North West Region

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...

Self-employed under attack

Self-employed under attack

Mar 10, 2017

Dear Editor, For a party supposedly of “wealth creation”, it is difficult to see how they could present their Spring Budget that has been described by some as “boring” yet will have detrimental effects to some 2.45 million self-employed people, entrepreneurs, who represent the future of the UK. The Chancellor has increased National Insurance Contributions (NIC) to the self-employed by 2% , which will add around £1,000 to their tax bills. These are the very people that we should be encouraging rather than discouraging as we prepare to leave the EU. He said that it was fair, as the self-employed enjoyed the same service as those who are employed, but he did not mention their risks, responsibilities as well as they do not get holiday or sick pay. While for man who appears to lack any humour, his jokes, at the expense of Labour were quite good, but his budget could have been delivered by Labour’s Gordon Brown. Chancellor Philip Hammond has clearly broken a 2015 election promise from David Cameron, that if elected a Tory Government would not increase Income Tax, NIC or VAT, as a result the Conservatives won, while 22 months on millions who voted for them are about to lose out.  While they are happy to hand out over £13 billion every year (and set to rise as the economy grows) in overseas aid, in many cases to corrupt regimes, this Tory Government appear determined to punish its entrepreneurs. How can they be trusted on anything ?  Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Holding establishment to account

Holding establishment to account

Feb 26, 2017

Dear Editor, In last June`s referendum 17.4 million of us voted to leave the EU in order to take back control of our country, including immigration, controlling our borders and making our own laws, which for the last forty four years our politicians had outsourced to the EU. The Brexiteers won and when Teresa May became PM, she made it very clear that “Brexit means Brexit” respecting the will of the people and despite the constant barracking from the Remainers. However,  David Davis, the EU Exit Secretary on a visit to Estonia stated that we we were not  going to “suddenly shut the door” on foreign workers jobs when we leave the bloc, adding that it would take several years before British-born workers were ready to take over the jobs that are currently done by migrants. Whilst nobody expects that migrants should be expelled, we expect that we control the numbers coming in, that’s what we voted for and considering Mr Davis was a leading Brexiteer his statement is quite extraordinary.  While we won the referendum battle itself we now we have to win the war and that means holding the political establishment to account to ensure that we get exactly what we voted for. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Council cash row

Council cash row

Feb 9, 2017

Dear Editor, In reply to Cllr Phil Davies’ remarks about Wirral council budget reductions I appreciate that Government cuts to council budgets are a major concern, in Wirral`s case £132 million. But it is a wake up call for them to cut their cloth accordingly and stop building political empires out of residents money, in this case parking charges ! Governments, both national and local, when there is a shortage of money always look to the motorist as a “cash cow” and tax accordingly. To them motorists are an easy target, but they don’t think it through. It will put even more strains on household budgets and put many local businesses and jobs at risk by driving shoppers to places that offer free parking. Why, at a time when they are proposing draconian parking charges, have they agreed to create a new senior job with a budget of £80,000 being allocated for the position (which I suspect will rise), and why did they have to pass an order preventing councillors from asking questions about it? What ever happened to democracy? It is a clear case for reducing the number of councillors and with it greater savings. Like many people, I believe that we should not be giving over £12 billion of taxpayers hard earned money away in overseas foreign aid, in may cases to corrupt and unaccountable regimes and to countries that don’t need it. Charity begins at home and in our case that means the vast amount of underfunded projects that the UK and local councils have. I would remind Cllr Davies, that despite his disparaging remarks against Wirral UKIP, we have almost four million supporters nationally and in Wirral we have polled more votes than the Lib Dems, Greens and Independents put together in the last three local elections. Our support continues to grow in Wirral as it does elsewhere as voters maintain their distrust of the establishment parties. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Come join the team in Stoke

Come join the team in Stoke

Jan 31, 2017

Last Saturday was our first official action day for the Stoke-on-Trent Central By-Election. Paul was supported by hundreds of members from up and down the country knocking on doors, delivering leaflets and speaking to people in the city centre.  Paul has had a positive response on the doorstep with former Labour supporters and non-voters alike giving their backing to UKIP. The Labour candidate Gareth Snell is an ardent Remainer and has not been well received in the slightest. Our new campaign headquarters is located in one of the busiest parts of the city outside the shopping centre and is unmissable. This Sunday is our next official action day and, with your help it promises to be our biggest one yet so join Paul and the campaign team from 8am (Canvassing from 10am) at 1 Piccadilly, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1DB and let us lift our leader into the House of Commons where he belongs – just in time to back Article 50, the mechanism for leaving the European Union.  The campaign office can be contacted on 0333 800 6 800. If you are travelling to Stoke by rail, please note that Stoke-on-Trent railway station is roughly a 5 minute taxi journey or 25 minute walk to the centre of Hanley high street. Regular buses also operate the route. If you are travelling by car, please note that the campaign office is in a pedestrianised area however there are a number of parking options available within a 2 minute walk.   With Many Thanks UKIP North...