Saturday, 24 September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

Jeremy Corbyn has won the leadership of the Labour Party for the second time.

Bring on the next election.

Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage react to the news

Friday, 23 September 2016

Scottish Labour councillor suspended for homophobia

A Labour councillor in Scotland has been suspended after allegedly referring to the chair of a local LGBT* group as a deviant.

Dumfries & Galloway Labour councillor, Tom McAughtrie, has been placed under administrative suspension by the Scottish Labour Party after he allegedly posted the comment on social media.

Schultz says we have to leave the EU by 2019

The unelected president of the EU Parliament, Martin Schultz, has said that the UK must leave the EU by 2019 so that it's all done and dusted before the next EU elections.

We will leave in 2019 but not because this windbag says so. The next EU elections are due to be held in April or May 2019 and there is no legal basis for excluding the UK from EU elections. The British government won't want to shell out several tens of millions of pounds on a pointless election and more importantly for the pro-EU parties, they won't want the UKIP landslide that is inevitable if Article 50 hasn't been triggered by then.

EU elections are officially declared a month before the poll in the UK and the next elections are due in April or May 2019. Article 50 will need to be triggered in February of March next year to safely avoid the next EU elections. My guess is that Brexit will happen on 31st March making 1st April independence day which also ties in nicely with the new tax year and annual budgets for government departments.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Diane James will meet UKIP's AMs to try and unite the party in Wales

Diane James is meeting with UKIP's Welsh Assembly Members to try and get work through the divisions that have plagued the group since the elections this year.

Neil Hamilton has entered Welsh politics with the tact and diplomacy of Donald Trump (ok, maybe not that bad) and in a few short months came close to losing the party one of its MEPs and an AM and then turned his attention on the chairman of Caerphilly branch who works for Nathan Gill and has been critical of Hamilton.

Nathan Gill remains chairman of UKIP Wales, a post that is appointed by the leader of the national party whilst Neil Hamilton is leader of the UKIP group in the Senedd which is a position he was elected to by the party's AMs. Both have called for the party to unite behind our new leader, let's hope that includes the pair of them!

Juncker caves in on Swiss immigration controls

The unelected president of the EU Commission has given up arguing with Switzerland over unlimited immigration and opened the door to Swiss immigration controls for EU citizens whilst remaining members of the EU single market.

The Swiss people voted to end the bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the EU that allows unlimited immigration as if they were EU members in February 2014. Since then they have been threatened by the EU with all sorts of retaliatory measures, including cancelling their free trade agreements but they were just empty threats.

Under the Swiss constitution the Swiss government has until February to implement the referendum result into law whether the EU agrees or not and regardless of the consequences. The only way to deal with the EU is by playing hard ball - tell them what the outcome is going to be and ignore their empty threats. The British government need to learn from Switzerland.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Merkel's CDU gets another pounding in the polls

Angela Merkel's CDU party has been given another bloody nose in regional elections, losing its place in the ruling coalition of the Berlin state parliament.

The CDU secured just 17.6% of the vote which is a record low for the party in Berlin. Both the CDU and the SDP lost vote share to the soft eurosceptic party, AfD who now have representation in 10 out of 16 regions.

A fortnight ago the CDU came third in regional elections in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.

RIP Dr Raj Chandran

UKIP NEC member, Dr Raj Chandran, has passed away.

Dr Chandran stood for election for UKIP on several occasions and sat on the party's National Executive Committee. Before defecting to UKIP he was Conservative mayor of Gedling and a former Commissioner for Racial Equality.

Corbynists are targeting children as young as three with Momentum Kids

The far left militant Labour Party group, Momentum, is setting up a Momentum Kids to indoctrinate kids as young as three years old.

Momentum Kids will provide cooperatively-run creches and breakfast clubs for children as young as 3 and training in political activism for older children. Momentum wants to improve the "political engagement" of children and teach them campaigning skills.

The Momentum personality cult is a parody of Hitler Youth and the Junior Spies and Youth League in Orwell's 1984. Momentum has already changed its rules to allow activists to use violence, they are consolidating political power through their puppet party leader and anyone who disagrees with their far left politics is relentlessly undermined and attacked.

While it's amusing to watch the Labour Party put so much effort into fighting itself and becoming more unelectable by the minute, they have crossed a watershed by directly targeting children for indoctrination. There are laws against child propaganda in the education system, perhaps it's time to do the same for political parties? There aren't many things more sinister than lessons in political activism for children by a political party.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Let's put the EU to the back of the queue and get on with Brexit

Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia have threatened to veto any trade deal with the UK that limits the right of their citizens to work in the UK.

More than 80% of our trade is domestic trade and just 8-9% is with the EU. That 8-9% of trade with the EU is subjected to an effective 7% tariff because of the cost of membership compared to just 3% under WTO rules.

Rather than wasting time trying to secure access to the expensive single market, the British government should be putting its efforts into securing new trade deals with countries that want to trade rather than play games. The cheap pound and renewed optimism of the UK being open for business again once we've left the EU has given a welcome boost to the UK's export markets and with the world's biggest and fastest growing economies lining up to negotiate trade deals we need to just put the EU to the back of the queue and face the future on our on terms.

Two bombings and a mass stabbing in America this weekend

ISIS have claimed responsibility for a knife attack in a shopping centre in Minnesota yesterday.

A man in a private security company uniform stabbed 8 people in Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, shouting Allahu Akbar. He asked at least one of the victims if they were muslim before stabbing them. The attacker was shot by an off-duty policeman.

Meanwhile, a bomb was set off and another bomb disarmed yesterday in Manhattan. The bombs were similar in construction to a bomb set off earlier in the day on the route of a US Marine Corps charity race in New Jersey. Nobody has claimed responsibility for either of these attacks as yet.

Coincidentally, a man was arrested at Heathrow Airport yesterday on suspicion of possessing terrorist material. No further details have been made available but he is being questioned by anti-terrorist police at the Met.

No mention of the offenders/suspects being mentally ill yet but there's time ...

Lib Dem councillor says school careers advisors should be allowed to suggest prostitution as a career

A Lib Dem councillor has resigned after comparing prostitution to accountancy and saying that careers advisors should be allowed to suggest it as a career.

Cllr Dennis Parsons, chairman of Cheltenham Lib Dems, gave a speech at a Lib Dem party conference on the stigma of sex workers. He went from calling for the legalisation of prostitution - something recommended by a committee of MPs in July - to asking why careers advisors be able to suggest prostitution as a career choice for children.

Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, said that he's not going to slap down Cllr Parsons because when you want people to "explore ideas" then they have to say things that are "quite shocking". We'll bear that in mind next time someone from UKIP says something "quite shocking" to "explore ideas".

Conservative councillor says police shouldn't record rape as an offence

A former Conservative MP, now a councillor in Worcestershire, has been criticised by the police for suggesting that they should no longer record rape as an offence.

Alan Amos is currently a Conservative councillor for Gorse Hill & Warndon on Worcestershire County Council and was mayor of Worcester between 2014-15. He switched from Labour back to the Conservatives in 2006 after previously switching from the Conservatives to Labour in 1994.

As an MP Amos was known for his strong views on rape, calling for rapists and muggers to be flogged. He lost his seat in 1992 after being cautioned for a "childish and stupid" indecency incident on Hamstead Heath.

Friday, 16 September 2016

It's time to put aside our differences and unite behind our new leader

Diane James was elected leader of UKIP today by a large majority.

A total of 17,842 votes were cast in the leadership election with around 50% of eligible members voting.

The leadership contest has caused some divisions in the party but now it's time to get behind our new leader and win elections. The Tories can't be trusted to deliver on Brexit or any of the UKIP policies they've been talking about. Labour and the Lib Dems are both committed to reversing the referendum decision and blocking Brexit. Winning the referendum was just the first battle in our war for independence and we won't win that war without UKIP.

CandidateVotes%
Diane James8,45147.4%
Lisa Duffy4,59125.7%
Bill Etheridge2,05211.5%
Phillip Broughton1,5458.7%
Liz Jones1,2036.7%

Breaking: Diane James elected leader of UKIP

Diane James has been elected leader of UKIP by the party membership.

Our own polling on social media had Diane way out in front for the duration of the contest.

Diane will be seen as a safe pair of hands, pledging to retain UKIP's current manifesto rather than rip it up and steer the party in a different direction. She rightly said that UKIP's manifesto doesn't need changing, it's already reflective of what the party stands for.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Juncker announces plans for an EU army

Jean Claude Juncker, the unelected president of the EU Commission used his state of the union speech yesterday to call for an EU army.

During the referendum campaign Nigel Farage was accused of lying about the EU's ambitions for its own army despite it already having been proposed and a German plan for an EU army headquartered in Germany being leaked to the press. In fact, the former leader of the UK's fourth largest party, Nick Clegg, described Farage's warning as a "dangerous fantasy".

A European army headquartered in Germany deployed across the continent ... what could possibly go wrong?