Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, rallying the troops [Image: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock].
Here’s a little piece of advice posted on Facebook by a friend of mine. I shan’t provide the link because I know some of the right-wingers here might get a little angry about it. Here’s what he had to say:
“How does one deal with being buttonholed by a far right party’s canvasser (or indeed any crushing bore) in the street? Wind them up…
“Feign surprise; then delight. Usher them in to a shop doorway, and start whispering conspiratorially. Say, “It is so hard to find Aryan recruits. THEY control the media. It is time we did something about THEM. My unit will be mobilising tonight and have drawn up lists of all of THEM in …the area. You must join the Order, swear the blood vow and help us purify the Motherland tonight?”
“Shake a lot and keep looking up and down the street. If they start to protest silence them with a theatrical gesture and say something like “we have no time for race traitors or cowards!” and mimic slitting your throat. If they agreed do a passionate Hitlergruß and yell SIEG HEIL! loudly enough to get the whole street’s attention. Then walk off whistling cheerfully and go shopping.”
For some reason I immediately thought of Paul Nuttall and his attempt to win Stoke-on-Trent Central for UKIP.
May I encourage anybody approached by Kippers on the street or the doorstep to consider the above course of action?
Paul Nuttall is parachuting into Stoke-on-Trent Central and intends to conquer the constituency for UKIP [Image: PA].
Despite This Site’s warnings of dire humiliation if he follows this course, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has ignored my good advice and barged the 10 other possible candidates from his party out of the way to stand in the Stoke Central by-election.
Apparently the 10(!) other possible UKIP candidates stood aside to make way for their leader, who is from Bootle, and is therefore being ‘parachuted’ into the constituency.
The people of Stoke-on-Trent Central have prior experience of ‘parachuted-in’ candidates – Tristram Hunt, whose resignation forced this poll, is from Cambridge. His selection was extremely unpopular with Labour Party members in the constituency, leading to him getting the lowest turnout and majority of any MP in the current Parliament.
Labour has yet to choose a candidate. If the party decides on somebody from the constituency, who supports Jeremy Corbyn and accepts the decision of the EU referendum (Stoke Central supported Brexit), then Mr Nuttall is cruising towards his fifth consecutive defeat in a Parliamentary election.
Even more potentially humiliating is the possibility that he has overruled better candidates – who might win – in order to fail in his ambition yet again.
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall will stand in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election on 23 February, the party has said.
Mr Nuttall was confirmed as the UKIP candidate after the 10 other people on the shortlist withdrew to make way for their leader.
Mr Nuttall is striving to become UKIP’s second MP, joining Douglas Carswell who became its first MP in 2014.
It will be Mr Nuttall’s fifth attempt to win a seat in Parliament.
Paul Nuttall, leader of UKIP. He’ll be humiliated – on the advice of his party – if he tries to become MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central [Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire].
Remember when UKIP were going to capitalise on Labour woes by standing for Oldham West and Royton, after the death of the great Michael Meacher?
What happened there? Oh yes – UKIP lost.
Tristram Hunt was the least popular MP in Parliament, according to the local vote. Only 49 per cent of constituents bothered to turn up and only 19 per cent of his electorate voted him in.
But the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central is strongly Labour and has been ever since it was formed. Labour supporters were lukewarm on Mr Hunt because he was a Blairite, parachuted in by the party’s right-wingers who had dominance at the time.
Times have changed.
And just because the constituency recorded a large vote in support of Brexit, that doesn’t mean the Party of Brexit – UKIP – has any chance there. Labour’s position on Brexit is that it supports the will of the people.
Paul Nuttall will be humiliated if he stands as a candidate in this by-election.
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall is coming under increasing pressure from senior party colleagues to capitalise on Labour woes and stand in the Stoke by-election.
The MEP, who took charge of Ukip in November, has yet to confirm whether he will contest the by-election caused by Labour MP Tristram Hunt’s resignation from Parliament.
However, senior Ukip figures are adamant Nuttall should stand in the seat where the party came second by 5,179 votes in 2015, despite only running a skeleton ground campaign.
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall. ‘We are now in with a realistic chance of breaking the political cartel in Westminster.’ [Image: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock].
Have a taste of this mockery of an article, by former Conservative MP, now UKIP MP, Douglas Carswell in The Guardian, of all places:
Having broken the UK’s political consensus over the European Union, we are now in with a realistic chance of breaking the political cartel in Westminster. With Paul Nuttall’s election as Ukip’s leader, many on the political left are at last waking up to the existential threat the party poses to Labour in its own backyard.
For years, Labour MPs scoffed at our determination to get Britain out of the EU. Many now realise we spoke for the majority of their own constituents. Labour strategists attempted to portray us as diehard Thatcherites. In reality, Ukip is often more in tune with the hopes and aspirations of ordinary Labour voters than their own party in Westminster.
Ukip’s strategy is now to go after once-safe Labour seats with a new unity of purpose.
A former Conservative thinks UKIP is in tune with Labour voters? That’s so ridiculous I can hardly bring myself to type the words.
Carswell – and his new leader Paul Nuttall – are living in a fantasy world if they think they can even touch Labour’s heartlands.
Labour has more than half a million members who are energised, enthusiastic and keen to spread a new kind of politics.
Nuttall couldn’t even manage 10,000 to vote for him in his crummy little single-issue party’s leadership election.
And he’s a former Tory – as is his party chairman and most of its leading lights.
And look at the kind of friends they have. Here’s a photo of Mr Nuttall cuddling up to the English Defence League’s Stockport area leader, Andy Edge:
The EDL’s Andy Edge with Paul Nuttall of UKIP [Image: EDL News].
All fascists together?
UKIP won’t make any headway in Labour heartlands. Still, they might manage fractionally better than Labour, if that party decided to move in on UKIP heartlands – for the simple reason that UKIP doesn’t have any heartlands.
No doubt some Kipper will comment that I must be worried to have written at such length about these goons. Let them.
I am worried – but only that they will find people gullible enough to be fooled by this nonsense propaganda. With help from the BBC and the Guardian, no doubt – not to mention UKIP’s usual friends in the Mail and the Express. All are now right-wing news media so do not be fooled; they don’t have your best interests at heart.
Mostly, though, I thought Vox Political readers would enjoy a good belly-laugh at the expense of this silly gang of cut-price Mosleys and their new Fuhrer.
Paul Nuttall outside the Emmanuel Centre in London moments before he was announced as the new Ukip leader [Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA].
The only piece of information you really need about Paul Nuttall is that he wants to privatise the NHS completely.
He published this information on his website a few years ago, then took it down when he realised it was unpopular with the general public.
Fortunately, some of us made screen grabs so it could be kept for posterity.
The campaigning group HOPE Not Hate has published 10 reasons to oppose Mr Nuttall. His opposition to the NHS comes in at number five, and here are the others:
1. Has strongly supported Farage’s “Breaking Point” billboard [which showed a snaking line of – allegedly – immigrants on their way into the UK].
2. He believes there is a secret coordinated Muslim plot to become a majority in Europe.
3. In a speech in the European Parliament Nuttall labelled the response of the EU to the refugee crisis as “freedom of movement of Jihad”.
4. He wants to ban the burqa [an act that would prohibit people from coming to the UK on religious grounds].
6. He wants a 31% flat rate of tax, meaning the rich pay far less.
7. He wants prison conditions to be made deliberately worse and the 1967 Criminal Justice Act to be abolished.
8. Nuttall believes climate change is a “hair-brained theory”.
9. Was one of only 14 MEPs to vote against a crackdown on the illegal ivory trade.
10. Opposes same-sex marriages.
The Guardian‘s claim (below) that Mr Nuttall’s election marks the end of UKIP’s troubles seems premature.
The previous leader, Diane James, lasted just 18 days in the job before leaving due to a lack of support.
Mr Nuttall seems to be trying to prevent a repetition of this kind of PR disaster by creating one that is unique to himself: He told members that, if they did not support him, they would be booted out of the party.
What a charming man.
Paul Nuttall has been elected by Ukip members to replace Nigel Farage as leader, ending a turbulent period for the party after the referendum to leave the European Union.
Nuttall, the former deputy leader, was elected with 62.6% of the 15,405 votes cast. His presumed nearest challenger, Suzanne Evans, won just 19.3% of the votes, only 200 more than the rank outsider, John Rees-Evans, who won 18.1%.
The MEP for north-west England takes over from Farage, who had returned briefly as interim leader in October when his chosen replacement, Diane James, stepped down after just 18 days in the job, citing a lack of internal party support.
Speaking at a party event in London after being announced as leader, Nuttall called for unity following tumultuous months for the party. He told members that if they did not wish to unite “your time in Ukip is coming to an end”.
Postscript: I understand the BBC broadcast live coverage of the election result. Some commentators have questioned this but I think it was the right decision. UKIP may have only one MP, but it had 12.7 per cent of the vote in the 2015 general election – more than one-third as many as the Conservatives, who won. That is a significant amount and should be respected.
Besides, if we show people what UKIP really is, they might stop voting for this far-right pressure group.
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