Category Archives: UKIP

UKIP must close social Media Accounts?

UKIP must close social Media Accounts?

Article from Guido Fawkes, here.

UKIP has ordered its candidates to close their social media accounts, according to minutes of a meeting with the party’s chairman Paul Oakden. The notes began with the words “Remember do not put this online – that’s forbidden! The notes MUST NOT be put on social media”. They were naturally leaked to Guido. 

The minutes quote Oakden as saying UKIP “will survive without [Arron Bank’s] money”, disclosing “four major donors” are now backing the party and “another £100,000 is pledged”. The document is full of warnings to ‘Kippers to stay away from social media and reveals deep concern within the party around online message discipline: “NO-ONE is to go online and say negative things about UKIP – it is pointless…”. Stoke is also described as “a serious black hole of degradation”…

Meeting with Chairmen

Please see my attached notes from Sunday.  We shall give Paul Oakden the benefit of the doubt and look forward to the big changes which are promised.  Remember do not put this online – that’s forbidden!

UKIP Regional Chairmen’s Meeting

The notes MUST NOT be put on social media…

Aaron Banks is not a UKIP member… He’s not given any money since the General Election… Alan Bown is the key donor of UKIP and bailed us out in the autumn of 2016… Stuart Wheeler [is] another key donor…

Richard Billington: Many people said quietly to me that it is a good job we didn’t win as Stoke is a serious black hole of degradation.  Let the crazy and quite unpleasant Labour MP have the seat with its much reduced majority…

Paul Nuttall was not persuaded to enter the by-election. A poll was taken many weeks beforehand where the consensus was that standing Paul would increase the turnout for UKIP by 5% which would have been enough to win.  It was always going to be close…

Paul Oakden hates social media.  All Candidates should close their accounts.  It just causes more grief…

Paul Nuttall is supported by 4 major donors. If Paul stays as leaders and he will, another £100,000 is pledged…

The party has not received any money from Aaron Banks in the last 12 months…

His money is useful but UKIP will survive without his money…

We are happy for Aaron to be involved…

Setting up a new party is fraught with difficulties. It is not going to happen..

We should all stay off social media… 

Paul Oakden hates social media. All Candidates should close their accounts. It just causes more grief.

NO-ONE is to go online and say negative things about UKIP – it is pointless…

Aaron Banks tweets were not helpful or necessary…

As if UKIP will ever get their Cyberkipper army to stop tweeting…

Ukip’s only MP describes UKIP party as a ‘basket case’

From the Daily Telegraph here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/28/douglas-carswell-suggests-ukip-basket-case-nigel-farage-calls/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Nigel Farage predicts Ukip will kick Douglas Carswell out of the party after donor Arron Banks says he will stand against him in next election

Nigel Farage has predicted Douglas Carswell will be kicked out of Ukip after one of the party’s biggest donors declared that he will stand against him in the next general election.

Arron Banks said the UK Independence Party’s MP for Clacton was a “terrible individual” who has “done his best to destroy Ukip”.

The party is in an open civil after Mr Farage publicly warned that the party will collapse unless its sole MP moves on.

The two men have been at odds for years over the party’s policies but their antipathy came to a head amid claims that Mr Carswell frustrated Mr Farage’s chances of being awarded a knighthood.

Speaking after a Brexit event in central London, Mr Farage said: “It’s not just me. A lot of people have been saying it and saying it for a very long time.

“We nearly got rid of him back in 2015 when he sabotaged all my efforts at the European summit. We didn’t quite have the nerve to do it. I suspect now the party will.”

Read the rest here:

Words (Almost) Fail Me

Words (Almost) Fail Me

Alan Lay wishes to complain about the Highways Issues in Leverington. Apparently, the road surfaces there are poor and even dangerous.

It might have been better to write to the person who is elected to represent the people of Leverington at County Council and who is responsible for Highways Issues there.

But that would mean writing to HIMSELF, which would be crazy.

So instead he writes to the local newspaper, where he can read his complaint and hopefully take note of his own displeasure with his performance.

It’d be funny if it wasn’t so ridiculous.

I’ll Just Leave This Here

I’ll Just Leave This Here

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Are The Labour Party Finished?

Are The Labour Party Finished?

Paul Nuttall (UKIP’s new leader) wants to replace the Labour party.  A statement which is interesting on many levels.

http://order-order.com/2016/11/28/nuttall-attacks-labour-ira-sympathisers-want-replace-labour-party/

It’s interesting on a national level, because the weakness of Corbyn as a Leader and the regressive policy moves of the party under his Leadership appear to actually make this possible.  Okay, only remotely possible, but stranger things have happened.

It’s interesting on a local level because the Labour party pretty much HAVE been replaced here by UKIP, already.  The tiny group of Momentum-types led by Sue Marshall are virtually indistinguishable from UKIP.  They petition together, they hand out leaflets together, they stand aside so as not to run candidates against each other.  UKIP, the “Independents” and Labour in the area are all the same, as far as I can see.

Nowhere is this more tragic than Waterlees, a fact that was underlined by a doorstep conversation I was having this week with a die-hard Socialist on Bath Road.  The gentleman said he would never in his life vote for UKIP, a party which he thought the epitome of nastiness.  I was encouraging him to go out and vote Conservative next week, instead.  To be fair to him he considered it, but said in the end he would stay at home.  “What makes me angry though,” he said, “is that I don’t have a Labour candidate to vote for.  They can’t be bothered to stand one.”

Quite right.  Years ago, Labour were front page of the local paper telling the Bucknors that they were “coming to take the seats back” next time and not to get too comfortable.  In a ward which has the highest number of Labour voters in the whole of the Wisbech area, you’d think they’d be trying to win it back.  Nope.  UKIP had a free ride last time and have been given another this time.  Don’t believe the guff about “honour”, there’s no honour in letting UKIP drop a new candidate into a ward where your voters are crying out for you to give them somebody to support.  There’s definitely no honour in letting a ward with perhaps 25% Eastern Europeans be faced with the misery of another ‘Kipper telling them how unwelcome they are and how they are to blame for everything.

Nuttall reckons Labour’s Northern seats are there for UKIP to take.  That’s certainly what they did here.  With the collusion of some “Independents” they have given the Labour party an electoral kicking and then made them say: “Thank you” for it.  Now, Labour are forced to wander aimlessly around the Market Place trying to scaremonger about the NHS, while people try to get on with their shopping.  “I’m sorry, I can’t stop, I got one of these leaflets last week from UKIP and I threw that one in the bin too.”

Seriously?

Seriously?

I have now heard this rumour from three different sources

ukip-abu-dabi

If a Conservative were to claim for a cup of coffee, it would be plastered over the local newspaper.  This bloke thinks the taxpayer should fund a flight across the world so he can come back to a County Council meeting from his holiday?  It’ll be interesting to see if we even hear it mentioned by the local press.

Brenda Lay

Brenda Lay

Rarely have I seen something quite as despicable as a lady’s illness being used to make political capital.  But apparently that’s what we are about to see if John Elworthy’s teased “front page” is actually used where he makes the dramatic claim: “Brenda Lay Forced Off Council.”  Therein, supported by some old video, he makes the claim that it is Brenda Lay’s disability that has prevented her from coming to Council meetings.  This is not true.

In regards to the “ramp” shown in John Elworthy’s old video – this was not long after the Lay’s were elected to Town Council.  I was one of the many Councillors who often helped Brenda Lay to get into the Council Chamber when she was first elected.  Council were made aware of her difficulties and responded by having a crafted metal wheelchair ramp designed and made specifically to resolve her difficulty.  For the main stairs into the listed and historic Council Chamber there is a powered Stairlift, which Brenda Lay has used successfully on the occasions that she has attended the Council.  In regards to the parking outside, we have marked and coned an area for her to park.  Her problems were resolved in the proper way – and it was useful to do so because this will mean that should another person with similar disabilities need access in future they will also be able to do so.  Making these upgrades was right and proper and Town Council did so.  After which, both the Lay’s expressed their satisfaction with the result.  It was only AFTER those alterations that Brenda Lay’s health deteriorated and she became – by Alan Lay’s account – quite unwell.  Her absences over the last six months have been due to her poor health and nothing to do with her disability.  Indeed, many Councillors including myself have asked after her health and Alan has given updates.  Alan has been forced to stay at home and look after her on several occasions for both Town & County Meetings, again – quite right and proper for him to do so.

So to recap – apparently Cllr Brenda Lay has missed six months worth of meetings.  When this happens, a Councillor stops being a Councillor automatically.  This is not a Council decision.  It’s not something any Councillors have “decided” – it’s not up to us – it is electoral law.  The only way to avoid this is to ask for a “Special Dispensation” for illness, which must be done before the deadline is reached.  I doubt that any Councillor would have opposed that Special Dispensation if it had been requested, but it was not requested.

Virginia Bucknor has written to Councillors expressing her “outrage”.  And yet it seems to me that this is a situation of her making.  Let me explain why.  Followers of local Politics will know that recently, Cllr Virginia Bucknor has been employing a new “tactic” in her political shenanigans versus other Councillors.  She made a very big deal about those Councillors who did not attend the recent NHS / North Cambs Hospital Briefing – a story that she rushed to the local press as fast as she could and with her obligatory comments included.  She has made remarks about Cllr Stephen Brunton, who moved out of the area and of other Councillors also.  In an email this week to Councillors she demonstrated her knowledge of the attendance of colleagues again – pointing out one or two who have been quite close to the Six Month Deadline.

So my question then is, being somebody who clearly has a great interest in the attendance of others, surely she was aware of Brenda Lay’s impending deadline?  Why did she not raise the issue and ask for Special Dispensation, or at least prompt Brenda’s husband, Alan, to do so?  (Alan Lay is also a Town Councillor.)  Virginia Bucknor, Michael Bucknor and Alan Lay were all at the exact same meeting as the rest of us.  Any one of them could have prompted a Special Dispensation, but none of them did.  I should add, at this point, that Alan Lay is also a County Councillor and so has good reason to understand the electoral rules regarding Special Dispensation, since he has been there while another such case came about.

Brenda Lay has not been “forced off” anything.  Brenda Lay, due to her ongoing illness, has been unable to attend meetings for six months.  If Brenda Lay had wanted a Special Dispensation, then that would have been simple.  Alan Lay, Virginia Bucknor, Micheal Bucknor, or anybody else could have asked for one.  The fact that an attendance hawk like Mrs Bucknor chose not to do so – but instead to turn the issue into a political matter – simply raises questions about the motivations of Mrs Bucknor, to my mind.

Frankly, I think it’s pretty damn rotten to try and bully Brenda Lay into attending meetings if she cannot, and equally rotten to suggest there is anything shameful about her becoming ill. Anybody can become ill. It is not something people “choose” to do. I like Brenda Lay, she is a very nice lady. I wish her nothing but the best, and I’m confident every other Councillor would say exactly the same. If she is not well enough to come to meetings, she should be given the time and space to recover fully and not badgered and heckled and made into a political football.

 

 

Disgraceful

Disgraceful

Despite my attempts to make Virginia Bucknor see reason and drop the party political nonsense in regards to the Minor Injuries Unit, she’s rejected that entirely.

So now we have her, the local Labour “Momentum” people, a disgraced ‘Kipper, the ‘Kipper who sits on the Health & Wellbeing Board (who are supposed to oversee things like this MIU business, but seems to want to blame anybody but himself) and the local “Green” activist all choosing to run the “austerity is to blame” and help the CCG avoid culpability for their poor decisions.

All evidence aside, this seems to be nothing more than a quick way to score party political points.

I tried to be reasonable and not let past grievances get in the way. I asked her several times to rethink her approach and stand together. She scoffed at, reviled, or ignored, every attempt.

If we lose the Minor Injuries Unit because of weakness and disunity, or because the CCG have been given an easy “out” to push closure, I swear I will never let anybody forget the part her group played in it – and she was the key organiser and instigator who created the leaflets which began the political nonsense.

The fight isn’t over. I guess we’ll just have to campaign separately and hope we can still win. But what a terrible shame it has come to this.

save our nhs

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

I know that some of my political opponents watch my blog, or are told when I post something of interest. Nothing wrong with that.

So this message is for them.

The Minor Injuries Unit is too important for political games.

It would be easy to make it political. I have information I could easily use which would do so. But I am choosing not to do so because we all have to STAND TOGETHER on this.

Trying to make it “Political” with a capital “P” is a very very bad move. Trying to make it about “national cuts” (which it is NOT) or to turn it into a point-scoring election issue in advance of next year’s County Council election is also a very very bad move.

We have to be ONE VOICE. United. Standing together. If we are not we will lose, and our Town will lose its Minor Injuries Unit and potentially the whole hospital. Our disunity will be used against us, our differences capitalised upon.

PLEASE. Labour. UKIP. Independents. Anybody else. For this one issue if nothing else, put aside the Politics and just campaign for common sense and for the good of our town. If you do this then you will have my 100% support and I am sure the support of all my colleagues. Nobody but nobody wants the MIU to close.

WE ARE ON THE SAME SIDE. Don’t throw it away!

Meanwhile, Through The Looking Glass

Meanwhile, Through The Looking Glass

I have never really thought of Cllr. Paul Clapp as a political mastermind, but I have to give it to him.  His latest piece of spin is truly exceptional in both its avoidance and sheer gall.  I probably should be surprised that a local newspaper would give it the time of day, but I’m not. :)  Here it is: Link

This is what it says:

Faded white lines on a busy zebra crossing in Wisbech are to be re-painted after eight months of what a councillor has said had become a potential death trap.

The crossing in Churchill Road, that takes pedestrians from the Horsefair shopping centre to the garage on the other side, is to see the lines re-instated by county council workers on Friday August 26.

“With the lines faded, motorists new to the area had no idea it was a crossing point and people have been reporting near misses for months, said councillor Paul Clapp.

“I’m delighted it’s being repainted but it should never have got that bad in the first place.

“I’ve nearly been squashed there countless times and I know of plenty others in the same situation. It was like a death trap.”

He added: “It’s all down to Government cuts slowing down essential work such as this.”

Other work being carried out on the same day includes a keep clear sign being re-instated in Norwich road at the junction with Kennedy Court and white line painting in Wisbech North.

Councillor Virginia Bucknor said “The crossing is in a terrible condition but in addition it is very poorly designed for how busy that roundabout is now.

“It was put there 30 years ago when Wisbech didn’t have half the traffic of today.

“The town has gone from a population of 20,000 to more than 44,000 yet the highways infrastructure has been neglected for decades and cannot cope.”

A pedestrian trying to cross in 2016 was a very different story to one crossing thirty years ago due to traffic volume, she added.

And this is what I would propose it SHOULD say:

Faded white lines on a busy zebra crossing in Wisbech are to be re-painted after eight months of County Councillor failure to address a potential death trap.

The crossing in Churchill Road, that takes pedestrians from the Horsefair shopping centre to the garage on the other side, is to see the lines re-instated by county council workers on Friday August 26.

“With the lines faded, motorists new to the area had no idea it was a crossing point and people have been reporting near misses for months, is what could have been said by councillor Paul Clapp, who is the elected County Councillor for the area and whose job it is to make sure this sort of work gets done in a timely fashion so that people are not put at risk. “Why are you blaming the Government for your inability to do your job?” a balanced and investigative reporter interested in the truth could have asked.

“I’m delighted it’s being repainted but it should never have got that bad in the first place. If only I had been able to do the very thing that I was elected to do. Ah well, never mind.”

“I’ve nearly been squashed there countless times and I know of plenty others in the same situation. It was like a death trap. Somebody needs to get hold of the person responsible and give them a piece of their mind. Has anybody got a mirror?

He could have added: “It’s all down to Government cuts slowing down essential work such as this.” The fact that the work is being done may seem to prove that it had nothing at all to do with “Government Cuts” and more to do with bureaucracy and effective representation, but that’s definitely not the case. Nope. No Chance At all. Ahem.

Councillor Virginia Bucknor could have said “The crossing is in a terrible condition but in addition it is very poorly designed for how busy that roundabout is now. If my current County Councillor was a Conservative I’d be quick to lay the blame, but since its UKIP and I’m terrified they might stand against me in an election because I know I’d lose, I’ll not mention the Councillor at all.”

“The town has gone from a population of 20,000 to more than 44,000 yet the highways infrastructure has been neglected for decades and cannot cope. If only there were people we elected to County Council to make sensible decisions about spending priorities….”

Nevertheless, nice work Paul.  It’s like a shopkeeper moaning about the window displays in their own shop.  “Nobody is buying anything!  If only I had a better window display!”  :)

Anybody would think there was an election coming next year.  :)