UKIP and Enoch Powell
The Telegraph really are trying their hardest to drag as much dirt on UKIP as they can, but this one will backfire, like most of them do. Their Ace History Reporter reveals how Nigel Farage and Ukip begged for Enoch Powell’s support:
Nigel Farage personally begged Enoch Powell to support his attempt to win a key by-election nearly two decades ago, The Telegraph can disclose. Mr Powell, the rightwing former Conservative MP famed for his Rivers of Blood speech, also twice turned down requests to stand for election for Ukip.
However, despite this cool response, Mr Powell endorsed three Ukip candidates for election to Parliament in the mid-1990s. The news comes after Mr Farage, the Ukip leader, was branded “a pound shop Enoch Powell” by Russell Brand, a comedian, during a debate on the BBC’s Questiontime programme on Thursday night.
The links between Mr Farage, Ukip and Mr Powell have been unearthed by The Telegraph in letters to Mr Powell held in a university archive.
The Independent also “reveals” this fact, relating it more to then leader Alan Sked, rather than Nigel Farage.
Labour and David Miliband
The Telegraph reports that David Miliband hints at return to British politics
David Miliband has hinted he may return to British politics, triggering speculation he will play a key role in the fight to keep the country in the European Union. The former Foreign Secretary refused to rule out a future role in front-line British politics, telling the Financial Times: “You just don’t know, do you?”
Mr Miliband also used the interview to issue a scathing critique on those who want Britain to leave the EU, calling the idea “unbelievably stupid”. The comments come less than six months before a general election that could secure an In/Out on Britain’s EU membership if the Conservatives win a majority.
The Guardian also reports this.
Editor: Note, another politician insulting voters, when a majority now want to leave the EU.
SNP and Alex Salmond
The Telegraph also has a dig at Alex Salmond with “Can someone please tell Alex Salmond he’s making a fool of himself?”
There is a great skill to losing with dignity. Having got somewhat carried away during the 1992 general election (“we’re awwwright!”) Neil Kinnock responded to defeat at the hands of John Major by leaving the stage and disappearing for a decent period. John Major famously went to the Oval to watch the cricket the morning after the New Labour landslide and has ever since behaved impeccably, weighing his interventions as a former Prime Minister very carefully. After losing to Tony Blair in 2001 William Hague responded with self-deprecating humour, wrote good books and then in time became Foreign Secretary in David Cameron’s administration. The British like a good loser.
Alex Salmond has chosen to handle things differently. Since suffering a defeat in the independence referendum he has barely been off the television, boasting like mad. Indeed, his appearances have got stranger by the week. This week he was interviewed by the BBC with two portraits of himself in the background.
Lima Climate Conference
The Guardian reports that Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich
Climate talks in Lima ran into extra time amid rising frustration from developing countries at the “ridiculously low” commitments from rich countries to help pay for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
The talks – originally scheduled to wrap up at 12pm after 10 days – are now expected to run well into Saturday , as negotiators huddle over a new draft text many glimpsed for the first time only morning.
The Lima negotiations began on a buoyant note after the US, China and the EU came forward with new commitments to cut carbon pollution. But they were soon brought back down to earth over the perennial divide between rich and poor countries in the negotiations: how should countries share the burden for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and who should pay?
Editor: notice use of the term “carbon pollution”. CO2 is a not a pollutant, it is a natural part of our atmosphere, it’s what plants and trees breathe.
NHS and A&E
The Guardian reports that Jeremy Hunt under pressure over looming winter crisis in A&E
A sudden slump in the performance of A&E units has heightened fears that the NHS is slipping into a winter crisis and is “cracking under extreme pressure” from an increase in patients seeking care. Labour has increased pressure on the coalition by demanding that Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, tells parliament before the Christmas recess starts next Wednesday what he intends to do about the deteriorating situation.
Official NHS figures revealed that record numbers of A&E patients across England – 35,373 – had to wait more than four hours last week for treatment. Only 87.7% were treated on time. The target set by government is 95%. NHS leaders fear the extra £700m Hunt allocated to help the service cope this winter will not be enough to head off potentially serious failings, especially if there is severely cold weather.
The Express takes a slightly different tack on this topic with “NHS winter meltdown: Hospitals in killer bug crisis”
UKIP and Richard Desmond
The Guardian reports that Richard Desmond (owner of the Daily Express) makes £300,000 donation to Ukip
Daily Express owner Richard Desmond has thrown his financial support behind Ukip, pledging £300,000 to Nigel Farage’s party less than five months before the general election.
The six-figure donation suggests that Desmond’s stable of newspapers – the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday – will back Ukip ahead of the vote next May.
Their endorsement would be a significant coup for Farage’s party as it seeks to build on the two by-election victories following the defection of Tory MPs, Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell.
The Independent reports on a case which highlights the discriminatory Immigration rules the EU has forced on us with “South African claims he will be deported as British wife earns too little”
A South African accused the UK immigration authorities of acting against the interests of their own citizens yesterday after he lost his battle to remain in the country with his British wife and 18-month-old daughter.
Michael Engel, 31, faces deportation in less than a month, after losing his final attempt to remain in the country on human-rights grounds to avoid the break-up of his family.
He claimed that he had previously been refused the right to stay in the country because his then-pregnant wife did not earn the £18,600 a year needed under 2012 rules, aimed at preventing foreign spouses from becoming dependent on UK taxpayers.
The Guardian makes a claim with “Complicity in torture: the case against the United Kingdom” “Strangely”, the photo on the article is of Tony Blair and David Miliband.
A casual read of the US Senate’s 500-page report on the CIA’s medieval torture programme leaves the impression that Britain’s role in the “war on terror” was conducted above the law and without the need to engage in such barbaric practices.
But yesterday’s revelation by The Independent that MI5 was passed intelligence that had allegedly been tortured out of former Guantanamo inmate Moazzam Begg by his American interrogators – and the acknowledgement by former security minister Lord West that UK agents may have been present during waterboarding – expose the truth about British complicity in torture.
UK and the European Union
The Express says that Half of new UK laws were created by EU (while UKIP say 70% and Clegg says 10%)
More than half of all criminal legislation created in the UK last year was produced or influenced by the EU. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice showed that in the year to May 2014, 129 of 280 new criminal offences came directly from the EU. A further 37 laws had “EU influence” – meaning Brussels had a hand in 59.3 per cent of all new British laws.
Matthew Elliot, chief executive of Business for Britain, said: “Red tape from Brussels is hurting business competitiveness, damaging jobs and weakening economic growth. “The EU not only needs to stop passing absurd new rules that serve no other purpose than to keep the bureaucrats in Brussels in their jobs, but also throw out the mountains of regulations that have built up every year.”
Since 2010, the EU has created 1,153 new offences in the UK – more than double the 518 instigated in Britain.
The Express reports that there is a ‘Tip of iceberg’ fear as 18,000 migrants are seized in a year
Home Office minister James Brokenshire said more than 18,000 would-be migrants were seized in the 12 months to April – a 60 per cent increase on 2012-2013. But it is feared thousands more have escaped detection and slipped in unnoticed. Mr Brokenshire praised Border Force staff for their achievement in the face of cuts saying it showed the Government is taking the right measures.
However, critics criticised the Home Office for failing to do more. UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe said:
“Whether we like it or not, these figures represent the tip of the iceberg. We know thousands more have slipped through the net and are today resident in Britain, vulnerable, dispossessed and prey to criminals. People traffickers feed desperate people across the globe with the Dick Whittington line that the streets are paved with gold. The Government should send out a clear and determined message that anyone not lawfully permitted to be in the UK will be arrested and deported to their country of origin.”
Westminster Cover Ups
It is hard finding anything remotely serious in the Daily Mail today, but try this: “From Thorpe to paedophile MPs to torture, the ruling elite ALWAYS try to cover up their sins. That is why bids to constrain the media are so insidious” written by veteran reporter Tom Mangold.
At the height of the controversy about Jeremy Thorpe and the conspiracy of silence that grew around his apparent involvement in a plot to kill his former lover Norman Scott, we began making a documentary film about the story for BBC television. Little did I realise I, too, would soon become an unwitting figure in that conspiracy.
Our team had pitched the idea, in 1979, to an editor who later became the Corporation’s powerful Head of News. He agreed to our investigation but demanded to know absolutely everything we were doing. ‘Keep me in the picture, boys,’ he said, amicably, time and again. Many years later, at his funeral, it emerged that this man had been a colonel in British Military Intelligence in the Territorial Army.
With the benefit of hindsight, it now becomes more than a mere suspicion that we investigative journalists at the cutting edge of the story were being gently manipulated by others in powerful positions — people who were anxious to know how much information there was about the developing scandal, how accessible it was, and what could be done to shut it down.
English Home Rule
English MPs could be given a ‘veto vote’ over laws which do not apply to the rest of the UK under radical constitutional reforms to be published next week. David Cameron will publish proposals aimed at delivering English votes for English laws and rectifying the growing imbalance with the devolved nations.
Tory sources said the plans would give English MPs a ‘decisive say’ in laws which applied only to their constituents and not to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Among three proposals to be put forward by the Government will be a new ‘veto’ or ‘consent’ option which will mean English MPs have the ‘final say’ on English laws going through the Commons.
Farage and Bland
The Mirror keeps Thursday’s Question Time alive with the claim that Russell Brand and Nigel Farage continue to trade insults after rowdy Question Time
The comedian and the Ukip leader have continued their war of words – with alcohol and chest hair as weapons. Nigel Farage went to war with Russell Brand yesterday after being dubbed a “pound shop Enoch Powell” by the comedian on BBC’s Question Time. The UKIP leader claimed he saw Brand having his chest hair straightened before they appeared on the BBC show together.
But Brand shot back that Farage was a “sad” man who “drinks too much”. The pair clashed on Thursday night’s show over UKIP’s immigration stance. Brand warned: “This man is not a cartoon character. He ain’t Del Boy. He ain’t Arthur Daley. He’s a pound shop Enoch Powell, and we’ve got to watch him.”
Afterwards Mr Farage slammed the comedian as “lightweight” and said he saw Brand’s make-up artist straighten his chest hair. On Twitter, Brand joked: “It’s not normal to have one person to straighten my chest hair. The other lad is off ill.” Farage described Brand’s Question Time performance as “limp”.
Bird and Bolter
The Mirror’s Fiona Phillips twists this story around in their anti-UKIP tirade with “I remember when politicians were giant figures – now they’re just pathetic publicity seekers”
Some of us can recall when politicians were giant figures. OK, most of the blokes were getting off with their assistants and all that but at least they had the common decency to do it in the privacy of the Commons. These antics used to be confined to self-important, puffed-up-on-discount-dining, dirty old men, most of whom studied PPE at Oxford or Cambridge before landing their large egos in Westminster. These days they seem to be obsessed with PPE – Politics, Porn and Excitement.
Even – depressingly – the women. What a pathetic example, for example, Natasha Bolter is. From the off she was a publicity seeker. When her defection to Ukip from the Tower Hamlets Labour party failed to make waves she desperately sought attention by claiming that a leading (if there is such a thing) Ukip party heavyweight (if there is such a thing) made an indecent proposal in a snooker room after a business dinner.
I promise not to mention balls at this point – though the snooker analogies are tempting. Anyway Roger Bird, Ukip’s General Secretary, got suspended. But Roger bit back – not via Twitter as you might expect from someone called Bird – releasing texts he claimed she’d sent him, including the teenage musings: “But I love u and miss u and think u r sort of perfect’.
Editor: The article goes on to lambast Labour MP Simon Danczuk for the selfie-publishing behaviour of his wife Karen. A bit of a lame article all round.