We’ve seen and heard a host of smears on UKIP in recent weeks, which presumably, are set to increase further in the coming months as we get closer to the General Election. The latest has come from Richard Bulmer in Sheffield, who suggests UKIP are out to protect big business.
If he takes a look at ‘Policies for People’, freely available for all to see at ukip.org, it clearly states ‘UKIP will set up a Treasury Commission to design a turnover tax to ensure big businesses pay a minimum floor rate of tax as a proportion of their UK turnover’. Ultimately, this would work as a back stop for the tax system and ensure that every big company pays a fair share of tax.
Only last July it was revealed that one of Labour’s biggest donors had poured millions of pounds into banks and energy companies that Ed Miliband had publicly condemned. Back in October, Labour’s biggest individual donor, John Mills, was criticised for donating in shares rather than cash, since they can be gifted on a tax-free basis.
If Labour wants to cosy up to big business then that is their prerogative. But they can’t do that, and at the same time invent false attacks on UKIP claiming that we’re doing the same.
The saying ‘people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’ springs to mind. It may be a new year, but there’s nothing new about Labour’s hypocrisy.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East.