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If you can’t beat ’em, infiltrate?

Happier days - and they weren't so long ago: Nigel Farage and his rebellious new MP, Mark Reckless.

Happier days – and they weren’t so long ago: Nigel Farage and his rebellious new MP, Mark Reckless.

Already the cracks are beginning to show between UKIP and its formerly-Tory defectors.

Mark Reckless seems to have manufactured a spat between himself and UKIP leader Nigel Farage over the future of EU migrants in the UK, if this country leaves the European Union.

You can read the confusing details on the BBC News website, but it seems Mr Reckless is trying to make himself seem more reasonable than Mr Farage.

This seems to confirm Vox Political‘s suggestion that right-wing Conservatives are defecting to UKIP in order to push British politics further in the direction they want to go.

It also serves to confirm the arrogance of these people. Reckless hasn’t been in UKIP very long, but already he’s trying to tell everybody else what to do, as though he has some God-given right. Typical Conservative, though.

It’s possible that this will lead to problems for UKIP. It’s possible it will go badly for Reckless. It’s certain that the (original) Conservative Party won’t fare well, as the possibility of more influence will undoubtedly attract more Tory right-wingers and Eurosceptics.

We are looking at selfishness in action, folks.

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POLLS: Can UKIP only win with Tory defectors?

Douglas Carswell: He defected from the Tories to UKIP and then re-won his Clacton seat, if you can remember that far back.

Douglas Carswell: He defected from the Tories to UKIP and then re-won his Clacton seat, if you can remember that far back.

Here’s an interesting point, made by a Vox Political commenter: Both UKIP’s Parliamentary seats have been won by defectors from the Conservative Party, contesting the seats they already occupied.

This leads to an obvious question: Can UKIP win any Parliamentary seats at all with its own candidates?

It also leads to another, less obvious question: Is UKIP just a front for Tories who want to push British politics ever-further into the political right wing that leads to Fascism?

Let’s see what you think.

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Is the Coalition progressive or are the spin doctors out again?

Spin doctor? Gove is more like a washing machine on 'slow rinse'.

Spin doctor? Gove is more like a washing machine on ‘slow rinse’.

“In these days it is hard to differentiate between reality and the work of spin doctors, and no more so evident in these days with 6 months to go before we go to the polls to elect a new government,” according to a blog new to Vox Political called Through a Carer’s Eyes.

“Especially evident is the fact that a spin doctor or Public Relations Specialist is in residence at 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister.

“A spin doctor is defined as: ‘a spokesperson employed to give a favorable interpretation of events to the media, esp. on behalf of a political party.’ It doesn’t say truthful interpretation.”

Absolutely correct, but it isn’t just Cameron putting a spin on events. Here’s – of all people – Michael Gove!

On the BBC’s Newsnight yesterday, Gove asked viewers to believe that the Conservative Party hadn’t spent the previous week saying it was pulling out all the stops to achieve victory against former Tory – now UKIP – MP Mark Reckless; instead he told us the prediction had been a 15 per cent lead for UKIP that he wanted us to think the Tories had prevented.

Bravo, Michael. You must believe you are single-handedly changing reality. And why not? In his mind, he single-handedly changed the facts about World War One a few months ago; many people believe he has ambitions to be the next Tory leader and single-handedly turn the clock back 90 years.

As we’ve mentioned the office of the prime minister, let’s see what Gove had to say about the incumbent, David Cameron: “People are all-too-well aware of the difference between a prime minister who has led this country through tough times and whose stature has been augmented during that period, and a leader of the Opposition who, during his tenure, has actually… you know… found the public moving away from him, just at the point when he should be rallying their support.”

Seriously? David Cameron? The most useless excuse for a national leader since Neville Chamberlain? The man whose standing amongst other national leaders, as evidenced by his performance at international summits, would have been improved if he had stayed at home? The man whose ‘reforms’ have corrupted Parliament to make it legal for money to be taken away from the poorest and given to rich businesspeople instead, so that they will donate some of that cash to the Conservative Party? The man who is such a weak leader he cannot even sack his worst-performing minister, Iain Duncan Smith?

If he had the stature of a gnome to start with, then now he has the stature of a dung beetle.

Here’s the icing on the cake. According to Gove: “I think that this government has been, er… one of the most, er… successfully progressive governments in our lifetime.”

He was referring to the legalisation of gay marriage (for example), but that doesn’t make the Coalition progressive. It means Tory leaders have realised that throwing a bone or two at the masses will make them think they are achieving real societal gain, while all it is really doing is hiding the massive destruction of our society’s structure that has been taking place alongside it.

In fact, this has been the most REgressive government Britons have had to suffer for the last century, at least.

How sad for Gove that the British people are far too perceptive to accept these absurd claims. This evening (Saturday, November 22) for example, his opponents will take to Twitter with infographics and comments explaining why they say #CameronMustGo.

Vox Political has several such tweets planned. If you want to see them, you’ll have to be on Twitter from 6pm – that’s 1800 GMT.

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UKIP on course to form government in 3,392 years

A UKIP MP

A UKIP MP.

Congratulations to UKIP on winning its second seat in the House of Commons. At this rate, the party – formed in September 1993 – is on course to form its first UK government in the year 5406!

One has to wonder whether the issues facing the nation will be the same, by then, as they are now.

UKIP stormed to victory – most notably against the Liberal Democrats, who were left with just 4.5 per cent of the 7,800 voters they attracted in 2010. That’s just 349 votes!

The Conservatives, who used everything including the kitchen sink to… well… sink UKIP, kept 59 per cent of their voters, with 13,947 supporters (down from 23,604 in 2010).

Labour suffered a similar drop, retaining 49 per cent of its 2010 vote (down from 13,651 to 6,713).

Turnout was down from 47,971 to 40,065.

None of the above figures present the real fact of the matter, which is that the people of Rochester and Strood voted for their sitting MP.

While UKIP and the media may make much of incumbent Mark Reckless’s change of party, in fact his constituents supported no change.

It doesn’t matter what Nigel Farage might say; this wasn’t so much the Army of the (rich and xenophobic) People didn’t so much score a victory as it was the rest of us learning what Mark Reckless really thinks – and this was hammered home by Labour’s Dennis Skinner, within moments of Reckless being sworn in as an MP.

In the debate on the National Health Service that followed, the Bolsover Beast got on his hind legs and growled: “we dragged the national health service, between 1997 and 2010, from the depths of degradation that the Tories left it in and hoisted it back to the pinnacles of achievement. I have got a united nations heart bypass to prove it—it was done by a Syrian cardiologist, a Malaysian surgeon, a Dutch doctor and a Nigerian registrar, and these two people on the Bench behind me talk about sending them back [Reckless and fellow UKIP MP – and Tory defector – Douglas Carswell].

“If you did that in the hospitals in London, half of Londoners would be dead in six months. Those are the facts about the United Kingdom Independence party.”

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

Mark Reckless MP: We're not saying the People's Pledge for an EU referendum is the only one he's ever signed, but we can think of at least one more that might have done his career some good.

Mark Reckless MP: We’re not saying the People’s Pledge for an EU referendum is the only one he’s ever signed, but we can think of at least one more that might have done his career some good.

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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