A few weeks ago, a concerted campaign of dirty tricks and misrepresentation took place with the aim of discreditting UKIP. The general consensus in media circles was that this campaign was essentially engineered from within the Conservative Party, specifically Central Office.
We at Notes From the Borderland magazine find it hghly significant that one of the key protagonists in this campaign are the Hope Not Hate organisation, that arose out of Searchlight magazine. We have reported before in a previous issue of our magazine (number 4: still available), in 'This Cursed Plot,' how Searchlight and particularly Nick Lowles were responsible for placing stories in the British media to discredit the euro-sceptic movement as far back as 2001. Hope Not Hate, with Lowles as head honcho, as you will see from other posts on this website are now seeking to fashion a full and comprehensive attack upon UKIP. Their links with the Trinity Mirror group, for example have been crucial with various stories reported alleging racism from UKIP election campaigns.
Hope Not Hate have recently given the appearence of engaging in a consultation process with members in order to determine policy specifically towards UKIP. This has now culminated in the decision to hold up to sixty meetings across the UK in the very near future to discuss the recent electoral success of UKIP. There is no doubt that Hope Not Hate is playing a key party political role in opposing UKIP, accusing UKIP of being both racially prejudiced and homophobic. In this they are part of an overall strategy to discredit UKIP by all the main parties.
An integral part of HNH's campaign is forensically trawling through Facebook sites and other social media in order to find distasteful comments from UKIP candidates. Many of those so exposed, have defended themselves by saying that their Facebook sites were hacked into. This is a moot point. Certainly, there are bound to be people with racist views in every party and we do not wish to belittle this issue. But it is clear from perusing the Hope Not Hate blog that they not only have seeming foreknowledge of some such cases but that Simon Cressy of HNH (real name Carl Morphett) is an experienced internet geek.
All this would be just part of normal dirty politics if it stopped here, however there is more to the story. Hope Not Hate as we prove catagorically in the latest issue (10) of our magazine have an overlapping membership not just with the Labour Party in general, but the fanatically pro-EU Progress faction in particular.
The fact that HNH is essentially Labour run conflicts with UKIP political stance: hence they are not mere disinterested observers, but actual players in the party political game.. Nigel Farage, UKIP leader has recently said that UKIP now intends to target working class Labour constituencies: HNH real agenda includes shoring up the Labour vote, not for anti-racist motives (otherwise why did HNH never disown the racist Phil Woolas Labour MP for Oldham), but party political ones. It doesn't stop there though, we have revealed the fact that HNH is currently receiving government grants and funding, specifically from the Department of Communities and Local Government. Does this make HNH Tory as well as right-wing Labour? Obviously not: but as everybody knows, Tories are threatened by UKIP too. Which raises an ethical political and legal question. Is it really right that an NGO should be funded directly by the Conservatives (and their Lib Dem collaborators) in Government to do its dirty work in opposing a political enemy, in this case UKIP?
Given that one of UKIP's chief characteristics is to critique Britains political class, it is highly controversial and surely significant that this class (in the shape of Labour/Lib Dems/Tories) should be supporting and sponsoring stooge outfits in retaliation.
We trust that investigative journalists and concerned UKIP activists will raise these issues urgently. We are certainly going to continue to do so.
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