The only match for that, despite desperate efforts by Murdoch’s Sun, has to be 1983 and the New York Post‘s:
Worth 30 cents of anyone’s money.
Anyway, to Newark, the by-election and Roger Helmer
Isabel Hardman, for The Spectator blog, reckons — rather ambiguously, I feel:
Well, the Ukip constituency association in Newark has certainly considered Nigel Farage’s musings on the success of appointing an unknown local candidate in a pivotal by-election… and completely ignored it. They’ve picked Roger Helmer, who, as Seb says, is not known for his mollifying centre-ground views.
His selection as the party’s candidate for the Newark by-election is a gift for CCHQ, which now needs a teaspoon rather than a spade to dig out awkward comments the MEP has made. Perhaps it also suggests that Ukip have decided there’s not much hope of winning so why bother to field a good candidate who the party’s opponents would lay into.
The usual Hardman perspicacity, there.
Roger Helmer is no patsy I suspect he may, indeed, be the director — the “helmer”, indeed — of much of what occurs at Newark. He may not, ought not, should not win; but we shall hear much of him and his opinions. Not all of those opinions will do UKIP any great damage.
He was a Tory MEP from 1999 to just two years ago, re-selected and re-elected twice. Despite his usual excesses — statements on rape, homosexuality, what even the Daily Telegraph considered “bigotry“, scorn for traffic laws, and general far-Right noodlery — Helmer was quite at home, even fêted by some, in the Tory circles for most of that time. He left the Tories — the Tories didn’t leave him — for reasons “operational”, not “ideological”.
If Helmer is the snipee in the by-election campaign, any sniper’s shots may come dangerously close to the Tory foot.
Anyone is welcome to adopt, adapt and improve that thought for future use.