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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Community Forum – Tuesday 24th June

Wonder if the Forum will be anything like those on TV frequented by Frankie Howerd……..???

In my new capacity as Councillor for Coseley East I will be attending my first community forum.

I had hoped my new car would have arrived in time so will probably roll down in the chariot, as long as it’s a nice an evening as it is tonight.

I’m hoping lots of people will turn up & have their say. I will be the only ‘Kipper on the Forum. I will have 2 Tories & 2 Labour somewhere near me. That should bring some very barbed comments coming my way! Good job I’ve got a thick skin! Lol

I have got the agenda and some of the requests for community funds are reasonable others not so much. I really hope the people turn up to have their say & not just those with a vested interests.

Sorry it’s a pretty uneventful day but my new tattoo is looking rather fab & groovy. My space mobile is due on Thursday. I can’t wait, lots of photos will be posted it’s a huge step up from the pope mobile. The pope mobile served a purpose & to that I’m eternally grateful. He will be returned to the great cars for sale market. I know he will be a great help for his next owners, he just doesn’t suit my new needs.

So will report on the Forum tomorrow & let you all know what it’s like!

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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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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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The Rise Of UKIP – By Bill Etheridge

(hard copy available from Monday)
Available on multi e-book readers from Amazon, Download on Kindle & other E-reader versions available bow

Written by a key insider and #UKIP activist, this book takes a look at the rise of this ground breaking political party that threatens to overthrow the conventional face of British Politics.

Written by a key insider and UKIP activist, this book takes a look at the rise of this ground breaking political party that threatens to overthrow the conventional face of British Politics. This book lifts the lid on UKIP, explaining why its policies appeal to the voters, the mistakes made as well as the triumphs secured. It also shows how errors made by other political parties have given UKIP their chance to become established as a new force in British politics. A must-have for anyone interested in current affairs.

Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1 – Before the Rise
Chapter 2 – The Reasons for the Rise
Chapter 3 – The Rise Begins
Chapter 4 – 2012 – A Year of Promise
Chapter 5 – The By-Election Surge
Chapter 6 – 2013 Trouble in the Tory shires
Chapter 7 – Polling Third, Coming First?
Conclusions
Acknowledgements

About the Author
Bill Etheridge has been a leading member of UKIP for over a decade. He is currently UKIP European Candidate in the West Midlands for 2014, Parliamentary Candidate for Dudley and Regional Campaigns Organiser for UKIP in the Midlands. He has stood for UKIP in a number of elections.

#published by #Bretwalda

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Roger Helmer UKIP – MEP – Straight Talking

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Subject: STRAIGHT TALKING, March 2014 – Roger Helmer’s electronic newsletter from Strasbourg
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:09:49 +0000

STRAIGHT TALKING March 2014

Roger Helmer’s electronic newsletter from Strasbourg

Please feel free to distribute this newsletter, or to quote from it. It is primarily written for euro-realists in the East Midlands, but may also be of interest to others concerned about the climate debate, or developments in the EU. If you receive the newsletter second-hand and want to go onto the e-mail list (or if you want to be deleted), please e-mail me on roger.helmer@europarl.europa.eu

Follow me on Twitter: @RogerHelmerMEP
(Now with over 5200 followers!)

Watch my new video presentation here
(just 2 minutes)

Spring Conference in Torquay

It’s a long way to the British Riviera, but hundreds of UKIP stalwarts were there at the Riviera Centre on February 28th for our Spring Conference. It was a pleasure to meet UKIP Councillor Julien Parrott in his (non-party) rôle as Chairman of the Torbay Council, welcoming delegates to the city. Also a pleasure to meet Miss Devon, Leanne Ward, who is about to run a Marathon for local charities, and was accepting donations from Conference delegates.

The Conference was an excellent and inspirational event, and without the little embarrassments that marked our main conference last year. It’s clear that the whole Party is focussed on the May elections, both European and local, and expectations in the Party and in the media are high. The mood is buoyant. Now we have to deliver, and I’m sure we will.

My 10:45 speech on Energy issues was well received (find it here). I did the political stuff, and I was grateful to Dr. Lawrence Haar, a man with twenty years’ energy industry experience in evaluation and risk management, who followed up with a more technical presentation.

I was also delighted by an extra, unscheduled speech from Dr. Peter Courtney, who for many years has been European Managing Director for Financial Services for Accenture, the well-known accounting and consultancy firm. The main thrust of his remarks was that countries not in the EU, like China, Japan and the USA, seem to have no difficulty selling into the EU market, and nor will an independent Britain. British companies, he says, will be no worse off, and probably better off, outside the EU. During his time with Accenture in Europe, he found many competitors from outside the EU trading successfully in the EU.

This is of course no more than we in UKIP have been saying for years, but it’s important and reassuring to have prominent business leaders confirming the message.

Love Britain: Vote UKIP. I was immediately struck by the Conference slogan, really to-the-point, and even more succinct than my famous “Love Europe: Hate the EU”. But it didn’t take the media too long to dig out the fact that a rather similar slogan had once been used by the BNP. OK guys. But hang on a minute. No political party has proprietary rights to the words “Britain”, “Love” and “Vote”, and there are only so many ways of putting them together.

But there’s a more important and substantive point here. The BNP is a thoroughly odious and racist party. But in the past they were rather clever at putting together innocent-sounding literature stressing their pro-British credentials and down-playing the racist angle, and as a consequence a great many decent, patriotic British people voted for them. Now UKIP has given those voters a respectable alternative which is emphatically supportive of our country, but without the offensive racist baggage of the BNP. As a result, the BNP is now little more than a rump pressure group, where irreconcilable fascist agitators gnaw the bones of their ancient resentments. That’s an achievement that I think we in UKIP can be proud of.

Switzerland and Lithuania

Over the Conference period I was accompanied by Rito, a video journalist from Swiss National Television. Following the recent Swiss Referendum (where the Swiss voted narrowly to apply immigration controls to EU citizens), there is considerable interest in Switzerland in the rise of euro-realist parties across the EU.

The following Monday, we were campaigning in Northampton and meeting the press outside the Guildhall. I was offering leaflets to passers-by, and one young man proved to be a Lithuanian, who had been working in Northamptonshire for some years. I wondered how he would react to our commitment to curb mass immigration, but he turned out to be a star.

“When I arrived in Britain, I could earn decent money, but with all this new immigration wages have gone down”. If I’d written the script, he could not have done better. We’re constantly making the argument that it’s the lower-wage, lower-skilled workers who are most damaged by mass immigration. As my MEP-candidate colleague Barry Mahoney put it, “It’s the last wave of immigrants who are most damaged by the next wave”.

Aren’t the Lib-Dems preposterous?

Europe faces an unemployment catastrophe. There are around eleven million – yes, eleven million – unemployed young people in Europe. Youth unemployment is 60% in Greece, and nearly as bad in Spain, Italy, Portugal. A whole generation effectively thrown on the scrap-heap in the name of European Integration and monetary union.

And this is the moment when Nick Clegg chooses to coin the slogan “In Europe, In Work”. No Nick. It’s “In Europe, Out of Work! ”. See my five minute rebuttal here or read about it: “The EU is a Job-Shredding Machine”.

Attention East Midlands Farmers!

I still get farmers saying that they sympathise with UKIP’s position on Europe, but they say can’t vote UKIP because they need their CAP cheque to survive. Of course they do. UKIP recognises the need for on-going farm subsidies, given that most agriculture around the world is subsidised one way or the other. We just think that a subsidy régime designed in Britain for British farmers would be a better deal than a subsidy régime designed in Brussels for French farmers. And of course, outside the EU, free from our £53 million-a-day EU subscription, we’d be better able to afford it.

UKIP Agriculture Spokesman Stuart Agnew recently gave a speech on UKIP policy, and although it’s forty minutes long, it’s well worth watching for anyone with a farming interest.

Campaign notes

We’ve now had meet-the-press events with our candidate team at towns and cities up and down the region, most recently in Corby, Northampton and Daventry. Find a mass of photographs here.

The next phase is public meetings, again across the region, with customised leaflets for distribution ahead of the meetings in local areas. All our candidates are hugely grateful for the support we’ve had from members and activists on all these projects – not least the leafleting effort, which is hard work and not very glamorous, but hugely important.

For details of up-coming events, ask Paul Oakden for his Campaign Bulletin.

I can honestly say that in fifteen years of politics and campaigning, I’ve never seen such positive responses from members of the public in the street and on the doorstep. We can’t afford to let up, but we can look forward to the election with confidence.

New Tesla battery factory

I have written more than once to express my doubts about electric vehicles. High cost, limited range, availability of re-charge points, slow re-charge, expensive mid-life battery replacement. Nevertheless, I think those problems will be solved sooner or later.

So I was interested to read that the US company Tesla, which has already produced some exciting (but low-volume, high-cost) electric cars, is planning a monster five-billion-dollar “Giga-factory” to produce high-volume batteries. It’s a huge gamble — I fear that today’s battery technology may soon be looking obsolescent — but it could bring a viable electric vehicle closer.

Certainly a lower-cost, mass-produced battery would make the economics of electric vehicles more attractive. I believe that Tesla is also pursuing the question of re-charging infrastructure and distribution. That just leaves the electricity generating industry with the challenge of hugely increased demand when and if the market for electronic cars takes off. But I’ve seen several papers showing that on today’s generating mix, an electric car’s overall emissions (including the power station) are greater than a modern, small diesel. And there’s the small problem of Finance Ministers looking to recover on electricity the revenue they’ll be losing on lower petrol/diesel sales.

One thing’s for sure. Wind farms won’t hack it.

Wind Turbine Syndrome

While we’re on the subject of wind turbines, you might like to note that the Irish Health Department has officially recognised – and warned against – the dangers of “Wind Turbine Syndrome”, the proven adverse health effects on local residents caused by wind farms. Can we sue, I wonder?

Parallels

We’re starting to get people asking “If you agree with Political Union in the United Kingdom, why don’t you agree with it in the EU?” (There’s usually a smirk here, as though they think they’ve made a clever point).

In fact they have no real point at all. It’s a bit like saying: “If you agree that cough medicine is good for coughs, why don’t you agree it’s good for acne?”

But it requires a slightly fuller answer. Find it here.

Talking of parallels, there are some euro-sceptics who like to draw parallels between the EU and the Soviet Union (they speak of the “EUSSR”), or with other authoritarian régimes that had supranational ambitions, like Nazi Germany.

I personally don’t like to make those comparisons, because they sound rather strident and exaggerated, and are too easy for opponents to ridicule. But there is an element of truth. Not only does the EU have big black limousines for the Commissars, and five year plans. It is also determined to ignore dissent, and to press ahead at whatever cost with the creation of supranational structures which lack legitimacy and are wholly unresponsive to the views of citizens.

Comparisons with Germany are also not entirely far-fetched, and go back way beyond Hitler. I found a quote from September 1914. The Kaiser’s Chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg wrote “Russia must be thrust back as far as possible from Germany’s eastern frontier and her domination over non-Russian vassal peoples broken….We must create a central European economic association through common customs treaties to include France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria-Hungary, Poland and perhaps Italy, Sweden and Norway…. all its members will be formally equal but in practice will be under German leadership…..”

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, as the French say.

Savaged by a dead sheep

On March 5th, Nick Clegg made a speech attacking UKIP MEPs for failing to work hard, and I appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics Show with Andrew Neil, to rebut Clegg, against a previously unknown Lib-Dem MP. Apparently we are “lazy and ineffective”. But I’ve never met anyone who works quite so hard as Nigel Farage – and I have to say that in a 49 year career, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard as I have in recent months.

And ineffective? UKIP has been largely instrumental in turning around the debate in the UK, so that issues like leaving the EU, and controlling immigration, which were almost unmentionable a few years back, are now in the public square. We were the ones who pointed out that the Emperor has no clothes. We have done a great public service.

I was able to say that I personally have a voting record in the EP better than the average of the twelve Lib-Dem MEPs. And that Nigel’s voting participation rate is double Nick Clegg’s. And that a recent Times report shows that of the four major parties, UKIP Councillors have the best attendance record, while the Lib-Dems come bottom. I think the Lib-Dems have scored an own-goal on this one.

Of course Lib-Dem MEPs want to build Europe, so they’re happy to sit in dusty committee rooms voting through news laws (and maxing-out on their daily allowances). We on the other hand are elected to oppose integration, and to oppose British membership of the EU, and we can often do that best by campaigning in the UK rather than by sitting around in Brussels.

Later in the day, I was doing a radio interview on the same topic, and I concluded by saying of Clegg’s attack, “Where it mattered, it was not true. And where it was true, it didn’t matter”. Nice turn of phrase, I thought.

BBC Daily Politics Show

Right at the end of Daily Politics, Andrew Neil asked me if I thought UKIP would win the election, and I replied that that was our objective. Quick as a flash he replied, “I’ll send you a book on expectation management”. Of course we know all about expectation management, and the silly game of saying you’ll do badly so it looks good afterwards. In this case I think we’re right to set the bar high, for three reasons:
1) It’s by no means unrealistic
2) It sets an exciting and challenging objective for the Party, and
3) An expectation that we may win helps to legitimise a decision to vote for us. If everyone else is expected to vote UKIP, it must be OK for me too.

Quote of the Month

Margaret Thatcher: “Europe is the result of plans. It is, in fact, a classic utopian project, a monument to the vanity of intellectuals, a programme whose inevitable destiny is failure”.

Conclusion

That’s it from Strasbourg for this March session. Please remember to visit my web-site, & my blog. And follow me on Twitter: @RogerHelmerMEP
Also have a look at the UKIP MEP web-site http://www.ukipmeps.org

I’m female, A Graduate, Under 50 & Vote UKIP

Just a little bemused because I’ve read a number of times recently in various articles that #UKIP do not appeal to women, graduates and the young ok I’m 42 but that’s young these days ok – Don’t Forget it lol

So I looked in the mirror, yes definitely female (had to check because not been outdoors in a while). Looked at my binder of achievement yes, degree & 3 post graduate diplomas, professional admittance certificate. Then to the birth certificate ok ok yes I’m kind of old but I hear that 40’s are the new 20’s or something?

So what is missing having senior blonde moment ……. Oh yes it is #UKIP where do I stand on them? Looked around my room, checked a message on my phone & oops silly me of course I’m a UKIP member, I’m a UKIP candidate, I’m a UKIP spokesman, I’m a UKIP approved Parliamentary candidate. Think that’s conclusive I’m a UKIPper! Or lovingly known as a ‘kipper!

So how come I know so many other women like me? We all met through UKIP we all support each other’s efforts via UKIP & in our wider careers. So please can anyone tell me where this misinformation is coming from?

Yet Goodwin, from Nottingham University, and Ford, of Manchester University, say the “army of potential supporters is growing in size”
They argue that Farage and Ukip face huge challenges in the first-past-the-post electoral system, and given the party’s continued unpopularity among women, ethnic minorities, graduates and the young. However, Ukip is now the favoured electoral option among those who strongly disapprove of the EU – 20% of all British voters.

So have these two Academics really spoken to UKIP women? It seems likely not. Also how many people did they survey or question? I’d actually like to know just to know it! Not to use it as a stick to beat the authors with but to see if it tallies with my own experience.

The Guardian Article In Full for you to read

Just a few photos of some UKIP Ladies I found quickly in my phone

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