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Reading the Tea Leaves

January 11, 2018 // 48 Comments

Well, I didn’t expect to be writing my first article of the new year so soon, but as I have had past experience with EGMs, leadership/NEC fall-outs, and constitutional drafting, Viv has asked me to don my gypsy garb and try and interpret the recent NEC statement – taken with the constitution, [...]

UKIP Daily Grand Christmas Quiz

January 7, 2018 // 3 Comments

How did you get on our our UKIP Daily Grand Christmas Quiz?  Here are the answers. ROUND 1: Metrication of Festive Booze etc. What is the original definition of a metre? One ten-millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the Equator. It’s embarrassing because for all their talk of [...]

UKIP Daily Grand Christmas Quiz

December 25, 2017 // 3 Comments

It’s that time of year for festive quizzes again! 50 (mostly XMAS-related) questions, organised in 10 categories, answers in the New Year… enjoy – and if commenting, please don’t reveal the answers!   ROUND 1: Metrication of Festive Booze etc. 1. What is the original definition of a [...]

Vorsprung Durch UKIP!

November 19, 2017 // 13 Comments

Video explaining Hyperloop One   Last week, I went to see the new multi-star Agatha Christie vehicle, Murder on the Orient Express. It was very enjoyable, but it reminded me, in an irritating way, of parts of our 2010 manifesto: “Ukip will encourage a return to the glamour, grace and style [...]


October 28, 2017 // 27 Comments

Now that we are entering yet another new era – new leader, logo, electronic voting (watch this space) – it seems to me that it would be a good idea to look at some of the historical fault-lines that have consistently troubled the party, with the POV (point of view) that hopefully repetition [...]

Open Letter to the Editor of UKIP Daily

August 9, 2017 // 92 Comments

This is the text as it was received. The answers of UKIP Daily’s E-i-C are added in red   Dear Editor, > > I note with dismay and heavy heart that the “Time to slay a few myths” by John Bickley thread is now closed to comments. This is the first and only time I had to close [...]

How we are here

July 12, 2017 // 27 Comments

There has been a lot of talk here, recently, about how to reform the party’s structures, and how ill fit for purpose they allegedly are, e.g. why are we a limited company? Some of the well-intentioned opinion here is just plain wrong, so, as a founder member, I thought I’d explain what the [...]

UKIP Leadership Election 2017

June 17, 2017 // 72 Comments

So here we go again… YALL: Yet Another Leadership election. Some years, it seems that they’re a bit like buses, clustering together with long pauses, and then several occur in short order. I’ve voted in every leadership election we’ve had, with varying degrees of involvement, from just [...]

Bad Friday

November 4, 2016 // 8 Comments

“Inspired by the BBC4 documentary celebrating 80 years of BBC TV on 2nd Nov, Rob McWhirter explains why having conference main day (and the leader’s speech) on a Friday is a lousy idea.” A few years ago, a wine journalist was interviewing an elderly Italian wine maker. The vintner spent some [...]

UKIP Membership Dues

October 19, 2016 // 25 Comments

There has been a recent revival of the thorny subject of what to charge UKIPers by way of membership fees. A report is currently being prepared on this for presentation to the NEC, so, in this article, rather than offer a solution, I tend to hopefully provide a framework and context to aide [...]
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