Ooooh, that’s good then

A surge in Ukip membership is shifting the party decisively towards the far right, as long-standing moderates are replaced by entrants attracted by an anti-Islam agenda based on street protest, a Guardian investigation can reveal.

So despite what everyone said for two decades we weren’t far right then?

This doesn’t work

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.

It’s different.

I wouldn’t say I was surprised by this

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.

This isn’t new

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?

We can see how this will go, can’t we?

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.

I recognise this policy

When I first joined Ukip, I was attracted to the anti-establishment nature of the party. I don’t fit well with Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat bland establishment mediocrity – as I was reminded at a polling station with only those options on the ballot paper on Thursday. The Ukip of old loved to breathe new life into policy – whether it was no tax on minimum wage (raising the tax threshold to help the poorest earners, later part-copied by the Conservatives)

Oh well done Google, well done!

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?

Bit mean isn’t it?

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.

Suppose if does clear the air, yes

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.

Oh good grief

The favourite to become the next Ukip leader has collapsed outside the European Parliament amid reports he was punched by a colleague.

Ukip said that Steven Woolfe collapsed outside the European Parliament following a “clear the air” meeting with colleagues this morning.

However party insiders told The Telegraph that Mr Woolfe was punched by a Ukip colleague following an altercation.

The Daily Telegraph understands that Mr Woolfe is suffering from bleeding of the brain after he was punched. One witness said he fell into a window after being punched.

Nigel Farage, who was reportedly present during the altercation, said: “I deeply regret that following an altercation that took place at a meeting of MEPs this morning that Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”


They’ve been running this article for 19 years now

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.