North West Region

Honour fallen PC

Honour fallen PC

Mar 24, 2017

Dear Editor, The terrorist outrage in Westminster has thrown into stark relief the fantastic job the police and other emergency services do day in, day out, on our behalf. We should never take that for granted and I personally think that, as a mark of the nation’s respect and gratitude, a memorial plaque should be erected in PC Keith Palmer’s honour.  He went out to do his job protecting democracy and never came home. We owe him a debt we can never repay but it is appropriate that there is a permanent reminder to all of his bravery and sacrifice. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall,...

Cuts are unecessary

Cuts are unecessary

Mar 24, 2017

Dear Editor, We are constantly being reminded about cuts to services, from schools to care, the NHS to local councils, with the Government saying that they have made sufficient provisions in funding these services through their “reforms”, which actually means cuts. Their is a very simple remedy to all of this, one which would close down the debate altogether and provide the funds necessary to satisfy the growing demands that these services need. Reform the overseas aid programme, to which by law we have to donate 0.7% of our GDP – currently £13 billion and rising as our economy grows. This is taxpayers’ money, which is handed out to countries which don’t need it, don’t want it and in some cases have corrupt regimes. It is putting our money into the wrong pockets.  We need to reduce it so that our own services are properly funded to the benefit of our own people first and whatever is left can be allocated to those countries that really need it. That is fair to the taxpayers, the services involved and the future funding of our country’s needs. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President, UKIP...

Words are not enough

Words are not enough

Mar 23, 2017

Fine words are not enough, we must take action Paul Nuttall, the UKIP leader has called for action following the Jihadist attack on Westminster. He pointed out that the BBC security editor Frank Gardner has revealed that the security services must now track more than 3,000 Islamic extremists and that there are simply too many to track all the time. This is up from 1,000 a few years ago. So this problem is getting worse and is now out of control. Mr Nuttall said, “It is estimated that more than 400 jihadis have been allowed back to the UK from Syria – this is grossly irresponsible. With the military defeat of ISIS in Mosul and the likely defeat in Syria thousands of battle hardened terrorists are likely to be fleeing into Europe, with many expected to try to enter the UK. Nobody who chose to fight for ISIS should be allowed back. “Though we now know that the individual concerned was born in the UK this shows that we clearly have an integration crisis. It is time for the Government to actually start confronting practices that are dividing off Muslim communities; FGM, sharia tribunals, first cousin marriage, forced marriage, so-called “honour” violence etc etc. All are unacceptable in Britain. “Muslim communities must do far more to cut this cancer out of their midst. We need a more rigorous and assertive official approach on this. There should be no more pussyfooting around agonising whether “Prevent” strategies risk stigmatising people. Muslim citizens – just like non-Muslim ones – need to know it is simply unacceptable to be aware of radicalisation but to withhold information from the authorities. “UKIP will be the party that tells it as it is on these issues. We are on a disastrous path because of political correctness from establishment politicians. “I urge the Government to stop all Saudi funding of UK Mosques. The Government should seize assets if necessary. To do anything less is effectively to be complicit in radicalisation. Nuttall went on, “Nobody should be claiming anymore that this stuff has “nothing to do with Islam”. These acts are motivated by religious zealotry and are accurately described as Islamic extremism/terrorism as...

Westminster attack

Westminster attack

Mar 22, 2017

Statement from UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall Posted on March 22, 2017 4:11 PM UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, “A terrible attack on our democracy has taken place today. My thoughts tonight go out to the victims of this terrorist atrocity and their families. “Once again the emergency services have demonstrated the extraordinary work they do on our behalf. That a police officer is among the dead underlines the debt of gratitude we all owe those who work to keep us safe. “In the coming hours and days more information will doubtlesly emerge about the attacker or attackers and their motivation. In the meantime everyone should resolve that terrorism will never beat...

Conflict of interest?

Conflict of interest?

Mar 21, 2017

Dear Editor, So, the former chancellor and ardent “remainer” George Osborne has become the new editor of the London Evening Standard and understandably there are concerns over a conflict of interest between his duty as an MP and his newspaper role. The parliamentary committee on standards are planning a review over MP’s having additional jobs and there are concerns among his constituents who have raised them with his local Association, where he is expected to attend Friday’s AGM.  Despite losing the argument in last year’s referendum,  he is expected to use his new position in the newspaper to continue his “Project Fear” campaign by causing doubt about our future outside the EU and the single market. He may also use it as a way of getting back at Theresa May, who sacked him after becoming PM last year.  Whilst I think that MPs should have jobs that keep them in touch with reality, they also have a duties to their constituents, who elected them. In the case of Mr Osborne, he now has six highly paid jobs, including his duties as an MP. Many will now wonder if he can devote sufficient time to each one to the benefit to all involved and question his future as the MP for Tatton. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President UKIP...