A Fairytale in Strasbourg

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Published on Dec 17, 2014

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• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 17 December 2014

• Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group
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– Bluecard Question: Liisa JAAKONSAARI MEP (Finland), Socialist group (S&D)

• Debate: Preparations for the European Council meeting (18-19 December 2014)
Council and Commission statements

• Video: EbS (European Parliament)
Music: Excerpts from ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues



Discipline aids good education

A local MEP has expressed alarm at a report showing inmates in a North West young offenders institute get a better education than thousands of school children.

Inspectors have found that the standard of education at YOI Hindley near Wigan was ‘as good, if not better’ than many students receive in schools and colleges.

“This is good news for the inmates who hopefully will be able to take advantage of the education to turn their lives around. But it paints a depressing picture of education in schools,” said Paul Nuttall, deputy UKIP leader and the party’s Education spokesman.

“Admittedly the results have been compared with poorly performing school nationwide but it means that the standard is still higher than that achieved by thousands of school children.

“And the reason why the inmates have done so well is attributed to discipline and a higher teacher:pupil ratio.

“Children do better in smaller classes but as we all know many schools face overcrowding because of uncontrolled immigration and many have to cater for children for whom English is not their first language, adding to demands on teachers’ time.

“Ironically while a lack of discipline in their lives may well have landed them in the YOI in the first place it is discipline there that is helping them achieve good grades and skills for the future.

“The lack of control in classrooms up and down this country is a great concern to parents. This summer government data showed the number of assaults on teachers by pupils had risen to a staggering 93 per day.

“We must bring back discipline to the classroom for the sake of our children as well as the staff,” said Mr Nuttall.



Betting shop ‘clusters’ veto

Local MEP Paul Nuttall is backing calls for council powers to veto new betting shops.

The Local Government Association is pushing for an end to ‘clustering’ of betting shops and they also want a reduction in the risks of fixed odds betting terminals.

“There are 30,000 such machines – so-called ‘crack cocaine’  of gambling – in this country allowing punters to spend £100 in just 20 seconds,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“Gamblers can become addicted to these machines and land themselves in terrible financial debt and they are also popular with drug dealers for laundering their ill-gotten gains.

“Councils are frustrated by the limited powers currently open to them to limit the numbers of shops opening in their areas even where there are community objections.

“This is not right and I support the LGA in their calls for councils to have more powers so they can better represent the views of local people who are fed up with the proliferation of betting shops,” he said.


Document shows Labour running scared


A leaked Labour strategy document shows what UKIP already knew – they are running scared, said deputy party leader Paul Nuttall today. milikip

“They have arrogantly and complacently sat back believing that UKIP only takes votes from the Conservatives. Belatedly they have woken up the threat we pose to their ailing party and are now in headless chicken mode.

“Desperate to stop the potentially fatal haemorrhage of their members to us this document shows how they are trying to airbrush immigration out of the picture. But they opened the gates in the first place with their open door ideology and we are all are now paying the cost.

“People up and down the country, of all political colours, are extremely concerned about uncontrolled immigration and the resulting unsustainable pressure on our health, education, housing and transport services as well as infrastructure. They quite rightly view it as a major issue and it is UKIP that exposed it.

“Now forced into a corner Ed Miliband is promising to tighten up on immigration but while we remain in the EU our borders are wide open and the Labour party has no intention on ever waving goodbye to Brussels.

“UKIP is now the real party that represents the fears and worries of the working class, the Labour party’s preening out-of-touch Westminster elite has thrown that mantle away.

“The document speaks of changing the topic if immigration is raised on doorsteps by wavering voters to others such as the NHS. But they are still on sinking sand as they introduced the private finance initiatives which have landed hospital trusts up and down the land with impossible to repay debts.

“UKIP is in a unique and powerful position as we head towards the 2015 General Election as we speak the language of common sense. A universal tongue speaking to the electorate of all backgrounds who have been forgotten, ignored and disrespected by the other political parties.

“This 33 page report exposes what UKIP already knew – Labour is on the brink of losing its seats, particularly in its traditional Northern heartland – and is a party in meltdown.”


Voting age should not be lowered

The voting age should not be lowered from 18 to 16, says deputy UKIP leader Paul Nuttall.

“Sixteen-year-olds do not have enough life experience to make sound judgements when voting and consequently I am against reducing the age limit.”

Mr Nuttall, North West MEP, expressed his views just days after Labour leader Ed Miliband called for the voting age in all elections to be reduced by two years.

“It is perfectly obvious why Labour have committed to introducing this measure within a year of taking power – naive youngsters tend to have Utopian dreams of life and can be more gullible.


“They are also subjected to pro-EU propaganda lessons which is a ethically wrong and is also an abuse of taxpayers money.

“As they grow older and experience first hand making their way in the world they are better able to make reasoned judgements.

“I personally believe that all secondary school children should be taught about our political system in an unbiased way as currently so many leave school without any idea of how it works and what the different parties stand for.

“There is no doubt that young people should be encouraged to vote, after all today’s changes affect their tomorrows, but instead of lowering the age limit they should be properly educated about the relevance of politics to their lives,” he said.


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Save the Traditional Pub


Urgent moves must be made to save the traditional British pub, said UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall today.

PaulPubA long time advocate of his party’s ‘Save the Pub’ campaign, Mr Nuttall spoke out in support of views of a think tank which has pointed out that since 2006 the number of pubs has fallen by a staggering 20% from 58,000 to 48,000.

“It also points out that alcohol taxes in this country are so high they are responsible for 40% of the entire EU alcohol duty. The Institute of Economic Affairs agrees with UKIP that the smoking ban and alcohol duty rises are leading culprits and echoes our calls for smoking rooms to be allowed in pubs.

“I concur with their report that policies such as the smoking ban and alcohol duty escalator are responsible for speeding up the rate of closures in the past decade compared to the last forty years steady decline in the pub industry.

“They also attribute the reduction in real wages to this surge of closures and that aspect has not been helped by unlimited immigration which was led to wage compression,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“The government must act to save the pub, which is at the heart of local communities, and another way is to allow them to compete on a level playing fields with supermarkets which frequently charge less for beer than water.

“And, as we have seen, that has led to people getting tanked up before they even go out which can result in violent and loutish behaviour on the streets of our cities and towns.

“I hope the government will listen to those trying to save the British pub – before it is too late,” he added.



EU propaganda slammed


An e-petition objecting to calls for all children over the age of five in British schools to be taught the benefits of the EU is being supported by UKIP.

“This is so wrong and the EU should not be using propaganda to brainwash young minds,” said MEP Paul Nuttall, deputy party leader.

“Our education system, which used to be the envy of the world, is now lagging behind in some areas and we need to be concentrating on teaching children basic education.

“The EU has no right to decide what youngsters should be taught about this self-seeking institution. Education should give them an unbiased view of the world, particularly politically, and our government must not allow this move.

“It is a disgrace that the EU spends over £2.4bn every year on biased information campaigns to promote itself and its central aim of ‘ever closer union’.  That includes British taxpayers money extracted from us at the rate of £55m a day.

“They know that the anti-EU movement, led in this country by UKIP, is growing in strength and are desperate to stop it by any means,” said Mr Nuttall, North West Euro-MP.

“I urge people to sign this e-petition, set up by Christopher Wood and which can be found at ‘Stopping EU lessons being taught in British schools” – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67503


Support for legal high ban

MEP Paul Nuttall is backing calls by the Centre for Social Justice for so called ‘legal high’ party drugs to be banned.

Mr Nuttall, who has long been a vociferous opponent of these dangerous drugs, spoke out after new figures showed the number of deaths linked to them has increased eightfold in three years.

Think-tank, CSJ is asking the Government to implement legislation similar to laws introduced in Ireland in 2010. The move would mean that some 200 ‘head shops’, which offer a range of drug paraphernalia, would close.

“Former drugs minister Norman Baker was supporting a blanket ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of such psychoactive substances but he has since left the Home Office so that may well have been kicked into the long grass,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“Well it is too important to the side lined; young people are continuing to lose their lives or end up hospitalised because of these ‘legal highs’ and the government must act.

“I am not a supporter of imposing blanket bans restricting people’s liberties but this is an exception to that rule. It is necessary because otherwise the manufacturers just change the chemical composition to get round specific bans.

“We have a problem with drugs generally in this country, mainly,but not exclusively, with young people and we must do more by way of education to deter them dallying with danger which can easily lead to long term addiction,” he added.


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