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

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

Letter- More of the same is not good enough

Dear Editor,

Nick Clegg has called for the replacement of outdated trains in our region.   He says he wants “significant improvement” and calls them “ancient,” “decrepit” and “unfit.”  This was all very commendable, until he showed his true colours and revealed his blatant electioneering.

Clegg wants to see these “ancient” and “unfit” trains replaced by 2025.  2025? If this does not show how out of touch the London elite are, then I do not know what will.  Many of these trains are falling apart here in 2014 never mind 2025.   Why do the Lib Dems want to leave us with “ancient” and “decrepit” trains for another 10 years?  Is this the “Northern Future” Mr Clegg has planned? More of the same?

Mr Clegg has had 4 and a half years in power, I find it interesting that he has waited until he’s about to get kicked out of office to propose doing anything to fix this very long running problem.  It is rather suspicious that in the run up to the election he has suddenly noticed this crippling infrastructure weakness.

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter – Thoughts on the UCL immigation study

Dear Editor,

There has been much discussion generated by the UCL immigration study.  UKIP have never said that immigration is simply a drain on our benefit system.  Many immigrants have a very positive effect on our society and economy and this has been the case for hundreds of years; it has no relation to the EU.  We are the only party proposing an Australian style points-based immigration system that will accentuate the benefits to Britain while reducing any negative impact.

This study doesn’t show what wealth our people could have generated if they weren’t ‎subjected to wage-reducing, employment-displacing mass immigration from the EU. Nor does it truly take into account the opportunity costs to the UK of substituting sections of Britain’s workforce with migrant labour.

If governments had spent as much time developing policies aimed at reducing the growth of the UK’s economic underclass as they did bowing to the will of Europe, immigration would not be the number one issue on today’s doorstep.

I am alarmed how the methodology of the report pits EU migrants against immigrants from the wider world. I disagree with the discrimination of our current system which favours Europeans over people from the rest of the globe.  A fair and ethical immigration policy should be based on merit and need – not race and which country you were born in.

UKIP merely want us to control our borders and have an immigration policy tailored to suit the needs of the British people and our economy.

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Cameron left “battered and bruised” by euro elite says UKIP’s Jonathan Arnott MEP

An EU Commission chief’s comments stating that there is ‘no discretion’ on the EU’s £1.7bn surcharge and ‘no discretion either not to apply the penalty interests’ shows that Cameron’s pledge not to pay a sum is ‘pie in the sky’, according to UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott MEP.

The comments were made in the EU’s budgetary committee yesterday when UKIP’s MEP quizzed the EU Commission representative over the £1.7bn charge which was landed on the UK taxpayer nearly a fortnight ago.

The Brussels based EU Commission representative said “The regulations say that a member state shall pay in by the 1st December, there is no discretion on the date, there is no discretion on the amount, it has to be the one which has been calculated, and if the payment is not done by the 1st of December there is no discretion either not to apply the penalty interests”.

The charge initially gained an angry reaction from Mr Cameron who said that the figure and deadline were ‘unacceptable’.

Following the meeting, Jonathan Arnott MEP said “There is a clear consensus among the euro elite that the UK taxpayer will be paying the £1.7bn surcharge, if not, we should expect a hefty fine. Cameron’s pledge not to pay a single penny has been left as pie in the sky, and he’s has been left battered and bruised by the Brussels based bureaucrats once again”.

The EU chief’s comments come just over a week after Angela Merkel dismissed Cameron’s hopes of an EU renegotiation over the free movement of workers, with the German Chancellor stating that Germany “would not tamper with the fundamental principles of free movement in the EU”.

Arnott added “Cameron promised to fight for the UK’s interests within the EU since he became Prime Minister in 2010. Since then, he hasn’t managed to get rid of a single stroke of a pen, of a single EU law”.

You can watch the full exchange here:

Letter – We must make people’s pay go further

Dear Editor,

Sadly, I read more reports about low pay and high unemployment in our region.  It is vital that our politicians and businesses work together to provide more jobs and better pay for our workforce, but this issue goes deeper than this.

We must make people’s pay go further, there are many ways of doing this.  For example; those earning the minimum wage should not pay a penny in income tax.  We must ensure that people can feed and house themselves on a full time job.  It’s absurd that people are working all week but still can’t pay their bills and some even have to use food banks to feed their families.  Where is the incentive to work if a basic salary can’t even provide for your children?

We must reduce the cost of living – eg. reducing energy bills by securing a stable energy supply and removing expensive wind farm surcharges from everyone’s energy bills.  We can reinvest money wasted by pointless quangos and mismanaged foreign aid (recently given to not only corrupt governments but also nations with space programmes) into our local community to further drive investment, infrastructure, jobs and wages.

 

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

 

Letter – The NHS must prioritise patient care above all else

Dear Editor,

I find it distressing to read that an 86 year old woman who “has had three heart attacks, heart surgery, cancer treatment and can hardly walk” has been told she no long qualifies for free NHS patient transport.  Surely this goes against the entire point of the NHS if we refuse services to the most vulnerable in society?

I am passionate about defending our free NHS, but changes are desperately needed to make sure that money is spent where it should be spent: on patient care.  I am fundamentally opposed to the privatisation of the NHS (including Labour’s PFI project to privatise by stealth) but it is time we had a serious, grown up, constructive conversation on all sides about how to improve patient care.

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter – We must ensure that we have a stable energy supply

Dear Editor,

We have been warned about the spare capacity that will be available for the national grid this winter – again.  We get this warning year after year and the issue seems to be getting worse rather than better.

We must be careful with what we use, ensuring we do not waste energy, but this issue goes much deeper than that.

We need to examine our energy infrastructure and ensure that the money we invest in this is not wasted. We must stop lavishing huge amounts of investment on ineffective windfarms whilst we have to restart outdated, mothballed power stations to ensure the lights stay on.

We need a thorough, sensible discussion about how we get our power, not just on fracking, solar and wind, but also on new; cleaner coal power stations and the expansion of nuclear facilities.  Some questions may prove controversial, but they should still be asked.

For too long politicians have been avoiding this question and kicking it down the road, whilst repeatedly patching up the broken dam. Enough of this, we need to develop and invest in a long term solution before it is too late.

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East