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UKIP leader Nigel Farage addresses crowds in Lydney

By citizengibbon  |  Posted: April 03, 2013

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Nigel Farage

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage swept into Gloucestershire today to plant the acorns from which he hopes "great oaks will grow".

He is on the first leg of a national tour to drum up support for the record 2,000 candidates his party is fielding in county council elections around the country on May 2.

He took questions in Lydney from a 200-strong crowd at the town's Annexe venue before meeting up with his wife and kids to celebrate his 49th birthday.

He said: "We were really being asked about the plight of the low paid and youth issues, things like youth unemployment.

"It's a classic case of national issues impacting on local people and, while Gloucestershire County Council can't change national taxes, you can certainly still send a message."

He said portrayals of his party only having a single policy are "unfair".

"We have a radical view on taxation, immigration, on a whole raft of issues," he said.

"I have promised that all UKIP councillors will be against wind farm developments, because they simply don't work, and I have promised that UKIP will have an independent voice and look in a hard-headed way at how the money at county halls is being spent.

"No-one wants to lose frontline services but we need to look at things like how is being spent on translation, printing and things like that."

On his party's chances in Gloucestershire, he added: "I am hopeful we will be able to establish a bridgehead onto Gloucestershire County Council and from little acorns great oaks grow.

"If you look in the Forest of Dean at recent town council elections and by-elections, we have had a strong showing and there is a definite trend developing."

On a national scale, he wants to scrap income tax on the minimum wage to get more people into work and off benefits and said the spare room subsidy introduced at the start of this month is "unenforceable".

"You can't send someone to jail for having a spare bedroom but I do think what Iain Duncan Smith is doing with the benefits system is right - a lot of people on benefits don't want to be there," he said.

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  • ShireMe  |  April 05 2013, 12:11AM

    For all those thinking of voting UKIP as a "protest vote" don't bother! The fact that Farage was shmoozing with Rupert Murdoch tells me that as soon as his party has the support of the electorate they will become part of the same old system that gives 5 year dictatorships in a first past the post system to the "winning" party (always voted in democractically by a minority of the population). If you must protest then do so by not voting. Only when LibLabUKIPCon see a dismal turnout election after election will they see that they need to change the division between the political class and the public in this nation...

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  • supernova1  |  April 04 2013, 2:45PM

    Of course UKIP aren't racists, but they are nationalists. And that's the only part of facism they share. Didn't we all secretly applaud the French when they refused our lamb many years ago? Imigration may not be a major problem here, but there will be knock on effects from all over the country. Trouble is, the liberal lefties think that Liebour did the right thing, opening up our borders. We could have had controlled imigration, but no, Liebour let them all in. But equally, our benefits system is partly to blame in that many Poles and Bulgarians came here initially to do farm work. I know someone who could not get any crop pickers from the local work-force. Then the Poles started, and everything was great for him. Now though, many of them have moved on, got promoted, and often only hire Polish or Bulgarians themselves, so blocking out local jobseekers. And while they obviously contribute to the local society, they do send huge amounts back home. I hate to say 'I told you so' but when I saw Eastern European jumping out of one federal state, straight into another, ie, the EU, I said something was wrong. Equally, the Euro was NEVER going to work. I would love to knbow what the benfits have been for the Eurozone, over and above the non-states? And while a huge amount of our trade is with Europe, we should withdraw now, if only to have control over the law makers.

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  • Aletheia  |  April 04 2013, 1:10AM

    'Nerva' did you not think before you wrote your post? You make reference to Dennis MacShane (Labour) accusing Nigel Farrage of lining his pockets with money claimed from the EU. What you perhaps deliberately fail to mention is that nobody has ever produced evidence that Farrage has made any false claims whereas MacShane, like many other Labour M.Ps was found to have submitted two lots of fraudulent claims. The second lot concerned 19 false claims he made, which he admitted to and had to resign as a result. Any 'Average Joe' would have been arrested and put before the courts and it appears he only avoided this because he was a (corrupt) politician.

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  • SassySue  |  April 03 2013, 11:49PM

    I can understand voters being fed up with the 3 main parties. I certainly am. However UKIP is not the panacea that Farage would have you believe. This man has alliances with anti-gay, far-right fascist European politicians. A vote for UKIP is a vote for fascism, far right anti-workers rights. Farage is a ticking time bomb, please don't light his fuse.

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 03 2013, 7:57PM

    by HenryWWednesday, April 03 2013, 7:17PM "Sometimes, Godwins Law doesn't apply, my father (born in the forest) didn't vote for fascists he shot em... And I thought the hecklers had valid points (if you we're there there were more than one) So that gives you the right to insinuate people who do not agree with your views as "Fascists"? I bet most of the people looking to vote UKIP have family that fought against "Fascists" Including mine and indeed myself. What they do want is to retake their Country back from the "New Fascists" in the EU.

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  • Fadetoblack27  |  April 03 2013, 7:56PM

    Those who accuse people of wearing "swastika coloured glasses" for thinking immigration is of one the biggest problems we face locally are so out of step with public opinion you have to wonder about their state of mind. Winston Churchill was explicitly against mass immigration and so too, no doubt, would have been the British soldiers, including members of my family, who fought against the Nazis. I assume you wouldn't accuse them of wearing "swastika couloured glasses" unless, of course, you were being truly cruel and insulting. We should always recognise the positive impact of organised and controlled immigration, but it needs to be managed in such a way that the benefits are maximised.

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  • LORDGAGA--  |  April 03 2013, 7:45PM

    Great to see Nigel Farage in the forest today - our only hope for the future you gotta laugh

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  • Free2opine  |  April 03 2013, 7:28PM

    Nerva. "200k" per year to pay for staff, travel back and forth to Europe, hotel accommodation, for himself and staff etc, etc. doesn't work out very much. Some MP's in this country are getting a lot more than that. Your message therefore is dead in the water.

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  • Nerva  |  April 03 2013, 7:18PM

    This guy who has been in the county today trying to blend-in with the largely Tory 'Gloucestershire Gentry" - didn't he once work as a 'bankster' (Credit Lyonnais, was it?) and as a commodities broker ... and other similar companies in the City of London? As they say, to paraphrase a well known saying, one a banker always a bankster. And how about former MP Dennis McShane's now legendary quote from four years ago that Farage "was happy to line his pockets with gold" after the Ukip chief admitted to some press 'bash', where he was keynote speaker, that in the 10 years he had been and MEP he had claimed £2 million of taxpayers' money in staff, travel, and other expenses on top of his £64,000 a year salary. (Source: Observer 24 May 200 - Ukip leader Nigel Farage boasts of his £2m in expenses - Farage used EU allowances to finance his eurosceptic message. http://tinyurl.com/pzxrak ). Fred Goodwin for Chancellor? Or Jamie Dimon for US President?

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  • HenryW  |  April 03 2013, 7:17PM

    Sometimes, Godwins Law doesn't apply, my father (born in the forest) didn't vote for fascists he shot em... And I thought the hecklers had valid points (if you we're there there were more than one) I was born in the forest, and in the main, damn glad people move in... If you want to know who I'll be voting for it'll be someone who isn't a shoplifting criminal.

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