Thursday, April 21, 2005
Not that popular, then
UKIP is running 488 candidates in this general election. Or is it?
One UKIP candidate in the north-west of England is standing in eight seats simultaneously. He has been nominated in Ashton-under-Lyne, Crosby, Heywood and Middleton, Hyndburn, Manchester Central, Rochdale, Stalybridge and Hyde, and Wigan.
Dr John Whittaker, an MEP and originally the UKIP candidate only in Wigan, explained,
"Although we already had candidates in place in 58 of the 76 North West seats and I had been selected to fight Wigan, I decided to fill some of the gaps where we had no other candidates."I realise that UKIP is not what it was, but I cannot believe there is that big a shortage of ruddy-faced, spittle-flecked, tweed-jacketed, rancorous, xenophobic bigots.