journalist Paul McMullan, who has frequently in public defended the use of phone hacking.

Mr McMullan had planned to stand as a Ukip candidate in tomorrow’s election in Kent, but then, three weeks ago, the party’s national executive committee barred him from standing. McMullan is now standing as an independent tomorrow, under the slogan “Save Village Pubs” (he’s a pub landlord himself).

I first noticed Paul McMullan’s connection with Ukip when I spotted him at the party’s spring conference in Exeter on 23 March, and I even mentioned his presence in my report from Exeter on C4 News that night. McMullan claimed not only to have joined Ukip, but also that he had been appointed press officer of the party’s local branch in Dover and Deal.

Mr McMullan told me yesterday that while he was in Exeter that weekend, Nigel Farage actually encouraged him to put his name forward as a Ukip candidate, not for the council elections, but for the European elections next year, and the Westminster general election in 2015. McMullan recalls Farage saying: “Marvellous. Go and get the forms filled in,” and encouraging him to join the recruitment process for Ukip candidates.

Yesterday afternoon in South Shields, I put to Nigel Farage Paul McMullan’s claim that the Ukip leader had actually urged him to stand for election. It was an example, I suggested, that the party didn’t know what it was doing. Farage vehemently said he didn’t remember any such conversation. “I don’t recall saying anything to Mr McMullan about him being a candidate.”

Paul McMullan says that he had two personal connections with Farage. He says the Ukip leader was a friend of his older brother in Kent, and also his former father-in-law, whose funeral Farage attended. “I like Nigel Farage very much,” says McMullan. He was the sole reason I joined Ukip, and why I wanted to stand. I joined Ukip because of him. I’m not sure I’ve said anything bad about Ukip, and I still think they make a lot of sense.”

McMullan was subsequently picked as a Ukip candidate for the council elections tomorrow, but then the Ukip high command heard about it, intervened and quickly axed him. “There was a feeling that his candidacy for Ukip would be a distratction as he’d be the story rather than the party,” the Ukip executive chairman Steve Crowther says. Ukip feared their 55 other candidates in Kent would be “overshadowed by Mr McMullan’s personality”. Paul McMullan has described the decision as being “stabbed in the back with a rusty blade”.

If Nigel Farage did encourage McMullan to become a Ukip candidate, it was a highly questionable judgement by the Ukip leader. McMullan has frequently appeared in the media in the last few years defending the use of phone-hacking, both at the News of the World, and elsewhere. “I see nothing wrong with it at all,” he says. “I’d happily hack your phone if I’d got something that suggesting you were doing something against the public interest, like being in the pay of one of the political parties.”

It’s all very curious. One man’s word against another. Nigel Farage against Paul McMullan. Not an easy choice.

Source Team Junius blog.

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