Scots UKIP MEP David Coburn: Alex Salmond would now be hanging from lamppost if Scotland had voted Yes

IN an incendiary interview, Coburn said the plummeting price of oil meant the former First Minister would have paid the penalty had Scotland voted to go it alone.

 UKIP MEP David Coburn

UKIP MEP David Coburn

SCOTLAND’S only UKIP politician has sparked fury by claiming Alex Salmond would be “hanging from a lamppost” if there had been a vote for independence.

MEP David Coburn said the falling oil price would have crashed a go-it-alone Scotland’s economy and predicted the public would have taken violent reprisals against Salmond and his successor as First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

In an incendiary interview he also branded the SNP a “racist party”, revealed UKIP would drop the Smith Commission plans for more Holyrood powers and repeatedly referred to Sturgeon as “Helmet Hairdo”.

The controversial MEP was a shock Scottish winner in the European Parliament elections last May and now represents Nigel Farage’s anti-immigration party in Brussels.

And Coburn’s stark comments on the SNP are set to spark a fresh headache for the UKIP leader.

The SNP today branded them “unbefitting of any elected representative”.

Salmond’s economic case for independence was based on a barrel of oil being worth around $110. Since the referendum the price has plummeted to under $50.

Economists have warned the tumbling tax revenues from the North Sea would have left a blackhole of up to £7 billion in an independent Scotland’s budget.

“If we had all voted Yes, Scotland would have its begging bowl out to England,” said Coburn.

“I am a proud Scot and the last thing I want to see is my country with a begging bowl out to anybody because of a bunch of economic numpties who don’t know anything about finance.

“Nobody can base an economy on a commodity price, it is insanity.

“And if it had happened – if Scotland had voted Yes – they’d be hanging Salmond and Helmet Hairdo and all her silly friends.

“They’d be stringing them up from lampposts in Charlotte Square by now.”

Coburn also denied allegations UKIP are racist and claimed that description was more accurate about the SNP.

“They just hate the English,” he said. “They loathe the English, they are racist and anti-English.”

And he also attacked the recommendations of the cross party Smith Commission on a new devolution settlement for Scotland.

“It forms the same purpose that I use Alex Salmond’s Neverendum manifesto, the White Paper,” he said.

“Shred it. Stick it on a nail on the back of the privy door, that’s all it’s fit for.”

A spokeswoman for the SNP condemned Coburn’s remarks.

“These comments are offensive and totally unbefitting of any elected representative – but they are unfortunately the kind of remarks we have come to expect from UKIP’s David Coburn,” she said.

“Mr Coburn and his UKIP party are Euro-hostile and have distasteful views on many subjects – it is no wonder they are going nowhere in Scotland.”

Scottish Labour deputy leader Kezia Dugdale added: “There is no place for this kind of outrageous language in modern Scottish politics.

“UKIP’s language of division and grievance should be a thing of the past. All of Scotland must come together to take our country forward.”

Daily Record

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Nigel Farage: Links to a ‘racist age’ could ‘bury’ Ukip

Ukip leader says the “one thing” that could derail his party’s hopes for political success is if critics are able to link it to a “racist age”

Nigel Farage has admitted that his party will be “buried” if people are able to link the UK Independence Party to a “racist age”.

The Ukip leader made the unguarded comments at a meeting of senior party figures following allegedly racist comments made by a councillor on the internet.

The Telegraph has been passed a copy of minutes made at the meeting of Ukip’s national executive committee which met to discuss Chris Pain, who was suspended by UKip in 2013 over allegedly racist posts on his Facebook page.

Mr Pain claimed the posts were the work of a malicious hacker. A police investigation could not find sufficient evidence to prosecute.

At the meeting, held in June 2013, Mr Farage described the alleged comments as a “grave lack of judgement”.

He warned that “the one thing that is able to bury the Party if [sic] they can link us with a racist age”.

His comments show the level of concern amongst senior members of Ukip about the party being linked to allegations of racism.

Both the Conservatives and Labour have attempted to paint Ukip as a party with old-fashioned views that has no place in modern Britain.

A series of figures in Ukip also appeared to use the meeting to attempt to brush Mr Pain’s alleged comments under the carpet.

David Coburn, now an MEP in Scotland, described the controversy as “a technical/PR problem’ and asked: “Do have anyone that can come up with a sufficiently greasy excuse?”

Ukip has in recent months been embroiled in a number of controversies surrounding allegedly racist comments made by its candidates and members.

The party was forced to distance itself from a claim by Kent councillor Trevor Shonk that the established parties “have made the country racist because of the influx” of immigration.

And Kerry Smith was axed as a would-be MP after it emerged he mocked gay party members as “poofters”, joked about shooting people from Chigwell in a “peasant hunt” and referred to someone as a “Chinky bird”.

Mr Farage defended the language, saying Mr Smith was a “rough diamond” council house boy who “speaks in a way that a lot of people from that background do”.

Douglas Carswell, who earlier this year became Ukip’s first MP in the Commons after defecting from the Conservatives, has warned that his party must show an “inclusive” face and not blame immigrants for Britain’s woes if it is to become a serious force in politics.

He said that a said that a dislike of foreigners was “not merely offensive but absurd”.

“No Ukip candidate should ever make the mistake of blaming outsiders for the failings of political insiders in Westminster,” he said.

“There has never been anything splendid about isolation.

“It was our interdependence that put the Great into Great Britain – and it is what sustains our living standards today. In such a world, a dislike of foreigners is not merely offensive, but absurd.”

Ukip did not respond to requests for a comment.

Daily Telegraph


UKIP’s chairman in Scotland Arthur Thackeray reveals party spies on opponents

Misty Thackeray

Misty Thackeray

UKIP in Scotland has revealed it is using a variety of undercover measures to spy on its opponents.

The party’s chairman north of the border Arthur Thackeray has made the shock revelations that private investigators were hired during the independence referendum and that protest groups against the party were “infiltrated”.

And Thackeray described UKIP’s network as “‘a very good intelligence service” adding that the activities will “most definitely” continue ahead of May’s General Election.

Thackeray, a former security firm boss, said the party has recruited private investigation industry contacts to monitor anti-Ukip protest groups;

And to throw opponents off the scent, he revealed that “spotters” used to infiltrate anti-UKIP protest groups are being recruited from the Polisgh community – because it was felt they were the last people the mob would expect to be working for UKIP.

‘Decoy’ events have been set up by Ukip to take protesters away from the proper venues;

Thackeray himself said he went undercover himself at a Radical Independence Campaign event.

Opponents of then part have branded the tactics as “sinister”.

The security measures have been adopted in Scotland since UK leader Nigel Farage had to be locked in an Edinburgh pub last year to protect him from an angry mob.

Thackeray was a director of his own group of companies ‘in the security and private investigations industry’ before becoming Ukip Scotland chairman and chief of staff to Ukip MEP David Coburn.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “It is safe to say that we have a very good intelligence service within the party now. We keep tabs on everything that’s happening with our opponents. You’ll appreciate from my background I have a network of people who have a range of skills. They’re quite happy to do the job.

“For our members, representatives and certainly for Nigel when he’s in town, safety is important.”

Last year Farage was confronted with around 50 protestors at the Canons’ Gait pub in central Edinburgh, some allegedly chanting “racist Nazi scum” and “Go home to England”.

Farage had to be rescued by police.

it is thought that incident led to the party re-assessing its security measures.

“Decoy” events have been set up to lure protestors away from real events and Thackeray himself and a private eye went undercover at a Radical Independence Campaign event.

He added:”As someone who’s done a lot of covert work in my time, it was nothing. For the remainder of the campaign, every time there was an event we went along.”

Groups thought to have been monitored by UKIP include Radical Independence, the Socialist Worker Party, Scottish Socialist Party, United Against Fascism and Stand Up To UKIP.

Asked if undercover operations would continue, Mr Thackeray said: “Most definitely. Whatever we have to do within the law to make sure that safety is maintained we will do.”

These types of activities are not thought to have broken any laws.

An SNP spokesman said: “That UKIP resort to spying on people who disagree with their intolerant agenda is sinister – and shows exactly what kind of party they are.

“We need as many Nationalist MPs as possible elected at the General Election because we can’t afford to have UKIP wielding any more influence at Westminster than they already do.”

Daily Record


Gay UKIP MEP David Coburn calls Scottish Tory leader a ‘fat lesbian’

Gay UKIP MEP David Coburn has labelled Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative party, a “fat lesbian”.

Mr Coburn, who is UKIP’s most prominent gay politician but opposes same-sex marriage, managed to clinch the party’s first seat in Scotland during May’s European elections.

According to the Daily Record, he was overheard on a train ripping into other Scottish politicians, labelling Ms Davidson a “fat lesbian” and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont a “fish wife”.

He added: “Voting Green is a cult like Scientology or something.”

When challenged by the newspaper, he said: “I’m a fat Scotsman, there so. I don’t recall any of this.”

A UKIP spokesperson also brushed off the claims, adding: “David Coburn has no recollection of the alleged conversation.”

Mr Coburn is no stranger to controversial remarks, claiming earlier this month that the Scottish National Party’s electoral tactics are “fascist”, comparing Alex Salmond to Robert Mugabe.

He has previously claimed that “neo-right” activists are to blame for same-sex marriage, which he says“breeds” homophobia.

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, responded to homophobic comments on social media during an independence debate earlier this month.

She said: “While I am not overly affected by it, I think it is important that young LGBT people know that they don’t have to just accept the kind of hate words which are thrown about online and which are unacceptable.”

Mr Coburn, who was previously the party’s London regional chairman, declared that same-sex marriage was “unnecessary” while writing for PinkNews in 2012.

Pink News


Ukip MEP wants less immigration and more breeding

SCOTLAND’s newly-elected Ukip MEP David Coburn has said the country should breed more rather than allow increased immigration.

Speaking to the Evening News ahead of his dramatic victory in the European elections, Mr Coburn said if there was a need to boost the country’s population the answer lay in more sex rather than more migrants.

Asked about the SNP’s plans for a distinct immigration policy to meet Scotland’s economic needs, he said: “Why don’t we have more children?”

He challenged the idea that there was any need for a population increase, saying: “Scotland is lovely because it’s not full of people. That’s why a lot of people love Scotland.”

Edinburgh Central SNP MP Marco Biagi said Mr Coburn’s comments smacked of communist dictatorships urging citizens to breed “in some sense of patriotic fervour”. He said: “The man needs to connect with real Scotland.”

Population projections suggest Scotland will need more people of working age to balance the future increase in the number of pensioners, whether or not there is independence.

Mr Coburn, though born and educated in Glasgow, has been based in London and his address, read out at the results declaration, was given as Kensington. But he said he was currently renting a flat in Leith and was looking to buy a house in Edinburgh.

He claimed his success meant the “Ukip revolution” had now reached Scotland – though the party’s share of the vote here was 10.4 per cent rather than the 27.5 per cent across the UK.

He claimed more wins would follow. He said: “We’re going to get MPs from Scotland at the next election. We are going to stand as many as we can.

He said it would “make sense” for the party to target former Tory areas, adding: “The Conservative party is dead in Scotland.”

Mr Coburn, who is gay, also said he supported civil partnerships but was opposed to gay marriage as it “breeds homophobia”, adding: “I don’t see the point in crossing the road to pick a fight with people of faith.”

He also said Ukip leader Nigel Farage – who was forced to lock himself in a Royal Mile pub to escape protesters last year and had tight security for a rally at the Corn Exchange earlier this month – was “keen as mustard” to return to Scotland. “Nigel intends to come up a lot more,” he added.

After his election was officially confirmed yesterday, Mr Coburn said: “I will do my best to make sure I highlight the problems of the European Union. When I’m in Brussels I will do my best to make sure Scottish business and Scottish people know the daft schemes they’re cooking up there to make our lives infinitely more awkward. My second mission will be to make myself redundant. I want to get out of the European Union at the first available opportunity.”

David Coburn on . .

GREEN ENERGY

“I utterly oppose wind farms, they don’t do any good, they are incredibly expensive, they put up the price of a three-bar electric fire for the pensioners of Scotland and they make a lot of lairds rich at the expense of poor people.

“I’m the greenest person you could ever get – I’m mega-keen on compost heaps and wormeries.

“But you wouldn’t be happy if someone plonked a great big German propeller next to your house that you spent a lot of money buying.”

GAY MARRIAGE

“Civil partnership should be enough. Gay marriage breeds homophobia and takes back gay liberation – people are happy enough to tolerate what gay people do and their relationships but I don’t think they are happy to have their noses rubbed in it over marriage.”

LEGALISING DRUGS

“Like Nigel Farage, I believe it should be looked into. Criminalisation of it, a bit like alcohol in Chicago in the 1920s, just breeds crime. All the police in the drugs squads I’ve spoken to say all they do is push the prices up, they don’t actually stop it.

“I’ve never taken drugs in my life. For years we’ve been trying to stop it. We’d be much better treating it as a health problem, they way we treated cigarettes – persuade people it’s a very unhealthy occupation.”

IMMIGRATION

“We have to stop the EU open-door immigration policy it is putting pressure on houses, schools, jobs.

“If the SNP is a nationalist party I’ll eat my hat. What nationalist party wants to import lots and lots of people into the country and change the nature of it?”

THE SIX SEATS

SCOTLAND’S six seats go to the SNP’s Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith, Labour’s David Martin and Catherine Stihler, Tory Ian Duncan and Ukip’s David Coburn. Lib Dem George Lyon lost his place.

The SNP topped the poll with 389,503 votes to Labour’s 348,219 – but the Nationalists’ 28.9 per cent share of the vote was marginally down on last time.

Labour’s vote increased from 20.8 to 25.9 per cent, the Tories’ rose from 16.8 to 17.2, while the Lib Dems plummeted from 11.5 to 7.1 and the Greens jumped from 7.3 to 8 per cent.

Ukip’s 140,534 votes amounted to a 10.4 per cent share of the vote – up from 5.2 per cent last time, but nowhere near the 27.5 per cent they took at UK level.

The Scotsman


UKIP’s chairman in Scotland Arthur Thackeray reveals party SPIES on opponents

Misty Thackeray

Misty Thackeray

UKIP in Scotland has revealed it is using a variety of undercover measures to spy on its opponents.

The party’s chairman north of the border Arthur Thackeray has made the shock revelations that private investigators were hired during the independence referendum and that protest groups against the party were “infiltrated”.

And Thackeray described UKIP’s network as “‘a very good intelligence service” adding that the activities will “most definitely” continue ahead of May’s General Election.

Thackeray, a former security firm boss, said the party has recruited private investigation industry contacts to monitor anti-Ukip protest groups;

And to throw opponents off the scent, he revealed that “spotters” used to infiltrate anti-UKIP protest groups are being recruited from the Polish community – because it was felt they were the last people the mob would expect to be working for UKIP.

‘Decoy’ events have been set up by Ukip to take protesters away from the proper venues;

Thackeray himself said he went undercover himself at a Radical Independence Campaign event.

Opponents of then part have branded the tactics as “sinister”.

The security measures have been adopted in Scotland since UK leader Nigel Farage had to be locked in an Edinburgh pub last year to protect him from an angry mob.

Thackeray was a director of his own group of companies ‘in the security and private investigations industry’ before becoming Ukip Scotland chairman and chief of staff to Ukip MEP David Coburn.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “It is safe to say that we have a very good intelligence service within the party now. We keep tabs on everything that’s happening with our opponents. You’ll appreciate from my background I have a network of people who have a range of skills. They’re quite happy to do the job.

“For our members, representatives and certainly for Nigel when he’s in town, safety is important.”

Last year Farage was confronted with around 50 protestors at the Canons’ Gait pub in central Edinburgh, some allegedly chanting “racist Nazi scum” and “Go home to England”.

Farage had to be rescued by police.

it is thought that incident led to the party re-assessing its security measures.

“Decoy” events have been set up to lure protestors away from real events and Thackeray himself and a private eye went undercover at a Radical Independence Campaign event.

He added:”As someone who’s done a lot of covert work in my time, it was nothing. For the remainder of the campaign, every time there was an event we went along.”

Groups thought to have been monitored by UKIP include Radical Independence, the Socialist Worker Party, Scottish Socialist Party, United Against Fascism and Stand Up To UKIP.

Asked if undercover operations would continue, Mr Thackeray said: “Most definitely. Whatever we have to do within the law to make sure that safety is maintained we will do.”

These types of activities are not thought to have broken any laws.

An SNP spokesman said: “That UKIP resort to spying on people who disagree with their intolerant agenda is sinister – and shows exactly what kind of party they are.

“We need as many Nationalist MPs as possible elected at the General Election because we can’t afford to have UKIP wielding any more influence at Westminster than they already do.”

Daily Record


UKIP’s top Scottish candidate – who left foreign students thousands out of pocket

Coburn, left, with UKIP leader Farage on campaign trail

Coburn, left, with UKIP leader Farage on campaign trail

UKIP’s top Scottish candidate in next month’s European elections left foreign students thousands of pounds out of pocket after he shut down their language school.

Right-winger David Coburn left the students from all over the world in the lurch after taking tuition fees in advance.

Coburn, 55, is described in a UKIP election leaflet as an “international freight forwarding business owner”.

He ran the Lexicon School of English in London’s Kensington, which was dissolved in 1993 by the Companies Registrar after failing to file accounts.

But Coburn improperly carried on trading, despite an outstanding rent bill of £45,000 and was still taking in cash until just before he closed the school.

Angry students said they were left in extreme financial difficulties with one describing Coburn as an “absolute b*****d’’.

After Lexicon’s collapse, other language schools offered the students free courses.

Two of Coburn’s other companies, Heliogabalus and D&C Trading, were dissolved in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Coburn, now based in Edinburgh, said: “I have had a lot of businesses. Some have been better than others.

“The students all transferred on to other schools. It was the time of the Gulf War starting and everyone was having trouble. Businesses were doing badly all over the place.

“Plus there were lots of cheap language schools opening up which undermined everyone. If you can’t make money out it, you have to close it.”

Scotland has six European seats up for grabs this year and UKIP are hopeful of grabbing one, with Coburn top of their list.

Alex Salmond has previously insisted that an independent Scotland would have more liberal immigration policies than the UK.

Coburn said: “Mr Salmond seems to want to fill the country with people from God knows where.

“That’s what has happened in England where people are desperately unhappy about it and are voting UKIP.”

Coburn also insists that Scots living outside Scotland should have a vote in the independence referendum.

He said: “Salmond is destroying their citizenship. If they don’t get a postal vote in the referendum, it is not worth a candle. It is a fraud.”

Daily Record