August 28th, 2014

Just How “Delighted” Is UKIP’s Clacton Candidate?

In the post-press conference throng this morning, Guido overheard senior UKIP officials confidently assuring each other that their current candidate in Clacton “will be delighted” with the news that Carswell would be usurping him.

Lets see how that is going…

“Until they fire me, shoot me or blow me out of the party for being a rebel then I’m here,” Roger Lord tells Buzzfeed:

“As far as I’m concerned I’m carrying on.If Mr Carswell wants to join us then he can get in the queue and hand out leaflets with the rest of us. Now that I’ve announced my campaign team, which now includes many members of his campaign team, his vote looks to be sinking quite quickly.”

Yep, he sounds delighted.


UPDATE: Mr Lord should have read his UKIP constitution. Rule S24 says the NEC chooses the candidate in the event of a by-election. Guido is not sure if that counts as firing, shooting or blowing. 

UPDATE II: Statement from UKIP party secretary tells Guido:

 “Roger Lord is not now, nor has he ever been the by-election candidate for Clacton.  The National Executive Committee of the Party have voted to adopt Douglas Carswell as the candidate for the upcoming by-election.  Roger Lord is mistaken in his belief that he is the candidate and he can best serve the party’s and the county’s interests by standing behind the decision of the NEC”


  1. 1
    Silent Majority says:

    Why not have an open primary?

  2. 2
    The Growler says:

    Has Dougy miscalculated, this guy certainly doesn’t want to give way, wait for the next episode on a blog near you.

  3. 3
    Steve Miliband says:

    Another Big Ego in the Big Ego Party

  4. 4
    Unidexter says:

    Doesn’t that just mean “first” ?

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Shoot him?

  6. 6
    E.Bowler Family Butcher and purveyor of Game and Bushmeat says:

    Spicy Bat wings £1.20 for six, a back to school special.

  7. 7
    Vote Ukip, Get Labour says:

    Can’t win a by-election.
    Can’t stop Labour.
    Can’t offer a referendum.
    Can’t organise a piss-up in a brewery.

    Vote Ukip? I don’t think so.

  8. 8
    david says:

    Even before the formation of the Coalition, the influence of Carswell’s ideas was evident in speeches made by David Cameron – most notably a speech to the Open University made by David Cameron in Milton Keynes in May 2009. Blogger Guido Fawkes, who describes The Plan as a “huge hit, an Amazon bestseller and the all-time best-selling publish-on-demand publication ever sold by Amazon”, also noted the influence of the book on Conservative thinking.

    But you are a big fan though Guido, he’s got your vote.

  9. 9
    The Boy Milliband says:

    Before I go to out to play I will fill in and sign Ed Balls membership form for UKIP.

  10. 10
    táxpáyér says:

    Vote Dave, Don’t get a conservative.

    Vote Dave? I don’t think so.

  11. 11
    Hear All See All says:

    Raheem Kassam of Breitbart tweets
    “UKIP candidate for Clacton is no longer the candidate. UKIP’s constitution, as most others, cancel candidate choices for by-elections.”

  12. 12
    Braveheart says:

    Daft Doug Arsewell, a man who doesn’t understand banking and wants the bank to take your pennies at the cash desk and keep them in a strongbox for you instead of doing what banks are for and lending them to people who have more use for them than you in the short term and can pay a return from profits.
    Daft Doug Arsewell, the man from the stupid wing of the Conservative Party, with his knee-jerk opposition to the European Arrest Warrant – the only thing the EU offers to law-and-order Tories.
    Daft Doug Arsewell, the man who makes Gordon Brown look like a financial wizard, Nick Clegg look like a political genius, David Conman look like a supermodel and Alex Salmond look like a reasonable human being.
    It will be a laugh if UKIP decide not to select him.

  13. 13
    Sarah Millington says:

    UKIP need to expose more of the Rotherham CP graduates:

    Afterall, no-one else is going to do it – not the media, not the Lib / Lab / Con party.

  14. 14
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    I imagine the sales of illegally imported Fruit Bat in London back street markets are not doing too well at the moment, but then again perhaps nobody has told the people that need their bush meat fix about the origin of Ebola.

  15. 15
    Vote Cameron, get stuffed says:

    I’d say Cameron’s Conservatives:

    – Can’t stop Labour 2015
    – Can’t push through referendum
    – Can’t organise a piss-up in a brewery

    And, won’t win the by-election Carswell has triggered.

    Vote Cameron, get Clegg == get stuffed again. I don’t think so

  16. 16
    Parliament is a Gay Disco says:

    In the interests of the party and the country the current candidate should step aside graciously.

  17. 17
    rick says:

    Yes, time to put party and country first. It would be the honorable thing to do.

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t you mean Draft Alex Salmond a man who doesn’t understand banking ……

  19. 19
    peter sharp says:

    All a bunch of arsewipes.

  20. 20
    Dorkass says:

    For huffing and puffing?!? What is this country coming to?

  21. 21
    Pedant says:

    Maybe the UKIP NEC will not select Carswell.

  22. 22
    Shit Dick Brown and his socialist arsewipes can fuck off and do one. says:

    Vote Ukrap if you want a scummy, useless Labour Government.

  23. 23
    Not In My Name says:

    You are done matey.

    Now sod off and shut up

  24. 24
    The two Muppets says:

    Like ferrets in a sack .

  25. 25

    Lets hope they get stronger and stronger

  26. 26
    Celtic FC says:

    Guido Fawkes would be a celtic fan as he is catholic.
    I support better teogether.

  27. 27
    Lord Roger Lord is duly rogered says:

    Roger Lord sounds like a right knob end with that attitude. Ta ta Roger, you know it makes sense.

  28. 28
    Douglas Carswell says:

    I won the secret vote whlist a member of another party.

  29. 29
    Mr Neddy says:

    You do not understand banking do you?

  30. 30
    UKIP Member says:

    Where are the minutes to the NEC meeting for Clacton tbc by-election candidate choice.

    Constitution defaults to proposed national election candidate at the time of vacancy initially becomes available.

    This candidate must be formally removed before new candidate can be chosen.

    Local branches shall be consulted.

    Roger Lord is the legal candidate. Douglas Caswell has been mislead if UKIP candidate remains convinced of his position.

  31. 31
    Neil Down says:

    LOL Casino banking does not mean lending your money to people. And no self-respecting conservative would support a warrant that allows British citizens to be spirited off to borderline 3rd world countries like Bulgaria and Greece on the flimsiest evidence.

  32. 32
    Neil Down says:

    Vote Tory, get Juncker.
    Vote LibDem, get Juncker.
    Vote Labour, get Juncker (and your daughter ra ped by muslims).

  33. 33
    Rupert says:

    Don’t know what they are up to – is Lord the candidate or not?. Sounds like that wanker Miliband has organised it

  34. 34
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    So what’s it going to be? Official Ukip and Provisional Ukip? Just like the old days in Derry.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    This is the one thing stopping me from going UKIP in general elections they really need to hammer the line ‘you are in it for all! not just you !’ Yes I know all the rest are the same but then why vote for another party who cannot do any better? UKIP has the chance not only to find a new path and scalp the Tory’s bed wetter faction but to wipe out the limpbums and [ newpedo] labour !

  36. 36
    non taxble pikey says:

    Clacton hotels and guest houses are going to have a bonanza whenever this seat is contested.
    Roger Lord should move a few miles north to Frinton.

  37. 37
    Harpee says:

    Ah. Democracy in action.

  38. 38
    Not In My Name says:

    You really don’t seem to understand how this sort of thing works,do you?

    High profile Tory convert of great PR worth to national party versus Essex Councillor having a hissy fit because he has been bounced.

    Oohhh that is a tough one to work out He is UKIPpered

  39. 39
    Just waiting for a mate says:

    Very expensive for a start (more than £100k). Such a system could only work if it was publicly funded and a legal requirement across all Parliamentary seats, as they do in America.

  40. 40
    cured lefty says:

    Rotherham Labour councilor with one brain cell …just blame thatcher for everything
    Rotherham labour councilor with 2 brain cells. ?.. emmm great now how should we spin that.
    Rotherham labour councilor with one brain cell ..
    How the fuck would I know !

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    So it is not about principle, but power. You really want a man like Caswell? A Tory defecting to another Tory group. Not much of a story. If he had defected to the Lib Dems then that would have shown he was moving to a party with different ideals. But UKIP and Tory are the same white middle aged racists from the same pod. Non event.

  42. 42
    Baron John (Jacky) Arbuthnot Fisher says:

    Reads: Can’t get everything my own way.Haven’t been informed of what’s going on confidentially behind the scenes, and think that playing cards with the EU means playing with an open hand, so will take a hand grenade, take out the pin, and keep the grip.

    I am always amazed at the rank stupidity of the UKIP position. If shooting yourself in the foot repeatedly and throwing tantrums was an Olympic sport……

  43. 43
    Michael Corby says:

    He should see the bigger picture.

  44. 44
    Jack the Ripper says:

    I don’t see why Carswell should expect to walk into a seat. He’s spent years supporting a Vichy party.

  45. 45
    John Bellingham says:

    “In May 2008, the Yorkshire Post revealed that Common Purpose had been granted free office space at the Department for Children, Schools and Families in Sheffield in 1997″

  46. 46
    Vote Cameron, get stuffed says:


    Baron John whatever’s…

    “I am always amazed at the rank stupidity of the UKIP position. If shooting yourself in the foot repeatedly and throwing tantrums was an Olympic sport..”

    Stupid enough not to have kept Warsi in tent? Stupid enough not to have kept Carswell on board…?

    And stupid enough not to be able to win the 2015 election (recalling that not winning 2010 was really stupid given opponents were Brown/Labour after 13 years, and economic meltdown) ?

    And stupid enough to see tantrums where none exist. I’d say panic has set in.

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:


    A Tory posing as UKIP member…

    Lost your appetite for attacking Labour over child exploitation?

    This is suddenly more important, after Cameron’s echo chamber complained all day that this was diverting attention from the Labour scandal?

    Or did you just get tired of Labour not listening?

    Feeling impotent aren’t you? And you’d prefer that to be important.. Tsk

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    And vote Conservative if you want a scummy, useless Cameron/Clegg government.

  49. 49
    Bloke says:

    Just what you’d expect from a Too Wee To Be Free Scotsman.

  50. 50
    Cuntry Bumkin says:

    Not really the best time to play the “racist” card, fuckwit.

  51. 51
    Returning Officer says:

    Hurrah! More fake UKIP candidates to add to the top of the list

  52. 52
    Turn a Tina says:

    What is a ‘racist’ card? The Ace of Spades?

  53. 53
    JIMMY says:






    COME ON NIGE – COME ON UKIP XXXXXXXX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. 54
    Clothes peg for free says:

    The fact is that whilst true blues like myself might be thoroughly pissed of with Cameron, come May next year, if we don’t vote conservative , even with a clothes peg attached to nostril, we are going to wake up with milliband as PM, ed Balls as Chancellor, Andy Stafford hospital as health secretary….Jesus wept

  55. 55
    CesspoolSid says:

    I thought that bankers was a polite name for wankers.

  56. 56
    LickitLily says:

    I thought that bankers was a polite name for wankers.

  57. 57
    Angus McCoatup says:

    Besides being a darned good working MP, his regular fish suppers this way are supreme. That apart, he has spent years as a conservative rebel, a real thorn in cast iron’s side, continually pushing for leaving the EU. It seems he has finally lost patience with cast iron who only wants to stay in. He is good UKIP material. A rarity in this day and age, who ha sthe balls to put his job on the line and money where his mouth is.

  58. 58
    Lets get rid of the loons says:

    Ah yes UKIP. “Party of the people.” Oh no wait…’s more a case of – do what your told by UKIP central command or you are stuffed.

    Tell me how is this farce any different from the main 3 parties? Shows what a hypocrite Farage is. As much part of the Westminster elite as Cameron & Milliband.

    How people fall for his “rebel” shtick is beyond me.

  59. 59
    Kieran says:

    How can you claim that gay marriage is not appreciated by the voters when 73% Liberal Democrat voters, 64% Labour voters and 53% Conservative voters agreed that gay couples should have the right to marry? One pol puts it as 78% of British people in support. Is it purely based on the fact that a majority of Kippers do not support this? If the majority of voters were Kippers then maybe but seeing as they are a small minority then you are actually talking drivel.

    You claim immigration is unwarranted yet unemployment is down, so what are they all doing exactly? What anti-immigration people always chose to ignore is the 1000 British people who choose to permanently leave the UK every day, half of which are under 40 and many are professionals who leave a constant labour shortage across many sectors.

    1/3 of our doctors are immigrants, are these unwarranted or do you see some warrant in providing doctors to the 20 million who they serve?

  60. 60
    WearyTory says:

    So much for UKIP being different and nicer than the other parties. Ruthless! I look forward to a nice public row between UKIP activists. This may put off other MPs wanting to defect as it looks like sitting UKIP candidates may not just take being usurped lying down.

  61. 61
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    Well he could approach Clacton Conservatives as they have a vacancy.

    If his reported remarks are what he said, he is exactly the sort of person UKIP needs to lose as candidates as he has no idea about news management, party discipline or plain political nous.

  62. 62
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    Well that’s hardly a change from the last 4 and a half years, is it?

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  64. 64
    It's what they do, not what they say says:

    This crass handling of the local candidate by Farage confirms worst fears – Ukip is just a platform for an expenses grabbing, wife employing, big mouth dictator. Roger Lord today, the rest of Britain tomorrow.

  65. 65
    Cameron has failed says:

    After Scotland leaves, England will start to look more and more like the Ukraine. A gigantic melting pot that is about to melt.

  66. 66
    If you thought Clegg was hopeless.... says:

    I presume that’s right, but even if it wasn’t the way that Farage has played this one is enough to convince me that Farage is just another petty dictator who doesn’t give a damn about anyone or anything. Except himself of course.

    He should stay in the pub, propping up the bar with his pint, putting the world to rights with his drinking pal before staggering off home to eat his Sunday lunch, prepared by the slave-wife indoors (paid for by you and me).

  67. 67
    Is there not a single competent political leader anywhere in Britain? says:

    Teresa May organised it, in between losing another deportation appeal and overseeing the UK Border Agency.

  68. 68
    £85,000 a year for a useless Police and Crime Commissioner who cannot be sacked - thank you Dave says:

    Farage reminds me of Gerry Adams. Probably runs UKIP in the same way as Adams ran the IRA.

  69. 69
    Call me Nige says:


  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    None of it will make any difference.

    The economy is as fcuked under Dave as it was under Brown and immigration is worse than ever.

    The only election that matters is the one in Scotland next month.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Check out: ‘Merchant Banker – Monty Python’s The Flying Circus’.

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    You are a UKIP Spin Doctor by any chance? Having worked for the party – and been voted in as their candidate – how would anyone feel at being dumped? At such news, would anyone really give a flying duck about party discipline? Let’s get real.

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry to disappoint you all but you are making the mistake that a political party of any stripe is capable of running a country or even influencing its economy.

    Money talks and the very idea that the UK should high tail it out of Europe is complete hyperbole.

    The world of commerce is Globalized and the big companies do not have the patriotic fever that you have. They are hard nosed business people and will see no merit whatsoever in interrupting their capability to make a shed load of cash.

    Simple as that really.

    Nige and his mates will find a niche in the body politic but just like the child with his face pressed against the cake shop window he will see but not be able to touch the goods on offer.

    UKIP are just good old fashined harmless fun. A bunch of remniscery old farts longing for days past. No doubt many people will long with them but these are different times.

    Deam on cowboys.

    Ditto Alex Salmond and his centre left dream too.

    It’s terribly sad when reality kicks in.

  74. 74
    Cping500 says:

    Did DC write the section in the Manifesto?

  75. 75
    cping500 says:

    Did DC write the section of the Tory Election Manifesto on ‘Localism’?

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    I’m not a UKIP spin doctor but I can spot a prat easily enough.

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