Today’s letters range from foreign affairs to UKIP affairs. The first is from our correspondent Roger Arthur, dealing with France’s President:

Sir,

Mr Macron threatens to steal financial services from the City of London, by reducing Taxation. But after the EU Fiscal Union that he favours, tax rates will be set in Brussels, not in Paris. The UK on the other hand will not be so restricted, which is why Hollande feared that Britain would become the Hong Kong of Europe.

London is already the 6th largest French city, due to the English language and legal system, plus innovation, a flexible labour market and floating currency. After Brexit it is only likely to get bigger. So it is “Macro non” for the French President, with his record public sector burden, his inflexible labour laws and the fiscal Union straight jacket. He is starting the race with an insurmountable handicap and with banks which are far from resilient.

Respectfully, Roger J. Arthur.

The next letter comes from our reader Ceri Jayes, addressing a problem many are still too squeamish to contemplate:

Sir,

During PMQs on July 5th, Hannah Bardell SNP spoke of the domestic abuse faced by a constituent who had refused to allow her daughter to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FMG). Theresa May replied, ‘We will not accept FMG in this country.’

How then can she explain the newly released data from the NHS showing that there were 5,391 cases of it recorded over the last year. One hundred and twenty of those cases involved women and girls who were born in the UK of which 114 were girls under the age of 16. Fifty seven ‘cutting’ cases took place in the UK. FGM may be a practice found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and within communities from countries in which female circumcision is common but in the UK there is no place for parallel societies to flout our laws to follow their customs. There must be one law for all. Without one law for all it will be impossible to have a coherent society. I will not detail the 4 types of FGM but suffice to say it is very painful, can damage female’s health and causes long term problems with sex, childbirth and mental health.

It has been illegal to carry out FGM in the UK since 1985 but there has not been a single successful prosecution. I have read recent reports that West Midlands Police stated that prosecution of the parents who had allowed their daughter to be ‘cut’ was unlikely to benefit the child. The main political parties have acknowledged the problem but have done nothing to stop this disgusting abuse of children.

Only UKIP has the courage to state that the introduction of medical checks be carried out to make sure that high-risk girls are not subjected to this terrible practice and any concerns reported. Medical checks are carried out to make sure that boys testicles have descended so a simple visual inspection before the ‘at risk’ girls break up for the summer holidays should not be any more intrusive. The main ‘at risk’ time is the start of the summer holidays so that the wounds can start to heal before the autumn term. We are almost into the ‘cutting season’.

Respectfully, Ceri Jayes, Chairman Totnes Branch

Our reader Brian Sylvester sent us this letter on Brexit and the Tory Government:

Sir,

Sadly the betrayal by the Tory Government over the Brexit negotiations continues apace.Most people who voted to LEAVE did so because they wanted the open door to EU migrants to be closed.There are already over 3 million EU migrants in the UK and the tap needs to be turned off. Most thought that the freedom of movement would end when we LEAVE in March 2019.That is not the case.The Government now say that open door immigration from the EU will continue until at least 2021.Most Brexit voters will feel totally betrayed by this about turn. It is scandalous how weak and supine the Government are being over the Brexit negotiations.Many,including Tory voters,will will feel totally let down over this latest development. Pressure should be put on the Government to get a backbone and to get them to deliver the Brexit we voted for on June 23rd last year.

Respectfully, Cllr Brian Silvester, UKIP Crewe and Nantwich Publicity Officer.

Finally, John Gurney sent us the following letter on a recent communication by Steve Crowther:

Sir,

I find Interim Leader Steve Crowther’s  comment in his latest communique, where he boasts that he ‘urged Nigel Farage to stand down’ after the success of the Referendum, intriguing.  Since it’s inarguable that the decline and ultimate failure of UKIP began with Nigel Farage standing down then it follows that Crowther is responsible for UKIP’s failure …

The problem is Crowther and Oakden have a monopoly on sending out their opinions to the members, a luxury not afforded to anyone else.  There is no UKIP Forum.  The opinion of the Leader and Chairman double act is all that counts. Crowther states: “I believe in an administration function comprised of committed party members and overseen by the NEC and its officers”.

In other words, everything is going to stay as it is, with the NEC being informed of rule changes and new proposals and given no alternative but to accept them.  Everything is going to be dictated by the elite few (or two) and you mushrooms can just be grateful we allow you in our party.

Peter Reeve, Victoria Ayling and whoever held the Foreign Affairs post before have been sacked.  Not voted out by the NEC or given an opportunity to discuss any issue with their work but sacked by the interim Leader.

I must have missed who replaced Jonathan Arnott as the General Secretary.  Another unelected appointee …

Respectfully, John Gurney

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