North West Region

Two Decisive Years Ahead

Two Decisive Years Ahead

Oct 18, 2013

Oct 18 Dear Editor,   Within the next two years we have three of the most important events that will affect the future of our country, all of which require public debate from all of the mainstream political parties, which includes UKIP. First we have the European elections on May 22 next year, which is one that the Conservative-led Coalition along with Labour wish it would go away. Then there is the General Election in 2015 for which they are already using the old tired scaremongering rhetoric, e.g. if we leave the EU we will lose millions of jobs ( which is rubbish)  or vote UKIP and get Miliband (what is the difference?) Before that Scotland is holding a referendum for leaving the United Kingdom, yet our Prime Minister, David Cameron refuses to take part in a televised public debate with Scotland’s First Minister, just as he has refused to with the UKIP Party Leader, Nigel Farage. You would think that he would jump at the chance to debate and defend his beliefs. Running scared perhaps. Yours faithfully,   Philip Griffiths, North West...

Cumbria Potholes Need Filling

Cumbria Potholes Need Filling

Oct 18, 2013

Oct 16 – to cumbrian papers Dear Editor, Cumbria County Council needs to get their act together and get on with filling in the ridiculous number of potholes that are blighting motorists and making the roads so unsafe. The authority may have increased the budget for maintaining the roads in recent years to £21.5 million for 2012 but it seems as though the roads have degraded to an even worse state. The County Council is letting down very badly motorists who already face paying over the odds for road tax, fuel duty and other cost associated with motoring. The least motorist expect from their council is a well maintained road network that won’t cause damage to their car. With the average cost of filling a pothole only £50, I would expect all local roads to be repaired with relative ease. However, it appears that much of the money earmarked for roads never finds a single pothole. Yours faithfully   Paul...

Judges Decision Welcomed

Judges Decision Welcomed

Oct 18, 2013

October 16, 2013 JUDGES DECISION WELCOMED The decision by the Supreme Court to reject an attempt to force Britain to offer prisoners the vote in European and local elections has been welcomed by UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall. But Mr Nuttall, local Euro-MP, warned that it is only a temporary stay of execution. “I am delighted at the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court to  reject these spurious demands to extend the franchise to prisoners. At least they are trying to uphold the settled wishes of the British public. “Unfortunately this will not be the end of the matter because those, inimical to our traditions, wishes and interests in the European Courts will not accept this judgement. “Time after time the ECHR has made clear that it wants us to capitulate in the principle, and this Government is still deliberating on how to give ground. “The Government should return to its proposed legislation and strike out moves to offer limited franchise to prisoners,” said Mr Nuttall. “Prisoners have broken their contract with society and so forfeit their voting rights,” he...

Spy Cams Deter Shoppers in Bolton

Spy Cams Deter Shoppers in Bolton

Oct 16, 2013

Oct 15 – To Bolton News  Dear Editor, Whilst I welcome the news that Bolton Council have now approved a £1.5 million scheme that will see new businesses offered £20,000 to set up shop in the town, it does not address the many issues that cause businesses to abandon the high street in the first place. I appreciate that the council has very little influence in business rates as these are set by central government and only collected by the local authority. However the council’s attitude towards motorists is perhaps the biggest cause of shoppers abandoning the high street. You only have to cast your mind a few weeks back when one motorist was fined a whopping £70 by a CCTV spy car for stopping in an empty taxi rank for just seven seconds to let out an elderly passenger. Until Bolton Council wake up to reality and realise that the town is pushing motorists away, businesses on the high street will continue to fail, no matter how many cash grants are given to new enterprises. Yours faithfully   Paul Nuttall, UKIP Bolton...

Scrap Loss-Making Spycam Cars – Bours

Scrap Loss-Making Spycam Cars – Bours

Oct 15, 2013

Oct 15 – to Cheshire papers  Dear Editor, Now it has been revealed that Cheshire West and Chester Council are operating the three CCTV camera cars at a loss, perhaps it is now time to scrap these ‘spy cars’ and redistribute the costs more appropriately. I worry that although the deficit is only small, this figure could soon balloon if more spy cars are added and duties extended. It would be better for CWaC council to cut their losses now and get on with providing the affordable parking provisions necessary that would do away with any need for motorists to park their cars illegally. Vice chairman of the economy and transport board would like to keep these CCTV cars in place around schools to prevent children dying on the road. Surely the job of helping children cross the road to school should fall to lollipop ladies who have safety as their number one concern, not council jobsworths who are only interested in collecting their next fine. Yours faithfully   Louise Bours, Chairman UKIP Cheshire, NW MEP...