UKIP Leader Nigel Farage questions George Osborne's Autumn Statement in his latest column on the Express
• We heard yesterday that George Osborne had declared his economic plan to have worked.
In his Autumn Statement he told us the numbers were heading in the right direction and we were even going to be running a small cash surplus by the next time Halley’s Comet can be sighted from Earth.
We are even going to have an additional £3bn worth of savings – which might sound like a lot but in fact is less than one third of the increase in our payments to the EU Institutions which The Chancellor smuggled into the stats yesterday.
But the simple fact is that the Chancellor has refused to grapple with government spending, as demonstrated by the fact that the public sector net borrowing is forecast to be 5.6 per cent in 2014. If the deficit reduction is working, and Labour and their Keynesian chums have been proved wrong, why are we still not doing it properly?
We can either have a future outside the EU or no future worth worrying about inside it.
The Coalition Government has neither the intention of leaving the European Union, nor that of ‘repatriating powers’ from its grasp, writes UKIP MEP Gerard Batten in the Freedom Today magazine.
•The golden rule of politics is to listen to what people say but judge them by what they do. Nowhere is this more important than in relation to the European Union. In Britain, the project of ever closer European political integration has been achieved by our politicians saying one thing but doing another. In 1972 Ted Heath promised to ‘negotiate, no less no more’ then promptly took us into the EEC with no democratic mandate.
I won’t bore my readers with a long reiteration of the lies and deceit that has passed from the lips of every Government since then in order to oil our passage along the long road to the creation of a United States of Europe (now almost complete); but let us turn to the lies being told now and the actions that illuminate them.
By Roger Helmer MEP • Sorry to harp on about Bill Newton Dunn, but he’s at it again. He’s called for the creation of a “European FBI”, which could allow German police officers to arrest British citizens on British streets.
Speaking in Brussels last week to a visiting group of journalism students from LincolnUniversity, Bill said that cross-border crime in Europe meant that there was a need for a “Federal Police Force”, enabling police from one EU country to pursue criminals in another. He said that this could mean, for example, uniformed German police officers arresting British citizens on British streets, and he was entirely relaxed about it.
•David Cameron plans to mitigate energy bills to counter Labour’s price freeze initiative by cutting green levies and fostering competition.
But UKIP Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer MEP describes the Prime Minister’s proposal as “fiddling at the margin”. He particularly criticises Cameron’s statement that “there is nothing we can do about wholesale prices”.
Roger Helmer said: “UKIP point out that we could do a great deal about wholesale prices. Because of the government’s green obsession, and because of EU rules from Brussels, the UK has turned its back on competitively-priced coal, and turned instead to expensive imported gas from Russia and elsewhere. As a result of the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive, we have been closing perfectly good coal-fired power stations, which delivered reliable and affordable energy, and relying on gas and intermittent renewables instead.
“Meantime Germany is building or refurbishing a couple of dozen new coal-fired power stations, and taking advantage of cheap American coal, which has become available as America switches from coal to shale gas.
The Conservatives have no intention of fulfilling their promises on leaving the ECHR and curbing benefits to new EU migrants because they simply cannot, writes UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.
•In recent days, the political promises of the Tory party on withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights and curbing benefits to new EU migrants are blatantly false and can be shown to be so.
The Conservatives have no intention of fulfilling either promise because they simply cannot.
The Eastleigh by-election showed that voters are turning towards Ukip because they believe in our political message and also because they are sick of the 'lying liars' political class that we have in our country at present. This recent episode is an excellent case in point.
"We believe that the whole idea of “European democracy” is a snare and a delusion, a deliberate device to create a spurious façade of democracy where none exists," writes UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.
•There was a letter in the Daily Telegraph on November 23rd from a Liz Beeson in Dorset. She says that UKIP is prejudiced against a basic freedom of choice in education, employment and health. I’m wondering which UKIP she’s talking about, because it’s not the one I joined in March 2012.
Indeed I moved from the Conservative Party to a more democratic, libertarian party precisely because I had decided that the Tories weren’t interested in freedom of choice in education (grammar schools?) and employment (EU directives?). We in UKIP are demanding self-determination and democracy in our country — something that Conservatives used to support. Which is perhaps why so many former Conservatives (and indeed former members of other parties and of no party) are coming to join us.
UKIP calls on the British Government to respond unilaterally and block Bulgarian labour market access to UK as Bulgaria breaches EU law on land sales to non-nationals.
"If David Cameron was looking for a justification to prevent more mass immigration from Bulgaria to the UK, he now has it,” says UKIP spokesman on immigration, Gerard Batten MEP.
• Bulgaria has recently broken a major term of their EU Accession Treaty. On October 22nd 2013 Bulgarian Members of Parliament controversially voted to extend the ban of sale of agricultural land to foreigners until 2020. The ban was due to expire on December 31st 2013, but now has been extended until 1st January 2020.
Dropping these restrictions was a commitment Bulgaria made as part of their EU Accession Treaty and most are now expecting Bulgaria to be severely sanctioned by the European Commission.
UK taxpayers are the big losers as EU pours €325 billion into Cohesion funds In the last funding period, the UK gave £29.5 billion to the EU’s structural and cohesion funds and got back around £8.7 billion. This was a very poor deal, says UKIP MEP Gerard Batten.
On the EU issue, as on other issues, the Economist is locked into an irredeemably last-century mind-set, and seems unable to engage with current realities. It presents a false choice, writes UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.
And of course, their idea of “Great Britain” is an offshore province in a country called Europe. And “comfortable isolation” means independence, democracy, self-government. It means having a free trade deal with our European neighbours. It means resuming our seat in the WTO. It means being part of innumerable international organisations including the UN Security Council, NATO, the Commonwealth, the WTO, the World Bank and dozens more. It means resuming our natural rôle as a global trading nation. It’s a strange use for the word “isolation”.
The top judge in question was Mr Justice Mostyn, who was commenting on a judgement by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg regarding the case of an asylum seeker. The barrister in the case had cited the European Charter of Human Rights. He lost the case but the decision was reversed by the ECJ. The Judge was under the impression that the Government had secured an opt-out in its negotiation of the Lisbon Treaty; however the ruling of the Luxembourg court overturned this.