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Interesting vote in the European Parliament on Tuesday about tackling tax fraud, tax evasion and tax havens. The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour (582-35), with all the Lib Dem MEPs in the 582. And in amongst the 35? All the UKIP MEPs. (For the full background to the vote, see the committee report here.) [...]
A newly-elected UKIP councillor, at the centre of an investigation into a forged electoral nomination paper, has said he has not "done anything wrong".
From the Sunday Mirror: Ukip’s Chris Pain, leader of the opposition at Lincs Council and the party’s East Midlands regional chairman, wrote: “Have you noticed that if you rearrange the letters in ‘illegal immigrants’, and add just a few more letters, it spells, ‘Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, baby-making, non-English-speaking ********* and take those [...]
UKIP’s Nigel Farage is having fun in the media speculating about joint UKIP-Tory or UKIP-Labour candidates at the next general election. I suspect that, as with touted defections, the more publicity there is the less likely it is to happen – as when serious behind the scenes talks are happening, publicity is not wanted. It’s [...]
Some of UKIP’s support comes from places the Liberal Democrat should leave well alone – especially those yearning for a 1950s-style society of white men at work, white women at home and gays in the closet.
YouGov has repeated an illuminating piece of research carried out in the US, asking people if they think a fictitious piece of legislation (the Public Affairs Act of 1975) should be repealed and also seeing how people’s views vary if the repeal is associated with different parties. Overall, the British public come out ok: Some [...]
Last week’s clutch of by-elections saw an exceptionally good set of results for the Liberal Democrats, especially in areas which are Lib Dem / Conservative contests and which are very relevant to the party’s seat numbers at the next general election. This week saw one more by-election in just such an area – Harrogate – [...]
Ouch, ouch, ouch:
The Guardian reports: MEPs from the United Kingdom Independence party, whose organisation has railed against the European Union’s “gravy train”, have been found to have misused taxpayer-funded allowances following a crackdown byEurope’s anti-fraud watchdog. Two of the party’s senior members have repaid more than £37,000 meant for office staff after diverting it to party workers based [...]
Liberal Democrats, and before them Social Democrats and Liberals too, are well used to a surge in poll figures seeing them overtake another party and so generate a flurry of excited predictions about the future of British politics. Yet more often that they would wish, such surges have often subsequently largely or completely receded. So [...]