G P Taylor - Ordained Anglican Priest, Author and Broadcaster - 10th Dec 2012 on joining UKIP
"I am not an activist, just a member, but I am involved. I no longer whine and moan about the state of the country, I can now do something about it.
It has been hard not to vote for the party I had supported since my youth. Sadly, it had changed beyond recognition. No longer is it a party of the people. No longer is it a party of Yorkshire. Politicians appear to be out of touch with the needs of this vounty. We are expected to mindlessly return MPs to the Westminster gravy train without question and then have our county ignored for the rest of their term in office." http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/debate/columnists/gp-taylor-i-found-... -
Almost two years later: G P Taylor ' Why UKIP is no longer a party for ordinary people'
"What made Ukip different was about to change. In Westminster, many of the professional politicians suddenly saw their futures in jeopardy. Recklessly, Farage overlooked selected candidates to put in place the very people the grass roots of Ukip were suspicious of. Gravy train politicians wanting to keep their nose in the trough were sniffing out Ukip faster than a pig with a truffle.
Even though the first Ukip MP was elected, a committed former candidate was overlooked to accommodate Tory defector Douglas Carswell. He was sacrificed on the altar of media profile and of bloodying the nose of David Cameron."
So has local hero/villain GP Taylor a former candidate for UKIP been left battered and bruised?
SN 18/10/14 - UKIP expect to make major inroads at Scarborough Town Hall next year – and believe they can unseat Tory MP Robert Goodwill. The claims come as the party revealed it already has a candidate lined up to contest every ward in May’s council elections – including a magician.
It will be the strongest assault on the town hall to date by the party, which last week doubled its presence in the chamber after Whitby’s Mike Ward joined its ranks. But local UKIP chiefs say they expect that figure to rise considerably come May. “I would be very happy if we got six or seven seats, and can expand from there,” said Ken Hordon, chairman of UKIP’s Scarborough branch.
“I think it’s achievable and we will go all out to do that, and I’m very confident that we will get it. We are going to be tactical voting, and we are targeting particular wards we can win.”
One of the possible big name scalps eyed up by UKIP is council chief Tom Fox, with the party fielding a “very strong” Filey candidate in his Weaponness ward. And the party insists it has a chance of dislodging Robert Goodwill at the General Election, although a final decision on the candidate is yet to be made, with a party vote due in the near future.'
a blast from the past ;-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fzeNUqQbQ
Oh OK @ Graham - water under the bridge - enjoy your battle against the trolls and good luck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GchEVSx9XEA