Nigel Farage has been condemned by the most of the political class – ie Lib/Lab/Con/Greens, for daring to suggest that we should not treat foreigners for free on the NHS and that we should not, like 46 other countries, admit foreigners who are HIV positive.
Let’s just have a look at the figures. The cost of treating an HIV positive patient is about £20,000 a year. Public Health England have estimated that there are over 100,000 people in the UK who are HIV positive, some 60% of whom are originally from Africa. The cost to the NHS to treat these patients with anti retroviral drugs alone is over £1 billion a year, and these numbers are continuing to rise.
In addition, 29% of people in a recent YouGov survey blamed health tourism for long waits at A&E.
The NHS has finite resources and it is a National Health Service – not an international one.
Is it not common sense to provide the very best treatments possible for those who have paid into the system and not provide foreign aid through a different means to the rest of the world?
It’s time we stop being politically correct and start saying what needs to be said to keep Britain Great.
Read this report on Guido Fawkes.
I today received this letter from a UKIP supporter:
When I went to visit my elderly mother this morning, I noticed that she had received a glossy pamphlet sent to her by name form Alex Cunningham, the sitting Labour MP for Stockton North. I believe this is the first time she has ever received anything from him.
My mam was born in 1926, the year of the General Strike. She was brought up in the 1930s in extreme poverty. After the war she married my father and worked as a cleaner in the NHS and he was a labourer at British Steel. They always voted Labour, as did all of their family and neighbours. It would have been unthinkable during the post-war decades for them to vote for anyone else.
My mother is now 88 years old, three years ago she had a stroke and only has the use of her left arm and needs 24 hour care. However, she is still very much mentally alert. This may be the last time she ever votes in a General Election. When I asked her who she was voting for she said UKIP. I asked her if she was sure and she said yes “because I like what they are trying to do”.
She understands that Labour once did a good job for working class people, but this was many years ago. Now people like my mother feel that ordinary people like her have been betrayed by Labour and recognise that UKIP offers the only alternative.
On April 1st, Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to end zero hours contracts that ‘undermine living standards and family life’.
What Mr Miliband omitted to mention is that many Labour run councils and 68 Labour MPs, including Stockton North’s MP Alex Cunningham, use zero hours contracts.
The spread of zero hours contracts is yet another symptom of the over-supply of labour for working class jobs because of open door immigration from the EU. Large employers have been able to bid down both pay and conditions because they know that workers can be found in southern and eastern Europe who will accept inferior terms.
UKIP believes in a blanket ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts together with a minimum notice period of 12 hours that must be given by a company as regards the next shift it needs a zero hours worker to do.
Also, after a year on a zero hours contract a worker should be entitled to demand a transfer to a fixed hours contract or permanent post. However, UKIP would exempt small businesses from this final point.
As you are probably aware, the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, was not invited to take part in last night’s programme on Sky, where David Cameron and Ed Miliband answered questions put to them by a studio audience.
Next week, we will be treated to the now infamous “seven way” debate – and further down the line, a Question Time style head to head. There’s even a grassroots petition calling for Nigel Farage to be included in this programme. (I’ve signed it. Have you?)
But what was clear from last night is that the two legacy parties are in complete agreement with one another:
- On Immigration
they want to continue with our open borders with the European Union;
- On Spending
they’ll all continue to increase Britain’s debt, and leave it to our children and grandchildren;
- On Defence
they want to cut our armed forces, yet keep sending them into foreign wars, under equipped;
- On Europe
they want continued membership, false “renegotiations”
- On Foreign Aid
they want to keep spending British money propping up foreign governments.
The list goes on and on, and on and on…
On May 7th, we have a chance to secure some REAL change. Make sure you’re registered to vote for that change.
I have been contact my a number of constituents who have requested that, if elected, I become a Breast Cancer Ambassador. Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer are uniting this spring to become the leading national breast cancer charity. The charities are committed to improving the treatment, support and care of people affected by breast cancer. The campaigning work is guided and informed by the views and experiences of people living with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Ambassadors take action for people affected by breast cancer in the constituency and do what they can to help to put an end to women dying from this disease. For example, I could raise the issue of breast cancer with our local health bodies and attend events in Parliament or in our constituency.
I know that Breast Cancer is a disease which touches so many lives and families and I would like to do what I can to help those affected, so yesterday I decided to promise to become a Breast Cancer Ambassador. This morning, I received the following confirmation:
I just wanted to reply on Mia’s behalf to say thank you so much for your response, it’s fantastic to hear that you’d like to become a Breast Cancer Ambassador in the next Parliament.
We’ve noted your response and we will be in touch with Ambassadors after the election to suggest a variety of ways in which you can take action to help us to overcome breast cancer throughout the next Parliament. If you have any questions or would like any more information before then, please just let me know.
Thank you again, we’re so grateful to have your support and look forward to working with you in the future.
Policy and Campaigns Assistant
I received this letter from a UKIP supporter who grew up in Hardwick.
I do appreciate that Labour turned up along with Ted, Gordon, John and myself. I know that you were in Blackpool that night (NB: I was at the UKIP North West conference in Blackpool which had all been prebooked.)
But after what Mr Cunningham said that night, my scepticism of Labour is even more intense.
I am from Hardwick myself. My mam and dad were one of the first families to move to that estate – I think in the late 50s, before I was born. I used to be a regular in the Sheraton Pub and when my dad died in 1999 we had his wake in there. It makes my blood boil the way that Labour have betrayed working class people and have muscled in on the threatened closure of the last pub on the Hardwick estate, when it was Ted and Gordon who stood up and spoke for local people.
I don’t believe that Cooke and Cunningham give a damn about the Sheraton pub and the people who live on Hardwick. The people I grew up with and most of my family still live there. I hope that you win Stockton North and give these people an MP who really cares and will stand up for them.
Unions have dismissed the Government’s fast-tracking of a compensation scheme for energy intensive industries in last week’s Budget, claiming the move will be a mere “blip” on company balance sheets of Teesside’s heavy industries (Gazette, 20th March).
The UK’s energy intensive manufacturing and chemical industries have been crippled in recent years by exorbitant energy bills caused by so-called green energy subsidies and the Carbon Trading scheme, imposed on companies by the Climate Change Act 2008. It is already too late to save some of our industry now – it has already moved to China and India where the EU Climate Change rules do not apply.
Ironically this move leads to an increase in global carbon emissions as the environmental standards in these countries are so much lower than those in the UK. China is still building cheap coal fired power stations at the rate of one per week! These moves result in both a loss of jobs in the UK and a loss of exports from the UK.
Roy Rickhuss, of the Stand up for Steel campaign, states that this is not a party political issue. However, I would say that it is. Only UKIP will repeal the Climate Change Act 2008 which costs the economy £18bn a year. UKIP will also abolish green taxes and charges in order to reduce fuel bills.
A team of Ukippers attended a meeting at the Sheraton Pub in Hardwick, this evening. The Sheraton is the last remaining pub in Hardwick, and the regular pub goers are concerned that their community pub is to be sold to be turned into a nursery. Members of the community have launched a “Save the Sheraton” campaign on Facebook and you can view it here.
We in UKIP are no strangers to Save the Pub Campaigns, and you can view Nigel’s opinions on our local pubs here:
Unfortunately I couldn’t be present as I am in Blackpool for the UKIP North West Spring Conference. However, to show support, the meeting was attended by the UKIP regional organiser Gordon Parkin, John Leathley, UKIP PPC for Sedgefield and Ted Strike, UKIP PPC for Stockton South.
John and Gordon spoke to me after the event. John said that Alex Cunningham, the current Stockton North Labour MP, attended and gave speech where he outlined his intention to contact a brewery which owned a viable pub for advice on what could be done to save the Sheraton. However, Mr Cunningham was shouted down by irate members of the audience who apparently felt that he was all talk and no substance.
Gordon Parkin spoke to those assembled and was well received with a great round of applause. Mr. Cunningham accused Gordon of saying that planners were receiving back-handers, but Gordon said no such thing. Other UKIP members present stood up and talked about writing letters individually to the planning committee to do their best to make sure that local views were taken into account. It is UKIP policy to always work in the best interests of local people.
Of course, Mr Cunningham has form with his insults. He agreed with his leader, Gordon Brown, that he was right to refer to Gillian Duffy as “that bigoted woman” when she questioned him on immigration. He only apologised to Mrs Duffy when he was forced to do so by his party leadership. And regular readers will recall the dreadful letter he sent me, full of nasty insinuations, which I received soon after I was selected by UKIP members to be the PPC for Stockton North.
Since writing the above, a UKIP councillor in Portsmouth, Julie Swan, has advised me of an update to the NPPF (National Policy Planning Framework) which now contains several national policies which are protective of pubs, most notably a requirement that planning authorities should guard against the loss of valued community facilities like pubs.
Two recent decisions by Planning Inspectors demonstrate the power and value of the NPPF for pub campaigners. Read more here.