"We won’t solve Europe’s problems with new initiatives, new instruments, new policies. We’ll solve Europe’s problems by unwinding the damaging policies of the past." - UKIP MEP Roger Helmer
• Last night I attended a meeting in the Strasbourg parliament of the Industry Committee ITRE, which had been called for a hearing to approve a new Industry Commissioner, Mr. Ferdinando Feroci. He will be replacing the previous Italian incumbent Antonio Tajani, who has had to step down as Commissioner, having been elected to the European parliament. But of course a whole new Commission will be sworn in in about four months’ time, so poor Mr. Feroci gets to sit in the seat for a very limited time, in which he will be able to achieve very little, except to keep the ship on course. The whole thing was a mere formality, and arguably a waste of time.
Mr. Feroci was previously Italy’s Ambassador to the EU, so we know which side his bread is buttered. As a wise man once said, it’s very difficult to convince a man of something when his job and his income depend upon his not believing it.
"The EU juggernaut will still roll on, and Mr. Juncker will still become Commission President, but this time there are 24 UKIP MEPs determined to stand up for British interests and fight for democracy." - UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott
• Wednesday was my best day so far in the European Parliament, quickly following my worst on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the reality had set in: even the largest UK Party in the European Parliament, UKIP, is only a tiny minority out in Brussels. As the stitch-up of Committee votes had shown, even mild eurosceptics are ostracised. As the EU machine rolls on in Borg-like [Star Trek] fashion, democracy is irrelevant. It felt like I would never be able to make a difference in that place.
On Wednesday, it was time to stand up and fight for the interests of British voters and plough on regardless. First I found out that I've got the opportunity to speak in a debate on youth unemployment next week - a massive issue particularly in the North East, where one in four young people are unemployed. Then I was able to get on with the business of helping constituents, and in the evening I had the opportunity to question Jean-Claude Juncker, the man who is almost certain to become the next President of the European Commission.
"This judgement demonstrates how any British government’s hands are tied in this matter."
- UKIP MEP Gerard Batten
UKIP Press Release
• Yesterday the European Court of Justice dealt another blow to David Cameron’s promise to require migrants to be able to speak English from outside the EU.
The European Court of Justice gave its judgment in the case of Dogan v Germany (Case C-138/13). The Court held that the German law which requires new immigrants to pass a basic German language test, as a condition of getting a German visa for family re-unification, is contrary to the EU-Turkey Association Agreement. As part of ‘EU law’, the association agreement is superior to German national law.
Mrs. Dogan, a Turkish national, was refused a visa to join her husband, who is self-employed in Germany, as she failed to take the language test. The EU Court considered that the requirement of passing a language test undermined the 'freedom of establishment' between the EU and Turkey, as Turkish nationals might be deterred from working in Germany if their families cannot join them without passing a language test.
“David Cameron, George Osborne and in fact the whole Tory Party are being unmasked as plastic sceptics when it comes to protecting British national sovereignty.
" - UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn
• UKIP’s Patrick O’Flynn MEP has urged party members to support a new petition that calls for the Government to begin moves to leave the EU before the wholesale loss of national vetoes occurs in November.
The loss of vetoes in 43 areas of public policy will occur on November 1 under a provision of the Lisbon Treaty. It will come as Home Secretary Theresa May also opts back into EU control of 35 justice and policing measures.
East of England MEP Mr O’Flynn said: “On their own either of these moves would constitute a very significant loss of national sovereignty. But in combination their impact will be enormous.
"This EP Sash is just right for the silly season if not the marching season," says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.
• The European Parliament has today launched an "Official Sash" for Members, according to a communication from the parliament's Protocol Unit.
"MEPs who are interested in purchasing the sash can do so online... from the company that produces them," the email says, noting that "the design of the sash was made in agreement with the Protocol Service of the EP." A leaflet was also attached (reproduced below).
Commenting, UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall said: "These people are so pompous they are beyond parody. Just how silly would you feel walking about town in an official European Parliament Sash?
• Commission President-nominee Jean-Claude Juncker takes questions from EFDD group Members at the European Parliament in Brussels, 9 July 2014.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage's statement on EFDD Group meeting with Jean Claude Juncker
Juncker said there was no such thing as a “European People”, that he was opposed to direct democracy at a European level and there would be no change concerning intra EU migration.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “We are very pleased that Mr Juncker chose to come and speak to the most Eurocritical group in the European Parliament which says something about him as a person. We had a polite exchange of views but Mr Juncker made it absolutely clear that on the question of the free movement of peoples across the European Union, there was no question of any negotiation of that position.
"I came to this place already opposed to the European Union. But if I'd been a waverer, the utter hypocrisy of the last week would have persuaded me of one thing: it is beyond hope, beyond even the possibility of reform."
By Jonathan Arnott MEP
• Lightning can indeed strike twice. Only last week, democracy was subverted by the European Parliament stitching up the vice-presidents to break the mould of the usual system. This week, they apply similar undemocratic tactics to the composition of Committees.
In the European Parliament, the chairmanship (and vice-chairmanships) of a committee is allocated by strict formulas. The bigger groups receive the chair of more committees than the smaller groups. This is then rubber-stamped by a vote within the committees themselves. In this case, the EFDD Group (which contains pro-democracy members from Italy, the Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, Sweden and Latvia alongside our own Ukip delegation) was due to receive the Chair of the Petitions Committee.
They could allow Big Brother to turn off your lights
By Roger Helmer MEP
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• Pretty soon you’ll be offered a “smart meter”, with all sorts of sales talk about the benefits and savings it will deliver. But smart meters may not be all good news. The Mail on Sunday has an interesting article pointing out that there are serious flaws in their design, and that many problems have not been resolved with these expensive systems.
There’s a happy, smiley marketing campaign which advises consumers of the benefits of the system — “helping the consumer” to understand how to reduce electricity use and therefore lower bills, and so on. But they don’t discuss the risks: the wireless system may not be robust; it may be vulnerable to malicious hacking; the programme nationally will cost £11bn; and it indeed may change the way consumers are billed — but not in the way the energy companies and government are selling the idea.
...24 hours in the European Parliament
By Jonathan Arnott MEP
• When I arrived in the European Parliament, I fully expected that there would be stitch-ups, slanderous accusations, voters’ wishes ignored by the establishment and backstabbing from the political groups. At the time of writing, I have officially been an MEP for just over 24 hours – what has shocked me is that I have witnessed all of these happen already.
On Monday, the EU colours were paraded in military fashion and then on Tuesday the EU ‘national anthem’ was played to open the session, with pomp and ceremony to instill some kind of faux-European nationalism. Even pro-Europeans in Britain would have been shocked by what is going on in Brussels. Today Van Rompuy described Europe as ‘our new country’. That’s what the euro-elite see the European Union as being – a country, and they are fiercely nationalist when defending that ‘country’. They call for more European military co-operation, moves towards a European army. Even many in the ALDE (Liberal Democrat) group have been strongly in favour of war in Syria and Iraq.
"We stand up for our people, not the EU flag and anthem. We will do everything we can to free ourselves from this corrupt institution."
- UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage comments on Schulz election.
• Before the start of the first EP session, 24 UKIP MEPs held a March for Freedom to signify their work for the freedom of people from EU legislation and waste.
At the beginning of the session, as the EU anthem was played, UKIP MEPs stood and turned their back on the EU flag.
Responding to both events, UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP said: "We don't recognise or respect the EU flag or anthem. They are both symbols of our servitude inside a political union which the British people reject.
"We will do everything we can in the European Parliament to oppose the federalist system which ignores our national democracy and pushes millions of people across Europe into poverty and unemployment.
The British government cannot take remedial action because it is powerless to do so while we are members of the European Union.
By Gerard Batten MEP
• The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the UK population has reached an all-time high of 64 million.
Over the past year alone the figure has gone up by an incredible 400,000.
This incredible growth has been caused by immigration and births to migrants. When Tony Blair took office in 1997 the population was about 58 million. Since then a policy of uncontrolled and unlimited immigration has been the norm.
Britain is the most densely populated country in Europe, and one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
...and why “green energy” is economic nonsense
By Roger Helmer MEP
• In a recent speech Ed Davey announced that energy intensive companies would be paid to switch off their machinery during times of high demand. As many have noted, this not what happens in healthy energy markets. Although this policy is called ‘demand-side management’, jargon does not disguise what is still a blackout. But simple economics can determine a much better approach to energy policy than the managed decline preferred by the deeply unpopular minority party in the coalition.
The problem of the UK’s diminished capacity is caused by energy policies, (not shortages of fuel), largely but not entirely driven by EU directives to reduce CO2 and other emissions from power stations. Much of the UK’s generating capacity has been forced to close by the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), followed by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), both of which are intended to reduce the emissions responsible for pollution. Nobody is against clean air, but the combination of these policies has compounded the UK’s energy problems, leaving an energy gap which threatens wide-spread blackouts.
“We will be the peoples’ voice. Expect us to fight the good fight to take back control of our countries' destinies.”
– UKIP Leader Nigel Farage
EFD Group statement
• A New EFD Group has been formed in the European Parliament, currently with 7 national delegations and 48 members.
Group President Nigel Farage said:
“I am very proud to have formed this Group with other MEPs and we undertake to be the peoples’ voice.
“We will be at the forefront working for the restoration of freedom, national democracy and prosperity across Europe.
“I am excited about working together with other delegations to be effective in exerting as much change as possible in Brussels while labouring at home to alert people to the harm that EU regulation does to the lives of ordinary people. Expect us to fight the good fight to take back control of our countries' destinies.
"I have known Simon for some time, he is a man of good character who has done everything by the book, but at the end the judge told him quite incredibly to go to Switzerland."
- UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.
• Today in Criminal Court of Bonneville, Haute-Savoie, France; British Ski instructor Simon Butler was sentenced to 200 days in jail or a 30,000 euro fine. He immediately announced he would appeal the decision.
UKIP MEPs have fully supported Simon Butler throughout his legal nighmare, accompanying him to Court cases in France, helping him at the Petitions committee of the European Parliament and in January this year, UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall took Mr Butler to meet French Commissioner Barnier who comes from this region of France.
Responding to this news, UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP said:
“This is a legal disgrace which shows there is no single market in the EU. It is also a personal tragedy for Simon Butler, a fully-qualified British ski instructor who simply wanted to work and employ other people in France.
• Nigel Farage today spoke out against Tony Blair's comments on the present situation in Iraq and Syria.
The UKIP leader said: "In almost every country in which the West has intervened or even implied support for regime change, the situation has been made worse and not better.
"This is true of Libya, Syria and of course Iraq. Tony Blair's state of outright denial of the obvious consequences of his disastrous decision-making on Iraq is making increasingly uncomfortable viewing.
"There was no place in Iraq for Al Qaeda or its affiliates under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Yet now the country is over-run by Islamists who are also making advances in Syria and the whole region is sliding towards a full-scale Sunni versus Shia conflict.
It has been a very good week at the European Parliament – and you won’t hear me saying that very often!
• For the first time our new cohort of 24 MEPs got together in Brussels. It was quite a sight for me.
When I arrived for my first day, some 15 years ago, I was one of only three UKIP representatives.
The bureaucrats did not know what to make of us, other than to treat us as a curiosity to be patronised and as a source of amusement.
Well, as Bob Monkhouse used to say, they’re not laughing now!
This time UKIP is the largest British delegation at the parliament and in fact the largest single party delegation from any country other than Germany, which sends many more MEPs than the rest of us because of the size of its population.
'The Conservatives can put together that sort of campaign for a single by-election. But next year they’ll be fighting 600+ seats and a couple of dozen UKIP target seats, and they just won’t be able to match that kind of effort.'
- UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.
• Now that the dust has had time to settle, it’s time to thank all those UKIP activists who came to Newark in their hundreds. The best day was probably May 31st — the day of the great pre-election rally in Kelham Hall — when we had 300 out door-knocking. They came from across the East Midlands, but also from further afield. From the South East, the West Country, East Anglia, the North, from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They achieved extraordinary things. In a series of bottom-up initiatives — which our campaign knew nothing about until they happened — vehicles in UKIP livery turned up on a daily basis. Many had been made specific to the Newark campaign. On the first day we had a purple caravan “The Return of Common Sense” parked in Newark’s beautiful Market Square. Then no fewer than three large vans, professionally decorated with “Helmer for Newark” slogans and six-foot high mug-shots arrived, dominating the view in the square.
UKIP MEP Roger Helmer slashes panicked Tories' majority in Newark as People's Army marches on
• UKIP candidate Roger Helmer slashed the Tory majority in Newark – their 40th safest seat nationwide – and left the demoralised Lib Dems losing their deposit and falling to a miserable sixth place as we took a massive 26 per cent of the vote.
Speaking after the result was announced, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “If you had said to me before the campaign we would go from four per cent to 26 per cent I would have taken that.
"It means that we go on whether it is a Tory-held seat, a Labour-held seat, a LibDem held seat - we go on being the challenger in all of these constituencies.
"And the right one will come along - a marginal - and we will win it."
Newark by-election result
I can’t tell you we’re going to win on Thursday. That’s up to the voters. But we’re coming up fast on the rails.
By Roger Helmer MEP
• June 5th is polling day in Newark. This is my fifth election since 1999. My second in a fortnight. And my first Westminster election. I’m the UKIP candidate.
Opinion polls are still putting the Conservatives in the lead. I just can’t relate those numbers to our experience. We’ve done a huge amount of canvassing, and on that basis we’re at least level pegging! Maybe better. In fifteen years I’ve never seen the kind of enthusiasm we’re getting here — on the doorstep, in the street, in the shops and the pubs. It’s heartwarming.
Yesterday a colleague was walking in from the station (we’ve had hundreds of activists in town). He was confronted with an Agence France video reporter. “Can you help me?” said the journo. “I need to interview someone who’s not voting UKIP, but I can’t find anyone”. “Sorry” said my colleague, “but I’m afraid I’m UKIP’s Party Chairman”
UKIP Press Release
• Beppe Grillo and Nigel Farage met in Brussels, May 28, to share a meal, and discuss a future relationship which could possibly lead to the formation of a new group in the European Parliament.
The leader of the 5 Star movement, Grillo and UK Independence Party leader, Farage agreed after an animated and very amicable encounter to meet again in the next few weeks.
Both leaders agreed to immediately begin discussions with a view to forming a new group. Both leaders agreed on the importance of direct democracy in Europe to exert change, and emphasised that all political parties in a potential new group should enjoy the freedom to campaign and vote as they choose within a framework of basic agreements.