Monday, 23 March 2009

Farage being economical with the truth on BBC radio

I worked on forecasting techniques and forecasts for many years. One of the things I learned was that the average forecast ex-ante invariably out performs the previously single best forecast measured ex-post and that the reason for this was that even the worst individual forecast contains nuggets of information that can add something to the overall picture. BobFM writes worse than anyone else on the British Democracy Forum and he always parrots the Farage line. This morning he did include the link to Mr Farage's latest interview on the BBC programme Westminster hour . I was not aware of this interview. I am grateful to BobFM for posting it. I give the URL below. Click on it if you wish to listen to it.

Mr Farage was bleating on about party discipline, a favourite theme of his. After all, why use valuable radio time to put forward UKIP policies when you can indulge in some internal navel gazing? He claimed that UKIP candidates on their blogs had been decrying the party and advising voting for other parties. As far as I know I am the only UKIP MEP candidate writing a blog so I presume Mr Farage's comments refer to me. I know Mr Farage claims he has de-selected me but as due process has not been followed I reject Mr Farage's actions as illegitimate and clearly unconstitutional. Mr Towler did write a blog for a while but stopped when his paymasters in the EU asked him to. I believe Mrs Towler also had a blog but only for a very short time.

I would be grateful if anyone can point out to me where on my blog I advised voting for another party. My views on voting UKIP are available for all to see and here on YouTube and I give the click through link below. I hope Mr Farage will watch it. He might learn something useful from it.

The charge of decrying the party is also bogus. As I made plain yesterday there is a higher loyalty than blind obedience to, and support for, the UKIP's hierarchy actions. Where these actions conflict with long established British principles of justice, fairplay and decent civilized debate we all have a civic duty to speak out against them otherwise we lose what we are fighting for and what generations of our ancestors fought and died for.

Mr Farage made reference to some members of UKIP making criminal accusations against other party members. The process of reporting suspected criminal behaviour to the police is not a criminal act. It is a civic duty! The police will investigate and act accordingly. Whistleblowers are always decried using the specious and self serving arguments of loyalty deployed by Mr Farage. If honest decent people turn a blind eye to what they know is wrong then eventually the bullies will come for them as the Germans found out in the 30s.

I have not had a chance to put my case, cross examine the evidence against me or appeal against this arbitrary decision to de-select me. I have been tried in absentia by a prejudiced court just as happens in the EU. If UKIP behaves like the EU then what are we fighting for? That was my branch's view and it is my view.


Tim Worstall said...

"As far as I know I am the only UKIP MEP candidate writing a blog"

Apologies but this is incorrect.

Junius said...

Is Worstall still living in Portugal?

Eric Edmond said...

Thank you Mr Worstall for this information. Can you post the URL of your blog please?

Choo said...

I understand Mr Worstall has seen fit to claim he resides in Bath to the local council and is therefore on the electoral list. How many days he spends in the UK is not a question Mr Worstall will answer.
AS for paying taxes in the UK on his non-UK income like all ordinarily resident UK nationals Mr Worstall has always avoided answering that question.
He is a timebomb for UKIP which I have no doubt will be exploded during the campaign.

Tim Worstall said...

It's not a difficult blog to find. Indeed it's one of the top 10 or 20 political blogs in the UK.

Given that I have been working in London, full time, in the press office in London, full time, since last October, yes, I'm resident in the UK for tax purposes.

I'm on the electoral roll in Bath because in some previous years I was not resident in the UK but maintained my electoral registration there.

Eric Edmond said...

So Mr Worstall why not post your blog's URL so we can all find it easily? Seeing is believing.

Tim Worstall said...

Erm, Eric.

That is a URL. An URL possibly.

Simply put that into the top line (where it says http://) and it will take you there.

Eric Edmond said...

Thank you Mr Worstall. I was looking on but yours is a web site that you use as a blog as well. As I know Mr F takes a keen interest in my writings I give you my web site address also where I put up my election address etc. It is

Bob Feal-martinez said...

I note Eric, you condemn the fact that you have not had an appeal, but neglect to mention one is scheduled for this Monday or did you forget it.

As for your comments about me, given it is you has continually undermined the work of those of us committed to the party and winning more MEP seats, I think you have quite a nerve. I post what I believe, not what I am told to post. I note you choose to use material from a convicted criminal, that perhaps shows the lengths to which you will go to try to harm UKIP.

Have you resigned from the South West Election steering committee yet. Would that not be an honourable thing to do, as you feel unable to support the democratically elected leader of the party, as you keep telling us you are an honourable man.