Here we go again! As the election progresses and in the interest of telling the whole story about political bias and the ‘Let’s get UKIP’ campaign, I was interested to hear Nigel Farage being interviewed on Sky News over the weekend…
I was particularly interested in his riposte to Gillian Joseph who was trying to ram home the misfortunes experienced by some of his candidates over the last week. There was MEP and prospective Parliamentary candidate Janice Atkinson who stood down after one of her staff was caught trying to defraud expenses. Then there was Stephen Howd, prospective MP for Scunthorpe, suspended pending a probe into a workplace “incident”. And Jonathan Stanley quit as a candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale, claiming there was “open racism and sanctimonious bullying” inside UKIP.
Farage has had better weeks and you will notice that although I support UKIP and will be voting for them in May, I am not holding back in naming and shaming these individuals. But Farage had a point in his response that the media in general are quick to expose UKIP’s scandals, but very slow to comment on the other parties when they hit problems.
This week we heard about Afzal Amin’s scandalous behaviour, but what about Tory peer Lord Green and his tax dodging or the Rifkind cash for access row? And whilst we’re at it that involved Jack Straw as well. Disappeared from the media rather quickly didn’t it? And there’s also a rumour going around at the moment of a major sex scandal involving prominent politicians which, if you believe the usual conspiracy theorists, is being suppressed until after the election.
I’ve not got over the David Laws scandal in the LibDems either. The bugger was kicked out and then brought back in through the back door after we’d forgotten all about it. That’s the real scandal, not kicking him out in the first place.
No, they’ve all got skeletons on the cupboard, but I’m inclined to go with Farage when he says we don’t get to hear about them – or at least not as promptly, prominently and repeatedly as we do about UKIP.
The powers that be manipulating the media? Shurely not…