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Since it appears I’m not getting that exclusive Bearing Drift writing gig to discuss UKIP, you’ll have to come here instead!

Bretibart London shows this article with a remarkably diverse group of supporters at the London Rally.

The media is already trying to downplay it: last night’s UKIP rally in London was raucous, glorious, and dare I say… electric. Even a lot of the hecklers in the room left without saying a word – such was the impact. UKIP promised a political earthquake in the UK on May 22nd. It delivered an earthquake in London last night.


In the beginning there was Steven Wolfe, who after being heckled by protestors issued a warning about how such people, mainly from the Socialist Worker Party, called him a “fake” and a “racist”. He responded emotionally telling the crowd how he himself was “called a n***er at the age of 5 years old”. Wolfe did not censor his own comments to the room, and was met with applause for his handling of the situation.

Paula McQueen, a London-born grandmother of Jewish and Black extraction told the crowd, “We are libertarians, we believe in individual freedom, and we want the government to interfere less in people’s lives.”

Evans quoted Thatcher to great cheers from the crowd: “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

But the real star of the show was Winston McKenzie, the former champion boxer who took to the stage and almost shouted his way through an entire 10 minute speech. He had the crowd in hysterics with his jokes, and wolf-whistling at his key line: “I’m black and I’m proud and I shout it out loud!”

Here’s a photo I got from a UKIP reader of the same rally.  Here’s a similar photo from the UKIP website:


I am pleased with how Farage is conducting this election.  My only gripe is Farage does not speak more to what the UK can no longer decide due to EU meddling.  Immigration (migration in Oxford British) can only get you so far.  It also has potential to turn mean and hateful.

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage was also on BBC’s Question Time tonight.  He seemed to has done well:

Question 1 – Verdict: When did you last hear Question Time spent 40 minutes on one question? Perhaps during the expenses scandal. Tonight we’ve just had 40 minutes on the EU and immigration, and that fact alone suggests that this was a win for Nigel Farage. The debate itself was rather good, with all four non-Ukip panelists engaging with Farage’s arguments, rather than lambasting him for racism, but mostly he held his ground. The only person who really unsettled him was the audience member who came in at the end.


Question 3 – Verdict: Possibly the best five minutes of the programme, because they were arguing about a very specific point. Grant Shapps (who until now had been having a good run) sounded weaselly, Chuka Umunna was more convincing (it’s his subject), Caroline Lucas was better still (because she was more specific), but Nigel Farage clinched it, partly by making the point that the EU ultimately decides how competition law operates in the UK (he was right – Vince Cable did make this point in the Commons on Monday), and partly because – by accident or design, I’m not sure which – he managed to make it look as if the rest of the panel was ganging up to silence him.


Snap Verdict: It was Nigel Farage’s night. Partly that was because he had some deft debating moments, partly it was because he finished well (see 11.44pm), partly it was because the first question (see 10.43pm) could not have been better phrased for Farage if it had been drafted in Ukip HQ (because the answer is clearly yes, if stopping EU immigration what you really want), but mostly it was because more than half the programme was devoted to Ukip’s core subject. In politics, once you control the agenda, you’re already well on the way to victory. That said, the panel did not give him an easy time. Dismissing Ukip as racist and extremist hasn’t exactly been a success as a strategy recently, and mostly the other four panelists adopted a reasonable, emollient tone. Personally, I mostly liked what the four stay-iners had to say. But a good 40% of the electorate or so tell pollsters that they would like to leave the EU, and, if they watched that, they will have seen four parliamentarians ganging up on a non-MP saying things they probably applauded. For Farage, who is nurturing these grievances skilfully, that’s where he wanted to be.

Here’s the Mirror’s take:

He just said: “We should be governing our own country and making our own laws.”

Again, he got a rather loud round of applause.

Is it May 22 yet?  14 days to go.







About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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