North West Region

A friendly Brexit?

A friendly Brexit?

Mar 26, 2017

Dear Editor, I am glad to hear that European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker is looking forward to “a friendly relationship” with the UK after we leave the EU. He has told the BBC that as well as hoping to have a friendly relationship over the next decades he is not in a hostile mood with Britain. Again I am glad to hear that.  Time will tell, of course, and there’s an awful lot of negotiations to go under the bridge first. One thing he has said that is undoubtedly true is that the EU is not in the best form and shape it could be in. He admits that if three, four or five more countries leave the EU would collapse but does not believe that will happen. Again time will tell, but the whole EU edifice is a flawed concept and collapse is its ultimate destination. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall...

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...

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...

Scotland and Brexit

Scotland and Brexit

Mar 19, 2017

Dear Editor, Britain is firmly on the path to leaving the EU and that is a journey that everyone in the country needs to make together after the majority vote for Brexit. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has had trouble with this concept though and has argued for an independent Scotland to be an EU member. She’s apparently changed tack now; having been told they would be at the back of the queue, amid EU fears that such a breakaway move would reinforce the independence desire of other separatists, such as the Catalonians and Basques in Spain. She has also discovered that there is growing Euroscepticism in Scotland and so is said to be aiming to join the European Free Trade Association instead,  though EU membership could still be sought further down the road. The reality is that remaining part of the UK and working in harmony with Westminster politicians towards the most favourable outcome of Brexit negotiations is the best way for Scotland to flourish economically and is the route the SNP should pursue. She talks of Theresa May having a “tin ear” but actually the problem is Ms Sturgeon’s brass neck to make demands so out of tune with those of the Scots themselves. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall,...

No need for brexit delay

No need for brexit delay

Mar 19, 2017

Dear Editor, With both Houses approving the Bill for PM Theresa May to trigger Article 50, there are no reasons for any further delays. If she waits until the end of the month she will miss it being discussed at the European Council summit on April 6th, thereby delaying the process. The former PM David Cameron had promised to invoke it immediately if we voted to leave the EU, which we did. Instead he chose to resign with Theresa May taking the helm soon afterwards and, although she was part of his Government, inaction followed.  If she had triggered it she could have avoided High  Court Judgements, Supreme Court rulings, faced no defeats in the Lords  as well as the continuing attempts by “Remainers” to reverse the decision to leave the EU by the 17.4 million voters in last June’s referendum. If now triggered we would be well on the way to our exiting, however, her inaction is now causing concerns amongst businesses and people alike especially as now that Nicola Sturgeon is trying to break up the UK. While Mrs May is good at talking the talk, her record is of inaction. She now needs to prove that that her statement “Brexit means Brexit”, means exactly what it says and get on with the job in hand, or lose the trust of the people. Let us remember that it was a Tory Government who in 1973 took us into what is now the EU. It was UKIP that forced another Tory Government into allowing us the referendum. It is now their job to invoke the will of the people and get on with it. No ifs No Buts. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President, UKIP...