Europe as An Actor on the Global Stage:

This is in the Top 4 items of the Lisbon Treaty At A Glance document on the Europa Website (link below). Is this what anyone in the UK voted for? Anyway enough with the prelude, what does this really mean for any of us?

It gives the EU itself the power to negotiate, implement trade agreements and treaties with other countries. Many people may have heard about the TTIP (Trans Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership) well you have no say over this now. As of 1st December 2014 the EU has the legal right under the Lisbon Treaty to negotiate investment & trade on behalf of the EU states without any permissions from any state.

The EU basically becomes a Limited Company & thus has all the rights, obligations, freedom to contract with anyone anywhere because it is a Legal Personality. So they can decide who to contract with, what for, how long & at what cost.

Questions arise from this include;

1) will the EU make contractual arrangements that are in the best interests of the people in the member states?

2) will they always ensure fair trading & allow tenders from around the world for any items/services they wish to procure?

3) how many new employees will the EU need to employ in order to facilitate this single trading arm?

4) will the EU be bound to purchase the best product at the best price?

5) who will monitor the EU procurement to ensure it is getting the best deal for the people of the EU?

This brings about for all intents & purposes EU PLC – it can do anything any other company can do. Some of us may not like what they do, do we have a right to challenge any contract?

Sort of is the answer, if 1million people throughout the EU get together to force a debate on any policy, trade agreement etc then they might get heard!!!

So basically this Treaty has signed away much of our rights to organise any free trade or other trade with any country.

The EU is now the all powerful behemoth which has now taken over our countries. “the EU is therefore able to speak and take action as a single entity”!

We have no way of changing this, we cannot veto anything. Our only choice now is to invoke article 50 and get out.

The EU is not run on the lines of a commercial entity. It hasn’t had its accounts audited & signed off for 19 years. So the EU PLC would have been shut down!

The EU can even take us to war!!!

Take a look for yourself;

http://www.ec.europa.eu/archives/Lisbon_treaty/glance/external_relations/index_en.htm

So folks we are essentially a small part of a company; our shares do not give us enough voting rights, will not allow us to rescind any contract negotiated by the EU, even if it is a bad deal for the UK.

Welcome to the United States of Europe.

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UKIP – Basic Manifesto Promises via BBC Website

Immigration

UKIP: Introduce an Australian-style points policy, used to select migrants with the skills and attributes needed to work in the country – covering people from inside and outside the EU. Bring net immigration down to 50,000 people a year. Priority lanes for UK passport holders. Increase UK border staff by 2,500. Tougher English language tests for migrants seeking permanent residence. Opt out of the Dublin treaty to allow the UK to return asylum seekers to other EU countries without considering their claim.

Tax & Economy

UKIP: Increase the personal allowance to the level of full-time minimum wage earnings, about £13,500, by 2020. Abolish inheritance tax. Introduce a 35% income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000, at which point the 40% rate becomes payable. Set up a Treasury Commission to design a turnover tax on large businesses. Cut foreign aid budget by £9bn a year. Scrap HS2. Save £8bn a year in membership fees by leaving the EU.

NHS

UKIP: Ensure all migrants and visitors have NHS approved medical insurance as a condition of entry to UK, with £200m of the £2bn saved to be spent on ending hospital parking charges in England. Tougher regulation of NHS managers. Bring back state-enrolled nurses and return powers to matrons. Monitor and Care Quality Commission to be replaced with county health boards. Stop spending £90m a year on gastric band and breast enhancement operations.

Defence

UKIP: Leave the European Union. Remove the passports of any person who has gone to fight for a terrorist organisation and deport anyone who has committed a terrorist act. Cut foreign aid budget by £9bn. Create a Veterans Department to look after the interests of ex-service men and women.

Jobs

UKIP: Allow firms to offer jobs to British workers first “without the fear of being sued for discrimination”.

Education

UKIP: More grammar schools. Scrap sex education for children aged under seven. Scrap tuition fees for students from poorer backgrounds who take degree courses in the sciences, technology, maths or engineering. Greater emphasis on vocational education with new Apprenticeship Qualification Option. School governing boards must be made up of at least 30% parents of children at the school. Allow universities to charge same amount for EU students as non-EU students.

Housing

UKIP: Protect greenbelt land by incentivising the building of affordable homes on brownfield sites. Establish a UK Brownfield Agency to hand out grants, tax breaks and low interest loans. Major planning decisions to be ratified by local referendum.

Law & Order

UKIP: Repeal Human Rights Act and replace it with UK Bill of Rights. Withdraw from European arrest warrant. No votes for prisoners. Those responsible for criminal damage forced to carry out unpaid work in area where it was committed. Those jailed for offences affecting their community should be banned from returning to live in the area, as a condition of their release. “Complete overhaul” of police taking into account “best practice from other countries”.

Benefits & Poverty

UKIP: Only pay child benefit for the first two children for new claimants. Increase the Carers’ Allowance to the same level as Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) and pay a higher rate of JSA if you’ve been in work and already made tax and National Insurance contributions. Prevent anyone taking up permanent residence in Britain unless they’re able to support themselves and any dependents they bring with them for at least five years and stop them receiving benefits. Stop paying child benefit for children who don’t live in Britain. Scrap what UKIP calls the “detested bedroom tax”. Boost “credit unions”.

The other parties manifesto’s can be viewed at
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29642613

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Anybody’s Child – ChatBack Production

Very busy evening last night. Two important functions attended. First of all the Premier of the latest Chatback Production.

This film group is made up of kids in care. The latest film “Anybody’s Child” was written & performed by kids from the group. A very emotive film about how easy, how fast & how kids can easily become embroiled in Child Sexual Exploitation.

The kids as ever did a fabulous job. The DVD will be no doubt for sale & it is something every family should be aware of. As soon as the DVD is out on sale I will let people know.

A close family friend is involved with the film so I will be quite happy to send people their way to get a copy. I really hope every school will be buying a copy to show to each year group.

I was very proud to be invited & to see the kids doing something very poignant. I’ve had the pleasure of attending the last 2 premiers. By the way Josie Lawrence has again given her time to be in the film. She is such a great supporter of the things the kids have done she’s been in every film I think

Then we were off to UKIP Stourbridge branch event at the Hare & Hounds. The ever lovely & thoughtful Margot Parker MEP gave up her time to speak at the event.

She told people about how she became involved in politics, the hardship endured by those who don’t have private means to fall back on however sheer determination can see you through on relatively little because you invariably still have more than those who come to you for help.

It was a message of hope. That no matter how financially poor you are, in UKIP you must graft, work with the intention of helping make life better for those locally, get involved nationally etc. The key message being that UKIP is an extended family whereby we all look out for each other.

We help people in all regions in every practical way possible whether it be sorting out ASB or the ever glamourous litter picks. There is always a way to help & help people a few at a time.

I’m with Margot & am fully on board with the UKiP family. It’s how we work, it’s how we can support each other to do what we do.

Ps; pain meds worn off so I’m awake waiting for time when I can take my next does. Must remember to get to the chemist later, I’ve run out out of a few of my meds so need to get them or I will be bonkers barmy with pain later!

Twitter Spats

Further to a rather public twitter spat today. I thought for clarity that I should publish the e-mails sent between John Pring of the Disability News Service & myself. I do have an e-mail sent by a senior member of the party also but will not publish that as they haven’t been party to the events of today.

I was asked, as you can see from below, by John Pring to commit to a 10 point disabled persons manifesto to be adopted but UKIP and promoted by the party in the EU. Please note that he states the 10 point plan is one put together from two Disabled Persons Groups from Europe. Not anywhere was I officially told that one or both of the groups are funded by EU money.

I stated and I still do that 3 of the 10 (numbers 7, 9, & 10) items i could on a cursory glance agree with. These where the only 3 of the 10 that could be utilised in the UK without being members of the EU. Obviously as a member of UKIP I am hardly likely to state that I support all 10 it just isn’t feasible in any reality that I would.

Was I set up to fail? Was I set up to reject them all so I could be cast as an unfeeling person who doesn’t want to make life better for the disabled people and their families in the UK.

Well make your own minds up, no doubt the there will be a mix of opinions but that’s ok.

For the record I am not paid, I work 99% of the time from my bed. I always reply to people who come to me via our national website and my personal website. I try to help anyone who asks me and there have been some lovely comments made about me and the help I have given people all over the UK. I use my own resources, my own stamps, everything. I pay for the website from my own meagre funds and ask for nothing from anyone. I do what I do because people need someone to turn to, I won’t change that and people who don’t like me or don’t think I’m acting the way they think I should. My response is at least I am trying when you try to give your time and assistance for free come back and tell me you have done it the way others expect you to, I bet you wont have and I bet you will have your own set of detractors !!!!

Can’t please all of the people all of the time!

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On 11 Apr 2014, at 15:11, “John Pring” wrote:
Hi Star

Hope all is well with you.

I’m putting a news story together for later this month on the disability policies of the main parties, before next month’s European elections. I have a list of 10 policies, which I have selected from the manifestos put out by two of the leading European disabled people’s organisations (see below).

Can you tell me which of them your party agrees with, and which it doesn’t?

My deadline isn’t for a couple of weeks so there’s no rush.

Best wishes,

John

1 To adopt and pass into law a strong European Accessibility Act (proposed EU legislation on the accessibility of goods and services in the EU internal market)
2 To adopt and pass into law the proposed EU directive on the accessibility of public websites (which will make those websites accessible to disabled people)
3 The adoption of the proposed general non-discrimination directive (EU law designed to protect disabled people (and other groups) from discrimination in all areas of life)
4 The ratification by the EU and all member states of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
5 The introduction of a legal right to live independently
6 The introduction of a dedicated directorate for disability within the European Commission
7 To stop EU funds being invested in segregated institutions for disabled people
8 To ensure inclusive education for all disabled children and young people
9 To provide more funding for local and national organisations led by disabled people
10 To reverse austerity cuts in services and benefits for disabled people

Here are the two original manifestos, if you want to see where these came from:

European Disability Forum:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/47lnldkxbyg7pi2/EDF%20Manifesto%20on%20the%20EU%20elections%202014.doc

European Network on Independent Living:
http://www.enil.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ENIL-Manifesto.pdf

John Pring
Editor: Disability News Service
Author: Longcare Survivors: The Biography of a Care Scandal
Tel: 020 8446 5900, 07776 206595
Email: john@disabilitynewsservice.com
Website: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com
Twitter: @johnpringdns

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From: Star Etheridge [mailto:staretheridge08@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 11 April 2014 15:55
To: John Pring
Subject: Re: European elections

Dear John

On a cursory glance I think 7, 9 & 10 are ones that I personally agree with.

Many of the others are already available in British Law. As for laws of other countries I cannot confirm the status.

As you know MEP’s do not make the law, they have very little influence on any of the directives/laws that are put through to be voted on.

The Council Of Ministers, we do not vote for them & have very little if any influence on the legislation that is put forward for the MEP’s to vote on.

The laws are usually put through on bloc as a raft of legislation & even if there is one item in the bloc that any MEP agreed with they will have to assent to say 9 others they do not agree with.

I have put the questions to our policy director as this is above my jurisdiction as a Spokesmen.

I would also like there to be a complete repeal of “The Removal Of a The Spare Room Subsidy” legislation but if not a full repeal then at least to have Disabled exempt from housing benefit reduction.

Best wishes

Kindest regards

Mrs Star Etheridge
UKIP Disability Spokesman

http://www.staretheridge.co.uk

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On 25 Apr 2014, at 12:07, “John Pring” wrote:
Hi Star

Just chasing you on responses to the European elections questions (see below). Next week will be ok, but the final deadline is next Friday (2 May).

Hope that is OK and all is well with you.

Best wishes,

John

John Pring
Editor: Disability News Service
Author: Longcare Survivors: The Biography of a Care Scandal
Tel: 020 8446 5900, 07776 206595
Email: john@disabilitynewsservice.com
Website: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com
Twitter: @johnpringdns

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From: Star Etheridge [mailto:staretheridge08@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 28 April 2014 12:56
To: John Pring
Subject: Re: European elections

Hi John

I have not had any communication from our Policy Director. So I can only say that policies 7, 9 & 10 are those which I personally support as UKIP Spokesman but I cannot say that I have the Policy Director nor our NEC’s support.

So I can only say that I personally support 7, 9 and 10 which I think are very good common sense clauses.

Best wishes

Kindest regards

Mrs Star Etheridge
UKIP Disability Spokesman

http://www.staretheridge.co.uk

Please leave any comments at http://www.staretheridge.co.uk/comments-and-guestbook/

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On 28 Apr 2014, at 14:31, “John Pring” wrote:
Hi Star

I’m afraid this will not look very impressive after your interview last year, which pledged a ‘radical change’ on disability. Also, I am not looking for your personal views, but the party’s official lines. I think the policy director’s refusal to reply to your email will suggest to readers that your party does not see disabled people as a priority.

You’ve still got until first thing next Monday to turn this around, though.

Best wishes,

John

John Pring
Editor: Disability News Service
Author: Longcare Survivors: The Biography of a Care Scandal
Tel: 020 8446 5900, 07776 206595
Email: john@disabilitynewsservice.com
Website: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com
Twitter: @johnpringdns

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Cameron’s Referendum Script

Over the past few weeks I have watched and listened very carefully to the words of David Cameron, Manuel Barrosso and a plethora of Pro EU commentators.

It appears from listening to the real syntax of David Cameron’s statements about the 2017 In/out Referendum Promise is a mere advertising puff (as we say in the legal world). Sadly this is a promise that will ONLY happen IF the following all happen in the next 3 years;

1). IF the Tories win a Majority in 2015
2). IF there can be renegotiation with the EU
3). IF the renegotiation brings about changes to our membership
4). IF the renegotiations bring about Treaty changes
5). IF the renegotiations give more power to the EU

Then and Only then will Cameron and Co give the British People a chance of actually having a say about our country.

This is a conditional promise and he uses his words very carefully, please watch and listen carefully to him and you will see his main prepared sentence is {and I paraphrase} If I am Prime Minister after 2015 then I will set about renegotiating our relationship with the EU, if I am successful in those renegotiations then of course the British People must have a vote on whether they want to stay in or out of the EU based on the renegotiations I achieve.

Now to most people that means he will give a referendum in 2017 but we are in 2014 why is he not starting those talks now? Why is he still saying that no matter the result of the renegotiations that if there is a Referendum he will campaign to stay in! Sorry but that really isn’t the way to start off any renegotiation. Your stance must be we want this, this and this OR we leave. That is the basis is negotiations, you start high and meet at a level whereby you gain a the most for the people or company you represent. It is the old case of bartering, something most British people are not comfortable with.

So he has handed the upper hand to the EU, Barrosso has stated that he wants to see the UK stay in the EU, he has said there may be a small set of policy areas where the UK could possibly be allowed to have a few concessions. He has said many times that there WILL NOT be any treaty renegotiations and the concessions that may be on offer are minor. So that’s it really. The deal has been done by playing on words, just as he and his crew trot out every time about the “cast iron guarantee”. He states that his guarantee in 2009 was only if the Lisbon Treaty had not been signed. The Tories often tell us that there cannot be a referendum in retrospect, what complete rot! The referendum held on June 5th 1975 was in relation the Economic Communities Act AFTER the UK had joined the EEC. We have not had any say whatsoever in the last 39 years regarding the treaties which took us deeper in to a political union creating a type of Federal State. One could describe it is conquest via stealth!

So please remember Cameron is a slippery fish not to dissimilar to Mr Bliar! His words are measured and controlled to always give him the YES BUT CLAUSE so he is able to get out of the pie crust promises, easily made and easily broken.

So if you decide to vote for the Tories based on that so called promise then you are being conned by the Con’s! Please feel free to check out what I have said regarding the Referendum promise, look for the ifs, buts, maybes and other conditions and then make your mind up.

No party is perfect, none have all perfect people in, they are made of human beings and in some parties the way they can entice votes on a promise to deliver something and renege on them is a very well practised art. They learn at the feet of ministers during their move from University to being an intern, then special adviser, then MP.

It is part of the training, which is good in some ways because you do need people of knowledge to be in the Government and Parliament BUT you also need people with real life experience, of business, of work, of all areas of life to be in the House of Commons.

Only with people from a wider pool can we get a parliament that really represents the population and who will speak in plain simple language without putting all the ifs and buts used as conjunctives in order to deceive the people.

So be very careful and listen intently so you can pick out the “conditional” parts of the statements made by Mr Cameron, Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband.

Those of you who have heard, seen and watched Mr Farage and his UKIP People’s Army will note he does not use the covert conditions hidden in his responses to any of the questions he is asked. He will say it as it is, like of or not he doesn’t spend 10 minutes spewing out words that when analysed really mean nothing at all, to much hot air is blown by such MP’s.

So the choice is as ever yours, it is your vote, it is up to you to use it in a way that you think will bring about the best for you and your family. If you refuse to vote then don’t complain about the Government, Council and EU elected people because you didn’t cast a vote. However, for those who do vote then I hope that the outcome is something that will be good for all of us in the UK.

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Five Policies From UKIP

I’m really pleased that I can share these five policies with you all. I’m sure you’ll see they are reasonable, achievable & helpful to all.

UKIP are campaigning to:

1) Help individuals, families and
couples by increasing the
personal tax allowance to
£13,000 before earners start to
pay tax.

2) Introduce limited immigration.

3) Introduce more apprenticeships.

4) Reinstate the full Educational
Maintenance Allowance
and introduce a grant-based
system for student tuition fees.

5) Ensure a referendum is given on
membership of the European
Union.

I’ve only been informed of these today and I’m sharing them immediately. There are some great ideas & will be a great help to a good many people.

Obviously this bunch of five is just a starting point and there will be much more to come in readiness for the 2015 General Election. The manifesto will have everything in full.

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Nigel Farage’s visit to Dudley

A day with Nigel is always eventful for one reason or another.

Yesterday amidst the torrential rain that engulfed Dudley, we had a very important visitor.

Nigel arrived & from then on every minute was a complete tornado. The energy & work load he gets through is quite amazing. Despite his own well documented spinal problems after the plane crash in 2010, the man is focused & dedicated.

Yes we’ve all heard the detractors but they simply couldn’t be more wrong! He took a massive pay cut to be part of #UKIP and he’s helped build it to the party it is today! In the past year our membership has doubled!

In most areas where there are local elections we are able to put a candidate in each & every ward. Another new high.

Nigel is the very same person you see on TV as he is in real life. He gave a few people the slip yesterday as he wanted to get a sandwich! Nigel & a number of members went out into Sedgley to find him something he would like to eat. Can’t see any of the others simply strolling down Sedgley High Street to find a sandwich shop. Again this is Nigel all over he is a product of the old school work ethic & determination. Great qualities when you know of his punishing workload & doing all he can to obtain a referendum on the UK’s continued costly membership of the EU.
Just think if we had to pay £55 per day for a Gym membership or pottery class! How many of us would say

this isn’t affordable & I’m not gaining any from this I will cancel my direct debit.

The UK must pay £55 million per day to be in the EU club, few of us wish to be a part of it and that’s £55m we can’t afford to pay! It has bound us in it’s red tape for far too long.

All the scare stories of losing 3 million plus jobs are complete hogwash! We have lost jobs in Southampton due to the Ford Van Factory closing here. The EU have paid the company to leave the UK and relocate in Turkey! So the EU costs jobs whilst we’re in it!

The traders of all manner of companies will not stop selling or buying from each other. The only jobs that will be lost are those who rely on the EU, MEPs, Commissioners, Interpreters, all manner of staffers!

UKIP are the only party who want to make their MEP’s redundant! They are our eyes & ears in the belly of the beast. They bring back the important intel to give us or how would we know about the waste?

Being with Nigel (or on the fringes of it all) you can see how hard he works, the enthusiasm he has for the cause, his dedication. There was at the last minute a change of his plans and he was travelling to another destination before going home to see his family.

He made time to meet some friends of mine & Bills, you may have seen them on the news and my twitter followers will know I’ve been supporting the cause for a long time. Bill has also stated, if he is elected as an MEP, he will ask questions there & continue to help the family of Maxine Hambleton, the families of the other 20 people killed and the 182 people who were severely injured in the Birmingham Bombings in 1974. Nigel gave them much more time than we could have asked for but he is behind the cause as is Jill Seymour (who is No1 on the West Midlands Region List) so that is a major local cause that UKIP want to help get the truth. Nigel even remembered Julie Hambleton’s letter (which she sent to every leader of a main political party). Nigel was the only one to even take the time to write back.

In the evening Nigel addressed 650 people at Dudley Concert Hall. A rousing success, new members signed up, he met many of the attendees after the event posing for photos, giving autographs, chatting to people etc. The whole audience was energised to get out and share the message!

I’m lucky enough to have been in Nigel’s company many times. The smears, the lies, the downright vile nasty accusations only spur him on! The same goes for all of us who like the truth so I say to those detractors keep saying all this nonsense, keep making up lies, keep digging up hearsay evidence, cloning candidates social media sites and all of the other completely outlandish slurs. You make us more resolute to the cause! We would welcome scrutiny if only all were treated equally! All that is being achieved is to make the Lib/Lab/Con look petty, scared, stupid and ridiculous! Keep it up it’s been the best recruitment tool!

I feel sorry for those who are harmed by the lies, honest good natured people being accused of all manner of rubbish don’t the media realise how their smears, allegations, lies harm someone who is a local council candidate or those who aren’t even seeking election. The lives of the person, their families suffer long after the newspaper story has been re-pulped and are history to the reporter. Sadly with the Internet etc these stories are always available. Youngsters at the start of their working lives can be smeared in such a way that they will find it extremely difficult to get a job! This is not right and is unfair. I’m all for the truth but not in favour of stuff that is based on the flimsiest kernel of truth and exaggerated beyond the realms of any fantasy novelist or filmmaker.

I wish the sensationalist journalists would give the same treatment to all political party candidates because all this does is make people think it is all a big rouse to discredit; a person, an idea, the party, the policies even down to the colour of socks someone wore in 1976.

UKIP are NOT;
Racist
Homophobic
Anti women
Anti disabled
Anti free trade
Anti immigration
So stop being lazy and repeating this complete and utter tripe!

We have a full set of policies, at the moment we are showcasing our local policies which are different for each local area and the policies regarding the EU which are to find out what our money is spent on, the waste, the profligate spending etc etc!

The policies we will fight the General Election of 2015 are ready & contained in our Manifesto which will be released as & when the Democratically Elected National Executive Committee vote for it to be released.

Remember that policies for a General Election are ones we can fight for if we get MP’s elected to Westminster. Our 2015 Manifesto contains domestic policies such as;
Welfare; benefits etc
NHS
Education
Defence
Police
Law & Order
Foreign policy
Economics

And the list goes on! UKIP have comprehensive policies written by people who are very knowledgable about the specific area of policy.

So when you hear or read the propaganda just ask yourself why are the Government & other parties so scared of UKIP ????

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