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EU subverting UK Education, as UKIP reveals EU funded University Professors
UKIP has warned today of the threat of the EU ‘subverting’ British education as Universities UK comes out against the UK leaving the European Union.
Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall, a former university lecturer, has also highlighted the role of Monnet Professors, academics selected and funded by the EU to promote EU integration. He argues that the payment of university teaching staff to promote EU ideals in European Universities amounts to the erosion of academic independence via a form of paid for propaganda.
“To learn that one and a half thousand academics around the world are being paid by the EU to promote EU integration is deeply concerning and akin to the sort of deliberate indoctrination one would expect in Cold War Communism, not in the twenty first century western world.
“Universities UK is a registered charity and is almost entirely state funded. It is therefore heavily regulated against engaging in impartial political activity like this. Universities UK should represent the interests of British education and not embroil itself in a political debate that has seen people denied any democratic say whatsoever on how Britain should be governed for the past 40 years. It will be interesting to learn how many of Universities UK’s representatives are also receiving direct funding from Brussels.
“Today I have written an open letter to the BBC warning them against using Monnet Professors as supposed impartial speakers on the EU, and during the course of the day UKIP be publicising when this has already happened in a series of striking Twitter revelations.
“It is only right that the British public are made aware of this grotesque undermining of the UK further education system and it’s about time that UK press simply ‘followed the money’.”
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The EU is now a cruel version of the IMF. It shows no tolerance for democracy, and no mercy for workers
UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall, MEP for the North West, said today: “People on the Left who believe in democracy should look on in horror at what the European Union has done to Greece.
“Socialists, trade union members and social democrats should by now have finally realised that the EU and its German enforcer have turned the Eurozone into nothing but a cruel version of the IMF.
“The EU has shown it has no tolerance for national democracy, and no mercy for the workers.”
PROPOSED RECYCLING RULES COULD HIT HOUSEHOLDERS IN THE POCKET
Householders could be hit in the pocket for failing to meet ‘impossible’ recycling targets being proposed by the EU, warned local MEP Paul Nuttall.
Eurocrats are proposing that 70% of rubbish is recycled or reused even though most countries, including Britain, are struggling to reach the current target figure of 50% by 2020.
“I am all in favour of recycling, it makes sense, but the power mad bureaucrats are keen to force through legislation which would prove impossible to meet,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.
“We do have a major waste problem in our country but I feel this is being tackled from the wrong angle. Instead of picking on householders the authorities should be forcing manufacturers and suppliers to further cut down on packaging.
“Who hasn’t struggled to get into excess packaging on household items, such as ink cartridges or ironically scissors, and having done so it is just thrown away?
“And looking at the larger picture we all know that appliances such as fridges and washing machines used to be far more durable and were ‘built to last’ compared to many of today’s products,” he said.
“Under the EU plans householders may be given smaller dustbins and treated like naughty children with the threat of fines hanging over them. This can only lead to fly tipping and sneakily dumping items in other people’s bins.
“Instead of fortnightly bin collections, which are now in force in most areas, it would be much better if we saw a return to weekly collections. Some people are fanatical about sorting their refuse and can find they fill their recycling bin in just a week.
“Others of course simply don’t give a damn about recycling and they are exactly the people who won’t pay a fine if one is levied. As always heavy handed legislation could end up affecting the most law abiding.
Under pressure from massive public campaign, MEPs vote to keep Freedom of Panorama.
A move which would have stopped people taking photographs of their favourite public monuments has been kicked out.
Local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall was among those who today opposed an amendment to the Reda Report on Copyright. This could have forced photographers in the UK to get permission to use pictures of public monuments and buildings such as the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.
“This amendment proposed by Jean-Marie Cavada, a French MEP, was rejected quite rationally because it was ridiculous in the extreme,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.
“This would have ended up being another example of unintended consequences which often happens when the EU passes laws.
“It was idiotic and would have meant that visitors would not be able to snap views of the Cavern or Gormley’s Iron Men and other famous works without permission.
“Why was the European Parliament even considering such a silly proposal? If people wishes to takes selfies or photos in front of their favourite monuments or buildings, surely the EU should not have the power to take it away from them. ”
The French MEP, Jean -Marie Cavada, who was pushing the now rejected amendment is an ally in the European Parliament of the LibDems. He is also head of the European Movement France, an organisation in part-funded by the EU to lobby for an increase in powers for Brussels.
If the amendment had passed it would have meant the restriction would be on any monument, sculpture or building protected by the 70 year copyright period.
“This is typical of the incompetent, ill-thought out and unnecessary legislation that the European Parliament votes on every month,” said Mr Nuttall.
“The amendment would have removed an explicit British freedom guaranteed in our copyright legislation for over 100 years. Happily the amendment was rejected by a vote of 504-44. I have little doubt that even the European Parliament found this vote embarrassing.”
The so-called “Freedom of Panorama” exists in most EU countries, but not in France, where photographers are obliged to seek permission even to reproduce a photograph of the Eiffel Tower illuminated at night.
There is no “Freedom of Panorama” in Belgium either. The image of the Atomium, symbol of the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, is covered by copyright.