Podcast Ep. 64: Nuttall Wins On Goldsmith Sins As Trump Starts WW3

Paul Nuttall Ukip

Paul Nuttall’s victory in the Ukip leadership contest, Zac Goldsmith losing his Commons seat to the Lib Dems, and Donald Trump’s breach of diplomatic protocol over Taiwan are the three topics for this week’s podcast.

Image based on Paul Nuttall MEP by Euro Realist Newsletter

Podcast Ep. 60: Heathrow Fallout, ‘Gay Cake’ Appeal & Britain’s Official Press Regulator

Guy Menzies, Archives New Zealand

On this week’s podcast we examine the fallout from the decision to expand Heathrow airport, the ongoing controversy over a “gay cake” and the designation of Impress as a Leveson-compliant regulator – joined by the writer Peter Jukes.

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Podcast Ep. 42: Circumcised willies, Obama busts Brexit & Zac Goldsmith’s ‘racist’ campaign

RD E42 Circ, Barack Obama and London City Hall

A court ruling on the parent’s right to circumcise their sons, the Barack Obama’s intervention on the EU referendum and accusations of racist Tory campaigning in the London mayoral contest are the three topics for this week’s podcast.

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Zac Goldsmith smashes Tory rivals, winning 70% of votes to contest London mayoralty

Zac Goldsmith, June 2013 by Policy Exchange

The Tories chose Zac Goldsmith to contest the London mayoral election on Friday, as the Richmond and North Kingston MP smashed the competition to secure 70 percent of the votes cast.

Goldsmith’s nearest rival and MEP Syed Kamall failed to secure even a quarter of the ballots of the winner, with deputy mayor for crime and policing Stephen Greenhalgh and London Assembly member Andrew Boff limping into third and fourth.

Candidate Number of Votes Percentage
Andrew Boff 372 4%
Zac Goldsmith 6,514 70.6%
Stephen Greenhalgh 864 9.4%
Syed Kamall 1,477 16%

The extent of Goldsmith’s victory emphatically confirms expectations that he would contest the London mayoralty against Labour candidate Sadiq Khan, with some speculating that the Tories deliberately chose weak rivals to ensure his candidacy.

Number of votes secured by Tory London mayoral candidates, October 2015

Goldsmith and Khan will face the Lib Dems’ Caroline Pidgeon, Ukip’s Peter Whittle and the Greens’ Sian Berry, interviewed by the Right Dishonourable last month.

The Richmond and North Kingston MP has earned public attention for his opposition to expansion at Heathrow Airport, as well as his considerable personal wealth, which is estimated at £280m.

Many see him as a continuity candidate for the current London mayor Boris Johnson, and Goldsmith has even hired Lynton Crosby to run his campaign, a move Johnson made back in 2012 and David Cameron made in the recent general election.

Image Credit – Zac Goldsmith, June 2013 by Policy Exchange