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Inside Politics with Michael Wilkinson: First World War commemorations fall on deaf ears, and what do you call a group of UKIP members?

By citizenmike  |  Posted: December 04, 2013


Inside Politics with Michael Wilkinson

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The Gloucester Citizen's public affairs reporter Michael Wilkinson takes an alternative stroll down the corridors of power.

GLOUCESTER City Council has vowed to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Yet when hard-working volunteers at Gloucester Civic Trust tried to get them on board with their own ideas for commemorations it all fell on deaf ears.

Marilyn Champion, from the trust, told me: “We have organised quite a line up. It would be good if we could be part of joined up strategy. We have emailed the city council and Marketing Gloucester asking them about First World War plans on many occasions but we’ve never had a reply. We had hoped to be able to work together. So failing a response we pressed on and did our own thing.”

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It took a motion last week by Labour leader Kate Haigh to kick-start the council’s commemorative sentiments.

Let’s hope now that councillors unanimously backed her plan, they will listen to people like Marilyn, who work so tirelessly for our community but don’t take home a salary.

LAST week I sat on the press bench at a Gloucester City Council meeting and behind me were a group of Ukip political activists.

They told councillors that they were there to prepare themselves for the fight for the local elections next May.

At the end of the night council leader Paul James moved the council into a closed session and I and Ukip were asked to leave. He joked that he would have to bring the Ukip ‘party outing’ to an end.

But what exactly does one call a group of Ukipers?

To spice things up a bit, I put out a slightly edgy tweet about a ‘gang’ of Ukip wannabe councillors sitting behind me.

Little did I expect the hundreds of suggestions for collective nouns for a group of Ukip members.

Many of them are not clean enough to repeat in this column, but some were amusing and I thought I’d share them here.

A plague of Ukipers? A Faragery? An unholy gaggle? A snarl of Ukipers? A blumpkin? A government?

So, what do you call a group of Ukip members?

Suggestions on a postcard please.

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