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Nigel Farage is upset about a student-made Ukip parody game. They rarely turn up at any eu meeting despite having a large number of meps. .. in social housing (as well as a more general lack of housing stock), etc. Cookies · Corporate site · Policy centre · Twitter · Facebook · Careers · Discord. Mirror columnist Brian Reade says BBC2's Meet The Ukippers and It made you realise why Green-run Brighton has become such a laughing stock. Search # NoVoteNoVoice on Twitter and look out for events across the. An unnamed protester has defaced a Ukip immigration poster in Nigel It's fair to say that the change has been met with majority approval.
Yet so tame has their treatment of Nigel Farage been, so indulgent and complicit, viewers were surprised when the BBC's political editor found the courage last week to raise a timorous voice and ask him why he was employing his German wife rather than giving a British job to a British worker. Broadcasters are ferocious when they tackle mainstream politicians, but are as eager to please as wet-tongued labradors when they meet Ukip. To understand why, you need to grasp how the political culture of modern democracies encourages both conformism and zealotry.
Broadcasters say they give Britain's representative of Europe's rightwing wave such prominence because Farage is good on television: As Hollywood doesn't cast ugly actors as romantic leads and radio producers seldom hire presenters with stammers, accusing broadcasters of double standards because they favour people who are good on television feels as absurd as accusing Brendan Rodgers of bias because he picks gifted footballers to play for Liverpool or publishers of prejudice because they commission authors who write well.
Ukip turn their backs on the EU, quite literally: was it eloquent or crass?
Media managers would have every right to sneer at bland "professional politicians", and promote exciting alternatives, had they not helped create the soundbite-spouting robots they are so keen to denounce. With the arrival of hour news, they had to fill hours of empty schedules. Every ill-considered statement by a politician became a "gaffe"; every disagreement with the leader a "split".
Ambitious politicians responded by saying nothing that might be used against them. Social media and mobile phones have accelerated their desire to march in step with the herd. Now a public figure must behave as if they are on camera whenever they are in a public space. I am not trying to excuse our leaders. Political parties, private companies and public bureaucracies need to relax if they want a hearing in the 21st century, and stop treating the smallest deviation from the party line as an "unprofessional" affront.
But it is rich of broadcasters to preach against professional politics when they were its midwives, and sinister of them to promote fanaticism as a cure for the boredom it generates.
For in the kingdom of the bland, the intolerant man is king. British and US TV have turned newspaper pundits into minor celebrities: Extremist politicians such as Nigel Farage and George Galloway serve the same purpose. They don't have to worry about breaking party lines because their parties are their own private personality cults, which believe whatever they tell them to believe.
Mainstream politicians, who have abandoned plain speaking, should blame themselves when viewers turn away, of course. But they cannot be blamed for the broadcasters' abnegation of the basic journalistic responsibility to ask questions without fear or favour. To pick one of hundreds of examples, Ukip had a party political broadcast featuring "ordinary people" last week. A builder complained that foreigners had taken his job.
As you might have predicted, the builder turned out to be an obsessional creepwho thought that Ed Miliband wasn't British because his parents were refugees from Hitler. After twenty-four years, we have done it. Brexit is in good hands. UKIP might not have managed to win many seats in Parliament, but in a way we are the most successful political party in Britain ever.
We have achieved what we were established to do — and in doing so we have changed the course of our country's history for the better.
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Make no mistake; we would not be leaving the EU if it was not for UKIP — and for those remarkable people who founded, supported and sustained our party over that period. Our party has prevailed thanks to the heroic efforts of UKIP party members and supporters.
You ensured we got a referendum. With your street stalls and leafleting, you helped Vote Leave win the referendum. You should all be given medals for what you helped make happen — and face the future with optimism. I will not be switching parties, nor crossing the floor to the Conservatives, so do not need to call a by election, as I did when switching from the Conservatives to UKIP.
I will leave UKIP amicably, cheerfully and in the knowledge that we won. At the hundreds of meetings and action days I have attended as a UKIP activist across the country since I joined in AugustI have met some truly remarkable people.
Thank you and well done. I wish you all well. When first elected to represent Clacton inI promised to do all I could to help ensure that Britain left the EU. To the consternation of my then party whips some of who, I'm delighted to see, are now ministers helping make Brexit happenI made my intentions on that front plain in my maiden speech. I will be putting all of my effort into tackling some of the local problems affecting the NHS in our part of Essex, including GP shortages and the threat to our local Minor Injuries Unit.
In that spirit, I called a Westminster Hall debate last week about the future of primary care in our part of Essex.