Friday, 25 September 2015

Ukip Carpetbaggers on the way to Welsh Assembly.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has insisted the Welsh party will help decide key candidates for the assembly election.

Former UKIP candidates have warned against allowing high profile figures from outside Wales to stand in 2016 in the most winnable seats
Mr Farage said representatives from the "national party and from Wales" would pick the regional list candidates. 

He was speaking to BBC Wales before the start of UKIP's annual conference, in Doncaster, on Friday.

Among  the carpetbaggers are 

  • Neil Hamilton disgraced ex Tory  was born in Bedwellty and grew up in Carmarthenshire. Though to here him speak you would  surprised He served as Conservative MP for Tatton from 1983 to 1997. He joined UKIP in 2011 and is currently its deputy chairman. Back in 2006 He and his "battle axe wife  put forward a recorded  supporting England for the football world cup

Warning have a bucket ready you may want to vomit.

  • Mark Reckless defected from the Conservatives to UKIP in 2014 but lost his Rochester and Strood seat at the general election. He is head of policy development for UKIP Wales. It would be an embarrassment  therefore if the man running the campaign in Wales was to fail to be selected

  • Alexandra Phillips is a former ITV Wales journalist who worked for former UKIP Wales MEP John Bufton before becoming Nigel Farage's head of press.

The names on those lists - UKIP's best chance of winning its first-ever seats in Cardiff Bay - will be picked by a central committee, rather than local UKIP branches

Ken Beswick, UKIP's general election candidate in Torfae has criticised the procedure he said:

They're being brought in from the outside with little knowledge of the area or the people, or the customs, or the assembly for that matter - you need local people.
"UKIP is going to have a hard enough time anyway fighting the Conservatives and Labour and to have candidates coming from the outside that no-one knows, and they're not Welsh, is not going to go down well.
"The autonomy the party should have in Wales isn't there - they're being dictated to by head office."

But Mr Farage said: "We've got representatives from the national party and from Wales making those selections.

"We're much newer; you know, the Labour Party have been standing for over a century, they know their people before they make the selections. We're very much newer
"Five years ago in Wales UKIP hardly existed; now we've got a whole load of new people, and what we've chosen to do is go through a proper, professional vetting process, so we can put people before the electorate that we know will be good representatives."
Not that New but it loks like Ukip in England have litle faith in the quality of candidates here 
He said any UKIP AMs elected in May would offer "constructive criticism" and would try to "break up a consensus, a very cosy consensus" in Cardiff Bay.
it would be "ridiculous" to discuss any possible post-election deals with other parties with polling day still several months away. "There are Catalans in Madrid, there are UKIPers in Strasbourg, there are SNP types at Westminster who do not believe in the existence of those chambers at all.
"We do believe that Wales needs the right devolved settlement and yes, we will play our constructive part."

 Can a Party in the Assembly consisting of AM from outside Wales really be constructive part of the Assembly or will they be wreckers .

I would venture to suggest that they will probably be like their MEPs in Strasbourg whose attendance at the European Parliament is appalling and we may well see empty seats in the Senedd Chamber when we get the weekly broadcast from the BBC  


Anonymous said...

talk about the 'law of unintended consequences'! who would have thought that welsh devolution might offer a way back into front line politics for someone like neil hamilton? certainly not what those of us who plodded the streets on behalf of the Yes campaign 18 years ago would have expected or wanted. The only good thing which can be said about it is that we might get another good documentary from louis theroux as a result.

Anonymous said...

Important issue. I wanted to comment, but made the terrible, terrible mistake of watching the Hamilton's World Cup video. I may never recover....

glynbeddau said...

Yes I am very sorry about that.