We start today’s letters off with another column by Peter McHugh, who writes this regularly for his branch. We think it deserves a wider circulation – and hope that other branches will take this opportunity to send us theirs. That would be a great New year’s Resolution …:
Caustic Comments on Friday’s papers (5-1-18):
Much adverse reaction in today’s press to Tony Blair’s latest attempt at a political comeback via a Labour Party policy of taking us back into the EU, against the expressed wishes of 17.4 million Referendum voters.
Telegraph letters criticise his suggestion that there should be a referendum to approve the Brexit terms, and seek to remind him that he didn’t give us the opportunity to approve the terms of the Lisbon Treaty in 2007 (which France and Holland had rejected).
Blair maintains that LEAVE campaigners failed to spell out in detail our future outside the EU, which one writer countered with: but then neither were the details of our future within the EU, after we joined first The Common Market – at Wilson’s 1975 referendum – and then John Major’s signing of Maastricht.
In the US, a settlement of the VW diesel-gate litigation has been reached, which will cost the company $2.8 billion dollars, we need to be aware of this, as they will seek to pass this onto the German taxpayer, and Angela’s government (if she ever forms one) will try to channel it through Brussels while we are still members, or put it onto the ‘divorce settlement‘ which our dozy negotiators will probably agree to.
Good letter in the Standard by Ukipper Peter Jewell, reminding Jean Claude Juncker and the EU Commission that thousands of British Commonwealth and American soldiers, sailors and airmen died in order that Europe’s nations could remain free and that the bill has never been presented to them (individually or collectively) and that perhaps that now is the time for that.
Birmingham Post: We will all be heartened to learn that members of a Birmingham based terror cell (eventually convicted to 20 years after a trial lasting four and a half months) received nearly £800,000 in legal aid as a result of their lawyer insisting that they were the victims of police planted evidence.
We as a nation of course, can easily afford to spend money in this way – and not on the NHS.
by Peter McHugh, Branch Secretary, UKIP Bromsgrove
Staying on the subject of Tony Blair, here’s a letter from our correspondent Roger Arthur:
Mr Blair held a referendum on whether there should be a Welsh Assembly – or not and 50.3/49.7% voted in favour, with a low turnout.
That result was not contested and a Welsh Assembly was formed. If that was enough for Mr Blair then, why is 52/48% in favour of Brexit, with a high turnout, not enough for him now?
Respectfully, Roger J. Arthur
Finally, a letter from our correspondent Ann Farmer – on Robin Hood and the pervasive lefty re-writing even of our old tales:
A new film about Robin Hood to be released later this year will portray the folk hero as a ‘“seriously militarised anarchist revolutionary” returning from an unjust crusade’ suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Taron Egerton, the British actor in the lead role, sees Robin Hood as “a freedom thinker and a truth seeker”, adding that the more he researched his character, “it just became startling how utterly relevant it is to what’s going on in society now”; returning to England, he finds it ‘full of resentment’, and ‘is moved to his famous ambition to steal from the rich to give to the poor after observing the inequalities in society’. Producer Basil Iwanyk commented: “I feel that it captures the adventure and the fun and the spirit of Robin Hood, but because it’s the origin story [sic]. It’s a kid going off to war thinking he’s going on a great crusade, and realising it’s all b******* and coming back with some PTSD and realising he’s been lied to”. This new incarnation of Robin Hood will be “[c]oming back to kind of a fractured society that doesn’t really accept him and realising, “Okay the super rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer” (Telegraph, January 6, 2017).
Perhaps they see Robin Hood as a proto-Labour leader in the mould of Jeremy Corbyn, ‘freedom thinker and truth seeker’, disillusioned with the Iraq War, and full of resentment against the super-rich, ready to undertake a virtuous crusade of banker-bashing and taxing the super-rich to give the money to the poor – or at least the NHS – with Theresa May the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. This might make for good pantomime, but a more sinister interpretation would be that it is a gigantic apology for the real, ‘unjust’ Crusades, with a modern-day Robin Hood ‘radicalised’ to fight against the evil Christians – and Jews as well – and drive them out of the Holy Land, restoring it to its rightful inhabitants. Perhaps the terrorists, who he believes have genuine grievances, are actually freedom fighters, for as the Marxists used to say, one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.
Whichever version is the more accurate, we may anticipate yet another kick in the teeth for Christians, murdered or displaced from their homes across the Middle East – Christian areas long before the arrival of the Islamic religion. The Crusades, which sadly descended into bloodshed against innocent victims on occasion, were however provoked by a Muslim takeover of the Holy Land, an invasion not repelled until General Allenby dismounted his horse and entered the city of Jerusalem on foot just over a hundred years ago, a step on the path to the creation of the modern State of Israel, and deeply resented ever since by Islamists.
A UKIP version might have Nigel Farage as Robin Hood, fighting for the nation’s freedom against the distant rule of Brussels with helpful stooges like Michael Heseltine and Tony Blair – for despite the injustices and insults delivered by the EU’s elites, this particular freedom fighter’s followers are much merrier than the miserable shock troops of Momentum or, for that matter, returning jihadists determined to make us pay for the military defeat of ISIS. At any rate, the thought of being a lot richer and a lot freer when we finally escape from the rule of Brussels is enough to make any sane man merry.
Respectfully, Ann Farmer