As regular visitors to this blog will know, I resigned from UKIP a couple of months ago after becoming despondent at the shambolic way it was being run by certain people in positions of influence.
However, I still have many good friends in the party and believe in the core messages of its constitution and basic principles.
Henry Bolton deserves for those remaining to give him a chance but I can’t say I have been bowled over by his media appearances so far – I also realise that in the post Farage era that the party needs a decent team around the leader to make a solid impact. With this in mind I was very interested in the announcement scheduled for today of the new ‘shadow cabinet’ where he had a chance to stamp his own personality on to the leadership – however, I have to say it is more deckchairs on the Titanic than Nelson advancing on Trafalgar.
Below are my opinions on the appointments from my inside knowledge of those within the halls of power at UKIP –
A tongue in cheek guest post from the pen of John Planter…..
Housing will not be the huge problem first thought as the allocated financial resources have been adjusted.
As Universal credit ensures more are homeless they will not be requiring accommodation as they will be sleeping in hedges with all the other poor people. The cost of concrete will fall as footings for new estates can use the newly deceased homeless as hardcore.
Boris Johnson was overheard to say he wanted to be a future leader of the Tories, Theresa May who overheard is said to have asked him for a few tips.
Women who expected a pension at the age promised them for decades are being reformed.
Mr Hammond is expected to point out they cannot expect a pension without going out to work for it. After all, didn’t they sit at home with children for a decade or two expecting their husbands pension to cover them ? Mr Hammond is expected to say that as grandparents were free those women affected could easily have gone out and found employment instead of choosing to be spongers. How hard can it be to raise children? This lifestyle choice of having children without working must end as we know everyone will benefit from being in work. Only those who can afford children will be issued the new state permit to attempt to bring them into the world. The permit is tax deductible for those earning over £60,000 PA and all stockbrokers, MP’s, and city bankers.
We frequently see stories of MP’s taking up the cases of people imprisoned in foreign lands and their human rights.
Hayes MP John McDonnell was very vocal over the case of Moazzam Begg, a man he claimed was wrongly imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay after being ‘picked up’ in Afghanistan and who, after his release, received a big compensation payout from HM Government.
But how many have you seen campaigning for the release of the ‘Chennai 6’, six forces veterans who were employed by a private security firm to guard shipping traversing the pirate filled waters off the Horn of Africa? Imprisoned in India on trumped up charges, their only crime being to ensure safe passage for valuable merchant ships, these men have been mostly ignored by the media in the UK. Here is the story of one of the men involved
I have been keeping a close eye on the case and spreading the word and received the following heartbreaking update by email recently from Yvonne Machugh –
I have received the following email from Hillingdon Council democratic services following two petitions on the Charville Lane Estate to sort out the persistent flytipping around, Hoppner, Romney and Raeburn Roads
Dear Mr Dixon
Having liaised with colleagues in Residents Services, I understand that the proposal for a fencing and gating scheme for Hoppner Road has been agreed in principle and that financial approval is now being sought and consultation for the proposed works will be carried out with the residents.
As officers have addressed the issues that you have raised, unless I hear from you by 26 October 2017, no further action will be taken by Democratic Services in relation to your petition.
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Democratic Services Manager
With local council elections next year, I feel sure that the councillors representing the Charville Ward will want to get on board and make sure that this initiative is followed through on with the funding it deserves – after all, the council spend over £100k each year on their ‘Hillingdon people’ self promotion magazine and over £80k last year on the pretty flower baskets that now adorn the visible routes through the area.
As I predicted, the Tories are selling us out on BREXIT
Theresa May is now talking of an extended ‘transitional’ period before leaving the EU with a £20bn ‘Divorce settlement’ and continued free movement of people and jurisdiction for the ECJ (European Court of Justice – an oxymoron if ever I saw one)
This blatant betrayal left me seething as I have my say on this video – the monotone delivery is down to me trying to keep a lid on my temper!
Party Conference season is upon us and the circus unfolds.
This week, Labour have been going through their paces and the clowns have been front and centre – take a bow Clive Lewis, John McDonnell and not forgetting Diane Abbott.
Not a lot of policy on BREXIT but lots of misguided political correctness to get your teeth in to
Here’s my take….
Today saw the TUC bring their conference to Brighton where senior Trade Union officials and their members meet to discuss policy matters and campaigns ahead.
With the Trade Unions split on whether to oppose or support a Third Runway at Heathrow, my friends at Stop Heathrow Expansion (SHE) decided to run a coach full of campaigners from Harmondsworth to the seaside to put their side of the story and convince the Unions that opposition is the best course of action.
Leaving the Village at 9.30am, we arrived in a wet and windswept Brighton just before 11 and formed up outside the conference
We were joined shortly for a briefing on the latest developments by Hayes & Harlington MP John McDonnell, who posed with the team from SHE for photos afterwards (Below)
With the wind whipping up, the two of us holding the long banner were struggling to hang on to it – after John McDonnell commented on the weather, I joked that we were about to get some impromptu kite surfing in at this rate. His response was to quip, ‘ what’s that, the UKIP air force?’ – he obviously hasn’t heard the news! Whilst it was strange to be joking with a man who I have locked horns with politically for many years (Some of it quite unpleasant), it shows the strength of feeling against the runway that such diametrically opposed characters can come together and work alongside people of all backgrounds and political views on a subject that transcends politics and affects so many.