Tax dodging left wing rag, the Guardian, has made a pitifully lame attempt to smear UKIP. True to its left wing roots the paper is haemorrhaging money and is only managing to keep its head above water through its capitalist off shore tax avoidance investment vehicles.
Every political party has its fringe, but not many have members whose policy priorities include death to all squirrels, the end of the NHS and a return to the gold standard.The Labour Party candidate in Eastleigh wants Margaret Thatcher to be assassinated and wished we had lost the Falklands War.
The United Kingdom Independence party is a different case. As Nigel Farage, the party leader, enjoyed his popularity bounce following Ukip's second place at the Eastleigh byelection – flying to Canada to meet global rightwing heavyweights including the former Australian prime minister John Howard and the US Tea Party guru Ron Paul – officials were scrambling to contain the party's most extreme elements, including xenophobia and racism.I've never met a UKIP member (or non-member for that matter) who has an irrational fear of foreigners. I don't doubt there are racists in the party, just like there are in every other party. The LibLabCon parties have presided over a system of institutional racism against the English for decades with medical apartheid, refusal to allow democratic representation, etc.
On one members' message board about migrants from Romania and Bulgaria, Ukip member Raymond Adams said this week: "Nothing less than ethnic cleansing is taking place. The Lib-Lab-Con EU puppets are dutifully diluting the English in particular to eradicate any nasty Nationalism. Then the next generation can be loyal and dutiful EU clones. EUtopia will have arrived!"There seems to be a suggestion that this is incorrect but they don't explain why.
John Patrick added: "If there really are some 4 million Romanians and Bulgarians arriving within the year, I just hope our police are ready. We will have to build more prisons and increase the benefit payments."Even if these desperately poor Romanians and Bulgarians were no less likely to commit crime than the people already living here (bear in mind that the Mafia and other serious organised crime syndicates are a real problem in both countries) then some of those 4m people will end up in prison. As for benefits - most Romanians and Bulgarians that come here will be penniless by our standards and they will be entitled to benefits when they move here.
The remarks have been defended by the party chairman, Steve Crowther, but others have been removed. On threads where two members had reportedly linked homosexuality to paedophilia, Jonathan Arnott, the party's general secretary, complained: "I've locked a number of gay marriage/adoption/etc threads which seem to have turned to both sides using it as an excuse to have a go at each other. Some of the personal abuse – on both sides – is some of the worst we've had on this forum."Criticism for removing unacceptable comments?
On Tuesday, Farage was the star turn at a "raucous" meeting of 100 party backers at the Ukip Patrons Club for donors giving more than £1,000. The gathering, the first since the byelection success, took place at the East India Club in St James's Square where party loyalists dined on "the roast beef of old England" washed down with claret. But beyond London clubland, senior officials have warned "wackier" elements to rein in their excesses or leave, and with party sources saying Farage has flown to Monaco, Zurich and the Channel Islands recently to meet potential backers, message control is firmly on the agenda."Message control" has been on the agenda for a long time.
"Its time to start falling in line," said one party official. "We have to be ready for more scrutiny and responsibility."This is bad because?
Activist John Patrick said on a members' forum: "We must now ensure, even more, that we are squeaky clean, and remain that way, if we don't want the shell-shocked Tories to catch us out. No stings, and watch out for the secret recorders [and] cameras."But we have nothing to fear as this hatchet job by the Guardian demonstrates ...
The party machine is to move into more professional accommodation from its cramped floor of the Conservative party's old HQ in Smith Square, Westminster, and will take space behind Claridges hotel in the same Mayfair building as Max Clifford's PR offices. Rents in the building are among the most expensive in London at more than £65 per square foot.Still not as valuable as the Guardian's offices which of course are owned by a tax dodging offshore company based in a tax haven in the Cayman Islands.
The party declined to say who was paying for the space.And they don't need to.
There are plenty of awkward associations in his party for Farage to negotiate from his new base. In January, the Dewsbury, West Yorkshire branch of the far-right English Defence League declared its support for Ukip and one member, John Emms, complained on Ukip's official web forum that the British National party was "subject to persecution by the Political Correction Liberal Left thugs".A member of the EDL said he was supporting UKIP, not the other way round. When the far left UAF and militant trade unionists declare their support for Labour the Guardian doesn't bat an eyelid.
Some of Ukip's leading lights are feted by the hard right abroad. In February, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut in which 20 children and six adults were shot dead, Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, the party's former deputy leader, appeared on a rightwing US chatshow describing post-Dunblane gun control in Britain as "kneejerk".The post-Dunblane gun control laws were a kneejerk reaction which is why they were so badly thought out and written. The Olympic pistol shooting team has to go abroad to practice their sport whilst of course criminals continue to trade in and use illegal pistols just like they did before everyone who legally owned a pistol was required to give theirs up.
He also maintained that the European Union was a dictatorship and described Australia's prime minister, Julia Gillard, as a communist.The EU is a dictatorship and Julia Gillard is a communist.
Speaking about environmentalism, Monckton decried ICLEI, the international network of local government bodies dedicated to sustainable development, as "the new dictators" and "straightforward, outright in-your-face communism dressed up to appear like it is to do with the environment".And he's wrong because?