The onslaught on UKIP is getting very nasty. First:
DAVID CAMERON’S election strategist is planning a covert campaign to target UK Independence party councillors and has suggested that the Home Office’s scheme for “go home” vans targeting illegal immigrants is flawed and has backfired.
Lynton Crosby, the Conservative party’s campaign chief, wants to launch a “below-the-radar” operation to undermine UKIP politicians by catching them making embarrassing comments.
He plans to monitor every council meeting attended by UKIP members and to launch an in-depth investigation into all 139 of the party’s newly elected councillors.
Crosby appears to be considering using third parties to assist and brief the press and has warned that the plan will be wrecked if anyone finds out the Tories are behind it.
UKIP’s London MEP Gerard Batten and his wife were woken at 3:30am this morning by a loud noise in their house. On getting up and investigating they could see nothing and assuming their cat had knocked something over they went back to bed. 45 minutes later, they were woken again by a loud bang followed by the sounds of breaking glass. There was no mistaking the cause this time, as on coming downstairs to investigate they discovered a house brick in the middle of their living room and their living room window smashed. Police are investigating and reviewing local CCTV footage.
This is just the latest in a string of increasingly heated attacks on UKIP supporters, activists and premises and comes just hours before a UKIP meeting in Hove this evening which is expected to be heavily picketed by Hope not Hate and UAF activists. At UKIP’s last meeting in the area, Hope not Hate activists verbally abused and intimidated pensioners they believed to be attending the UKIP meeting only to discover that they were in fact blood donors attending a regular NHS donor session in the same building.
Elsewhere, UKIP leader Nigel Farage was assaulted by Hope not Hate activist Andrew Scott in Margate – Scott was subsequently convicted – and by HnH/UAF activist Fred Glenister in Nottingham. Glenister is awaiting trial.
UKIP billboards across the country have been repeatedly targeted in an organised campaign of destruction, with hard left activists encouraged to post pictures of their handiwork on a Facebook page.
Over the past 12 hours, Britain’s media has somewhat exposed itself for being the anti-UKIP establishment that many UKIP leaders and activists have claimed in the face of derision over recent years.
While every UK news outlet reported that Sanya-Jeet Thandi, a 21-year-old London School of Economics student decided to leave the party, only Breitbart London, then followed by the Guardian, reported the violent attack on Gerard Batten MEP’s house in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The fact is the media simply would not have reported the Thandi issue if she happened to be a 45-year-old white male living in Rotherham who announced he was leaving the party. No, they reported it simply because she is brown. ‘Who are the racists now?’, you might ask.
But not simply motivated by race and the need to fuel division and hatred toward UKIP, the mainstream media is blatantly hiding the vicious nature of anti-UKIP activists, and often-times fuel the incidents. Farage said yesterday: “The attack on [Gerard Batten’s] home is a direct consequence of the media campaign against UKIP.”
Interesting that the mainstream parties aren’t targeting each other for similar attacks. No bricks through Conservative MEPs’ windows. It seems they can co-exist with each other, but not with UKIP.
And, after all, it’s not surprising that they can co-exist with each other, given that their policies on so many issues are identical (e.g. the EU, global warming, smoking bans, etc).
And that’s why UKIP – or any new party which doesn’t accept the current political consensus – comes under ferocious attack.
I have no idea whether the current onslaught on UKIP will have any effect. We’ll find out in the EU elections next week.
You occasionally hear about dogs saving children from sticky situations, but very seldom cats: