UKIP Candidate Quits Over Galloway, ‘Pope’ Farage

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Chris Gillibrand, UKIP’s candidate in Ogmore for the Assembly Elections, has resigned citing the decision of Nigel Farage to share a platform with George Galloway.  Gillibrand says he

“… cannot begin to comprehend the motives for Mr Farage to share a platform with George Galloway.   His views are well known and available to anyone who has access to the internet.   Mr Farage has presumed on the support of people who admire the fluidity of his rhetoric and understand that Mr Cameron would never have given the British people the referendum without the pressure from outside the Conservative Party.  He is rapidly exhausting his political credit with the grass roots. To appear on the platform, he now must consider himself irreproachable but those that want to leave the EU have no need of a Pope.   They need rather a team and a chorus.  It is noticeable that we are not hearing the voices of the MEPs in the independence campaign …… have they also been coerced into silence?”

There does seem to be an internal UKIP tussle going on at the moment, many MEPs do appear to be keeping their head down. Guido can’t help thinking that they should be focusing on winning people over to the Brexit cause…

UKIP Turns Thumbscrews on Mutinous Candidates

The feeling within UKIP this afternoon is that Farage and his team are carrying out a scorched earth policy against anyone associated with Vote Leave, even targeting ‘Kippers who have not publicly endorsed his preferred campaign, Grassroots Out. Guido has been passed an email sent to all candidates by Farage’s Welsh fixer Sam Gould. It tells them they will be reported to the party if they do not back GO:

As per several emails you will have received from the party, we are 100% supporting GO Grassroots Out. As per these emails this Saturday 5th March is a national action day and we will require every branch and every candidate to be out campaigning for GO. I will be reporting directly to the party exactly which candidates have been involved in an action day this Saturday.

Add this to the sacking of Vote Leave affiliated Suzanne Evans and Peter Reeve this morning and it’s clear the party is turning the thumbscrews on its candidates. Why are they doing this? There has been considerable movement among UKIP councillors since the GO Galloway debacle, Douglas Carswell has tweeted that over 400 of UKIP’s 500 councillors now back Vote Leave. The sackings and the email to candidates are a warning shot to other ‘Kippers thinking about going the Suzanne Evans route…

UPDATE: GO-supporting David Sprason, the chairman of UKIP councillors, disputes the Carswell figure and claims 90% of UKIP councillors back GO.

Good Evans! Suzanne Sacked Again

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Farage’s revenge on Vote Leave-backing Suzanne Evans continues – last week he sacked her as deputy chair, today he’s sacked her as welfare spokesman. Last night Nigel told a Ladbrokes panel that Douglas Carswell is “irrelevant“, the second time in a week he has slagged off his only MP. How about focusing on the real enemy?

UPDATE: Suzanne tells Guido:

“I must be the most purged woman in British Politics! You have to laugh it’s so ridiculous.”

UPDATE II: Peter Reeve, UKIP’s local government spokesman and also a Vote Leave supporter, has also been sacked by Farage. He’s been replaced by porn scandal David Sprason, who signed up UKIP councillors to Grassroots Out.

UKIP Target Labour Voters On Housing Issue

This Party Political Broadcast from UKIP featuring their London mayoral candidate Peter Whittle is aimed squarely at the social housing issue and Labour voters. It features a crying white working class mother with baby blaming immigrants for lack of housing. Labour are always on the back foot of the housing demand issue. UKIP’s blaming of the EU’s open borders resonates….

UKIP Donations Dry Up

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UKIP’s cash problems continue – between 1 October and 31 December 2015 they took in just short of £200,000:

Conservative Party – £5,152,334
Labour Party – £2,669,241
Liberal Democrats – £828,657
UKIP – £196,282
BNP – £180,000
SNP – £54,030

Facebook called, they’d like their money…

Farage Sale: Everything Must GO

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Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Peter Ismay-Gray. All great artists of their age, and now you can get your hands on a masterpiece. eBay is currently listing an original Ismay painting of Nigel Farage in full suit and tie (pint sadly not included). Fine art aficionados will need to meet the reserve price of £1,500. GO-ing, GO-ing, gone…

Meanwhile Labour are flogging Jeremy Corbyn pint glasses for 6 quid a pop:

Perfect for a nice glass of non-alcoholic punch.

Suzanne Evans Out as UKIP Deputy Chair

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Suzanne Evans is no longer UKIP’s deputy chairman. Farage says in a statement:

“I have made some changes to our structure today. Both of our Deputy Chairs are candidates in the upcoming elections and this will limit any role they can play in the national referendum campaign. So I thank Suzanne Evans and Neil Hamilton for their time as Deputy Chairs and announce they will be replaced by Diane James and William Dartmouth.”

Expect to hear from those involved that this is nothing to do with UKIP’s internal politics. Though allies of Farage say this is a putsch against Suzanne, long seen as a threat by the leader’s camp and a supporter of Vote Leave, not Nigel’s preferred Grassroots Out…

UPDATE: A Breitbart story written by Farage’s former aide Raheem Kassam reveals the thinking at Grassroots Out – stripping Evans of the deputy chair role hurts Vote Leave’s bid for the designation:

“Ms. Evans no longer holding a position with the party is also problematic for the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign who have been trumpeting her support as their UKIP “cross party” backing. Now they are limited to one Member of Parliament, one Member of the European Parliament, and one member of the National Executive Committee.”

UPDATE II: Evans speaks:

“I’m naturally disappointed. I felt I was doing a good job and helping to broaden the party’s appeal both in relation to the EU referendum and the upcoming electoral challenges of May 5th and beyond.

I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for all the many messages of support I’ve had from UKIP members already today, but I certainly have no intention of being drawn into any disharmony. I of course accept that it is entirely within any party leader’s authority to choose and to change their own top team.”

Carswellian Case For Short Money Cuts

Douglas has delivered an old-fashioned Carswellian classic in the Commons, making a sound as a pound case for cutting Short money. Guido agrees with every word of this:

“I’m delighted that the Government is cutting Short money, and few things that this administration have announced have pleased me more. Does the Minister agree that this is public money and the public will deeply resent this being spent on politicians to do more politics. Does he agree that the rules on short money need to reflect the fact that the cost of doing policy…. have come down… Does he agree that the public will resent using public money to pay for special advisers and shadow special advisers who’ve watched too much of the West Wing, to sit in Portcullis House at taxpayers’ expense”

UKIP did however u-turn on their promise not to take any Short money themselves, allowing Carswell to advertise for a £60,000 speechwriter. The party also employs, for example, turncoat ex-MP Mark Reckless out of public funds. Hopefully Douglas will lead by example and trim the dozen or so taxpayer-funded staff he employs between his constituency, parliamentary office and policy unit. And don’t mention his part-time diary secretary, one Mrs Carswell…

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 […]

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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 […]

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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…”

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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 […]

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