thedailybell.com / By Anthony Wile / December 30, 2012
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Godfrey Bloom.
Introduction: Godfrey Bloom is a Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He was first elected in 2004, and re-elected in 2009. Before becoming an MEP, Bloom worked as a financial economist. In 2004, Bloom’s election to the Yorkshire and the Humber seat was the UKIP’s first seat in the region in the European elections. He is an unusual politician, known for making controversial statements and supporting them unapologetically.
Godfrey Bloom: City of London.
Daily Bell: When did you decide to join UKIP – and what is it?
Godfrey Bloom: I joined in 1995, I had never been involved in politics but as head of fixed interest investments at a specialist investment company I saw the overwhelming dangers of a common currency in Europe without political reform. At the time nobody seemed to see the danger, whatever they may say now. When a guest lecturer at Cambridge University they thought I was mad.
Daily Bell: Can you give us a short background on UKIP and its leadership?
Godfrey Bloom: A party committed to secession from the European Union and small government. The leader is Nigel Farage, who is also an ex City of London man who understands how markets work.
Daily Bell: What’s your position in it?
Godfrey Bloom: Economics and City of London spokesman. I am also spokesman on employment legislation which so seriously damages small businesses.
Daily Bell: In 2004, you were elected to the Yorkshire and the Humber seat. Please expand.
Godfrey Bloom: When I stood in 2004 we had no money, no infrastructure and no team. We cobbled together a small team and got elected with a staggering vote. We were much more organized in 2009 and the vote increased again.