first_imgThis ‘spice’ was Bloom’s downfall. He’s been constantly accused of misogyny ever since he stated in 2004 that women “don’t clean behind the fridge enough.”Yet he remains adamant he’s not sexist. “I’ve always been a very big supporter of women, the advancement of women in both sport and business, and I also sponsor ladies’ equestrian sport. All of which is very well documented, but none of which is ever touched by the newspapers because it doesn’t touch the pigeon hole… What it might actually give an indication of is that any accusations that I’m a misogynist are clearly ridiculous.”Nevertheless, his views on gender are undeniably provocative. He constantly refers to gender differences “that we don’t fully understand”. He refers to men’s dominance in music. “If you were to sit down with pen and paper, and I’m a keen classical music buff, you would get your first hundred great works of musical genius and you would not in your first hundred names… come to a female name.” While he hasn’t “the faintest idea why”, Bloom maintains that gender is too inexplicable to legislate on.Since leaving UKIP, Bloom has attacked the party. This week, he told The Times that Nigel Farage has “lost touch”. Today he’s similarly critical of UKIP. “I would like to see an admission that drugs policy both in America and in the United Kingdom in the last couple of years has been a dismal failure… it’s something that UKIP are absolutely determined not to talk about.”“Politicians are only interested in what’s going to happen in 2015, electorally. How can it be that the country has 1.3 trillion pounds of debt? … The answer is that it’s the most unbelievable incompetence, and failure to address fundamental economic issues, and I now feel much freer to address those.”Bloom differs from UKIP economically. He’s an advocate of the Austrian School, condemning Oxford University because “you won’t have a single Austrian economist, not one. There’ll be Keynesians, and some Chicago School, both schools of which have palpably failed completely. But your undergraduates are still being taught the most ridiculous nonsense in their economics classes.” His libertarian agenda has been “side-lined” by UKIP in the last eighteen months. Yet Bloom can’t escape his politician’s mind-set. He refers to UKIP as “we”, and is evangelical about its strengths. “The media tends to worry about Conservatives switching to UKIP, but the long and the short of it is that it isn’t like this. I mean, I won a Labour seat up here – most of my activists are Labour, old Labour. So this Conservative Party splinter group thing doesn’t play.”UKIP has won voters who’ve been “abandoned” by Labour and the Tories, “the artisan classes”, who are “pithead winders or joiners, people like that, the real middle England people who are conservative with a small ‘c’, used to vote Old Labour, and have a picture of the Queen in the parlour.”Bloom’s party career is over. He’s described anybody who enters politics as “insane”: “I went into politics for the same reason my father climbed into a spitfire in 1940 – it was to save the country.”For Bloom, there’s too much emphasis on delivery, not enough on policy. “It’s a bit like you getting a message – I send you a message with a very important letter, and you then spend hours agonising over the choice of envelope, and how I addressed it.” Politicians “need a hide like a rhino. I hide most of my stuff from my wife: she’d be horrified.”This disillusionment with politics doesn’t mean Bloom is leaving Parliament. He’s unsure whether he’ll stand again in 2014, now the whip is withdrawn. “People are asking me to. People are saying for God’s sake, let’s send an Independent! Somebody who doesn’t represent any party, will you stand again? The answer is I don’t know.”Although this optimism about re-election seems delusional, Bloom’s populist ramblings have won him thousands of fans. As he says, he’s been elected by those “completely and utterly disengaged” from mainstream politics – maybe Bloom will be gaffing through Brussels well into his seventies. Godfrey Bloom resents the idea that he’s ever offended anyone. As a man who’s been criticised heavily in the press over the last year, he has resisted the urge to cry “offense” harder than most politicians. As he notes,  “I’ve been vilified and misquoted in the media for the last eight years – I found that upsetting, I found that offensive. We need to get to the point where people aren’t held back from saying what they think because of perceived ‘offense’, mock ‘offense’.”Since arriving as a UKIP MEP in 2004, this ‘offense’ has dominated his career. Last month, a decade of gaffes culminated in his expulsion from the party.In June he’d referred to UK aid sent to ‘bongo-bongo land’, and at conference in September he jokingly called a group of women ‘sluts’, before hitting journalist Michael Crick with a party programme. The whip was withdrawn on 21st September.Bloom blames the political climate for his treatment. “We seem to take the most shallow view of politics. I mean, when I raised in my speech in Birmingham, for example, the fact that we’re sending one billion pounds a month in overseas aid with no audit trail, when they are closing A&E wings in hospitals … all people wanted to talk about for the first twenty-four hours was the fact that I’d used the word ‘bongo.’“Who was offended? The answer is nobody was offended. That’s the truth of it, nobody was offended.”The media are also culpable. “The people who write these things, I think you’d agree, tend to live in more metropolitan areas. It’s in London, not even all of London, where everybody around the dinner table agrees and everybody in the Westminster-bubble agrees with what they’re saying, even if it’s out of touch with the rest of the country.” The media are unrepresentative, he notes, “I’ve never had a bad piece written about me by somebody who had taken the trouble to get the train up here.”But Bloom has also chosen his notoriety – he’s aware of the political value of generating controversy. He describes the need for ‘spice’ in articles and speeches. “People need to be outraged, even if it’s fake most of the time; they need to be outraged, or amused, or laugh. Otherwise I wouldn’t sell an article… My articles need a bit of spice, otherwise nobody would read them.”last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New Life CrisisThis highly original four-piece group constantly evolves with the technology of the time to present the most polished live sound on the circuit to date! Their captivating set list consists of an endless stream of material that is never the same twice. They rise to any occasion. The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. January 28.  Ice Nine KillsThis Boston-based experimental metalcore quartet is touring to promote their fourth album Every Trick in The Book, which was released just last month. Warming up the crowd will be Affiance, More To Monroe, Come & Rest and As Days Fade. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd, Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $15. 6 p.m. January 29.  Marianas TrenchThis Canadian pop-punk band’s The Hey You Guys!! Tour is coming to Long Island in support of the band’s fourth studio effort, Astoria, which dropped last fall. Opening the show will be Mainland. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$45. 8 p.m. January 29.  Robyn HitchcockA surrealist poet, a talented guitarist, a cult artist and a musician’s musician. Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and the closest thing the genre has to an English Bob Dylan. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as “paintings you can listen to.” Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $29-$44. 8 p.m. January 29.TAO: Seventeen SamuraiThe new show will bring you athletic bodies and contemporary costumes combined with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. TAO: Seventeen Samurai has critics raving about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy and stamina. They’ve got the rhythms that go pounding into the pleasure center of the brain. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $20-$75. 8 p.m. January 29.Tony & Tina’s WeddingIn this live theatrical smash, the audience members become part of the action as they partake in a wedding gone awry. The New York Times has called this outrageous comedy “audaciously imaginative.” Price-fixed dinner included. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $69.50. 7 p.m. January 30.Ron WhiteRon “Tater Salad” White is best known as the “Blue Collar Comedy” funnyman whose TV special They Call Me Tater Salad earned Comedy Central’s highest-rated Sunday in its history. His vices are his virtues. He is a cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking comedian with a witty charm that his fans absolutely love. Don’t miss this gig. NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.75. 8 p.m. January 30.  Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle RocketsBorn in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw grew up when the Motor City was hot and happening. He’s drawn upon his roots to carve out a unique career that evokes echoes of Buddy Holly—especially when he hits those high notes and his fingers are flinging out chords faster than a Ford Thunderbolt. He’s also a great songwriter with an ironic twist that he’s deployed to full effect as he chronicles the human condition of our time. And as fans of his WFUV-FM show “The Bottomless Pit” know well, Crenshaw’s record library rivals the Smithsonian. This uncompromising musician is the real deal. “Someday, Someway” simply has to be heard live. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. January 30.   Roaring ’20s PartyThe Aaron Johnson Quintet jazz band leads the party, featuring Prohibition Era cocktail specials. Free select cocktails for those who dress the part. And you don’t even have to hide your booze when The Man comes knocking. Just raise a toast to the good times you’re having and ask the barkeep for another round! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. January 30.  Kyle DunniganThis standup comedian and actor is best known for his role as Craig, aka The Truckee River Killer, in the hit Comedy Central series Reno 911! among his many other TV appearances. If you don’t enjoy Kyle live, there might be something wrong with you. No, seriously, you should get that checked out. Maybe your insurance will cover it. Heck, you never know, and the cure may be worth it! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 7, 9:30 p.m. January 30.Junie B. Jones, The MusicalIt’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Junie also has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. This is family fun at its best! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. Times vary. January 30 through March 6.Long Island Bacon BashYou like bacon? Then this is the event for you. You can revel in bacon tastings and bacon buying so you can really bring home the bacon. There’s all kinds of bacon—cured, uncured, smoked, you name it—plus bacon bits, bacon desserts, chocolate-covered bacon, various foods and more. Vendors include Bespoke Bacon, Willie B’s, Bulls BBQ, Bacon Hot Sauce, Catskill Food Company and Madhouse Creations. Come pig out! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $6-$18. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. January 31.Cesar MillanThe Dog Whisperer is back and just in time, because our pups stopped listening to us a long time ago. Harris! Davis! Get over here! Oh, Millan is gonna have a field day with you two! NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$49.50. 3 p.m. January 31.  Reel Big FishThis California-based ska-punk band that survived many line-up changes is coming back to play their catchy upbeat hits, including “Sell Out,” “Beer” and “Everyone Else is an Asshole.” Get ready to skank! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. February 1.Groundhog DayWhat better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than by watching Bill Murray’s 1993 movie of the same name on the big screen? When it’s over, you may want to see it again. And then see it again. To quote Yogi Berra, it’s deja vu all over again. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $8. 7:30 p.m. February 2.Mulholland DriveAuthor Dennis Lim will sign copies of his book David Lynch: The Man From Another Place, during a rare big-screen showing and exploration of the filmmaker’s modern masterpiece released in 2001. After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in Lynch’s dazzling venture that goes beyond dreams and reality. Cinema Arts Centre. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 2.Oscar-Nominated Short Film ScreeningsThe Gold Coast International Film Festival will screen the five nominees for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2016 Acedemy Awards. They will also host a Q&A with Mara Kassin, an Oscar-winning short film producer, and Joe Bakhash, a short filmmaker. The shorts to be screened include: Ave Maria, about five nuns living in the West Bank who need to break their vow of silence to help a family of stranded Israeli settlers; Shok, about two boys living in war-torn Kosovo who find their choices threaten their lives; Everything Will be OK, chronicling the fateful journey of an 8-year-old girl visiting her divorced father; Stutterer, following a the struggle of a lonely typographer looking for love online; and Day One, about an Afghan-American woman who joins the U.S. military and is deployed to her homeland to serve as an interpreter. Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastfilmfestival.org $10, $15. 7:30 p.m. February 3.-Compiled by Timothy Bolger & Spencer Rumsey.last_img read more


first_imgFifth-year senior tight end Eric Saubert claimed the fourth All-PFL accolade of his career and his third first-team honor. Saubert led the Bulldogs in receiving, recording a career-high 56 receptions, 776 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns to rank 17th in the nation. Senior running back Conley Wilkins ranked second in the league in rushing with 1,081 rushing yards and became the first Bulldog to reach the 1,000-yard milestone since 2007 to earn first team honors after being named second-team All-PFL in 2015 and honorable mention in 2014. Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Aaron Melton garnered first-team honors after starting all 11 games at center and anchoring the Bulldog offensive line that helped pave the way for Wilkins to become the fifth Bulldog since 1987 to rush over 1,000 yards to garner first-team honors. Senior placekicker Josh Lee, who was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Year on Monday, rounded out the Bulldogs’ first-team selections as he handed all the kicking duties for Drake and was perfect on both field goals (8-of-8) and PATs (27-of-27) during conference play. Drake’s 11 All-PFL honorable mention selections included four offensive players, five defensive players and two special team players. Defensive lineman Nathan Clayberg, long snapper Brady Eckert, defensive lineman Tanner Evans, wide receiver Keegan Gallery, offensive lineman Ryan Lemke, defensive lineman Mack Marrin, wide receiver Grant Menard, linebacker Michael Roane, return specialist Terry Wallen, offensive lineman Payson Wick and defensive back Caz Zyks. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sixteen members of the Drake University football team have been selected to the All-Pioneer Football League team as voted by the league’s 11 head coaches. The Bulldogs had four student-athletes selected to the first team, one to the second team and 11 earn honorable mention honors.center_img Fifth-year senior linebacker Taylor Coleman was the lone Bulldog to garner All-PFL second-team honors, as he led the team in tackles, recording 68 stops, despite missing the final three games of the season.last_img read more