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Anyone but Ukip

  • May 22, 2014
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Today Nigel Farage’s ‘people’s army’ will set off down to the polling stations today to keep its appointment with destiny.     This is one appointment that destiny would really be well-advised not to get out of bed for, because we have seen a great deal of Ukip these last few weeks, and it hasn’t been a pretty sight.

Just look back at some of the golden moments that Farage’s Army has provided us with these last few weeks.   There was the candidate who told Lenny Henry to go off and ’emigrate to a...

Rich and Getting Richer

Rich and Getting Richer

  • May 19, 2014
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For the last five years we have heard a great detail of rhetoric from British politicians about the ‘tough choices’ that the financial crisis has imposed upon the nation.   Again and again we heard that this crisis affected everyone equally, and that all of us were rowing together, like it says in the Eton...

Thou Shalt Not Tweet ill of Ukip

  • May 13, 2014
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Anyone who has written criticism of Ukip will be familiar with the bug-eyed tweets and comments posted by its rank-and-file supporters that inevitably follow.   In the Internet Ukip often behaves like an angry mob, pouring forth a constant stream of bitter and often openly racist bile.       But is Britain’s...

Britain’s Migrant Revolt: ‘ We want our freedom’

  • May 12, 2014
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For the last week, largely unnoticed in the mainstream British media, migrants in Britain’s ‘immigration removal centres’ have been engaged in one of the largest and most significant protests in many years against the dire conditions in the Britain’s ‘detention estate.’   The rebellion began on Friday May 2, when 150 detainees at Harmondsworth Removal...

Ukip: Bringing Lies and Racism to Your Town

  • April 28, 2014
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On the face of it, the last two weeks haven’t been the greatest advertisement for the Ukip anti-European/anti-political establishment ‘insurgency’.     First the ‘British builder’ in a Ukip party political broadcast candidate turned out to be a white Zimbabwean – sorry ‘Rhodesian’ – immigrant named Andre Lampitt.   In the broadcast builder Lampitt...

Who Are We? We’re Christians!

  • April 22, 2014
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Given the shallowness and political opportunism of David Cameron’s manufactured conversion, his suggestion that Britons should ‘ be more confident about our status as a Christian country’ has provoked a surprisingly vigorous debate, with critics and defenders rising up to pronounce upon Lord Snooty’s assertions.

The ‘against’ group includes Alastair Campbell, the Rationalist Association, the National...

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