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By conviction or by dire need

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Former Bogpaper columnist, James Delingpole, wrote two thoughtful pieces, voicing his worries that Ukip lacks an overarching ideology. He fears that, without any such firm commitment, Ukip, too, will succumb to political pressure from interest groups. But comrade Delingpole’s concerns are misplaced. Democracy trumps ideology every time. A preliminary question. What makes Ukip so special?…

Immigration controls as a libertarian policy

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Having voted UKIP for their constitutional policies, and largely ignoring the immigration issue that say Rob Waller found problematic I thought I should double back and take a closer look at their actual immigration policy. That policy is expressed on the Where we stand page in four bullet points, I’ll tackle three of them: •…

The spoilt ballot strategy in practice

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So I decided to vote None of The Above in the European Elections today — but I included a little note. For those of you who struggled like me with what was the best move to promote individual freedom I hope you think this was a reasonable approach. It was the best I could come…

How the media forced me to vote UKIP

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This article is neither an endorsement of UKIP – a party with obvious challenges which we’ve discussed before – nor is it an ode the amazing power of the media to control my mind. It has no such power, it is laughably incompetent to wield the power it does have. However, I am now fully…

UKIP come 2nd

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Labour has held on to its seat in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election with a comfortable majority while UKIP beat the Tories to second place. Michael Kane won with 13,261 votes, beating UKIP’s John Bickley, with 4,301, in second. BBC In other news, Paul Tew has reiterated his intention to stand for UKIP in…

Paul Tew to run on UKIP ticket

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When I came back to the table Paul had opened his laptop and pulled out his written notes – a couple of pages of printed A4. The laptop screen showed a multi-tabbed spreadsheet and I could see 155 rows. As he set out the agenda for the meeting I was glad I had brought my…

UKIP lose thanks to Tory vote splitters

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I liked this: UKIP’s Nigel Farage said the surge in support for his party was not a “freak result”, telling the BBC: “If the Conservatives hadn’t split our vote we would have won.” The BBC give the result as follows: Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat) 13,342 Diane James (UKIP) 11,571 Maria Hutchings (Conservative) 10,559 John O’Farrell…