EU mowing through common sense

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Despite a pledge to cut red tape Eurocrats are actually increasing it – and petrol-driven lawnmowers are next for the chop.

“Another round of nonsense emanating from the EU,” said local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.

Lawnmowers and chainsaws are among the small gardening and handheld equipment being lined up to face tough emissions tests in the name of tackling global warming.

The drive to cut emissions from combustion engines in ‘non-road mobile machinery’, also involves bigger items including excavators, bulldozers, crop harvesters, railcars, locomotives and inland waterway vessels such as river barges.

“Talk about wanting to cut emissions, these overpaid petty bureaucrats emit enough hot air to last a lifetime and infuriate millions of hard working people just trying to get on with life,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy party leader.

‘These Eurocrats are fanatics. They are so blind to their own failings that they do not even realise the contempt which their hyperactivity breeds in the voting public. They just need to stop, take a deep breath and take a look at themselves.’

“Targeting petrol-driven lawnmowers is just another example of them mowing down common sense. A scythe is needed to hack through the nannying nonsense.

“Like all of their rules it is likely to have unintended consequences such as some manufacturers abandoning the EU for more profitable markets and product owners being unable to get replacement parts.”

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Educating Britain – speech to conference

Here is my speech to conference from the 2014 UKIP Conference in Doncaster:

Education Report ‘scary reading’ says MEP

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A report showing that half of children are not ready for school at the age of five makes “scary” reading, said UKIP education spokesman Paul Nuttall MEP.

“A good basic education is essential for all our children and those who start behind are immediately at a disadvantage and often are never able to catch up,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“As North West MEP I’m particularly concerned that three of the sixth worst  results are from schools in my constituency.

“This report by the University College London showing only 52% of children in England have reached ‘a good’ level of development when they start school is frankly scary and makes depressing reading.

“It raises huge questions as to why this country is seemingly going backwards in terms of education rather than forwards and each day seems to throw up more damning statistics.

“Without a well-educated work force we cannot compete in the global market and that is essential in this day and age.

“It certainly throws up questions as to whether the government’s encouragement, bordering on insistence, that mums return to work as a matter of urgency, instead of devoting themselves to spending the early years of their children’s lives with them at home, is the right path to follow.

“That was the norm 50 years ago and children learnt the basics at home and turned up at the school gates aged five ready for formal education. And virtually all left at 11 able to fluently read and write, which is no longer the case.

“Apparently children from richer families are more likely to have a good level of development than those from poorer families so improving living standards and reducing deprivation could be seen as step in the right direction.

“But this report has raised more questions than answers. It is an extremely serious issue which has profound effects for the children and the nation and those answers are needed urgently,” said Mr Nuttall.

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UKIP Conference Agenda announced

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Don’t forget to catch my speech at the UKIP Conference this Friday 26/09/2014 at 14.15

 For full details of the speakers see the agenda HERE

Scottish Decision Welcomed

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Local MEP Paul Nuttall has described the “No” result in the Scottish referendum as a vote for common sense.

“I am delighted that the Scots, renowned for their canniness, have voted to stay part of the United Kingdom, there is no doubt that we are much stronger together.

“Now we must move forward and ensure that all parts of the country work together for everyone’s benefit. This referendum has stirred up feelings of antagonism in some quarters in Scotland and the issues raised need to be addressed.

“But politicians must ensure that while seeking to tackle those issues they do not do at the expense of the rest of the UK.

 

Spotlight on folly of EU open borders

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Revelations that a Latvian man wanted for questioning by police over a missing girl has a murder conviction in his home country highlights the folly of EU open borders, said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall.

Arnis Zalkalns served seven years in prison for murder in Latvia, after being convicted in 1998.

Police now want to speak to the 41-year-old builder following the disappearance of  14-year-old Alice Gross, who was last seen on August 28 using the same canal route in West London that Zalkalns, who was reported missing on September 5, was known to use.

“Mr Zalkalns may know absolutely nothing about this teenager’s disappearance but the point is he should never have been allowed into the UK in the first place,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP.

“But, of course, as Latvia is a member of the EU, he had every right to move here and our border agency is powerless to turn back migrants from member states regardless of their criminal history.

“This particular case is a striking example of the folly of open borders and why we must control who comes into our country and be able to turn back those felt undesirable,” said Mr Nuttall.

Mr Zalkalns came to the UK in 2004. In 2009 he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14 year-old girl in London, but no further action was taken.

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Ban for legal highs backed by MEP

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A call to have “legal highs” banned has been welcomed by local MEP Paul Nuttall.

The Local Government Association (LGA) wants the government to adopt an approach similar to that in Ireland where instead of banning drugs on a case-by-case basis as in the UK, all “psychoactive” – brain altering – drugs are banned and then some, such as alcohol and tobacco, are exempted.

Deaths from so-called legal highs have more than doubled in the past four years – rising to 60 last year from 26 in 2009.

“The problem is that no sooner is one drug banned than the manufacturers alter the formula so that it can then be sold legally. It’s a drug making roundabout and we need legislation to stamp it out,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“I find it wrong that there are shops selling legal highs where young people can just wander it and buy these potentially lethal drugs. I fully support the LGA and its call for the government to introduce legislation to ban these drugs.

“We have a serious drugs problem in this country and it is particularly young people who are attracted to them. In general terms we must do more by way of education to deter dallying with danger which can easily lead to long term addiction.

“Sadly it is all too easy to obtain illegal drugs without adding to the problem with legal highs,” he added.

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Top Eurocrat slammed by MEP

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A top Eurocrat has been described as “robotically toeing the company line” after arguing Britain should stop ‘moaning’ about problems caused here by European immigrants.

Laszlo Andor, EU Commissioner for employment, claims that EU migration is good for the UK and instead of complaining about pressure on schools, hospital and housing we should be building immigrants homes.

“These are ridiculous views from someone truly indoctrinated in the autocratic Brussels power game and they do not accord with the British public’s views,” said Deputy UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall.

“Our whole infrastructure is creaking at the seams as the result of mass immigration, particularly in recent years from eastern Europe, but he is blithely suggesting we just invest in more facilities to cope with the influx.

“He insists that migration from other EU countries is good for us. Well he doesn’t live in areas where not only is there no room in the inn but there’s no room in the schools or hospitals either. 

“The answer is not more but less immigration, we’re full up, we’re fed up and we’re broke. Instead of robotically toeing the company line, as Commissioners have to do to keep their place at the trough, he should accept the flaws in the free movement of workers policy,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP.

“We need to regain control of our borders and consequently our population numbers, and the only way to do so is to leave the EU,” he added.

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Grammar schools the answer

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A survey showing that two in five parents think every child should have the chance to go to private school, regardless of their family’s income, has been described as ‘flawed.’

“Like every survey the answers you get depend on the questions asked and in this case it appears that the question not asked was about reintroducing grammar schools,” said Paul Nuttall MEP, UKIP Education spokesman.

“I am sure if that had been among those asked in this education charity commissioned survey there would not have been the same result about all children having the opportunity to go to private school.

“All parents want the very best education for their offspring and they see private schools as offering that opportunity. But top quality grammar schools can meet the same standards and provide a level playing field regardless of background and income.

“It is imperative that the existing grammar schools remain but it is vital that more are opened. The survey is about social mobility and grammar schools provide the best gateway,” he said.

The survey commissioned by the Sutton Trust  also found that more than a quarter of the parents quizzed are in favour of at least some state school places being allocated randomly, or by ballot, with a further 19 per cent agreeing that half of places should be allocated in this way and the remaining places handed out based on distance from home to school.

“I have great reservations about introducing allocation by ballot. This could mean children living just yards from the school of their choice have to travel miles to another one with all the difficulties that would create.

“It is difficult when schools are over-subscribed but lessons need to be learnt about why they are so popular and that knowledge used to raise standards at the other schools,” said Mr Nuttall.

 

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UKIP Northern Ireland AGM

I recently visited our colleagues in UKIP Northern Ireland – you can see some pictures from the trip below and you can watch a video of an Interview I gave while I was over there HERE

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UKIP Member of the European Parliament for the the North West of England