The Poison Pen Letter

Johnny UKIP or John Bulls***? From the behaviour of its supporters, there's no difference between the two.

Johnny UKIP or John Bulls***? From the behaviour of its supporters, there’s no difference between the two.

Praise is due to the Royal Mail employees who delivered a missive to VP Mansion, despite the fact that the top line of the address was missing.

It was a poison pen letter from a supporter of UKIP, clearly incensed that Yr Obdt Srvt has dared to use the letter pages of the local papers to question the actions of its elected MEPs.

“Dear Sir,” it began. “Are you some kind of a nutcase of have you caught a member of UKIP shaging your wife. However, I am voting UKIP next election with enemies like you they cant be wrong” [reproduced as written].

It was signed “John Bull, Newtown, Powys” – an obvious nom-de-plume but also a faux pas, as John Bull was created to be “a heroic archetype of the freeborn Englishman”. Any Newtown resident using such a disguise clearly has his national identity confused.

But then, he is a UKIP voter.

The irony is, the debate in the newspapers was winding down but now – thanks to “John”‘s Bull(ying behaviour), it seems these Kippers deserve a little more battering.

For information: UKIP’s people here in Powys had got into a terrible froth after Yr Srvt reminded them that UKIP MEPs had voted against a resolution calling on member states to legislate against marital rape.

Their arguments were easily countered with reference to exactly such a law which is currently passing through the legislative process in the Welsh Assembly. The question was: If UKIP had any Assembly members, would they support or oppose this Bill? If they supported it, they must be hypocrites; if they opposed it, then there would be no evading accusations that they approve of violence against women.

A UKIP supporter had responded by saying the party had been formed to regain democratic self-government, therefore “to oppose a measure because it was enacted by our democratically devolved government would be inconsistent.”

He continued: “Personally, I suspect that the practicalities of enforcement will largely vitiate a well-intentioned measure. Rape and assault outside the home are not prevented by laws criminalising them.”

In two paragraphs he managed to present the worst possible case. UKIP would hypocritically support such a law – not because it would protect women (this Kipper didn’t think it would) but because its members like the Welsh Assembly more than the European Parliament.

How unstatesmanlike.

There’s a four-letter word that is often appended to “John”‘s surname – and UKIP is full of it.

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  1. ratbag August 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Have they voted yet? What was the result?

    • Mike Sivier August 8, 2014 at 12:36 am - Reply

      Have who voted? On what? The UKIP vote was years ago and the Welsh Assembly has yet to vote on its new legislation.

  2. Henrietta Sandwich August 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    I can’t Tweet this for some reason. The share buttons seem to have disappeared.

    • Mike Sivier August 8, 2014 at 12:36 am - Reply

      They’re back now! I was changing something on the site and it did something aggravating.

  3. hstorm August 8, 2014 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Equally disturbing is the implication that if a law doesn’t prevent a crime, it should simply not be bothered with. We have laws against murder, but murders still happen. Does this ‘Kipper think we should therefore not bother with the murder laws?

  4. jaypot2012 August 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    The more Kippers who open their mouths, the more they make people see just what nutcases they are – Ukip are the trolls of politics.

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