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Leave our appliances alone

Leave our appliances alone

Aug 29, 2014

PRESS RELEASE  More EU hot air over less hot air has been condemned by UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall. “The lunatics running the asylum are now contemplating banning high wattage household devices such as hair dryers, kettles and smartphones. “Not content with the ridiculous prohibition on vacuum cleaners over 1,600 watts from Monday the Brussels bureaucrats have their eyes set on about 30 other electrical items. “This, like their other stupid ban on incandescent light bulbs, is all to meet their self-imposed target of energy savings of 30 per cent across the EU by 2030 to tackle climate change. “It’s like King Canute hopelessly trying to hold back the tide, they should make themselves a nice cup of tea with their high power kettles and leave sensible people to get on with their sensible lives,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. A draft study ordered by the European Commission has identified up to 30 electrical appliances including wifi routers, lawn mowers, smart phones and kettles that could be covered by the EU’s Ecodesign directive outlawing high-wattage devices. “It’s not just people in their own homes who will be affected but businesses such as hairdressers who use powerful hairdryers to get customers’ hair dried as quickly as possible for their mutual benefit,” said Mr Nuttall, North West Euro-MP. “There really is no area of our lives into which these nannying Eurocrats won’t stick their nose. They have set an impossible energy reduction target which is pointless since other countries such as China and India are building hundreds of coal fired power plants and climate change is not man-made anyway. “They should butt out of our lives and we should escape their rules and regulations by leaving the EU,” he added. ends Follow Paul on...

Welcome aboard Douglas Carswell

Welcome aboard Douglas Carswell

Aug 29, 2014

Letter to the Press: Dear Editor, Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP is to be welcomed and his decision to fight a by-election to regain his seat rather than just carry on shows that he is a man of principle who respects the voters of Clacton. The reasons for his defection should act as a wake up call for anyone who thinks that David Cameron will renegotiate any acceptable changes to our relationship with the EU let alone a fair campaign for an in- out referendum. Like Labour and the Lib-Dems David Cameron and the Conservative leadership are determined to keep the UK shackled to the EU despite the concerns of their members or voters. Mr Carswell’s decision is a breath of fresh air and a turning point in British politics which will resonate with anyone who believes in principles and putting the interests in their country first. Yours faithfully Philip Griffiths, North West President...

Conservatives misleading over Immigration

Conservatives misleading over Immigration

Aug 28, 2014

Steven Woolfe MEP, UKIP Migration spokesman, has attacked the Conservatives for ‘lying to the electorate’ on promises to cut migration, adding that ‘it is no wonder their own MPs are losing faith in them and they are haemorrhaging support to UKIP.’ “These shocking figures today show that the Government does not have a handle on immigration. The Conservative Party promised to cut net migration to tens of thousands and yet it has shot up by a staggering 68,000 in just one year. It is quite simple. They lie to the electorate. They lie to try to keep votes. Well they are being found out. “They do not keep their promises on migration, they do not keep their promises on having a referendum and they will not keep their promises on Europe. It is no wonder their own MPs are losing faith and they are haemorraghing support to UKIP. “The situation is uncontrollable and unsustainable. Mass migration at this level puts such immense strain on our already stretched public services. The coalition government is dancing around the issue. It is clear that Britain now is ready for a fair, global looking and ethical migration policy, to sustain our public services for generations to come, and UKIP are the only party to deliver...

Education Key to Social Mobility

Education Key to Social Mobility

Aug 28, 2014

The domination of the country’s top jobs by those educated at fee-paying schools must change, said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall today. “The report by Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission makes worrying reading and shows that the country is basically run by a chummy club. “The high percentage of the privately educated among politicians, the judiciary, armed forces and media is not representative of the general population and it is no wonder that the man in the street feels they are out of touch,” said Mr Nuttall, the party’s Education spokesman. “This report shows Britain is a deeply elitist country and that must change. It harks back to a much earlier age but life has moved on and social mobility demands more. “The key lies in improving standards in state schools and it is essential we bring back grammar schools which truly provide a level playing field for all. “Ambition is vital to success and it can be achieved from whatever background with top class teachers dedicated to their work,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP, who was himself educated at a state comprehensive school. “Students from all backgrounds should be educated to the highest standards so that the divide between the state and privately educated is reduced. And instead of pushing virtually all students to go to university it should be for those with the highest grades who can then be more competitive in the jobs market. “ The study analysed the backgrounds of more than 4,000 individuals. It found that more than seven in 10 senior judges, two-thirds of senior armed forces officers, over half of permanent secretaries and senior diplomats, and a third of the England cricket team had attended a fee-paying school. Only 7 per cent of pupils in the UK are educated at independent institutions. The figures showed similarly high concentrations of graduates from Oxford and Cambridge in influential jobs, including 47 per cent of newspaper columnists, 38 per cent of the House of Lords, and 24 per cent of MPs. In the adult population as a whole, fewer than 1 per cent are Oxford or Cambridge graduates. “Change will not come overnight but demanding the highest standards...

Proposed E-cig ban criticised

Proposed E-cig ban criticised

Aug 26, 2014

A ban on using e-cigarettes indoors being proposed by the World Health Organization could hinder smokers attempts to give up smoking, said UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall today. “They want them to be banned both in public spaces and in work places on the basis that exhaled e-cigarette vapour could increase the background air levels of some toxicants and nicotine. “Yet at the same time they say that there should be no claims that the devices can help people quit smoking until there is evidence to support this. “They demand evidence for one but are happy to propose restricting people’s freedom without proof of the other,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “Their experts say the devices may also pose a threat to adolescents and the foetuses of pregnant women. Again they seem to be making assumptions yet tobacco is far more dangerous to unborn children. “They should treat adults as adults and leave them to make informed choices rather than introducing a ban.  Their proposal to prohibit e-cigarettes to children is sensible however, as it brings it in line with the age for tobacco sales,” he added. ends...