Tuesday, 30 September 2008
The Newcastle-under-Lyme UKIP Branch members are organising a BARN DANCE for Saturday, 11th October, 2008. Tickets cost £8 per person, a meal of either meat and potato pie or a chicken wrap is included in the price of the ticket.
The barn dance starts at 7.30 pm and is to be held at the Red Street Community Centre Nr junction 16 of the M6.
Tickets can be purchased from Derek Huckfield, telephone: 01782 628740. He will be pleased to give you further details and directions.
Enjoy a fun night with UKIP, last year's barn dance was a great success enjoyed by all.
Regards, Derek Bennett.
As Trixy hears it, both MEPs, who sit with the non attached in the European Parliament because they did not tow the line of the Europhile group they sit with, received letters from Conservative Party HQ instructed By David Cameron not to be at the meeting or speak on the subject.They were told that they were not allowed to share a platform with Nigel Farage ever.
What has Cameron got to fear from two of his most EU-sceptical MEPs telling the truth about the EU as they have done so eloquently at many meetings over the years?
The UKIP leader said: "Last year even the LibDems were prepared to debate with me. This year we just see the Tories being, in the words of Margaret Thatcher, 'frit'."
Mr Farage went on: "The Tories are frightened of debate, frightened of the EU and this proves they are frightened of the UK Independence Party.
"The fact that the two most prominent Eurosceptics in the party have been muzzled in this way just goes to show that come next year's European Parliament elections there is only one show in town and that is UKIP
.The 500 Tory activists present were not happy bunnies but warmly listened to what Nigel had to say and most commented at the end of the meeting that they would be voting UKIP in the European Elections! Update - The socialist Tory hierarchy are happy to share a platform with Cherie Blair and Hazel Blears.
a collective of members who believe that the cause of UKIP is a noble and honest one, but are becoming increasingly disillusioned with corruption and lack of effective strategy coming from the leadership
It would seem in preparation for the European Elections next year Nigel has appointed a press officer who lives in Europe, Portugal to be precise.[...]Timmy Tax-Exile (henceforth known as TEX) will not be spending his time schmoozing with the British Press as this might impact upon his tax status, but instead will be concentrating on his "Blog" which he can happily do from his villa on the Algarve.
I am currently in Portugal. I shall be in London full time from 2 weeks hence. There's not a great deal of point in being in London when Parliament isn't sitting and all the political journalists are spread around the country at the various party conferences. I would still be (am in fact) a long distance phone call away from them all.
Monday, 29 September 2008
The Labour MP for Rotherham, Denis MacShane, has used his review of the book in the Independent to launch a bizarre attack on the Tories:
Patten was the last Governor of Hong Kong and is almost the last pro-European in the Tory Party. He has warm words for the EU but does not examine the visceral anti-Europeanism of his party and its leader. In Berlin recently, David Cameron promised a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty were he to become prime minister and the Treaty were not to be ratified. That would mean that the first period of any Tory government unleashing, as its main contribution to international politics, a festival of xenophobic hate against Europe. The Tories, BNP, UKIP and the Daily Mail would win the vote – but at the cost of reducing Britain's influence across the Channel and Atlantic to zero.
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Both the Socialist Left Party (SV), the Christian Democrats (KrF), the Liberal Left (Venstre) and the Agrarians (SP) are opposed.
The Conservative (Hoeyre) and Labour (Arbeiderpartiet) want membership, while the right wing Progress Party (FrP) is undecided. Those opposed to EU membership claim that the EU is becoming a closed club, showing no solidarity with the developing world, closing its borders to both people and goods.
Those who favour membership, on the other hand, say that Norwegian membership is important in order to show solidarity with the poorer nations of Europe.
Norway already contributes a large sum annually to the EU development fund, as part of the EEA agreement.
Friday, 26 September 2008
Vincent De Roeck on UKIP - Why a Belgian libertarian blogger supports a British political party
Europe’s main Eurosceptical formation, the United Kingdom Independence Party, of which I am a staunch supporter, held its annual convention earlier this month in Bournemouth, England. My personal affection for UKIP dates back to their “Say No!”-campaign and the EU elections of 2004. But since the party at that time was mainly dominated by leftists and statists like Robert Kilroy-Silk or Ashley Mote, I could only agree upon their stands regarding further EU integration back then.
But this overall situation soon started to improve. In the aftermath of the grand victory of UKIP in the 2004 elections, both Kilroy-Silk and Mote left the party, voluntarily or not, and they took the entire socialist and right-extremist wings of UKIP along with them. And thank God they did…
When Nigel Farage MEP, a colourful politician known for his flamboyant speeches and boyish style, finally rose to power and became the new party leader, a fresh breath of air was released within UKIP. Farage immediately got rid of many old policies and viewpoints, and went back to the core of Anglo-Saxon conservatism. He not only embraced the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, but also started to defend more libertarian values, often against the wills, customs and plans of the old party bosses.
But Farage never minded this and in spite of being subject to harsh opposition, his reformist steadfastness eventually prevailed. Farage finally managed to secure this new libertarian-like platform on this year’s UKIP convention, turning me - and many other continental Eurocritical libertarians with me - into even bigger supporters of UKIP. A true libertarian party in Britain at last.
And it is not only in continental Europe that this new UKIP platform with conservative, libertarian and Eurosceptical accents is well received. Polls and inquiries in Britain also show that UKIP is once again on the rise, even with the Tories adopting a more anti-EU platform as well. During the 2004-2009 session of the EU Parliament, UKIP achieved not by hazard a highly respectable and ideologically consistent status among both libertarians and conservatives.
Proof? Two Tory Members of the House of Lords and one Conservative Member of the House of Commons defected to UKIP in the past years, and many Tory MEPs today - like Daniel Hannan or Roger Helmer - are even publicly supportive of UKIP positions in the area of EU politics.
In their convention in Bournemouth, UKIP also reached out to more moderate Britons by changing its aggressive tone and rhetoric, without hurting their underlying libertarian-leaning philosophy in any way. For instance, the cheap populist slogan “Let’s get our country back!” was finally removed and replaced by “Freedom to choose”, not by accident the same name as Milton Friedman’s notorious movie series.
So in brief, the new UKIP is not only simply refreshing to watch but also to rally behind, and hopefully, they can achieve even greater things in June 2009 than they did five years ago. Europe counts on them.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Party Leader Nigel Farage will be speaking on 12th October in Marlborough at the Town Hall starting at 2.00 pm. He will be joined by Neil Hamilton, barrister, former MP and Government Minister and UKIP Councillor Alan Wood. Entrance is free and open to everyone. Contact Malcolm Wood 01722-744 814.
Dear UKIP member/supporter.Derek's contact details are on the UKIP Walsall & Wolverhampton Branch website.
From now on, once a month, UKIP in the West Midlands will be having campaigning days delivering leaflets supplied by Alan Brown, The first campaigning day is to be in Leamington on Saturday 11th October.
We will meet up and start in the morning delivering leaflets for about two hours, then break for lunch where we will meet up in a pub, and continue for a further two hours in the afternoon. If we can get twenty or more UKIP activists delivering leaflets in deferent areas each month up until the Euro Elections next June we will be able to put out a lot of leaflets.
Are you willing to help UKIP in this campaign? If so please let me know by either e-mail or give me a call. Lets get stuck in and make an impact, we want to make the Euro elections will be the referendum we were promised but never given. I look forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
2 Oct: Question Time, BBC1 (Birmingham).
24 Oct, 7:30pm: UKIP Public Meeting, East Devon, West Hill Village Hall, EX11 1UQ. Contact John Kelly 01395 276 130.
30 Oct: UKIP Public Meeting, St. Luke’s Church Centre, Seaford, East Sussex. Contact Kris Latham 01323 872 400.
31 Oct: UKIP Public Meeting, Ramsgate. Venue t.b.a. Contact Steve Harris 01903 885 573.
Sadly, they have found a way of silencing Gawain Towler, the author of England Expects. Gawain works for the Independence and Democracy group in the EU Parliament and is bound by their rules which says he isn't allowed to do anything that brings Federal Europe into disrepute or otherwise gives the impression that the undemocratic, corrupt European Union is anything other than the best thing since sliced bread. I'm paraphrasing here but you get the picture.
Unfortunately, the threat of being fined up to four months' salary by Federal Europe's propaganda police means that he has got to stop writing his blog and another independent voice of dissent has been drowned out by the eurofederalists.
It's a sad day indeed but Gawain is free - as is anyone else on the inside of this corrupt organisation - to contact us in complete confidence and we'll quite happily spread the word. Contact details in the sidebar.
Monday, 22 September 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
The SW Region are holding a strategy meeting hosted by Swindon UKIP. The venue is the Nightingale Hotel, Old Vicarage Lane, South Marston, Swindon SN3 4SH. It will start at 7pm on Tuesday 14th October.
Trevor Colman and another MEP candidate will be present. The meeting is to discuss our campaign for 2009 and all SW branches are asked to at least send a representative, and as many activists as you wish (the venue can hold 150).
Contact Bob Feal-Martinez
Chairman and PPC Swindon Branch
Also there is a Wiltshire Group Meeting;
The next UKIP Wiltshire County Meeting will take place on Tuesday 30 September at 7:30pm. It will be held at the Lysley Arms on the A4 between Chippenham and Calne, in the Coach House.
With both the European and unitary authority elections looming next year, we need to step up preparations for both. At the meeting we will be able to update you on preparations in the South West, and how we can all help the campaigns. It would also be useful to run though the state of preparedness of each of the branches, particularly progress in choosing council candidates.
The meeting is open to committee members from each of the branches, with Chairmen, PPCs and council candidates particularly encouraged to attend.
Contact Richard Wright
North Wilts Branch
Saturday, 20 September 2008
A reader has sent in details of the following UKIP public meetings:
Nigel Farage will be speaking and answering questions from the audience on Monday 22nd September 2008 at The Legacy Botleigh Grange Hotel, Grange Road, Hedge End nr Southampton starting at 7.30 pm and will last for approx 2 hours. The hotel is located on the A334 Grange Road between West End and Botley. We have been allocated the millenium suite and there is adequate parking on site. David Samuel will act as chairman for the evening and the theme will be UKIP- your questions answered. Please note that this is a public meeting.
Worthing WestWorthing West will be holding a public meeting on 2nd October 2008 at The Barn, Field Place, Worthing. Speakers will be: Nigel Farage MEP & Douglas Denny, PPC for Bognor & Littlehampton.
East DevonEast Devon is holding a public meeting on October 24th at 7.30pm at the West Hill Village hall, nr Ottery St Mary, Devon. Speakers include William Dartmouth, Laura Moralee, and Nigel Farage.
If you have any UKIP events in your area, please get in touch. Contact details are in the sidebar.
Friday, 19 September 2008
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Spread betting tycoon Stuart Wheeler hinted he may back Ukip in next year's European elections unless Mr Cameron hardens policy on Europe.
The businessman bailed out the Conservatives with a record £5 million gift in 2001 and has continued to give smaller sums. But he made clear he did not trust the Conservative leader not to relegate the thorny issue of Europe to "the back burner" if he wins power.
Mr Wheeler said: "The reality is that a new Conservative government will have a great deal it wants to achieve which has nothing whatsoever to do with Europe. It does not like thinking about Europe. So Europe is all too likely to be put on the back burner." Mr Wheeler was delivering today's second annual Goldsmith lecture - in memory of financier Sir James Goldsmith, whose anti-EU Referendum Party stood against Conservatives in the 1997 election.
He is demanding that Mr Cameron commit the Tories to an "immediate and massive" renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU if he wins power, including junking the Lisbon Treaty. Mr Cameron has so far only pledged to block Lisbon if it has not been ratified by all 27 member states.
In recent months Mr Wheeler has been courted by Ukip leader Nigel Farage, whom he calls "clever and articulate".
He mounted a legal challenge this year to Gordon Brown's decision to ratify the Treaty, arguing the Prime Minister had unlawfully reneged on an election promise to hold a referendum.
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