Yet another sickening crime against an animal

Dear Editor, A dog has been burned alive in a bin bag, after a catalogue of recent offences including a nail hammered through the skull of a dog before burying it alive, a horse stabbed in the legs, neck and abdomen, and thugs filming themselves torturing an animal to death. These sickening crimes happen regularly, […]


Newcastle does not need a congestion charge

Dear Editor, Local bus companies have proposed introducing a London-style charge on motorists who wish to drive in Newcastle. They claim that this should be done to ‘cut congestion’ but I would not blame some of your more cynical readers if they saw this as a bid to increase bus company profits. London is very different […]


Jobs and proper job security needed

The latest unemployment figures for the North East demonstrate that all the government talk about the Northern Powerhouse is just hype, says regional MEP Jonathan Arnott. “While the figures of the ONS show that nationally unemployment is down, in this region the figures are actually up on the last quarter. “The previous quarter had shown […]


The North East needs investment, not empty promises

Dear Editor, New reports suggest that North East schools would get an extra £323 million per year if they were based in London.  The worst thing about this?  I am not even slightly surprised. Just about everything in the North East is underfunded when compared to other parts of the country (especially London).  Roads, railways, the NHS, […]


Anger over EU private army costs

A £230 million bill for UK taxpayers including helping fund a ‘private army’ to protect EU MPs has been slammed by MEP Jonathan Arnott. Estimates have shown the European Parliament’s budget is rising to £1.7 billion – an above inflation increase of 3.3 per cent. This includes funding of a private army, known as “Unit […]