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Sunday, 22 January 2017

UKIP In Stoke - Paging Michael Crick

So it has come to pass that UKIP leader Paul Nuttall, aka the Bad Bootle Meff, has been selected - unopposed, naturally - to stand for the Kippers in Stoke on Trent Central. To celebrate this event, Nuttall has been swaggering his way round TV studios in London, telling anyone and everyone that he spends all his time in the north, and making cheap jokes about Labour and Islington. But the campaign has hardly started.
Ullo Stoke people, gorra new motor?

No-one has yet asked this amalgam of early Alexei Sayle and Al Murray’s Pub Landlord why, if he is such an electoral asset, he has a chance rather equivalent to that of a snowball in hell of winning an election - any election - on his native Merseyside, or indeed, why he is so universally despised there. No-one is asking about the questionable claims on his CV which he has been allowed to laugh off as mere admin errors.

No-one has yet asked him how he could have been in the Leppings Lane end of the Hillsborough stadium on that fateful day in April 1989, yet apparently also have experienced the crush outside the ground. No-one is yet pulling him up on his basic failure of knowledge when he suggested the ECHR was part of the EU - this from someone who has been an MEP since 2009, so might be expected to know something about that.

No-one is yet holding Nuttall to account for his flip-flop on NHS sell-offs, his belated decision to approve of what Vladimir Vladimirovitch Putin is up to in the Middle East, his denigration of LGBT rights, his claim to be a “man of the people” while advocating for his party to be awarded peerages, his climate change denialism, and his plainly Islamophobic stance. So during the by-election campaign, there is an opportunity for someone.
Michael Crick

And that someone should be Channel 4 News’ Michael Crick, who knows a thing or two about skewering dishonest and slippery politicians, having dealt previously with the likes of Jeffrey Archer and Iain Duncan Cough. Crick would be the ideal inquisitor of Nuttall, well able to keep in the Bad Bootle Meff’s face on his lack of candour.

That lack of candour would include the MEP’s highly questionable expense claims: for someone who likes to tell his audiences that Brussels holds very little interest for him, Nuttall has no problem billing the European Parliament for an office whose address is actually a Royal Mail building. It appears to be nothing more than a mailbox, only for correspondence. Nuttall did open an office in Bootle in 2010, but.

By 2014, that office was shuttered and empty. Small wonder the EU’s anti-fraud unit is investigating him, and his claims not only for an office that appears not to be there, but also three staff whose presence appears equally illusory. It has been alleged that he is claiming for several assistants, most of whom do not exist. It has also been alleged that one of his staff is actually based in Kent, rather a long way from Merseyside.

Yes, there would be plenty for someone like Michael Crick to get their teeth into when it comes to Paul Nuttall. The voters in Stoke need to know, to paraphrase Richard Milhous Nixon, if their candidate’s a crook. We may find that out sooner rather than later.

4 comments:

Jonathan Wilson said...

To be honest, I think the press will all give him and unbelievably easy ride... soft soap interviews, his indiscretions and "mistakes" ignored, and a positive spin on everything and every interview.

Why do I think that?

Well the press would rather have that effing nutter win, so that they can use it to attack Corbyn, and Labour in general.

Then once he has won, the attack dogs will then - and only then - print all the negative shit they have on him... but again it will be done with spin: "look what Corbyn lost against, Corbyn lost against this utter nutter... how bad is that?" while they ignore the fact that they withheld that information and gave Nutter an easy ride.

I am so confidant that this will happen... that I am prepared to bet a day without internet access that it will be so; a bet I do not make lightly.

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Alan Clifford said...

Crick?

The Hate Any Scouser Manc?

The far right gumshoe hack?

The hack who never interviews or doorsteps far right politicos like Murdoch, Rothermere, mainstream media editors or banker oligarchs.

Him, you mean?

If Nuttall is a Bad Bootle Meff - and he IS - then Crick is a Mediocre Manc Media Meff. Don't kid yourself.

David said...

I'm assuming in the interests of balance that all of the Stoke by-election candidates - and not just Paul Nuttalls of the UKIPs - will be getting similar national media exposure. Won't they?