Members enjoying a visit to Brussels and the European Parliament

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PFI

Sir,

Why use PFI’s in the first place, EDP 6th July.
Cast your mind back to a Labour chancellor, Gordon Brown, who was in a muddle with our country’s finances.
The EU had a rule that no country should run a deficit greater than 3% of GDP.
The only way to continue spending was to devise the PFI, private finance initiative.
So the blame for these extremely expensive mistakes lay firmly at the door of the EU, and a spendthrift chancellor.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Baker,
Treasurer UK I P North Norfolk Constituency.

Get tougher on thieves

Sir,

Secretary avoids prison … EDP July 4th.

Trust is one of the bedrocks of a decent, civilised, society. Thieving undermines this trust and should be dealt with accordingly.
Whether it be a large sum or petty shoplifting it all undermines trust.
Those in positions of authority who steal from charities are near the bottom of the pile.
What use is a sentence of 8 months in prison SUSPENDED for 2 years.
Wake up ‘law and order’ and smell the coffee.

Michael Baker,
Treasurer UKIP North Norfolk Constituency.

Eastern Daily Press – Published 10th July 2018

What don’t you get about vote?

Dear Sir,

I note that the deluge of anti-brexit letters continues. What exactly is it about democracy that Remainers do not understand? It was a clear victory for Leavers on both the current “first past the post” system and on the proportional representation basis favoured by many especially LibDem supporters. Are they just bad losers or is it their aim to destroy our respect for the democratic process for ever?

Yours faithfully,
David Ramsbotham

Eastern Daily Press – Published 5 July 2018

Why we still need UKIP

Sir,

I am regularly being asked the question, “is there any point in UKIP now?”
The short answer is, of course there is, but this needs to expanded upon.
Firstly although a majority voted to quit the EU in a referendum around 2 years ago we are still far from achieving the will of the people. UKIP needs to be around to keep the message current and promote any issues as they arise.
Secondly when we have finally withdrawn completely from the grips of the EU the country needs to look at its own internal politics. The Green Party are a sideline group, the LibDems have more or less imploded and Labour has moved so far to the left as to become, nationally, unelectable. The Conservatives live to support big business and the hugely wealthy. For the rest of the working population and the retired any crumbs that fall to them are as a result of conservative policies designed for the super rich. We need a party who is willing to look after the working population who create the current wealth and the retired population who have created the carried forward wealth.

We need to ditch some of the more ridiculous policies , for instance the idea of a legally binding 0.7% of GDP being given in foreign aid. It often goes no further than the government to whom it is given and often to those who are already wealthy countries. In its place, and as we will then be able to make our own decisions as to whom we trade with, we would introduce trade deals where the aid would go in fair prices to the farmers and manufacturers in third world countries. In this way the help would go directly to those people who would benefit and need the support.
Yes there is an on-going need for UKIP and particularly with the current intransigence of the Government’s Brexit negotiating team.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Baker,

Treasurer UKIP North Norfolk Constituency,
Church Farm,
West Beckham.

Eastern Daily Press – Published 12 June 2018

Carry on Brussels

 

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Dear Fellow UKIP Members

For several months last year I participated in the making of a three-part documentary film for Channel 4 entitled ‘Carry on Brussels’.

Not to worry, it wasn’t for Channel 4 News and Current Affairs but by an independent production company named October Films. The film crew followed a designated MEP from each of the UK political parties in their work in the Parliament.

The central subject was Brexit – not the nuts and bolts of the leaving process – rather the personal motivations and actions of the MEPs from across the political spectrum, Leavers and Remainers (mostly Remainers).

I was asked to be the UKIP MEP in the film, and filming ceased at the end of 2017.

The three episodes are to be broadcast:
•Wednesday 23rd May 10 pm
•Wednesday 30th May 10 pm
•Wednesday 6th June 10 pm

You can see the trailer for the film by going to this link or clicking on the photo above:

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/carry-on-brussels-clips

I’ll leave it to you to decide how well, or not, I do. I look forward to your comments.

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Batten MEP
UKIP Leader

Meeting with David Kurten

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Dear Members,

A Norfolk meeting  has been arranged with David Kurten, UKIP Education Spokesman and London Assembly Member.

He will be talking on the state and future of UKIP, and why it is still relevant in the present political climate.

That meeting has now been finalised as follows……….
TUESDAY MAY 29th
19.30
Morton Suite
Wensum Valley Golf Club
Beech Avenue
Taverham
Norwich
NR8 6HP

The meeting kicks off at 19.30 although we have the venue booked from 18.00.

The meeting is free and everyone welcome to attend.

Alexander (Sandy) Wood

Chairman UKIP North Norfolk