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

Letter – We must stop funding oppressive foreign governments

Dear Editor,
Ethiopian state security forces have tortured, raped and burnt more than 5,000 people.  Meanwhile, our government has given Ethiopia over one billion pounds and the country is the second largest beneficiary of British aid.

This is another example of how badly managed our Aid budget is. We must ensure the money we give makes a genuine difference, rather than being handed to oppressive or corrupt governments and a list of world powers that recently has included India, Russia and Argentina.

Globally, people face crisis, disease and poverty everyday. Even here in the UK, in these cold winter months, millions of our most vulnerable people are faced with the choice of heating or eating.  Aid can be a positive thing if we make sure the resources are used where they are needed most, so they have the best possible impact.

We need a full, comprehensive review of our foreign aid budget – both into how much is spent and where it is spent.   We must ensure that taxpayer’s money is not given to corrupt foreign governments who torture their own people.

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter – A response to yet more Labour lies about UKIP

Dear Editor,

 

It saddens me that yet again the Labour Party can offer your readers no more than scaremongering and lies about UKIP.

They talk about commitment to infrastructure, but just like under the Tories, Labour oversaw years of underinvestment into our roads and railways.  Just last week, Labour’s Shadow Transport Minister cast doubt on whether a Labour government would dual the A1.

Labour talk about defending and improving the NHS, yet it declined massively under Labour mismanagement and it was Labour governments that began to privatise it though the Private Finance Initiative.

Labour often lie about UKIP seeking to charge you to see a doctor, yet our “policies for people” document clearly states that UKIP will not charge you to see your GP.   This accusation is particularly rich when you consider two leading Labour figures; Lord’s Winston and Warner recently called for charges to see a GP, Lord Winston helpfully suggested a £200 fee.

UKIP want to introduce real recall, to allow you to remove criminal, corrupt and inept politicians.  Sadly the Labour party did not trust the public with this power and voted against the bill en-masse.

I would implore you to look at the record of your local MP, look beyond the rhetoric and lies and see if they have truly put your best interests at heart, or if they just looked for the next pay slip and quango bonus.

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter – Welcoming the return of UK troops from Afghanistan

We all have countless opinions on whether our troops should ever have been involved, but I would like to set politics aside and thank our troops for all of their service and sacrifice in the Middle East.

It has been a long 13 years and each of the 453 lives that have been lost was a tragedy.   Our armed services have always been a vital part of our nation and I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who choose to serve our country.

Many of us have family and friends who have served and sacrificed for our nation. I am glad to see our troops finally return home and I hope that those who are injured or suffer emotional stresses receive all the care and support they need for as long as is required.

Although the world remains a very uncertain place, I hope that it is a long time before our troops are ever called off to war again.  And I hope that all of our other soldiers currently on active duty around the world return home safe and healthy.

Letter – Welcoming local people supporting their community

Dear Editor,

Having seen first hand the good work done by such facilities; I am pleased to hear that a local church is opening another food bank in Barnard Castle so they can help those in need.

However, in 21st century Britain, it saddens me that North East food banks were accessed nearly 60,000 times last year. Even worse is the fact that many people visiting food banks are in employment yet aren’t earning enough to support themselves or their families.

We must tackle unemployment, getting people into work so they can support themselves and have a better quality of life.  Then we must make sure that these jobs pay enough for people to be able to look after their families. One way to do this is by taking everyone earning the minimum wage completely out of income tax.

Regardless of how distasteful it might be that they’re needed in the world’s 5th-largest economy, I urge people to support their local food banks. They do a fantastic job and help many of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter – The importance of dualling the A1 should not be underestimated

Dear Editor,

Labour’s shadow transport secretary recently cast doubt on whether a Labour government would dual the A1.  I understand that it is traditional for the London elite to overlook and underfund the North East’s transport infrastructure, but even with this historical precedent this news is very disappointing.

The A1 is the main road from London to Edinburgh and is a vital transport artery in the North East.  It is pathetic that in so many places, the road is reduced to a single lane.

Dualling the A1 will make people’s lives easier and their daily commute less miserable.  It is also the road to growth for the North East, as it will make the region a much more attractive proposition for business, which is good for jobs and growth in the area.

Dualling the A1 is just common sense, rather than wasting taxpayers’ money on expensive vanity projects like HS2, the government should be looking for ways to make people’s lives easier and drive commerce. Dualling the A1 will achieve both.  And while we’re at it, shouldn’t we dual the A69 as well to improve our transport links to the North West?

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letter- The number of foreign criminals in our prisons rises again

Dear Editor,

Our prison service currently faces a funding crisis and a chronic lack of places.  Standards and security have been dropping and suicide rates are soaring.  Meanwhile, the National Audit Office has reported that the number of foreign prisoners has gone up – yet again.  They reported that the UK now has 12,250 foreign offenders.

This exposes yet again the empty rhetoric constantly spun by the Labour and Conservative parties; both of whom have repeatedly claimed that tackling the number of foreign criminals in our country is a priority.  They will talk about regaining control of our borders, about deporting foreign criminals, but time and again this is exposed as what it is – all talk, no action.

I find it an affront to everything that this country is supposed to stand for that foreigners come to the UK, commit serious crimes against British citizens then the government uses the tax money gained from those same hardworking citizens to house, feed and entertain these prisoners.  Don’t believe the empty rhetoric of Labour and the Tories, if you want to regain control of our borders and deport offenders, UKIP is the only solution.

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East