North West Region

NHS crisis

NHS crisis

Jan 16, 2017

Dear Editor, Not a year goes by without the NHS being in crisis, now the British Red Cross has intervened describing it as a “Humanitarian Crisis”. In the first week of the New Year it has been reported that every health trust in England had reached alert levels putting patients at risk. There are around 7000 patients who cannot be released because they have nowhere to go because of a severe lack of local care caused by government cuts to local councils.  This follows strikes by junior doctors following plans for a seven day health service by Jeremy Hunt the Health Minister. Clearly the government are in denial about the situation and the facts, saying that they have given more money than the NHS asked for, which has been denied by the boss of the NHS. The government should stop the cuts and restore the funds to local councils who can then provide care to acceptable levels and ensure the NHS has adequate funding. The  money should be taken from the £12 billion we provide in overseas aid. The well being of our own people should be the government`s priority !  Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Looking forward to 2017

Looking forward to 2017

Jan 4, 2017

  Dear Editor, What an incredible year 2016 was for politics. In the UK we had and won the EU referendum with 17.4 million voting to leave and in the US, Donald Trump won the elections to become their next President. There are elections in both France and Germany this year and following the Brexit and Trump votes the clear message to the old establishment is that the people have had enough of them and are demanding real change. In Britain, and despite the Brexit vote, the government are still not listening to the people and are carrying on as per normal – council tax rises, massive business rates rises, railway fair increases, defence cuts and the greenbelt under threat. Yet we are still handing out over £13 billion in overseas aid each year (and set to rise)! Many in our government are stuck in their ways just as they are in Labour and the Liberal Democratic parties. They appear to be in denial of the result in June and are reluctant to follow the will of the people. In 2017 it is our job to hold the establishment to account on all the issues raised and to get our Prime Minister to invoke Article 50 by the end of March this year, without further delays and any watering down of what we voted for. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, UKIP North West...

Brexit must mean Brexit

Brexit must mean Brexit

Dec 15, 2016

Dear Editor, During the referendum campaign it was  made quite clear by most of the leading figures that if we voted to leave the EU we would also leave the single market. 17.4 million voted to leave and won by almost 1.5 million votes, yet the Remainers won`t accept the result and continue to question the outcome. The usual pro-EU suspects including Tony Blair, Nick Clegg, Tim Farron and many Tory MP`s are causing uproar and are doing their utmost to scupper the result, want a second referendum or demand that parliament trigger Article 50 and a business woman, Gina Miller, is taking on the Government through the Supreme Court.  In America, apart from rioting, certain quarters are now demanding recounts in states again because they did not get what they wanted and Donald Trump won the election of November 8th.   Both events, as well as growing discontent in Europe confirm that the left leaning establishment do not respect the will of the people and do not accept true democracy on any terms other than their own – if the results had go in their favour then that is democratic. The fact is that the failed political establishment, as well as others with vested interests have continually campaigned using a mixture of fear and false predictions to keep us shackled to the EU, are no longer believed by the majority, which is why we voted to leave.  Teresa May has said that Brexit means Brexit, she must now prove it and ensure she provides the 17.4 million with what they voted for ! Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Prosperity is outside of the EU

Prosperity is outside of the EU

Oct 31, 2016

Dear Editor, Following the referendum result to leave the EU and, despite the continued gloomy predictions from the so called “experts”, the British economy remains resilient and has grown by 0.5% in the last quarter along with a rise in stirling. It is encouraging to hear that the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Roberto Azevedo said ” I will be working hard – I will work very intensely to ensure that this transition is fast and is smooth,” adding that Britain would not face a trade “vacuum or a disruption” when we leave the EU. The EU is in complete turmoil, its economy is shrinking by the year, its banks are in trouble and it has massive problems with immigrants who are using its open borders policy to their own advantage. We are leaving at the right time. Outside the 27 remaining member states is a much bigger world and at least 165 non-EU countries that account for most of the world economic growth. That is where are future lies for our prosperity, which is why the majority voted to leave the EU. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Get on with Brexit

Get on with Brexit

Oct 19, 2016

Dear Editor, It is more than 100 days since the results of the referendum where announced, with the “Brexiteers” winning the day with 17.4 million votes. This was almost 4% ahead of the ‘remain’ camp but they still refuse to acknowledge the result, instead determined to thwart the will of the people and democracy itself. David Cameron gambled on winning because of his ‘Project Fear’ campaign, which is why he stated that his government would abide by the result whichever way it went. He lost and it ended his political career, but the fear campaign continues. The doom and gloom scare-mongering stories designed to unsettle and intimidate the “Brexiteers” are still being peddled by establishment figures, the Treasury, EU ministers, elected MP`s and many others with their own agenda and vested interests. Their tactics are the causes of the fall in the value of the pound and any future price rises for consumers, not our vote to leave. Yes, we voted the right way and their views should be ignored. The majority voted “Leave “ for the right reasons, not least to once again  control of our own destiny as an independent nation free from the shackles of the anti-democratic European Union. We should all be talking up Britain with the opportunities that lie ahead for us in the whole world and be grateful that we were given the chance in a lifetime to do so.  Now we need ensure what we voted for happens without further shenanigans and put the Great back into Britain. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West...

Waste Bin Microchip concerns

Waste Bin Microchip concerns

Oct 17, 2016

Dear Editor, Residents are right to be very concerned following revelations that Bolton Council have introduced 300 new slimline waste bins which feature controversial microchips. Although the council claim that they don’t have the software in place to use the microchips, I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before some bright-spark Labour councillor recommends that some expensive software package is put into place.  I’m also in no doubt that the council would then look to recoup the procurement cost by rolling out automatic charges – activated by the microchips – if households put too much waste in their bin. Residents expect the council to empty their bins. They don’t expect to be snooped on in the process.  If Bolton Council really have no intention to use microchipped bins in the future they should get their act into gear now and locate the 300 microchipped bins currently in place and remove them at once. Yours faithfully, Paul Nuttall...