Letter- Response to Commissioner Andor’s comments on EU immigration

Dear Editor,

Laszlo Andor (EU Commissioner for Employment) has called uncontrolled mass immigration a “minor issue”, and amazingly, rather than addressing the issue, has suggested we should instead invest in new facilities, housing and services so that we can specifically support a further wave of EU immigrants.

These are harsh times. Unemployment remains high and millions of people face the choice this winter between heating and eating.   We already have a housing shortage, our schools are so overcrowded that playgrounds are being placed on rooftops, and councils across the region are making drastic cuts to basic services.

I can’t comprehend how the EU expects us to spend money we don’t have, to make room for thousands of new European immigrants in our towns and cities, when we are currently failing those who already live in them so badly.

How can Mr Andor expect us to improve health infrastructure when we are cutting services and staff hours all across the North East?   We need to put our house in order. We need to control our borders and our budget.  We need to get people out of fuel poverty and cut reliance on food banks.

Jonathan Arnott MEP (UKIP North East)

Letter- Thoughts on the Scottish referendum

Dear Editor,

I read with great interest yesterday’s feature on the town’s views on Scottish independence.

Westminster is not working for Scotland, nor is it working for Hartlepool, Guisborough or Blyth.    However the system can be fixed and made to work. I would implore the people of Scotland not to change the path of these Islands for all time based on short-term concerns about who forms the next government.

Governments and political systems can be reformed – and next May in all four corners of the UK millions of people will show their discontent with our out of touch political class.  Through this we can begin to reform the old broken system and refashion it into a system that will work for all of us, rather than just a select few in the Westminster political bubble.  It is my view that reforming the political system is preferable to its complete destruction as that would greatly impact so many of the ways we live our lives.

I believe in self determination and if the people of Scotland vote for independence then I will wish them the best of luck, but it is my view that both Scotland and the rest of the UK have a brighter future together than apart.

Jonathan Arnott

UKIP MEP – North East