Posts Tagged ‘Nigel Farage’

Smoke me a Kipper

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Was going to blog about the doings at Stoke Council but the unfolding train wreck around UKIP’s leadership has coloured me interested. For once I was looking forward to Nigel Farage’s appearance on Question Time. Looking back the one prediction I got right about political developments this year was this: There will be a little bit of drop off [in UKIP support] […]

Farage’s defeat-courting Tory deal

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

In an announcement that caught no one on the hop, Nigel Farage has announced that his clutch of UKIP MPs would happily prop up a minority Conservative government if it concedes a referendum on EU membership by Christmas. I can’t see that happening myself for all kinds of practical reasons (no time for Dave’s EU […]

McCluskey leads attack on Farage’s promise to axe racial discrimination laws

by Jon Lansman.

Nigel Farage has said he would scrap laws designed to stop racial discrimination in the workplace that he claims are out of date because British society has moved on, making them redundant, and it is, he says, “ludicrous” that employers could not favour a British national for a role over a foreigner. In response, Len McCluskey, leader […]

Rumours of UKIP’s demise are very much exaggerated

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

More’s the pity. There has been some talk (or is it wishful thinking?) that UKIP are a busted flush. They’ve had their moment, but shit’s getting real. As people with lives and interests outside of politics start thinking about who should form the next government, the purple barmy army aren’t going to get much of […]

UKIP and the perils of professionalism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

UKIP have the opposite problem to the Conservatives. The Tories are a tuned machine being tested to destruction by the clods in the control room. UKIP on the other hand have a leadership who, in the main, know what they’re doing but are cursed with a jerry-rig thrown together from whatever rusty parts they find […]

How Ukip and their friends are re-writing history

by Conrad Landin.

If you’ve picked up a newspaper or turned on the radio in the past week, you might have heard about Martyn Heale. He’s Ukip’s branch chairman and election agent in South Thanet – the constituency where one Nigel Farage hopes to be elected an MP next May. He’s also, you’ll probably have heard, a former […]

The way back from Rochester, Strood and austerity

by Michael Meacher.

Mark Reckless’ UKIP victory over the Tories serves notice on all the parties. The Tories, having sworn to “throw the kitchen sink” at retaining it in Cameron’s words he must now regret, see a near-10,000 Tory majority in 2010 turned into a 3,000 (7.3%) UKIP lead. Labour, which never had a chance of winning, loses nearly […]

Race to the bottom on immigration won’t work

by Michael Meacher.

The Tory programme on immigration is set to get the worst of all worlds, with disastrous consequences for Britain over the EU. The Tories now want to restrict benefits to immigrants and to make citizens from future EU member countries wait longer before they are allowed to work in Britain. Now Cameron is going further […]

Is the EU Commission on the side of Farage?

by Michael Meacher.

It is difficult to believe that some senior members of the EU Commission are not secret Ukippers. To demand that Britain hands over more than €2bn because its economy is doing relatively well compared with the rest of the Eurozone, which is doing appallingly badly, is beyond satire. The idea that Germany, where the Merkel […]

UKIP, image & reality: brash, loud and uncompromising – naff but canny

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This tweet (shown below) by Ellie Mae O’Hagan planted a seed. Strip away the populist politics for a moment, what is it that UKIP’s chosen symbol – the pound sign – says about their party? Or, to be more accurate, what is it about the logo that resonates. What about Nigel Farage. Is his appeal […]

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