WMN Letter: Claims over my book blatant spin examples
Walter Simpson makes some pretty smug remarks attacking UKIP (September 1, 2013) and one wonders whether to ignore them, adopting an attitude of “least said soonest mended”, or reply by putting him right.
To a certain extent I need to do the latter because he accuses me of saying two things in my recently published history reference book, From Ur to us, which are blatant examples of the sort of spin one can only expect from the lower elements of the national tabloids.
The articles that he quotes from were, with one exception, written by people who, I know, had never even seen a copy of the book, let alone read it. The one paper where the journalist had actually seen a copy of the book, contained a gross distortion of its contents and whole purpose, and was written with one aim in mind, to discredit UKIP.
Being someone who questions the official version of history and with my researches having led me to think that there are truths that need to be told, I have taken it upon myself to write a history of the world that tries to give a more balanced and accurate explanation of past events.
That is where my book is coming from. It is not the sort of book that Mr Simpson implies.
In other words, Mr Simpson seems to have sought to “bash” UKIP on the basis of some petty distortions or misreporting. Furthermore, if he can’t see any evidence of a UKIP breakthrough then he might care to look at (a) the opinion polls, (b) the constant stream of defections by members of other parties to UKIP and (c) UKIP’s results in recent local and by-elections.
by Hugh Williams, Deputy Treasurer UKIP, Yelverton