15 reasons women shouldn’t vote for UKIP

Thinking of voting for UKIP tomorrow? If you care even a jot about the rights of women, think on.

Thinking of voting for UKIP tomorrow?

If you care even a jot about the rights of women, think on.

Here are 15 reasons why women (and men who believe in equality of the sexes) should sooner drink poison than vote for the Kippers tomorrow.

1. Nigel Farage on women: “Godfrey’s [Bloom, former UKIP MEP] comment that ‘no employer with a brain in the right place would employ a young, single, free woman‘ has been proved so right. With this lunacy, that if you have children you get three months paid leave off work, or six months paid leave off work – he absolutely got it spot on.”

2. UKIP want to scrap paid maternity leave (in line with Lesotho, Swaziland, the US and Papua New Guinea).

3. UKIP want to make it legal for employers to discriminate on the basis of gender (as well as race).

4. This would also entail the scrapping of employment regulations against sexual harassment and safeguards for part time and irregular workers, the majority of which are women.

5. Nigel Farage informed City high flyers that they are “worth less” to employers if they become mothers or that motherhood is a lifestyle choice.

6. Patrick O’Flynn, MEP Candidate, also say that pregnant women in the workplace are a “disaster”.

7. UKIP’s MEPs have consistently failed to represent the interests of women. They have voted against or simply not turned up to key votes in the European Parliament on ensuring equal pay, combating violence against women and ruling out FGM, to name but a few.

8. Since the 2009 European Election UKIP’s only two female MEPs, Nikki Sinclaire and Marta Andreasen, have both left the party. Andreason said Farage doesn’t try to involve intelligent professional women in positions of responsibility in the party. He thinks women should be in the kitchen or in the bedroom”. Nikki Sinclaire won an Employment Tribunal claim for sex discrimination against the party.

9. Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP and candidate in the Newark by-election, said, Rape is always wrong, but not always equally culpable.”

10. Godfrey Bloom, a former UKIP MEP, was not reprimanded for hugely sexist statements such as, “[feminists are] shrill, bored, middle-class women of a certain physical genre” and, “Women, in spite of years of training in art and music – and significant leisure time in the 18th and 19th Centuries – have produced few great works”

11. Stuart Wheeler, the party’s treasurer, said that women were “absolutely nowhere” when they compete with men in sports where they are not physically disadvantaged. He said, “I would just like to challenge the idea that it is necessary to have a lot of women or a particular number on a board… Business is very, very competitive and you should take the performance of women in another competitive area, which is sport where [men] have no strength advantage.”

12. In November 2013, UKIP MEP, Stuart Agnew said (in a debate on women in the boardroom) that Women don’t have the ambition to get to the top, something gets in the way. It’s called a baby… Those females who really want to get to the top do so”.

13. David Chalice , a senior party official in Exeter, has voiced his belief that women should stay at home and that “cash-strapped Moslems” should have multiple wives.

14. Demetri Marchessini, the party’s sixth-largest individual donor in 2013, said there was no such thing as marital rape, arguing: “If you make love on Friday and make love Sunday, you can’t say Saturday is rape.” He also claimed women should be banned from wearing trousers because they “discourage love-making”.

15. Need I go on?

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512 Responses to “15 reasons women shouldn’t vote for UKIP”

  1. Chunkie

    Fact 1). Godfrey Bloom and his daft ideas have been Kicked out of UKIP.
    Fact 2). Scrapping Paid Maternity leave? Again Not UKIP Policy.
    Fact 3. UKIP does not discriminate on gender and does not want to legalise it either.
    Fact 4). Scrapping Employment regulation is not an option! Changing it so that British men and women workers are considered first is!
    Fact 5). Mothers contribute greatly to the British workforce and is recognised by UKIP as such. However if any Key workers male or female are not at work, then production usually suffers?
    Fact 6). If that was said by him, it must have been some time ago and it is certainly not the policy of UKIP.
    Fact 7). UKIP usually vote against every policy the EU comes out with simply because its an EU policy!
    Fact 8). UKIP now has five female MEP’s and many female members. Those two sadly had their own agendas and ideas of how UKIP should be ran which didn’t meet with the majority’s views? They decided to leave!As for employment tribunal’s Labour, Conservatives and Lib-Dems have had their share of them also!
    Fact 9). Yes rape is always wrong perhaps you would care fully quote to expand on Mr Helmer’s remark only this time put it in its proper context instead of an implied negative one?
    Fact 10). Godfrey Bloom again! He’s gone ancient history and nothing to do with UKIP.
    Fact 11). Mr Wheeler was taken out of context as so many UKIP members are. he stated: “My point is that there are some things that men are better than women at, some things that women are better than men at, and you don’t necessarily want to impose a minimum of either sex at the top of any profession or at the top of any board.”
    Fact 12). Most women don’t want to get to the top! Most men don’t either, Its a fact. But Its mostly those that have the ambition that actually cant make it for whatever reason that do all the complaining!
    Fact 13). Chalice was accused of a racist remark when in fact he was clearly pointing out a fact! Once again taken out of context by the press like most remarks by UKIP members!
    Fact 14). Demitri Marchessini Is a Greek Shipping Tycoon. His remarks are his own personal remarks and have no place in UKIP or its policies. Others have donated to other political parties and have done things and made remarks which are far worse, but because they are not donating to UKIP do not get reported!
    Fact 15). No you do not need to go on as the majority of you so called “reasons” are mostly misquotes and nothing but conjecture. But if we start talking about the Left of politics particularly the Labour Party we can talk about real crime and sleaze such as the Rotherham cover-up or even Greville Janner etc. etc. But to get all the facts have a look at Labour 25 on Face book! The Tories are far worse than UKIP when it comes to sleaze and Paedophiles and of course the Lib Dems!

  2. Mary Ann

    What’s a melt? apart from snow and ice turning to water.

  3. Mary Ann


  4. Mary Ann

    you must be another ukipper, there is plenty of punctuation through his comment.

  5. Austin

    Racist? Really? Whats racist about wanting to control the amount of immigration that floods into an already full UK? Australia, America, Japan etc etc, are they all racist as well?

  6. Oliver

    Interesting – that in all the comments here by UKIP supporters, I couldn’t find any which disputed the points made in James Bloodworth’s excellent article above – so presumably they agree that not only is UKIP sexist, it positively revels in it! As long as people are aware of this attitude,
    which most women (not just feminists – ask Women’s Institute & Mumsnet) find extremely offensive, UKIP is unelectable.
    As long as …

  7. Ben cook

    Yes but if you knew any history at all you would know that about 90% of Muslims actually sided with the nazis and we actually were helping most of the minorities that sided with us- like the myth that the polish helped us- we were actually helping them and went to war when they were invaded- you can’t change history but the lefties certainly try their best lol

  8. Last Hussar

    Fact 7). UKIP usually vote against every policy the EU comes out with simply because its an EU policy!

    And that is a problem. An MEP is there to represent their constituents (all be it in line with party policy). If you vote against equal rights for women, your electorate have the right to know. (UKIP also voted against legislation to make lorries safer, and to save money in the EU budget).

    UKIP get paid and then vote against the good of their constituents. At least when Sinn fein didn’t attend parliament it was to make a point- they don’t recognise the Sovereignty, and therefore didn’t get paid.

    If Sinn Fein is more moral than you, you have a problem.

  9. Lyn

    As a woman, why am I being told how I should vote by a man?

    If you are going to run articles like this, at least have the good sense to have them fronted by a woman.

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