A couple of months ago, I took part in a debate on Radio Five Live with Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker. I said on the show that I thought there would be a Liberal Democrat revolution that would start on May 6th and that it would come from the north of England, Wales and Scotland. I also said that this movement would either lead to the removal of Nick Clegg in the not too distance future or that there would be a significant split in the Liberal Democrat ranks. With the Liberal Democrats projected to lose up to 700 councillors and be wiped out in Scotland and Wales, I am even more convinced that the party will embark on a summer of infighting and there will be resignations and defections, as many ex-councillors, AM’s and MSP’s see that there is little prospect of them regaining their seats under the present arrangement. If I was Nick Clegg, and I’m glad I’m not, I’d be watching my back.
This week has been very tiring. It started with a trip to Manchester to record a piece on the local elections for BBC Radio Manchester. I then headed off to Salford, Monton in particular, to take part in a protest about Salford City Council’s plan to impose car parking charges. These charges will devastate business in the village, as it will do nothing but ensure that shoppers will no longer use the local baker, the butcher or the village fruit shop – they will simply drive to Morrison’s where they can park for free. The local UKIP candidates and I are right behind the residents in their opposition to this crazy proposal.
I then headed off to Leicester to campaign for our candidate in the by-election, Abhijit Pandya, and we seem to be holding our own in a difficult constituency. The following morning it was off to Belfast to campaign for both Fred McGlade and Henry Reilly in both North Down and South Down respectively. The feeling on the ground is that both are in with a very good chance of getting elected, so fingers crossed.
Finally, today, a team of about twenty-five North West UKIP members drove over the border to campaign in North Wales for our excellent candidate Nathan Gill. With opinion polls looking positive, let’s hope we see Nathan elected to the Welsh Assembly.
May 5th could prove a very interesting day for the party.
I always believed we had a chance of taking seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly and therefore I pushed for the party to take this year’s election seriously. I believe that the party’s commitment to Northern Ireland will pay dividends and we will secure an excellent result on May 5th. Our candidates and members are in bullish mood and are up for an active and tiring last week of the campaign.
Finally, knowing all the candidates as I do, I can honestly say that they would all do the party and their constituents proud if they were elected to Stormont on election day.
Last night, I witnessed one of the most biased, politically motivated and unfair pieces of television I have ever come across. It will come as no surprises that the issue was global warming and the broadcaster was the BBC, which is not known for its impartiality when dealing with the subject. Indeed, even one the BBC’s most esteemed news presenters has confirmed bias exists within the organisation: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1350206/BBC-propaganda-machine-climate-change-says-Peter-Sissons.html
The programme, titled Meet the Climate Sceptics, was supposed to be an attempt by the BBC to ‘take us to the heart’ of the sceptic movement. Instead, what it did was to purposely paint sceptics as oddballs and misfits. For example, the silly music, the patronising presenter and the blatant dodgy editing were all attempts to dilute the sceptic’s message. Please take a look for yourself at the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00y5j3v
I wonder if the BBC would be so kind to commission a rebuttal to this programme, and they could start with something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVLBnhSu4TY
I have to ask, with the British people becoming increasingly sceptical about man-made global warming and hot on the heels of Climategate, is it any wonder that the BBC commissioned such a film? I think not.
Political correctness marches on as vast majority of people in this country tut, roll their eyes and get on with their everyday lives.
This week has been a good week for the PC brigade. Firstly, Christian hoteliers, Peter and Rosemary Bull lost a court case in Bristol, which was brought by two homosexual men who took exception because the couple refused to allow them to sleep in the same bed. What a complete joke. Aren’t people allowed to live by their religious beliefs in the country anymore? It seems not, especially if those beliefs clash with ‘modern’ views, which the PC ‘luvies’ constantly tell us, represents ‘progress.’ Progress in whose eyes I ask?
The second victory for the ‘right-on’ PC bunch came with the sacking on football pundit Andy Gray. Gray and his colleague Richard Keys were accused of ‘sexism’ after they cracked a few harmless jokes about a woman linesman – oops sorry, I mean referees assistant (more PC tosh). Gray was partaking in something we call ‘banter’ in football circles, and it is what gets said on the terraces and down the pub. It’s not as if he said it live on air, but then again, so what if he had, it’s no worse than the way the Loose Women show regularly mocks men. I think we all need to get a sense of humour, put what Gray said into perspective, and become a little bit more thick-skinned.
The world’s gone mad, and until we all stand up to these PC mind-benders, it will only get worse.
I very rarely get upset about the news. We live in bad world where people commit the most inhumane crimes, but this one really made me feel physically sick, so much so that I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about it.
Darren Newton tortured and murdered fifteen-month old baby boy Charlie Hunt, and this wicked individual even filmed the child in pain on his mobile phone. He gave the videos names like “squeezing toe in cot”, “two minutes of pain” and one called “shivering no water” when he left the poor baby in a bath freezing with no water. He also filmed himself “happy slapping” the helpless little boy thirteen times.
What makes this case even sadder is that the innocent and beautiful child still reached out lovingly to Newton, even though he was physically abusing him. One day, last November, innocent little Charlie was hit with such “blunt force” that he suffered convulsions and died at the hands of this evil character.
Yesterday, Newton was jailed for at least 25 years.
Personally, I think he is getting off lightly. I would like to see child murderers like Newton hang by the neck till dead. However, in the absence of this choice, due to our government’s refusal to hold referendums and EU law, life should at least mean life. And I don’t mean life in his own personal cell with a TV, access to a library, computers, a pool table and cigarettes, I mean a downtrodden squalid existence that would teach any would-be Newton that if you hurt children in this way, you are going to suffer immeasurably for a very long time.
Sorry folks, we all know the answer to stopping crimes like this in this country, but the problem is that successive governments won’t do anything about it because the answer is very, very Right wing.
I recently attended ball in aid of the Help for Heroes campaign with a number of UKIP members here in the North West, including my Regional Chairman Phil Griffiths.
Although we all had a great evening, there was a far more important reason for us to attend, which is to show our support for the great work our Armed Forces do for us.
Help for Heroes is a charity which offers help to those who have fought for our country and have not been lucky enough to return from the conflict unhurt. Please log on to http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ and donate because I think we all agree that these people really are Britain’s heroes.
So David Cameron caved in and agreed to a 2.9% increase in the EU budget. The European Parliament wanted 6%, but Mr Cameron thought that he had negotiated this rise back down to just under 3%. Bravo, it would seem. However, this was a bit different from the freeze, or even cut, that he was promising when writing in last Sunday’s Mail. Of course when Cameron was writing that article, he knew he had to appeal not only to his own membership, which is broadly Eurosceptic, but also to the British public whose scepticism about the European project grows almost daily. In the article, Mr Cameron could not help himself, for he ‘over-egged the pudding’ and made wild and baseless claims that he could not meet. He therefore he had not only showed his hand before the summit, he had also spun himself into a corner from which he could only emerge as the loser. On this evidence, I suspect he wouldn’t be much use at poker.
Anyway, Cameron arrived in Brussels on Thursday, as did I. As Nigel Farage could not make it to the summit, I was given the ‘pass’ which is allotted to the EFD group, which meant that I could get into the building and actively put myself around to do media interviews. It was vital that I had the EFD pass because otherwise there would have been no alternative opinion to counter what was going on at the summit. The press were only interested because I was there in the building, which highlights to me the importance of UKIP being in the EFD group, as without that I would have been left on the peripheries and UKIP’s voice would never have been aired. On the Thursday alone I did BBC News (6pm and 10pm), ITN (which I believe went out on Channel 5 News), Sky News, Radio Four PM Show, Radio Five Live and Talk Sport. On Friday I did a number of local radio interviews and also Radio Four’s World at One. In terms of the print press, we appeared in the Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph. I was also asked to go on Newsnight, but as I was in Brussels, it made sense for Nigel Farage to do it, as he could easily get into the studio for a live interview. All in all, it was a massive media hit for UKIP and the press officers and researchers deserve all the credit for their hard work.
Anyway, it was Friday lunchtime when Mr Cameron held a press conference and declared that ‘6% is dead.’ He claimed that he had scored a great victory for Britain by getting a decision that would ensure the EU budget would be the 2.9% agreed by Europe’s Finance Ministers in August and not the 6% the European Parliament voted for in October.
Following the press conference, I headed off to a ‘Conference of Presidents’ meeting with the President of the Council, Hermann Van Rompuy, which was confined to European Parliament group presidents or their representatives. I was there representing the EFD. In that meeting, Mr Van Rompuy seemed to contradict everything Mr Cameron had said to the British press. It was fascinating. I asked Mr Van Rompuy, who seems a pleasant enough man, whether Mr Cameron had ‘jumped the gun’ in claiming 6% was dead and declaring that he had scored a great victory for Britain. Mr Van Rompuy made it perfectly clear that ‘no decision’ had been taken by the council and that the EU budget was not within its ‘competence’ anyway. He also said that the council merely offered an ‘opinion’ and that negotiations will start with the parliament this coming Wednesday, which is called a ‘conciliatory period.’
So Mr Cameron’s great victory was an ‘opinion’, not even from the council as a whole, but the 12 leaders who favour a reduction, which is less than half. The parliament is clearly unhappy about the ‘opinion’ and will, I suspect play hard-ball, as Mr Schultz, the President of the Socialist Group made clear in yesterday’s newspapers saying that that Mr Cameron’s claim was ‘nonsense’ and that he was ‘setting himself up for a bloody nose.’
Let me be clear: Cameron has not secured a 2.9% increase in the EU Budget and he lost on every count in Brussels. He first promised a cut or freeze in the budget, he did not get that. Then he claimed he had a decision on 2.9% which turns out to be an opinion and now leading members of the European Parliament, like Mr Schultz, have made it clear they are hell-bent on scuppering his plan. Mr Cameron can spin all he likes, but he was outplayed at the summit by seasoned European politicians who know how to get what they want out of the ludicrously complicated system. Sadly, once again, Britain will be the loser and somewhere close to the tune of an extra £500 million I suspect.
The question I will finish by asking is: how long can this really go on?
Well it seems as if Janusz Lewandowski, the Polish EU Budget Commissioner, has dropped David Cameron and Nick Clegg right in it. Mr Lewandowski, in a brief moment of honesty, has admitted that the plans for Brussels to have tax raising powers should trigger a referendum in the UK, as it would break the Mr Cameron’s pledge not to hand over power to the EU without a vote. The commissioner said that “it needs ratification because it is the prerogative of a national state to set its own taxes.” Clear as day, wouldn’t you say?
I have never really subscribed to the “worse is better” ideal, but in this case, “worse” just might be the catalyst to giving us the referendum we want.
Above are two chambers which look scarily alike and have a lot in common.
One is a sham assembly which has no real power and is designed to create a facade of democracy when none really exists. It pays no attention to the will of the people and is prepared to trample all over democracy if it further entrenches the power of the political elite. This chamber cannot initiate any of its own legislation and takes orders from an all-powerful unelected group of people who meet in secret and have ambitions to control almost every aspect of our lives.
The other is the USSR’s Supreme Soviet.