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Ipswich Tories, including former Leader, Defect to UKIP.

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Ex-Tories Fall for UKIP Politics.

Controversial former Tory council leader Dale Jackson is attempting to make a comeback in this year’s borough elections in his old ward – for UKIP.

Mr Jackson, who left the council after falling out with his Conservative colleagues, has been selected as UKIP candidate for Castle Hill ward.

It is a seat that his new party is targeting – the party’s James Crossley won the Whitton and Whitehouse county council division last year and that includes part of Castle Hill.

Mr Jackson will be up against former Conservative leader Chris Stewart who stood down earlier this year after a split in his group during the borough’s budget debate.

The Castle Hill ward will now be a key battleground – with Mr Jackson well known in the area.

He was Conservative leader in 2004 when the party took control of the borough in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, but stepped down as council leader after he became subject of a Standards’ Board investigation into claims that he had sent an inappropriate letter to the teenage daughter of a fellow Conservative councillor.

He was cleared of wrong-doing, but the group did not allow him to return as leader. After that he fell out with other Conservatives, and ended up sitting as an independent councillor.

Evening Star.

Dale, from the lunatic fringe of the Conservative Party, has plenty of other skeletons in his cupboard. 

This may well be worth looking into (from UKIP Ipswich’s Twitter account),

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Then there is this, from the Best Blog based in an outhouse in Ipswich :

Three weeks ago Jose Esteves was canvassing with the Ipswich Tories. Yet now he is a UKIP candidate for Alexandra Ward. I have ascertained that the Tories knew nothing of his defection, though intelligence suggests that another local blogger may have been aware of it.

There is a theory held by some Ipswich Tories that Jose was in fact a UKIP spy. But I don’t think Ipswich UKIP are organised enough to indulge in such espionage. I think that the more likely thing that has happened is that Mr Esteves worked out he was working hard for the Ipswich Tories, not being appreciated for his hard work and being taken for granted like a lot of their foot soldiers are. Then UKIP offered him a candidacy and he took it.

There are 14 UKIP Ipswich candidates standing, that is out of 16 Borough wards.

So, it’s no longer just Algar and his mate in Bridge who’ve gone UKIP.

No doubt many of the others are complete nutters as well.

We also learn that comrade Paul Anderson, former Tribune Editor,  is standing as a Labour candidate for Bixley.

Paul Anderson is a University Campus Suffolk lecturer and writer who lives in Woodbridge Road. He grew up in Dorchester Road in Bixley in the 1960s and 1970s and went to Britannia primary – and his mum lives in the ward. He’s Bixley to his bones: he used to buy sweets from ITFC legend John Elsworthy’s shop at the roundabout and took the number 4 bus into town.

He knows what Bixley residents need from the council – decent bus services, reliable rubbish collection, better social services support for old people, protection of the heaths from housing development – and will campaign for all that and more on the borough council.

Vote Anderson!

Vote Labour!

Written by Andrew Coates

April 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

UKIP: Racist Party Hates Foreigners and Unemployed.

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UKIP: Hatred of Foreigners and…Unemployed. 

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has defended his party’s controversial election campaign ahead of the May European elections, after its posters were called “racist”.

The party’s economic spokesman, Steven Woolfe, announced the campaign on Twitter on Sunday, and said the giant posters would be “coming to you soon”.

One billboard depicts a man dressed as a builder begging for spare change next to the words: “EU policy at work. British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour.”

Another poster reads: “26 million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?” alongside a giant hand pointing at the viewer.

Others complain that 75 per cent of British laws are made in Brussels, and that UK taxpayers fund the “celebrity lifestyle” of EU bureaucrats.

Figures across the political spectrum soon posted tweets opposing the campaign, and accused the party of scare-mongering.

There were also comparisons to posters released by the far-right British National Party which carried the slogan: “British Jobs for British Workers” next to men dressed in high-vis jackets.

Labour MP Mike Gapes said they were “racist” and appealed to “all decent British Commonwealth and EU citizens” to register to vote in May’s polls.

Independent.

For a party so concerned about jobs and unemployment in the UK this is the attitude of their party towards  the out-of-work – April  2014. (link).

After Scrapbook exposed sick comments from a UKIP councillor on banning unemployed people from voting, the party’s most high-profile new recruit has rushed to his defence, claiming Cllr Tom Bursnall “has a point”, going on to say it is “dangerous” to let unemployed people vote.

Having defected from the Tories, 23 year-old Alexandra Swann was the star turn at UKIP’s recent conference in Skegness — with party leader Nigel Farage proudly declaring that “the Swann has migrated”.

But appearing to agree with Cllr Bursnall, who as the former chair of Conservative Future is also a defector from the Tories to UKIP, she continued:

“allowing people to vote on how other people’s money is spent — if they dont contribute — is dangerous”

With these views, Scrapbook was unsurprised to learn that Swann idolises anarcho-Libertarian philosophers and is completing a PhD in social Darwinism.

And this Guardian (March 2013)

Some long-term benefit claimants would be banned from using their benefit cash to buy cigarettes, alcohol or satellite TV subscriptions under proposals due to be presented at the UK Independence party’s spring conference on Saturday.

In the same year UKIP described the unemployed as a ” “a parasitic underclass of scroungers”.

UKIP’s welfare policies include forced unpaid work for all Housing and Council Tax Benefit claimants, Incapacity Benefit (now ESA) slashed to Job Seeker’s Allowance rates and childcare support for working parents demolished.

To add to this UKIP Welfare Policy is also 

• Non means-tested “basic cash benefit” for low earners and unemployed. Jobseekers allowance and incapacity benefit is scrapped.

• Child benefit for the first three children only.

• No benefits for anyone who has not lived in the UK for five years.

For the  2014 elections (UKIP site) these policies stand unchanged :

• Enrol unemployed welfare claimants onto community schemes or retraining workfare programmes.

That is, unpaid workfare.

• Make welfare a safety net for the needy, not a bed for the lazy. Benefits only available to those who have lived here for over 5 years. 

That is, yet more scapegoating of the out-of-work – and ‘foreigners’.

It’s not surprising that the  lunatic fringe of the Tory Party – in East Anglia and elsewhere – is attracted to this far-right anti-welfare, anti- foreigner party.

working parents demolished.

Written by Andrew Coates

April 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

Leading Ipswich Tory Calls for UKIP Vote.

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Leading Ipswich Tory and Former Brain of Britain Jumps Ship.

 

Voters Should Vote UKIP in Bridge Ward

Posted on April 15, 2014by 

I agree with James Spencer here where he says

It is tough to persuade voters who have invested some of their identity with a party that the town’s interests, a Labour defeat, means lending your vote to another party…….

…..So with the European elections coming up vote for your party in the European elections where you won’t be wasting your vote and vote for the party most likely to beat Labour in the local council.

In Bridge that means UKIP.

 Algar continues,

“It’s a case of none of the other parties being capable of beating Labour. The Tories can’t win Bridge and neither do they want to. So UKIP are the only option.”

So, having slagged off Ipswich as a “dump” Holy Roller Kevin Algar is now preparing to abandon his own party.

We confidently predict that many other Tories, and not just eccentrics like Algar and his friend Spencer (who left the Conservatives in opposition to gay marriage) will shift over the xenophobic far-right UKIP.

Like rats deserting a sinking ship? 

Written by Andrew Coates

April 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

UKIP: UK Now Has Real Far-Right Populist Politics.

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French Left’s Dilemma After Front National Breakthrough in 1984.

Like Cabu’s Grand Duduche  you start by feeling that you don’t want to have anything to do with anybody who voted UKIP.

This came to me when the BBC’s Look East showed a chippie in Great Yarmouth. That town elected UKIP Councillors to Norfolk County Council. The chip-shop owner was vociferous in his UKIP support, as were many others in the seaside resort.

I like Yarmouth chips. They sell them with a choice of sauces. Inspired by Belgium custom  you can get mayonnaise and curry, amongst other flavours.

I will make a point of not going to Yarmouth for my annual day-trip.

The party now has 15 councillors in Norfolk  and scored 23.47% of the county vote – Conservative 32.6pc, Labour 22.75pc, Liberal Democrat 10.97pc, Green 6.55pc, Independent 3.27pc, Christian People’s Alliance 0.13pc, United People’s Party 0.02p

They got a councillor in Ipswich too, in Whitehouse and Whitton.

I will not feel comfortable in the company of anybody who backed James Crossley, or those , 20% of the electorate across town  (and they didn’t stand in 2 divisions) who voted for them in Ipswich.

But that’s a reaction, not a strategy.

A Strategy?

We need clarity on how to deal with UKIP.

For a long time people on the left have been convinced that the threat from the far-right came from the BNP and the English Defence League.

Principally that there was a “massive surge” in hostility towards Muslims.

This view was reinforced by a whole industry of speculation  about the Islamic ‘Other’.

This was always a skewed analysis: there is a little evidence that the masses were ready to engage in a wholesale attack on Muslims.

‘Islamophobia’ was also used by those who took this line to denigrate those who backed the secularists, feminists and trade unionists who, after the Arab Spring, have had to face right-wing Islamist governments.

Now we have a party that has focused on an ‘Other’ that is lot closer to home: the Eastern European hordes from Bulgaria and Romania.

Standing in, of course, for the ‘foreigners‘ already here.

In place of abstract ruminations about the Other, we had better look at an older anti-racist idea: scapegoating.

This is not a vote of the ignored’ working class’s expressing their real needs.

It is the result of a conscious attempt to deflect people’s anger at austerity, stagnating  wages, and mounting personal debt, onto an easy target.

Foreigners, we know, are not the only thing UKIP are about.

They want to make life easier for British capitalists, they attack trade unions and the poor, and their cultural views are a mix of Norman Tebbit, Jeremy Clarkson and the US Tea Party.

They are dyed-in-the-wool free-marketeers.

UKIP councillors will no doubt often make fools of themselves.

But we cannot count on their ability to self-destruct.

We, the left, need to attack them where they are weak: are they for austerity or are they against it?

What will they do to help working people defend their rights?

Will they support the Living Wage?

Will the fight against tax breaks for companies and the rich?

Will they back the NHS?

Internationalism.

Before anything else the Left should shout, loudly, its internationalism!

Against hatred between the peoples!

For European unity of the peoples, the workers and the poor!

For a European Social Republic: level wages and benefits upwards!

Down with the Xenophobes!

Down with UKIP!

UKIP Campaign in Ipswich on Hatred of Foreigners.

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Cat Herdsman. 

Massive Threat to Our Local Services.

No it’s not the cuts, austerity, or the recession.

UKIP leaflets distributed in Ipswich over the weekend begin by stating,

Within a year, 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians will gain the right to live, work and draw benefits here.

Only UKIP is taking seriously his massive threat to out local housing, schools, health and council services.

Ipswich Spy downplays UKIP’s potential here.

Certainly after reading press reports over the weekend  we come away with the – justified – view that a bigger gaggle of cranks, nutters, racists and venomous right-wing extremists would be hard  to find.

The Spy  points out that,

Locally UKIP don’t have a branch in Ipswich. They have branches all over the Eastern Region, but none in Ipswich. The UKIP agent is from the Bury St Edmunds branch, although he was the UKIP candidate here in Ipswich at the last General Election and he lives in Stowmarket. So they don’t have the huge numbers of activists the Liberal Democrats could boast before they came into Government.

One could add that their candidate, Mark Tinney (for St Helen’s)  has a shaky grasp on what local councils do.

His main policy plank is to “try to reduce parking charges and extended free parking in the town centre”.

These are County Council elections.

Parking is the responsibility of the Borough Council.

His other ideas are more police visibility and encouraging  “more business for Ipswich”.

We suspect that nobody will read this part of the leaflet.

They will alight on the ‘threat’ of hordes of Bulgarians and Romanians descending on Ipswich.

We consider, based on what Ipswich people say,  that they will have more of an echo than Ipswich Spy thinks.

Informed people may well ‘ridicule” UKIP’s claims.

But the Tories and the right-wing media have relentlessly pursued the line that migrant workers are a ‘menace’.

They have continually attacked ‘Europe’, the EU’s social policies, the ‘regulation’, the ‘bureaucracy’ and the ‘waste’.

It’s no good bleating about what a bunch of odd-balls UKIP are.

They have feathered the UKIP nest.

Much of the  Left too has failed to stand up for Europe.

Sections of the  organised left have attacked the EU to such a point that they fail to distinguish between the free-market policies of the present Commission (backed by all the major states, and only feebly challenged by the French left government), and the potential of a Continent-wide union of the peoples.

If they want to get rid of the European Union what would they replace it with?

Many on the left go very quiet at this point.

Do they seriously think an “Independent” Socialist Britain  or an “independent” Socialist Scotland would come about from leaving the EU?

To challenge the hatred and division spread by  UKIP and the Tories,  we need the politics of internationalism.

Unity between the peoples, between the working classes and the poor, across Europe.

For this we stand for a European Social Republic!