Thank Evans! Suzanne on Question Time With Blessing of UKIP HQ

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UKIP sources get in touch to confirm that Suzanne Evans will appear on Question Time tonight with the blessing of the party’s HQ. The infamous email instructing the press office not to accept media bids for Suzanne has been officially withdrawn.

In response to a punchy piece in this week’s Speccie telling the story of UKIP’s internal meltdown, a UKIP source insists there has been a “sea change” in the party’s direction since the recent changes in personnel, and that after last week’s bitter infighting “everyone has calmed down, Suzanne’s happy, Douglas is happy, there’s no more squabbling, no leadership challenge. Everyone’s focussed now”. Farage has tasked his team with “unifying” the party and focussing on the ‘out’ campaign, which he wants to lead. “You will notice a contrast”, sources promise…

New UKIP EU Attack Ad

Refreshingly, UKIP are going after people who aren’t members of their own party this morning.

This new EU campaign video stars Jose Manuel Barroso, Viviane Reding and Martin Schulz:

A Farage-led ‘out’ campaign would at least be punchy…

Good Evans! Suzanne Unsacked

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A UKIP spokesman says:

“Suzanne Evans has not been sacked as a UKIP spokesman. The email seen by the BBC was issued without proper authority.”

Being unsacked is the new unresigned… how do we know this spokesman has the proper authority to unsack Suzanne?

Thwack! UKIP Wars Explained

The Daily Politics take on UKIP, in cartoon form…

Suzanne Sacked as UKIP Spokesman

Via the BBC:

No one survives questioning the dear leader…

Suzanne Evans: Farage Perceived as Divisive Character

Yesterday Farage said he would be “prepared” to lead the ‘Out’ campaign, a view not shared by Suzanne Evans on the Daily Politics this afternoon:

“I think Nigel is a very divisive character in terms of the way he is perceived. He’s not divisive as a person but the way he is perceived is as having strong views that divide people, so in that sense I think he is right, it will actually be somebody else who fronts it.”

The comments have gone down rather badly among Farage’s allies, though it is not a million miles away from what Nige himself has said:

“I suspect what we will see is somebody coming from completely outside of normal politics, somebody from the world of business or entertainment that hasn’t got any political baggage at all. I think someone like that may well emerge.”

Nonetheless, calling a man she has been accused of trying to oust “divisive” on national television is a bold move…

UPDATE: A UKIP insider gets in touch to add:

“It is people going on television calling the leader ‘divisive’ that is divisive.”

You Can’t Fault Desmond’s Taste in Wine

So Richard Desmond knows all about a PFL.

The FT reports:

“In Richard Desmond’s hands, simple objects become terrifying. There’s the receptionist’s bell that he uses to interrupt executives in board meetings, or the cups of tea that occasionally fly over underlings.

For me, the terror begins when he picks up the wine list. This is Coq d’Argent, a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Bank of England. The prices look like cricket scores — and Desmond is on the hunt for an innings victory.

“We’ll have that one,” he says, before I can intervene. As the sommelier skips away, the sum of £580 lingers on my retina.
So this, I think, is how it feels to be screwed by Richard Desmond. It took less than 10 minutes.”

Interestingly – given the million quid he has given UKIP – Desmond is not sure about leaving Europe:

“I don’t know. I don’t think anyone knows,” he says. “But we need a referendum.”

Not a great week for big UKIP donors.

Arron Banks has put 150 jobs at risk in the South West by moving his business operations to South Africa.

So much for the party slogan ‘Believe in Britain’.

#PFL Explained

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The concept of a Nigel Farage “PFL” – proper f**king lunch – should not come as a surprise to regular readers. What was that about, asks Emily Maitless innocently on Newsnight last night:

Well from Guido’s hazy memory, lunch with Farage usually consists of: “two Bloody Marys, a bottle of white, two bottles of red and a cheeky port.” Last time Nige even paid….

Corbyn: Miliband Was Brilliant, Voters Were ‘Racist’ and ‘Confused’

With Liz Kendall reaching the 35 votes needed to get on the ballot overnight, thanks to the backing of Gloria De Piero, spare a thought for Jeremy Corbyn, her leftist rival for the Labour leadership. On the eve of nominations […]

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UKIP Closing Down Sale

They turned down the Short money and Dirty Desmond’s cash has been spent, so how are UKIP boosting their bare coffers?

Dear Supporter

Please visit our shop website  http://store.ukip.org/ to view our comprehensive range of products. 

Many items have now

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Farage Hits Back at “Westminster Bubble” Carswell

Douglas Carswell MP and Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Just when you thought the war was over, Douglas Carswell fired another rocket over the UKIP border post on Saturday:

“I think some of the tone we deployed, for example, the comments about HIV, were plain wrong. Wrong on

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President Incriminates Himself on Hidden Tape

Oh dear, things are going from bad to worse for President Harris-Quinney. Now a Tory councillor, despite being booted out of the party, he has been secretly recorded bashing the gays on a visit to the Kremlin of all places. […]

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