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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Entries in the comments please…

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 where none exists… Douglas frankly must put up or shut-up.”

Good will to all men, except in UKIP…

Carswell: “We Need a Fresh Face”

Douglas scorns “Let me put it another way I don’t want to wake up the morning after the European Referendum and hear it was the postal votes.” He says that if UKIP becomes an “optimistic, sunshine, smiley, socially liberal, unapologetically free market party – we will break out from the 13%, we will break out from being the also-rans in Oldham to being the winner…”

Nigel says he’s relieved that Douglas is now saying in public what he has been saying in private and he has the support “91.4% of the UKIP membership”…

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 Santa. You can buy a pack of ten for £8.25. Because a Finnish Father Christmas is proof that good things come from outside the EU…

UKIP Attack “Security Risk” Corbyn

This is the UKIP window poster being put up in homes ahead of the Oldham by-election. Do not approach…

Carswell Unveils Labour’s New Social Media Code of Conduct

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Readers will be aware that Labour have been busy devising a new code of conduct for social media, hushing up party members and MPs who are critical of Jeremy Corbyn online. Just what the code of conduct will stipulate has been subject to fevered speculation, including from UKIP’s sole MP Douglas Carswell, who has chipped in with his own advice for those drafting the guidelines:

1. Do remember that in the new politics the party whips are much more relaxed – so always tweet on message

2. Don’t be disrespectful to others – unless you’re referring to Simon Danczuk or Tristram or Blair. Or anyone not in Momentum.

3. Don’t use hate speech – unless you’re talking about #Toryscum. Remember someone need not be a Tory to be #ToryScum

4. Do broadcast your support for foreign terrorist groups – especially if you’re a party spin doctor

5. Do express your opposition to evil multinationals using an Apple, Samsung, or Sony device, and where possible free Wifi provided by Starbucks

6. Do use Facebook to complain about how Facebook doesn’t pay enough tax

7. Should you lose a debate or election among real voters, do retreat into your Twitter timeline to have your prejudices reinforced.

8. Jeremy Corbyn is the New Politics – so do not disagree

9. Don’t forget that in the new politics likes are more important than votes

10. Use a hashtag to signal your virtue and differentiate you from #ToryScum

Such mockery is so old politics…

UKIP’s Scathing Attack on “Ludicrous” Prince Charles

UKIP certainly ain’t holding back with their response to Prince Charles boring on about terrorism being caused by climate change. This is the statement put out by their spokesman tonight, describing the future king as “frankly ludicrous“:[…]

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UKIP’s Financial Woes Worsen

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The financial woes of cash-strapped UKIP have been doing the rounds for a while, and now we know why. The party took just £49,334 in donations in the last quarter, as Arron Banks’ money goes towards the Leave.EU campaign instead. […]

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Farage: Free Movement of People Means Free Movement of Jihadis

Around 1,000 people watched Nigel Farage’s Basingstoke speech on the Paris attacks last night, which was punchy even for him. The UKIP leader wasted no time in immediately declaring to rapturous applause:

“there is a problem with some of the

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Flashback: Farage Predicts ISIS Will Pose As Refugees

Readers may remember Nigel Farage warning the European Parliament back in April that ISIS could sneak terrorists into Europe posing as refugees. His speech was roundly condemned at the time.

There is a real and genuine threat. When Isis say

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