Poster Watch: See Them Here First

Labour’s new poster turns the Saatchi & Saatchi classic around back onto the Tories. Though whether or not it counts as a ‘poster’ is up for debate, since it is yet to actually physically appearing anywhere.

Meanwhile this punchy poster from UKIP is being launched at 2:30 this afternoon, though Guido can bring it to you first. The party promising no more foreign wars commits to 2% of GDP on defence spending. Has a touch of the No2AV about it…

Farage Defends Health Tourism “Hard Cold Facts”

See also: Nigel Farage Was Right About Health Tourism

Nigel Farage Was Right About Health Tourism

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Nigel Farage has been round condemned by the commentariat for suggesting that treating foreigners for free on the NHS was not right and that we should, like 46 other countries, not admit foreigners who are HIV positive.

The cost for treatment for HIV positive patients is some £20,000 or more for anti-retroviral drugs every year. Once HIV treatment is started, patients will probably need to take the medication for the rest of their lives. In total, the cost to the NHS could be up to £1 million per patient if they survive into old age from their early twenties.

Of the 107,800 people estimated by Public Health England to be HIV positive an astonishing 59,300 are originally from Africa. The cost to the NHS to treat just them alone with anti-retrovirals would be £1,186,000,000 per annum – and the numbers are rising. Such is the alarm at the cost that 20 Tory backbenchers (including former NHS GPs Dr Sarah Wollaston and Dr Phillip Lee) tried unsuccessfully to amend the Immigration Bill to make it law that before new immigrants enter the country, they must prove they are not HIV-positive and not suffering Hepatitis B – an equally devastating illness that is also incredibly costly to treat. The same demand that Nigel Farage made and George Osborne refused “to dignify with a response“.

Go into any London NHS hospital and you will find them full with non-English speakers, truly London is the capital of the world. The taxpayers who pay for the NHS are not stupid, the issue of health tourism is one which NHS users will have direct experience of in the waiting room. The issue is a real issue according to the latest polling research Guido could find, with 29% of the population blaming health tourism for long waits at Accident and Emergency, ahead of any government policy failings:

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The NHS budget is not yet part of the foreign aid budget, nor should it be. Despite the distaste of the political class, the screams of outrage from the gay lobby and the commentariat, the facts are the facts. On this billion pound question, Farage was right about the facts.

UPDATE: [VIDEO] Farage Defends Health Tourism “Hard Cold Facts”

At Last! Dave and Nige Meet

This is the moment after last night’s debate when, for the first time in eight years, Cameron and Farage shook hands:

And off they went into the night…

And Now for Something Completely Different…

UKIP’s PPB in full starts off Pythonesque…

UKIP’s “Straight Talking” Hotline Doesn’t Work

UKIP offer a“straight talking” free phone number: 0800 587 6 587

Just one problem… It’s busted:

Straight talking? More like straight out of the ‘how not to run a campaign’ play book.

UPDATE: UKIP spinners say they disabled the number last year after it was spammed all day long by Hope Not Hate.

Voters Don’t Trust ‘Em, Say Sod ‘Em

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If you want an illustration of just how low trust in politicians is nowadays, Anthony Wells’ UK Polling Report has a classic example from last week:

I mentioned some YouGov polling about which taxes would rise under a Labour or Conservative government, conducted before Prime Minister’s Question time, Cameron ruling out a VAT rise and Ed Balls ruling out an NI rise. YouGov repeated those questions in this poll to see if they had changed. At the start of the week, 31% of people thought VAT would rise if the Conservatives won.

Following David Cameron ruling out a rise in VAT, this is now… 32%. At the start of the week 39% of people expected national insurance to rise if Labour won, but since Ed Balls ruled it out, that has changed to… 40%. A lovely illustration of how much of the politicians’ arguments, exchanges and pledges make not the slightest difference to public opinion.

Savour that. After the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, the Right Honourable David Cameron and the Right Honourable Ed Balls both solemnly promised not to raise specific taxes, the public now believes they are actually more likely to do it. This is why, in Guido’s opinion, Nigel Farage is on to something with the vote winning campaign slogan: “Sod the lot. Vote UKIP”

UKIP Pledge Card Revealed

Actual Pub Landlord Likes Farage, Irritated With Guardian

Farage’s pub landlord writes to his paper of choice:

As a Guardian reader for over 50 years and a Downe resident for over 20 years, including eight years as landlord of the Queen’s Head, I find your article (

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Spiteful Green Candidate’s Non-Apology For Cancer Slur

She’s a real charmer! A textbook non-apology from disgraced Green candidate Jenny Ross, after hippy HQ told her to say sorry for her sick Farage cancer slur:

“I apologise sincerely for offending testicular cancer sufferers. I don’t apologise for

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UKIP Tell Atkinson to Lawyer Up

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Guido hears that suspended MEP Janice Atkinson was told by UKIP’s legal team this morning that there was nothing they could do for her and that she had better get criminal representation very quickly. Apparently Section 6 of the 2006 […]

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UKIP Suspend Janice Atkinson

UKIP have suspended MEP Janice Atkinson over allegations of financial irregularities. A spokesman says:

“The party is incredibly disappointed with Ms. Atkinson, who appears to have exercised extremely poor judgement in acting in a way that the party has never,

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