Letter – Correcting tiresome Labour spin

Dear Editor,

 

With another day comes another Labour attack claiming UKIP wish to privatise the NHS.

 

It is kind of Mr Blenkinsop to try to mislead your readers, but here are a few facts about UKIP’s policy on the NHS (taken directly from our Policies for People document):

– UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.

– UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP.

– We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.

– We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.

– There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care.

 

Our health service is a British birthright, UKIP will not seek to privatise the NHS and we would reverse Labour’s crippling PFI privatisation scheme.

Mr Blenkinsop reminds us that it was the Labour party that established the NHS, but sadly the Labour party of Aneurin Bevan would not recognise the unprincipled, spin-obsessed, Labour Party of 2014.

 

Same old Labour, all spin – no substance.

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter – Same old Labour, all talk – no substance

Dear Editor,

Labour’s new “anti-UKIP unit” has sprung into action, launching spin and (often anonymous) personal attacks all across the country.  Yesterday, Mr Miliband boldly declared Labour needed to debate UKIP to show “where they stand.”

Our response? Bring it on!  Nigel Farage immediately accepted the challenge. Sadly, Mr Miliband promptly backed down.   Same old Labour, all talk – no substance.

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Jonathan Arnott MEP at the UKIP North West Conference

Last weekend I spoke at UKIP’s North West Conference in Southport. Well done to the North West team for organising such a fantastic day.

 

UKIP - Southport 8.11.14

UKIP - Southport 8.11.14

 

UKIP - Southport 8.11.14

UKIP - Southport 8.11.14

 

 

Letter – E-cigarettes make a positive impact on many smokers lives

Dear Editor,

Not a day goes by when I do not receive a letter or email from constituents asking me to support the growth of e-cigarettes, and oppose domestic and EU attempts to slow down and over regulate the industry.

From my experience with my constituents here in the North East, it is clear that e-cigarettes help a large number of people escape from long term cigarette addictions.  Even though some non smokers will inevitably take up e-cigarettes surely this is preferable to taking up smoking? It would be better to smoke neither, but e-cigarettes are much less unhealthy.

I understand that people have misgivings over televised adverts for e-cigarettes. However, can we really be sure that banning such adverts would not unintentionally lead to higher levels of smoking regular cigarettes?

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter – Exposing more of Labour’s lies

Dear Editor,

Mr Anderson stated in The Journal two weeks ago (31st), “When Mr Arnott and his colleagues start attending their jobs regularly in Brussels and Strasbourg and do their job for which they were elected they might be listened to more”. However, in today’s (11th) edition of The Journal, Mr Anderson stated that he wasn’t actually referring to my 95%+ voting record, and was only considering my party leader, Nigel Farage.

So, let’s talk about party leaders.

Currently his leader, Ed Miliband, has a measly 37.43% voting record in Westminster. Gordon Brown, Labour’s former leader, currently has a shocking voting record of just 12.78%.

A return journey for me to travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg is nearly 1500 miles. I should also point out I do not have a ‘second home’ in either Brussels or Strasbourg, unlike a number of North East Labour MPs who have taxpayer funded properties down in the Westminster bubble.

Labour’s continued tasteless smears against UKIP are getting tiresome. But I suppose, considering Labour’s record in government was so abysmal, turning to gutter style politics was always inevitable.

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter – School funding should be spent on education, not millionaire architects

Dear Editor,

Whilst some North East pupils are being taught in buses, Labour’s Lord Knight of Weymouth has defended his party’s record of spending millions of pounds on architects’ fees for what he called “cathedrals of learning.”

We do not need expensive, advanced designs for school buildings. We need schools with enough classrooms to house our ever growing number of pupils; we need extra funding for books, computers, staff, sports and educational resources – not pretty pathways and fancy windows.

Schools need to be functional, clean and warm, they do not need to be a “cathedral.”  I am sure the pupils and staff of Central First School in the North East would rather study in a standard classroom than a bus – even if it did not have enough architectural flair for Lord Knight and his party.

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East