NOT COMPATIBLE: Democracy and the European Union

Dear Sir,

I agree with Harry Mirfield [letters 12 January] that on paper the EU is for the most part constituted in such a way to follow a democratic process.
In practice however there is no will for this to happen and the sheer weight of paper results in most of the laws, rules and regulations being passed “on the nod”.
More importantly it should be noted that the EU is controlled by the Commissioners who are appointed by the member states and it is they who instigate most of the legislation.
The ordinary people have no direct power to remove these individuals.

David Ramsbotham

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Do Politicians have any principles?

In the EDP just before Christmas Norman Lamb stated “In terms of Norfolk in 2018 the first duty is the representation of people in my constituency“.

Could he therefore please explain how he and his party, which has “Democrat” in its name and is resolute in its belief of elected representation, can even contemplate ignoring the will of the people regarding Brexit or using the House of Lords to frustrate the leaving process.

Also I could never understand why the LibDems would wish to be part of the EU in the first place bearing in mind that it is controlled by unelected bureaucrats.

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham

Thanks for your support, and let’s allow the people to decide.

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Dear Sir,

I would like to thank the 409 residents who supported me in the recent County Council elections.  Furthermore I would like to pay particular tribute to my supporters who had the courage to display a board in their gardens as I fully appreciate the unjustified comments, abuse and threats which can result from being associated with UKIP.

I was also disturbed and saddened by the biased reporting of the EDP and the liberal use of “fake news” during this campaign.  You may consider all this to be “sour grapes” but I challenge you to publish this letter to enable the people to decide.

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham
Defeated UKIP County Councillor

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#Fakenews? I’ve got some fake news for you!

Dear Sir,

I was interested to read of Mrs Rounce’s support [Letters 7 March] of Mr Norman Lamb’s cheap populist jibes directed at the newly democratically elected President of the USA.  This made me wonder what Mr Trump would make of the Liberal Democrat claims made in my division by their prospective candidate for the county council elections.

His two best claims to date are that his campaigning on the Astley school crossing was the sole reason which persuaded the County Council to reverse its decision on closure of this and 37 other school crossings throughout Norfolk and that he alone has found a solution to the poor mobile phone signal problem in North Norfolk.  If this is not “fake news” what exactly is it?

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham
UKIP County Councillor

A clarification, and what is the job of a politician?

Dear Sir,

I apologise to Mr Taylor [letters 16 March] for the confusion caused.  I too respect Mr Lamb but it is my duty, as a “politician”, to scrutinise and question his own and the actions of his party.  To clarify the situation Mr Lamb did abstain [“sit on the fence”] and ignore the wishes of the majority of his constituents as far as the Brexit vote was concerned.  His party also failed to deliver on their promise on university tuition fees.

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham
UKIP County Councillor

Lamb abstains – Letters to the Press

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Sir,

Following the report in the EDP (February 1) I am concerned that Norman Lamb MP is facing such a moral dilemma over his Brexit vote. It must be very difficult for him to work out how best to keep all his electorate happy when his party is promising another referendum in current elections whilst he still needs to maintain his democratic stance to retain his own parliamentary seat in 2020. Mr Lamb has however come up with his normal “cunning plan” in these situations which is to sit on the fence.  This is not necessarily the ideal solution for an individual who claims to be a man of principle.

Yours faithfully,

Cllr. David Ramsbotham
Melton Constable Division

A Perspective on Values at County Hall

Sir,

There is no chance then of “turkeys voting for Christmas” at County Hall.  The Conservatives have on two occasions voted against the continuation of the inquiry into the King’s Lynn incinerator contract (for which they were responsible) which has cost the taxpayers of Norfolk £34,000,000.  Also, all Councillors (except UKIP) have voted against pursuing the possibility of a revised council for Norfolk (with fewer Councillors) saving taxpayers up to £29,000,000 per annum.

Perhaps there will be something to cheer about in the New Year. Surely Councillors will do the right thing and reverse the decision to terminate school crossing patrols to save a mere £150,000 – a small price to pay to save a child’s life.

Yours Sincerely,

David Ramsbotham
UKIP County Councillor
Melton Constable Division

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