We all know that tragedies – terrorist and otherwise – are unfolding every day but one country it is easy to overlook in terms of terrible hardship is Greece.
The country is partway through its third eurozone bailout programme and it has come as no surprise to anyone that it has not gone smoothly. It has been teetering on the brink of economic collapse for so long that most people in this country scarcely give it a thought.
The on-going financial crisis has ruined the lives of tens of thousands of ordinary people and while politicians and finance chiefs bicker, residents of the land, famed for being the cradle of Western civilisation, struggle to get by.
The future does not look good for Greece and its plight highlights why we were so right in the UK to vote for Brexit and why not joining the eurozone was an immensely sensible decision for us. Continue reading Greek tragedy ongoing→
Jean -Claude Juncker’s revenge threats to campaign for the break up of the United States shows the bitter desperation of Eurocrats to stop their own union collapsing.
Apparently the EU Commission president’s remarks that he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if Donald Trump does not become more supportive of the EU were not meant to be taken literally.
But it does reveal how worried Juncker et al are, not just about Brexit, but the very possible knock on effect on some of the remaining 27 member states.
I personally have no doubt that as we progress along the bumpy road to regaining our independence, which we were tricked into relinquishing four decades ago, people in other EU countries will look on enviously and may well follow in our courageous footsteps.
Now that Durban has been stripped of hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games I have no doubt that Liverpool should be considered a serious contender for the role.
I have been calling for the city to be the venue for these prestigious Games for several years and now the opportunity has sprung up four years sooner than anticipated Liverpool should fight tooth and nail to be the host.
I am glad that Mayor Joe Anderson has told the government he will challenge any attempt to gift the Games to Manchester or London instead of proper transparent process taking place to select the final city.
I have long argued that hosting the Games would be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Liverpool to the world and let everyone know what a terrific city it is. It is virtually unrecognisable from even a decade ago and is a leading tourist destination for people from all over this country and beyond. Continue reading Commonwealth Games→
Britain is firmly on the path to leaving the EU and that is a journey that everyone in the country needs to make together after the majority vote for Brexit.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has had trouble with this concept though and has argued for an independent Scotland to be an EU member.
She’s apparently changed tack now; having been told they would be at the back of the queue, amid EU fears that such a breakaway move would reinforce the independence desire of other separatists, such as the Catalonians and Basques in Spain. Continue reading Scotland and Brexit→
I see bitter George Osborne is still trying to paint the future black after we leave the EU when in fact it is the best decision the people of this country have ever made.
He has falsely claimed to business leaders that leaving the European Union without a trade deal would amount to “the biggest act of protectionism in British history.”
Well I, and the majority in the UK, disagree. Last year China, Russia, the USA, Japan, India, and Brazil exported goods to the value of €845.1 billion to the EU – and none of these countries has a trade agreement with the EU.
We want to continue trading with Europe – and let’s not forget it is businesses that do the trading – but we will benefit enormously by being able to have our own trade deals with other countries, many of which are more than keen on such a prospect.
Residents are right to be very concerned following revelations that Bolton Council have introduced 300 new slimline waste bins which feature controversial microchips.
Although the council claim that they don’t have the software in place to use the microchips, I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before some bright-spark Labour councillor recommends that some expensive software package is put into place.
I’m also in no doubt that the council would then look to recoup the procurement cost by rolling out automatic charges – activated by the microchips – if households put too much waste in their bin.
Residents expect the council to empty their bins. They don’t expect to be snooped on in the process.
If Bolton Council really have no intention to use microchipped bins in the future they should get their act into gear now and locate the 300 microchipped bins currently in place and remove them at once.
I am delighted that MPs have given early support for “Helen’s Law’ which the mum of murder victim Helen McCourt has long campaigned for.
This would deny killers parole if they will not reveal where their victims’ remains are and while these cases are in the minority of murder cases it is a really important issue.
Helen’s mum, Marie McCourt, from St Helens, Merseyside, has never been able to find peace in her heart since her 22-year-old daughter was murdered by pub licensee Ian Simms. Continue reading Helens Law welcomed→
Proposals by Oldham Council to charge residents £15 for a permit to park on their own road is nothing short of daylight robbery. These new parking permits won’t even guarantee residents their own space outside their home. It’s an absolute con and the council know it.
Parking at Royal Oldham Hospital costs as much as £8 a day. This tax on the sick forced regular visitors to the hospital to use areas such as Furtherwood Road, resulting in the introduction of the current permit system.
Perhaps instead of unscrupulous and opportune profiteering from Oldham Council to make more money off the motorist, the local authority should have consulted with Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust and negotiate ways to bring down the cost of parking.
£15 may not sound like a great deal right now but when you consider that motorists are already paying for road tax, fuel duty and council tax I’d say enough is enough. Also, who’s to say that this permit won’t be subject to the usual, inflation-busting year on year hikes that local councils are renown for?
Paul Nuttall MEP
UKIP Member of the European Parliament for the the North West of England