Who Saved Ukip From Death By Libel?

Since February, Ukip has been heading for extinction after its leader Henry Bolton was ousted over his racist girlfriend, its interim leader Gerard Batten was forced to beg for £100,000 to prevent insolvency, and then the party was billed £175,000 in a libel case.

Countering overstatements about the party’s early demise, Kippers have come through, with branches raising £79,477 and individuals £215,411 for a total of £294,888.

It is surprising the party still has life left in it. Since the referendum on EU membership the purples have suffered scandal after scandal, seemingly unable to co-ordinate without full-time pundit and occasional politician Nigel Farage.

But more intriguing than the turnaround is the statement from Batten that the £175,000 libel costs were paid ‘by other means’ in addition to the £300,000 raised. The press release goes on:

‘With great energy and speed our new Treasurer, Sebastian Fairweather put together a plan to raise the money, which he did, and it was paid on 29th March. This money did not come from the funds raised by means of the current fundraising initiative.’

Given the party’s empty pockets and the allocation of the £300,000 elsewhere, just who saved Ukip from death by libel?

 

Podcast Ep. 100: Century Pootacular

Trump poo

Our contrasting reviews of Nick Clegg’s anti-Brexit book, Kipper Nigel Farage’s ambiguous call for a second referendum, and Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ outrage are the three topics this week.

Joining us is a round number which we nod at before moving on.

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Podcast Ep. 65: Apocalypse Soon, Or 2016 In Review

Apocalypse Soon Or 2016 In Review

In our final episode for this year, we take a look at the highlights – well, mostly lowlights – of a turbulent 2016. Expect Donald Trump, Brexit, cleb deaths and other festive favourites to prepare you for next year’s armageddon.

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Podcast Ep. 62: Facebook Exclusive Sees Lord Farage Marry President Le Pen

In this week’s episode, we examine fake news spreading on Facebook, rumours that Ukip leader Nigel Farage could become a diplomat, and next year’s presidential elections in France.

 

The complaints of remainers after the EU referendum just do not make sense

St Pauls Cathedral, March 2016 by Descrier

As someone who spends much of his time listening to left-wingers, I’m used to seeing people upset after losing an election.

Contrary to popular cliché, such events rarely look like the five stages of grief, and the aftermath of the British decision to leave the European Union has been no different.

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