Thursday, August 28, 2014

Carswell: The Old Parties Respond

Tories:

“This is a regrettable and frankly counterproductive decision. As  Douglas Carswell said, the only way to get a referendum on the EU is to return a majority Conservative government. The Conservative party will contest the forthcoming by-election vigorously to make sure the people in Clacton have a strong conservative voice in this parliament and the next.”

‘The Conservative Party will contest the by-election vigorously, to ensure that the people of Clacton have a strong Conservative voice in this Parliament and the next.’

Labour:

“Douglas Carswell’s defection is a hammer blow to David Cameron. Confidence in David Cameron is collapsing inside a Conservative party which is divided and running scared of UKIP. David Cameron’s weak leadership has seen him abandon the centre ground, repeatedly trying to pander to his own right-wing backbenchers rather than concentrate on the needs of the country. Now even his own side are abandoning him.”

Panic stations.

WATCH: Carswell’s Defection Speech

UKIP Academic: “Dead Cert” for a Carswell Win

DC-UKIPUKIP’s specialist academic Matthew Goodwin tells Guido that Clacton is a “dead cert” for the party and that he had briefed Douglas Carswell about this before he made his decision to quit. He claims that the seat is the most ‘kippy in the country. Intriguingly Goodwin confirmed he had briefed the Parliamentary Conservative Party about where UKIP were the biggest threat and Carswell had been at that presentation. Along with many others.

When Guido asked Farage whether there were any more Tory MPs in the pipeline he refused to say: “You buy the chap one pint and he asks for a second.”

+ + + Douglas Carswell Defects to UKIP + + +

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He cites Tory dependency on pollsters, lack of real change on offer in Europe and blocking of parliamentary reform. He will resign his seat and trigger a by-election, the honourable thing to do. I want change, I am an optimist”.

UPDATE: Guido asked Carswell to rate his chances: “I don’t know”. He confirmed he had not spoken to the PM this morning. “I wouldn’t worry Douglas, he’s watching live,” Nigel quipped. Carswell commented “I happen to like David Cameron, I’m not expecting him to reciprocate that now. He’s a nice person, he’s just not serious about change.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Perfect UKIP Venue

It’s a mystery to why UKIP’s hustings in South Thanet have been moved from St Lawrence College Theatre in Ramsgate. Whispers say it was after local pressure was put on the college not to host the party, but officially it’s something to do with lectures and satellite trucks wanting to set up. Either way, the replacement venue made Guido chuckle. The Kippers will assemble tonight in Odd Fellows Hall.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Farage Cannot Feel the Love Tonight

Elton John has gone and broken Nigel Farage’s heart, pouring cold water on speculation that the singer could come out and support UKIP. Nigel, who has recently confirmed he’s still standing in Thanet South, had made the comments over the weekend:

“Maybe I’ve got a big announcement to make, you never know,” Farage said. “Like a lot of things I get invited to, a lot of private lunches and dinners and I never ever say a word about them. I was invited by Elton John and David Furnish to their house for a dinner which was held six or seven weeks ago. There were 15 or 20 people there. It was a private dinner but, yeah, we talked about politics and current affairs and all of these things and, yes, actually the press reports were right: I got on very well with Elton John indeed.”

The sun hasn’t gone down completely on their relationship though, Elton’s minions confirmed the pair got on very well, but stress, I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind, but “Elton will not be favouring any party.” And I guess that’s why they call it the blues…

Friday, August 15, 2014

Farage Confirms It’s South Thanet

UKIP royally screwed up the announcement of where Nigel Farage is going to stand at the general election, so it’s not really a surprise that no one seems to have noticed Farage has today confirmed it will be in South Thanet. The UKIP leader has for the first time admitted what we all suspected at the bottom of his column on the Indy’s website today:

“My phone was rather busy the other day when one of the members of Ukip’s Thanet South branch decided to tell a newspaper that I was standing in that constituency in 2015. The situation is that there will be a hustings in the constituency the week after next at which the branch will decide who they wish to represent them.

I have thrown my hat in the ring, but so have others, including a top-class barrister and friend of mine. It may seem silly to some that the leader of a party would have to go through the process of being approved and selected but, I assure you, rank means nothing in Ukip.

Just as I applied to stand again as a Ukip MEP and went through the same assessment as other candidates and faced the vote of the membership with everyone else, I believe that the power to select the person they will be pounding the streets in all weathers for lies with the members of the branch themselves.

Of course I think I stand a good chance of winning. I have fought the seat before and it is in my home county of Kent and an area I have represented in the European Parliament since 1999. But with Ukip members, nothing is ever for certain. And that’s just fine by me.”

The Tory candidate is former UKIP leader Craig Mackinlay

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tories Thrash Labour in Donation Stakes: Q2 Figures in Full

Electoral Commission figures out this morning show the Tories are amassing a decent pre-election war chest, raking in £7,185,709 in donations in Q2 of 2014. That’s almost double Labour, who banked just £3,761,615 by comparison. The biggest single donation was given to UKIP, £1,079,567 from Paul Sykes’ Highstone Group.

Those posters don’t pay for themselves…

O’Flynn It to Win It

Once upon a time, a cynical silver-haired Lobby correspondent like Patrick O’Flynn would have been first to take the mickey out of a politician announcing that they would be making an announcement:

And so, this morning we had the big UKIP selection news that everyone was waiting for. Paddy will seek the support of his local party to be UKIP’s parliamentary candidate for Cambridge. He will be trying to unseat weirdy beardy LibDem Dr Julian Huppert, who has a majority of 6,792. Again UKIP are sticking to their policy of running local candidates, O’Flynn went to a Cambridge comp and made it to Cambridge University. Huppert will be praying the student vote doesn’t completely collapse or else he’s in real trouble. Still no news on whether UKIP have managed to convince anyone to take Paddy’s widely-touted old job as head of comms…

Monday, August 11, 2014

Israeli Tourists Flout Galloway’s Bradford Ban

After hearing that George Galloway had declared his intention to make Bradford an “Israel-free zone”, even that “we don’t want Israeli tourists to come to Bradford”, yesterday a group of Israeli tourists decided to do just that.

Several of Shneur’s Israeli friends joined him on the trip to Yorkshire’s premier tourist destination.

Unfortunately for the Respect MP, it seems many of his constituents sided with the new arrivals.

Shneur says a “steady stream of people came over to wish us well and distance themselves from Galloway’s hate speech”.

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Overall, Shneur says Bradfordians gave their Israeli visitors a “tremendous reception”, reflecting on an “amazing afternoon” of “well wishes and interesting conversations”.

Israeli tourists 1-0 George Galloway.


Seen Elsewhere

Government Needs 10.6% Spending Cuts To Meet Target | IFS
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts


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