LETTERS

Letters – British universities will continue to flourish outside of the EU

Dear Editor,

The ‘Remain’ campaign in this referendum seem to have very short memories and little confidence in Britain. My parents both studied at European universities before we ever joined the (then) Common Market, and plenty of non-EU countries participate in student exchange schemes including Erasmus, yet Remain claim that students’ ability to study abroad would be curtailed if we left the European Union. They claim that British research and universities would be harmed, yet Britain has 6 of the world’s top 25 universities. The rest of the European Union has none; of course they’d want to continue working with the United Kingdom – Europe’s leader in research!

Whilst we’re on the subject of universities, EU students can come to the UK on incredibly favourable terms (EU students can study tuition-free in Scotland whilst UK students have to pay) whereas we charge non-EU students an arm and a leg and make it very difficult for them to get to the UK.

The number of international students coming to the UK from India for example has halved in recent years; so much for universities being places of diversity! They’ve become places of discrimination based upon whether the student’s passport is EU or non-EU.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP,
UKIP, North East

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Letters – We should spend our money on whatever we want

Dear Editor,

Throughout the North East, in every single debate Remain campaigners claim that ‘the North East gets more back in EU funding than it puts in’. The claim is years out of date (our contributions have gone up since then), and includes some quite spurious calculations. Open Europe assess it differently. They found for example (The case for bringing regional funding back home, p16) that Tees Valley & Durham pay in £2.30 for every £1 we get back in regional funding, and that Northumberland, Tyne & Wear pay in £2.35 for every £1 we get back

Whatever the truth, the point is largely irrelevant: outside the EU, as every serious Brexit campaigner agrees, we’d replace that EU funding with UK funding – cutting out the middleman and making sure that the money went even further to help our region.

Even after replacing every euro-cent, we’d still have £10 billion per year spare. That money could give our NHS the funding it needs and we could cut VAT bills on energy. Or, if we preferred, we could give the country a 3-4 pence in the pound income tax cut. Either way, it would be our money and we could spend it on whatever we want.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East

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Letters – Whenever I meet fishermen I’m saddened by what has happened to this once-great industry

Dear Editor,

The plight of our fishermen in the North East is truly desperate. In coastal town after coastal town we see a fleet which has been absolutely decimated by EU quotas. Whenever I meet fishermen here I’m saddened by what has happened to this once-great industry. Sadly, rather than recognise how the European Union has destroyed our fishing fleets, the Remain campaign prefer churlish claims that ‘fish don’t respect national boundaries. You don’t see fish carrying a British passport’ They should look at a map; Norway and Iceland are two of the UK’s nearest neighbours. They’re not in the European Union.

If you want to save this proud industry (and perhaps cut the price of your portion of fish and chips) then the only way is to vote to leave the European Union on June 23rd.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East

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Letters – This referendum is finally a chance for overlooked towns like Hartlepool to have a real say.

Dear Editor,

People in Hartlepool often feel that British politics has forgotten them and that they don’t have a say. In under seven days polls will open for the EU referendum; in my opinion the most important election in a generation.

The race currently looks very tight and every vote will be important. Regardless of whether they support ‘IN’ or ‘OUT’ this is your readers’ chance to decide the future of the United Kingdom. I hope that they will grasp this chance and come out to vote.

This vote will decide the future course of British history. Too often in this country the big decisions are made by a small political elite; this referendum is finally a chance for overlooked towns like Hartlepool to have a real say.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East

Letters – The ‘Remain’ campaign seem to have very short memories

Dear Editor,

The ‘Remain’ campaign in this referendum seem to have very short memories and little confidence in Britain. My parents both studied at European universities before we ever joined the (then) Common Market, and plenty of non-EU countries participate in student exchange schemes including Erasmus, yet Remain claim that students’ ability to study abroad would be curtailed if we left the European Union. They claim that British research and universities would be harmed, yet Britain has 6 of the world’s top 25 universities. The rest of the European Union has none; of course they’d want to continue working with the United Kingdom – Europe’s leader in research!

Whilst we’re on the subject of universities, EU students can come to the UK on incredibly favourable terms (EU students can study tuition-free in Scotland whilst UK students have to pay) whereas we charge non-EU students an arm and a leg and make it very difficult for them to get to the UK.

The number of international students coming to the UK from India for example has halved in recent years; so much for universities being places of diversity! They’ve become places of discrimination based upon whether the student’s passport is EU or non-EU.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East

Letters – Most farmers I’ve met during the campaign are desperate to leave the EU

Dear Editor,

Paul Brannen (Echo, June 10) states that anyone who cares about farmers and the countryside should vote to stay in the EU. He goes on to quote two organisations which have received millions of pounds in ‘EU funding’ and says that they want to stay in. Well they would say that; they’ve effectively been paid to! Just remember that ‘EU funding’ has come from our taxes in the first place.

Of course, those who care about animal welfare should vote to Leave the European Union; whilst we’re in the EU we’re powerless to ban the live export of animals.

As for farming, his points are significantly at variance with my experience: most farmers I’ve met during the campaign are desperate to leave the EU. Indeed, although Paul Brannen cites Farmers Weekly, the Farmers Weekly poll found that 59% of farmers would vote to leave! Like in many other areas, there’s scaremongering in farming. If we left the EU, of course we’d continue to subsidise farming (as we did before we joined). But we could do that far more efficiently by ourselves, cutting out the middleman and ridding ourselves of some of the more ridiculous rules and regulations which the EU currently applies to our farmers.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East

Letters – “EU funding” comes from British taxes

Dear Editor,

It is good news that job prospects for thousands of young people in the Hartlepool area are to receive a boost. (Hartlepool Mail May 23)

The Youth Employment Initiative in intended to help 6,500 young people get into employment, education or training and that must be welcomed.

But let no one be fooled. The £19.25m money for the scheme is described as “European Union” funding. That is not some benevolent generosity by Brussels. That’s just them giving us back a fraction of the money we give them every day.

If we weren’t dutifully handing over £350m a week to the EU for them to give some back – always complete with strings – we would have enough money to spend as we choose.

Education and job opportunities are vital for this region, which is particularly badly hit with unemployment, and away from the EU’s control we can spend our own money to help our own people.

One of the reasons for the tragic demise of the steel industry in the North East was EU anti-competition rules. Without that much more could have been done to have saved those jobs.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Letters – Local Newspaper Week

Dear Editor,

Local newspapers are taken for granted by many readers – but they should never be under-valued, particularly as sadly many are under threat and many others have vanished forever.

This is Local Newspaper Week and it is only right that the fantastic role they play in community life should be highlighted.

Life gets ever harder for newspapers, particularly the weeklies, with decreased staffing levels and local authorities, hospital trusts and emergency services employing press officers to try to ensure only good news is revealed.

With local authorities using a cabinet system the so called transparency they preach can be anything but. However determined journalists always seek after the truth on behalf of the communities they serve and that should never be forgotten.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Letters – You can still register to vote in the EU referendum until the 7th of June

Dear Editor,
I would like to take this opportunity to remind your readers that even though you can no longer register to vote in this year’s local elections, you can still register to vote in the EU referendum until the 7th of June.  You can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

I believe that this is the most important political choice that the British people have faced in a generation and it is important that as many people are eligible to vote as possible.  This is a decision that will impact all of our lives for many years to come and it is a choice that will be made by the the British people, not just a small political elite.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

 

Letters – We must make it very clear that attacks on hospital staff will not be tolerated

Dear Editor,

 

I was extremely disappointed to hear that a woman who attacked three nurses and a police officer in the University Hospital of North Tees has not been given a prison sentence.

 

Crimes like this are utterly unacceptable and alcohol is no excuse. We must make it very clear that attacks on hospital staff will not be tolerated – under any circumstances. Medical staff already have a very tough job without having to fear the possibility of being physically assaulted at work. The lack of a jail sentence in this case sends out completely the wrong message about violence against those who are there to protect us.

 

Regards,

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UK Independence Party