I know some of you will want to comment on the six-month jail sentence given to Nick Hogan (left) for refusing to pay fines for allowing people to smoke in his Bolton pub after the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007. The Daily Mail has the story HERE.
I'll comment further, when I get a moment.
I know Nick resigned as the party's candidate for Chorley, but he is still described as UKIP's "national spokesman for licensing and night-time economy". So why the deafening silence from UKIP about his predicament?
Not a peep on the party's website or any of the official "UKIP blogs". (See HERE.) Honourable mention, though, to Paul Nuttall, chairman of UKIP and MEP for North West England, who writes on his own blog:
"It makes me sick to the stomach to see Nick ‘go down’ because prison is for real criminals, for bad people who seek to hurt other human beings, not for people like Nick Hogan ... Nick may be behind bars today, but it is the wrong bar in my opinion and I for one will be there to meet him when he is released."
Update: I'm told that UKIP has issued a press release, but there's no sign of it on the party's website. (The report in the Mail bears no relation to the UKIP press release so the paper clearly didn't get it from that source.)