North West Region

Red Ed’s 2015 Revolution

Red Ed’s 2015 Revolution

Sep 30, 2013

Sept 27 Dear Editor, So, Ed Miliband, the son of a marxist academic, wants to impose “democratic socialism” on us once again if he wins the General Election in 2015. This will put us back to the strike-torn 70’s and do nothing to improve the standing of our country or improve the lives of the people. What it will do is expand the dependency culture, which is Labour’s hallmark for bribing the electorate into voting for them because of their reliance on benefits. We need to encourage a culture of wealth-makers who will create jobs through their entrepreneurial skills and enterprises, lower taxes, which will actually increase tax revenue, as well as reduce both the size and power of local and national government and their hundreds of agencies and quangos, all of which cost us dearly and curb our freedoms. By doing this, we would once again have a prosperous country which would benefit all. Of course, none of the other three mainstream political parties want that. They prefer to remain within the anti-democratic and socialist European Union that keeps the people down Yours faithfully, Philip Griffiths, North West...

Alexander Living “High Up In The Clouds”

Alexander Living “High Up In The Clouds”

Sep 26, 2013

Sept 26 – to Lancaster papers     Dear Editor, Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander is living high up in the clouds if he seriously believes that the controversial HS2 line between London and Birmingham is ‘absolutely essential to the long term future’ of Britain. Cities such as Lancaster will see no benefit whatsoever and when services finally reach Manchester in 2032 we may even see existing services being cut, as has been suggested elsewhere on the network. All the arguments in favour of HS2 have now been thoroughly debunked leaving this costly vanity project to be nothing more than a white elephant in the making. With £9 billion added to its budget this summer alone, coupled with the £80 billion estimate by the Institute of Economic Affairs, it is high time we cut our losses and invest into services that will benefit the often neglected Lancaster area. Sadly, despite promises from senior frontbenchers that there will be no ‘blank cheque’ on HS2, you only have to look at HS1 or the recent upgrade of the West Coast Main Line to see that these projects almost inevitably run billions over budget, years overdue and fail to live up to their overhyped expectations. Yours faithfully Paul...

Labour’s Royal Mail Claim Slammed

Labour’s Royal Mail Claim Slammed

Sep 25, 2013

September 25, 2013 LABOUR’S ROYAL MAIL CLAIM SLAMMED Local MEP Paul Nuttall has slammed Labour’s claim that they would stop the privatisation of Royal Mail if they were in Government after 2015. “It’s lies,they just cannot do it. The fact that the EU Postal Services Directive is largely behind today’s mess means it’s too late! There’s nothing we can do anymore. “UKIP was the only party to fight hard to save post offices back when the last Labour Government were complacently waving through the EU legislation that sounded the death knell for the Royal Mail. “And now they are trying to sell false promises that they would save the Royal Mail from privatisation in 2015? How? They are certainly not proposing breaking away from Brussels and Royal Mail would already have been floated on the stock market. It’s a load of lies!” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy...

Begging For An Answer

Begging For An Answer

Sep 23, 2013

September 22, 2013 BEGGING FOR AN ANSWER UKIP councillor Louise Bours is asking Congleton town council to urgently tackle the problem of Roma beggars in the town. And she is also urging them to approach Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner asking for this emerging problem to be tackled immediately in order to prevent its growth. “Within the space of just a few days last week, I was approached by three residents of Congleton West who are all extremely concerned about the startling and somewhat concerning sight of such beggars in our town. “I personally saw two of the beggars, one sitting at the top of Bridge Street, the other at the opposing end of town. They were not young and obviously Eastern European, with cardboard signs begging for money,” said Louise. “One resident was extremely concerned about the emergence of this on the streets of Congleton.  How did they get there?  They were obviously vagrants, with no form of transport, who deposited them in Congleton and who collected them at the end of the day? “Organised Roma gangs are a common sight in our cities and are becoming increasingly common in market towns.  The City of London Police’s cheque and plastic crime unit states that 92% of ATM crime is committed by Romanian nationals.  The organisation Financial Fraud Action, which represents banks in these matters, estimates that 90% of credit card fraud is committed by Romanian gangs. “John Dwyer, our PCC, campaigned for election as the person who would put more ‘bobbies’ and ‘specials’ back on the beat here in Cheshire.  Vagrancy is a crime.  If our constabulary is swift to act, and the gangs know that their ‘beggars’ will be removed or arrested, they will be deterred from using Congleton as a pitch. “The time to act is now for we all know that from January 29 million Bulgarians and Romanians will have the right to move here. Obviously not everyone from those countries is a criminal but there will undoubtedly be even more Roma gangs targeting our streets,” she...

Patients Warned Over NHS Data Snatch

Patients Warned Over NHS Data Snatch

Sep 23, 2013

September 23, 2013 PATIENTS WARNED OVER NHS DATA SNATCH Euro-MP Paul Nuttall has set alarm bells ringing about a proposed NHS information grab. GP practices have been contacted by NHS England with details of the plan to access data which requires patients who do not want their confidential information shared to opt out. “We all know how notorious government computer schemes are, they always cost far more than anticipated and how can we be sure what will eventually happen to this information. “Unless patients specifically tell their GP practice that they do not wish their information to be handed over and opt out of the scheme it will be automatically seized as ‘care data’,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “I am not happy about how this is being implemented, the GPs themselves have only recently been told about this project to allow them to run ‘eight week consultations’ with ‘data extraction’ scheduled for late October. So not really a consultation at all, more a fait accompli. “There has been no widespread notification to the public about this GP care data scheme and in fact NHS England ruled out a national publicity campaign about it. It has been left to the GP practices but as it is not possible for them to notify all their patients it is highly likely that many will be totally unaware of it until too late. “Only those who go into the surgery and see notices about it are likely to know about it, which is why I want to highlight this,” said Mr Nuttall. “While the information will not include your name it will include your postcode and NHS number so that can hardly be said to be anonymous. Even the guidance material seems to contradict itself, speaking of your identity being protected yet further on saying that those who “do not want information that identifies you to be shared” can opt out. “The data will be sent to the Health and Social Care Information Centre from where it will be shared with commissioners, researchers and private companies apparently in a de-identified form. Jeremy Hunt promised the right to opt-out but unless every patient is notified about this...