A good couple of days

I was in Brussels on Thursday morning (Feb 5th), and flew back in the afternoon. More or less immediately I was on my way to our East Midlands regional meeting, which this time was taking place at the Woodhouse Arms in Corby Glen, near Grantham.  I can vouch for the fact that they do great fish & chips.

I am also reliably informed that Corby Glen is in Lincolnshire, despite an NG postcode.

When I joined UKIP in 2012 there was a great deal of enthusiasm, but perhaps not too much organisation. So it is very gratifying to see the emerging professionalism of the party and the region today, as we approach the General Election, under the able regional chairmanship of Alan Graves — though to be fair I think most regions could tell a similar story. We had reports from Regional Organisers and County Reps, together with a very promising review of the appointment of candidates. We expect a full slate in the region for the General Election, and a very satisfactory rate for local candidates.

Roger with John Rackham and Douglas Carswell MP

Roger with John Rackham and Douglas Carswell MP

In one sense it’s got more difficult. It used to be easy to find “paper candidates” to ensure that at least we had a presence on the ballot paper, even in wards we had no hope of winning. But the progress of the Party is such that there are few such wards remaining. So the concept of a paper candidate is rather falling by the wayside.

On Friday I met Douglas Carswell at the Leicester Station mid-afternoon, and we set off on the forty-mile drive to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, where Douglas was to open the very smart new UKIP election office, the work of our  Mansfield candidate Sid Pepper.  We hadn’t fully taken account of the Friday afternoon traffic, so we arrived rather late, as the media pack were starting to shuffle their feet and considering whether to pack up. But we were just in time, and the report made the regional TV that evening. The Party is lucky to have Sid Pepper as a candidate. He’s a local man and well known and liked in the town. In addition to local support for the Party, Sid will pull in a significant personal vote.

Then back in the car, and down the A38 to Lichfield, where Douglas and I were to speak in the Guildhall in support of Lichfield candidate John Rackham. This was the evening when Nigel Farage ran into some little local difficulties with protesters and hooligans in Rotherham, and we’d seen rumours on social media of something similar in Lichfield. But in the end no trouble materialised, apart from a single Green in the meeting who appeared to think that the right to free speech included the right to shout over everyone else.

Candidate John Rackham is the long-standing landlord of the King’s Head, the oldest pub in Lichfield, dating from 1408. This is the very pub where the Staffordshire Regiment was first formed in 1705. Again, we are fortunate to have a candidate who is well known and well liked in the constituency. The splendid Guildhall, with its hammer-beam roof, gothic windows and stained glass, was packed for the event, which had been well publicised ahead of time by the local branch in leaflets and press advertising. We had upwards of 150 people in the packed hall. The level of interest and enthusiasm was heart-warming. Could the old parties fill that Guildhall for a public meeting? I suspect not.

John talked about local issues, and the opportunity for real change. I spoke about my specialist subject — energy — in the context of an example of “membership of the EU making us poorer”. And Douglas delivered a rousing key-note speech about the failure of the old parties to get a grip on the issues that really concern voters on the doorstep. The meeting was well-received.

I guess this is what it’s going to be like until May 7th. And in the wee small hours of May 8th, I suspect that the political establishment is in for some big surprises.

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19 Responses to A good couple of days

  1. omanuel says:

    Congratulations, Roger, on successully organizing a third political party.

    Mainstream political parties and scientists lost contact with reality.

    This video illustrates the problem:
    Geometric Evidence Scientific Bias


    The video is too long; the introduction shows how arrogance destroys our ability to understand the universe.

  2. stallardmike says:

    I am concerned.
    Ukip is the United Kingdom Independence Party and ought to put leaving the EU as it now is at the very top of its agenda. I am getting the impression that immigration and other matters – the scandal of climate change – are rather taking over. Different.

    Secondly, I am concerned that the question of actually how to go about leaving the EU is not being mentioned. It is not just a matter of getting a majority in parliament and then passing a law. We now have treaty obligations. So what, exactly, it the plan for leaving? How do we do it? We need to see the details.

    God knows, there are enough people on the internet who are just fixed in their ideas: I am not. And that is the trouble. Help!

    • Anne says:

      I too am “concerned” that while I am suggesting that the House of Commons should be filled to the roof with UKIP (especially as UKIP is proposing to put a candidate in every constituency in the coming General Election) For leaving the EU is indeed THE most important thing, especially as I remember that last War very well indeed.
      Here for you-and I am not even IN UKIP
      One little Cross FOR UKIP.

      Just one little cross, that is all that it takes,
      To change this great country of ours.
      Just one little cross that I will make one day,
      For a history to read down the years.
      Just one little cross for those that say,
      They will earn the money we pay,
      For they will govern this Country of ours
      And take back, what others gave away.

      One little cross we have over the years,
      Placed by names of those parties known well,
      But long gone is the hope, the faith, the trust,
      For they took us down the path to Hell.
      Just one little cross for those that dare
      The truth to speak loud and clear,
      We know what we see, is what we will get,
      So there is nothing now left to fear..

    • Flyinthesky says:

      I understand your concerns Mike but my contention is you don’t need a detailed exit plan until there is a majority consensus on wanting to leave it. A highly complex exit plan can have negative as well as positive influence.
      The greatest impetus needs to be on what the eu actually is, what it has done to us and what it’s intentions are.
      You won’t declare war on an entity until you recognise it an enemy, the majority of the populace still see it as a benign entity looking after our interests.

      • Sean O'Hare says:

        A detailed and believable exit plan is essential in order to counter the propaganda currently being put out by the old parties, the main-stream media, big business and the EU itself. Unless that plan is in place enabling outers to adequately counter the fear, uncertainty and doubt(FUD) being instilled into the populace you are never going to get that consensus on wanting to leave to the EU.

        UKIP’s current policy of simply leaving, without putting anything in its place, is just not going to cut the mustard. We need to be able to cut short Article 50 negotiations and this an only be done if we adopt an off-the-shelf model allowing non-members to have access to the single market. Of the two (Swiss and Norway) options the Norway model (EFTA/EEA membership). While this is not ideal it would do us for an interim period, allowing continuing access to the single market while more favourable terms are thrashed out with the EU and alternative markets explored.

      • Flyinthesky says:

        I appreciate what you say Sean but my contention remains, people who have recognised the enemy are looking for a resolution and many to the resolution you’re inferring. The reality remains, until you are aware of the problem you’re not going to look for a solution.
        Further, if you are a person who is middle of the road, sees some issues but are muddling along ok, looking at the complextities of a resolution can have a negative effect. Continue muddling along with the status quo then.
        My contention remains, there is not enough effort being put in, by any entity, to illustrate what it is, what it’s done and what it’s intentions are. You have to hand it to the collective, they have been very skilful in the speed and implementation of their intentions and while we continue to fight amongst ourselves it’s ongoing.
        There are a lot of skins in this game, an awful lot, all of the same mind: my way or the highway, all busy throwing bricks at each other. Until there is a co operation and consensus between all these factions we’re going nowhere. United we stand, etc.

    • DICK R says:

      Leaving the EU is easy ,a simple declaration of independence is enough ,if they don’t like it then they can lump it !

      • Brin Jenkins says:

        That’s exactly how it is, our membership is both unconstitutional and illegal.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        Unfortunately the VI’s have it, and that’s pretty much all of them! Cannot see the end to it, unless perhaps the Southern States default en masse. And that leaves huge debts and deep resentment. At the same time the fools want conflict with Russia – I’d rather leave the management of the Eastern states with them as bad as that might be. Its very bad right now and no solution available….NATO want a war though?

        Lessons learnt…don’t think so.

  3. Richard111 says:

    I second stallardmike’s request.

  4. omanuel says:

    The UK and EU are all part of the UN’s 1945 plan to rule the world by deceit.

    Thanks to a many brave bloggers and the little known nuclear geochemist, KAZUO KURODA, who hid nuclear secrets from Big Brother for fifty-seven years (1945-2002), the real ruler of the world is now revealed.

  5. Brin Jenkins says:

    The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever
    New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warminghttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/globalwarming/11395516/The-fiddling-with-temperature-data-is-the-biggest-science-scandal-ever.html

    This should finish off all the warmist supporters and their dubious political supporting parties who have wrecked our economy.

  6. Ex-expat Colin says:

    So its now Edinburgh and Rotherham where you are not able to go about your lawful business.
    Each time its a small number of protesters(?). And the police are doing what – allowing unlawful business to thrive in Rotherham.

    Terrible places!

  7. Ian Terry says:

    Roger. With the new s that the Supreme Court has turned over the objections to yet another massive off shore wind farm at the Shetland Isles, is it not time that politicians woke up and smelt the coffee. The subsidies cannot go on. Totally unsustainable and the UK runing with how many trillion pounds debt? The scam and that is what it is has to be crushed. A few people are making too much money and the concerns and impact on the poorest in society do not count for diddly squat. The way things are going Scotland will get its wish of the minority, and they will then stitch us up with the remainder of us paying their subsidies and constraint payments because nobody in the current lot has the balls to say NO

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