UKIP Donations Dry Up

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UKIP’s cash problems continue – between 1 October and 31 December 2015 they took in just short of £200,000:

Conservative Party – £5,152,334
Labour Party – £2,669,241
Liberal Democrats – £828,657
UKIP – £196,282
BNP – £180,000
SNP – £54,030

Facebook called, they’d like their money…

Farage Sale: Everything Must GO

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Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Peter Ismay-Gray. All great artists of their age, and now you can get your hands on a masterpiece. eBay is currently listing an original Ismay painting of Nigel Farage in full suit and tie (pint sadly not included). Fine art aficionados will need to meet the reserve price of £1,500. GO-ing, GO-ing, gone…

Meanwhile Labour are flogging Jeremy Corbyn pint glasses for 6 quid a pop:

Perfect for a nice glass of non-alcoholic punch.

Suzanne Evans Out as UKIP Deputy Chair

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Suzanne Evans is no longer UKIP’s deputy chairman. Farage says in a statement:

“I have made some changes to our structure today. Both of our Deputy Chairs are candidates in the upcoming elections and this will limit any role they can play in the national referendum campaign. So I thank Suzanne Evans and Neil Hamilton for their time as Deputy Chairs and announce they will be replaced by Diane James and William Dartmouth.”

Expect to hear from those involved that this is nothing to do with UKIP’s internal politics. Though allies of Farage say this is a putsch against Suzanne, long seen as a threat by the leader’s camp and a supporter of Vote Leave, not Nigel’s preferred Grassroots Out…

UPDATE: A Breitbart story written by Farage’s former aide Raheem Kassam reveals the thinking at Grassroots Out – stripping Evans of the deputy chair role hurts Vote Leave’s bid for the designation:

“Ms. Evans no longer holding a position with the party is also problematic for the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign who have been trumpeting her support as their UKIP “cross party” backing. Now they are limited to one Member of Parliament, one Member of the European Parliament, and one member of the National Executive Committee.”

UPDATE II: Evans speaks:

“I’m naturally disappointed. I felt I was doing a good job and helping to broaden the party’s appeal both in relation to the EU referendum and the upcoming electoral challenges of May 5th and beyond.

I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for all the many messages of support I’ve had from UKIP members already today, but I certainly have no intention of being drawn into any disharmony. I of course accept that it is entirely within any party leader’s authority to choose and to change their own top team.”

Carswellian Case For Short Money Cuts

Douglas has delivered an old-fashioned Carswellian classic in the Commons, making a sound as a pound case for cutting Short money. Guido agrees with every word of this:

“I’m delighted that the Government is cutting Short money, and few things that this administration have announced have pleased me more. Does the Minister agree that this is public money and the public will deeply resent this being spent on politicians to do more politics. Does he agree that the rules on short money need to reflect the fact that the cost of doing policy…. have come down… Does he agree that the public will resent using public money to pay for special advisers and shadow special advisers who’ve watched too much of the West Wing, to sit in Portcullis House at taxpayers’ expense”

UKIP did however u-turn on their promise not to take any Short money themselves, allowing Carswell to advertise for a £60,000 speechwriter. The party also employs, for example, turncoat ex-MP Mark Reckless out of public funds. Hopefully Douglas will lead by example and trim the dozen or so taxpayer-funded staff he employs between his constituency, parliamentary office and policy unit. And don’t mention his part-time diary secretary, one Mrs Carswell…

Blow For Reckless and Hamilton

UKIP have been arguing among themselves once again, this time in Wales. Welsh ‘Kippers want the right to choose their own Welsh Assembly candidates, and have been fighting against senior figures who want to install Mark Reckless and Neil Hamilton at the top of the list. In a blow to Reckless and Hamilton’s chances, UKIP’s NEC has ruled in favour of the Welsh membership, who will now have the decisive say. Bad news for the centrally imposed candidates who were not popular among local members – according to unimpressed local sources, Reckless had never visited even Wales before last year. Guido is told direct democracy campaigner Douglas Carswell ironically voted in favour of the top down imposition of Reckless from above. Anything that helps keep Hamilton away from voters is probably a good thing for the party.

UKIP Warns of Risk of Turkey Joining EU

UKIP’s party political broadcast last night warned that if the UK remains in the EU, Turkey could be a member within a few years. David Cameron re-affirmed his support for Turkey joining the EU only last year:

A spokesman for the pro-EU BSE told the Guardian that UKIP was “trying to tarnish an entire nation and its people and degrading debate in this country” which was “completely beyond the pale… Whatever your view on whether Turkey should or will join the EU, this is a new low in baseless scaremongering from UKIP.” Hardly baseless, it is one of the biggest risks of remaining in an expanding, borderless EU…

Boris and Farage Pan Dave’s Red Card

Boris ain’t convinced: “the PM is making best of a bad job, there’s still a lot more to do, a lot more to do on this”. Asked if there is any positive from Dave’s deal: “Ermmm…”

Farage meanwhile tells the European Parliament:

“the Prime Minister is saying we’ve got a red card, isn’t that wonderful? Well what that means is if a majority of parliaments in the European Union can say to Mr Juncker they don’t want one of his directives, is that a cause for celebration? I mean if 15 parliaments couldn’t stop a piece of law we would be living in a communist dictatorship”

Juncker this morning made clear that the emergency brake on immigration actually coming into effect was a pipe dream. Dave is going to get roasted by his backbenchers in the post-PMQs EU debate…

Hannan & Carswell Share Joke

Guido chuckled today when he came across a video of Daniel Hannan regaling an ASI audience with a joke about canvassing back in 2009. It’s a joke which Guido has heard the Tory MEP tell before. However in a remarkably improbable coincidence, a clip has been unearthed of Douglas Carswell telling the exact same joke six years later. Guido thinks Hannan tells it better…

Farage Says Cologne Rapists Could Come to UK

Raheem Kassam was up against Giles Fraser on the subject:

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Ukippers for EU, Real or Parody?

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Surely this must be a wind up. Twitter has been abuzz with a new UKIP referendum campaign group, although this one is slightly different: it’s campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union. The UKIP To Stay campaign’s mission statment reads:

“UKIP to Stay is a social media advocacy group, supporting the faction of UKIP that wish for Britain to remain in the European Union.

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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. 

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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”.[…]

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Friday Caption Competition (UKIP Unity Edition)

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Entries in the comments please…[…]

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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…[…]

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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”…[…]

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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.[…]

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