How to ambulance chase the UKIP way

Note .. Rather frustratingly I can not insert links so have screen printed them if you want to read more

The flooding in Somerset go has offered UKIP the perfect opportunity to step on a bandwagon and ride to the front page of The Daily Mail. Nothing more exciting than putting on those waders and standing in thigh deep water to declare the EU is to blame for your misery.

The attack has been on two fronts. One that EU directives have led directly to polices that have caused the flooding and secondly that we should take money from the foreign aid as we have own needy at home, the “British First” argument.

Just on the dredging front …

I have noticed that UKIP are similar to Holocaust Deniers in their absolute ability to read an EU directive and ignore the sum of the entire document to cherry pick a particular phrase to prove a point.

Directive 2007/60 .. Much quoted by several UKIP supporters and indeed by those in leadership as being a reason that The Somerset Levels flooded

This being the cherry picked comment .. We have to let rivers have more space! Proof the EU want us to flood areas of the UK

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The actual statement is

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Notice ” as well as measures to prevent and reduce damage to human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity ” I note that UKIP fail to finish the quote!

If you care to you can read the entire document it can easily be found online

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UKIP Farage and most of the media have ignored that there is an already agreed plan for the future of The Somerset Levels. Vision 2030 ..

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A detailed article in The Ecologist goes into what needs to be achieved with the blessing of the NFU and others..

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Then there is the prickly question of what the EA have and have not done. They have as the EU directed them done a full survey of the river basins concerned and acknowledge that there are pinch points

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They admit that not all the work has been done..it is no big secret

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Would the extra work made any difference, highly unlikely as the met office report on the weather over the last few months makes clear the series of storms has been highly unusual (of course UKIP won’t like the report it mentions Climate Change!)
If you are a weather and climate geek like me you can find the report through a link on the main met office site..

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So would dredging made any difference. Not according to

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Or

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Now I know that UKIP like to pretend that science is self serving, after all they would like to ban the teaching of climate change in schools. But surely UKIP and to some extent the tories should look to the existing evidence talk to some experts and stop chasing ambulances for headlines.

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Ignoring racism on Social Media .. A UKIP problem

Another week and yet more examples of UKIP supporters failing to engage with the bigots within. I was going to write a new blog on UKIP and the floods but I will save it for tomorrow.

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There have been numerous articles and blogs that have addressed the question of whether UKIP is a racist or bigoted party, for example The New Statesman in February of last year here . There have been several examples of members in recent weeks who have made ill judged and foolish comments The Mail having a field day here.

These are often countered by devoted kippers on twitter as being one off incidents, the media is cherry picking, we are being smeared and the oft quoted but largely irrelevant “we ban membership from those who are also members of the British National Party, English Defence League or National Front”.

I am not so naive to think that you can sum up an entire party by its representatives on Twitter or Face Book, otherwise, with those like Marty Caine supporting it, UKIP would have died a death long ago. However UKIP…

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Authorotorian ME .. LOL

I never wanted to write a blog, honestly the thought fills me with dread – atrocious spelling and a lack of grammar for all to see. But here we are two in one day. This morning I wrote a piece about UKIP failing to deal with those who whether, mistakenly or not, are attracted to something in the parties message. I asked the question a fairly simple question –

Why does no one in UKIP question the motivation of those who are openly racist and yet support the party?

The response I got was sadly to be expected.

The first was the that picture .. You know the one I don’t need to post it. .. It’s the one of the Croydon UKIP team

AND then…


By claiming racism I am intellectually bankrupt!

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I am ignoring the problems that cause racism .. I guess they think that UKIP will solve these problems – meanwhile are we then supposed to ignore it?

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I am ignoring all other problems of racism around the world .. How about South Africa (relevance to discussion on UKIP anyone)

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(Although to be fair any conversation with Jwales is always shrill)

I am ignoring racism in other parties .. The frequently quoted ex BNP member of the Labour Party is then thrown out for consideration .. Still waiting for an example of a racist comment made by said person since joining Labour Party.

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I am confusing concerns about immigration with racism .. NOPE I am happy for their to be a discussion about immigration. I do not want open borders .. I have NEVER called anyone racist for simply wanting to control immigration.

And finally I want an Authoritarian solution .. I want to decide how people can vote!

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Sad to say as yet no one from UKIP had read the blog and said they would be prepared to challenge those views shown.

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I am sure there will be some who will say I misrepresented their words … You can check TIme Lines for context

If you tweet a statement .. You are looking for a reaction and should expect that will be one