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True Blue Tories & Farage’s Pale Blue Party Watered Down UKIP!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 31/01/2014

True Blue Tories & Farage’s Pale Blue Party Watered Down UKIP!
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True Blue Tories & Nigel Farage’s Pale Blue Party is Watered Down to form UKIP!

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clearly Godfrey Bloom is largely correct, whether one agrees with his foolish foot in mouth outbursts, his whoring, his lack of manners taste or common sense or his behaviour as he urinates in hotel flower pots and copulates with prosititutes on the bonnets of cars on the public highway – there is no doubt he does represent a large section of the membership of UKIP.

Bloom may represent the values of many in UKIP and let us not forget he was personally selected as a placement by Nigel Farage and selected by him as the lead candidate to ensure he became one of Farage’s MEPs (that is how democracy works in Farage’s UKIP).

The ‘pale-blue party’: Godfrey Bloom hits back at Farage’s ‘drivel’ attack

By Friday, 31 January 2014 9:58 AM
Godfrey Bloom warns Ukip could be turning into an imitation of the Tory party
Godfrey Bloom warns Ukip could be turning into an imitation of the Tory party

Godfrey Bloom has hit out at Nigel Farage for scrapping Ukip’s 2010 manifesto, saying the party has adopted a “no-policy policy”.

In a strongly-worded warning to his former colleagues, the independent MEP said the party was turning into a “don’t-frighten-the-horses, all-things-to-all-men, pale blue party”.

Writing for Politics.co.uk, Bloom lashed out at the party leadership for branding its 2010 manifesto “drivel” and undertaking a professionalisation drive aimed at getting so-called ‘Walter Mitty’ characters out of Ukip.

“The current lurch to the no-policy policy will damage Ukip in 2015,” he wrote.

“The EU election is for putting the boot into the muppets who now govern us. But in 2015 the party will have to put some credible items in the shop window.

“Ukip are now getting modest, grudging praise from the Observer and Independent. They have come into the mainstream; respectable almost. But being invited to drinks by Polly Toynbee cuts no mustard in Leeds or Hull.

“Activists who joined in despair from the modern Conservative party came to Ukip out of conviction, not for a ‘don’t-frighten-the-horses, all-things-to-all-men, pale blue party’.”

The Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, who lost the Ukip whip after he called a room full of women “sluts” and hit a broadcast journalist with a rolled up magazine, said the party was in danger of losing the qualities that had allowed it to surge in opinion polls.

“Ukip has an opportunity to break the mould: a truly radical and new party to offer something different to a tired, disillusioned and disengaged electorate,” he wrote.

“Is Ukip to be a sort of Tory party, a Thatcherite, eurosceptic think tank which will disappear if the Conservative retrieve their brand?

“Ukip does have some of the wrong people at the moment. And I think some of them dwell in Ukip’s central office.”

Farage promised a beefed-up screening system for Ukip candidates this week, in a bid to draw a line under a stream of controversial comments from party officials.

Ukip councillor David Silvester recently said extreme weather was the result of the same-sex marriage bill while former Ukip donor Demetri Marchessini paid the Telegraph for a bizarre “open letter” to columnist Libby Purves branding homosexuality an “abomination”.

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Never mind – Farage has until 24-Apr-2014 to engineer a way to place his flat mate back as top of the list.

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David Parsons Tory Reject Joins UKIP With Meeting With Farage

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 31/01/2014

David Parsons Tory Reject Joins UKIP With Meeting With Farage
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Leicester Tory Council Leader David Parsons, now a Tory Reject, Joins UKIP With Meeting With Nigel Farage, with every hope of being a Tory PPC in next years General Election!!

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UKIP does seem to have something of a deathwish!

I appreciate that the police have opted to take the matter no further however it is clear that he is very much a Tory reject who they believe has been in abuse of expenses and have distanced themselves from.

I appreciate many will think that an ex Tory with an alleged penchant for expenses fiddles will fit in perfectly with UKIP where many of their MEPs have been found guilty of expenses fiddles and ordered to repay tax payers money fraudulently  obtained; including Jeffrey Titford, Nigel Farage, Derek Clark, Graham Booth and Tom Wise who was sentenced to two years in prison.

It is also worth noting that Stuart Agnew and David Bannerman are under investigation for their theft of public money by OLAF. There may also be others!

No doubt David Parsons believes he has much in common with UKIP’s leadership!

David Parsons, former Leicestershire council leader, joins UKIP

By danjmartin
Posted: January 31, 2014

  • Cllr David Parsons, Cllr Elizabeth Parsons, Nigel Farage MEP, Roger Helmer MEP

  • Former Tory county council leader David Parsons has joined UKIP

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  • Former Tory county council leader David Parsons has joined UKIP

Former Leicestershire County Council leader David Parsons has joined UKIP.

Mr Parsons, who quit County Hall and The Conservative Party following an expenses scandal in 2012, has today travelled down to London to meet the leader of his new party, Nigel Farage.

He said his old party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats were “tired” and only UKIP “truly represents the hopes and ambitions of the people in our country.”

The politician’s switch follows an announcement earlier this month that he would face no further action following an 18 month police investigation into alleged financial irregularities over his expenses. The inquiry related to trips he made to Europe during his nine years in charge at County Hall.

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Mr Parsons has been serving as an independent member of Blaby District, representing the Muxloe ward along with his wife, Liz, who has also today joined UKIP.

The Mercury understands Mr Parsons hopes to stand as a UKIP candidate in the next year’s General Election in a Leicestershire seat as yet to be decided.

The former Tory said: “For many years I have served the people of Leicestershire as both a county and a district councillor and it has been an honour.

“Since resigning from the Conservative Party 18 months ago I have served as an independent councillor at Blaby District Council but I feel the time is now right to align myself to UKIP.”

Separately to that investigation, in June 2012 the council’s standards committee censured Mr Parsons and concluded he had disregarded four key principles of public life – honesty, integrity, accountability and leadership by allowing more than £5,400 of the council’s cash to build up in his personal bank account. Those expenses should have been promptly transferred to the council and in October 2012, Mr Parsons publicly “fully and unreservedly” apologised for failing to reimburse the authority promptly.

He further apologised for failing to change the arrangements for reimbursement despite requests to do so by senior council officials, and for “failing to help” auditors investigating expenses claims.

Mr Parsons said his time, as county council leader, spent on the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, which comments on EU policy had proved to him how Europe had failed.

He said he agreed with UKIP’s stance on immigration but hoped he “may be part of a new thinking inside the party.”

He added: “At a time when so many of us are struggling to make ends meet, we are left to the whims and fancies of a Tory/Liberal coalition.

“I believe that UKIP is now the only political party who truly represent the hopes and aspirations of the people in our county.

“I have always been a champion of local government, and in UKIP, we have a party which believes in real democracy at a local level. I’m delighted to have been welcomed into the UKIP family and look forward to taking our message of fresh, common sense politics to the people of Leicestershire.”

UKIP East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer, himself a former Tory, said: “I’m delighted to have two councillors with the experience of David and Elizabeth, joining our growing team in Leicestershire.

“As local residents continue to turn their backs on the three tired old parties, UKIP stand ready to show voters a real alternative to the establishment, a political party which puts the electorate first.”

“For years, David and Elizabeth have done an exceptional job of serving local people, and of standing up for the best interests of residents in Leicestershire. I know they will build on that record now as UKIP councillors.”

Mr Helmer said he did not consider accepting Mr Parsons into the party was a risk.

He said: “There were some issues raised and they were investigated. We want to look to the future not the past.

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Farage Has A Strange Idea of Suitability of Candidates for UKIP!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 28/01/2014

Farage Has A Strange Idea of Suitability of Candidates for UKIP!
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Farage Has A Strange Idea of Suitability of Candidates for UKIP! At a time when Nigel Farage is giving it large in the media about how he aims to professionalise his party & clean out the risk elements a man who was CEO of a company that accepted £100K of EU tax payers money and then went bust owing creditors almost £1/2M seems singularly inappropriate!!
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there was a proud boast made by some fool that UKIP’s candidate John Bickley had no internet presence – funny how that inclines one to start checking!

I have read a number of internet articles about John Bickley since then and when one reads articles like the one below, one wonders what else is being hidden!

UKIP candidate accepted £100,000 of Euro cash to help his business

28 Jan 2014 18:51

UKIP candidate John Bickley, standing in the Wythenshawe and Sale East, by-election, took nearly £100,000 from an EU-backed fund.

Nigel Farage
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UKIP’S candidate in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election took nearly £100,000 of EU cash to prop up his business, the M.E.N can reveal.

Before he joined the party, Cheshire tycoon John Bickley’s tech firm Genemation accepted the grant from a Brussels-backed fund but has now decided to stand on an anti-Europe ticket.

In recent days, Mr Bickley, widely tipped to come second in next month’s poll, has slammed British governments for ‘outsourcing’ control to the EU.

His party’s central message is that the country should withdraw altogether from Europe.

But the M.E.N can reveal that when his software company was looking to relocate from Manchester to Liverpool in 2006 – at the time in debt to the tune of nearly £1m – it accepted £95,000 from the Liverpool Seed Fund.

The £27m investment pot – £20m of which was provided by the EU – had been set up to help boost regional growth.

At the time the company moved, Mr Bickley – then CEO, company secretary and a director of Genemation – told the Liverpool Daily Post: “The backing and support from the Liverpool Seed Fund was crucial and we are looking forward to working closely with the fund as we develop.”

The company went into liquidation in 2009, owing more than £450,000.

UKIP’s fortunes in the upcoming Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election have been the subject of widespread speculation ahead of the European polls on May 22.

The party’s central policy is that Britain should withdraw from the European Union.

Mr Bickley was announced as the party’s candidate last Thursday and in an interview shortly afterwards he said: “Parliament has outsourced the running of this country to the EU.

“It needs to take responsibility. I love Europe, its people and culture, but Labour and the Conservatives have subjugated – by stealth – control of this country to the EU and its quangos.”

Speaking to the M.E.N. he said his stance was in no way hypocritical, because he was not a member of UKIP at the time.

He added: “If you are a director of a company and you are responsible for raising money for that company, you would be in breach of your duty to the shareholders if you introduced your political belief system.”

He ended up make a loss from his involvement in the firm, he said – while standing by his belief that the country is better off outside the EU.

“In terms of sources of money, there’s plenty of sources of money out there in he market place … the money that may come from the EU is a pittance in the context.”

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Having read a few details about John Bickley, of whom the boast was of having no internet presence you may wish to read more from the internet about him!:

  1. UKIP’s great business tycoon John Bickley goes bust owing more 

    Mirror.co.ukby James Lyons 27 Jan 2014
    John Bickley, who is standing in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election in Greater Manchester, then set up a second firm that acquired 
  2. UKIP candidate accepted £100000 of Euro cash to help his business

    Manchester Evening News6 hours ago
    UKIP candidate John Bickley, standing in the Wythenshawe and Sale East, by-election, took nearly £100,000 from an EU-backed fund.
  3. Ukip byelection candidate refuses to criticise ‘gay marriage flood 

    The Guardian23 Jan 2014
    Ukip candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East, John Bickley, says it is inevitable that there would be a range of views within a larger party 
  4. UKIP picks former Labour supporter to fight by-election

    The Times (subscription)22 Jan 2014
    The winner of the UKIP hustings last Friday was John Bickley, 60, who grew up on a housing estate in Wythenshawe and rose to become a top 
  5. Ukip pick former Labour supporter as candidate in constituency of 

    Express.co.ukby Owen Bennett 22 Jan 2014
    Entrepreneur John Bickley has been selected to contest the Wythenshawe and Sale East election, after winning the Ukip hustings last Friday.

Then perhaps you’d like to read a little more about his company  which went bust owing almost £1/2 a Million to its creditors:

  1. Genemation | CrunchBase Profile

    Genemation Ltd was formed in late 2002 and has commercialised patented facial computer vision technology from The University of Manchester’s.

  2. Genemation Limited, Company House Information – DueDil

    Browse Genemation Limited’s Company House and director information, provided to you free by DueDil. See Genemation Limited’s credit history and detailed 

  3. Gamasutra – Genemation Announces Limited GenHead/GenCrowd 

    http://www.gamasutra.com/…/Genemation_Announces_Limited_GenHeadGen…

    1 Feb 2007 – Genemation Ltd, developer of 3D face synthesis and character modeling tools, has announced the availability of a Limited Edition Bundle 

  4. John Bickley – United Kingdom | LinkedIn

    uk.linkedin.com/in/johnbickley

    Warrington, United Kingdom – ‎Director at in2personalised Ltd

    FaceTec Ltd was formed in April 2008. The company acquired the assets & IP ofGenemation Ltd (of which John was CEO) and has developed an automated  

  5. Gavin Wheeler – United Kingdom profiles | LinkedIn

    uk.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Gavin/Wheeler

    Current: Regional Sales Manager at Hobbs Valve Limited; Past: Sales Manager Director at Genemation Ltd, Research Assistant at University of Manchester,  

  6. Genemation Ltd Company Profile | ZoomInfo.com

    http://www.zoominfo.com/c/GenemationLtd/15761959

    View Genemation Ltd company location, revenue, industry and description. Find related and similar companies as well as employees by title and much more.

  7. New Year gift from Genemation: create 3D heads easily and quickly 

    4 Jan 2007 – Liverpool, UK – for immediate release, Jan 3rd 2007 – Genemation Ltd, a leading developer of 3D face synthesis and character modelling tools  

  8. Genemation | GamesIndustry International

    Genemation. Genemation Ltd, a leading facial computer vision technology company, operates in the following sectors: 1. Mobile phone content and web  

  9. Genemation – Angel News :: company

    20 Aug 2009 – January 31st — Genemation Ltd, a leading facial recognition and image processing technology company today announced that it has launched  

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Do Demetri Marchessini, Nigel Farage & stuart Wheeler ALL Agree?

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 28/01/2014

Do Demetri Marchessini, Nigel Farage & stuart Wheeler ALL Agree?
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Do Demetri Marchessini & Stuart Wheeler as donors to UKIP & Nigel Farage  ALL Agree? Clearly in UKIP they are not alone in openly denigrating and abusing women and homosexuals!!

 

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when will it dawn on Nigel Farage it is not about what he says but about what he does and the example he sets – it is all very well having the title ‘leader’ but without the ability clearly your party will never develope beyond a cult.UKIP may be a very successful cult already but it is making the move from the cult of today with a ruthless, self serving, dictatorial ‘leader’ and having a competent team and not just fans who act as praise singers in return for prefferment. It is not just the general public who would find it hard to name a single solitary person in UKIP other than Nigel Farage and Gorfrey Bloom but news editors and media presenters struggle much beyond two or maybe three people to call on in the party.

Of course Farage has dictated in the party for almost 20 years and thus his party is made up of people who are no challenge to him who know when to praise him and who he wants destroyed!

The lack of any basic program of training or example from the leadership clique is why UKIP ends up in the headlines getting bad publicity time after time, as the better informed will realise and which may well account for UKIP’s abysmal and consistent failure in General Elections and other national domestic elections where after 20 years UKIP still has less than 150 councillers and no one of public note or stature.

Farage berating people like Godfrey Bloom, Marta Andreasen and David Bannerman gives you the measure of the man since each was his own golden wonderkid selected and promoted by him personally without due process or meaningful democracy!

Just as it was at Farage’s personal demand that he set up and ran his Pan EU EFD Political Group of extremists, fruitcakes, nutters, racists, anti homosexuals and advocates of violence where UKIP aids and assists them both financially and with added clout, or so he claims!

Farage can indeed turn a ‘smart’ sound bite just as can any ‘Delboy’ or spiv but iot is not a matter of what he says – lies though much of it is, plausible as it may sound but what UKIP as a Party does and achieves and to date that amounts to not a lot.

It is also worth noting that Nigel Farage has fallen out with over 50% of those he chose as candidates who were elected! Blaming others for ones own failings is the sign of a particularly weak and insecure man!

No more ‘Walter Mittys’ allowed in UKIP, says Nigel Farage

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he would no longer tolerate ‘Walter Mitty’ characters creating embarassment for his party

Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip 

Nigel Farage has admitted that Ukip made mistakes in its early days by letting in “Walter Mitty” characters who have damaged the party’s reputation.

The Ukip leader urged his candidates to “professionalise” ahead of the European elections in May after a string of blunders last week led to widespread ridicule.

He said Ukip must get better at screening out new members who might prove to be “disappointments” and bring the party into disrepute.

Speaking to The Times, he said Ukip had a “struggle with talent in the early days” but added: “It’s very natural that a newish party will attract all sorts of people.”

He described some former members of Ukip as “Walter Mittys seeking a role in politics which, in the end, they will let down not just us but themselves with”.

Last week Ukip councillor David Silvester sparked fury by blaming the recent flooding on the Government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.

Mr Silvester accused David Cameron of acting “arrogantly against the Gospel” and added: “It is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.”

Day later Mr Farage himself provoked a wave of anger by claiming women with children were worth less to city firms than men.

He courted further controversy by labelling the ban on handguns in the wake of the Dunblane massacre “crackers”.

It emerged yesterday that Godfrey Bloom, who was expelled from the party last autumn after describing women as “sluts”, taunted a disabled Oxford student by asking him: “Are you Richard III or not?”

He compared David Browne, an undergraduate from Belfast, to the medieval king who suffered from a spine deformity during an Oxford Union debate last Thursday.

Mr Farage called for greater discipline among the Ukip members and said he would not tolerate further embarrassment from candidates voicing eccentric views.

He plans to set up day-long assessment centres to find top quality candidates for next year’s general election to prevent people who are “just about the odd barmy opinion” being picked.

“It’s really to try and work out whether these are reliable, steady, solid people,” he said.

“We must together be campaigning on similar issues,” he said.

“I need us to have a disciplined election machine.”

But he insisted he did not want to create “a new Labour outfit where they’ve all got pagers on their belts and they’re told what to say and think.”

Mr Farage believes a third of Ukip’s supporters are former Labour voters and is keen to extend his influence among blue collar workers.

But the former stockbroker risks alienating himself from working class voters by arguing against limits on bankers’ bonuses.

He said: “We don’t need official caps or limits being placed on these things. Don’t forget that quite a lot of this comes back to people in terms of pension incomes and all the rest of it.

“The very thought that the bureaucrats in Brussels now set the limits we can pay the highest earning people in London is truly astonishing.”

Ukip also boasts supporters from among the City elite.

Last year Mayfair-based investment group Harwood Capital donated £50,000 to the party.

Mr Farage argued the salaries offered to top local government officials and think-tanks are of more concern than bankers’ pay.

He said: “The numbers of people now working in local authorities, working in the quangos, who are earning a hundred thousand pounds a year with quite remarkable pension deals compared to people in the private sector are somewhere where really big savings need to be made.”

To view the original article CLICK HERE

On the back of Farage’s foolish comments we realise that it has no meaning as he is trying to sort out his own mess as he has had near absolute power in the party, unchallenged by anyone of competence who remains and on the very day he has been published with his big words we note the actual actions in his party:

Ukip donor takes out bizarre anti-gay advert

Ukip donor takes out bizarre anti-gay advert

By Tuesday, 28 January 2014 11:46 AM
Farage plans to rid Ukip of 'Walter Mitty' figures
Farage plans to rid Ukip of ‘Walter Mitty’ figures

Nigel Farage’s attempts to distance Ukip from the extreme views of its members fell apart this morning after a major party donor took out an extraordinary newspaper advert describing homosexuality as an “abomination”.

Demetri Marchessini, who donated £10,000 to Ukip last year, paid the Telegraph for a bizarre “open letter” to columnist Libby Purves complaining about a recent article she had written in the Times.

In a long and rambling text, Marchessini complains about Purves’ description of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s policies on homosexuality as bigoted.

“There are at least 12 places in the bible that describe homosexuality as an ‘abomination’,” he wrote.

“What Miss Purves and many others cannot grasp is the fact that when our government made homosexuality legal, it did not make it moral.

“Governments can decide on laws, but only God decides on morality. How can anybody, let alone Miss Purvis (sic), tell people what they should think about homosexuality?”

The letter contains a lengthy complaint about Purves’ use of the word “homophobic” which he claims is “a phoney word” which “cannot be found in any dictionary”.

The word has been included in the Oxford English Dictionary for at least two decades.

The donor described the word as a combination of Latin and Greek roots, adding: “Anyone who uses it is uneducated.”

In fact, both ‘homo’ and ‘phobia’ have Greek roots.

This is not the first time Marchessini has caused trouble for Ukip. Last year he hit the headlines after claiming that unwed mothers “should be given a good smack” and claiming that date rape allegations “cannot be taken seriously”.

“As there is no violent act, it is difficult to know whether any rape took place,” he wrote.

“The woman’s allegation of rape means nothing.  Women have been making such allegations since the beginning of time.”

He also published a book titled “Women in Trousers: A Rear View” in which he claimed that women wearing trousers were committing “hostile behaviour – they are deliberately dressing in a way that is opposite to what men would like”.

A spokesperson for Ukip said they condemned Marchessini’s opinions on trousers.

To view the original of this article CLICK HERE

This may sound outrageous but do bear in mind who Nigel Farage CHOSE as his associates in the EFD Group and do bear in mind the similarity of put down of women between that of Demitri Marchessini and Stuart Wheeler’s denigration of women as chess and poker players, Godfrey Bloom (Farage’s chosen one & flat mate) and his comments about sluts and cleaning behind fridges, and Nigel Farage’s own comments that have in the last week incensed many women! Not to mention the allegations of rape within the party which are still being covered up nd the young lady in question being bullied and intimidated so that there is no meaningful inquiry and police action.

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Ukip MEP Trevor Colman on Riding The EU Gravy Train

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here is a motivation for clever Trevor Ukip’s nonentity MEP in the West Country with his outdated belief in his abilities in the field of advertising with his costly talking heads CD’s that get watched by seemingly almost no one yet are funded by the Tax payers!
Colman’s two claims to fame seem to have been that he was, in the 1960’s, a member of the largely failed Countryman Inquiry into police corruption in The Met and that when he retired from the police that he acted as an advisor on old style policing for the TV series Wycliffe!

I go to Brussels to claim £200,000 in allowances, admits UKIP MEP who has done NOTHING in Parliament in the last year

  • Trevor Colman admits allowances is a ‘factor’ for clocking into Parliament
  • Insists there is no point giving a speech to an all but empty chamber
  • Lib Dems question why UKIP member stood for election in the first place
UKIP MEP Trevor Colman has defended claiming tens of thousands of pounds in allowances while barely speaking in Brussels

UKIP MEP Trevor Colman has defended claiming tens of thousands of pounds in allowances while barely speaking in Brussels

A UKIP MEP has admitted one of the only reasons he turns up in Brussels is to claim £200,000 in allowances.

Trevor Colman has not done anything in the European Parliament in the last year, and has only taken part in half of votes since 2009.

The South West MEP insisted he could not see the point in making speeches in the Parliament, and instead claimed the taxpayers’ money to fund an anti-EU website.

All MEPs receive a salary of £78,000 but must ‘clock in’ to the Parliament building in order to receive various allowances.

However, Mr Colman has only made speeches or asked questions just 19 times, well behind the average of the five other MEPs in the South West.

Asked whether allowances were a factor influencing his decision, Mr Colman: ‘I wouldn’t say getting the allowances is one of the main motivations, I’m trying to be fair about it, it is a factor, of course it is.’

He was confronted about his expenses during an interview on BBC’s Sunday Politics West show.

Mr Colman said: ‘Why make a speech when you know that it is totally ineffective? That you are there talking to a gallery of about six people, I don’t quite see the point of me doing that.

‘It’s not that I’m not doing anything, I am trying to get us out of this mess and that can only be achieved over here.’

Last year a study found that cosseted MEPs now have incomes up to 20 times higher than the people they represent.

While millions of families across Europe have had their incomes squeezed, most MEPs have enjoyed large increases in their salaries – while continuing to vote through ever-higher budgets for the EU.

The study found that MEPs enjoy an average income of £182,826, including allowances for attendance and travel.

 
Mr Colman said there was no point in giving a speech to the European Parliament which was often all but emtpy

Mr Colman said there was no point in giving a speech to the European Parliament which was often all but emtpy

Mr Colman admitted turning up at the European Parliament to ensure he receives his huge allowances, most of which he spends on a website aimed at removing the UK from the European Union.

He added: ‘The European Parliament has no power, it can’t make or change legislation, it has little or no power, we are in fact just a pantomime taking players to make the illusion of giving democracy where none exists.

The BBC found Mr Colman – who is standing down in May – employs five full time staff, who mainly work on the website, another woman who covers Brussels and Strasbourg, and a part time employee.

Graham Watson, a Lib Dem MEP, said: ‘There is a massive amount that goes on in the European parliament and that’s why most of the members are there full-time doing their jobs,

‘I’m sorry if Trevor Colman finds it so boring, but I would have to ask the question why did he stand in the first place.’

However UKIP chairman Steve Crowther defended Mr Colman’s conduct.

‘We have a specific job to do and we are elected to do it, that is to campaign and work for Britain to come out of the European Parliament,’ he said.

FORMER POLICE CHIEF WHO BOASTS OF BRUSSELS EXPENSES GRAVY TRAIN AND IS CONSISTENTLY GROUP AMONG THE WORST MEPS

Mr Colman is no stranger to criticism of his behaviour as an MEP – and has been blasted for wasting taxpayers’ money before.

The UKIP member, who stood unsuccessfully in 2004 but won a seat in 2009, said last year that he goes to Brussels just twice a month, for ‘about three days’.

He told the Journal of European Integration: ‘If I don’t come and put my card in the slot to vote, I don’t get my money to give to the party.’

While in December 2010 an investigation by the Sunday Telegraph ranked him in the bottom half of UK MEPS. It calculated that he cost taxpayers £156,415 per year, attended around 83 per cent of parliamentary sessions, and made just 12 speeches, questions or motions.

The figures would seem to suggest that his activity dropped dramatically after he had spent more than a year as an MEP.

He was also criticised by a 2009 report designed to expose MEPs who voted against making Brussels more transparent. He was given the fourth-worst ranking in this category.

Before being elected, Mr Colman had served in Devon & Cornwall police, rising to the rank of superintendent.

He left the force in 1995, and then spent four years advising the ITV detective series Wycliffe

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Annabelle Fuller Shows Contempt for Her Bosses AGAIN

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FULLER, Annabelle 06On holiday in Morrocco posting confidential UKIP material to the web to further her own ambitions reliant on the corrupt support of Nigel Farage!
An action which led to the resignation of the party Chairman John Wittacker who was unwilling to lie any more to support Nigel Farage’s demands to protect his doxy!As an employee of UKIP on a very generous income, way beyond her worth other than to Farage Annabelle Fuller has a habit of corrupt interference in UKIP for her future criminal activities eneter her name in the search box at the head of the right sidebar!

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Ever More See Farage’s Star as Fading & UKIP near its Zenith

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it will no doubt be hard for followers of Nigel Farage’s cult and the politically gullible to accept the veracity of the following article as clearly does not sing from the same hymn sheet as their great, and staggeringly isolated, great guru would lead them to believe.

One only has to look at just howmany people said guru has fallen out with and just what hold he has over many in his clique, similarly when we speak of isolation just how vulnerable he is to certain members of his inner retinue the moment he stopy holding the strings and is unable to use tax payers money to hand out inflated salaries and the prowess of over paid positions.

Nigel Farage is particularly poorly advised but then again those around him he has hand selected to ensure they only praise him and are no challenge to him, thus there is no one of sufficient caliber to be of any real use to him as due to his ruthless and unethical style they walk in fear of his ego centric temper and devious nature.

He gives himself away, even to the most naive, by his haste in defaming those who have broken free from his control or those who date to be either critical or ethical.

Rubbish though I may find much of what passes for journalism in the MSM and particularly in The Independent, The Guardian and the gutter press, it is hard to fault the conclusions drawn by Felicity Morse in the article that follows:

Ukip as much chance of winning
European elections as finding alien life on Mars,
say British public

Felicity Morse – MONDAY 27 JANUARY 2014

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Despite Nigel Farage’s prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

Ipsos MORI’s research reveals what the British public think is likely to happen in 2014  compared with the odds offered by Ladbrokes.

Only three in ten think it is likely that they will be the largest party, the same as think the NASA Mars Rover will find evidence of life on Mars, according to the pollsters’ representative sample of 954 adults.

The research company note that the odds from Ladbrokes suggest people are way out on UKIP’s chances as despite this, Ukip are still the most popular bet by far to win the European elections.

According to Ladbrokes, 56 per cent of punters are putting their pounds on the party’s success.

Earlier in January, a YouGov poll showed Labour were in first place and the Tories in third.

However YouGov noted at the time that this didn’t mean Ukip wouldn’t win the European Elections, writing:  “In past euro-elections, Ukip’s support has increased as the election approaches.

If this pattern is repeated, Ukip is likely to overtake Labour by polling day.” Bobby Duffy, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute said: “Predictions are very tricky – as we’ve seen recently, economists and government struggle with forecasting how the economy will do, and are often surprised by better or worse figures than expected. 

It’s therefore a bit tough to expect the public to have a clearer picture of the future on these sorts of issues – the “wisdom of crowds” clearly has limits.”

“But it also suggests big gaps in knowledge of some key issues… the lack of awareness of how possible UKIP being the largest party at the European elections is important, as it will be a greater surprise to people if it does happen.”
Nigel Farage disowned his entire 2010 election manifesto last week, saying it was “drivel” and that Ukip would release new ones after the Europeans Elections. He described David Campbell Bannerman, the man who wrote the policy discussion papers as an “idiot”.

Mr Bannerman, who has since defected to the Conservative Party to be a Tory MEP for Cambridge told the  BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight: “It was a very serious paper but Nigel could not be bothered to read it, anything to do with policy and I’m afraid it’s not good enough for someone who’s trying to be or claims to be a serious political leader.

“It’s not a political party, it’s a pressure group. Because Nigel’s on the ropes, he’s lashing out in all directions.”

Mr Farage dismisses these claims, instead writing in The Independent:”Incidentally, the most contested seat in the eastern region is currently between these two candidates.

I know who I think will make the better MEP.”

 

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Nigel Farage Reworks ‘The Gay Flood’ Weather Forecast

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I thought the first version of this idea was amusing but there is no doubt this is a much better version 😉

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This is without a doubt an excellent development of the earlier version, it is sad that UKIP is so bereft of talent that its leader is forced to demean himself and his party by taking the roll of comic.

Good as Nigel Farage’s presentation is his skit lacks the gravitas & leadership skills his position should command & PR department should fulfill.

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UKIP Should Come To Terms With Its Huge Mistakes With Nikki Sinclaire

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

This weekends Stoke Sentinel

“WHY do you ask about the surgery? Why do you ask physically about the surgery? Is that what made me a woman? Is that the only thing that makes you a woman?”

 

Nikki Sinclaire is irked. Her transformation from male to female was much more than a question of a hospital visit.

“The media focus in on it,” she says, “and I think ‘why is that so important?’. It’s almost like they have this revolving door attitude. You go in a man and you come out a woman.”

“The operation,” continues the 45-year-old, “is irrelevant. You look around here (we’re meeting in the cafe at the Potteries Museum), you don’t know what operations any of these people have had. You don’t know if I’m lying, if I’ve had the operation or not. Your sexuality is about who you are.”

Nikki is, of course, correct to pull me up. Even the quickest perusal of her book, Never Give Up, reveals the truth of the long drawn out, emotionally draining, physically arduous, horribly judgemental, and relentlessly self-analytical nature of finding yourself trapped in the body of the wrong sex. Football’s Nikki’s game but, considering the obstacles she’s overcome, it might well have been the 4x100m hurdles, with Nikki running all four legs.

 

Nikki’s one of seven members of the European Parliament serving the West Midlands, a constituency extending from North Staffordshire to Coventry to Hereford.

Formerly of UKIP, she now stands under the banner of her own We Demand A Referendum party. As she puts it, “basically, I’m campaigning for my own redundancy”.

But that’s but a small part of what makes Nikki Sinclaire who she is. For her independent streak has been honed in adverse circumstances. In an ideal world, the fact she’s a transsexual wouldn’t be mentioned. But she was, she claims, forced to reveal all after UKIP threatened to do it themselves.

“They thought that possibly it would undermine me,” she says. “It was a way of pushing me down.”

By writing the book, at least she could reveal her past – and the woman it’s made her – on her own terms. “I ummed and ahhed about it,” she says. “It wasn’t an easy decision. I’ve always thought your past shouldn’t matter.”

And then there were the sensitivities of what to include. “There were things in there that people didn’t know. My father, for instance, didn’t know about the rape. It was going to be one of the things that wasn’t in the book. But as the process evolved, it came into being.”

Sinclaire was raped by a stranger in a London street. Except, back then, it was defined as an ‘assault’. “Regardless of the surgery you’d had,” she explains, “you were still legally a male.” The law has since been changed.

“The big thing the media got wrong again,” she despairs, “is that because I was raped I became a lesbian. That’s not very helpful to people who have been raped.”

While Sinclaire underwent sex change surgery in her mid-20s, the journey began two decades earlier.

“When I was five,” she reveals in her book, “I began having the same dream almost every night. I would wake up as a girl and everything would be all right. Then I really woke up and I was still a boy.”

School only reinforced the feeling something was amiss. “On my first day,” she recalls, “I headed straight for the wendy house where I dressed up in all the girls’ clothing and played happily with the girls and the dolls.

“Things were not right, but what options were there? Better to shut it all off and try not to worry about it.”

Matters failed to become easier with age as, with an awful inevitability, bullying ensued. Nikki’s solution was, put simply, not to attend. She spent her days riding buses, escaping into music, and increasingly experimenting with androgyny. “I knew what was coming,” she writes. “My body would change. It would make me into a man and I wouldn’t be able to stop it. Somehow, someway, I was going to find a way to be the real me.”

Despite her dad’s indignation, she was buoyed by a newspaper article about former Bond girl Caroline Cossey, who’d taken the transgender route herself.

“I felt incredibly happy,” she says. “It made me realise that I was not alone. Until then I’d thought I was some kind of nutcase – that I was the only person in the world who felt like this.”

Still in her teens, it was then, having initially purloined tan tights, pink lipstick and powder compact from her mum, she began dressing as a woman. The first major, and hugely liberating, transformation came when she took the step of donning a dress, changing from her school clothes in a dingy and disused inner city garage, and stepping outside to a brighter, better world. “For the first time in my life,” she says, “I felt right, which was all I had ever wanted to feel. It wasn’t a sexual thing. I had simply found the correct identity. I had a future here.

“I was happier than I had ever been, exultant. All my life I felt as if I’d been trapped in a darkened maze. Now, suddenly, I had found a way out into sunshine.”

Sadly, however, when it came to making the move to a feminine life permanent, the storm clouds once again started to gather. The medical establishment was dismissive. “You are indulging in an adolescent fantasy,” Nikki was told.

And even when doctors did begin to take her seriously, and she was set on the pathway to her current self, there was still ‘the verbal abuse – sarcastic catcalls and wolf whistles, followed by a sneering comment, as I walked down the street’.

“To say it didn’t hurt would be a lie,” she says. “But when you have imagined doing something so big for so long, such slurs become an irrelevance. I knew where I was going and I knew who I was. I wasn’t going to give the bigots power over my life.”

“The operation,” she tells me, “happened as quickly as I possibly could, because unfortunately in those days, I couldn’t see a specialist until I was 21. It’s not like I waited. I was talking to people at the age of 16. I’d have had it at seven, eight, nine, ten!”

Never happier in her own skin, Nikki has, in herself, created a new life. And it’s the experiences she’s accrued along the way, negative and positive, that now drive her as a politician. “It’s that justice thing,” she says, “the feeling that you’ve got to fight back. I’ve had to fight my whole life, but I had the strength and the ability to do that. I have these skills and I’m quite tenacious and I can achieve in other areas.”

But does she fear she’ll always have the word ‘transsexual’ applied before MEP? “Why should it be?” she sparks. “Would you say to someone ‘divorced MEP’, ‘heterosexual MEP’ ‘spinster’? You don’t. So why would you?

“And also,” she adds, “it’s a medical condition. So would you say ‘cancer survivor MEP’, ‘stroke survivor MEP’? Surely that’s discrimination in itself.

“The whole ‘sex’ thing has always got negative connotations. It’s almost like it’s a choice. Why would anybody choose to put themselves through it? You wouldn’t. Because my life could be easier.”

As a politician, Nikki would prefer to use her experience of demonisation to flag up issues of social equality. “When I told the teacher I wanted to be an MP,” she recalls, “she led the whole class in laughing at me. But why can’t a kid with the poorest parents be a leader of this country?”

It’s at this point a chap comes up to say hello. “I’m one of your MEPs,” Nikki tells him. “Are you?” he says. “Well nobody told me about it!”

“I’m one of those who votes on 75 per cent of the laws in this country,” she assures him, attempting to reinforce how we under-estimate the European Parliament’s power.

“The people of Stoke-on-Trent are hugely Euro-sceptic,” she claims. “The only place we’re overrun with Europhiles is Leamington Spa.”

There is one alleged blight on her record that she’d like to be rid of, an allegation regarding expenses dating back to 2010.

“I completely deny any accusations,” she says. “I believe the amount I’m being accused of is somewhere in the region of £8-10,000. Why do I need to steal £10,000?” – she points out her independently audited accounts – “It doesn’t make sense.”

Nikki plans to stand for one more term in Europe. Ideally, she’d then turn her attentions to domestic politics. “Would I like to be an MP?” she asks. “I’d love to be an MP! But an independent MP. You should be representing the people, and politicians forget that.” More realistically, she feels, she’ll enter the charitable sector.

Whatever the next chapter holds, the preceding umpteen tell a truly remarkable tale. “I hope,” she writes, “that my story, and the many obstacles I overcame, will inspire other people from difficult or underprivileged backgrounds to find a way of realising their dreams, personally and professionally.

“The struggle I endured to become the woman I am today has played a critical role in the way I see the world. It has fuelled my hatred of discrimination, and left me with an insatiable desire for fair play and justice.”

“I consider myself incredibly fortunate,” she adds. “I have a job I enjoy, family I love, and I have a special woman in my life that I am in love with and to whom I am deeply committed.”

And the title of the book? It relates to the one and only time she met Margaret Thatcher, revealing her battle to unshackle Britain from Europe. “She seemed to admire my fighting spirit,” she says, “and nodded approval as I spoke. Then she grabbed my hand and her eyes looked into mine. ‘Never give up!’ she said. ‘Please, please, you must keep going! Never give up! Never give up!’ She vanished among the crowd. One imagines Nikki will never allow herself to do the same.

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The Sad Saga of UKIP Lack of Leadership & Now Patrick O’Flynn!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 24/01/2014

The Sad Saga of UKIP Lack of Leadership & Now Patrick O’Flynn!
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The Sad Saga of UKIP Lack of Leadership & Now Patrick O’Flynn’s personal ambitions are a matter for speculation where if Farage can read it will probably lead to de sanguination as with other rivals!!!

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UKIP is at an interesting stage in its development.

A main source of the party’s success is its insurgent flavour – pitching itself to disgruntled voters as outsiders pushing commonsense ideas while shunning Westminster’s polished methods. The popularity that approach has delivered now poses a new challenge: to grow further and capitalise on the poll figures, UKIP needs to professionalise, but without appearing to mimic the “LibLabCon” it loathes so much.

This causes some angst within UKIP’s ranks. Speaking to me recently, a senior member of the party drew a telling comparison: “Not long ago, we were running adverts saying the other parties were run by kids who hadn’t had proper jobs, now we’re hiring people exactly like that”. Others fear constant criticism of some of the party’s more loopy members (Henley’s sexuality meteorologist, for example) risks frightening the leadership away from political incorrectness.

One attempt to professionalise while retaining their radical roots comes in the form of Patrick O’Flynn. Next week he officially departs as the Chief Political Commentator of the Daily Express to become UKIP’s new Director of Communications – an employee of the party for which he is already standing in the European Election.

It isn’t rare for political journalists to move into political PR. Guto Harri left the BBC to work for Boris; Craig Oliver went to Downing Street after 19 years as a broadcast journalist and has now been joined by Graeme Wilson of The Sun; while Ed Miliband employs three former lobby journalists – Bob Roberts (Daily Mirror), Patrick Hennessy (Sunday Telegraph) and Tom Baldwin (The Times).

O’Flynn is the first to decide UKIP represents the next step in his career.

Patrick has always been an early adopter. In a political village full of received wisdom, he has a track record of sticking his neck out.

He picked up the issue of the inheritance “Death Tax” long before Osborne realised its potency, he was instrumental in giving the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) some of its first national media coverage, he spoke up for the “squeezed middle” years before Miliband tried to adopt them and, most recently, he persuaded the editorial team at the Daily Express to make it the first national newspaper to support leaving the EU.

As Matthew Elliott, founder of the TPA, victor of the AV referendum and now Chief Executive of Business for Britain puts it:

“Patrick is superb at spotting hot issues before they hit the radar of the Westminster bubble. His role coordinating the Daily Express’s campaign against inheritance tax culminated in George Osborne making it a big issue and stopping an early election in it’s tracks. He also understood from TPA polling in 2008 that the EU was set to become a big issue and that voters wanted their say in a referendum. His political radar alone will be invaluable to UKIP.”

I remember the 2008 meeting between the TPA and O’Flynn that Matthew mentions. Patrick felt that the EU was harmful, but was sceptical of the Better Off Out position ever becoming a majority view. It seems his research into the subject led him inexorably towards the conclusion that we have to leave – and that it can be done. It must have fitted well with his sense that the people are ahead of the curve, and the politicians behind it – on the EU, as with the Death Tax before it, opinion polls suggest he was right.

While the subjects of his iconoclasm have varied, there’s a coherent theme – a deep suspicion of the Establishment and any consensus it might declare.

Growing up in an unpolitical household in Cambridge, as a comprehensive-educated teenager he took a strong interest in politics. He went on to study Economics at Cambridge University (where, coincidentally, he was mates with David Laws) and – according to friends – was not a socialist, but wasn’t won over by Mrs Thatcher either. Though he showed some interest in the SDP, perhaps foreshadowing his support today for another party that seeks to break the Westminster mould, he never carried anyone’s card – until now.

What could have persuaded an experienced, cynical political journalist, who had spent years involved in Westminster without feeling attracted to any party, to persuade his paper to support one, sign up as a candidate and then go to work for them full-time?

Prominent backers can be risky, as UKIP found out to its cost with Robert Kilroy-Silk. But with a suspicion of Westminster consensus, and anger about the neglect of hard workers in favour of “the fat cats at the top and…a chronically dependent underclass at the bottom”, O’Flynn seems a good fit with what they feel they are about.

Those around him say the feeling is mutual. “He seemed enthralled,” says one in attendance at O’Flynn’s first UKIP conference, “to have found somewhere he could comfortably hang his coat.”

It will be interesting to see how his arrival as a UKIP staffer changes his party’s messages. The tightrope between insurgency and professionalism is not their only challenge.

Over the last 18 months their membership has almost doubled – meaning that new recruits, often unacquainted with political activism or with the internal politics of their new party, may well outnumber the long-suffering hardcore who kept it going for the previous two decades.

It will be O’Flynn’s task to give those troops the right messages to deliver, to help Farage ride out the inevitable stories of activists saying odd or unpleasant things and, I suspect, to act as an informal mentor some of the less experienced staffers who now make up the UKIP team.

With Nigel Farage only recently having undergone back surgery, the trend I wrote about last summer is set to continue:

“For the first time in UKIP’s history, Farage is actively putting forward a range of his colleagues for presentation to the public…The prospect of UKIP developing a slate of viable, effective spokespeople rather than simply relying on their leader would have been unthinkable three or four years ago. Doing so makes them more successful as a party, appealing to different demographics and covering more ground as a team.”

It’s notable that many of those new faces of UKIP – and perhaps almost half of its MEP candidates – are now employees of the party in one way or another. O’Flynn is the latest – others work for MEPs, or in the central operation, or for the EFD group in the European Parliament. The professionalisation of UKIP is quite literal, not simply a change in tone.

Farage’s newfound willingness to allow others into the limelight is undoubtedly a symptom of his realisation that his party can’t rely on him forever. A number of those I spoke to suggested O’Flynn might be an effective successor were Nigel to fall under a bus: “Less pazazz – but while others are full of themselves, he could cut the mustard”, one said.

Those close to O’Flynn seemed genuinely surprised at the idea. ”I doubt he has any desire for it”, one told me, pointing out that he had never stood for anything before he decided to put himself forward for the Euros. But with others tipping him for the job, he’s worth watching.

He may not have stood for election before, but when he finally chose to, UKIP’s members voted him top of his regional list – even above a sitting MEP. In short, Patrick O’Flynn is not an opponent to be dismissed lightly.

To read the original of this essay CLICK HERE

Which led me to comment:

Hi,

‘UKIP’s next leader’ is rather presumptuous surely – when did UKIP have a leader to date, though many have held the title, not counting interim place holders,who could one term a leader amongst Skedd, Holmes, Titford, Knapman, Farage, Malcolm Lord Pearson & yet again Farage?

Farage has been either termed leader or defacto leader since the latter days of Skedd, as the party has blown around in the breeze chasing any willow the whisp that might gain Farage more income – be that Piers Bonde, Declan Ganley or The BNP – a pleasant enough personna on the surface but ruthless, devious and amoral in the service of his very personalised interests and ambitions.

How can a person who has prostituted his party to the shared aspirations of racists, extremists, anti homosexuals & Holocaust Deniers as he has in founding and thus helping to fund his odious Pan EU Political EFD Group of gutter sweepings of the EU’s political dross.

That is not to gainsay Patrick O’Flynn may well fit the mold for the title of leader in the future, when he can out maneuver Farage, his ethics seem not disimilar and are clearly self serving as shown by his astonishing continuance as an alleged leading political journalist in the rather squalid Express, even after his selection as an MEP candidate by Nigel Farage – Do not for a moment believe he or any other candidate on Farage’s list owes their position to anything beyond open adulation of the cult leader.

That UKIP was ostensibly set up to act to Leave-The-EU do not forget that in his 21 year involvement Farage has failed to provide even the most rudimentary exit and survival strategy, has no clear strategy nor even tactics to achieve his aims and as even the media have noticed, though it serves them not to publish the facts, there is no visible structure, gravitas or competence in UKIP – Clearly Farage’s endless ‘band wagon jumping’ and motor mouth invention and announcement of policy on the hoof does little in the long term for UKIP and much damage to the EUroSceptic cause in its endless pandering to the lowest common denominator.

I wonder if they have approached Jeremy Kyle for his following and sponsorship from Justin Beiber would sit easy on their shoulders!

Sad really!.

Regards,

Greg_L-W..

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