Wednesday, 28 April 2010
UKIP: The Madness of Lord Pearson
Lord Pearson gets stranger by the minute. He is now threatening legal action against the BBC after they refused to give him an equal platform with Brown, Clegg and Cameron.
An extract from Pearson's most recent letter to Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, is reproduced below.
Should you and the BBC fail to accede to this request by noon tomorrow, Wednesday, 28 April, 2010, please take this letter as notice, in terms of the pre-action protocol in judicial review proceedings under the Civil Procedure Rules, that the United Kingdom Independence Party, of PO Box 480, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 9BG, and I as UKIP's leader, as claimants, will apply to the Administrative Court at or as soon as practicable after 2 pm tomorrow afternoon for judicial review of your decision and that of the BBC, as defendants, expressed in your letter to me of 15 January 2010, to refuse to allow UKIP to participate in the third and final leaders' debate, and for an injunction requiring you and the BBC to permit me, as UKIP's leader, to participate in that debate on an equal footing with all others whom you and the BBC shall have permitted to participate.
For his own sake - and UKIP’s - it would be better if he did not appear on the show.
We, and many others, have just about got over his comedy turn on The Campaign Show! See: LINK
Admitting that you are not a politician, getting shirty with the presenter and refusing to discuss your manifesto is hardly a vote winner.
We also hear that Pearson has took it upon himself to write to the Mid Somerset News and Media Group advising UKIPPERS in Wells, Somerton and Frome and Taunton Deane to vote Tory.
Pearson did not have the courtesy to inform the UKIP PPCs standing in those constituencies. The first that they heard about it was when the BBC contacted them for a quote! To say that they are rather miffed would be an understatement!
So once again UKIP's leadership show their TOTAL contempt for the membership. Publicly humiliating and undermining PPCs by asking UKIP supporters not to vote for them is now apparently official UKIP policy.
But what do you expect? UKIP is, after all, just a Tory pressure group.
Her is a report from the BBC News:
UKIP asks voters in Somerset to back the Tories
The leader of UKIP has written to a newspaper group in Somerset urging voters to support the Conservatives rather than his party's candidates.
Lord Pearson said constituents should back the Tory candidates in Wells, Somerton and Frome, and Taunton Deane.
The party has asked its candidate in Wells, Jake Baynes, to stand down, but he has so far refused.
UKIP have a policy of supporting eurosceptics from other parties, which they choose not to stand against.
The party's candidate in Taunton Deane, Tony McIntyre, said last night that he had not been told to step aside, and knew nothing about the open letter to Mid Somerset News and Media until he was contacted by the BBC.
Mr Baynes is standing in Wells against Tory eurosceptic David Heathcoat-Amory.
Speaking earlier this month, Mr Baynes said he disagreed with the policy that UKIP should not contest Westminster seats against other genuinely eurosceptic candidates.
"To stand down would be a betrayal... it probably has ruffled a few feathers, but it'll be water off a duck's back at the end of the day," he said.
Lord Pearson has admitted there has been some "disagreement" with Mr Baynes, but that he would not force him to stand down.
Mr Heathcoat-Amory has said he did not believe the number of people voting for him would be affected by whether or not Mr Baynes stood for election.
The other candidates standing in Wells are Richard Boyce, British National Party; Chris Briton, Green; Andy Merryfield, Labour; and Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat.
Taunton Deane's other candidates are Jeremy Browne, Liberal Democrat; Mark Formosa, Conservative; and Martin Jevon, Labour.
The full list of candidates in Somerton and Frome, is Barry Harding, UK Independence Party; David Heath, Liberal Democrats; David Oakensen, Labour; Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Conservative; Niall Warry, Independent Leave-the-EU Alliance.
To see the original: LINK
Also see: LINK