Entries by Darren

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 […]

IJonathan Arnott steps into the ring for charity

A North East political heavyweight is set to step into the boxing ring at London’s famous boxing venue, the York Hall, to become a heavyweight of another kind next month. Chess playing MEP Jonathan Arnott will be punching above his weight – literally – when he swaps the chequered board for boxing gloves in a […]

I do not feel that David Cameron is a suitable candidate for the office of Secretary General of NATO

Dear Editor, The political establishment recently launched a campaign to promote David Cameron as a candidate for the next Secretary General of  NATO.   David Cameron oversaw a government that made savage, reckless, shortsighted and damaging cuts to our armed forces – particularly the Royal Navy. As a result of these cuts the UK’s Army, […]

The UK foreign aid budget is now so large that the government can no longer even think of sensible things to spend it on

Dear Editor, The UK government has long been criticised for providing foreign aid to countries with space programmes and nuclear weapons programmes, or to countries in the G20. Tabloid newspapers give us stories of our foreign aid budget being used to support girl bands and the growth of football. And now further media reports reveal […]

HMP Northumberland is not even close to being fit for purpose

Dear Editor, The recent Panorama investigation is just the latest in a long series of damning reports on HMP Northumberland.  It is clear that this prison is not even close to being fit for purpose; even within a prison system that is in the midst of a widespread crisis HMP Northumberland stands out as a […]