“You Lucky People ! “

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Latest Opinion Poll shows UKIP on 24%

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Yes, you are quite correct, “We need to get control of our borders again” why haven’t you said this before ?

So now that Jose Manuel Barroso has laid out, in no uncertain terms, exactly what Nigel Farage has been saying for years, that any negotiation on uncapped EU immigration is a non-starter, will David Cameron please stop peddling the lie that he will negotiate an immigration cap from the EU.
Free movement of people is a basic principle of the EU and is non-negotiable. The ONLY way we can or will be able to control our borders is by leaving the EU. Simple as, end of! Cameron is using smoke and mirrors, only UKIP will leave the EU and instigate a fair for all, points based immigration system to the benefit of the UK. Vote UKIP. – Cllr Richard Lee, UKIP

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That Panorama “Hit Job”


Statement by Gerard Batten MEP
• Panorama filmed an interview with me during the European elections in April. They said that they wanted to focus on UKIP’s electoral prospects, and the kind of people who support us.I agreed to be interviewed in June, and a Panorama presenter came to Romford to film me there. He then asked for a further interview at my office. During the interview it became apparent that he was more interested in trying to dig up dirt on Nigel Farage than talking about politics.

Since then various sources have informed me that they were contacting people long-ago disassociated from the Party and I believe, attempting to procure hearsay evidence regarding  various unfounded accusations.

I am sorry to conclude that Panorama is planning a hatchet job on UKIP, far removed from what I was led to believe I was participating in. I am very sorry that this once again supports my view that the BBC is institutionally politically biased. The BBC is of course on the Brussels payroll, the EU gave the BBC €24,435,906 (£19.2m) in funds between 2007-2012, Panorama didn’t mention this.

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The Times main players



Who are the Times journalists behind the constant attacks on Nigel Farage and UKIP? Perhaps it will not surprise you to know that most have family or personal connections to the Conservative Party and that the majority are from immensely privileged backgrounds that have enabled them to prosper as part of the “chumocracy” run by David Cameron. Here is our rundown of the main players:

Baron Daniel Finkelstein: Privately educated former senior official at Conservative Central Office. A key columnist on the paper known for his particular closeness to Chancellor George Osborne. Recently made a Lord by Osborne and Cameron. He has in the past been embarrassed by claims that he has written speeches for Osborne while simultaneously working as Times chief leader writer.

According to the Spectator in September 2013, “what Danny writes today George thinks tomorrow”. He was once overheard on a train boasting to his mother on his mobile about writing Osborne’s conference speech. George Osborne also admitted at the Leveson inquiry that the journalist helped him with “one-liners” for his speeches and once reportedly remarked that he spoke to Mr Finkelstein more often than he did to his wife. Furthermore, Danny Finkelstein was named by David Cameron as one of the six journalists whom he sees “so frequently” that he could not be expected to list the meetings, on account of their sheer volume.

Matthew Parris: Privately educated former Conservative MP whose partner Julian Glover worked as a speechwriter for Cameron and now works as an adviser to Conservative Cabinet minister Patrick McCloughlin, who is coincidentally the MP who took over the seat of Mr Parris when he stood down from Parliament. Parris makes frequent and virulent attacks on UKIP for example in June 2013 he wrote an article for the Spectator article entitled “Why UKIP is a party of extremists” and another for The Times in October 18 2013 called “England loves winners, so UKIP must lose”.

Alice Thomson: Privately educated close friend of David Cameron. During the Leveson Inquiry David Cameron said that: “There’s a small number of journalists who are close friends of mine and who I see so frequently that I have not included them systematically in these lists, namely Daniel Finkelstein, Alice Thomson…These are people I see very regularly and I’m never going to remember to tell my office every time I see them.”

Alice Thomson is also the wife of former Tory staffer Edward Heathcoat-Amory who is the nephew of former Tory MP David Heathcoat-Amory who lost his seat in the 2010 general election and blames UKIP for his political demise.

The fact that he put a bill for manure on his taxpayer-funded expenses may have had more to do with him losing his seat. The Telegraph in its extensive coverage of the expenses scandal reported that David Heathcoat-Amory’s gardener used hundreds of sacks of horse manure, which based on the receipts they estimated to number 550, before the MP then submitted the receipts to Parliament. Also from 2004 to 2009 he claimed thousands of pounds to maintain his garden, including services like mowing and watering.

Hugo Rifkind: Privately educated son of pro-EU Tory former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind. Known for his repeated jibes against UKIP in columns in both The Times and The Spectator. Joined the Times as its gossip columnist in 2005.

Rachel Sylvester: Privately educated close confidante of Britain’s most influential active Europhile, Peter Mandelson. Accompanied Mandelson on a trip to Disney in America during his work planning the disastrous Millennium Exhibition. Later denied allegations of tipping Mandelson off about revelations concerning him in a biography by the respected political journalist Paul Routledge. An advanced proof of Routledge’s book was mistakenly delivered to Sylvester’s Westminster office and was later passed on to him with the envelope containing it having been opened.

Tim Montgomerie: Former editor of Conservative Home website and former chief of staff for Iain Duncan Smith. Was Times comment editor until last month, remains a columnist on the paper. Less overtly hostile to UKIP than the others but went into hyperactive “tweeting” mode to promote the latest outrageous attack on Nigel Farage.

Alexi Mostrous: Privately educated news reporter, formerly of the Guardian. Spearheaded the latest wave of attacks on Nigel Farage by the Times.

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UKIP Policies “Policies for People”

UKIP policies – From animal rights to welfare

You may have noticed UKIP’s opponents are suffering from a form of collective, selective blindness. UKIP are a ‘single issue party’, they say, ‘we don’t know what their policies are’. As usual, their tame media buy into this myth, reinforcing an agenda that says UKIP only have views on the EU and immigration (and then deliberately misrepresent those just for good measure).

Luckily we can easily cure their myopia. While UKIP’s manifesto for the next general election receives its finishing touches, please find below the policy statements made at UKIPs conference last month. Courtesy of UKIP’s new ‘Policies for People’ leaflet.

Despite claiming not to know what UKIP stand for, the other political parties are falling over themselves to copy UKIP policy. David Cameron, Owen Paterson, Boris Johnson, even Hariet Harman have taken to the airwaves to espouse some of the policies announced at UKIP conference.


Perhaps to the famous saying, attributed to Ghandi:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

we might now add…

“then they copy you”.

Here’s a fun game. At a glance, I can spot four UKIP policies below that have since been adopted or called for by other parties. How many can you spot?


What a UKIP government would do:

Repairing the UK Economy 

– UKIP will increase personal allowance to the level of full-time minimum wage earnings (approx £13,500 by next election).

– Inheritance tax will be abolished.

– We will introduce a 35p income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000, whereupon the 40p rate becomes payable.

– UKIP will set up a Treasury Commission to design a turnover tax to ensure big businesses pay a minimum floor rate of tax as a proportion of their UK turnover.


Reducing debts we leave to our grandchildren

– UKIP will leave the EU and save at least £8bn pa in net contributions.

– UKIP will cut the foreign aid budget by £9bn pa, prioritising disaster relief and schemes which provide water and inoculation against preventable diseases.

– UKIP will scrap the HS2 project which is uneconomical and unjustified.

– UKIP will abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and scrap green subsidies.

– UKIP will abolish the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

– UKIP will reduce Barnett Formula spending and give devolved parliaments and assemblies further tax powers to compensate.


Prioritising Education and Skills

– UKIP will introduce an option for students to take an Apprenticeship Qualification  instead of four non-core GCSEs which can be  continued at A-Level. Students can take up apprenticeships in jobs with certified professionals qualified to grade the progress of the student.

– Subject to academic performance UKIP will remove tuition fees for students taking approved degrees in science, medicine, technology, engineering, maths on the condition that they live, work and pay tax in the UK for five years after the completion of their degrees.

– UKIP will scrap the target of 50% of school leavers going to university.

– Students from the EU will pay the same student fee rates as International students.

– UKIP supports the principle of Free Schools that are open to the whole community and uphold British values.

– Existing schools will be allowed to apply to become grammar schools and select according to ability and aptitude. Selection ages will be flexible and determined by the school in consultation with the local authority.

– Schools will be investigated by OFSTED on the presentation of a petition to the Department for Education signed by 25% of parents or governors.


Honouring the Military Covenant

– We will resource fully our military assets and personnel.

– UKIP will guarantee those who have served in the Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 years a job in the police force, prison service or border force

– UKIP will change the points system for social housing to give priority to ex-service men and women and those returning from active service.

– A Veterans Department will bring together all veterans services to ensure servicemen and women get the after-service care they deserve.

– Veterans are to receive a Veterans’ Service Card to ensure they are fast tracked for mental health care and services, if needed.

– All entitlements will be extended to servicemen recruited from overseas.

– UKIP supports a National Service Medal for all those who have served in the armed forces.


The National Health Service

– UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.

– We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.

– We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.

– UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP.

–We will ensure that visitors to the UK, and migrants until they have paid NI for five years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2bn pa. UKIP will commit to spending £200m of the £2bn saving to end hospital car parking charges in England.

– We will replace Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards to be more responsive scrutineers of local health services. These will be able to inspect health services and take evidence from whistle-blowers.

– UKIP opposes the sale of NHS data to third parties.

– We will ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession.

– UKIP will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practise.

– There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care.


Controlling and managing our borders 

– UKIP recognises the benefits of limited, controlled immigration.

– UKIP will leave the EU, and take back control of our borders. Work permits will be permitted to fill skills gaps in the UK jobs market.

– We will extend to EU citizens the existing points-based system for time-limited work permits. Those coming to work in the UK must have a job to go to, must speak English, must have accommodation agreed prior to their arrival, and must have NHS-approved health insurance.

– Migrants will only be eligible for benefits (in work or out of work)  when they have been paying tax and NI for five years and will only be eligible for permanent residence after ten years.

– UKIP will reinstate the primary purpose rule for bringing foreign spouses and children to the UK.

– UKIP will not offer an amnesty for illegal immigrants or those gaining British passports through fraud.

– UKIP will return to the principles of the UN Convention of Refugees which serves to protect the most vulnerable.


Foreign Aid

– UKIP will target foreign aid at healthcare initiatives, inoculations against preventable diseases and clean water programmes with a much-reduced aid budget administered by the Foreign Office.

– British  organisations will be offered the contracts to deliver the remaining aid following removal of the EU Procurement Directive.



– UKIP will repeal the Climate Change Act 2008 which costs the economy £18bn a year.

– UKIP supports a diverse energy market including coal, nuclear, shale gas, geo-thermal, tidal, solar, conventional gas and oil.

– We will scrap the Large Combustion Plant Directive and encourage the re-development of British power stations, as well as industrial units providing on-site power generation.

– UKIP supports the development of shale gas with proper safeguards for the local environment. Community Improvement Levy money from the development of shale gas fields will be earmarked for lower council taxes or community projects within the local authority being developed.

– There will be no new subsidies for wind farms and solar arrays.

– UKIP will abolish green taxes and charges in order to reduce fuel bills.


Agriculture and Fishing

– By leaving the EU, the UK will leave the Common Agricultural Policy.  Outside the EU UKIP will institute a British Single Farm Payment for farms.

– UKIP will let the British parliament vote on GM foods.

– UKIP will leave the Common Fisheries Policy and reinstate British territorial waters.

– Foreign trawlers would have to apply for and purchase fishing permits to fish British waters when fish stocks have returned to sustainable levels.

– Food must be labelled to include the country of origin, method of production, method of slaughter, hormones and any genetic additives.

– UKIP will abolish the export of live animals for slaughter


Welfare and Childcare

– UKIP opposes the bedroom tax because it operates unfairly, penalising those who are unable to find alternative accommodation and taking insufficient account of the needs of families and the disabled.

– Child benefit is only to be paid to children permanently resident in the UK and future child benefit to be limited to the first two children only.

– UKIP will ensure there is an initial presumption of 50/50 shared parenting in child custody matters and grandparents will be given visitation rights.

– UKIP supports a simplified, streamlined welfare system and a benefit cap.



– We will scrap HS2.

– UKIP opposes tolls on public roads and will let existing contracts for running toll roads expire.

– UKIP will maintain pensioner bus passes.

– UKIP will require foreign vehicles to purchase a Britdisc, before entry to the UK, in order to contribute to the upkeep of UK roads and any lost fuel duty.

– UKIP will ensure that speed cameras are used as a deterrent and not as a revenue raiser for local authorities.


Housing and planning

– UKIP will protect the Green Belt.

– Planning rules in the NPPF will be changed to make it easier to build on brownfield sites instead of greenfield sites.  Central government is to list the nationally available brownfield sites for development and issue low-interest bonds to enable decontamination.

– Houses on brownfield sites will be exempt from Stamp Duty on first sale and VAT relaxed for redevelopment of brownfield sites.

– Planning Permission for large-scale developments can be overturned by a referendum triggered by the signatures of 5% of the District or Borough electors collected within three months.


Democracy and the Constitution

– UKIP will overcome the unfairness of MPs from devolved nations voting on English-only issues.

– UKIP supports the recall of MPs as was originally promised in the Coalition Agreement, whereby 20% of the electorate in a constituency must sign a recall petition within eight weeks. The approval of MPs will not be required to initiate a recall petition.

– UKIP will introduce the Citizens’ Initiative to allow the public to initiate national referendums on issues of major public interest.


Law and Order

– UKIP will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

– UKIP will reverse the government’s opt-in to EU law and justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. We will replace the EAW with appropriate bi-lateral agreements.

– UKIP will not give prisoners the vote.

– UKIP believes that full sentences should be served and this should be taken into account when criminals are convicted and sentenced in court. Parole should be available for good behaviour on a case-by-case basis, not systematically.

– We will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. The interests of law-abiding citizens & victims will always take precedence over those of criminals.



– UKIP recognises and values an overarching, unifying British culture, which is open and inclusive to anyone who wishes to identify with Britain and British values, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.

– Official documents will be published in English and, where appropriate Welsh and Scots Gaelic.

– UKIP will ensure that the law is rigorously enforced in relation  to ‘cultural’ practices which are illegal in Britain, such as forced marriages, FGM and so-called ‘honour killings’

– We will review the BBC Licence Fee with a view to its reduction. Prosecution of non-payments of the Licence Fee would be taken out of the criminal sphere and made a civil offence.

– UKIP will amend the smoking ban to give pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms properly ventilated and separated from non-smoking areas.

– UKIP opposes ‘plain paper packaging’ for tobacco products and minimum pricing of alcohol.


Employment and Small Businesses

– Businesses should be able to discriminate in favour of young British workers.

– Repeal the Agency Workers Directive.

– Conduct a skills review to better inform our education system and qualifications

– Encourage councils to provide more free parking for the high street.

– Simplify planning regulations and licences for empty commercial property vacant for over a year.

– Extend the right of appeal for micro businesses against HMRC action.


Protecting jobs and increasing prosperity

– We would review all legislation and regulations from the EU (3,600 new laws since 2010) and remove those which hamper British prosperity and competitiveness.

– We would negotiate a bespoke trade agreement with the EU to enable our businesses to continue trading to mutual advantage.

– UKIP would not seek to remain in the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) or European Economic Area (EEA) while those treaties maintain a principle of free movement of labour, which prevents the UK managing its own borders.

– We would reoccupy the UK’s vacant seat at the World Trade Organisation, ensuring that we continue to enjoy ‘most favoured nation’ status in trade with the EU, as is required under WTO rules.

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“English votes for English Laws ?” No says Labour party !

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The Tories are trying to “Catch up ” on the Mark Reckless campaign ,but they have No Chance !


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Three Medway Tories defect to UKIP

The former chairman and deputy chairman of Medway Conservatives and an independent Medway councillor have defected to UKIP.Cllr Chris Irvine was Mark Reckless’ chief of staff until the MP defected to UKIP and resigned to call a by-election. He is acting as Mark Reckless’ agent for the Middleton & Heywood by-election and had resigned from the Conservatives on the same day as Mark Reckless but wanted to sit as an independent until he could get feedback from his constituents. It would appear that the feedback was that they want a UKIP councillor to go with their UKIP MP.Richard Andrews is the former chairman of Rochester & Strood Conservatives and Keith Bamber is the former Conservative group whip and deputy chairman of the local party. They have both defected to UKIP.UKIP now has two councillors on Medway council.

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The BBC’s “Farage Factor”

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Last night the BBC’s Panorama documentary programme aired a 30-minute ‘investigation’ into the UK Independence Party and its leader Nigel Farage. The results, however, were nothing like a balanced documentary into the rise of the eurosceptic party. Instead, the programme focused on 10-year-old allegations and former, disgruntled party members.

The same sort of programme has never been made of any of the other political parties – and I dare say that if you asked former Labour, Tory, or Liberal Democrat members to spill the beans on some of their old colleagues, you’d get a lot worse than the “Nigel Farage once set up a call centre and used the proceeds to fund his election campaign” news that the BBC thought was worthy of thousands of pounds of licence-fee payers’ money, and a significant chunk of primetime television.

The allegation above was in reference to a South East call centre in England, which was set up with the express intention of helping UKIP candidates, including Nigel Farage, across the United Kingdom. But since the South East has been UKIP’s strongest area – it is entirely natural that most resources would be focused there. The BBC implied that this was some sort of Farage stitch-up. I’m not so sure that Mr Farage controls where UKIP is popular in the minds of the voting public.

The second half of the documentary was entirely focused on the fact that Mr Farage and other UKIPers were not interested in appearing in the programme. The producers spent a good third, if not a half of their programme bemoaning this on the nation’s public broadcaster. In summary, they may as well have said, “Waah, waah! Don’t you know who we are?! We’re the BBC! No one says no to the BBC!”

But that’s exactly what Mr Farage and his colleagues did. For obvious reasons, and reasons they set out as early as August of this year. Funnily enough the BBC thought it would wait until after the Clacton by-election result, and just before the Rochester and Strood by-election, to air this piece of programming. If that’s not political propaganda, funded by the licence fee payer, I don’t know what is.

One of the people interviewed by the BBC was UKIP member Matthew Smith. But the BBC never aired his comments. Nor did they broadcast the letter provided to them by UKIP, with a statement clarifying why Mr Farage and co did not consent to an interview.

Smith, 26, told me last night: “In May this year Panorama came to Great Yarmouth to film me with regards to UKIP. I spent approximately 6 hours with them, talking about how we are grassroots organisation, how we have set everything up here and generally how and why our branch is successful and why I believe we will do well.

“I also used this as an opportunity to talk about local politics for UKIP, not just European.

“I was told by them back in July that I would feature in this programme, but seem to have been missed out. I had a microphone attached to me for the full 6 hours of that day and gave them a full tour of Gt Yarmouth and spoke to motivated voters on what was election day itself.

“I found it very strange that I did not feature and can only conclude it is because I did not say anything stupid, controversial or anything that would reinforce an anti-UKIP stereotype!”

And I’m not the only one who thought the programme was dodgy. Even Mr Farage’s critics were bemused, as some of the Twitter commentary from last night tells us. In fact, there were so many critical tweets of value that I’ve had to do an entirely separate article on it.Read more here.


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Doing what the People want

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