Blow For Reckless and Hamilton

UKIP have been arguing among themselves once again, this time in Wales. Welsh ‘Kippers want the right to choose their own Welsh Assembly candidates, and have been fighting against senior figures who want to install Mark Reckless and Neil Hamilton at the top of the list. In a blow to Reckless and Hamilton’s chances, UKIP’s NEC has ruled in favour of the Welsh membership, who will now have the decisive say. Bad news for the centrally imposed candidates who were not popular among local members – according to unimpressed local sources, Reckless had never visited even Wales before last year. Guido is told direct democracy campaigner Douglas Carswell ironically voted in favour of the top down imposition of Reckless from above. Anything that helps keep Hamilton away from voters is probably a good thing for the party.

UKIP Warns of Risk of Turkey Joining EU

UKIP’s party political broadcast last night warned that if the UK remains in the EU, Turkey could be a member within a few years. David Cameron re-affirmed his support for Turkey joining the EU only last year:

A spokesman for the pro-EU BSE told the Guardian that UKIP was “trying to tarnish an entire nation and its people and degrading debate in this country” which was “completely beyond the pale… Whatever your view on whether Turkey should or will join the EU, this is a new low in baseless scaremongering from UKIP.” Hardly baseless, it is one of the biggest risks of remaining in an expanding, borderless EU…

Boris and Farage Pan Dave’s Red Card

Boris ain’t convinced: “the PM is making best of a bad job, there’s still a lot more to do, a lot more to do on this”. Asked if there is any positive from Dave’s deal: “Ermmm…”

Farage meanwhile tells the European Parliament:

“the Prime Minister is saying we’ve got a red card, isn’t that wonderful? Well what that means is if a majority of parliaments in the European Union can say to Mr Juncker they don’t want one of his directives, is that a cause for celebration? I mean if 15 parliaments couldn’t stop a piece of law we would be living in a communist dictatorship”

Juncker this morning made clear that the emergency brake on immigration actually coming into effect was a pipe dream. Dave is going to get roasted by his backbenchers in the post-PMQs EU debate…

Hannan & Carswell Share Joke

Guido chuckled today when he came across a video of Daniel Hannan regaling an ASI audience with a joke about canvassing back in 2009. It’s a joke which Guido has heard the Tory MEP tell before. However in a remarkably improbable coincidence, a clip has been unearthed of Douglas Carswell telling the exact same joke six years later. Guido thinks Hannan tells it better…

Farage Says Cologne Rapists Could Come to UK

Raheem Kassam was up against Giles Fraser on the subject:

Ukippers for EU, Real or Parody?

UKIP STAY

Surely this must be a wind up. Twitter has been abuzz with a new UKIP referendum campaign group, although this one is slightly different: it’s campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union. The UKIP To Stay campaign’s mission statment reads:

“UKIP to Stay is a social media advocacy group, supporting the faction of UKIP that wish for Britain to remain in the European Union. UKIPTS have a vision of a reformed EU which can carry out the policies of democratically elected parties on a fair, transparent, and united basis”.

Gotta be a joke, right?

Well, according to a recent YouGov poll, 28% of UKIP supporters really do want to stay in the EU.

‘UKIP to Stay’ claim they see “eye to eye with most UKIP supporters on everything except for the EU issue”, expanding on this in their FAQs page:

“UKIP has a lot more to offer than mostly Eurosceptic views. The party’s ideas for the economy, immigration, welfare, taxation, and education all fit with what we believe. We simply differ on one issue”.

So is the campaign real or fake? Vote below:

UPDATE: A UKIP spokesman confirms, shockingly, that it is indeed a spoof. Guido readers were right!

Carswell On the Rack at NEC

Douglas Carswell MP and Ukip leader Nigel Farage

At 10 p.m. on Monday night, UKIP spinners sent journalists an unsolicited riddle of a press release about a meeting of their NEC. The bizarre email informed the media:

“There was an exchange of views which, as is the nature of party politics, will be ongoing. It was a packed agenda and the meeting drew to close as participants had trains to catch.”

No further explanation was offered.

What was it all about? UKIP sources say there was a “frank exchange of views” between Douglas Carswell and the NEC over his pre-Christmas broadside against Farage. Hotheads on the NEC loyal to Farage wanted to censure Carswell or at least insist he apologise for criticising Farage. Steve Crowther, UKIP’s chairman, wisely managed to drag out the meeting’s proceedings to avoid bring the matter to a vote. Unfortunately there is an anti-Carswell majority on the NEC who are pushing for another meeting of UKIP’s governing committee next week. We could be just 200 days away from a referendum and UKIP are ridiculously distracted and in trouble financially, is this really the time to be having handbags? 

Curiously, the sign outside Douglas’ new constituency office makes no mention of UKIP, and even drops the party purple:

Picture © @RaheemKassam

Is Carswell refusing to spend taxpayers’ money on signs in party colours a point of principle? Or is it, as his enemies intimate, that he might not be a UKIP MP for much longer and doesn’t want to have to buy a new sign?

Farage: “I Made a Terrible Mistake” Talking About ‘Assassination Attempt’

After the wheels came off the Farage assassination attempt story, Nige tells LBC he probably shouldn’t have spoken to the papers about the story. He did also tell LBC on Sunday that “someone clearly had loosened the wing nuts on all four of the tires of my car”. UKIP are convinced the details of the incident were leaked out by a senior anti-Farage figure in the party…

Friday Caption Competition (UKIP Unity Edition)

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Cars-Wars: Nigel Hits Back

“He’s been having a go at me every single day since the General Election. It’s just that he’s been doing it in private, briefing members, officials or the press or anyone who cares to listen… He’s trying to sow division

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Carswell: “We Need a Fresh Face”

Douglas scorns “Let me put it another way I don’t want to wake up […]

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Crappy Xmas: UKIP’s Purple Santa

It’s that time again! Send in your political Christmas cards as you get them and Guido will publish the happiest and the crappiest on the site. First out of the blocks this year is UKIP’s effort featuring a festive purple […]

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