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Coalition Defence Policy in Disarray

Coalition Defence Policy in Disarray

Oct 22, 2013

Dear Editor, The Conservative-led Coalition’s defence policy is in complete disarray as was confirmed when Parliament voted to halt the disbandment of the regular army until the plan to recruit reservists is proven. In particular, the proposed axing of the Second Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers beggars belief. It is one of the best recruited infantry battalions in the Army with unbroken links with the Northwest, the Midlands and London. It has a proud history spanning 336 years and is one of the few units to distinguish itself in operational deployment in the last 30 years. This Government is happy to give the EU £55million every day and a further £23million each day to them as foreign aid contribution and waste £50billion plus on HS2, which has been imposed on them by the EU. Yet they are prepared to sacrifice our brave service men and women and the defence of the Realm, which is its first priority. This Government’s actions are indefensible. Yours faithfully,   Philip Griffiths, North West...

Bolton Parking Change Welcomed

Bolton Parking Change Welcomed

Oct 22, 2013

Oct 22 – to Bolton News Dear Editor, While I welcome the reintroduction of free parking after 3pm from October 28th until January 10th at three multi-storey council car parks in Bolton, it still does not change the fact that Bolton, for much of the year, drives motorists away from the town. The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year for most retailers with increased footfall from shoppers with money to spend. For some retailers, sales at Christmas enable the store to stay open throughout the year. Perhaps if Bolton Council relaxed their draconian attitudes towards motorists all year round, our high street would be in a much healthier state and not have to be so reliant on a busy Christmas period. This temporary measure also fails to consider the costs of retail workers who will see little or no benefit whatsoever since these restrictions are only relaxed after 3pm. Yours faithfully   Paul...

EU Running Out Of Cash

EU Running Out Of Cash

Oct 22, 2013

October 22, 2013 EU RUNNING OUT OF CASH The financial shambles of the EU means that it will run out of money in four weeks, warned UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall today. “It is just extraordinary that it looks set to fall foul of a massive shortfall next month unless a budgetary amendment can be agreed,” he said. “And I am extremely concerned that while the matter was presented to Parliament by President Martin Schulz, it would seem that a mass incompetence or cover-up is taking place. Schulz told MEPs he had received a call from Commission President Jose Manual Barroso telling him that the Commission would be unable to meet repayments come the middle of next month unless additional funds were made available in the annual budget of around €2.7 billion. He stated direct payments from member states are required to make ends meet to stop the Commission from defaulting in November. The shortfall is apparently due to non-payment of customs duties. The figure is in addition to an extra €3.9 billion which the Parliament had expected to approve this week. However the amendment has yet to gain Council approval after the UK blocked the matter from being discussed at the last Council meeting. Debating the supplementary budget will now be delayed until the end of October, stoking fears that the EU will be unable to meet repayment requirements in November. “On the heels of the situation in America an EU default would send a shockwave through the already fragile economies of Europe,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP. “The EU will have to come with a begging bowl to the 28 member states for more cash or risk going bust, and they will have to do so very quickly indeed. “This is a real predicament for them, at a time when the Eurozone economy is still struggling with mounting debt and when ill feeling towards the EU project has never been so low, it is no wonder they are trying to desperately keep this out of the media. “The situation could be eased by them selling their assets as they have demanded on countries such as Greece and Portugal. The EU in...

EU Red Tape Shock

EU Red Tape Shock

Oct 21, 2013

October 21, 2013 EU RED TAPE SHOCK A report showing that EU red tape is costing every British household more than £1,000 a year has been highlighted by local MEP Paul Nuttall. “Well done to the think tank Open Europe for doing the homework on these figures which are truly shocking. “Their research shows that the mostly costly 100 rules add £27.4billion to the cost of our economy, something which the Brussels eurocrats omit to mention in their propaganda material,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “Without laws such as the working time regulations, which cost £4.1billion a year, the Government could slash the Budget deficit. “It is believed that the most expensive regulation, which involves new capital rules for banks due to come into force in January, will cost the British economy a staggering £4.5billion a year. “Other burdensome regulations include the temporary agency workers directive, costing £2billion a year, and the energy performance of buildings directive, with a recurring cost of £1.5billion a year. “Brussels rules and regulations are crippling British business, which is particularly devastating at this time when we need to be creating jobs not hampering them,” said Mr Nuttall. “David Cameron can pontificate all he wants about renegotiation. It won’t happen and the only answer is to leave the European Union,” he...

Reduce VAT in hospitality sector – Nuttall

Reduce VAT in hospitality sector – Nuttall

Oct 18, 2013

Oct 18 – to Burnley Express Dear Editor, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the column this week titled ‘A good pint needn’t break the bank’  which focused on the balance between improved choice of real ales found in an increasing number of pubs in East Lancashire and the cost of said pint. It comes as no surprise that I enjoy my fair share of good beer, after all, my party leader is Nigel Farage, a man quite often seen drinking in the real ales pubs of Kent. Sadly, pubs are in serious trouble not only in Lancashire but across England. Sure, pubs which have the luxury of being able to offer a scenic view are able to justify an increase in the cost of a pint of beer, but many, sadly do not. Many pubs are dying because regulars simply can’t afford to be regulars any longer. With upward pressures on beer duty, VAT and other costs associated with being a landlord, the price of a pint has gone up while supermarkets are selling it at a loss. Now, in no way do I advocate a minimum price on alcohol like they have in Scotland – it serves to only punish responsible drinkers more – but a levelling of the playing field is absolutely necessary. Quite simply, landlords need to be freed of much of the tax and legislation that stores such as Tesco and Asda do without. I would like to see pubs, and any catering and hospitality business for that matter, have their level of VAT reduced drastically in order to allow them to compete with supermarkets. France and much of continental Europe protect their hospitality trade with lower levels of VAT and the result is bars are staying open and employing people. This is something to consider sooner rather than later before any more beloved local pubs call for last orders one final time. Yours faithfully Paul...