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Letters to the Editor – Thursday 6th July 2017

Today’s first letter is by Jeff Wyatt, reporting on a meeting with Anne Marie Waters:

Sir,

Anne Marie Waters, the well-known political commentator, UKIP member, Director of Sharia Watch and, with newly announced intentions to stand as a Candidate in the election to be the new Leader of UKIP, spoke to a group of UKIP members and specially invited guests from Milton Keynes and surrounding areas on 4th July 2017 in Milton Keynes.

Speaking on a wide range of subjects from Immigration, Law and Order, the Economy, Brexit, Islam, political correctness within education, the housing crisis and the British Constitution, Anne Marie eloquently conveyed to the audience her view of the state of the Country as is today and her vision of how UKIP as a political party needs change and why she thinks she is the person to enable that change.

I have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Anne Marie in action at a meeting in her native East London previously, so I knew what to expect and was keen to showcase her credentials to local people so they could see and hear up close and personal this extraordinarily capable politician in action. They were not disappointed. We were privileged to witness her at her finest. As a measurement of the impact she had, some 9 UKIP members signed her formal form to Assent to her application to become a Leadership Candidate and several non-member guests pledged to join the Party. Anne Marie is planning further meetings throughout the Country over the next 6 weeks to speak to UKIP members and interested individuals in the build-up of the UKIP Leadership election process.

Respectfully, Jeff Wyatt

We received the following letter from Alan Hastings, spokesman of “Fishing for Leave” who organised the infamous Brexit flotilla on the Thames during the referendum:

Sir,

The EU chief negotiator tweeted that nothing would change in regard to EU fishing as Britain begins the process of re-establishing her fishing rights in preparation for leaving the EU, with the head of the European Fishermens Alliances stating that EU fishermen would take the same position and continue to pillage Britain’s waters against the boundaries of international law. This position by the EU’s is irresponsible and bullying.

After years of lecturing the world on unregulated pirate fishing being a threat to sustainability it would be sanctimonious in the extreme for the EU to do just that by invading Britain’s sovereign waters of our 200mile or midline Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). International agreements through the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) bind all signatories, including the EU to co-operate on the satellite monitoring (VMS) of all fishing vessels whilst enforcing and respecting the sovereign rights of one another’s waters to ensure sustainability. The EU will have to climb off its bellicose high horse and readjust its fishing fleet to reflect the end of being able to plunder 60% (674,601 tons avg. annually) of the fish from Britain’s rich fishing grounds.

When Britain joined the EU it accepted the fledgling Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of ‘equal access to a common resource’ leading to Ted Heath surrendering Britain’s fishing as “expendable” in order to join.

The CFP has afforded EU fishermen this ‘equal access to a common resource’ for 44years under the CFP but as EU rules “shall cease to apply” to Britain upon withdrawal as per Article 50, this access and rights to fish British waters shall automatically cease as Britain will automatically take back control of all her waters within her EEZ.

The EU will have to accept this restoration of British sovereignty or the EU will be breaking every international agreement there is in becoming a pirate nation jeopardizing sustainable management of our waters. With repatriating our fishing waters and implementing new decent British policy being worth £6.3bn to the British economy, taking back control of our fisheries could support a welcome boost to the Royal Navy to protect our seas from belligerent EU bullying. This echoes calls by Lord West former First Sea Lord of the Admiralty that Britain would have to enforce and patrol her restored marine boundaries – or else look incredibly stupid.

Respectfully, Alan Hastings

Finally, from Stuart Agnew MEP’s website a communication whic is of interest to all members:

Dear Members,

I have been contacted about the length of time a new Member needs to have been in the Party before they can vote in an internal election. Having spoken to the Party Chairman I can state that there is confusion here, because our Rule Book and our Constitution say different things on the matter. Such anomalies do occasionally slip through. However what is not in doubt is that the Constitution always has the overriding precedence. In this case, the Constitution states that to be eligible to vote you must have been a member when the election was called. The Leadership election was called on June 23rd. Anyone joining since that date will not be sent a ballot paper.

The Constitution cannot be changed by a show of hands at an NEC meeting. Any changes must be approved on a ‘one member – one vote’ basis with voting papers sent to all members. I hope that this clears up the understandable confusion.

Stuart Agnew MEP

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An Appeal on our own behalf:

Would all you kind and interested readers and comment posters on UKIP Daily, who are doing so much to make a success of this site, put pen-to-paper or indeed fingers to keyboards and write an article or two?

You can write – your comment posts document that fact! What interests you interests other UKIP Daily readers. One comment post of 400 words equals half an article …

Please take the plunge – it’s easy, and we editors are here to help!

Warm regards,

Viv Evans, E-i-C

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19 Comments on Letters to the Editor – Thursday 6th July 2017

  1. Dear Sir

    I find e-mails such as “Her manifesto is already available on her website!” extremely unhelpful.

    A point to remember; there are many people who do not use Facebook or Twitter for various reasons. The none users are now being excluded from democratic procedures.

    D. Turgoose

    • Dear D,

      Firstly, it’s not an email, and secondly, Anne Marie’s website isn’t facebook or twitter either!

      The manifesto is available here: http://forbritain.uk/manifesto.

      I don’t want it coped here, because I object to multiple sources for documents such as this: it’s bad enough with out-of-date versions of UKIP policies and rulesbooks without having to worry about version control for candidacy manifestos, too!

      Regards, Spon 🤓

  2. Toby MicklethwaitToby Micklethwait // July 7, 2017 at 8:15 am // Reply

    Dear team,

    Is there a briefing on how regions can arrange hustings. Do we do it via Kirstan Herriot at candidates@ukip.org ?

    Is she keeping a diary with dates set aside for hustings, and where all the candidates have already been notified/invited and should be keeping the date free in their diary?

    Or are the candidates going their separate ways?

    Meanwhile we should encourage all candidates to post their blurbs here, preferably with links to youtube. And then take questions.

    Regards, Toby, 01932-873557

  3. Could AMW post her Manifesto on this site ?

    And take Q’ s and reply to same on this site ?

    What are her dates for visiting the NorthEast ?

  4. I should have said I sent the email to Julian Smith MP, my MP and the closing quotation mark is on the wrong line.
    One of the only joys of growing old is that I am allowed to make mistakes like that.

  5. I sent a copy of the EU referendun voting slip with the following message.

    “Julian,

    I have attached a copy of the EU Referendum voting slip. I cannot find
    the part that asks if we want to discuss what we can get back from the
    EU.
    I can only find one question. “Should the United Kingdom remain a
    member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”.

    I would be grateful if you could point out the part that I am missing.

    Regards, John McKay,”

    Today I receive an apparently unequivocal reply.

    Dear Mr. McKay

    Thank you for contacting me about the EU referendum.

    The British people voted in a free and fair referendum to leave the EU. Turnout was larger than at any election since 1992 and no Prime Minister or party in British history has ever received as many votes as the vote to leave did. The UK’s withdrawal will be delivered in the national interest and the country will regain its sovereignty in full.

    Article 50 has now been invoked and the Prime Minister has been clear that there must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door. and no second referendum. The country voted to leave the European Union, and it is the duty of the Government to make sure that this happens.

    Thank you again for taking time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Julian Smith MP

  6. Jeff, I am in complete agreement with you about Anne Marie Waters She is like a magnet for people rightly worried about the future of our country and its people. She could have had a cushy, lucrative career in law if she’d been prepared to turn a blind eye, ignore injustice and tell lies to remain ‘on PC message’. Most lawyers manage this to keep their jobs, but Anne Marie is different, having integrity, courage and truthfulness.

    The UKIP hierarchy who characterise her as ‘divisive’, ‘extreme’, ‘a one-trick pony’ etc don’t know what they are talking about, but if they desire to be PC mainstream politicians, there are mainstream parties for them to join. Clearly, UKIP isn’t for them anymore. If they try to stand in the way of Anne Marie’s candidacy for leadership, they’ll discredit the party entirely.

  7. Alan, your letter is timely in helping to clear up the confusion (in my mind, anyway) about who has what rights to fish in whose waters. It still astounds and angers me that the DIShonourable Edward Heath surrendered Britain’s fishing as ‘expendable’. It has been the shame of this maritime nation ever since, especially at the hands of ‘Sailor Ted’ who loved to sail his expensive yacht round the Isle of Wight, but didn’t bother to consider how his betrayal would affect the livelihoods of British fishermen. The portrait of him as PM in Downing Street should be turned to the wall – same with Traitor Blair while they’re at it!

    I do hope that the government takes steps NOW to build up a Coastal Protection Fleet to patrol our waters. Any foreign boats fishing illegally in the future should be held by the authorities until the EU has paid a big fine to ransom it. That might make them think twice about encouraging their ‘citizens’ to break the law and steal our fish.

  8. Thank you for these three interesting letters. So glad that my assessment of AMW’s capabilities has been endorsed, Jeff – I think it’s her calm forensic application to detail of necessary action, instead of weaselling out of giving the solutions that is so appealing – of course she has a Lawyer’s mind! I am glad to see that since her manifesto launch even detractors within UKIP have dropped the ‘one trick pony’ thing.
    I long to see the day when our sovereign rights to our British waters are restored. Then Britain will truly be a maritime nation again!
    Lastly a,thank-you must go to Stuart Agnew for his excellent speech at Anne’s Leadership Launch – his support has restored my faith that at least one of our MEP’s has the courage of his convictions and has not been sucked into Brussels group-think.

    • Toby MicklethwaitToby Micklethwait // July 6, 2017 at 9:03 pm // Reply

      Dear Dee,

      You say “at least one of our MEP’s has the courage of his convictions”.

      There is an interesting article in Wikipedia :
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Independence_Party_leadership_election,_2017

      Extract: “At least 18 of the party’s 20 MEPs were reported to be considering resigning and forming a new party if Waters gained a senior role in the party. Bill Etheridge has publicly said that he will resign if Waters wins”.

      That seems odd. I cannot see in what way AMW departs from UKIP policy as stated in the 2017 UKIP manifesto.

      http://www.ukip.org/manifesto2017

      see pages 35, 36, 37.

      Regards, Toby, 01932-873557

      • Hmm. I didn’t see “internment of known Jihadis” in the manifesto, Toby?

      • Toby, Bill Etheridge should be ashamed of himself, imo – who is he? What has he ever done? Did he achieve his position on merit, or on the luck of the draw? My comment might sound harsh, but I am sick of being smeared as something I’m not, as a supporter of Anne Marie, by someone who feels entitled to run to the papers – he can set up a new party, fine, I wish he would.

  9. Thanks to Stewart for confirming what I have been preaching all week 🤓👍

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