Thursday, 24 April 2014

Fake UKIP could hurt the real party next month

An outfit calling itself An Independence From Europe could hurt UKIP next month. The party was registered in 2013 by Mike Nattrass MEP who was deselected by UKIP and therefore is unable to run for the purples in next month's elections.

His new party will run in all nine English regions and the name means that it will be on the top of every English ballot paper. The party colours are purple, just like UKIP, and the obvious aim is to act as a spoiler to damage UKIP as much as possible. Revenge, it is a bitch, isn't it?

Now then, where is the money coming from for all this? Just to run one slate means a deposit of £5,000 has to be found, and An Independence From Europe will run in all nine English regions, so someone has to stump up £45,000. Then we have the cost of election materials and the like, so this is an expensive game that is being played.

It will be remembered that back in 1994 an outfit called the Literal Democrats siphoned votes off the Liberal Democrats in the South-West region and probably cost the Lib-Dems the victory there. The assumption has always been that the Tories financed the Literal Democrats, so I do not think it is too fanciful to suggest that they are doing the same thing with An Independence From Europe.

Interestingly enough, this new party is based in Birmingham, and if you read the post immediately below this one you will see that the smear letter that was sent out to any number of former and existing UKIP people was posted in that city.

This coming election is going to be engagingly dirty!

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