Timmy and politics

So the results are in in the UKIP London MEP selection stakes.

Your genial host came in sixth out of 11.  Depending upon whether Marta Andreasen stands in London or the SE, whether Ralph Atkinson does better in E Midlands than London, your self same genial host will therefore be anything from sixth to fourth on the ticket.

Which means campaigning, but no chance of being elected! Ain\’t small party politics wonderful?

However, there is another side to this. For those who don\’t as yet know I start as the UKIP press officer next week. First month will be spent mostly here, at home, fiddling around, doing research, getting some internet things sorted out (the UKIP blog, a blog aggregator perhaps, talking to lots of editors on the phone and introducing myself etc).

Then from October full time in London up to the election. So I\’d be campaigning whether I was on the ticket or not really….

 

 

16 thoughts on “Timmy and politics”

  1. I’m I the only person who thinks it ironic – perhaps even a bit hypocritical – that you take advantage of the benefits of closer European Union by living in Portugal while supporting a political party that opposes UK membership of the political union that makes this possible?

    Tim adds: Yes, I think you are the only such. There’s a certain amount of evidence that Brits have been living in Portugal somewhat before we entered into a joint political arrangement. Here’s some hints: “Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Graham, Osborne, Sandeman, Taylor and Warre”. I myself have also lived in Russia for 7 years without our being in a political union with them. I have also lived in the US for 6 years without our being in a political union with them. You are living in Ethiopia without there being a political union with the UK.

    I agree that the political union makes my living here easier for me, yes, but I’m entirely at liberty to argue that such ease for myself is not worth the wholesale selling of the sovereignty of a nation of 61 million people, no? And to answer the next logical question. Would I support making itmore difficult for me to live here if soveriegnty was returned? Yes, certainly, although fortunately I don’t have to. Arrangements such as EFTA and the EEA make retention of soveriegnty and freedom of movement of people possible.

    Now, could you please explain how your residence in Ethiopia requires a political union with the UK?

  2. I’m I the only person who thinks it ironic – perhaps even a bit hypocritical – that you take advantage of the benefits of closer European Union by living in Portugal while supporting a political party that opposes UK membership of the political union that makes this possible?

    Is it necessary to give up our national sovereignty so that Timmy can sun himself in Portugal. I do not think so.

    Were he to remain at home in Bath, no doubt he would be a little Englander.

  3. You’re on the list Tim so congrats!
    With the right campign London could get more than one UKIP MEP and with your skills as Press Officer you can help get the 2nd UKIP MEP for London

  4. Congrats on being on the list and the new job. Just try to have fun and it will be fine. I think they have selected a fine press officer.

  5. Tim,

    Fancy taking odds on what the job market for long-distance running, former Downing Street apparatchik aid panjandrums is going to be like when the global credit crunch really starts to bite? Owen will be driving a bus in Addis Ababa by the time this is done.

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  7. I bet getting a residence permit for Russia or the USA was considerably harder than Portugal (I’ve been through the process of getting a residence permit for Canada, and it’s worse than having all your teeth removed without anaesthetic by a leprous dentist).

    The free movement around the EU is one of the (few?) untainted benefits of the union (one that EEA membership also gives).

  8. The free movement around the EU is one of the (few?) untainted benefits of the union (one that EEA membership also gives).

    Funny, my brother has just moved to Spain and he has had to get a residence permit and register with the police. So much for free movement.

    But yeah, it is much easier than getting a Russian residence permit.

  9. “Funny, my brother has just moved to Spain and he has had to get a residence permit and register with the police. So much for free movement.”

    I expect it took an hour or two. Compare that to the FIVE YEARS it takes a Brit to get a Canadian one.

    I’m sticking to the words “free movement”.

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