• Instead of helping to topple a legitimately elected president and starting a civil war in the Ukraine, the EU should instead find common cause with Russia in the battle with Islamic extremism.
Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, today, in a debate on EU-Russia releations, and just before a vote on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said:
"Perhaps we ought to recognise that the West now faces the biggest threat and crisis to our way of life that we have seen for over 70 years.
"In the war against Islamic extremism, Vladimir Putin, whatever we may think of him as a human being, is actually on our side."
Slamming the actions of the EU, Mr Farage added : "We directly encouraged the uprising in the Ukraine that led to the toppling of the president, Yanukovych, and that led of course in turn to Vladimir Putin reacting. And the moral of the story is if you poke the Russian bear with a stick, don't be surprised when he reacts."
"The terms of reference given to the new Home affairs Commissioner show once again that Mr Juncker remains on Planet EU and will have no truck with any change to a system that is generating widespread social concern and action across Europe" - Diane James, UKIP MEP, South East Region.
Pictured: President-elect of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker (left) with the designated Home Affairs Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos
•The UK needs to wake up that renegotiation of the Freedom of movement of EU citizens has been firmly kicked into the long grass with the appointmemt of Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos (Greece).
Concerns at migration movements and immigration levels into and across Europe are at an all-time high. The Freedom of Movement principle is one tenent under probably the most scrutiny by politicians sensitive to voter sentiment as expressed in the recent European elections when record numbers of Eurosceptic MEPs were elected.
Anti-English sentiments are fuelling Alex Salmond's campaign but they could land Scotland with much worse masters in Brussels
By Ukip Leader Nigel Farage, MEP
• In a week’s time, Scotland will not hold a referendum about becoming independent. Everybody is describing it as such. But what is being voted on – and only by those who actually live in Scotland – is separation from England. Understand that and much that is otherwise inexplicable falls into place.
The SNP is the voice of anti-Englishness. Like Edward II, another English ruler, arrogant in certain victory, Mr Cameron has walked straight into a long-planned ambush. The year, carefully chosen by Mr Salmond, celebrates the one unequivocal Scottish victory in the long antagonism between the two nations, at Bannockburn in 1314.
To make matters worse, the PM himself precluded “devo max”. The Scots have no way of keeping a UK link while extending the powers of the Scottish Parliament. I believe this option would have won the day but thanks to Mr Cameron, it is not on offer. The choice on the ballot plays into Salmond’s hands: vote to stay subject to the English toffs at Westminster who stole their country under the threat of bankruptcy 300 years ago – the Act of Union – or vote to throw off the hated English yoke.
If the Scots vote Yes on Thursday (and we in UKIP hope they don’t), I predict a new referendum, and a resounding NO, within a couple of years, writes UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.
•So says David Cameron. But as in so many things, he could well be wrong. Most economic commentators expect a very negative reaction to a Yes vote, if that’s what happens on September 18th. This could happen quickly: indeed it is clearly happening already. Funds are moving out of Scotland; investment and house purchases are stalling; mortgagees are worrying about the future status and currency of their debt.
And of course, pace David Cameron, nothing is forever. The original and hugely successful union of Scotland and England has lasted 300+ years, and that’s a good long time. But if the Scots vote Yes, it won’t have been “forever”. And in this modern, internet age, things happen so much more quickly.
The European Union has set a key precedent here which Alex Salmond would do well to keep in mind. On June 2nd 1992, the Danes voted No to the Maastricht Treaty. But on May 18th 1993, they voted again, and reversed the decision. The first decision lasted less than a year – just 350 days, if my arithmetic is right.
If Ukip wins a Westminster seat next month, Nigel Farage cannot be excluded from TV debates at the General Election, writes UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.
•Barring any massive shift in public opinion, Ukip will gain its first elected MP in just a few weeks time on 9 October. Parliamentary by-elections may normally be of interest only to political anoraks, but this one could have a profound and lasting impact on the UK.
Douglas Carswell did the honourable thing by 'resigning' his seat and forcing a by-election (MPs can't legally resign of course, so the arcane method of forcing a by-election is for him to become the Steward of the Manor of Northstead which disqualifies him temporarily from being an MP). He was elected as a Conservative, so when he changed parties to Ukip it's commendable and utterly democratic that he chose to ask the electorate whether they still want him as a Ukip MP.
Ukip members are still in shock from the two opinion polls conducted in Clacton. They show Ukip on an astronomical 56% and 64% of the vote (the 56% poll being conducted by the Conservative Lord Ashcroft). Carswell is certainly opposed to British membership of the European Union, but I think his decision to join Ukip is about more than that.
David Cameron is as out of his depth on international matters as he is on domestic ones, writes UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP in the Daily Express
•The problem with using conveniently-timed foreign crises to distract from domestic difficulties is that they depend on favourable subsequent developments in order to endorse the claim of being the saviour of the hour, rather than the failure.
David Cameron boldly told assembled MPs during the first PMQs of the new term that he would strive to remove the passports of militants from Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq, but could not explain how he would traverse the legal implications that come with being a member of the EU and being under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.
Not only would the European Convention not permit rendering somebody stateless in the case of a British born national fighting in the Middle East, but in cases of dual nationality, where David Cameron is confident he would have the legal power to revoke citizenship, he could still face appeals at the European level where losing a British passport also means losing right of residence in the EU as a whole.
It seems there’s a groundswell of support for UKIP, especially in the south-east, and in Clacton this effect is reinforced by a very strong personal following for Douglas. He deserves that support, because in standing down and triggering a by-election, he has been both courageous and honourable. Those Tories who have accused him of vain posturing and conceit are beneath contempt. Many MPs in the circumstances would have said “The general election is pretty soon, so we’ll let it ride”. Douglas did the decent thing and sought a new mandate as a UKIP MP.
The Tory reaction has been predictable, if heavily orchestrated after the Tory Whips’ phone-round. They’re saying that only the Conservatives can deliver an EU Referendum, and that therefore Douglas by switching parties has damaged the chances of what he wants most. This is, of course, self-serving nonsense.
Donald Tusk is a rabid EU centralist, happy to milk the British taxpayer for child benefit and an ardent enemy of press freedom in Poland – Cameron should be opposing, not supporting him
"It is a scandal that David Cameron would back Poland’s Donald Tusk for the powerful position of President of the European Council. It shows that Cameron is so weakened by his failed attempt to stop Jean-Claude Juncker for the Commission job, that he is now happy to back anybody, even a dogmatic EU federalist such as Tusk.” - UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge (West Midlands)
“When David Cameron raised the scandal of the UK taxpayers being forced to fork out £55 million per year in child benefit to kids who live in eastern Europe, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in January, his comments were ‘unwarranted and unacceptable’.
“Poland’s foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski - who was, like Cameron, a member of the infamous Bullingdon Club while a student at Oxford, said Cameron suffers from ‘a kind of incompetence in European affairs’.
"As a new member of the European Parliament, the whole process seems undemocratic to me. We’re often voting on things that haven’t even been debated, and when something is ‘debated’ there’s no time for anything more than soundbites," writes UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott (North East).
• At the speed of a charging train, the votes follow one another thick and fast. “Amendment 5/1 - votes in favour, votes against, abstentions, carried. Amendment 5/2 - votes in favour, votes against, abstentions, rejected.”
Each vote takes around six seconds. I’ve not yet seen a voting session with more than a hundred votes, but seasoned colleagues tell me that they once had to vote 900 times in three days. The average is somewhere around 500.
This is how new laws are made in the European Parliament. No-one could understand the detail of all these votes, so instead they rely on voting lists prepared by teams of staff with a brief explanation of why they’re supposed to vote in a particular way.
Those who predicted we would lose momentum heading into the 2015 election are going to have to think again
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP
•I first spoke to Douglas Carswell about the possibility of his joining Ukip more than 18 months ago. Around that time there was considerable publicity about the number of MPs that our Treasurer Stuart Wheeler was having lunch with – the figure of nine was mentioned.
Mr Cameron’s January 2013 pledge for a referendum on the EU succeeded in stopping defections from happening. The Prime Minister did just enough to keep his people onside. But then I started speaking seriously to Douglas a few months ago. He was now looking at Ukip as being the only realistic option for bringing genuine change to this country. Yes of course we both agree that the majority of our laws should not be made in Brussels. And that uncontrolled and now rapidly increasing net migration into Britain was the current major issue.
But our political agreement ran far deeper than that. Both Douglas and Ukip agree that the current front benches are run by careerists with virtually no experience of the real world at all. They are in it for themselves and the country and the wellbeing of our people comes as a much lesser priority.
...and worry about the damage that “green” policies are doing to our economy
By Roger Helmer MEP
• That old canard that “97% of scientists support Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW)” is cropping up again in social media, parroted cheerfully without critical analysis, so I’ve been drawing attention to my rebuttal on the subject. This was based on Lord Monckton’s painstaking analysis of the original study on which the 97% claim is based. It seems that those who produced the 97% figure cheerfully assumed that any paper that failed to deny AGW outright was supporting it. Far from 97% backing the theory, Monckton showed that less than 3% of the papers cited specifically endorsed it.
Yet the 97% claim keeps coming up, just like the “3½ million jobs at risk if we leave the EU” claim, which is equally fraudulent.
Those on the minimum wage shouldn't pay anything back to the state
"Power lies with the individual, not the state, and we should free people from burdensome regulation and controls and allow them to achieve their full potential." - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP.
• Party conference season is now fast approaching and the August of continued grave news will give way to major policy announcements by the political parties. This year it’s the last time the parties will be getting together in this guise before the general election campaign starts in earnest. The spring conferences will be about campaigning – very much an internal event bar a few main speeches.
But autumn, the start of the new school term, is the time for a spectacle. It’s the culmination of months of hard work by marketing and events teams, with the policy departments and press officers scurrying around trying to organise briefings and exclusives and set-piece announcements.