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Well said Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said what we all know: multiculturalism doesn’t work.

To read more and listen to Merkel’s comments, please follow the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11559451

Multiculturalism has been little more than a failed experiment, born out of the 1970 s, which was always doomed to fail. It was pushed by the hard-Left on a nation that was uncomfortable with its position in the world and weakened by post-colonial guilt. As a result of this silly and outdated policy, Britain has ended up with inner city ghettos, divided communities and a fractured society.

It is surely common sense to encourage immigrants to mix and learn the language of the indigenous population, for this is the only way we can achieve full integration and have cohesive communities. Instead, successive governments have encouraged different communities to practice separate cultures and speak different languages, which promotes differences, suspicion and therefore division within society.

I believe a multiracial Britain to be a good thing, but multiculturalism has been seriously damaging to the fabric of British society. The policy needs to be ditched as soon as possible.

The 42

So only 42 MPs voted to reduce the EU Budget by supporting Douglas Carswell s amendment in the House of Commons last night. The gallant few are listed here:

Baker, Steve Con Wycombe
Baron, Mr John Con Basildon and Billericay
Bebb, Guto Con Aberconwy
Bingham, Andrew Con Hign Peak
Binley, Mr Brian High Peak
Blackman, Bob Con Harrow East
Carswell, Mr Douglas Con Clacton
Chope, Mr Christopher Con Christchurch
Clappison, Mr James Con Hertsmere
Cox, Mr Geoffrey Con Torridge and West Devon
Cryer, John Lab Leyton and Wanstead
Davidson, Mr Ian Lab Glasgow South West
Davis, rh Mr David Con Monmouth
de Bois, Nick Con Enfield
Dinenage, Caroline Con Gosport
Dodds, rh Mr Nigel DUP Belfast North
Donaldson, rh Mr Jeffrey M. DUP Lagan valley
Eustice, George Con Camborne and Redruth
Goldsmith, Zac Con Richmond
Halfon, Robert Con Harlow
Heaton-Harris, Chris Con Daventry
Henderson, Gordon Con Sittingbourbe and Sheppy
Hopkins, Kelvin Lab Luton North
Latham, Pauline Con Mid Derbyshire
Lewis, Dr Julian Con New Forest East
Main, Mrs Anne Con St Albans
McCartney, Jason Con Colne valley
McCartney, Karl Con Lincoln
Mosley, Stephen Con City of Chester
Nuttall, Mr David Con Bury North
Percy, Andrew Con Brigg and Goole
Reckless, Mark Con Rochester and Strood
Redwood, rh Mr John Con Wokingham
Reevell, Simon Con Dewsbury
Skinner, Mr Dennis Lab Bolsover
Stephenson, Andrew Con Pendle
Stewart, Bob Con Beckenham
Stuart, Ms Gisela Lab Birmingham Edgebaston
Stuart, Mr Graham Con Beverly and Holderness
Turner, Mr Andrew Con Isle of Wight
Vickers, Martin Con Cleethorpes
Walker, Mr Charles Con Broxborne
Mr Peter Bone Con Wellingborough
Mr Philip Hollobone Con Kettering

The government had advised that members should vote against the amendment because obviously Mr Cameron is at ease with the fact that British money is helping to build motorways in Romania and sewage systems in Poland, especially when there is to be severe cuts in our own country. Explain that one to electorate. To those who voted to reduce the budget, I say well done. To those who did not, shame on you.

The Tory Conference

toryconfWe had some great fun today at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. The North West UK Independence Party took a minibus of volunteers down and I thought it only right that I should get myself down to Birmingham and support the work of the activists from my own constituency.

We gave out over 500 leaflets to delegates explaining that David Cameron is a keen supporter of Turkey joining the European Union. We were surprised by the enthusiastic response we were getting and many delegates made comments such as “keep up the good work lads” and “we voted for you in the European Election.” The experience did nothing to dispel my long held belief that the Tory membership are in broad support of UKIP’s stance when it comes to the European Union. The problem we have is convincing them that their own party, which they have emotional ties to, is never going to alter its position and will continue to take them for fools by playing the Eurosceptic card every five years for the European Election.

Anyway, a very positive day and we got the UKIP message out there.

Back Home…

I have just arrived home from my ‘summer’ holiday in Portugal. I had no time to get away during the summer months, as the job of Party Chairman ensured that I remained glued to my desk. It was a busy time with the NEC election to oversee, the Party Conference to organise and Lord Pearson’s shock decision to stand aside as the leader of the party. Anyway, we finally got away, had great weather, enjoyed the food, particularly the sardines, and had an opportunity to relax.

Although I have been following UK politics from afar, I was gobsmacked to see Ed Milliband win the Labour leadership election. It is even more shocking because he won the crown without winning the support of the Labour MPs and MEPs or the membership as a whole. ‘Red Ed’, the media have christened him, was only elected because of trade union votes, which make up a third of the total electorate. If anyone criticises UKIP’s leadership election process, which is simple first past the post, then I will simply point to madness that is the Labour system whereby a party can end up with a leader that it doesn’t want.

Finally I also returned home to some sad news, which is that my colleague and friend Nick Hogan has suffered a stroke. Nick is a well-known UKIP activist here in the North West; he has a sharp political mind and is great fun to be around. We all have our fingers crossed that he will make a full recovery and will be back in his Land Rover trumpeting the cause around the region sooner rather than later. Rest up and get well Nick.

The Referendum Campaign

Last week I was asked whether I would be willing to get involved with a new campaign for a referendum on our membership of the European Union. Once I had a meeting with those involved, I was confident that not only would it be the right thing to do, but also that this campaign could become a major force in the near future. I therefore signed up straight away.

peterstreetpaulThe idea of the campaign is to bring people together, regardless of their political affiliations, in an effort to press the government for an in or out referendum on our membership of the European Union. It will hopefully act as an ‘umbrella’ organisation to bring many of the anti-EU pressure groups together behind the cause for a referendum.

As nobody of my own generation has ever had the opportunity to say whether we want to remain members of the EU, I personally don’t think that a referendum is too much to ask. Moreover, as the most recent opinion poll has shown, the majority of the public want the UK to leave the EU, thus proving that the people are going in a completely different direction to the political establishment on this issue. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the political elite do not want the people to have a vote on our EU membership because they would not like the result.

I am so enthused by this campaign that I have agreed to sit on the Advisory Council alongside Conservative MEP Dan Hannan, John Mills from the Labour Safeguards Campaign and Brian Denny from the trade unions. I am also pleased that Peter Street, who has been a big supporter of UKIP over the years and with who I met last week, is also involved in the campaign.

If anyone is interested in joining the campaign and signing the pledge, alongside the thousands who already have done, then please log on to www.eureferendumcampaign.com and let’s start putting pressure on the establishment to give us the referendum that we rightly deserve.

Count Me Out

When Nigel Farage resigned as Party Leader at the Southport Conference last year, I thought long and hard about whether to stand for the leadership of the party. I was approached by MEPs, NEC members, Regional Organisers and large number of Branch Chairmen encouraging me to go for it. In the end, after much agonising, I decided that the time was not right. In hindsight, I think I made the right decision.

It is a year on and I find myself in the same position because Lord Pearson has vacated the position of Party Leader and the search is once again on for a replacement. The big difference this time is that I don’t have to think long and hard about whether to stand or not, as I have absolutely no intention of putting my name forward for the leadership of UKIP.

My reasons for this decision are simple: I am committed to a huge amount of public meetings in the North West over the coming year, as well as helping to oversee some overdue restructuring in the region. I also want to spend a lot of time in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland campaigning for the assembly and parliamentary elections next year, as well as putting myself forward once again for my local council.

I wish whoever decides to stand for the leadership of our party all the very best of luck. They have my respect and full support.

Lord Pearson: The Honourable Politician

Honourable politicians are few and far between, but until today, one led the UK Independence Party.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch stepped down as our Party Leader today, and contrary to some of the rumours doing the rounds on the internet, it came as a shock to many of us. I was asked just the other day about the future of UKIP and I reiterated my belief that Lord Pearson’s ambitious proposals to professionalise and re-structure the party machine were imperative if we were to move up to the next level. Whoever wins this winter’s leadership election must be committed to such changes, for I firmly believe that our party has out-grown its current day structure.

Lord Pearson was also as honest as the day is long, some would say too honest, and he did not care much for the intricacies of the UKIP manifesto, as was shown by his interview on the Campaign Show. Lord P was a throw-back to a by-gone era, a cause man, not a party man, and it was refreshing. For him, getting out of the European Union meant everything and he didn’t care how we did it. Whether it was deals with Labour or the Conservatives, it did not matter if it took us a step closer to extricating ourselves from the ‘octopus’, as he describes it, that is Brussels.

Although UKIP lost its leader today, it hasn’t lost Lord P. He has given a commitment that he will continue to work “flat out” in the House of Lords as a UKIP peer and will continue to raise money for the party. There is also no doubt in my mind that the party’s loss is the causes’ gain and Lord P will campaign even harder for the referendum we so richly deserve, now that he is free from the shackles of party leadership.

As the Party Chairman, I will now have the unenviable task of overseeing a second leadership election in a year: a task I would not wish on my worst enemy.

Honey Something

A UKIP North West member telephoned me today to inform me that someone called “Honey something” has attacked me on her blog. “Honey something” turns out to be Mary Honeyball, a Labour MEP from London and someone I wouldn’t know if I tripped over her in the street, or in the parliament.

On her blog, she asserts that I have the worst attendance record of any British MEP during plenary sessions in the European Parliament (58%). I said before I was elected that I would only go to Brussels for important votes, when I might, albeit very rarely, be able to stop powers being transferred from Britain to Brussels. However, Honeyball and her Labour associates consistently stab this country in the back and vote in favour of much of this nonsense; indeed, sometimes, they even write it. So excuse me if I don’t turn up to vote about tractor parts in Sweden or to show solidarity with some far flung country that is having a hard time I prefer to work in my constituency.

Another reason I go to Brussels is to give speeches on behalf of my constituents, which also benefits the party, as local newspapers pick them up. This year I have spoken about car parking charges in Congelton, bin collections in Bootle, flood relief for Cumbria and job losses on the Wirral. All good local issues. I also ask local UKIP branches if there is anything they would like me to raise on their behalf and I try my best to do so. According to my colleague Gerard Batten, Honeyball has only spoken in the parliament once since being re-elected in June 2009 and it wasn’t about her constituency or even her country, it was about Italy! So come on Mary, what are you actually doing to earn your crust?

Sorry, but the sooner Mary and I get our P45’s the better. The difference is, I want it and she doesn’t.

The Clarity of Experience

In yesterday s Commons sketch in the Daily Telegraph, it was said that the  Ghost of Churchill  stalked the prisons debate. Mark Menzies, a Conservative MP from Fylde, which is in my own region, reminded MPs that 100 years to the day, Winston Churchill, the then Home Secretary, announced that  the mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of any country.   The response from fellow Conservative MP, Crispin Blunt, was that this statement was made when Churchill  was in his Liberal phase.

Indeed, Churchill was a leading light in the Liberal Party in Edwardian England and at this time he also advocated sending fewer people to prison, just like our current Justice Secretary Ken Clarke. Interestingly, Churchill was thirty-five when he made the above statement.

Therefore I would like also remind readers of a another Churchill quote in relation to this:  If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.

Proof that clarity comes with experience.

My Attendance Record

Today’s Daily Telegraph claims my attendance record in the European Parliament is terrible. Alongside UKIP MEPs, David Campbell Bannerman and Godfrey Bloom, my attendance record at plenary sessions is the lowest of any British MEP. I’ll hold my hands up, as my attendance record is flaky to say the least. But so what? I treat Brussels with the contempt it deserves: it has no real democratic mandate and MEPs only exist as a pretence to make the EU look democratic, when in fact we all know it is not. I also keep abreast of what is going on out there through the work of the excellent UKIP staff. So as I always say, one does not have to be in the joke shop to know the jokes.

The think tank Open Europe believes that this is just too awful. They say “British MEPs are paid an awful lot of money to defend the interests of UK voters in Europe but it’s pretty difficult to do that if they don’t turn up to vote. Helping to fight the general election campaign is all very well but MEPs’ first duty is to make sure that EU laws coming out of the European Parliament are good for the UK.”

My point is that although I have the worst attendance record, I am certainly not the worst MEP. Rather than go to Brussels, sit on useless committees, claim my £200+ ‘daily allowance’ and bleed off the British taxpayer, I work in my constituency, hold public meetings and take up matters on behalf of constituents. I also have a mandate to do this, as I said openly during the European Election campaign that would only go to Brussels for important votes, nothing more and nothing less. The voters knew what they were getting, and judging by the responses that come back to my office, the constituents seem happy with the work I do.