June 23rd, 2014

Confusion as Tories Delay Farage Target Seat Selection

Mystery and misinformation surrounds the selection of a Tory candidate for the Kentish seaside seat of South Thanet. Laura Sandys, one of the many female MPs standing down after just one term, announced her intention to quit last year. She did it early on in order to give her successor a chance to properly ‘bed in’ as a candidate. CCHQ however waited until late last month to open up the selection process. Last week that selection was abruptly halted, and those that had applied were told this was due to circumstances beyond the control of the association:

“Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, there has been a delay in the Selection process.”

Interviews and tests planned for the weekend were suspended.

When Guido put this to CCHQ on Friday afternoon, the story was flatly denied by a press officer who claims to have checked with the candidates department and was confident that the selection process was continuing normally. A miss-speak, at best.

When this morning Guido suggested that they might like to “revise” their thoughts on the issue, in light of the email, a Conservative spokesman said:

“This is a matter for the local association.”

Yet the local association say it is due to circumstances beyond their control. What could it be about the prospect of Nigel Farage standing in the seat that so spooks the Tories?


  1. 1
    Chuka's Big mistake says:

  2. 2
    Witty Moniker says:

    So CCHQ candidates’ dept are a bunch of incompetent muppets.

    You call this news?

  3. 3
    Ray Ciste says:

    smug looking tw@t

  4. 4
    Good Morning Cloud says:

    Poetic justice here. Broadstairs is Ted Heath’s home town.

  5. 5
    England is becumin a ferd world cess-pit innit says:

    The third world cess-pit known as London will have Diane Abbottopotamus as the new Mayor hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha

  6. 6
    Pot calling the kettle Black says:

    And he stands for a party which relies on postal voters?

  7. 7
    Like it! says:

    Latest comment on Carswell’s blog:

    “Rog Tallbloke • 3 minutes ago

    Hey Chuka! I’m a UKIP Branch V.C. My science blog has won three international awards. I edit websites for a living. I ran a business building linux firewalls and networks. I’m a qualified mechanical engineer with a degree in history of science.

    And you? You are a tw@ of an ex-DJ who bigged up his own wiki entry as being the UK’s Obama – from your own IP address. Lol.”


  8. 8
    UKIP the voice of reason says:

    In fact the UKIP message has been spread effectively through the new media and a massive increase in UKIP supporters using the new media to get our message across.
    Umunna is in fact too stupid to breathe and wrong about pretty much everything, just another establishment crony elitist who doesnt know his arse from his elbow.

  9. 9
    That told him says:


  10. 10
    The Lone Ranger says:

    Broadstairs has probably recovered enough to vote UKIP.

  11. 11
    Joe Public who will continue to Vote for UKIP ORG at May 2015 GE says:

    Ha ha …….Even before the 2015 GE The Old Etonian Bullington Toffs

    are running scared & no doubt CCHQ dirty tricks dept are at full stretch

    trying to devise a mendacious manipulative plans to prevent Nigel being

    elected but they will fail as they did in EUSSR elections last month…….

    Its time for real change,

    VOTE UKIP……………

  12. 12
    Milimarx says:

    Bad news for Chukka Can’t:

    The Grauniad says that UKIP is the most engaged online of all the parties.


  13. 13
    The Vicar of Albion says:

    Fuucking superb Rog

  14. 14
    Thanet South Tory Councillor says:

    This constituency urgently needs more public toilets.

  15. 15
    Thanet South Tory Councillor says:

    because of all the local Tories shitting themselves

  16. 16
    Tim Nice But Dim says:

    Perhaps CCHQ were worried that the unofficial “Member for Sandwich” wanted to seek the nomination as he won’t be standing in South Suffolk in 2015. Given the amount of time he’s spent on the links in the constituency perhaps it was felt he had enough connections within the association to be in with a chance!

  17. 17
    The Lone Ranger says:

    This is a bit unfair. You can’t really expect Chuka – or any LibLabCon to understand technical matters like using a tor browser if you’re going to doctor your own wiki entry. Politicians know nothing other than how to steal and cheat. Vote UKIP – they may turn out to be the same but in the meantime it’ll be fun kicking the present lot to hell.

  18. 18
    inside out says:

    This part of Kent has bourn the brunt of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers,should be an interesting election no wonder the Tories are cakking themselves.

  19. 19
    Chuka is either out of touch, poorly advised or a Liar says:

    Chuka doesn’t get it.

    The internet was the only medium left to UKIP other than word of mouth to get its message across after the MSM closed ranks and mounted their co-ordinated attacks at the Euro elections.

  20. 20
    England is becumin a ferd world cess-pit innit says:

    Yes, it’s time for change by voting to help the marxist rat millimong

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Also rumoured that their regular Senokot order has been cancelled.

  22. 22
    ALRIGHT!! says:

  23. 23
    Chuka Obama says:

    Diana Abbott told me all you people outside the M25 were hobbits

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    What a silly stupid boy Chuckie Uma really is.

  25. 25
    You Know what to do says:

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    Dougie says:

    Poor Guido always defaults to a conspiracy theory. Perhaps the Constituency Association Chairman is ill and unable to hold interviews?

  27. 27
    The Lone Ranger says:

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  29. 29
    Bildeburg Overlord says:

    Goddamn it all!

    We had an agreement to deny UKIP the oxygen of publicity.

    What the hell do you think you’re all playing at?

  30. 30
    Sqawk Box says:

    Sick as a parrot no doubt.

  31. 31
    Ray Ciste says:

    er lets clarify, fraudulent postal voters

  32. 32
    A message to all candidates from CCHQ says:

    You have been selected to join the Tory party parachute regiment.
    We have supplied you with a phrase book and a local map.
    Please do try to blend in

  33. 33
    Ray Ciste says:

    what you mean is, he took £20k from an existing bookie in his area, and then went on TV to say they shouldn’t allow more bookies in the area- i.e. a bung to stop the competition

  34. 34
    Nosey git says:

    So, why not just say so instead of playing at being mysterious power brokers?

  35. 35
    Nosey git says:

    Please go and report back to Mr Rothschild that you have been a miserable failure and deserve being fed to the crocodiles.

  36. 36
    jgm2 says:

    Way to go Chucky. Characterise your lost voters as technophobic morons. They’ll come flocking back to Labour in droves now.

    You incoherent jackass.

  37. 37
    Socialism is theft says:

    Better than voting to help the ineffectual Tory rat Camermong be PM and inviting millions of Albanians and Turks to come and live here. At least a vote for UKIP is a vote for Britain.

  38. 38
    Chuka Obama says:

    Can’t jump can’t send e-mails what are white men good for?

  39. 39
    Tory Bare! says:

    Suspect the reason that CCHQ is in ‘Rabbit Caught in Headlights’ mode is that the utterly useless Laura Sandys MP has run the Constituency into the ground for the Tories. Another monumental ‘Gender over Ability’ c*ck-up by Cameron means no self-respecting Conservative PPC wants to end-up being ‘the Candidate that Farage beat’. The Local Association must be in despair and is probably struggling to get enough (remaining) members to sit on the Selection Panel. Hence the abrupt cancellation of the selection process…

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  41. 41

    they must be shaking in their boots at the prospect of a barage of the farage!

  42. 42
    Caliphate R Us says:

    Vote early and vote often, you know it makes sense.

  43. 43
    Jack Ketch. says:

    No, because they want to meet more new friends.

  44. 44
    Caliphate R Us says:

    Yes we are, we chucked Fatbot out of Hobbit society because she was racist.

  45. 45
    Caliphate R Us says:

    Chucka for Liebor leader.

  46. 46
    General Farage says:

    Why run down the hill and fight for one constituency when I can stay on the hill and let the enemy tear themselves apart wondering which one I will attack.

  47. 47
    Jack Ketch. says:

    Interesting comment from a computer illiterate UKIPper in the DT.
    If you convert Chukka Umana into hexadecimal and add the two together it makes 419!

  48. 48

    Congrats on the sponsored post. Does this mean you’re abandoning the dark side?

  49. 49
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    He’s obviously learnt well from the PR genius that is Call Me Dave.

    He takes a slightly different line in winning back lost voters from Dave’s ‘fruitcakes and closet rac!sts'; nevertheless, a good effort.

  50. 50
    Caliphate R Us says:

    Black Jack Dromey will make an excellent candidate.

  51. 51
    The Human centipede says:

    They want Blairism all of them even the Tory party.
    Stinking rich with an air of social conscious respectability.
    You can have loads of money live in a grand palace beat someone up snort coke just don’t say the ‘N’ word otherwise you are fucked.
    That is Blairism

  52. 52
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    They may have decided that Baldrick’s cunning plan was insufficiently cunning.

    If that is the case, they may have to second the Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.

  53. 53
    Socialists are full of shit says:

    A good guy like you Jimmy I would have expected to be out there helping those poor buggers.
    Proper hands on help using the money you brought from the UK after selling your house.
    Sorry forgot you’re a start a revolution from your comfy western bed socialist prick.
    You people don’t do that sort of thing.

  54. 54
    Mycroft says:

    Should Nigel stand then the constituency will likely be handed to him, there is no point at all of having any candidate of stature present.

    So they will have a ‘Tory boy’ chinless wonder in place to take the fall.

    It’s galling because it means that UKIP get an MP for free and the media has to show this fact.

    The others will do the same.

    The tactic has a big up side for the main parties though, they can hit other UKIP target seats in an attempt to claim after the election that UKIP is about a personality rather than a cohesive movement.

    It is risky, if they do as I suspect then Nigel still has to run a full campaign in the area and the idea is that by combining all parties against him he will be stuck in the area and won’t be so omnipresent in the national media.

    The trick for UKIP is to make where ever Nigel stands the ‘de facto’ base of UKIP, establish an HQ there a National Office.

    By making his constituency a media focal point Nigels own part can be both local and national, whilst staying in the area.

    As you can see, the high risk plan from the other parties can be readily trumped with only a modicum of thought.

    That is the real reason for delay, the decision has not been made in Camerons office… do they implement this and give away a seat in the hope to divert the train or will UKIP see through the googly coming and let it pass-by harmlessly.

  55. 55
    Five Times Loser says:

    “Farage had unsuccessfully contested British parliamentary elections for UKIP five times.”

    Sounds like a serial loser to me. He only gets in when the EU rules apply. Talk about two-faced.


    Good luck notching up another loss. Could play for England at this rate.

  56. 56
    The Great British Public says:

    For Chucka to cast aspersions about UKIP computer skills when he was caught changing his Wiki entry from his own IP address is surely a case of the pot calling the kettle black ….

  57. 57
    The Great British Public says:

    Vote Conservative – a vote for a pro Federal EU

    Vote Labour – a vote for a pro Federal EU party

    Vote Lib Dem – a vote….

    You get the message….

  58. 58
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    That’s it, keep your chin up Dave.

    Keep on hoping there are sufficient tribal Tories that want more of the same : open borders, generous funding of Indian and Chinese space programmes as well as kowtowing to every edict from Brussels.

    You know it makes (no) sense!

  59. 59
    inside out says:

    Doubtless all the leftwing loons will swamp the election with protests,it will be usual nightmare from the great unwashed.UKIP whoever they put up should walk it. You can bet your bottom dollar no Cabinet Minister or high profile Labour or Liberal politician will venture within 100 miles of the constituency.

  60. 60
    Abbopotamus says:

    You think it’s bad now? Wait ten months.

    It will be merciless destruction of Miligramsci 24/7. The fact that the Guardian are already throwing him under the bus is telling.

  61. 61
    snugglepuss says:

    Guido should check out the Labour candidate. A spotty oik called Will Scobie, son of Councillor Scobie, one of the leading lights of the ‘toxic and homophobic’ Thanet Council.

  62. 62
    call my bluff says:

    Will Nigel really give up his ‘gravy train’ salary as an MEP and the seeming lack of scrutiny that goes with it, for an MP’s salary and more immediate accountability ? If he was serious about entering UK politics he would have stood in Newark at a time when UKIP was on a ‘roll’. His party will need to think up some credible policies other than taking Britain out of the EU which clearly they will never be able to do as they will never be in government.
    vote UKIP get Milliballs

  63. 63

    UKIP will not ‘walk it’ there will be massive fraud especially if Farage stands,why do you imagine Cameron is doing nothing about the postal vote racket ,he would prefer a bent labour MP than a UKIP win, his Brussels job after the election of Miliband depends on it.

  64. 64
    joolz says:

    Maybe, but Camerbum will bend over and take it from Merkel.

  65. 65

    Taking Britain out of the EU is the one and only policy that is worthwhile ,as long as the EU commissars are in charge any ‘British’ policy can be vetoed.
    Obviously you are a Labour supporter as you judge Nigel Farage by the standards set by the treacherous Labour socialist filth.

  66. 66
    call my bluff says:

    I am a conservative merely stating a fact. Hoping that Cameron, for whom I have little regard, will this time fulfil his promise, if he is still Prime Minister! of a referendum should we form the government in 2015.

  67. 67
    Mycroft says:

    In answer to your question… In an instant!

    I’m glad you accept that MEP’s get a ride on the train.

    That is why we will vote various MEP’s into MP seats, they know first hand what we all agree is the corrupt nature of the gravy train.

    Poachers turned Game Keepers.

    Newark could have been won but would have slowed the advancement of numbers in the GE, it was and remains the right thing to have done.

    The manifesto will be a good one and it will un-man the existing parties.

    Vote UKIP and get things done, vote ANYONE else and stay frustrated, thwarted and discontent.

  68. 68
    Mycroft says:

    You will continue to have only hope, he has ‘form’ in being useless at best… do you really think he can change???

    He has had 4 years to show his hand and I think he has done exactly that, shown his limp-wristed approach to Gov.

    He lacks character, he’s a Barrister, trained as one, so he is used to taking the colours of others as befits the ‘Taxi Rank’ style of that profession, but unlike the Taxi cabbers of olde London town Cameron has no opinions of his own and is entire focus group/spin driven.

    That will not change, he was like that as an MP and he is the same as a PM.

    Putting your faith in Cameron is like putting your faith in an umbrella… when jumping out of an aeroplane, it will fold and let you down!

  69. 69
    Mycroft says:

    Possibly, but too overt and easily contested in my opinion.

  70. 70
    The Grateful Brits says:

    Jolly good idea and thanks for the suggestion.

  71. 71

    Even if Cameron does have a referendum, 2017 is far too late the damage is being inflicted on us NOW.

  72. 72
    Mycroft says:

    Indeed it is.

    Far too much damage in my opinion.

    The reality is that in 2017 the question will no longer be a simple in out, it never was going to be, but rather a ‘Continue as we are’ vs ‘Renegotiate further’.

    The lead up will be all about being on the brink of a huge victory, the EU will connive in this charade.

    So to use the words Cameron would “Having an in-out referendum right now in 2017, whilst we are still in delicate negotiations where we are getting somewhere is not a choice we can put in front of the British voter at this time, I do need a mandate though and I think that a better referendum question would be to ask do we carry on, that will strengthen my hand in the negotiations”

    That is what is going to happen, that way he does hold a referendum, but not the one where we might say ‘Let’s leave’

    Mark those words, that is the coming reality.

  73. 73

    … and by ” vote often ” we DO mean completing as many ostensibly “misdelivered ” postal voting forms as our “spiritual brother ” postie plops through your letterbox each day .

    If you should develop writers cramp think of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him and the many virgins waiting in Heaven

  74. 74
    tigerowl says:

    Local man eh? Knows the local issues and lives in the area.
    Is Nigel farage going to stand sometime? Or not got the bottle in case he looses.

  75. 75
    Voice of reason says:

    Prick of the highest order.Wristwatch model.if it is a self-wider it will be up to 2018 cos he is a wanker

  76. 76
    Voice of reason says:

    No doubt with a strap on !!!!

  77. 77
    Santa's little helper-helping himself whatever I can says:

    Don’t you mind about a shortage of Conservative Members. There’s plenty of small and medium-sized business owners who’re thriving on paying NMW to low and semi-skilled foreign workers. They don’t GAF about the ‘in work benefits’ that the State will have to pick up, they don’t GAF about increased Rents/Housing Shortages, they don’t GAF about shortages of places in schools (or the fact that their kids don’t speak english), they don’t GAF about increasing costs/delays in the Local NHS, they don’t GAF about British Cultural Erosion, they just care about THEIR bottom line. The Governments answer to these people? Blah, blah, a reduction in Corporation Tax. Absolutely astounding. Rewarding the very people who are among the root causes of the increased spending/demands of Government.

  78. 78
    I'll call your Bluff, and raise you my ignorance says:

    You don’t seem to understand, Nigel Farage was beating-off a Conservative European drive to Lie/Cajole other prospective EFD members into his EP camp. If he’s have succeeded then the EFD Group wouldn’t have existed. Nigel headed them off at the pass. He’s got other jobs and isn’t just UKIP’s UK leader, but other European duties too. Euroskepticism isn’t just a UK ‘thing’ it’s a growing movement throughout the EU. The MSM over here would like to leave you thinking otherwise. As for the Policies, they’re starting to leak out. The Direct Democracy one out today is a stormer. Also, name me ONE Labour Policy that isn’t just ‘not what the Conservatives have done’.

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