The English floods – What the Politicians won’t tell you

The news over Christmas has been full of the wet weather conditions wreaking havoc in the North of England and along the Scottish Borders. Whilst the media is full of talk of the cause being down to ‘climate change’ the reality is somewhat different as laid out here by Philip Walling in an article reproduced from The Newcastle Chronicle –

Amid all the devastation and recrimination over the floods in Cumbria hardly anybody mentions one factor that may not be the sole cause, but certainly hasn’t helped.

That is the almost complete cessation of dredging of our rivers since we were required to accept the European Water Framework Directive (EWF) into UK law in 2000.

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Yet until then, for all of recorded history, it almost went without saying that a watercourse needed to be big enough to take any water that flowed into it, otherwise it would overflow and inundate the surrounding land and houses.

Every civilisation has known that, except apparently ours. It is just common sense. City authorities and, before them, manors and towns and villages, organised themselves to make sure their watercourses were cleansed, deepened and sometimes embanked to hold whatever water they had to carry away.

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Cheap flights and mobile phone calls – Cameron’s reasons to stay in the EU

Cameron outside parliamentSpeaking recently, Prime Minister David Cameron (left) praised the EU for making short haul flights cheaper and cutting the cost of mobile phone calls whilst roaming abroad.

Ignoring the real reasons why our membership is bad for the UK such as surrender of sovereignty, red tape strangling business, our inability to control our borders and the huge amounts we pay to be members of this undemocratic institution, Cameron’s appeal to the public shows how little he will actually be able to change in his ‘renegotiation’ and lays bare the shallowness of his arguments.

 

However, let’s look at the reality of what he is saying.

1 – Cheap Flights

The Prime Minister’s claim that the EU has promoted the ability of airlines to provide cheaper flights for both business and holiday traffic misses a number of major points.

Firstly, business flights are on the decrease across the EU and the world in general. With the rise of ever better internet and communications technology, more companies are using this technology for business rather than flying to meetings overseas. Therefore, any EU intervention to make flights cheaper (Which I don’t actually believe has happened anyway) will not have a massive effect on business.

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TTIP Update

I received the following earlier today from our London MEP, Gerard Batten, regarding the shadowy Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

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You recently wrote to me about your concerns about TTIP.  I was pleased to tell you that I will be voting against this treaty when this comes before the European Parliament, and I would now like to update you on the latest situation.

On Wednesday 9th September Jean-Claude Juncker, President of European Commission, gave his annual State of the Union speech  to European Parliament.

In his speech Mr Juncker referred to TTIP and said unequivocally that he was “in favour of the TTIP treaty”.   I felt that you should be aware that this was his, and the European Commission’s position.

Mr Juncker further remarked that that we wanted “international representation for the euro-zone” on such bodies as the “Bretton Woods Institute and the International Monetary Fund”.  He said that he wanted a “single representation by the European Union” on these bodies.

While the UK is not part of the euro-zone, his remarks demonstrate the EU’s ambitions to replace national representation on international bodies still further, thereby further reducing the democratic accountability of national governments to their electorates’.

I will update you further on the TTIP issue as things develop.

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Batten MEP

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EU Referendum – Time to show our fighting spirit

Today saw the official launch of the UKIP campaign to educate people on the failings of the EU in the run up to the promised Referendum on our membership. (Below)

As Nigel Farage rightly pointed out, those who wish to keep us in the EU have been quick off the mark and are already getting increased airtime on TV and in the columns of the national newspapers. Richard Branson has been very vocal about our need to remain a part of the superstate, even suggesting that we need to re look at joining the Euro currency which has brought so much misery to the peoples of Europe, most notably Greece – Interestingly enough, he lives in the Caribbean and recently moved his Virgin headquarters to non-EU Switzerland!

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Public meeting in West Drayton

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Why you should vote ‘No’ to the EU – A public meeting to outline the case for UK Independence

UKIP Hillingdon are proud to announce our first public meeting to put the case for EU withdrawal (BREXIT). This is a non-aligned meeting where people from all political parties and none are welcome to attend, listen to the arguments and participate in our popular question and answer sessions

Speakers –

GerardBattenofficeGerard Batten MEP – A founder member of UKIP in 1993 and London MEP since 2004, Gerard has seen the inside workings of the Brussels Parliament and how it impacts on our rights and freedoms as British Citizens

 

 

 

 

Mark HughesMark Hughes – Listed in the Top 100 fund managers by Citywire , financial expert Mark Hughes has run his own investment company since 1997. Mark believes our businesses and economy will flourish outside of the unnecessary regulations imposed by the EU

 

 

 

 

Chaired by UKIP Hayes & Harlington spokesman Cliff Dixon

 

Date – Thursday 23rd July – Meeting starts at 8.30pm

Venue – Yiewsley & W. Drayton Community Centre, Harmondsworth Rd, West Drayton, UB7 9JL

For further details, please contact UKIP Hillingdon

Tel – 07939 223659                Email – ukiphillingdon@tiscali.co.uk

 

A picture of life outside the European Union (EU) – 2020

You will hear a lot of scare stories about how our country will struggle if we leave the EU from those in the ‘Yes’ campaign.

Here is what it could really be like……..

 

EDP pictures 028The year is 2020 and Britain is adjusting to life and thriving outside of the declining European Union.

Free from the need to negotiate trade deals via unelected EU commissioners, a series of agreements with the emerging nations of the world have boosted exports and revitalised our industries. Unwilling to lose their largest European market, the remaining EU states have swiftly confirmed free trade agreements with the UK and the job losses predicted by the ‘Yes’ campaign fail to materialise.

Re-engaging with our traditional world partners, most notably the Commonwealth, has invigorated our shipping industries and cities such as Liverpool and Glasgow once again hum to the sound of machinery as exports grow and vessels come and go, offloading such produce as New Zealand lamb and transporting out machinery exports, pharmaceuticals and high tech equipment.

With much of the EU red tape removed from our small and medium industries they once again start to drive economic growth. Repeal of EU diktat on renewable energy and the large combustion plant directive means that energy once again becomes cheaper, driving down costs for businesses and making them more competitive on the world stage.

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A fair EU Referendum?

I sent the following yesterday to local media outlets and my MP

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On Friday 5th June it will be 40 years since the British people had a vote on our membership of the European Union. Now we are promised another referendum by David Cameron. But will it be fair?

Already there is talk that the EU Referendum Bill may be amended to allow about 1.5 million non-British citizens a vote on the future of our nation on the grounds that they are EU citizens who live here. Of course, if EU nationals who have come to the UK have taken the trouble to gain British citizenship then they deserve to have a vote. If they have lived in the UK for donkey’s years but kept their Italian or Spanish citizenship then they do not.

There is also the suggestion that the vote would exclude military personnel and many other British people temporarily overseas.

It is also a concern that the Bill makes no provision for a “purdah” period to stop the government unfairly interfering in the Referendum campaign.

None of these things would be fair. Worse, they would be dangerous. It these ideas are adopted they will call into question the legitimacy of the referendum.

If David Cameron, his ministers, or the Lords take us down the road of giving EU nationals a vote in the EU referendum it tells us the vote will be a sham and they have no confidence they can win it – without gerrymandering the result.

The CBI – Wrong then, wrong now, on our EU membership

The following article appeared on the website of ‘Get Britain Out’ on 21st May

Their website can be viewed at www.getbritainout.org

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Now an In/Out referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is guaranteed by the newly re-elected Prime Minister, David Cameron, it is open season for the Confederation of Business and Industry (CBI) to attempt to scaremonger the public into voting to stay in.

CBI President Sir Michael Rake told BBC News we must not opt for Brexit, in order to ‘retain’ our access to the EU’s Single Market to which we export ‘50% of ours goods’! This is very misleading.

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Immigration – An inconvenient truth

During the recent General Election campaign, I was asked a very good question at the Hayes & Harlington hustings – “With the debate on immigration being driven by negativity, how can we turn immigration from a negative back to being a positive?”

Hayes hustings April 2015My answer was fairly detailed, but a part of it was reported in some media quarters as ‘silencing the room’ and by some on Twitter as being ‘disgusting’, so with the events of the last week I wish to put the record straight.

The answer, quite simply, is by regaining control of our borders so we can monitor both the quality and quantity of those wishing to come to the UK.

When I was growing up in the seventies and eighties, immigration was running at levels far below those of today. Moreover, before the advent of the European Union in its current form, we had the ability to say who we would and wouldn’t accept in to our country. Because of this, those coming here were predominantly looking to build a better life for themselves through hard work, skill set and integration. In my reply, I pointed to the Ugandan Asians who fled from Idi Amin as a great example of positive immigration, people who have settled and brought with them a tremendous work ethic that has benefitted both our country and their families who are now second and third generation Britons.

The NHS also benefited from immigration in the seventies, with gaps in the service being filled by newcomers taking up positions that we couldn’t fill from our own pool of workers.

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March of the superstate

Regular visitors to this site will know that The English Democrats are trying to change the way local politics are administered, to make our councillors more accountable to local people.

Unfortunately, it is not just at a local level that the people are ignored, but also at the other end of the scale – Our national elected leaders are also impotent in the face of the march of the European Superstate, the EU project.

Since Ted Heath decided to join what was then the Common Market in the early 70’s, no-one has had a chance to voice their opinion on our ever greater integration in to the ‘European project’. In 1975, the electorate got their one chance to speak on the matter, when the idea of an open trade marketplace was put to the people, a loose alliance of trading partners with no barriers in the way of commerce between members – An eminently sensible idea, which the people of the UK endorsed. Unfortunately, the ‘free trade association’ was missold by the Politicians, whose real goal was ever closer political union between the member states. Nobody under 50 has ever had a say on our continued membership ever since, and those over 50 were lied to about the real aims of the project.

During the course of the weekend at our party conference in Nottingham, we listened to speakers who are determined to alter this obvious abuse of our democracy.

On Saturday, media personality Jon Gaunt spoke to the conference about The EU Referendum Campaign, a coalition of groups from across the political spectrum who are dedicated to forcing a referendum on our continued membership of the EU. Their campaign can be viewed at www.eureferendumcampaign.com , where you can sign the petition to give the people of England a voice on our country’s future.

Sunday saw further talks by UKIP MEP (Member of the European Parliament) Mike Nattrass, and independent MEP Nikki Sinclaire. Both sit in the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg, and see daily the way that our country is dictated to by people who have no mandate from our people to oversee our everyday lives.

Unlike our own MP’s, an MEP cannot submit a motion on behalf of their electorate on matters that concern them – Motions can only be put before the chamber by the 27 members of the EU Commission. We have just one representative on the commission, Baroness Ashcroft – A woman who has risen to her position via a series of quangos and a peerage, and has never had to face a public vote in her political career!

We now have the ridiculous situation whereby 75% of our laws are passed by people who are totally unaccountable to the people they claim to serve – What’s more, these laws are mooted by just 27 people in the whole of the EU, an even worse situation than we have at local level!

Nikki Sinclaire is also running a petition to change this injustice, which can be viewed at www.haveyoursay.eu

Whether you agree with the EU or not, it is an insult to our democratic rights that we have never had a say on the matter. To this end, whether you are for or against, I advise you to sign both of the petitions, and give the people of England a voice.