Labour Councillors Lambert and Stockdale stated in the Journal (5/1/15) that they do not believe in negative campaigning – yet in the same letter launched into precisely that kind of negative tirade against UKIP.
They claimed we want to charge people to use the NHS. As my last column in the Journal demonstrated, this is untrue. Our Policies for People document states “UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.”
They claimed that we want to tax families to fund millionaires – another lie; in fact we would take those on the minimum wage completely out of tax, scrap the bedroom tax and set up a Treasury Commission to ensure big business pay their fair share.
Their ‘no negative campaigning’ extends to attacking Nigel Farage’s ‘expenses’. Actually, the figure refers to allowances. Over a fifteen year period, Nigel has employed staff, maintained a constituency office and travelled to France and Belgium every month just like any other MEP. This costs money; it costs money for all MEPs – and yes, there are parts of the system which aren’t right. That’s what I stand against in the Budget and Budgetary Control Committees, why I tabled amendments to the EU budget to change the system. But ultimately if they don’t like their taxes subsidising the unfair EU system, the logical answer is to support UKIP and get us out of this unreformable mess.
The answer to their tired old allegations against Nigel Farage was already in the public domain. So is the answer to their accusations on policy. UKIP’s Policies for People document is not hidden; it is in plain view on our website (it’s actually the top link) for all to see – readers can check for themselves whether the Labour councillors’ attacks are accurate or not. Finding out what we actually stand for would have taken up just a few minutes of Lambert and Stockdale’s time but instead they chose to resort to smear.
Isn’t this kind of distortion and disingenuousness from Labour exactly what gives politicians a bad name? How often do you hear people say “I don’t trust politicians”? We’re supposed to be working for the future of our country; Lambert and Stockdale would do well to remember that instead of using a style that would be more suited to a Punch and Judy show.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East