UKIP’s latest political stunt has backfired on them rather badly.
Here is their latest press release.
A Wythenshawe teenager is believed to be youngest parliamentary candidate ever selected in the country.
UKIP has chosen 18-year-old Christopher Cassidy to fight the Wythenshawe and Sale East seat in the next General Election.
"I have been interested in politics from an early age and became involved with UKIP and politics about four years ago,” ” explained Chris, pictured right.
“I have wanted to be an MP for a long time but thought I would have to wait until I was 21 to stand a chance of being selected. But the rules have now changed and the age has been lowered to 18."Chris, who was head boy at Sale High School, went on to study at Xaverian College in Manchester and plans to obtain a political degree.
He is both election officer and membership officer for UKIP’s South Manchester and Trafford branch.
End of press release.
So in a desperate attempt to get some publicity UKIP choose an 18 year old child to stand for Parliament!
Clearly UKIP has learnt nothing from recent events. The public are simply not interested in adolescents who want to become career politicians at the taxpayers expense.
If I lived in his constituency I would be extremely insulted that UKIP has selected a person with absolutely no life or work experience.
A quick look at Mr Cassidy’s blog is also good for a laugh: LINK But perhaps we should not be too harsh on the lad for even UKIP’s Press Office can’t produce professional looking press releases or websites.
Mr Cassidy’s blog features a picture of what looks suspiciously like a leg taken from one of Peter Reeve’s pet stick insects and includes the following fascinating information:
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And it appears that his branch can’t even be bothered to publicise him as their candidate: LINK
When you click on his name on the candidates page you get:
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Even UKIP's staunchest supporters on the British Democracy Forum have criticised the decision to allow Mr Cassidy to become a UKIP PPC
Farage sycophant ‘Kernow’ has been less than supportive of UKIP’s latest wonder boy:
I agree! The lad may well be brilliant and make a good politician, but I doubt if those outside of UKIP would vote for him. No matter how academically brilliant you may be at 18 you've no real life experience, whatever your background. I'd also be worried as to why any lad even thought about politics at 18, I know what my interest was then!
For more on Mr Cassidy see GLW: LINK