posted by: David Emmett | on: Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:35
Following its unexpected success in the EU Referendum, UKIP is facing great difficulties and even greater opportunities.
The inability of UKIP’s leaders to outline a clear set of post-Brexit policies has left it without direction and struggling to find purpose. The subsequent abdication of Nigel Farage and his assumed heir Paul Nuttall, has plunged the party into the instability of a leadership race.
However questionable the actions of Farage and Nuttall, UKIP now has the chance to rebrand and reorganise. It has long been shambolic at branch level and unable to capitalise on its potential wider appeal; it has also been in financial chaos since the 2015 General Election.
This is all well known to Arron Banks, the financial powerhouse behind UKIP and the Leave.EU Campaign, who has now thrown his considerable weight behind MEP Steven Woolfe’s bid to redefine the party.
Woolfe does not fit the mould of the archetypal UKIP politician and has the potential to mobilise the angry, politically-abandoned, ex-Labour voters that have swept the UK towards Brexit. He also has a chance to modernise UKIP’s image for mass appeal.
After a hastily-invented ruling disqualified former deputy chairman Suzanne Evans and Douglas Carswell MP (who, more interested in free-trade economics than immigration and crime, are largely incapable of speaking to the disaffected working classes) the only real rival is Jonathan Arnott MEP. Arnott, however, lacks both the public-speaking ability and the crucial backing of Banks. Woolfe is likely to be the victor.
After publicising his upbringing on a Manchester council estate, Woolfe has promised to “ruthlessly” target Labour voters. “To old Labour voters let down by your party, I say UKIP will give you a voice”, he pledged as he announced his leadership bid last Friday. Given his background, his claims that Labour’s leadership is comprised of “metropolitan out of touch liberal elitists” are much more resonant then coming from the mouth of southern, publicly-schooled, former-City trader Farage.
Woolfe could also help soften UKIP’s image in an attempt to make it more palatable to the mainstream. He is a slick media performer and drops the combative style of Nuttall and Farage to speak more moderately on controversial subjects. Of mixed-race heritage, he is also more able to deflect claims of racism than former UKIP leaders. Since announcing his leadership bid Woolfe has signalled his wish to shed UKIP’s populist image, stating that “Ukip isn’t Left-wing or Right-wing. It’s just sensible”.
In substance, however, Woolfe’s known policies offer much of the same. His northern working class appeal obscures his voiced desire for unfettered market capitalism and the privatisation the NHS; his more moderate image conceals the same discriminatory, “Australian points”-style immigration policy. What he seems to be in essence is a more palatable version of the same blend of blanket discrimination, divisive fear-mongering and Thatcherite economics that UKIP has offered over the last five years.
Woolfe’s leadership is still not certain. If he is successful, his effectiveness as a leader is unknown. However he could be well-placed to eat into the support base of a bedraggled Labour party while harnessing the disappointment many Brexiters feel about a Remain politician (Theresa May) emerging as Prime Minister. All those concerned by the mainstreaming of inequitable, discriminatory right-wing policies should keep a careful eye on UKIP in the months to come.
Posted: 25 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: David Emmett | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 15:24
The above was tweeted by Dan Jukes, UKIP’s Digital Manager, in response to an article in The Independent by former UKIP advisor Sarinder Joshua Duroch.
Duroch, a British national of Indian heritage, claims he was forced to leave UKIP after he was harassed by the leadership to withdraw an official complaint of racial abuse against a member of the Sweden Democrats, a radical-right ally of UKIP in the European Parliament.
He is now one of a growing number of UKIP members from ethnic minority backgrounds to renounce the party.
Meanwhile, Dan Jukes is a rising star within UKIP and plays a key role in UKIP’s public image, directing its web campaigns. He is also a prominent member of UKIP’s “Young Independents” youth movement.
One can only hazard a guess as to who exactly Jukes is talking about when he complains about Duroch’s “type” and the lack of gratitude for UKIP’s apparent generosity.
In under 140 characters Jukes has revealed a great deal about both his own world view and the sort of attitudes tolerated within UKIP towards its ethnic minority members.
Posted: 19 Jul 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: David Emmett | on: Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 17:12
Whilst UKIP are busy accusing the Remain campaign of politicising the tragic death of Jo Cox MP last Thursday, UKIP’s Bury, Lancashire branch have made the appalling suggestion that Cox was murdered by pro-EU interests.
A theory being promulgated amongst conspiracy theorists within the Brexit campaign points to the “striking similarities” between the deaths of Jo Cox and Ann Lindh, the pro-Euro former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Lindh was stabbed to death in 2003, three days before Sweden voted on whether to join the Euro. Some conspiracy theorists have claimed Lindh was murdered by vested interests in an unsuccessful bid to mobilise public outrage and sway the vote in favour of joining the Euro.
Parallels are being drawn by likeminded crackpots to the murder of Cox, suggesting that she was similarly assassinated in order to deliberately suspend the Brexit debate and slow the momentum of the Leave campaign.
The below post, shared on UKIP’s Bury branch Facebook page, echoes these assertions and makes direct links between Cox’s and Lindh’s deaths.
Linked in the post is a video entitled “Striking similarities between the deaths of MP Jo Cox and Swedish Minister Anna Lindh”, featuring a talk by right-wing politician François Asselineau, leader of the French party Union Populaire Républicaine. Asselineau compares Lindh’s killer Mijailo Mijailović to Lee Harvey Oswald and calls him “a man pulled out of a hat” by Lindh’s pro-Euro assassins. Asselineau is widely regarded as a conspiracy theorist in France.
A commenter on the post wonders if the murder was “Planned at the Bilderberg group? The NWO [New World Order]?”, before somehow tying it to a wider Muslim conspiracy involving Barrack Obama.
Other Brexiters on the far right have drawn the same wild conclusions from Cox’s murder. Below is an assortment of tweets calling the murder a “False flag”. Joining this chorus is Jack Buckby the far-right party Liberty GB and the sole contester of Cox’s seat in Batley and Spen.
By blaming the murders of Cox and Lindh on pro-EU hitmen, the Ukippers spouting this conspiracy are blatantly – and hypocritically – politicising both deaths for the Brexit cause.
Posted: 21 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: David Emmett | on: Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 11:02
As the Brexit debate continues to sour, accusations are being hurled within UKIP’s gaffe-prone Cornwall branch. The below exchange shows St Ives Branch Chairman, Stuart Guppy, accusing a former Chairman of petty vandalism after several of UKIP’s “Vote to Leave” signs were destroyed near Falmouth.
Guppy is a UKIP veteran and has been awarded a medal by them for his 20 years service in St Ives. The ex- Chairman at the receiving end of Guppy’s blame is understood to have resigned following concerns about racist currents within the St Ives branch under Guppy’s leadership. This included a series of severely antisemitic tweets emanating from the Ukip St Ives & Scilles twitter account in which Jewish people are described as being “not quite fit for purpose” due to “medical deficiency”, which was followed by anapparent bungled cover-up.
UKIP previously came under scrutiny in Cornwall when Rosie Ward became the youngest ever UKIP Chairman taking control of the Camborne, Redruth and Hayle branch. The appointment proved controversial as Ward has previously been a columnist for the “Culturalism” blog of far-right extremist Jack Buckby, who has recently announced his plans to contest Jo Cox’s former seat with the far-right party Liberty GB. A UKIP insider has informed us that Guppy was Ward’s “entry point” into the party.
UKIP once hailed Cornwall as a success story after they topped the 2014 European Elections vote with 37% and retained their six councillors in the 2013 local elections. However this boasting has been replaced by a quiet embarrassment following these controversies and subsequent walk outs by their councillors; as of Mark Hick’s resignation in April 2016 just two of their six elected councillors remain. The petty finger-pointing over vandalised signs is further evidence of the chaos currently reigning in Cornwall.
Posted: 21 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Sarah Archibald | on: Monday, 20 June 2016, 16:22
Whilst the nation expresses its disgust at the brutal murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, some just cannot stop themselves from spewing their hatred and attempting to deflect and undermine her horrific murder.
Attached is a post made yesterday on social media by Lee Harris, UKIP’s county council candidate for Shotton and South Hetton last year.
It is hard to understand what motivates anyone, let alone someone who seeks to be an elected representative, to espouse such hateful views.
Harris has described Jo Cox's views as "cancerous to this nation" and suggests there is some kind of conspiracy afoot. This sort of vile language from UKIP is the very sort of vile language and behaviour the House of Commons came together today to condemn.
I wonder of UKIP will choose to condemn it aswell?
Posted: 20 Jun 2016 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Sarah Archibald | on: Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 21:11
The 'Out' campaign has been under fire recently for allowing their campaign to be hijacked by neo-nazis.
Today, UKIP leader Nigel Farage was in Bexley, south London. He seemed very happy to demand that we 'take our country back' even allowing himself to be photographed with and then tweeting the photos of some of those who helped UKIP campaign.
And my, didn't it make for interesting viewing! With Nigel today were Wayne "Scrooge" a well known English Defence League (EDL) activist, another EDL activist James Pudderfoot and also our old friend, Roger Firth, one of the most senior figures in the racist and violent English Defence League (EDL).
As well as also now being one of the head stewards for Stephen Lennon's anti-Muslim Pegida group, Woolwich based Firth is also infamous for being sent to prison for his part in an Asian gambling syndicate's attempt to sabotage Premiership football matches by causing floodlights to fail during games.
Prior to the EDL, Firth was a lead member of an even more moronic and violent group, the English National Alliance.
Firth was up in Rotherham earlier this month with Lennon, who was trying to stir more trouble in the Yorkshire town.
What nice company Nigel continues to keep.
Posted: 14 Jun 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: David Emmett | on: Friday, 10 June 2016, 12:43
It is no longer a secret that in Brussels, away from the watching eye of the British public, UKIP has allied itself with an assortment of far-right parties within their group, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), in order to secure lucrative EU group funding.
Nigel Farage has long attempted to shrug off their unsavoury alliances with Holocaust deniers and xenophobes as politics making for “strange bedfellows”.
However, emerging evidence reveals a social as well as political relationship between key UKIP figures and toxic far-right elements within the EFDD.
Pictured above is Carl Joel Ankar, formerly of the extreme-right Sweden Democrats, enjoying a drink with key UKIP organisers Jamie Illingworth and Francesca Howard. The jolly scene was uploaded as EFDD/UKIP staffer David McClure’s Facebook cover photo on 29 May 2016.
The Sweden Democrats is a far-right party that had to ban members from wearing Nazi uniforms to their meetings in 1996.
Ankar has a documented history of virulent racism and has been the subject of two separate official European Parliament (EP) investigations whilst working for the Sweden Democrats within the EFDD.
Ankar was first investigated by European Parliament authorities following comments made on the hate website Flashback in which he called his former teacher “Jewish swine”, expressed support for apartheid and blamed domestic abuse victims for their “inability to absorb verbal criticism”. He has also written online that he trained to be a lawyer in order to better prosecute “leftish muppets and crooked Jews”.
A second investigation was filed in November 2015 after Ankar allegedly labelled UKIP’s ethnic minority policy advisor, Sarinder Joshua Duroch, an “untermensch” – a Nazi epithet for those so “subhuman” that warrant extermination.
Ankar was recently sacked from his position as assistant to EFDD member Kristina Winberg MEP under pressure from the Swedish press after his track record was exposed.
Jamie Illingworth, pictured centre right, is reportedly such a trusted advisor that he works directly out of Farage’s office in Brussels and has access to his EP email account.
Francesca Howard, second right, is understood to work closely with Deputy Secretary-General Aurelie Laloux (described by former UKIP insiders as “the real boss” for UKIP in the EP) and is considered a “key instrument”, responsible for the dissemination of all Parliamentary briefs.
Given their role within UKIP one could question the wisdom of posing for a photo with a man of Ankar’s reputation.
“I knew there were unsavoury characters” said a former UKIP advisor in Brussels, “but it became clear quite quickly that a good proportion of UKIP members were socialising with members of the very hardcore far-right. Ankar was looked up to as a sort of leader by some young UKIP members.”
Indeed, Ankar has also been proudly displayed as the Facebook cover photo of UKIP press officer Alistair Earl Harrison alongside Liam Porter, Chief of Staff to UKIP MEP James Carver.
That even the Sweden Democrats have rejected Ankar whilst UKIP staff continue to openly socialise with him displays a deep lack of judgement and reveals an alarming influence on UKIP in the European Parliament.
Posted: 10 Jun 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Thursday, 26 May 2016, 09:36
It was only last month that we revealed how gobby EDL wally David Russell had joined the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).
Last night in Bolton, another serial EDL wally, Andrew Edge who has a conviction for violent disorder at an EDL rally in 2013, turned up to shake hands with Nigel Farage and his deputy Paul Nuttall.
I wonder what it is about UKIP that attracts violent racists?
Posted: 26 May 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Sarah Archibald | on: Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 12:37
Christopher Michael Baksa is on Thursday standing for UKIP in Calderdale’s Luddendenfoot & Walsden ward. Judging by his Facebook page his pitch to voters is based largely on the peddling of myths, lies and hatred directed almost exclusively at Muslims.
If you want to see the filth he posts, click here and check out that page. It’s wide open for all to see and, as there is too much hatred, political infantilism and wilful ignorance for us to re-post here, we strongly recommend seeing it with your own eyes. We extend that invitation to the UKIP hierarchy which, despite claiming to have tightened its vetting procedures, seems little interested in taking action against those whom you might politely describe as a being a little wanting, morally speaking. Mind you, perhaps we should also mention though that Mr Baksa claims to be UKIP membership secretary.
One example shows how Mr Baksa uses video footage posted online by someone calling themselves “BIRMINGHAM CRUSADER ENGLAND.” We’re sure they’re not at all dodgy. The footage shows violent disorder on the streets of Cardiff which Mr Baksa uses to chastise “Liberals” and migrants. His post attracts predictably nasty comments with migrants/Muslims (the distinction isn’t made clear) labelled as “savages” and “sewer rats” and the far right dream of civil war tiresomely forecast.
Unfortunately for Mr Baksa the footage he has posted is of disorder sparked by the hurling of racist abuse and drinks at people taking part in a pro-Palestine protest. Four men were subsequently convicted of violent disorder. The outcome hardly supports the anti-migrant/Muslim rhetoric punted by Mr Baksa and the virulent hatred of his supporters’ Facebook posts
Perhaps he and UKIP could explain why he has liked those venomous posts? Before they do though, there’s more evidence to consider. Nigel, where do you stand on you candidates endorsing a post saying: “F—k YOU Muslims go back to your own filthy country”?
Unsurprisingly Mr Baksa is not at all happy about Sadiq Khan’s candidacy for London Mayor, expressing views which might even make Lynton Crosby blush.
There is much, much more, including puerile and deliberately offensive memes of the kind perpetually mined by the far right. They’re obsessed with pigs and goats.
So now, with just two days before the Calderdale polling stations open, what will UKIP do it about its candidate for Luddendenfoot & Walsden? Endorse or denounce?
Over to you Nigel.
Posted: 3 May 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Sarah Archibald | on: Saturday, 23 April 2016, 07:39
UKIP faces fresh embarrassment today after it was revealed that the party’s North Thanet branch has accepted one of the EDL’s loudest tub-thumpers as a member.
We do mean loudest in its literal sense for Davey Russell is famous for being the gobbiest, rantiest fascist on the circuit. Not for nothing is he known in anti-fascist circles as DJ Batshit, although the Herne Bay based bore styles himself as DJ Bossman. Quite what he thinks he’s boss of we do not know.
His frequent video postings are foamier than an 90s Ibizan nightclub and lengthier than a Donna Summer 12” remix. To save you on time and froth anti-fascist campaigners EDL News did a nifty edit which will give you the picture. DJ Davey is also a little casual in his observance of the law with the “far right shock jock” having been up before the beak in March for running a dismal pirate radio station.
Once viewed, at least by himself, as an EDL leadership contender, Davey has now become a footsoldier in Farage’s farcical “People’s Army.’” He even posted a picture of his freshly minted North Thanet UKIP membership card on his gloriously open Facebook profile.
When doing so he gave thanks to local EDL veteran, David Quarrinton who, in return, says the branch could use Russell’s talents, whatever they are. The Quarrinton name is one familiar to HOPE Not Hate as last May we featured David’s daughter Tracy Jane on this very blog. She had a thing about Muslims and sharing Britain First posts.
Another person who should be familiar with Mr Quarrinton is UKIP’s 2015 candidate for the South Thanet seat, a Mr Farage. It seems the pair shared a platform in Sandwich last February. Perhaps he might want to get in touch again and ask why he Quarrinton is facilitating a high profile EDL member in a flagship UKIP branch located in a parliamentary constituency the party has long cherished?
If UKIP is to adhere to its own constitution then Russell needs to be immediately expelled because, as we know, the party proudly proclaims itself to be the only one to bar former members of the EDL, BNP and so on. Then surely an investigation into David Quarrinton’s actions is merited?
Posted: 23 Apr 2016 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments