It was bitterly disappointing to see Labour’s MP for Hartlepool, Iain Wright, resort to gutter-style politics in Wednesday’s (Oct 15th) edition of the Northern Echo.
Labour seem completely incapable of debating UKIP on policy, so instead, have resorted to smears and lies, in a measly attempt to stop the UKIP surge in Hartlepool.
UKIP do not want to charge patients to see their GP and do not want to see the NHS privatised. In fact, it was Labour Peers Lord Winston and Lord Warner, who have suggested that individuals should be charged for use of the NHS. It was under the Labour Party that we saw privatisation of our NHS balloon in the form of PFI agreements.
How can Mr Wright possibly suggest that UKIP want to see tax rises for the poorest in society when it has been UKIP’s policy for years to ensure that those who earn the minimum wage don’t pay a penny piece in income tax?
Let’s hope in the run up to next year’s General Election Labour decide to debate policy and substance rather than misinformation and smears.
Jonathan Arnott, UKIP MEP