21st Century Economics

Forwarded to me by our UKIP PPC for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Gerard Barry – Everyman’s guide to current economic policy?

yeoldgeorgeMary is the proprietor of a bar in Dublin . She realises that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronise her bar. To solve this problem, she comes up with new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans). Word gets around about Mary’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Mary’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Dublin. By providing her customers’ freedom from immediate payment demands, Mary gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Consequently, Mary’s gross sales volume increases massively.

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Talking about the 99.7%

In light of the recent highlighting of a small number of UKIP misdemeanours in the national media over the last week, the following article went up on The Huffington Post from our North East MEP, Jonathan Arnott, earlier today. It lays out far better than I can what UKIP is really about….

Jonathan Arnott MEPI’m one of the 99.7%.

In the media, we hear a lot about the 0.3% – those candidates for Ukip who’ve said or done stupid things, things which neither Ukip nor anyone else in the country would. They’ve had the oxygen of publicity for far too long. I want to talk about the 99.7%, about what we believe.

We’re the champions of democracy, the people who believe that if your MP is involved in a scandal you should, if you have enough support, be able to force a vote to remove them. We’re the people who put that into practice: when Douglas Carswell MP and Mark Reckless MP joined Ukip, both of them immediately put themselves before the voters in their constituencies and asked them to re-elect them. They did. But before Ukip came along, politicians who defected never bothered to consult the people that matter: you. We’re the people who want the public to be able to force politicians to listen through calling a referendum on key issues, to drag democracy kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

 

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The truth about mass,uncontrolled immigration

Neil Hamilton wrote the following article, which was published in the Sunday Express on 7th July, summing up a number of problems with uncontrolled mass immigration.  I reproduce his article in full:

Neil Hamilton

A series of government reports last week exposed the horrifying break-up of traditional Britain.  The latest census revealed that immigrants account for 25 per cent of the population of our largest cities.  Nearly a third of residents of these cities are members of a non-white ethnic minority and almost one in 10 homes has not a single person speaking English as a first language.  Department for Education figures reveal three in 10 primary school pupils are from ethnic minorities.  More than one million children do not speak English as their first language at home.  In large parts of London native English-speakers are in the minority.  A Home Office report, Social And Public Service Impacts Of International Migration At The Local Level, said that every year since 1998 net migration has been above 100,000, peaking at 255,000 in 2010.

We have never known anything like this in the history of these islands.  With the exception of wartime, more people immigrated to the UK in a single year, 2010, than from 1066 to 1950. Between 2004-2011 the number of Poles living in the UK leapt from 69,000 to 687,000.  The report concluded that half of Britons report strain on schools, hospitals, transport, housing and employment as a result of mass immigration.  While acknowledging the hugely important work carried out by foreign doctors and nurses, researchers revealed the pressure exerted on the NHS. 
In a single year 73 per cent of TB cases and almost 60 per cent of newly diagnosed HIV cases involved people born outside the UK.

And 80 per cent of hepatitis B-infected UK blood donors were born abroad. Experts questioned by the Home Office agreed the “high birth rates of some migrant groups produce additional demands on midwifery, maternity and health visiting services”.  Health staff said that appointments and visits could take twice as long where patients had poor English, putting significant pressure on other areas.  In housing, large numbers of low-skilled migrants wanting private rented property are driving up prices. In the jobs market hundreds of thousands of immigrants chasing low-skilled jobs have driven pay down to minimum wage levels. With a million young people aged 16-24 out of work this is madness.

The last Labour government encouraged mass immigration “to rub the Right’s nose in diversity” according to Tony Blair’s adviser Andrew Neather. They also calculated it would boost the number of Labour voters.  The scale of migration has been so great that irreversible changes have been made to large swathes of the country. Ethnic division is a reality and the problem is getting worse, with 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians potentially to add to the mix next year.  Although much of the blame lies with Labour ministers, including Ed Miliband, the Tories are little better.  What could David Cameron have been thinking when he said last week that he wants to expand the EU as far as Kazakhstan and the Urals?  If you liked opening our borders to every Romanian and Bulgarian you’ll just love the Kazakhs, Moldavians and Azerbaijanis. Not to mention 75 million Turks, whose application to join the EU he also enthusiastically supports.

Boris Johnson at Talk London event

Unfortunately Cameron isn’t the only swivel-eyed loon in the Conservative Party. A few days ago Boris Johnson backed the call by a Tory backbench MP for an amnesty for up to a million illegal immigrants.  In the next 15 years the UK population will grow by over seven million to 70 million. Five million of that will be due to immigration.  No wonder Tory planning minister Nick Boles is so manic about the need to concrete over three million acres of England.  We must build a new home every seven minutes for new migrants. England is with Holland the most crowded country in Europe, excluding city states. We have 400 people per sq km compared with 252 in Germany and 114 in France.

We have been lied to by Conservative, Labour and Liberal politicians throughout my lifetime as to the scale and effect of immigration.  Their stock riposte to those speaking out was to accuse us of being racist.  It is now clear we were right. The debate was always about space, not race…and the preservation of England’s cultural identity.

Monarch Opens Cabinet – Cupboard Bare!

The following is taken from the latest newsletter of our London MEP, Gerard Batten (Below)

On 18th December the Queen attended her first Cabinet meeting in 60 years.

We can only speculate on why? Hopefully to ask, “What the bloody hell do you lot think you are playing at!”

It might have been more entertaining if Prince Philip had attended as well. I once met him at a reception; he shook my hand, immediately spotted my UKIP lapel badge, smiled and said “Ah, UKIP! seemingly to his satisfaction.

Perhaps the Queen asked if it is true when UKIP says, that “the EU now makes over 80% of our new laws, costs us billions every year we can’t afford, destroys jobs and prosperity, and has the right to judicially kidnap any British citizen on the strength of a piece of paper?”

If she did she would not have received an honest answer from that bunch of weasels.

If Her Majesty had come to the European Parliament in Strasbourg the week before she would have seen where real power now lies. She could have witnessed the self-congratulatory ceremony celebrating the EU’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize.

She would have been shouted at in German by Parliament President Schultz as he told us that ‘the reason we have peace in Europe is because of the EU’. She might perhaps have wondered where NATO, the Rhine Army, the US Armed Forces,and others, figured in all this.

Her Majesty would then have had the pleasure of listening to the Maoist President of the EU Commission Manuel Barroso, tell us how the EU intends to control the banks and the finance industry, and will require national governments to submit their budget spending plans to the EU for the ‘co-ordination of national economic policies’, with ‘increasing supervision of national budgets and economic policies’.

Her Majesty might have recalled how her ancestor Henry III was forced to permit the first Parliament in 1265 precisely because the tax payers of the day refused to submit to the arbitrary power of the Monarch. She might possibly have wondered how the EUs’ plans might affect the fundamental constitutional principles of her own Kingdom.

She would then have witnessed the spectacle of seeing MEPs from the Conservative, Labour and Lib-Dem parties stand firmly to attention for the playing of the EU’s Anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, while the UKIP MEPs stayed equally firmly in their seats.

Citizen Elizabeth Windsor (she was made a citizen of the EU in 1993 under the Treaty on European Union) could then have settled back and enjoyed four days of debates and chaotic voting on a wide,weird and wonderful range of subjects.

She could have witnessed the traitors, quislings, appeasers, and time-serving MEPs of the Lib-Lab-Con call for yet more EU legislation and vote in favour of it – and witnessed the UKIP MEPs speak out in protest and vote against it.

This experience would have been more educational and informative for her Majesty than half an hour spent with the sad little bunch of men and women in her Cabinet who still try to pretend they have some control of events in their own country.

For more details of the work carried out by our London MEP, please visit www.gerardbattenmep.co.uk

Our friends in the North

The following post is taken from the Bloggers4UKIP site – Author Andrew Cadman makes some extremely valid points on the changing political landscape in England that I would like to share with regular visitors to the English Patriot

 

 

Our great successes last week in Corby and the PCC elections have given us all in the party the feeling of building momentum, and those outside the party debating the nature of the UKIP surge.

It was simply irresistible not to hang out for a time on ConservativeHome and observe the post-mortem. One almost felt pity for a myopic and increasingly unsure and demoralised Tory party which is still desperately behind the curve of what is really happening. Several contributors to the comment threads said that a vote for UKIP was nothing more than a “protest vote”, whereas Tim Montgomerie on Twitter bewailed the splitting of the political Right, just as the Left is becoming more united.

What rubbish. The greatest divide in current society is not between the old ‘Right’ and ‘Left’ but between an arrogant Metropolitan elite that controls the three other main parties on one side and the vast majority of the British people and UKIP on the other. Old habits die hard, of course, and voting habits are so ingrained that even now they still reflect the old tribal traditions. That said, the more perceptive amongst the electorate increasingly perceive the new order of things, which is why UKIP is increasingly drawing its voting strength from Labour, not just Tory, defectors.

The recent demise of Denis McShame (sic) and  forthcoming by-election in Rotherham will therefore give us a great opportunity not only to build on our momentum but to hone a ‘Northern strategy’ aimed at building and widening our support.

At first glance UKIP’s adherence to free market economics would look politically completely toxic in former industrial areas such as Rotherham, but that is less true than one might imagine: a capitalist message  is much less distrusted coming from us than from the Tory party, which is indelibly associated with class exploitation and whose motives will always be deemed highly suspect.

In presenting our policies in areas like Rotherham, the trick must be to explain why our brand of capitalism will actually lead to greater social justice. For example,  our policy on higher income tax exemptions and abolition on employer’s National Insurance to spur job creation can clearly be presented in this context. Even our “flat tax” policy can be presented as a system much less easy to game, meaning we will have less abominations such as the super-wealthy paying 10% tax rates.

On social policy, clearly UKIPs policies on immigration, crime and community are vote-winners in working-class communities adversely affected both socially and economically by high immigration and social breakdown. Beyond those specific concerns, traditional working-class communities tend to be naturally socially conservative and find the smug, narcissistic liberalism of the Metropolitan elite actively repellant, and of course their instinctive patriotism chimes well with our anti-EU message.

In understanding the changing nature of politics in Britain, Labour is actually far more ahead of the game than the flaying Tories or Lib Dem’s. The party has, at least partially, understood the need to reconnect with their base after it’s near total neglect in the New Labour years. Hence the invention of Blue Labour by Maurice Glassman, with an agenda of “Faith, Family and Flag”.

However, Labour has two major problems to deal with. It is unlikely to be trusted on the touchstone issue of immigration, and secondly the priorities of it’s funding base – the mostly white-collar, mostly public sector unions – does not dovetail perfectly with the agenda of working class communities in the North or elsewhere who feel so abandoned. That said, Labour, with its 55% of the polls in the North, would seem impregnable. (But then they used to say that about another Labour fiefdom – Scotland.) As for the Tories, they are regarded as beyond the pale, and now the Lib Dems are strongly tainted by association.

So how much effort should UKIP expend on Northern regions like South Yorkshire where, as the saying goes, the Labour vote is weighed rather than counted? Firstly, there is a strong moral case for UKIP to make a major effort in the North. Northern political culture has long been disfigured by the politics of class envy and a chippiness towards the South. Capitalism is associated with Toryism and while that remains the case large areas of the  North will remain “sovietised”, embittered and economically stagnant. UKIP has a unique opportunity to bring a capitalist message without class baggage that might, just might, be listened to.

The second reason is one of base political calculation. If UKIP can peel off a fragment of Labour’s support, it could lead to the party supplanting the Tories as the North’s second party. This could lead in turn to a total collapse of the Tory vote share in Northern constituencies as natural  Tory voters see UKIP as the only viable alternative to overwhelming Labour hegemony. Already exiled from Wales and Scotland, the result would be the collapse of the Tories as a creditable national party.

Everyone is talking about UKIP now, but the commentariat still see us largely as a “right wing” rump of discontented Tories, perhaps still nothing more than angry old men enjoying a brief Indian summer. For that reason, a good result in the seemingly infertile ground of Rotherham really would register as a major political earthquake.

The original article can be viewed here  http://networkedblogs.com/EUGrU

 

‘Aspiration Nation’ – Or when actions fail to meet the rhetoric

Last Wednesday during my lunch break at work,I sat and watched David Cameron’s leaders speech to the Conservative Party Conference. It took me longer than usual to finish my sandwiches as my jaw was dropping at many points during his presentation where I couldn’t quite equate what I was hearing to the reality in England today.

To make sure that I had not got his message wrong, I took notes from about a quarter of the way in and have just sat and reviewed them. Following is a potted overview of some of the main points of what he put across against the reality as seen since the Coalition came to power in 2010.

‘We should be proud of our armed forces’

Absolutely David, I couldn’t agree more. It is nice to see our government giving our troops the best equipment, good wages, their families decent homes to live in and proper care for the wounded when they return from active duty……Oh, sorry, that isn’t quite the reality is it?

Government cutbacks mean that some of our troops currently putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan will be receiving their redundancy notices just days after Christmas. Many of those serving have had to supplement their army issue kit with more suitable equipment paid for by their families and sent from home such as boots that don’t melt in the heat – This has led to some comments from other troops in the ISAF forces about our boys being ‘scruffy’ where uniforms do not match.

More damning is the government’s failure to invest in proper protective gear and the MOD’s insistence on using lightly protected ‘Snatch’ Land Rovers for our boys that are leading to more fatalities and woundings from IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) than are necessary. Pictures such as the one above of a friend of mine planting a cross on Remembrance Day for her lost son are tragically more common than they need to be.

Our soldiers are only allowed to return rather than initiate fire in many cases, and engagements after dark are frowned upon (Where the technical superiority of the coalition forces weaponry would do the most harm to the enemy)

 Whilst our soldiers are on tour, what of their families? Many of the homes that they live in are substandard – Former RAF billets locally in Cowley were sold to a private housing association who gutted them out and completely refurbished them as they were ‘not up to scratch’. Ironically, a number who now live in these homes are asylum seekers from the countries that our forces have been deployed to.

Between January and March 2011, The Army Families Federation had almost 1000 complaints concerning sub-standard housing (Source – The Sunday Express, 3/7/11).  Money is being thrown down a black hole on maintenance contracts to companies such as Annington Homes and Modern Housing Solutions who were given costly PFI contracts by the previous government and not on upgrading the stock to the levels that our Force’s families deserve.

Then we have the treatment of our soldiers when they leave the service. There has been an unspoken ‘military covenant’ for years regarding looking after those who have returned. Yet we see cases such as those of Private Alex Stringer who lost three limbs serving in Afghanistan yet is given a tiny sixth floor flat with his family in Essex when it is clear that this will be inadequate for someone who has suffered such injuries.

A further case includes Royal Marine Michael Glen who served two tours and was enlisted for eight years yet when he decided to leave the service to support his three children upon the breakdown of his marriage was told by council chiefs that he ‘does not qualify’ for a home and needs to book in to a homeless hostel.

Contrast this with such recent cases as the Bulgarian family who were housed within two weeks of pitching a tent in London as they had children who had to be a priority, or Somali refugee Abdi Nur whose family were re-housed in Kensington because he ‘didn’t like’ the area of North London that his family were living in, despite never having held down a job and paid in to the system since coming to England.

Our government’s treatment of our armed forces has resulted in a march this coming Thursday against the axeing of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers to Parliament, the first time the Army have demonstrated on the streets of London since 1649 and the first time EVER that troops of The British Army have done so since it’s formation in 1707 following the Act of Union. 

It would appear that the government’s treatment of our armed forces is also not limited to just current servicemen as has been seen by their decision to stop the award of one of Russia’s highest decorations to the Royal Navy seamen who manned the treacherous Arctic convoys during World War 2. Their reason? – It would ‘break the rules’  (Link below)

Russia Today on the Arctic Convoy Medals

‘Housing benefits must be cut and we must make it pay to work rather than to live on benefits’

Quite right, Prime Minister – There is far too much money paid out of the public purse on housing benefit and the whole benefits culture needs to be looked at and work made a more attractive proposition.

However……Why is the housing benefits bill so high in the first place? Under ‘right to buy’, many council properties were sold to their tenants to get them on the housing ladder and boost the market. This was all well and good, except that the stock sold off was never replaced.

Now we have a situation where councils are confronted with overdemand for what is left of their social housing and are having to rent from private landlords. Like any ‘supply and demand’ situation, lack of supply is driving the prices up whilst mass immigration is piling more demand on to an already overheated situation.

With the housing benefit cap coming in to place in the more expensive areas of Central London, this is exacerbating the situation in outer London boroughs such as Hillingdon where rents are now rising to MEET the cap as people move out of property they can no longer afford. Because they are not ‘intentionally’ homeless, then Hillingdon Council has to find them accommodation and the cycle of inflated prices continues.

Add in to the mix the rises on private rents for low paid workers and this causes more need for housing benefit and also disincentivises these people from working – After all, if the council will pay ALL your rent via housing benefit if you are unemployed and you then have your dole money on top what is the point of doing a 40 hour week and being less well off? The influx of migrant workers living six and more to a house and sharing the bills is also driving wages down whilst adding an extra fuel to housing demand and pricing.

My family has had to constantly move around the borough as our private landlords assess their options at the end of a 12 month lease – Because we both work we are not considered a priority case by Hillingdon Council (Despite being life long borough residents) and have to compete against social tenants backed with housing benefit money in the private rental sector. Sadly, if neither of us worked we would gain extra points on the ‘need’ scale and would probably be more secure in the letting arena backed with taxpayers money!

Until the government gets a grip on mass immigration and more affordable housing becomes available in both the public and private sector, the issue of housing benefit will continue to be a thorny one. 

With regards to cutting the rest of the benefits bill – Work must pay to give people the incentive to work, but the situation I have laid out above shows why there must be progress with affordable housing as a starting point.

This is also without the other elephant in the room – The EU. David Cameron can talk tough on cutting benefits all he likes, but the European Union are currently preparing to take the British government to court to ensure that all EU citizens have the same right to benefits here as our own. With many of the countries of Europe in economic turmoil with the breakdown of the Eurozone, how many will see the UK and our relatively generous benefits system as a tempting alternative?

‘We need to get people off of benefits and back to work’

Indeed we do, Prime Minister. However, there are a few impediments to doing this.

Firstly, we are in the middle of a recession. The only way out of this is to generate goods and services in the private sector that will fuel demand and stimulate growth, for which we need our entrepreneurs and small businessmen to flourish. They can then look at employing more people to sell these goods and services, earning money which can be spent in the local economy, stimulating more businesses and more jobs.

However, at the present time they are hamstrung by red tape and the cost of employing new staff. The growth of part time as opposed to full time jobs is probably driven by the desire on the side of the employer to keep his National Insurance contributions down. This ‘tax on jobs’ has also fuelled the growth of the ‘black economy’, where workers are paid cash in hand and the treasury sees no extra revenue.

By doing away with Employer’s NI contributions and bringing in a simple flat rate of income tax for all, this impediment to growth can be removed and will more than likely lead to workers previously in the ‘black’ economy becoming net contributors once again. In France a few years back, the government lowered the rate of tax on those employed in the hospitality industry and the tax revenue actually grew as more workers became legitimate so there is a precedent for this approach.

Secondly, we have to make sure that the unemployed already here get a fair crack of the whip for new job opportunities. Unfortunately, EU movement of workers regulations mean that UK citizens are up against the whole workforce of  Europe when applying for jobs. Again, many of these migrant workers will live five or more to a house to split the bills,so can do the job for less. They spend little in the local economy and send most of their money back to their families in their home countries, stifling the incremental growth that comes from local wage earners spending in local communities.

David Cameron boasted in his speech of a million new jobs being created since 2010 – What he failed to mention were who were the beneficiaries of these jobs. ONS (Office of National Statistics) figures from 2011 showed that in the year preceeding it, 334,000 foreign born workers had taken up jobs compared to 77,000 UK residents. That was a 0.3% rise in jobs for those already here compared to a 2.2% increase for foreign workers.

Worse still, if you look at much trumpeted infrastructure projects that the government was looking at to kick start employment the figures were even more bleak. The multi-billion pound Olympics project in East London (above) was supposed to have given the local economy a big boost. However, figures from The Olympic Delivery Agency showed that of 6277 workers on the Olympic site, just 828 were local – Just one in eight. Moreover, with this level of migrant workforce, the public money being put in to the project in many cases was being sent overseas. With The Coalition looking at big infrastructure projects such as HS2 to generate growth and employment, the example of the Olympic Village further undermines their economic case for such outlay.

In order to cut the jobless figures (Therefore cutting the amount needed from the treasury in unemployment payments) we must leave the EU and regain control of our own jobs market and employment laws.  Unfortunately, David Cameron has already stated that he feels we are ‘better off in’ so in effect is opposing his own stated aim

The victims are likely to be our youngsters who are having to compete against more people for fewer jobs as seen by recent ONS figures quoted in our local Uxbridge Gazette – Long term youth unemployment in the borough is up by TWO THOUSAND percent between July 2011 and July 2012, with long term unemployment as a whole in the borough rising by 147.4 per cent.

‘We need to unblock planning log jams for more homes, and get more young people on the housing ladder’

Well said,Prime Minister – But with a two thousand percent long term youth unemployment increase in my area in the last year, how are they going to afford these new homes?

It was difficult enought when I was growing up, but house prices have run way above inflation for many years – Even if you can find a property that you can afford, the banks have tightened up on lending to such a degree that you will be saving for a deposit for so long you will probably get your pension before you have enough to put down on your first home!

To put this in to perspective, when my sister got married in the early eighties she bought a three bedroomed semi-detached house in Hillingdon with my brother-in-law for just over £27,000.  I have looked through the property pages of our local paper this week and the cheapest three bedroom property is £240,000, funnily enough from an agent called Cameron’s! Even if you are looking to buy a one bedroom as a starter home, the least expensive is £140,000 whilst the cheapest studio I could find was £95,000 (Which is currently let out at £625 per month!)

There was a two bedroom apartment listed which I recognised as the High Point development in Hayes Town at £294,000 – This premier development has been thirty five percent allocated to social housing, whilst it was reported that the last section to become available was 50% bought by overseas investors.

We have a housing waiting list of over nine thousand people in Hillingdon according to Cllr Janet Duncan, with the latest ‘Core strategy’ programme not even covering this amount – That is before we get to the subject of mass immigration distorting the supply.

Cutting back on the housing and green belt regulations to try and boost construction will only prompt a land grab by developers who can afford to keep prices high on the back of excessive demand, and will do nothing to help our younger generation find homes. Until we regain control of our borders and stop mass immigration, this is not a problem that can be rectified – On current immigration rates, we would have to build a city the size of Birmingham every four years just to stand still.

‘We will lead the fight against poverty – No-one is a write-off’

A noble aim – But again, you can ‘talk the talk’ but can you ‘walk the walk’?

British Gas announced price rises of 6% last week – Many of our pensioners are in fuel poverty whilst our utilities services, some of them now in overseas hands, keep pushing through above inflation rises. Expect prices to rise still further as our coal fired power stations are closed to meet EU emissions targets and our elderly nuclear plants are closed down without replacement.

The choice for some of our OAP’s this winter will be between feeding themselves or heating their homes – How about tackling this level of poverty Mr Cameron?

You may also like to look at a report on Poverty in London by The City Parochial Foundation, as reported by the BBC – It states that 270,000 children in inner London and 380,000 children in outer London are now classed as being in ‘poverty’, along with half a million adults.

Still, I appreciate that tackling poverty in England is not as high profile as some of the causes that the Coalition are promoting overseas. I take it that whilst poverty in England is on the increase you will still increase the foreign aid budget to help those ‘less fortunate than ourselves’ as previously stated?

Indeed, I noted from today’s papers that aid is continuing to flow to Rwanda as authorised by Andrew Mitchell MP in his last job as overseas development minister (Before becoming chief whip and chief scourge of PC Pleb) , despite the regime’s appalling human rights record? Then there is the aid to India, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, who have their own nuclear weapons and space programme and who refer to the aid given as ‘peanuts’.  This is the same country who now have aircraft carriers as part of their defence forces whilst we do not due to the latest round of cuts and the decommissioning of HMS Ark Royal. 

Then there is the continuing foreign aid to despots like Robert Mugabe who insult us at every turn, the £650,000 given to Pakistan for ‘education’ whilst they triple their military budget, and the cash given every year to Uganda whose President Museveni has recently replaced his own private jet.

Still, we can content ourselves that under a Cameron government, ‘no-one is a write-off’. Well, no actually.

The picture above is of Remploy workers outside the Conservative conference where Cameron made his speech (With thanks to UK Indymedia for the photo)

Remploy were formed after World War 2 to provide supporting employment for disabled soldiers returning from action. They have gone on to provide employment and a purpose for many disabled members of our community.

The Coalition have decided to close down a number of the factories and ‘encourage’ the workers to find employment in the open workplace, despite the global downturn and in spite of the workers from the last round of closures under the previous Labour government struggling to find alternative employment (85% have not worked since redundancy) The Remploy factories can be profitable with modest investment and decent management(Indeed, some already are) but the government are having none of it. How does that square with your declaration that ‘Nobody is a write off’ Mr Cameron?

Then we have the ATOS debacle. Employed to sort out the culture of bogus disability benefits claims by Iain Duncan-Smith’s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), this French private firm are not paid by how many frauds they uncover but by how much money they save the government and are on a bonus scheme to do so.

Not surprisingly, ATOS are going after what they consider to be ‘soft’ targets to make the figures look good – The reality is that in 2011, one hundred and fifty thousand people judged fit to work by ATOS won their cases on appeal.

Probably the worst case that has been seen so far is that of the late Karen Sherlock. Mrs Sherlock was passed as fit to work by ATOS in 2010 despite failing eyesight, severe diabetes and the need for a kidney transplant. The DWP stopped her £96 per week benefits in April after an ATOS assessment, which was subsequently overturned on appeal – She passed away on June 8th after two years of of fighting a system that had failed her.

Locally in Hillingdon, we are seeing proposals regarding three day care centres for the disabled to be closed and replaced by just one as part of the austerity cuts – Again, this has now gone to review after it was challenged but such actions as these show Mr Cameron’s speech for what it is, hype over substance.

‘We’re in a global race today/ Exports are up 25% to Brazil, 40% to China and 80% to Russia’

Absolutely great news, Prime Minister. It shows that British industry is not dead and buried as some would have you believe.

Now look at those figures – Export figures are UP to three of the five big emerging economies (With India and Singapore, they are referred to as the BRICS countries)

Yet we are hamstrung in our dealings with these economies because trade deals are not negotiated by the UK, but by the EU. It begs the question – If we can improve trade with the excess of red tape and bureaucracy imposed on us by The European Union, what could we do with a REAL free trade agreement negotiated by our own government?

Unfortunately, Mr Cameron does not want us to find out. He has already reneged on one ‘cast iron guarantee’ on a referendum on our continued membership of the EU which was a part of the Conservative 2010 general election manifesto, and has since employed a ‘three line whip’ to make sure that his MP’s would not ask for a referendum during a debate forced on the House by one hundred thousand signatures from the people of our country.

When asked why he imposed the whip by then Conservative MEP (Member of the European Parliament) Roger Helmer, he replied ‘Because we are better off in’ – Mr Helmer subsequently resigned from the Conservative party and joined UKIP.

So, why are we ‘better off in’ Mr Cameron? You talk of free trade, yet the areas of world growth are outside of the EU as shown by our increase in trade with the countries aforementioned. According to IMF forecasts, in 2016 the Eurozone will account for just 12.4% of world output, down from 21.8% in 1991 and 14.3% in 2011.

By contrast, the ‘Anglosphere’ of our Commonwealth partners will account for over 35% of world trade in 2016 – So where is the growth in our economy to come from? To borrow a comment from the German Field Marshall Hindenburg, when describing Germany’s alliance with the feeble Austrian Empire in the first world war : “We are shackled to a corpse”

Our exports to Europe now account for less than 50% of all of our trade, even taking in to account the distortion of ‘The Rotterdam effect’ (Many of our exports to countries outside the EU pass through EU ports so are counted as exports to the EU, the so-called ‘Rotterdam effect’)

However, I appreciate that this is still a decent amount of trade and we don’t need to lose it in these straightened times. So, how about this for an idea – We leave the EU but sort out a trade deal along the same lines as Norway? Norway is in a far better economic position than other European countries and has an agreement where they can have free trade with those countries by paying a levy of £300 million per year – Less than ONE WEEK’S contribution to the EU that we currently pay, and the Norwegians are not hamstrung by the rules and regulations that leading economists such as Professor Tim Congdon have estimated cost us upwards of £100 billion per year (Or 10% of GDP)

This will give us an advantage in the ‘Global Race’ that you talk of whilst maintaining the trade links with Europe that you seem so keen to preserve. It’s a ‘win-win’ situation Mr Cameron – But if you don’t wish to take the decision, how about an ‘in-out’ referendum where the people of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can make it for you? After all, we are a democratic nation are we not?

Style over substance

The Prime Minister’s speech rated a 7/10 with many political commentators. For me, a speech is only as good as the actions that back it up – I will leave you to make up your own mind as to what I would score it at based on my previous commentary.

For the ‘Aspirations’ that Mr Cameron speaks of to come true, we would need to enact the following –

1 – An end to mass immigration with an Australian style points system imposed so that all economic migrants coming to the UK benefit the overall community whilst improving their own situation.

2 – Withdrawal from the EU to maintain our competitive edge in the world marketplace whilst freeing our businesses from unnecessary red tape and saving the taxpayer over £100 billion per year

3 – There are over 900,000 empty properties in the UK whilst the housing shortage continues – We need to get these back in to the housing pool whilst building affordable houses for first time buyers and working families on brown field sites.

4 – Foreign aid needs to be cut and the resources allocated to our own poor, sick and deserving

5 – Our armed forces need to be properly funded and equipped. The  money can be found from the saving of £53 million per day in direct funding when we leave the EU

This would be a start, but I don’t think that the current occupant of No 10 lives in the real world and can see the answers – Remember this when the general election comes round and,once again, the actions have failed to meet the rhetoric.

Cliff Dixon is UKIP Hillingdon chairman 

Two Cows

A big thank you to my friend Martin who sent me the following humorous explanation of how different political theorists,corporations and governments look at bovine productivity – Enjoy!

 

SOCIALISM You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour.

COMMUNISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.

BUREAUCRATISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away.

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (VENTURE) CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull.

SURREALISM You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.

A GREEK CORPORATION You have two cows. You borrow lots of euros to build barns, milking sheds, hay stores, feed sheds, dairies, cold stores, abattoir, cheese unit and packing sheds. You still only have two cows.

A FRENCH CORPORATION You have two cows. You go on strike, organise a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have lunch.

A SWISS CORPORATION You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You worship them.

A BRITISH CORPORATION You have two cows. Both are mad.

AN IRAQI CORPORATION Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No one believes you, so they bomb the shit out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least you are now a Democracy.

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive.