UKIP Head of policy forgets he wrote the "junk"
Sunday, February 9 2014
Subject: EXPRESS AND STAR and UKIP
The Head of Policy for UKIP, Tim Aker has supported attacks, by Farage, on the first real UKIP Manifesto (see below); claiming that, "The previous head of policy put together a manifesto that was almost 500 pages of junk.”
Surprisingly Mr Aker has had a University education, though you might be forgiven if you were to question its value, for he clearly has an appalling memory! You see Mr Aker was the co-author of this self same document.
One has to wonder at the credibility of any other comments received from Mr Aker???
See below for an excellent riposte to Akek's comments from Mike Nattrass MEP.
This is a UKIP Leadership attack, via The Express and Star, on David Campbell-Bannerman the former UKIP Party Chairman who spent long hours and coordinated many committees to create the first real UKIP manifesto.
A manifesto discussed and blessed at UKIP conferences and supported by the Leader.
But hold on, those policies were
co-written by this person interviewed by the Express and Star
"Tim Aker," he assisted DCB at the time ... where does
he say that?
"My policies were rubbish says Aker" ... double checked, no not there!
Subsequently at the UKIP Conference in Birmingham, under the watchful eye of the Leader, a policy to exterminate all Grey Squirrels was launched by UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew. This after David C-B had already left, having been deemed a tree rat, so don't blame him. This policy also applied to Euro Sceptic Grey Squirrels, presumably to expose any reds under the bed?
So, secret squirrel, you think the new policies, constantly changed on the hoof by the UKIP Leader are better or just nuts?
MIKE NATTRASS MEP
Better off out
AN INDEPENDENCE PARTY
FROM THE EXPRESS and STAR
February 7, 2014 10:59 am
UKIP manifesto was ‘500 pages of junk’ says new head of policy
UKIP’s last manifesto was nearly 500 pages of ‘junk’, but it plans on becoming the main opposition on at least one West Midlands council, its new head of policy has said.
In an interview with the Express & Star, Tim Aker said he expected the party to win three of the seven West Midlands seats in the European Parliament in the elections in May.
And he is expecting that the eurosceptics will also become the ‘senior opposition’ on Dudley Council, replacing the Conservatives.
"UKIP head of policy Tim Aker
He defended party leader Nigel Farage, who denounced UKIP’s 2010 election manifesto as ‘486 pages of quasi-academic ramblings and random thoughts which should never have been put near a UKIP logo’.
Mr Aker said: “The old manifesto died after the last General Election. You don’t get journalists asking David Cameron about the Tories planning to privatise the London Underground in 1997. We’ve always believed in leaving the European Union. That has not changed. The previous head of policy put together a manifesto that was almost 500 pages of junk.”
But UKIP has been under intense scrutiny, particularly since its success in last year’s county council elections.
One of its members, Oxfordshire councillor David Silvester, was suspended after he continued to give media interviews following his claims that recent flooding was punishment for the Tories bringing in gay marriage, the reason he defected from the party to UKIP. Eric Kitson, who was elected to represent Stourport on Worcestershire County Council, stood down after just 13 days after it emerged he had been posting racist and offensive comments on Facebook.
Asked if UKIP had managed to stop any members from causing further embarrassment, Mr Aker said: “We’re getting there.
“We have a very thorough scrutiny process. But the Tories have full-time staff going through the Facebook and Twitter of our candidates.
“It’s a dirty tricks campaign from the Conservatives.”
And Mr Aker said the party was getting more exposure, amid concerns that its only well known names were either Mr Farage or mavericks like Godfrey Bloom, who was stripped of the party whip after comments about ‘sluts’.