We were pleased to hear that Nikki Sinclaire will be taking UKIP to court over her expulsion.
She has excellent grounds for doing so.
1. She was never given a chance to defend herself and no lawful disciplinary hearing was held.
2. Membership of the EFD is at odds with UKIP’s own constitution. For instance, the Lega Nord actively campaigned for the Lisbon Treaty. Another member - Paska - is also on record as making pro-EU statements. See: LINK & LINK
3. Lord Pearson has been exposed as a liar after falsely claiming that the West Midlands Committee could not work with her. They later passed a motion of confidence in her favour! See: LINK
We were amused to learn that UKIP’s bungling legal expert - Michael Zuckerman - will be handling UKIP’s defence.
This is the same Michael Zuckerman who advised Jonathan Arnott and Peter Reeve that they could not have legal representation in a Small Claims Court. The result? A win for John West and a defeat for UKIP. See: LINK
This is the same Michael Zuckerman who advised Farage to fight ELCOM over the illegal Bown Donations. The result? A win for ELCOM and a defeat for UKIP. And a legal bill of £750,000!
Here is what David Abbott - a member of UKIP's NEC - had to say about Zuckerman and the ELCOM case:
“At the time of the original hearing the NEC had members who recommended paying the 18,000, admitting the party's 'error' and getting on with campaigning. The secretary (who is a famous West End lawyer, according to Mr Farage), and Mr Farage himself were ardently against this sensible approach.”
And this is the same Michael Zuckerman who quoted UKIP £10,000 to form a Limited Company. It can actually be done online in 10 minutes for under £200!
It is beyond belief that just a few short weeks before a General Election UKIP’s leadership has chosen to get themselves involved in yet another damaging court case.
Or is that part of the plan? Farage has been pushing for a Pan-European party for quite sometime. Farage can blame Nikki Sinclaire and ELCOM for bankrupting UKIP. He can then join his friends in a new EFD Party or maybe even the Tories!
From Peterborough Today:
The UK Independence Party has vowed to fight "baseless" legal action being threatened by an MEP who claims it acted unlawfully by expelling her from the party.
Nikki Sinclaire, who represents the West Midlands, was thrown out this month after refusing to be part of the multinational political group Ukip has joined in the European Parliament.
Her solicitors said she would take the case to the High Court, claiming the party was in breach of contract by not following its own constitution or its disciplinary rules and procedures.
She will also seek a ruling that its membership of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group (EFD) is a breach of its own constitution as the group backs the EU institutions, they said. And she will argue that the "racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic (including Holocaust denial) views" of some parties in the group breach Ukip's non-discrimination rules.
But Ukip party secretary Michael Zuckerman: "We believe that her claims are baseless and we will challenge every point robustly."
The court challenge was announced as Ukip leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch unveiled its election manifesto at a party conference in Milton Keynes. He claimed that only complete withdrawal from the EU could deal with the two main "problems" voters were concerned about: the economy and immigration.
And he risked fury among some activists by calling for Ukip candidates with no hope of winning their seat to step aside if that would help a committed Tory eurosceptic to win the seat. He said there were only a "few" such cases but said opposing those candidates would "defeat our own greater purpose" and put party enthusiasms before the national interest.
Lord Pearson told the conference David Cameron's refusal to offer a referendum on Europe means a Tory election victory would spell "absolutely certain disaster" for Britain. Ukip needed to put in a strong enough performance in the election that, if it led to a hung parliament and another election, it would be "clear and unavoidable" to all parties that they would have to promise an EU referendum to stand a chance of getting a clear majority.
Lord Pearson also called for the introduction of Swiss-style binding referendums and a Royal Commission to decide whether global warming was a reality as part of the wide-ranging manifesto.
Ms Sinclaire had refused to sit with her own party members in European Parliament meetings since mid-January, citing the breakdown of her relationship with the party's leader in Europe Nigel Farage and the "extreme views" of some partner parties. She insisted she was not quitting the party - but Ukip's National Executive Committee removed the whip, also ending her position as its candidate for the Meriden seat in the general election.
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Farage has a ball or does he?
We have already mentioned Nigel’s latest novel. See: LINK
Here is what The Sunday Times had to say:
Nigel Farage: Brimming over with bile and booze
The UKIP MEP and lounge bar lizard has a few scores to settle and is set on rattling the Establishment at the election
I’m quite relieved that Nigel Farage MEP has only one testicle. When the former leader of the UK Independence party (UKIP) had the other removed in 1987 because of cancer, the doctors offered him an artificial replacement to give him “greater social confidence”. But to watch him screaming at Herman Van Rompuy as he did last month, saying the European council president had the “charisma of a damp rag”, tearing around with a loudhailer on his campaign to oust John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, from his Buckingham seat, working “100-hour weeks”, inhaling whole packs of Rothmans and choffing down hundreds and hundreds of pints, I dread to think what he would be like with ... two.
(Junius says: We do wish that Nigel would get his facts right. He claims to have had testicular cancer at 19 and again at 22 - which begs the question who sired his children?)
“Amaaaaaaazing, isn’t it?” he says, swivelling in his chair in the MEPs’ offices in central London and spreading his pinstriped legs as far as they’ll go. At 45, he has the complexion of a used teabag. “I’ve got the unhealthiest lifestyle of the lot, but the most energy! I left home at 5am on Monday, got up at 4.30 this morning . . .”
Somewhere between Alan B’Stard and a frog — “actually, I think I look most like President Medvedev” — Farage has carved something of a niche for himself as a mouthy, brash agent provocateur. His recent explosion in the European parliament, in which he also told Van Rompuy that he had “the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk”, got him fined £2,700 and 40,000 hits on YouTube; most people thought he went too far.
(Junius says: That was very unkind to frogs. But we do note the resemblance!)
“Too far”, however, is not in the Farage lexicon. “All my speeches are like that! I’ve been doing that for 11 years. Look, I’m a . . .” — he gropes for a sufficiently weighty epithet — “veteran.” In fact, Nicolas Sarkozy absolutely loved the Faraging he got when they spoke in the EU parliament in 2008, even invited him to the Elysée Palace afterwards. “Sarko spent much more time with me than any of the other politicians, because he’d actually enjoyed it,” he says, voice rising to a shout. “He loved it.”
Still, “perhaps my delivery is a little shrill at times”, he concedes, twiddling his Spitfire cufflinks, “but [over the Van Rompuy affair] the parliament responded by fining me and questioning my right to speak freely”.
“I don’t think it was abusive. I was right!” he says. “Who is Herman Van Rompuy? Baroness Ashton [the EU high representative for foreign affairs] is even less well known. She never held elected office. She obviously ... married well.”
( Junius says: See the letter that Buzek sent to Farage by clicking here: LINK)
He’s got a point, but I do wish he wouldn’t deliver it so odiously. But then, Farage is pretty odious: a shifty saloon-bar lizard. He stood down as UKIP leader last June — “the internal fights took up so much time” — to focus on being an MEP for the party. A rather odd task, representing a party in the European parliament whose sole desire is to get Brtitain out of the EU, but he has been fairly successful in raising awareness. Still, the operation overall has been typically amateur. Last November one of its MEPs, Tom Wise, was jailed for taking advantage of the generous EU expenses.
(Junius says: More lies! Farage was forced to stand down by Stuart Wheeler. See: LINK)
“I knew he was rotten within a fortnight,” boasts Farage now, although in a highly uncharacteristic episode of self-censorship, he initially kept his suspicions quiet, “because I didn’t know what he was doing, although I could just ... tell”. He “jolly well hope[s]” there aren’t any more wrong ’uns — but he’s been looking out for signs, which are “obvious”, he declares. “The six o’clock freebie cocktail party in the main reception area. If you see UKIP MEPs attending them on a regular basis you think, ‘Eh, what’s going on?’”
(Junius says: So why did Farage vote to end the investigation into Tom Wise? See: LINK. And why did he allow Tom Wise to remain in UKIP until he resigned in March of last year?
Here is a list of those people who voted to end the investigation:
Roger Knapman, Gerard Batten, Nigel Farage, Douglas Denny (switched his vote), Elizabeth Burton, Alan Bown, Rachel Oxley, John Whittaker and Michael Zuckerman).
(Junius says: Gambling addicted cab drivers, depressed publicans, constipated schoolmasters? That is no why to describe Don 'One for the Road' Ransome, Mark 'Friar Tuck' Croucher, Jonathan 'Frightened Rabbit' Arnott or Derek 'Who Am I? Clark!
But it is good to know that you admit to making mistakes in recruitment. So when will you be giving Lord Pearson the boot?)
Farage readily admits he likes a drink — he’d be quite keen to conduct the interview in the pub, but 10.30am is “too early even for us”, he says, dolefully, glancing at his watch. “Give it 45.” Indeed the booze factor might explain the bizarre involvement of Robert Kilroy-Silk, the professionally irate former chat-show host, who burst onto the party scene in 2004, “to boost the party’s profile”, says Farage, but “suddenly, it all went to his head.” After a ham-fisted attempt on the leadership, Kilroy-Silk left and set up his own gang — sorry, party — Veritas, which spent “six months trying to destroy UKIP”.
Farage is now getting revenge in his autobiography, Fighting Bull, tracing his rise from irrepressible south London public-school boy to City metals trader and his current incarnation as single-issue cage rattler.
There are moments of unparalleled pomposity — “Others with my acumen ... would have won brilliant scholarships”, he writes of sitting the 11-plus; addressing 7,000 French farmers, he spoke in “un français parfait” — but much of it is straight bananas. The EU, according to Farage, is a “serial date rapist”: no matter how many times you say no, it only ever hears yes. A discussion of Arabs notes that they have made one outstanding contribution to western culture: the word “alcohol”.
(Junius says: But the EU made you a very rich man. What gratitude! And how is the Isle of Man account?)
Mostly, however, the book is about settling scores, or, as Farage describes it, “putting my side of the story”. The largest score is Kilroy-Silk, a vain, orange buffoon and “monster”.
Was Farage, who assumed the party leadership in 2006, a bit jealous of Kilroy-Silk’s profile? “Absolutely not!” he screams. “Absolutely not.” Actually he was “thrilled” and “delighted” that Kilroy-Silk came and stole all the thunder, but then he rather spoils things by going slightly too far, describing it as “before and after the birth of Christ”.
(Junius says: Yeah, we believe you. Millions wouldn't)Farage’s current opponent, John Bercow, gets short shrift, too. The Speaker is traditionally unchallenged in parliamentary elections, but in standing against him Farage is trying to give voters an opportunity to “show their disenchantment with the political class”. In the book, Bercow is a “loose cannonball” with past far-right connections — all of which seems a little rich coming from Farage.
(Junius says: For more on Farage's far-right connections: LINK )
“Look,” he says. “I know you’ll laugh at me, but I don’t generally get involved in slagging people off. But he is very pleased with himself . . .”
Another of the book’s scores is ... well, just that. In 2006 Farage, who has been married twice and has four children, became the target of a tabloid kiss’n’tell when a woman from, of all places, Latvia claimed she had snogged him in a pub in Biggin Hill, Kent, before dragging him home, where he “stunned her with his kinky demands” and they had sex “at least seven times”. The revelation led to several jokes, including “UKIP if you want to”.
Seven times, I say. Wow. And on half power! Farage looks furtive, clearly searching for a way both to confirm this stunning feat of priapism and to deny it.
“Er ... well,” he says. “Yes. I did have a couple of phone calls, and there are cheers when I turn up at a student union ... but it’s not the sort of thing you plan. It was one of those very, very rare moments where I was ... out of control.”
(Junius says: You used to get 'out of control' with Annabelle Fuller on a regular basis. We are rather surprised that your desk managed to take the constant strain! And what about your latest bit on the side? Anyone for a bit of Morlock?)
As far as I can see, Farage has these very, very rare moments quite frequently. In 2004 he found himself in a lap-dancing bar during the French presidential campaign — with one of the candidates; in the book he recalls a more serious episode in 1985 when, trudging home somewhat refreshed, he barrelled over the bonnet of an oncoming VW. His blood-alcohol levels were so high he had to be sedated until they were sufficiently low for surgeons to operate.
(Junius says: And don't forget the brothels!)
The accident happened because he had been drinking all day — perfectly normal behaviour, apparently, at a time when “a proper lunch lasted seven, eight hours”, he recalls.
How much did they drink? “Oh, no,” he says. “I’m not doing the William Hague trick.”
Why not? “Because nobody would believe it if I told the truth.”
Go on! “Well. We’d have drinks before, and then a couple of bottles of red . . .” He ticks his fingers off. “We’d have quite a lot! Of course we would.”
Can he actually remember?
The idea that Farage can’t hold his drink is clearly preposterous. “People that know me well,” he raises his voice, “would tell you that they’ve hardly ever seen me pissed. And I’m rather proud of that.”
But you got run over! “I wasn’t blind drunk,” he says.
“I’d had,” he chortles, “a good day.”
(Junius says: Nigel was lying in the gutter at the time)
Has he ever worried about alcoholism? His father, also a metals trader, was a terrible alcoholic. “I’ve been lucky,” he says. “I can pack it up for a week and it’s not a problem. It’s how we’re made. My father was made in the way it took him over and it wrecked him. But I’m lucky. I’m one of those people who can take it or leave it.”
He glances at his watch again, and I think how nice it’d be if he just went to the pub and stayed there for ever, and sure enough he is there two days later when I call his press officer to confirm which testicle he had removed. Farage has just given his party conference speech and is in high spirits. “Tell her to come and find out, ha-ha-ha!” he shouts over the din.
'Fighting Bull or How I made a Million thanks to the EU' is published by Bareback Riding Fuller at £17.99
Free copies can be obtained via Junius. We have a key to his office and access to his mail.
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Stuart ‘Gollum’ Gulleford resigns as a PPC
It is with great sadness that we report the resignation of Gollom as the UKIP PPC for Brentwood, Essex.
Gollum was ‘political adviser’ to Jeffery Titford. He now 'works' for Stuart Agnew and David Bannerman - UKIP MEPs in the Eastern Region.
It appears that the poor creature couldn’t afford to take unpaid leave to fight the upcoming General Election.
New EU rules prevents the staff of MEPs from standing unless they take unpaid leave for the length of the election period.
It is interesting to note that neither David Bannerman or Stuart Agnew were prepared to help him to fight the seat. And nor was his ‘good friend’ Jeffrey Titford.
In the past more than UKIP MEP has agreed to cover the expenses and pay of those members of staff who wanted to stand for Westminster. We must assume that Gollom is not as popular as he thought!
We note that Michael ‘Honey Monster’ McGough is to replace him. Pity poor Brentwood!
Mr McGough first shot to fame after it emerged that he had lied in his UKIP MEP election statement to members. He had claimed to be the UKIP PPC for Harlow. This was a lie. He also likes to illustrate his profound stupidity by posting moronic comments on the British Democracy Form.
This is what Piers Merchant - UKIP’s Returning Officer - had to say:
“I also received complaints about Michael McGough, who, it was claimed, described himself as a UKIP PPC when he was not, thus seriously misleading the voters”.
His concerns were ignored by UKIP's corrupt NEC.
From the Brentwood Gazette:
BRENTWOOD'S UKIP candidate has had to pull out of the general election race because he cannot afford to continue.
New EU rules - which forbid people who are on the staff of MEPs from standing unless they take unpaid leave for the length of the election period - means that Stuart Gulleford has had to stand down as a candidate for the Brentwood and Ongar seat.
The replacement is Michael McGough, of Epping, who has been both a Westminster and European Election candidate.
Mr Gulleford said: "This has placed me in a very difficult position as a single parent with a son at university and a mortgage in 2005, when I was the candidate.
"They are anti-democratic as they place barriers in the way of people being able to pursue what should be their right to stand in a democratic society.
"Now it seems only the wealthy may stand. I am not even allowed to use my holiday entitlement during the election period, which is iniquitous.
"Even if I did take the leave of absence, it would only be on paper, as I cannot be spared at the MEP's office, where I have a very busy and demanding job, for that length of time.
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And finally ...... a message for Jo
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As a punishment we are now reading a copy of David Bannerman's latest rejected script.