On the Democracy Forum, Mark Croucher is again trying to smear Piers Merchant with his juvenile attempts at entrapment. It seems Croucher and his friends concocted a spoof email, contents unknown, that was supposedly sent to little Arnott at some undisclosed date and time relating to a coming North West poster campaign targetted against the BNP. Spoof emails are a standard Croucher ploy which Bannerman tried to copy when I was on the NEC to entrap David Abbott. It was and is transparent. Bannerman had to retreat and claim he was conducting some sort of unspecified, unauthorised security check that seems to give him the right to set traps for people he works with. Not surprising as it was Farage's ploy as well with Martin Haslam and the Independent jounalist. Farage's UKIP specialises in entrapment but they don't do it very well!
Junius on 1st May wrote in his blog that, "It is said that Croucher is to be the brains - and I use this word very loosely - behind UKIP’s anti-BNP campaign in the North West." This single statement in Crouchers dubious logic makes Piers the source of Junius's information. Note Croucher does not give the content of his spoof email or its date or its time so we have no way of making even the most basic checks on the veracity of Croucher's claims!
It was common knowledge that Nuttall and his chums including Croucher, worried about the BNP for the good reasons Junius gives below, were trying to concoct some campaign to use against the BNP. All I can say is Nuttall better have something to counter the BNP in Lancashire or he will be signing on soon at Bootle Job Centre!
So by Croucher's perverse logic what was common knowledge was proof of a leak!
Much more important is what lies behind Croucher trying to smear a UKIP stalwart who masterminded the election success of 2004. A man with more political ability in his little finger than Croucher has in his whole body. Never mind that Piers is very ill just at present, the sick get no quarter from Croucher it seems. Sorry Croucher it won't stand up. You have taken your pitcher to often to the spoof email well as it says in the Bible.
The reason behind this unwarranted attack on Piers is I think Farage is preparing for a possible UKIP meltdown on 4th June 2009 when UKIP could end up with 3 MEPs or less. Someone will have to take the blame for this. Obviously it cannot be the great leader so what better than some suitable 'traitor' to be cast in advance as a spy in league with the arch enemy the BNP. This would conveniently explain a UKIP failure and a BNP success. What you might call a lose - lose scenario.
Junius post of 1st May at 3:08 pm
Mark Croucher now working for UKIP?
My various sources have told me that Mark Croucher is now working for UKIP in a paid capacity.
This follows the demise of his latest business venture which he blames on the recession. For more on this see GLW's blog.
Some have rather unkindly said that Croucher’s previous business failures would suggest that blaming the current recession for the closure of his pub is rather convenient!
It is said that Croucher is to be the brains - and I use this word very loosely - behind UKIP’s anti-BNP campaign in the North West.
This has been done at the behest of Nuttall who is very worried that the BNP will end his dreams of getting his snout in the trough.
Nuttall also sees himself as UKIP’s future leader - don’t tell Bannerman - and is confident that becoming an MEP will boost his chances of taking over from Farage in June.
Opinion polls suggest that the BNP will win an MEP seat in the North West. This will clearly be at the expense of UKIP.
Nuttall colludes with Farage to remove Gregg Beaman as lead UKIP MEP candidate in the North West.
He then has to face the humiliation of watching the BNP steal his coveted prize!
Croucher post 1/5/09 at9:34 pm
'Junius' makes further mistake
In another thread posted here, 'Junius' accuses me of being the 'brains' behind UKIPs anti-BNP campaign in the North West.
The reason 'Junius' knows this is because Piers received a series of e-mails relating to the launch of a poster campaign. The e-mails covered the design, timing, regional spread and other associated details relating to the campaign, including launch media.
The e-mails involved myself, Paul Nuttall, Jonathan Arnott, Clive Page and Damian Wilson. Jonathans, of course, were copied to Piers.
All of those involved, with the exception of Piers, knew that no such campaign was actually planned, and it was merely a ruse to see whether 'Junius' would mention an anti-BNP campaign before it was launched - such a mention would, of course, damage the campaign and forewarn the BNP. It would also indicate that Piers was prepared to pass on information which would be strategically damaging to UKIP.
Unfortunately, they have spun this information in the wrong direction. In attempting to suggest that I am on UKIPs payroll, they have instead once again proved that they will leak potentially damaging information regardless of the consequences, both for UKIP and for our nation.
You can really be proud of yourself, Piers and/or Junius.