Call-me-Dave Camermong is facing a by-election within the next month. One he staked his leadership on. Current odds offered are around 1/7 ON UKIP winning…it’s a done deal as far as the polls are saying. Dave is goin’ dahn.
So, what’s the very last thing that he needs right now?
Because the euro-zone (the single currency area) is currently dead in the water, holed beneath the waterline and busy drilling holes in the ship’s bottom to make things worse, it is desperately looking around for cash (Germany, the big meany, hates QE so they need to look elsewhere). They have decided that the UK needs to bung them another 1.7 Billion quid by the first of December.
Strangely enough us Brits are none too taken with the idea of our printed money being used to prop up the failing socialist states. Dave is in the doo-doo, deep in the doo-doo.
Also strange is that it’s generally considered to be true that the EU is in deep do-do if the UK leaves. We’re annoying the piss out of them (and them us), but that doesn’t make it smart to start putting the boot in harder. In recent polls 14% of Brits thought that the EU as is, is a great thing. The rest may not want out, but they are already not enamoured by the EU. So what’s going on in the EU?
Dave’s recently found interest in immigration matters (and the labia party’s) where promises were made to sort out the issue were shot down before take off by the outgoing euro-prez and the incoming one. One gets the feeling that they hate Dave as much as UKIP does…and that’s A LOT.
The biggest problem for all three of the legacy parties, the LibLabCon, is that they cannot address the issue of immigration without UKIP saying, absolutely truly, that without leaving the EU there is no way to address the issue. The EU will not allow it. We need to invoke the exit mechanism right damn now.
A few links for those of you with a passing interest in UKIP’s fortunes.
Nick Wood: Does Europe have a death wish? Does it really want Britain to quit?
Dave’s rejection actually involves weasel words. He has no credibility with the voters.
In lighter news (including bonus reference to Monty Python’s Life of Brian)
Another day, another round of infighting between the People’s Front of Judea and the Judean People’s Front. The Edinburgh University Student’s Association (EUSA) has been accused of “inconsistency” in its commitment to “end rape culture and lad banter on campus”, after a motion put forward by the University’s Feminist Society to ban the Socialist Workers’ Party from campus was withheld when the SWP threatened legal action.
The motion, which extends the ban by refusing affiliation to student “front-groups” of the SWP, was brought by the Feminist Society because they believe the SWP to be deeply misogynistic, following allegations that a number of rape accusations against a senior party figure known only as ‘Comrade Delta’ were covered up, and eventually dismissed following kangaroo court proceedings within the party.
Eleanor Brayne-Whyatt, who submitted the motion, told student newspaper The Journal that she had done so because “This will show that rape apologism and victim blaming cannot be put up with, and any movement that allows them to take place and that stamps all over women’s rights for the furthering of some ‘bigger’ cause will not be accepted. It is a shame that this hasn’t come sooner.”
The motion’s supporters pointed to the EUSA’s safe space policy, and its policy to “End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus” in support of the motion. However, before it could be voted on the SWP contacted the EUSA and The Journal to claim that both the motion and media coverage of the motion were libellous, forcing the Association to withdraw it pending legal advice.
That action has prompted Student Rights, an organisation that bills itself as ‘tackling extremism on campus’, to accuse the EUSA of hypocrisy and inconsistency in its application of the policies. Student Rights also highlights another case from earlier this year in which members of the EUSA voted down a motion put forward by the university’s Humanist Society to ban segregation within union buildings or events, after the delegates heard speeches claiming that the motion had racist and Islamophobic intentions.
“For a union to selectively apply safe-space policies in this way is unacceptable, and de-legitimises the very idea of these policies.
“Students Rights would hope that these ideals would extend to all those that express misogynistic views, including groups which validate such views through religious belief,” the organisation has written on its blog.
It adds: “Until such a policy applies indiscriminately across campus, loopholes will exist through which the intolerant will be able to find a platform.”
😉 always worth looking for the fun article at the end of the news.