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Cornish comedian Jethro joins UKIP

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

Cornish comedian Jethro joins UKIP

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CORNWALL’S most popular comedian has announced that he is joining the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Jethro, whose real name is Geoffrey Rowe and who was born in St Buryan but now lives in Lewdown on the Devon-Cornwall border, once stood as an anti-EU Independent but has never previously been a member of any political party.

“I have given the Conservative party a few chances but though they make noises about Europe they do nothing,” said Jethro, who trained as a carpenter and played rugby for St Just and the Pirates before finding fame as a stand-up comedian.

“UKIP has become a formidable force carrying with them the beliefs of many people.

“There is nothing democratic about the European Union and we need to take back control of our own country.

“We must tackle immigration as a matter of urgency - our infrastructure in Cornwall just isn’t equipped to handle immigration on its present scale.”

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  • TWINSCREW  |  March 07 2014, 1:49PM

    "Doitdreckley" I know it's not ideal relying on Westminster but it is the lesser of two evils, at least we can get at them, the UK needs a good enema and the tube should be firmly placed in Parliament if you ask me. UKIP offers an alternative to the current batch of MPs and if enough people vote for them it may scare them enough to take us seriously.

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  • Tony248  |  March 07 2014, 12:18AM

    Another one following in the footsteps of such intellectual giants as Joan Collins and Robert "Share or Shaft" Kilroy Silk, then. I like him as a comedian, but when it comes to political buffoonery Boris Johnson has cornered the market.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  March 06 2014, 9:24PM

    I actually agree with you Twins crew but I don't trust any of the London parties to give Cornwall anything.

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  • TWINSCREW  |  March 06 2014, 1:53PM

    Doitdreckley, The EU cost to Britain is about £14 billion pa. we receive about £3 billion back, only yesterday it was reported that the EU is demanding a £2.5 billion payment from us to fill a hole in their budget because they overspent their budget by £20 billion last year. Now. if you feel you want to give your hard earned to a bunch of spendthrifts who only three months ago were handed £10 billion top up to enable them to balance their books, then go ahead and support them. Personally I would rather have this money retained by the UK and dished out from Westminster by elected representatives who we control with the ballot box. Why do you see a problem with that ?

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  • Doitdreckley  |  March 06 2014, 12:12PM

    Considering all the red arrows for my previous comment I am assuming that means that UKIP would ensure that Cornwall has £1b from the national exchequeor or in terms of devolution (it would be nearer £3b) from London if the UK leaves the EU. Clarrification from UKIP would be enoromusly helpful. If there is not clarification or more red arrows we can assume that UKIP do not have a policy on the Cornish economy and are in disarray.

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  • Gwiwer57  |  March 05 2014, 11:17AM

    If he want to make a change in Cornwall how about getting the train to stop Camborne on a Wednesday?

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  • Doitdreckley  |  March 04 2014, 9:52PM

    I fully expect ukip to give Cornwall the 1 billion pounds investment that it will get with EU support over the next6 years. No? Thought not.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 04 2014, 8:04PM

    Jethro no longer lives in Cornwall, he has left to join his little England buddies. Get Cornwall out of the UK, and let us join our European cousins, who hopefully will soon include Scotland as a full member, in a EU superstate.

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  • eponym1  |  March 04 2014, 6:43PM

    I see that several people have given my earlier post, indicating that it made sense for Cornish comedian Jethro to join UKIP, negative ratings. I wonder why they are implying that Jethro should not join UKIP?

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  • TheCornishDem  |  March 04 2014, 5:47PM

    Wouldn't it be good, just for once, if you could all be honest about why you don't like the EU. Have the courage of your convictions (some guts ***) and explain, really, why you are against UK membership of the EU. It's nothing to do with democracy in reality is it? The EU is not perfect but neither is the UK, and it's Westminster that has a far greater influence over our lives. The EU parliament is elected, more or less proportionally by us. The European Council is made up of European heads of state (or government) who are elected by us. The Council of Ministers is comprised of ministers from our democratically elected governments. The European Commission is made up of people appointed by our democratically elected governments. The EU also has a written constitution which enshrines the rights of citizens and the principle of subsidiarity. Not perfect, plenty of room for improvement, but not the dictatorship Ukippers would have us believe. Compare that to the UK where we have an unelected head of state which results in an unhealthy concentration of executive and legislative power in the hands of the government. Our upper chamber - 50% of our Parliament - is unelected. There is no written constitution or bill of rights. Unelected quangos litter the land. Our electoral system is not at all proportional. Power is centralised in London with only Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London enjoying any kind of devolution. But does any of this bother your average Ukipper? No of course not because if truth be known they'd probably be happy with a dictatorship as long as it wasn't shared with "foreigners".

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