Local elections in Hillingdon – my view

The people of Hillingdon go to the ballot box in less than two weeks time to vote for their local councillors who will make up the Hillingdon council chamber for the next four years.

Four years ago I was heavily involved as the Chairman of UKIP Hillingdon and a council candidate in the Charville ward in Hayes End – we ended up as the third largest party in the Borough but with no councillors to show for it, in part due to a faulty strategy imposed on us from above to bolster the EU elections that were held on the same day and in part due to a complete mismatch of firepower on the doorstep in terms of activists and cash. Despite this, we came very close to winning in a couple of wards and affected results in others.

Fast forward to 2018 and there are no UKIP candidates standing, leaving around 18% of the total vote up for grabs. (I toyed with standing as an independent but current circumstances would have made that extremely difficult so decided against it.)  The Liberal Democrats are fielding fewer candidates (13) after their disastrous showing last time out, whilst the Greens have surprisingly managed to stand 38 candidates, up from the 22 they stood in 2014.

Labour and the Conservatives are, as usual, standing a full slate of 65 candidates across the 22 wards in the borough, with Labour claiming that they have a good chance of taking control of the council and promoting the idea through the hashtag #MarginalHillingdon.

So,as somebody who is politically homeless at present and with no UKIP candidates to vote for, I can cast my beady eye over the proceedings and with an independent outlook give my predictions for what may happen, cutting through the spin from the respective parties and candidates. Here is my take –

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Will the real Labour position ever be known on BREXIT?

During the BREXIT negotiations, one thing has remained a constant – the confusion surrounding Labour’s stance on where they stand on both membership of the EU and a vision for Britain outside the bloc.

Speaking recently, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP stated that his party has not ruled out giving support for a second referendum. Strangely, Shadow Northern Ireland minister Owen Smith was sacked by the party last month when calling for exactly the same thing!

McDonnell also stated that Labour are ‘walking a tightrope’ when it comes to their position on Brexit, suggesting that they are more concerned with losing votes than they are in putting forward a coherent vision for our country. With support for Labour now coming from the Middle Class Islington set after years of ignoring their working class heartlands, it would appear that they are afraid to lay out a position for fear of alienating either the remain supporting London vote or the leave supporting Northern electorate. So much for the ‘Men of integrity’, Corbyn and McDonnell!

Ominously, he also commented that they were prepared to show ‘flexibility’ on free movement of people in order to get a good deal for Financial Services companies and access to the Single Market. The hypocrisy of his position is amazing – McDonnell is always bashing financial services from his regressive left pulpit whilst claiming to stand up for the working classes who are most affected by free movement. Indeed, a few years ago McDonnell supported a series of demonstrations by the RMT Union about what they termed ‘Social Dumping’, the undercutting of their members by cheap imported labour – the very labour that McDonnell is now prepared to show ‘flexibility’ over.

What a slap in the face for those Trade Unionists who believed that Labour were standing up for their conditions in the workplace!

It is telling that many senior Labour politicians are wriggling and evading on the BREXIT position when their electorates gave them their instruction on June 23rd 2016 – Leave the European Union. Indeed, John McDonnell’s own constituency (Hayes & Harlington) recorded a 60% Leave vote, the highest of the three Parliamentary constituencies in Hillingdon and a larger mandate than neighbouring Uxbridge where Brexiteer Boris Johnson is the MP.

So, why the constant fudge? In my opinion, it is to keep the money coming from the large pro EU trade unions such as Unite and an attempt to be all things to all people in order not to split their vote at any upcoming General Election.

That Labour would put narrow party political interests ahead of the future of our country in refusing to lay out their stall on the biggest issue of this generation tells you all you need to know about their organisation. It is also why it is patently unfit to be near the levers of power in a post BREXIT UK.

Westminster Protest against anti Semitism

The ongoing rumblings about Labour anti Semitism have exploded in to a full blown crisis this week with revelations that Jeremy Corbyn is a member of a number of social media groups that feature anti Jewish tropes and that he questioned the removal of a mural depicting Jews as getting rich at the expense of the workers.

The Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies called a demonstration on Parliament Square earlier today where a letter was put in to the meeting of The Parliamentary Labour Party scheduled for this evening.

I arrived at the demonstration around 5.30pm to be greeted by the sight of over a thousand protesters waving placards, banners and Israeli flags. Off to the side under the statue of Churchill, a group of around a hundred under pop up banners of the JVL (Jewish Voice for Labour) counter demonstrated in defence of Jeremy Corbyn.

Many on the main demonstration tried to engage the Corbynistas in debate but it appeared futile. To try and gauge the feeling, I myself approached them and found a middle aged man in a leather jacket amenable to discussion. He advised me that Corbyn had fought anti Semitism all his life and this was just a Tory plot to try and stop the rise of socialism in the UK. The irony was not lost on me that whilst he was telling me this, principled Labour MP John Mann was on the platform speaking in favour of the demonstration and calling out anti Jewish bigotry.

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A message to the people of Hayes

Hayes, Heathrow Villages and West Drayton can be wonderful places.

I remember when Hayes FC played at Church Road, when we had EMI, Nestles and Fairey Aviation supplying good jobs, when we had a community spirit and hope.

It is time for a change and to throw off twenty years of a Labour MP who cares more about political ideology than a unified and successful local community.

This General Election has been called because the Prime Minster says she needs a solid mandate to make sure that our exit from the EU (BREXIT) is carried out correctly.

The reality is very different – we only got the EU Referendum because of the electoral threat of UKIP and the majority of Conservative MP’s (The PM included) backed the remain side in the campaign.

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Snap General Election – YOU can help!

Theresa May’s decision to call a General Election on June 8th caught many by surprise, although I had been suspicious for months.

With the date set, UKIP now need to gear up quickly to fight an effective, targeted campaign.

I will once again be standing in Hayes & Harlington against John McDonnell with our choice of candidate for the other two Hillingdon seats to be announced in the coming days.

Unlike the establishment political parties, we don’t have big corporate backers or trade unions to supply us with the funds to run a campaign and instead rely on the generosity of ordinary citizens to fund our People’s Army.

This is where you can help.

£30 buys us enough paper to print an election address for a council ward within a Parliamentary constituency.

£180 will pay for a glossy A4 candidate leaflet for 5000 doors, whilst £40 will pay to deliver 1000 leaflets when our activists are stretched.

£500 will fund an election deposit, refundable if we get 5% or more of the vote. (We got double figure percentages in all three seats at the last General Election)

Can YOU help and ensure that UKIP can continue to drive the political agenda and hold the government to account?

If so, you can donate via the link here (Scroll down to the donate button at the bottom of the page)

http://www.ukiphillingdon.com/?page_id=9272

Alternatively, get in touch and we can inform you of how to pay by cheque or bank transfer on 07939 223659

All donations, no matter how large or small, are gratefully accepted and will be put to very good use.
Theresa May and the Tories cannot be trusted to deliver a clean BREXIT without UKIP there to keep them honest – after all, we would not have had the EU Referendum without a strong party driving the agenda. What’s more, she has already ringfenced foreign aid whilst children are in poverty and families depend on food banks at home, has U turned on the Third Runway at Heathrow , wants to keep the European Arrest Warrant (Which means the European Court will have precedence over our own) and is going soft on migration where her own track record is already poor.

Labour are no alternative – Corbyn and McDonnell want to keep open door migration (Putting additional stress on the NHS, schools and housing), are financially incompetent and would leave our country defenceless in the face of international terrorism and an increasingly unstable world.

On June 8th, we need a strong UKIP vote to help our country achieve the bright future that beckons outside the EU – please help us to ensure that it happens.

 

Kinder, gentler politics?

Shortly after the Stoke byelection I received the following email from Momentum, Labour’s left wing grassroots movementA year and a half ago I was a teacher. My life was rowdy kids and bundles of paperwork. I got involved in Jeremy’s campaign because I believe in a creating a fairer society. 

Since then I’ve come to realise that if we’re going to win, we all have a part to play. We need to build a grassroots movement of millions that are willing to fight for the world we all believe in.

Winning won’t be easy. We saw that in Copeland last week.

But during these last few weeks in Stoke, I have seen everything we need to win across the country.

That’s why I’m asking you to join Momentum today

If we’re going to win the country back, we’ll need to repeat the energy, passion and tactics that worked in Stoke, hundreds of times across the country. 

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Energy, passion and tactics that worked?

Let’s look at some of them –

Bullying and intimidation – where UKIP have a chance of upsetting the Labour applecart, you will find their cohorts from the ironically named ‘Hope Not Hate’. Mobilised en masse, they attacked a number of female members of Young Independence, tearing their rosettes off and screaming abuse.

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