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Controversial Ukip leader Gerard Batten backed by national executive

Ukip’s leader, Gerard Batten, has been strongly backed by its national executive. The move will prevent yet another civil war for the party, but possibly hastening the exit of Nigel Farage, who has publicly despaired at the current hard-right stance. Batten, a vehement proponent of anti-Muslim policies, who has described Islam as a “death cult”, has sparked significant internal dissent over the direction he has taken the party and particularly over his decision to appoint the far-right street activist Tommy Robinson as an adviser. However, members “voted overwhelmingly against a motion of no confidence” in the leader, a Ukip tweet said. Third Ukip MEP quits over party's courtship of Tommy Robinson Read more A later statement from the party, however, said the national executive “does not endorse the appointment of Tommy Robinson in any advisory role”, adding that he remained banned from joining Ukip. The march has been condemned by Farage, Ukip’s two-time leader and defining figure, who said on Sunday that the party backing such an event would give the impression of “people who were racists within the party”. Farage said on his LBC radio show: “If this march goes ahead with Gerard Batten as the leader of Ukip, then Ukip becomes the new BNP.” Robinson, who founded the English Defence League street protest group and has been jailed several times, was “somebody who attracts around him a group of thugs,” Farage said. It has emerged that Thomas, who styles himself Danny Thommo, was jailed for two years in 2016 for his part in a bungled kidnap attempt in Hampshire. Thomas was among a gang who tried and failed to pull a man from his home over a supposed robbery debt. They did not wear masks, one lived on the same street as the victim, and another later apologised on Facebook, saying they had targeted the wrong person.
Nigel Farage on Trump's handling of Saudi Arabia

Nigel Farage on Trump’s handling of Saudi Arabia

Former Brexit leader Nigel Farage reacts to Trump's handling of Saudi Arabia since the Khashoggi murder on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and…
Nigel Farage reacts to Trump trading barbs with Iran

Nigel Farage reacts to Trump trading barbs with Iran

President Trump trades fire with the Iranian leader and urges world leaders to unite against the regime. Fox News contributor reacts on 'The Story.' FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as…

‘More Loose Women than Newsnight’: BBC launches politics show for digital age

Inside the BBC’s Millbank Studios, just across the road from parliament, final dress rehearsals are taking place for the launch of Politics Live: the BBC’s attempt to answer the question of what a daily political television show should look like in the era of social media. Activists and journalists, who have been drafted in as pundits for the rehearsal, get stuck into passionate arguments that will never be broadcast. “It’s going to be more discursive and conversational,” she says in between rehearsals. “We are still going to scrutinise the politicians, but there are different ways of doing this.” Part of this is a recognition that there are now “more people and a more diverse range of people” interested in politics than before – even if they don’t care for the ups and downs at Westminster. Coburn, who will be hosting the lunchtime BBC2 programme four days a week, says this could mean that the show chooses to focus on policies that spark public debate rather than following every government announcement on issues such as Brexit: “Whether it’s animal rights or marijuana oil, these are things people feel they have got something to say about. Maybe we won’t relentlessly follow every incremental change in a way that we might have done.” The new show – a replacement for the longrunning Daily Politics, produced by most of the same staff – launches on Monday with guests including Amber Rudd and Emily Thornberry. Given television’s ageing demographic, that really means aiming to increase the number of people watching who are under the age of 65. With this in mind, films for the programme will be packaged for distribution on social media, making it partially a vehicle for creating online content. “Television news to me is feeling a little left behind … the way we present our product hasn’t been moving,” says Deborah Turness, the former ITV News boss now working to relaunch the satellite station Euronews for US media giant NBC. Back at the BBC studios, Burley says that while “previous iteration of the Daily Politics was very much of the traditional Westminster world”, the new programme will be looking to bring in guests from outside the traditional boundaries.
What happens to EU migrants in UK under a 'no-deal' Brexit?

What happens to EU migrants in UK under a ‘no-deal’ Brexit?

Reaction from Nigel Farage, Fox News contributor and former U.K. Independence Party leader. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one network in…

How worried should we be about Steve Bannon’s ‘Movement’?

When Donald Trump visited the UK, Steve Bannon wasn't far behind. The president's former chief strategist breezed effortlessly into TV and radio studios, trying to sanitise his old boss' politics and keep himself relevant. On his foray across the Atlantic, he unveiled his new plans: a foundation called "The Movement". But Bannon is just one man and within days of him making this announcement far-right figures from across Europe signalled they weren't all that interested in his plans. From Brexit to EU elections, what people like Bannon thrive off is the "culture war" narrative. Take Bannon's endorsement of far-right, anti-Muslim figure Tommy Robinson when he was in the UK. In an off-air conversation, he described Robinson, who was in prison for contempt of court, "the f**king backbone of this country". The far-right are in ascendance across significant parts of the world, and in places where they aren't in power, they're influencing the people that are in a frightening way. But they're a sign of what the far-right, who use this culture wars narrative, want to help pave the way for: aggressive state control, marginalising minorities and going after migrants. The Movement could prove a dangerous vehicle for these very ideas, but without it or not, the far-right is already helping set the political agenda in a significant way.

Farage: Bannon plan could help populists to EU election victory

The intervention of former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon in European politics could help rightwing parties become the biggest bloc in the European parliament next year, according to Nigel Farage. Farage told the Observer that, Eurosceptics could become the largest political grouping on the continent and predicted that anti-EU MEPs could secure between 176 and 235 seats in the European parliament elections next May. With a bit of luck and a following wind it could even be the biggest,” Farage added. Bannon’s foundation, called The Movement, will be based in Brussels and dedicated to campaigning aggressively for a large, anti-EU faction in the European elections next spring. Bannon said last week he had already started raising funds amid speculation that former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, currently in jail, might be offered a leading role in its UK wing. Robinson, whose imprisonment has made him a cause célèbre among the international far-right, could be released this week following his appeal against a 13-month sentence for contempt of court in May. Farage also revealed that Bannon wanted to offer a rightwing antidote to the centre-right European People’s party (EPP), currently the largest party in the European parliament, and the European Socialists (PES), a social-democratic political grouping that includes the British Labour party, the Italian Democratic party and French Socialist party. Even though Britain is floundering with Brexit, across the rest of Europe, the Eurosceptics are on the march. All three are potential rivals to the prime minister and Bannon believes all of them could help deliver his ambition to undermine and eventually paralyse the EU. “I think shares in Bannon are overvalued.

How can the left get heard amid the BBC’s political mudslinging?

Retired people could watch it, though that’s just a guess; I’m definitely not inferring from the distinctive vintage to the comments on social media (“Will someone tell that annoying woman to stop biting her nails?”). It seemed to exist in the fine tradition of daytime news coverage, there to satisfy the Gods of Public Information that the discussion format was being observed. Arguably, office-hours audiences for day-time TV will always be pretty small, and so it should be. It is not the job of a public service broadcaster to make sure everyone is watching telly all the time, or at least I don’t think that’s what Reith had in mind. Presenter Andrew Neil was plainly on the right; his defenders would claim he was equally hard on Labour and Conservative politicians alike, but as enjoyable as this often was to watch, as a definition of neutrality it is a little lame. Fellow presenter Jo Coburn had a more sober style and was a deft interviewer (both will continue to present the show’s replacement, Politics Live). The show never deviated, so far as I could see, from its core precept: anything Labour said that sounded remotely appealing was a leftwing pipe dream, while the Conservatives were natural arbiters of affordability. A death penalty referendum could really divide Britain Frances Crook runs the Howard League for Penal Reform; she is a magnificent campaigner, bringing a lot of old-fashioned notions such as decency to the debate on prisons, fighting for things you couldn’t quite believe anyone would have to fight for. Javid has, apparently unilaterally, rowed back on a core British principle: we do not allow transfer or extradition of any prisoner to any country where they might face death at the hands of the state. I can just picture the referendum: there is no compromise between death penalty and no death penalty.

BBC to give Nigel Farage his own channel

The British Broadcasting Corporation has announced plans to give former UKIP leader Nigel Farage his own channel under the BBC banner. BBC Farage will give Nigel Farage free reign over programming selection and be available as part of the Freeview service. ‘We have recognised that there is a dangerous lack of Nigel Farage on TV. BBC Farage will give us 24/7 access inside the mind of Nigel,’ said the Director-General of the BBC. Nigel Farage has said he’s ‘delighted’ at the opportunity to talk down to British people on a daily basis. ‘This is a common sense move from the BBC that has been lacking in the past,’ said Farage. BBC Farage will go live in two months time and feature angry white men standing in front of maps and being racist, angry white men standing outside courts and being racist, angry white men being interviewed and being racist, and angry white men being rolled down hills in bathtubs and being racist. A true smorgasbord of entertainment. ‘Smorgasbord is a word that WON’T be allowed on BBC Farage. It sounds a bit too foreign for my liking,’ said Nigel.
Farage: We don't need to make things worse with Russia

Farage: We don’t need to make things worse with Russia

Ahead of the Trump-Putin summit, the former UK Independence Party leader makes the case for a 'sensible' relationship between the West and Russia. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well…