Latest polls have UKIP beating Labour 13% to 10% with far leftwing Greens way behind at 3%
From Eric Dondero:
Can you believe this shit? This is the very latest attempt by the left to paint the UK Independence Party as somehow corrupt.
Note it is the far-left, libertarian-hating UKGuardian that is trying to make a story of it.
From the Guardian, "Ukip accepts £25,000 donation from e-cigarette firm":
The UK Independence party has been given a £25,000 donation by an electronic cigarette company, while opposing new Brussels rules that would regulate non-tobacco nicotine products as medicines. Electoral Commission records show Ukip accepted the funding in May from Pillbox38, a Blackburn-based firm linked to Totally Wicked-E liquid electronic cigarettes.
The company is currently fighting regulation proposed by the European commission last year, which says that products containing a certain amount of nicotine must be authorised as medicines. It argues that this amounts to an effective ban on e-cigarettes, and has launched a lobbying campaign to persuade Europe to relax its regulation.Additionally:
Janice Atkinson (photo), a potential Ukip MEP candidate, spoke out against the EU "interfering again by trying to regulate e-cigarettes" in March.
In May, Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, told Better Retailing: "The amount of money spent trying to stop people smoking is massive and yet when the market provides an alternative to tobacco the EU tries to legislate against it. They have no real understanding of business or real people, only an overwhelming urge to interfere regardless of the consequences."
On Thursday, the party confirmed it is opposed to greater regulation on electronic cigarettes, saying this was "hardly surprising" given Ukip's long fight against the smoking ban.And guess who it is that's attacking the libertarians?
Keith Taylor, the Green party's MEP for south-east England, said the donation was an argument for state funding of parties to take "vested interests" out of politics. (Emphasis added.)
"While Ukip MEPs tend to shy away from doing too much work in the European parliament they do seem to have made plenty of time to campaign against the regulation of e-cigarettes," he said. "I sincerely hope that Ukip's stance on this vital discussion affecting public health wasn't influenced by the £25,000 they received from Pillbox38."Could it have something to do with the fact that the very latest polls released just two days ago, show UKIP with 13%, Labour at 10% and the Greens way down at 3%?