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Civil war has broken out in UKIP, and Farage’s ex-election hard man Raheem Kassam (pictured above) is carrying the can for turning Nigel into a “thin-skinned, snarling” politician.
So now’s a good time to have a look at an interesting email Raheem sent Thanet Watch on Thursday 16 April, “not for quoting or attribution”…
Raheem wrote:
“UKIP has fought a clean, positive campaign across the entire country, and is the only political party that took the step to ban members who have had a history of political extremism…
“While I am unsure of who you are, or what your background is, I would appeal to your sense of human decency here – and urge your magazine to distance itself from anti-UKIP messaging that could put our supporters and members at risk of intimidation or worse.
“Will you put that on your front cover next week, and distance yourself from the people who are trashing the local area, and spreading untruths about UKIP? Are you committed to free speech, peaceable protest, and British democracy…?
“UKIP has always believed in peaceful democracy, and has never and will never, have any truck with extremists organisations or actions. We are the only party to ban extremists from joining, and we are the only party that has committed to entirely positive campaigning.”
 Passionate stuff … except when you remember that this is from the party who
–had an National Front man as Nigel Farage’s campaign manager
–hired a spy who infiltrated that same campaign group and tried (unsuccessfully) to incite them to commit acts of criminal damage.
–welcomed notorious far-right thugs to one of Farage’s meetings in Broadstairs
–the thugs who in the same town attacked Thanet Stand Up To UKIP campaigners and Labour Party canvassers the very next day.
“Clean, positive campaigning…”
Really, Raheem..?


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Christine Tongue, film-maker of this parish, has been barred from attending one of UKIP’s “public” meetings this Saturday.

And this is from a meeting in Broadstairs where she lives and votes and so is absolutely qualified to attend.

It’s not the first time.

Previously she was barred by Martyn Heale, Nigel Farage’s campaign manager.

This time it was Raheem Kassam, UKIP’s notorious national PR man, who did the job – but in a very odd way.

First, he said Christine was being barred from the meeting because of the “nasty” coverage of UKIP in the current issue of Thanet Watch magazine.

(Please note, Raheem: Christine is a regular contributor to the Watch, but she didn’t actually write anything for this issue.)

It was pointed out to Raheem that this is hardly grounds to bar someone from a public meeting.

Raheem claimed it was a private meeting.

It was then pointed out to him that UKIP was advertising it as a public meeting.

Raheem then claimed the meeting was full up.

But Christine had applied in advance for a ticket and got one –

Raheem didn’t want to listen to that and terminated the conversation.

Raheem, Raheem – the one thing PR people should do is get their story (however ropey) straight.

Remember that the next time you ban a journalist from attending a “public” meeting organised by a party so committed to freedom of speech,

(Raheem is here pictured with a gun, presumably demonstrating his enthusiastic support of UKIP’s policy of legalising handguns. Journalists trying to get into UKIP public meetings without Raheem’s permission should be warned.)