Entries by Darren

I welcome plans to increase animal sentencing guidelines

Dear Editor, I have long complained about the inadequacy of sentences handed down for animal cruelty so I am delighted that Michael Gove plans to increase the maximum jail term to five years. The current maximum of six months is woefully low and with an automatic third off for a guilty plea very few people […]

Statement on the UKIP leadership election result

First of all, I would like to offer my congratulations to Henry Bolton on winning the UKIP leadership election. His will be a difficult, and in many ways unenviable, task. We must now get back to showing what we stand *for*, not what – or who – some wish us to stand against. The Party […]

My Column – £350 milion per week for Brexit? The lowdown

Discuss Brexit, and I’ll bet you a euro to a cent that sooner or later someone will mention Vote Leave’s bus which claimed post-Brexit we’d have an extra £350 million per week which could be spent on our NHS. Boris Johnson has repeated the phrase again, and reignited the whole row. Thanks a million, Boris. […]

EU ‘daft’ spending plans slammed

Following the green light for an EU raft of “daft” spending proposals North East MEP Jonathan Arnott has hit out at the massive waste of taxpayers’ money. The Eurocrats have earmarked €12 million to fund gap year teenagers with free ‘inter-railing’ around Europe and a further €2 million to help them volunteer in Africa for […]

Statement on the UKIP leadership election

I have given considerable thought to the UKIP Leadership election in recent weeks, and indeed I strongly considered not supporting any candidate at all. My criteria for making my own personal decision are simple – I will choose the strongest available candidate subject to three conditions. I cannot back: a) Any candidate who is likely […]

Call for tougher animal cruelty sentences backed

Local MEP Jonathan Arnott is again backing a call for tougher sentences for animal cruelty. The Centre for Crime Prevention is recommending that the maximum sentence is increased from six months – the lowest in Europe – to five years. Figures have revealed that more than 92% of offenders convicted of animal cruelty over ten […]

I don’t normally do this but I’m going on a rant

I went to university at the age of 15, hold a Masters Degree in Mathematics and proudly campaigned to Leave. I don’t normally do this, but I’m going on a rant. I’m sick of this elitist drivel that comes from continuity Remainers intent on disparaging everyone who disagrees with them. This notion that if only […]

Crossrail 2

The government’s decision to approve London’s Crossrail2 project has proven controversial. When Crossrail was approved we were assured that investment in the North was a priority – everyone in the North East knows that this claim proved to be false. Now Crossrail2 is being finalised and we are once again being told that infrastructure in […]