Thursday, 14 January 2010

Count on UKIP

Last night I arrived home to find the UKIP Oxfordshire News, Winter Edition, had been delivered. It is described as issue 3 so I assume I missed the first 2 issues. I would also assume it was delivered by David Barnby, Count Nikolai Dimitrivich Tolstoy-Miloslavsky's key acolyte.

Like Joe's website it is reasonably well produced, although it hasn't been proofread. It appears to work to a template format and contains mainly national UKIP articles, with one item on the Cogges Link Road in Witney, opposed by UKIP, an interview with Nikolai Tolstoy and an item by his twin Nicolai (sic).

Tolstoy's article attacks David Cameron's stance on the EU and I am broadly in agreement with it. It is reasonably well crafted, but that is what you'd expect from an author of longstanding. Nikolai misses out any reference to treason and archaic laws, which is what he originally intended to fight the election on, so he seems to have adopted a more realistic stance.

Where the real Tolstoy comes out is his interview with journalist Rachel Tingle. the link in the previous article tells you about her(copyright ELF resources):

Rachel Tingle is an economist and journalist with a wide range of experience working in economic research and consultancy; in print and television journalism; and for a number of senior British politicians. She has specialised in writing about the interface between Christianity, economics and politics, and has written hundreds of articles and two books in this area. Her booklet, Gay Lessons: How Public Funds are Used to Promote Homosexuality Among Children and Young People led directly to the Section 28 legislation in Britain which, for 15 years (until its repeal last year), banned the promotion of homosexuality using public money.

I make no comment.

The interview, headed PPC Tolstoy Brings Sense of History to Looming Election, is long and I won't reproduce it in full. I would point out that is concentrates on all those things which are irrelevant to the people of Witney constituency. The interview discusses Nikolai's very distant relationship with Leo Tolstoy, as if that matters. I have no doubt that I am also distantly related to genuinely famous people, as many of us are. He discusses his hereditary title, still used despite exile, and his pride in being Russian(Nikolai has chosen to take Russian citizenship in recent years). Nikolai talks of his public school education and his book Stalin's Secret War (presumably being reprinted for the election). It takes 2 of 3 columns to get to why he joined UKIP and it is half way down the third column before he discusses fighting 4 other elections, none of them in Witney. He doesn't mention his declining vote in Wantage. Nikolai doesn't rate his chances against David Cameron (which is realistic as nobody else does) and talks of a high national vote. A high national vote makes no difference in a first past the post system and any votes for Nikolai will not gain seats for UKIP elsewhere and will detract from my real attempt to unseat David Cameron. Finally he says he would like to meet as many people as possible - this is difficult as he is rarely seen in West Oxon and doesn't meet local people on a daily basis.

Nikolai makes no mention of what he has done for the people of Witney in the last 74 years - nothing. He doesn't discuss local issues because he is largely detached from them. There is no mention of his membership of the Beefsteak Society, his campaign to replace the Queen as head of state with a descendant of the Stuarts, his campaigns to restore the Romanovs and other crowned heads and his support for the Russian Summer Ball, a several hundred pounds per person (with accommodation) Tsarist gathering. Why?

Finally a bit of sophistry from UKIP Oxfordshire. On the back page there is a list of UKIP contacts under the heading 'There's a UKIP branch in Oxfordshire close to you'. Five branches are listed - UKIP Oxford (a real branch headed by Dr Peter Gardner), UKIP Witney led by David Phipps (a hard working branch which contests the occasional seat or 2) and UKIP Banbury (John Brown heads a branch that actually contests quite a few elections). UKIP Henley doesn't exist since their last active chairman Albert Burgess, a conspiracy theorist, was expelled for speaking at a BNP meeting alongside Nick Griffin. The contact name is Steve Harris, a senior member of UKIP living the other side of London. UKIP Wantage, the 'branch' from which Tolstoy comes, is headed by Nigel Farage's Kent based researcher David Samuel-Camps. Neither Wantage nor Henley have committees or meetings as far as I know. Oh dear!

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