UKIP Official Statement - Aphgate 2015 Watch
The fallout has been extreme, frankly it has been ridiculous. We are aware the house thinks UKIP should apologise and take responsibility but unfortunately the overwhelming majority in UKIP agree with the motion and the motive behind it. Due to this UKIP will not be apologising to Aph and UKIP will not be apologising for creating a motion the majority of the party agree with.
It will be of no surprise to anyone UKIP believes the sanctions do not proportionately reflect what has happened. Preventing the most active party from creating legislation for any period of time, and potentially keeping the party from a future government goes against democracy, prevents a section of voters from not being represented properly, and ruins the outcome of the election to the point where holding an election is pointless. For a speaker elected on a mandate of increasing an activity, taking steps to reduce activity is ironic to say the least. This ban will not affect only TSR UKIP, the rest of the house will also feel negative knock on effects from a downturn in activity.
To address the speaker, we feel discontent that Mr Speaker has failed to contact any UKIP party leadership directly via PM about this incident. [Correct as of going to press- 18:52 14/04/15].
UKIP’s next step is very clear and it is one some of you may not like but it is one we have made as a party. We will contest the election as a party using the manifesto we have already completed but we will not be taking part in the leader’s debates, we will not be producing any content, and we will not be taking part in debates over the content. The more you criticise us, the more you say negative things, the more you complain, the less likely we are to apologise.
NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!
When you say "the overwhelming majority in UKIP", who didn't support the motion?
We can not comment for those who were not online/ present in the discussion which lasted a week.
In that case I would hope all Party Leaders will join me in urging the electorate not to vote UKIP, as they've just admitted it'd be a completely wasted vote.
UKIP should grow up, disgraceful behaviour from them for this whole thing, they are lucky they didn't get more punishment even.
- Political Ambassador
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All you needed to do was (sincerely) apologise, guys.
Perhaps Nebelbon would like to participate in the debates on his behalf?