Monday, November 17, 2014

WATCH: UKIP Hit Back at Labour NHS Attack

How UKIP Became More Attractive to Labour Voters

Writing in the Guardian, YouGov supremo Peter Kellner explains how UKIP’s support has changed in recent months. As Guido’s graphic shows, in January last year the party’s backers were overwhelmingly former Tory voters. Since then, the proportion of UKIP voters coming from Labour has trebled. The RedUKIP effect?

Patrick O’Flynn Denies Leftist Smears

A stinging briefing on UKIPhome this morning:

“Senior members of UKIP are campaigning behind the scenes to have Patrick O’Flynn MEP removed as economic spokesman after his appearance on the BBC’s Newsnight programme last Monday night.

O’Flynn is widely seen as the standard bearer of the left of UKIP leading to “mutterings” against him.”

Pointing to his friendship with David Laws, the latest wheeze being put about is that O’Flynn was in the SDP – something that he categorically denied to Guido this morning:

“I once said in an interview that there was a time that I hoped the hard Owenite trend of the SDP came to something, but I never joined the SDP”

An interesting development in internal UKIP politics.

UPDATE: Guido understands the author of a letter calling for O’Flynn to go is the colourful Sean Howlett.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

RED UKIP: Farage Claims He Will Prop Up Miliband

Makes a change from a bar, but the UKIP leader says he will prop up a Miliband government. In an interview with the Staggers, Farage is very clear:

Jason Cowley “Would you go into coalition with Labour?”
Nigel Farage “I’d do a deal with the Devil if it got me what I wanted.”

JC If Miliband said to you, “Look, Nigel, can I have your eight to ten MPs in the coalition and we give you an in-out referendum?” would that be enough?
NF That would depend when the referendum was, and the terms.

JC But you’re not ruling it out.
NF Of course not. There is no left and right any more. Left and right’s irrelevant.

JC So there could be a Ukip-Labour-Lib Dem rainbow coalition.
NF Sounds extremely unlikely.

JC Or a Ukip-Labour coalition.
NF Why coalition? There are other ways of doing things.

JC Tell me how. Confidence and supply?
NF Absolutely.

JC Would that suit you better?
NF To be honest, the way I look at it now, I can’t see Ukip wilfully going into formal coalition with anybody.

JC But you support Labour on confidence and supply . . .
NF Confidence motions and primary legislation of certain kinds, yes.

JC And because there’s no left and right, you’d be comfortable supporting Labour?
NF I’d be very comfortable supporting anybody that gave me an opportunity to get my country back.

A strategic error from Farage that will play into the hands of CCHQ. What was the one about voting for Farage and getting Miliband…

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

UKIP Hit Back With Punchy Attack Advert

As UKIP take a 12 point lead in the Rochester by-election and following the Tories going very negative on Mark Reckless, Farage and co have hit back with a snazzy attack ad of their own:

Shame there is no TV advertising space for the parties to buy…

Monday, November 10, 2014

UKIP Migrate to Millbank

New Labour did it in 1994, the Cameroons a decade later and now UKIP are the latest party on the up to base their election campaign from Millbank.

Guido can reveal that a donor has gifted the party access to space in 4 Millbank for the party press operation in the run up to 2015.

4 Millbank is also home to the BBC, Sky News and ITV’s Westminster operations

It seems Farage decides he likes it so much on TV, he wants to live there.

 

Friday, November 7, 2014

CCHQ Throwing Kitchen Sink at Reckless

reckless-kent

This is the online version of the main local paper covering Rochester and Strood, and it is running paid for American style anti-Reckless attack ad videos. Whether this is Jim Messina’s influence or just the inevitable next step in digital campaigning is unclear. It is a lot more entertaining than a leaflet through the letterbox…

It is also getting under the skin of Mark Reckless, who is protesting vociferously and unconvincingly on Twitter that he didn’t flop-flop on supporting a massive local housing development for 12,000 people – in doing so making the rookie mistake of repeating his opponent’s charge. It is cheering up Tories who have been on the back foot in this by-election campaign until now…

Friday, October 31, 2014

Poll: UKIP Lead Increasing in Rochester & Strood

UKIP Well Short in South Yorkshire

Friday, October 24, 2014

Child Abuse Campaigners Warned MacShane in 2009
…But Rotherham MP Never Replied and Didn’t Act on Claims

Scoop from the Yorkshire Post: in 2009 child abuse campaigners in Rotherham sent a five page letter to Denis MacShane detailing concerns about widespread abuse in his constituency, but received no response. In the letter, to which MacShane was copied in, the campaigners wrote: “I would appreciate your urgent response to this letter and more importantly your speedy and effective intervention on this case before one of the children, or another, gets hurt”. Guido publishes it in full here:

Renowned for his honesty, MacShane says he has no memory of the letter. The convicted fraudster visited the European Parliament yesterday, where UKIP MEP Jane Collins raised a Point of Order accusing him of “turning a blind eye to the abuse of 1,400 children in one of my constituencies and he’s in the coffee bar like a bad smell”.

If only he had been more interested in what was going on his constituency than his jaunts to Europe when he was still an MP…


Seen Elsewhere

Cam Can Sell Euroscepticism to Europe | Peter Oborne
Treasury’s Laws There to Be Broken | Jill Kirby
Dave’s Pro-Free Markets Speech | ASI
Forget the Nimbys, Bring on the Bimbys | ConHome
Emily is No Snob | Islington Tribune
Cam’s Red Line | Sun
Politicians Must Examine Their Extincts | Laura K
Immigration Lies | Nigel Farage
Take That Mr Speaker | Quentin Letts
How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week


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UKIP’s Patrick O’Flynn:

“I think Mail online comments are a telling indication of public opinion.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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