Ukip attack video lambasts David Cameron for EU ‘renegotiation con’

Map of Europe, October 2008 by Kevin Hale

The Kippers are finally rolling out the tanks for Britain’s upcoming referendum on membership of the European Union, launching an attack video against David Cameron on Wednesday.

The gist of the video is that the prime minister is a naughty man who is deceiving the public about his ability to renegotiate more favourable terms for Britain’s continued membership.

Many commentators have noted the lack of a defined shopping list going into negotiations, which most have interpreted as a means of hedging – if you don’t say what you want you cannot be criticised for not getting it.

Those of a mind with Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens will no doubt argue this is the latest in the long line of deceit by British politicians with regards to the European question, a view he put forward in BBC doc This Sceptic Isle.

Image Credit – Map of Europe, October 2008 by Kevin Hale

Peter Whittle picked as Ukip London mayoral candidate, snubbing Suzanne Evans

Peter Whittle outside National Gallery via Twitter

Ukip selected Peter Whittle as its candidate for next year’s London mayoral election, fulfilling previous reports that deputy chair Suzanne Evans would not be chosen for the role despite her public stature.

A journalist before entering politics, Whittle has been the party’s culture spokesman for two years, and stood in Eltham in South East London during the general election.

In the past he has been a critic of multiculturalism, a potentially controversial view for a London mayor to hold given the diversity of the capital, a British city where white Britons do not constitute a majority.

Speaking to Ukip Daily in March 2014, Whittle said:

“I think it is a priority now to look at how we best achieve integration, as opposed to the failed policy of multiculturalism which had been entrenched for years. Voices from both the left and right have admitted that a doctrinaire multicultural approach has led to social segregation, and a fragmenting of the kind of communal values which are crucial to the survival of any society.”

Whittle also topped the list of Greater London Authority candidates that Ukip is putting forward, with Evans placed third behind David Kurten, a chemistry teacher who stood for the seat of Camberwell and Peckham in May against Labour MP Harriet Harman.

Challenged by the BBC over whether Evans, who was interim leader during Nigel Farage’s temporary retirement after the general election, would have made a better candidate, Whittle said this was not the case.

In August party members briefed the press that the central committee used to select the London mayoral candidate was being harnessed to block Evans, a potential rival for Farage.

In the general election Ukip underperformed in London compared to the rest of the country, with the party picking up 8.1 percent of votes in the capital to put it at third place, below the 12.7 percent it scored nationally.

A poll by Survation earlier this summer also put Ukip ahead of both the Lib Dems and the Greens in the contest for first preferences in the London mayoral election.

Sian Berry, the Green candidate for London mayor, previously told the Right Dishonourable that the interest in Ukip would not last until the election in May, the implication being that its poll ratings would soon shrink.

Image Credit – Peter Whittle outside National Gallery via Twitter

Katie Hopkins suggests we seal up House of Lords and ‘gas the lot of them’

House of Lords during Queen Caroline trial, via Ashley Van Haeften

Rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins, formerly of the Sun and now of the MailOnline, has an original approach to constitutional reform, albeit one with some rather questionable overtones.

Speaking at an Electoral Reform Society event on the fringes of the Kipper conference, Hopkins was asked what she would do to fix the House of Lords.

She said:

“As for the House of Lords, sir, people like me, the people I represent, the things I articulate for the nation, actually, we don’t really give a shit about the House of Lords because we think they’re all a bunch of plonkers.

“They’ve just put [bra tycoon] Michelle Mone in there – frankly, once you’ve got Michelle Mone in anywhere you really don’t really care about it. Frankly, I don’t really mind if you seal up the room and gas the lot of them.”

Later in the day Hopkins told ITV’s political correspondent Paul Brand that she thought the widely spread photo of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi had been “staged”, a comment even the Farage himself thought went a bit far.

Image Credit – House of Lords during Queen Caroline trial, via Ashley Van Haeften

Eurosceptics coalesce behind Kipper Arron Banks in Business for Britain snub

Europe map, August 2012 by Charles Clegg

Eurosceptics who wish to leave the EU are uniting around a group backed by Ukip donor Arron Banks, reversing the former fragmentation of the movement.

The Bruges Group, the Democracy Movement, Campaign for an Independent Britain, and Global Britain are all now behind The Know campaign, which will be renamed Leave.EU following changes to the referendum question.

The united group is also to receive Ukip’s blessing during the opening day of the party conference on Friday.

Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, told the Express:

“I’m delighted all these groups are uniting for the great cause of taking Britain out of the EU. It is fantastic that the Ukip conference in Doncaster today is the arena where this historic coming together is formally taking place.”

Breitbart London, a rightwing news site, is also claiming that donors of Business for Britain, a rival Eurosceptic outfit set up by TaxPayers’ Alliance founder Matthew Elliott, may transfer their support to Leave.EU.

Leave.EU also enlisted the support of Goddard Gunster, a campaigning consultancy, with the movement claiming to have 160,000 registered supporters already.

A Survation poll from earlier this month claimed that just over half of Britons wanted to leave the EU, though this was out of line with much polling from previous months, which showed separatist voters accounted for only a quarter of Britons.

Image Credit – Europe map, August 2012 by Charles Clegg

The ugly face of the British electorate: From #WhyImVotingUkip to #RefugeesWelcome

Image Credit - Renegade Inc. via Twitter

Apparently a couple of hashtags is all it takes to persuade Britain that immigrants are okay. Right now it’s all #AylanKurdi and #RefugeesWelcome now, but it was #WhyImVotingUkip not too long ago.

Ever since the heart wrenching pictures of Aylan Kurdi – the three-year-old who died trying to travel to Europe – appeared on the front pages of national newspapers, Britain suddenly welcomes people. Furthermore, we talk of having a “moral obligation” to help refugees – one many British people apparently forgot when they voted for closing our borders in the general election.

This kind of hypocrisy infuriates me. There’s a fairly simple rule everyone could try to live by: “Don’t be a garbage human being.”

I’m not infuriated by people supporting refugees, I’m infuriated by how fickle they are. It’s a genuinely worrying issue because it makes them just as likely to turn on the refugees they’re happy to support for now.

What happens if, say, the terror threat level rises? Or if there’s an attack somewhere? Or, god forbid, these refugees come over here and take all our jobs, women and benefits?

Sadly, I don’t think I’m being cynical to point these things out. Many people are but one news story away from hating foreigners again. If and when that day comes, it’ll be all #SendThemBack.

Overnight, everyone seemingly agrees with prime minister David Cameron that the immigration crisis is a moral issue. But that’s clearly not the case – if it was, more people would have supported helping asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in the first place. Morals, last time I checked, were fairly deep seated and not prone to dramatic shifts.

But the Tories are not the only ones to have come out of this looking hypocritical; I’m not particularly enamoured of Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon either.

To her credit, she has applied consistent pressure to Cameron over the immigration crisis. However, she announced this week that Scotland could immediately take 1,000 refugees, which invites the obvious question: Why make that announcement this week instead of four weeks ago? The answer, of course, is political opportunism.

It’s a horrible thing to say, and I’m still relieved that the events of this week have opened people’s hearts. What I fear is that the same events haven’t opened people’s minds. Forget Twitter – we should have meaningful discourse about the entire situation now, before beguiling fears and putrid hates reinfect the electorate.

Image Credit – Renegade Inc. via Twitter