There have been so many brilliant UKIP related pieces of news this week thus far, I figured spending a whole article focusing only on one of them would be a waste. So I’ll run through the best ones – hang on tight.
First off, obviously, the website thing. For those who may not be aware, yesterday the UKIP webpage went down. There was widespread speculation as to the cause. Sabotage by the Tories? MI5? Ex-Kippers angry about not getting selected for an unwinnable seat in the Midlands? Nope, none of these were the culprit. Someone at UKIP HQ forgot to renew the domain name, apparently (although the party itself has denied this was the cause, citing instead unspecified “technical problems”).
I’ll say nothing else on this other than it is often the case that the most mundane tales are also the most humorous. Oh, and the UKIP website is back up and running (you can rest easy now) despite rumours that a hip hop record label had snatched the domain up.
Moving on, yesterday was a busy old day for UKIP as one of their Scottish MEP’s, David Coburn, who I will mention here for reasons that are relevant to the story is an openly gay man, described equal marriage as “rubbing people’s noses in the dirt”. I don’t wish to misrepresent the Rt Hon Coburn in any way, shape or form, so I’m simply going to now transcribe, word for word, what he told the media:
“If you want an authoritarian party, there’s nobody more authoritarian than the Lib Dems or Labour party. They’ll tell you eat your five a day, no smoking, no drinking, no sex, no nothing.
“They’re getting round to it, what I call the equality Nazis, people who want everyone to fit into their stereotypes.”
“What you’re doing with the gay marriage issue is you’re rubbing people’s noses in the dirt. It’s the equality Nazis trying to give Christianity a jolly good kicking. You know it, I know it, we all know it – it’s false bollocks, the lot of it. It’s just for some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and in a big moustache and dance up the aisle to the Village People.”
What could I possibly add to that epic tone poem?
Other than closing things off with a positive UKIP related story. Damian Green, the former Tory immigration minister, has been all over the right-of-centre media with a bold, pro-European, anti-UKIP message. He wrote a piece for the Daily Telegraph yesterday entitled “Conservatives are rejecting UKIP and want to stay in Europe”. While I don’t entirely agree with him that this is actually the case in regards to the current parliamentary Conservative Party, I do applaud him taking such a stance; it is a brave thing to do in the current climate. Many might blanch at some of Damian’s policies when his was a minister, but since he’s returned to the backbenches he has become something of a – watch me use the profane word – liberal hero. Bravo.