But fast forward only 20 years, and each of those countries has now experienced a major populist rebellion. Pim Fortuyn and then Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. The Sweden Democrats, who recently reached a new record share of the vote. Alternative for Germany, which has more than 90 seats in the Bundestag and seats in 15 of Germany’s 16 state parliaments. And in the UK, Nigel Farage and the UK Independence party forced a referendum on Britain’s EU membership which voted for Brexit. Sometimes we forget how quickly radical change in politics can occur.
Ukip’s the odd one out there. One policy, one issue, victory achieved and look at the support for the party now.
Gerard Batten, the Ukip leader, said he would approve of membership for English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson as a row with Nigel Farage worsened over the direction of the party.
Mr Batten said Robinson would not be admitted to Ukip “in the near future” because it would require changes to the party’s rules but he insisted the controversial figure was not “far Right” and had his backing.
Mr Farage said he was “really upset” over the suggestion Robinson could be allowed to join Ukip as he accused Mr Batten of marginalising the party.
Not surprised, no. Civil war’s going a little far, obviously, but disagreement, yes.
Rees-Mogg calls on Brexiteers across the country to join the Tory Party and change it from within
Might work. It didn’t with Militant, seems to have done with Momentum…..
That might be the start of it – if Gove goes too?
Senior Ukip figures including Nigel Farage have expressed disquiet at the hard-right direction chosen for the party by its leader, Gerard Batten, and his open support for the jailed anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson.
To my certain knowledge that gap in desired direction has been going on for at least a decade.
But then why wouldn’t there be differences within a political party as well as between them? A political party that contains both Sarah Wollaston and Jacob Rees Mogg has a wider gap, no?
Leave.EU has been fined £70,000 and its chief officer has been referred to the Metropolitan police after the Electoral Commission found it had breached multiple counts of electoral law during the referendum to leave the European Union.
Therefore Brexit shouldn’t happen.
And I’m really not sure that the Remoaners realise quite the rage that such an action would bring about.
Henry Bolton has been ousted as Ukip leader after members voted overwhelmingly to back a vote of no confidence in him.
The motion, which was issued against him by the party’s national executive last month, was backed by activists 867 votes to 500 at an extraordinary general meeting.
But in an act of defiance, Mr Bolton suggested that he could pursue legal action against individuals in the party over his treatment, having made similar threats to senior party figures on Friday evening.
Quite why an unemployed man would sue over an unpaid job is a little beyond me.
As to the party itself, my party. No, think it’s over. Sad, but there it is. Having won the cats in a sack tendency is just too strong.
Retaining not a seat of those counted so far in the locals.
Looks like Nigel was right. We’ve won, time to go home and do something else.
The news came as it emerged that Mr Farage has been hired by Fox News and the Fox Business Network as a paid contributor. He will start work for the channels immediately.
Watching him work the TV cameras was an education. He’s going to be very, very good.
Diane James says leading Ukip was like banging head against brick wall
The Guardian – 57 minutes ago
Diane James now sits in the European parliament as an independent MEP. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA. Rowena Mason Deputy political editor.
Diane James: Why I quit as UKIP leader after 18 daysBBC News
Former Ukip leader Diane James reveals story behind awkward kiss with Nigel Farage Evening Standard
That’s from the entertainment section mind you.
Have we gone back to the 1930s? Could we see the return of fascism? After all, hatred and prejudice, which many people thought had been marginalised in western democracies by the defeat of fascism in 1945, decolonisation and the American civil rights movement now seem to be part of the mainstream.
Furthermore, democratic institutions appear threatened. The rightwing UK press depicts judges as enemies of the people, while Nigel Farage warns of riots if Brexit is not implemented.
Asking, insisting, that the result of a referendum be enacted is fascism these days?
Nigel Farage almost cost the Leave side victory in the EU referendum, the leader of the ‘Out’ campaign claimed yesterday.
Dominic Cummings, campaign director of Vote Leave, said that without the Ukip leader’s intervention, the Brexit side would have won by 60 per cent to 40.
There only was a vote because Nigel drove Ukip’s tanks onto the Tory lawn.
There are all sorts of uncomplimentary things you an say about Our Nige and I’d even agree with some of them. But you’ve got to acknowledge the achievement as well. It all simply would not have happened without him.
Mr Farage announced an inquiry but said that it was unlikely to lead to suspensions or police involvement.
He said: “I don’t think that a political party can have an incident like this without having a look at it.
“I don’t see any need for the police to be involved, there are no complaints. Somehow I doubt people will be suspended.
“I won’t be on the inquiry myself. I suspect it will blow over and be looked back upon as one of these things that happens between men.”
There will be points for the spotters of feminist diatribes against this gross masculinity.
The point at issue was that there had been some talk of Woolfe moving over to the Tories. As, for an example, a certain DCB had done. Pity the punchee was who it was really.
The other alleged pugilist has immunity from prosecution as an MEP, I am hearing
Venom between leading figures, donations drying up and membership falling…ANDREW PIERCE on how Ukip is on the verge of collapse
I had several such when I was a press officer. We even had the Times reporting that we wouldn’t be contesting the next euro-elections. The ones we did contest and the ones we beat Labour and the Lib Dems in.
It’s entirely possible such an article will be right some day. But at least we’ll be able to say we won before that happened.
In sack, of course:
Farage had to fight an extremely draining two-front war against these opportunist carpetbaggers during the referendum, as they sought to seize control of the party he built up from nothing while he was out winning the campaign.
Led by Douglas Carswell and Suzanne Evans, this cabal would utterly destroy Ukip. Yet they have reaped huge benefits from courting the party’s outdated national executive committee. This body is populated by a motley collection of amateurs; leftovers from a bygone age, when Ukip was a ragtag band of volunteers on the fringes of British politics. Watching them try to run the modern political movement that Farage built is like watching a team of circus clowns trying to carry out a pit stop at the Silverstone Grand Prix.
Yet the old constitution gives them power, and Carswell and Evans have lavished them with attention. They found a useful creature in the absurd figure of Neil Hamilton, a relic from the dregs of the Tory party best known for the “cash for questions” scandal and exactly the sort of representative Ukip doesn’t need.
That’s from Arron Banks, the major financial backer of the party. My knowledge of the internal details is well out of date but Jeebus did it used to be vicious. I assume all political parties are the same for the same reason it is in academia.