There is much going on in the World at the moment and especially in UK Politics as the parties start their engines ready for the main campaign period. Below are three recent press releases from UKIP;
Failure of the Electoral Commission;
It’s time to see the end of the failing Electoral Commission
UKIP leader Nigel Farage today called for the abolition and replacement of the Electoral Commission. He was speaking at the party’s South West Spring Conference in Torquay when he made his demand.
“The Electoral Commission is failing in all its key duties” he said.
“It has allowed the electoral register to shrink at a time of rising population. It has sanctioned joke and spoiler parties, which only last year had a material impact on the outcome of the European Elections, costing UKIP at least two seats. The Electoral Commission’s creation was brought about to stop exactly these sorts of issues and ensure the transparent and proper operation of democracy. It has acted in a seemingly partial way when it comes to electoral donations, letting the Liberal Democrats get away with a £2.4m gift from a criminal, whilst chasing UKIP through the Supreme Court over an administrative oversight.
“And it has presided over wholesale and avoidable fraud in the postal voting system, skewing results in many seats across the country and permitting intimidation of voters and the distortion of electoral outcomes. These are the sorts of democratic failings that would make even a banana republic blush.
“Yes, it is true that many of these impacts are specifically targeted at UKIP, but that is neither here nor there.
“It is a failed and deeply unaccountable institution and needs to be completely removed and replaced.”
Defence and an EU Army;
Mike Hookem condemns plans for a EU Army
Mike Hookem, UKIP’s Defence Spokesman, today condemned Jean Claude Junker’s calls for a European Union Army saying the plans would be an “utter disaster for the UK.”
Mr Hookem, who sits on the Defence Committee in the European Parliament, said, “UKIP have been ridiculed for years and branded scaremongers for suggesting that the UK’s traditional parties were slowly relinquishing control of our defence and moving toward a European Army. However, yet again, UKIP’s predictions have been proved correct.”
“A European Army would be a tragedy for the UK. We have all seen the utter mess the EU has made of the Eurozone economy, so how can we even think of trusting them with this island’s defence. This is simply a disaster in the making that would see Gibraltar returned to Spain, and the Falkland Islands left open to an unopposed invasion by Argentina. Even more concerning would be the prospect of British troops, under European command operating in the Eastern Ukraine.”
“As an island nation, with interests around the world, we must have our own armed forces that are equipped and trained to protect our people, our interests and our economy. This is why unlike the Lib-Lab-Con, who are complicit in the disastrous European experiment, UKIP will oppose the creation of a European Army; meet the 2% of GDP, NATO defence spending target and return our armed forces strength to the pre 2010 defence cuts personnel levels.”
UKIP has been warning about the desires of the European Union for well over a decade, since the St Malo Agreement signed by Tony Blair in 1998 which committed Britain to hard defence links with France. Despite denials by mainstream British politicians the ambitions of the European Union to have its own fighting army was made clear by then Commission President Romano Prodi when he said, “If you don’t want to call it a European army, don’t call it a European army. You can call it ‘Margaret’, you can call it ‘Mary-Anne’, you can find any name, but it is a joint effort for peace-keeping missions – the first time you have a joint, not bilateral, effort at European level,” in February 2000.
This denial and dishonesty amongst our political class was repeated as late as April last year when Nick Clegg accused Nigel Farage of peddling a “dangerous fantasy that is simply not true” when Farage claimed that Europe wanted its own “Army and Navy”.
Latest figures on immigration;
UKIP Migration spokesman responds to new figures that show 576% rise in poorest Europeans registering for work
UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: “These figures are the result of the politically driven migration policies of the Labour and Conservative parties who are determined follow a European integrationist agenda at all costs. The outcome is a UK labour market which is not fair to British workers, who experience wage compression caused by competition from workers from the poorest east European countries.
“To stop this UKIP wants to one, leave the EU, two introduce a moratorium on low-skilled labour for five years and three support new technologies to count those going in and out of this country. We also propose an Australian-style points system – a measured and proven method of controlling skilled immigration – as part of our fair and ethical manifesto pledge on migration.
“This is UKIP’s answer to stopping the inexorable rise in east European economic immigration into the UK. Voters have to ask the other political parties to come clean about theirs”
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