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Friday, October 27, 2006 

Something strange in Telegraph's YouGov poll report

The headline predicting Cameron could now easily beat Brown in this morning's coverage of the latest YouGov poll, linked here, seems to sit oddly with this statement in the article by George Jones:

Disaffected voters appear increasingly ready to look at alternatives such as the UK Independence Party or the Greens. Support for the minor parties totals 13 per cent, higher than at any time in recent history.

Looking at the poll result illustration minor parties are in fact shown as steady at 13 per cent, the same result as reported in September!

Could it be that it is one particular minor party that has surged - a fact that the Telegraph might not wish to trumpet as it could then easily be seen to make their headline a nonsense?

The full result of an earlier poll by YouGov on what Conservative Party members actually make of Cameron sampled at the end of September, may be found in pdf format from this link.

posted by Martin |8:08 AM

Thursday, October 26, 2006 

Conservative Party MEPs are whipped to vote for the UK to join the Euro

The report is from no less authoritatiave source than Conservative Home, linked from here, and is as follows:

Tory MEPs vote for Euro membership

ConservativeHome recently noted how Tory MEPs voted in favour of a greater European dimension to education. Today they voted for a report on the European Central Bank which included these words (paragraph 9, page 6):

"Supports the introduction of the Euro by all the member states."

The decision to whip Tory MEPs in favour of the report appears to have been taken after pressure from the EPP.

Five Tory MEPs resisted the whip and rejected the report: Martin Callanan, Daniel Hannan, Roger Helmer, Chris Heaton-Harris and Syed Kamall.

posted by Martin |6:58 PM

Sunday, October 08, 2006 

Sparse coverage for UKIP

The Sunday press has little to report on Nigel Farage's conference speech or the party conference, as expected. The BBC TV news does provide short coverage.

To enable a wider audience to appreciate how opposition to Tony Blair should be handled I have blogged the video of Farage savaging Blair over the British EU Presidency in the first half of this year.

The video may be seen from the Teetering Tories blog, linked here.

posted by Martin |10:10 AM

Saturday, October 07, 2006 

BBC covers UKIP Conference

Unlike the press, the BBC are giving coverage to the UKIP conference which opens today.

Nigel Farage had a sound-bite on the Radio Four eight o'clock news and there is similar coverage on their web site, linked here.

posted by Martin |8:22 AM

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 

Farage has his chance

A disastrous Tory conference at Brighton leaves UKIP with everything to play for at their own conference next weekend.

Many natural conservatives repelled by the shallowness of David Cameron's non-agenda will be seeking a new home. Many others who once joined UKIP and have since left due to the constant dissent will now be watching on with interest and hope.

Now that the man who many in UKIP considered the arch-conspirator has finally stepped from the shadows to become the real, not just the public face of the party his ability to compromise, form a talented team and put aside past differences is essential for the nation. IMO a reconciliation with Robert Kilroy-Silk might be taken as a start in that direction and bury the notion that division and disputation are Nigel's achilles heel.

The first episode of 'The Amazing Mrs Pritchard' on BBC TV last evening showed what Veritas might have been had we all worked together more effectively, as this blog so often pleaded.

Christopher Gill being scheduled as a speaker at conference augers well.

Now that Blair's previous conference pledge to destroy Conservatism has been fulfilled by David Cameron as evidenced in today's speech it now falls upon Nigel Farage to will the means for a real Conservative and National revival through the UKIP.

posted by Martin |8:22 PM

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 

UKIP's Spoof WebCamaron

As linked from the BBC via YouTube see it from here.

posted by Martin |6:31 PM
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