Is this rat leaving the sinking ship or jumping on the bandwagon?

It seems Mark Reckless has blindsided us all by defecting to UKIP before his ex-colleague Philip Hollobone had the chance.

Perhaps he didn’t want to be seen as jumping on the UKIP bandwagon, as he most likely would if Hollobone had gone first – but he still looks like a rat leaving the sinking Tory ship.

Unfettered by party restraints, he was able to admit what most of us have known for some times – that the Conservative-led Coalition’s relentless pursuit of budget cuts for their own sake had produced absolutely no economic benefit at all.

“We will see in this parliament in just five years a Conservative-led government adding more to our national debt than Labour in 13 years,” he said.

Reckless, rated by ConservativeHome as one of the most rebellious Tory MPs in 2012, is another near-perfect fit for UKIP. While his demands for the deportation of Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada may have been welcomed by moderate voters, his Euroscepticism is less likely to cut the ice.

He is strident in his belief that the UK should leave the European Union, and also wants out of the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that it erodes British freedom and democracy.

One has to wonder whose freedom he meant. He certainly enjoys his own – in 2010 he had to apologise for missing a vote on the Budget after having too much to drink (probably in one of the House of Commons’ taxpayer-subsidised bars).

One may conclude that he is a drunken bigot who wants to run rampant over everybody else’s human rights.

If so, then there’s no reason for David Cameron to be concerned.

From his point of view, the Conservative Party has just lost some dead weight.

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  1. marcusdemowbray September 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Mark Reckless is my girlfriend’s M.P. and we wrote to him about 3 years ago when she had been given 0 points/”Totally Fit For Work” by ATOS despite a clearly proven and document, permanent, incurable degenerative condition. The last 3 years have been hell for her and all her friends and family who have struggled to keep her going against overwhelming odds.

    Mark Reckless did his statutory duty as her M.P. and replied to our letter. His reply was extremely unconcerned, dismissive, brief and curt. He did not care a tinker’s cuss for her situation and did S.F.A. From the tone of his two sentence letter it was clear to us that he is happy for Disabled people to die.

    He is a rich, lazy, heartless arrogant bastard of the highest order, and many other constituents of his would share my opinion WITHOUT being as careful to moderate their language.

  2. Andy Robertson-Fox September 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    The only surprise is that he has taken so long…was he ever really a Conservatıve?

  3. Chris Kitcher September 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Say what you like he is still a fuc*ing Tory and just looking ater his own.

  4. Tony Dean September 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Oh dear:-
    27 September 2014 Last updated at 19:27
    Conservative MP for Braintree Brooks Newmark has resigned as minister for civil society over allegations to be published in a Sunday newspaper.

  5. maxwell1957 September 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    With this latest episode in the ukip saga-can I respectfully suggest that some time should be spent watching XTC – Making Plans For Nigel on YouTube.
    Just a suggestion… .

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