Posts Tagged ‘Nigel Farage’

How to eradicate UKIP

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

There’s a toxic purple blot on the electoral landscape. Even Madagascan lemurs knew Douglas Carswell would vault his by-election. Marrying a generally well-liked, rooted MP to an anti-politics insurgency was always going to be a rocket from the Clacton crypt. And so the kippers have their first elected member, but what a strange fish he […]

Why a Tory UKIP merger would lose

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

When a Tory raises their eyes to the horizon everywhere they see the 12 yellow stars of the European Union twinkling in the deep blue firmament. Yes, the modern Conservative Party is dysfunctionally obsessed. It can be distracted enough to bash the poor and fulminate against trade unions, but the abiding obsession is Europe. The […]

UKIP’s general election prospects

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Our Nige is standing in South Thanet (at last!). The party’s pledged to take minimum wage earners out of income tax (and, whisper it, cutting the top rate for the very richest too). Prominent kippers gaffe, gaffe, and gaffe again. Admiring Hitler’s demagoguery? Calling a Thai supporter “ting-tong“? It’s so much water off a racist […]

Calling UKIP Racist won’t stop them

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

<It’s become a daily thing. Every day a new UKIP candidate is exposed as a racist, a homophobe, a Holocaust denialist. It’s like we’ve been here before. The establishment is all sixes and sevens as an upstart far right party makes waves, but this is 2014, not 2009. The debates that have rippled across countless […]

Nigel Farage “car crash” interview

by Newsdesk.

Superb. The ruthless dissection of Nigel Farage in under 20 minutes. Respect to James O’Brien. Essential viewing.

UKIP and English nationalism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Let’s look at some recent research by Edinburgh University. While UKIP are basking in the warm glow of favourable polling, north of the border, Edinburgh’s polling finds them stuck on 10%. Respectable certainly, but not a political earthquake. Interestingly in Wales their support stands at 20% – a good nine points clear of Plaid Cymru but trailing […]

Why Farage bottled Newark

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Patrick Mercer resigning from Parliament because he’s ashamed of his wrongdoing? Now there’s a welcome change. Perhaps a few more MPs should take note. In the normal course of things Mercer’s career might have had a footnote on the news, but as it passes into the night it was immediately overshadowed by one question. Will Nigel Farage […]

UKIP: knee-jerk reactions won’t stop the spread of knee-jerk politics

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

What a week for UKIP. By any standard political measure, the blowback from their British Jobs for British Workers campaign, the Faragey-bargy over expenses and employment of his German wife as secretary, and the tendency of candidates who can’t help but say stupid, racist things would have been severely bruising. And yet as we survey the damage wrought by a hurricane […]

The threat from UKIP to Labour – the evidence

by Jon Lansman.

In the aftermath of the Wythenshawe by-election, there seems to have been a general sigh of relief. “Ukip is not even going to scratch the mould of British politics, never mind break it,” said Dan Hodges, who adds “they’re just a group of angry former Conservatives” and Ed Miliband “can safely ignore” the threat from […]

Not so straight talking Farage from UKIP

by Newsdesk.

Nice video exposing smooth-talking Farage being economical with the truth. Video credit: The Spin Alley

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