UKIP U-Turn on Short Money

At the height of the explosive UKIP row over Short money, Nigel Farage outbid Douglas Carswell by insisting that UKIP would not take a penny of the £650,000 to which the party is entitled:

“I’m going to recommend that we don’t accept any of it. Given we’ve had an argument over this, I don’t want UKIP to look like other parties, grubbing around after public money.”

Funny then that Carswell is advertising for a new speechwriter on a whopping £60,000Rather a well-paid job for a party that is supposedly skint…

Guido understands that UKIP have rejected Nigel’s recommendation and agreed to accept some Short Money, though Carswell says the sum is significantly less than £650,000 per annum to which they are entitled. If they are happy to blow sixty grand on a glorified parliamentary researcher, it looks like they’ve trousered a hefty whack.

Ousted Mark Reckless has meanwhile landed a job as the party’s new policy chief, as Guido revealed he would in May. He is said to be being paid “out of Electoral Commission funds” – suggesting UKIP have received a Policy Development Grant, which are “awarded to help parties in developing policies to include in manifestos”. This is also public money, paid in addition to Short money.

From un-resigning, to un-sacking, to un-not ‘grubbing around after public money’…

ALERT RAHEEM!

Douglas Carswell, Suzanne Evans, Mark Reckless and UKIP party chairman Steve Crowther openly plotting in Portcullis House.

Don’t tell Raheem!

Liz Kendall For UKIP Leader

This is just getting silly, now:

When will the smears stop?

That escalated quickly:

No word yet on whether it was a Corbyn or Cooper backer who set it up. Though Guido suspects it is too witty to have been created by a Labour supporter…

Owen Jones Flirts With Brexit

“You’ve got a massive democratic deficit and a lack of accountability at the heart of the European project… it’s an attack on democracy as things stand.” Who spoke these words of soundness and wisdom? Owen Jones today calls for the left to reconsider: “I think a debate needs to open up on the left about whether we should stay in the European Union”.

Just hours later, with whom was he meeting?

Well, the ‘No’ campaign has been looking for a charismatic leader who isn’t a politician…

Farage’s Speech Praising Tsipras

Radical far leftist Alexis Tspiras looked a little confused by his unlikely new friend in the European Parliament:

“There is a new Berlin wall and it is called the euro…”

Dave Meets UKIP

Guido is very hungover after last night’s Speccie bash. It was very hot and there was a lot of Pimms involved, also an inexplicable number of pretty models there…

Sadly no Miliband this year, instead it was Harman’s turn to pretend she wanted to be there. Osborne took a couple of hours off from preparing for the Budget while Michael Fallon was bullish about the jihadis. Liz Truss was flirty and Nicky Morgan wandered around looking for someone to talk to. Boris was banging on about some airport…

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Most amusing was the PM’s drive by, where he immediately got locked into conversation with UKIP spin supremo Gawain Towler. Apparently Dave’s defence was that the smaller European nations are going to support his renegotiation plans. There are about four million reasons why that conversation looked painful. 

Despite the heat the PM’s old pal Steve Hilton got a proper hug, though the hippy chat was soon troubling Dave:

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New UKIP Attack Ad Skewers Two-Faced Dave on Treaty Change

They might not have an HQ, but somewhere a ‘kipper is working hard at his laptop…

UKIP Introduces Foreigner Fee For Party Conference

The invitation arrives for journalists to attend UKIP conference in the autumn:
“There will be free registration prior to the 14th of September 2015, afterwards there will be a charge of £500 per person. However, please note if you are from non-domestic media there will be a small charge applied if your application is approved.”
So it’s free, unless you’re Johnny Foreigner…

UKIP Homeless

Cash-strapped UKIP are homeless and senior staff are being forced to work from home after the party was booted out of its plush Mayfair HQ. They will need to find somewhere else where staff will be able to “regularly take […]

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50 Days Later: Hodges Dodges Naked Run

It’s the question on everyone’s lips:

A full 50 days after Dan Hodges lost his bet that UKIP wouldn’t poll above 6%, we still […]

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UKIP ‘On Three Line Whip’ For Farage Book Launch

Guido is off to the pub for the launch of ‘Following Farage‘ by Owen Bennett, which includes such gems as the time the UKIP leader was involved in a coke and hooker shock:

When asked by a friendly

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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 […]

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