Ukip rejected by Nurses and Farmers

Two events today should make Ukip think, but they probably won’t. 


The first is small scale, but indicative. The Nursing Times ran a Twitter chat #NTtwitchat on ukip plans for the nursing profession. 

Ukip plans for the Nursing Profession  state a desire to restore traditional nursing, especially the non-university-trained State Enrolled Nurses or a modern equivalent. 

The response from Nurses and trainee nurses should make it very clear to Ukip that their plans are not welcomed. 

Ukip need to stop looking to the past 

An A and E nurse does not want Ukip any where near the NHS

Ukip have no idea how compassionate nurses are.

The above tweets illustrate two of the biggest frustrations. One, that Ukip are proposing a policy based on a false assumptions that nurses studying for a degree do not spend time on the wards. Two, Ukip are ignoring extensive and important studies, that showed survival rates in hospitals  with a higher proportion of nurses with degrees are significantly higher


The National Farmers Union is currently meeting in conference. Today was the big political debate with John Humphrys and a panel of politicos including the ukip agricultural spokesman Stuart Agnew. A farmer himself you would expect him to be able to win the farmers over. Ukip frequently use farmers as an example of a group of people they expect to support them. The CAP is one of the most contentious of all EU policies, even I am happy to agree that it needs massive reform. The EU policies on pesticides are generally slated by farmers as over protective and unnecessary. So surely farmers would vote with their feet and chose to leave the EU. 

You might think that would be the case, but when asked the question today barely a hand went up in support of leaving the EU.

Yet again Ukip has been rejected, yet another example of people being unwilling to hold their noses to vote for Ukip. 


Holding your nose to vote Ukip

What did we learn from the BBC documentary?
That Ukip will deal with racism, if it’s in your face and public. It was clear from the film, however, that if you don’t say it to the press you can expect to get away with it.


That Ukip is perfectly happy to get rid of you, for being a racist, if you are unimportant and “ordinary”.


Ukip have hit the dizzying heights of 11% in the latest Ashcroft poll and YouGov have polling that shows the electorate no longer see them as a long term political force.
At a Chatham House debate in March 2014 Nigel Farage said he was “proud” of attracting 1/3 of all BNP voters. He claimed that they were the voters who had been “holding their nose” over the BNPs racist agenda.

It would seem, Mr Farage, that there are parts of the electorate that are unwilling to hold their nose and vote for you and your party.


The art of being a Kipper in Scotland

Saturday was the launch of the Ukip Scottish campaign. It started with Nigel announcing he was not going to bother turning up but speak via a skype link and has ended with the mother of one candidate banning a Journalist, who poked mild fun at her daughter, from future Ukip events.

The Glasgow event was Ukip Scotland’s chance to day “Look at us .. We are standing in every seat” pity then that barely 50 people turned up:

This included the candidate and the press.

The night before Caroline Santos was trying to round up their supporters

However, judging by his tweets, I am not sure that “Rob” is a great addition to the Ukip camp.

With the Nigel Skype event failing to occur, and the audience left to watch David Coburn having his photo taken – it’s no surprise that a Buzz Feed jurno Aidan Kerr took a vine. He also attempted to interview the younger Miss Santos, apparently she was lacking in words. She will need to get some if she is to stand against Alex Salmond and not come across as a very naive young lady thrust into the lime light by her over ambitious mother.

If the older Ms Santos want her daughter to be seen as a serious candidate she might want to let her fight her own battles, Not being seen to ban a student journalist from future events because she does not like his interpretation of events would be a good start.


Updates – of which there are sure to be many

The STV journalist has now reminded Caroline Santos that that’s what the media do – film things


I am sure the ukip campaign in Scotland will continue to provide us with many comedy moments, hopefully it will also leave Ukip several thousand pounds poorer as they lose their deposits.

Hey Ukip why do you hate teachers?

Two stories this week are an education for teachers on how Ukip will use them as a scapegoat when they are facing the firing squad in the press.

The first story was a slide sent to staff to provoke discussion during tutor periods. I presume that it did – judging by the fact that a pupil saw it, photographed it and took it home to show their parents. It might not have been my style – I would have preferred to see students offering their own opinions as to which political parties are seen as racist and why.

But let us not forget that the Bristol UKIP councillor Michael Frost, who described it as “totally outrageous” to the BBC tweeted the following



The first of these being a retweet of a virulently anti muslim organisation run by a liar of epic proportions – it would seem Michael Frost has a problem with all Muslims not just those who use religion as an excuse for terrorism.

And his attitude toward those protesting against Israeli actions in Gaza last year was to demand that ..

Professional bouncers should be employed by the council
The public should have to pass through metal detectors to protect councillors
Visitors must apply in advance to sit in the public gallery and watch council meetings
Visitors should be subjected to security screening

The reaction on Twitter to this slide was a demand for the teacher, head teacher, deputy head to be sacked. It would be amusing if it was not for threatening attitude of some of the tweets.


The second offence against Ukip was an assembly designed to remind students that ordinary people can think extraordinarily dangerous things if they are told enough times that it is true.


I believe that the evidence is clear; casual racism and the neo racism of venerating our culture above all others is rife within Ukip. Just look at the reaction to this story, the Headteacher has a non “English” name


Whether the assembly fell foul of the Education Act of 1996 is debatable. This from the citizenship foundation produced to answer questions around the wars in Iraq, is useful in helping teachers to work out if they are the right or the wrong side of the line. I think that in the context of the assembly the head teacher was right to use examples from politics, but I also think he should have used other examples ( Blunkett on Roma comes to mind ). Does that excuse the vile comments of kippers, absolutely not.

Ukip don’t like teachers, very few teachers like ukip. As a teacher on Twitter who has political views I frequently have to put up with accusations of bias, comments that I am not fit to teach because I have strong opinions, threats to go to my local authority and complain. The constant insinuation that I can not possible by professional enough not to indoctrinate young people.


If all of this is not enough, we should not forget that Ukip senior members believe in the bizarre ideas of Brian Gerrish and his paranoia around Common Purpose. His web site is a great place to visit if you need a paranoid theory of the week. So who in Ukip believes teaching has been infiltrated by common purpose:


Retweeted by all the usual suspects:


And commented upon by the intellectual heavy weight that is it David Coburn MEP:


Let’s be honest Ukip teachers are never going to to vote for you, so you will continue to use them as a something to remove the focus from your divisive social policies, your bonkers economic policies and your unscientific approach to climate change and energy. We are tough we will survive.