North West Region

Support the armed forces

Support the armed forces

Apr 17, 2017

Dear Editor, Now that Article 50 has been triggered and we are on course to leave the EU there are many important issues that need resolving. There are further cuts being planned, cuts that will affect most of us and they need immediate attention from the government. One in particular is defence, which should be the first priority of any government. After years of savage cuts under Cameron’s coalition, our armed services suffered severely, while it became set in law that we must give 0.7% of our GDP away in overseas aid, which now equates to more than £13.5 billion each year and continues to grow as our economy grows. Yet, there is speculation that more cuts are in the pipeline for our armed services, in particular for the Royal Marines with their capability reduced and the Royal Navy and their flagship HMS Ocean, which may be sold next year, as well as an exodus from both the army and RAF personnel for a variety of reasons including poor accommodation. The world becomes more dangerous by the minute and with the escalating trouble and rising tensions between Syria, Russia and the US as well as North Korea, it is high time that we invest properly in our armed services and with it the defence of the realm and our interests around the world. As we are about to become an independent nation again it is important that we prioritise what matters most for our future and that the first priority is defending it. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West...

Greek Tragedy ongoing

Greek Tragedy ongoing

Apr 10, 2017

Dear Editor, We all know that tragedies – terrorist and otherwise – are unfolding every day but one country it is easy to overlook in terms of terrible hardship is Greece. The country is partway through its third eurozone bailout programme and it has come as no surprise to anyone that it has not gone smoothly. It has been teetering on the brink of economic collapse for so long that most people in this country scarcely give it a thought.  The on-going financial crisis has ruined the lives of tens of thousands of ordinary people and while politicians and finance chiefs bicker, residents of the land, famed for being the cradle of Western civilisation, struggle to get by. The future does not look good for Greece and its plight highlights why we were so right in the UK to vote for Brexit and why not joining the eurozone was an immensely sensible decision for us. The EU loves nothing more than meddling in the affairs of its member states, regardless of whether that is best for that country. All that is important to the Eurocrats is that their beloved European Union project continues and to hell with the wishes and needs of those living in the various member countries. Yours faithfully, Paul Nuttall...

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...