LETTERS

Impact of the Landfill Directive

Dear Editor,

As a UKIP MEP I obviously look forward to the day we get our country back and are free of the EU shackles.

Having to dance to their tune is just wrong and I am thrilled that we voted to make our own music in last June’s Referendum.

Meanwhile, though not everyone is aware quite how many aspects of our life they rule one that people are conscious of is the impact of their Landfill Directive demands.

The government is under pressure to meet the EU’s impossible recycling targets and councils are under financial pressure from the government.

I well recall when our household rubbish was collected each week but after recycling bins came in most local authorities seized on this as opportunity to introduce alternative week collections.

Now some areas of the country only get their household bins emptied every three weeks and, outrageously in my book, trials are now going on with just once a month collections.

That is iniquitous and will lead to fly tipping and rubbish burning, which ironically will worsen pollution which the EU’s targets are designed to reduce.

There are public health issues here and the government should stand up the local authorities planning this madness and ensure we leave the EU fast and set our own targets.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott MEP

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Football must be a safe environment for our children

Dear Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to praise all those who have come forward to report sexual abuse suffered whilst taking part in youth football. This is an incredibly brave thing to do and not only does it ensure that we can punish those responsible for these despicable crimes, but it also means that we can take steps to protect children in the future.

It has been particularly worrying to hear reports of famous clubs paying large sums of money to victims in order to cover up these crimes.  The FA’s investigation must be thorough at all levels of football and it must ensure that from the largest Premier League club to the smallest local youth team, every club recognises its responsibility to protect its players.

Football is a key part of our national identity; it (and indeed every sport) must be a safe environment for our children.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

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Labour are worried that their pro-EU message may not be resonating with voters

Dear Editor,

The media has reported that senior Labour figures have blamed their poor performance (a drop from second to fourth) in the Sleaford by election on difficulties caused by voters’ focus on Brexit.

It seems that some in Labour are worried that the pro-EU, pro-uncontrolled immigration, anti-patriotic, anti-monarchy and anti-armed forces message so beloved by the disproportionately London-centric leadership of the Labour Party may not be resonating with ordinary voters across the nation.

Some commentators will no doubt suggest that voters across (the very much pro-Brexit) North East will be equally turned off by this modern Labour Party and its priorities. Scotland has already turned its back on Labour (even the Tories now surpassing them) and they have lost huge ground in their traditional Welsh heartlands too. If we in UKIP can get things right, the North East will be next.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Some parents might have preferred if the Council spent this money on protecting school children

Dear Editor,

We have seen much discussion this week about how almost all school crossing patrols across Newcastle could be scrapped as a result of looming cuts.

This makes me think back to news reports from September when we heard that the Labour group in Newcastle City Council decided to hand large pay rises to some of the highest-paid staff in Newcastle.  It was reported that some staff who already earned more than £100,000 per year received pay rises that could be counted in the tens of thousands.

I can’t speak for everyone in Newcastle, but I suspect that some parents might have preferred if the Council spent this money on protecting school children rather than handing huge pay rises to some of their highest-paid staff.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Just as important as having adequate funding for a budget is ensuring that this funding is spent wisely

Dear Editor,

We hear a lot about cuts and a lack of government funding and it is certainly true that many key areas of the public sector are underfunded.  However, just as important as having adequate funding for a budget is ensuring that this funding is spent wisely – this is something that I feel successive Labour and Tory governments have failed at.

The fact that the Royal Navy’s largest ship HMS Ocean is set to be retired is a perfect example of the government being wasteful with taxpayer funding.  While I don’t welcome a reduction in the size of the Royal Navy surface fleet, I understand that ships age, become outdated and need to be retired and replaced.  However, HMS Ocean went through a £65 million upgrade in 2014!   With Ocean set to be scrapped, not only was this upgrade a gigantic waste of money but it demonstrates a lack of long term planning within the heart of government.

We must continue to press the government to provide adequate money for key services, but we must also remain vigilant and ensure that this money is being spent wisely.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

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Crime is on the rise all across the North East

Dear Editor,

It was very concerning to read new statistics revealed on Thursday (20/10/16) showing that crime is on the rise all across the North East. Crime rose 35% in Northumbria, 19% in Durham and 11% Cleveland. Northumbria had the highest crime increase in England and Wales.  At the same time, the Conservative government is continuing to make cuts to police funding. What message does that send to criminals? Is there any wonder that crime is on the rise when our government clearly doesn’t see the fight against crime as a priority.

People deserve to feel safe in their homes and on our public streets.  It may be a cliché, but it’s only a cliché because it’s true and ignored by our government: is time to get tough on crime.

The government must give our police forces the resources that they need to protect their local communities, ensure good governance and that resources are focused on front-line policing not pen-pushing. That means fewer police press officers and more patrols on the streets.

We must also ensure that when criminals are found guilty they receive suitable prison sentences – sadly all too often (and much to the dismay of their victims) criminals walk away from court with little more than a slap on the wrist.

The North East already suffers from high unemployment and a lack of government investment. The last thing local people need is rising crime.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP