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News review – Tuesday 14 March 2017

Brexit

Times
Theresa May was handed the power last night to pull Britain out of the European Union as parliament voted for the final time to pass the government’s Article 50 bill. By a majority of 45 (331 votes to 286), the Commons rejected an amendment from the Lords that would have given parliament an effective veto on Mrs May walking out of Brexit talks without a deal. They also rejected, by 335 votes to 287 votes, another amendment that would have guaranteed the rights of European citizens now living in the UK after Brexit. Despite an attempt by Liberal Democrat peers to reinstate the changes, the Lords voted overwhelmingly to respect the will of the Commons and pass the bill into law unamended.

Express
THE Queen was poised to sign Britain’s Brexit into law as early as this morning, it emerged yesterday as Parliament prepared to pass the crucial legislation to put last year’s historic referendum vote into action. A copy of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was set to be raced to Buckingham Palace for the monarch to give her Royal Assent – possibly at her desk after breakfast when she customarily deals with official papers. But Theresa May confounded predictions she would today exercise the power newly conferred on her by the legislation to trigger up to two years of formal exit talks with the EU. The Prime Minister is now expected to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty towards the end of the month – just before her self-imposed deadline of March 31.

Guardian
Theresa May’s Brexit bill has cleared all its hurdles in the Houses of Parliament, opening the way for the prime minister to trigger article 50 by the end of March. Peers accepted the supremacy of the House of Commons late on Monday night after MPs overturned amendments aimed at guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and giving parliament a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal. The decision came after a short period of so-called “ping pong” when the legislation bounced between the two houses of parliament as a result of disagreement over the issues. The outcome means the government has achieved its ambition of passing a “straightforward” two-line bill that is confined simply to the question of whether ministers can trigger article 50 and start the formal Brexit process.  It had been widely predicted in recent days that May would fire the starting gun on Tuesday, immediately after the vote, but sources quashed speculation of quick action and instead suggested she will wait until the final week of March.

BBC News
Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union. Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal after their objections were overturned by MPs. The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law on Tuesday. This means Theresa May is free to push the button on withdrawal talks – now expected in the last week of March. The result came as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that she intended to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence at a time when Brexit negotiations are expected to be reaching a conclusion. Ms Sturgeon said she wanted a vote to be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Westmonster
After a referendum campaign, court action and meddling from the unelected House of Lords, the Brexit Bill has finally been passed by Parliament unamended. Despite the best efforts of pro-EU Lords, MPs overturned their interference on Brexit and we now await the Queen giving Royal Assent this morning over breakfast. That then allows the Prime Minister to get on with invoking Article 50 to formally kick off negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union. It has been a slow, frustrating process. But it would seem that finally, the country is on the road to independence.

Sky News
The Brexit bill has been approved by Parliament, allowing Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the European Union. With no opposition from Labour, the House of Lords backed down in their attempts to amend the bill following an earlier vote in the Commons. MPs rejected a Lords amendment to guarantee the status of EU nationals resident in the UK by a margin of 335 votes to 287. They also overturned a second amendment, which would have required the Government to grant Parliament a “meaningful” vote on the Brexit deal eventually secured by Mrs May, by 331 votes to 286.

Mirror
Theresa May was finally given the green light to trigger Brexit tonight after her Article 50 Bill cleared its final hurdle in Parliament. After weeks of battling and debate, the Prime Minister is now set to begin Britain’s two-year withdrawal from the EU within just two weeks. Downing Street indicated Mrs May will wait until the final week of March to start the two-year Brexit process – with Monday 27th currently pencilled in as the most likely date. The PM was forced to deny claims she had been planning to trigger Article 50 tomorrow, but was scared off by the unexpected timing of Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a second independence referendum for Scotland. Mrs May’s official spokesman said: “We have been clear that the PM will trigger Article 50 by the END of March,” he said, straining to emphasise the word ‘end’.

Sun
EXPERTS who delivered the London Olympics have been recruited to help with Brexit, a top civil servant has revealed. Department of Exiting the EU boss Sarah Healey said it’s “essential we learn” from the last major negotiation Britain took part in. The EU Director General said it was a no brainier as the Olympics required a similar cross-Whitehall effort to deliver and there are “lessons to be drawn” from the success of London 2012. And the top mandarin hit back at claims made by ex-EU ambassador Sir Ivan Rogers, who dramatically quit in January over claims Brexit was being steamrolled by the PM. She told the Institute of Government: “I’ve worked for a vast range of ministers in my career and never felt I couldn’t say what was correct, never felt I couldn’t speak truth to power.” And she rejected reports that the new Brexit Department set up by Theresa May last July had struggled to hire top civil servants – saying claims otherwise were “fundamentally untrue.”

EU

BBC News
The UK has been told it will not have to agree the exact sum of its financial exit settlement in the early stages after Article 50 has been triggered, BBC Newsnight has learned. A message has been passed through informal channels from EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to top figures in David Davis’s department. The UK would first have to agree the broad principles of the payment. The principles for EU citizens in the UK would then have to be agreed. Once these two principles have been agreed – on the financial settlement payment and EU citizens – Mr Barnier is prepared to open up the negotiations to cover all areas and the nature of the UK’s future relations with the EU. This would meet the UK demand for the negotiations on the UK’s future trade deal with the EU to be discussed in parallel with the Article 50 talks. Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 – which have to be concluded within two years – in the final week of March.

Express
POLAND today accused the rest of the European Union of “double standards and cheating” and vowed to block future EU initiatives in a sensational revenge plot over its treatment at last week’s Brussels summit. In an extraordinarily savage attack on the entire euro project Warsaw’s foreign minister effectively accused the rest of the club of ganging up on his country and stabbing it in the back over the re-election of Donald Tusk.  Witold Waszczykowski vowed Poland would not go down without a fight, saying it would start vetoing major projects backed by other EU countries in revenge, a tactic which could completely paralyse the bloc.  The move shows how the cavernous rift which opened up between Warsaw and the other 27 member states over the appointment of the top eurocrat and support for a two-speed Europe has now developed into a full-blown diplomatic crisis. What began as a dispute over the EU Council chief’s suitability for office has rapidly escalated into all-out verbal warfare, with Poland launching a series of increasingly fierce attacks on other members. 

Westmonster
One of the EU’s unelected Commissioners, Vera Jourova, has warned that countries within the EU such as Poland who do not do as they are told may be stripped of funding  moving forward. Countries like Poland and Hungary have become increasingly outspoken at the way that the EU is increasingly being dominated by a small clique including the Germans and the French. Tensions are now building, with EU Commissioner Jourova warning that the distribution of EU funds may become dependent on upholding ‘EU values’. In other words sit down, shut up and do as you are told. The squeeze on the EU’s finances is no secret. With the UK cash cow soon departing, there seems to be a growing element of panic in Brussels. Will Poland allow its democratic principles to be bought and sold? You wouldn’t have thought this system could survive for much longer.

Breitbart
Turkey’s minister in charge of European Union affairs says his country should consider reviewing its migration deal with the EU and relax controls on people reaching Europe over land. Omer Celik’s comments, reported by the state-run Anadolu Agency, came amid tensions with the Netherlands and other European countries over Turkish ministers traveling abroad to court Turkish citizens’ votes in an upcoming referendum. Turkey agreed last year to work to keep migrants from crossing into the EU in return for funds to help it deal with some 3 million refugees. Anadolu quoted Celik as saying the EU had not kept its side of the bargain. He added: “In my opinion, the issue of the land passages should be reviewed.” However, Celik said Turkey should maintain controls to prevent sea crossings that claimed hundreds of lives.

Scotland

Mail
In a bold move commensurate with someone far taller, the Ginger Dwarf from the North has declared there will be a second once-in-a-lifetime referendum. Not only that, but this second once-in-a-lifetime referendum even has a date: between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, once the Scots have had a chance to see exactly what the post-Brexit apocalypse looks like. By then, according to the prophesying powers of our wise son-of-a-bus-driver mayor, Sadiq Khan from Londonistan, we will surely all be languishing in a bloodied, repentant mess on the rocks, having leapt in our ignorance over the edge of the cliff of doom.

Telegraph
Theresa May has ruled out Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a new Scottish independence referendum before Brexit, but postponed triggering Article 50 after the First Minister’s demands caught her by surprise. In a day of high drama, Ms Sturgeon appeared to wrong-foot No 10 when she announced she would set the wheels in motion for a second referendum next week, and insisted the ballot should take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 – while the Brexit negotiations are still going on. The Prime Minister issued a stern rebuke, telling her “politics is not a game”, and accusing her of “tunnel  vision”. Sources close to Mrs May said she would not allow a referendum until  several months after Britain’s EU exit. Hours after Mrs May’s riposte, Downing Street made the unexpected announcement that the Prime Minister will not now invoke Article 50 before March 27.

UKIP
UKIP’s Scottish MEP David Coburn: “The prospect of a second independence referendum between the Autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019 is utterly preposterous. “The UK will still be in negotiations with the EU at this time – the SNP seem to wish to cause maximum disruption, uncertainty and overall mayhem. “In 2014 the Scottish people decided decisively to remain British, in 2016 less people voted to remain in the EU than voted to be British in 2014. “The SNP want to be “in control” not at the “mercy”, have they been asleep whilst Greece has simply been bullied by the EU and when The Republic of Ireland twice voted the wrong way in a referendum and were forced to vote again courtesy of the EU. “Scotland as an EU member would be simply insignificant in comparison to Germany and France and we would simply follow or be told how to follow. “What the SNP are proposing for Scotland is a future of ‘austerity Max”. The very idea that it would be advantageous for us to leave the UK for a berth as a small but proud nation in the EU is foolish. We would be condemned to an austere damaging regime that would skip us of autonomy and and leave us open to penal austerity measures such as those imposed on other small nations.

Star
LADBROKES has become one of the first bookmakers to back YES as the most likely outcome of the planned second Scottish referendum. Nicola Sturgeon revealed today she will seek permission to trigger a second vote on independence in the Scottish parliament next week. And now bookmakers Ladbrokes believe if she gets her way, Scotland will leave the United Kingdom. They have made a Yes to independence a narrow favourite at 8/11, while a No vote is quoted at 11/10. Matthew Shaddick of Ladbrokes said: “Indyref mark two looks all set now and whilst not all Scottish voters may be looking forward to another campaign, bookies are anticipating another huge political betting showdown.” The price of a referendum before 2020 has been slashed to 4/6, while the most likely date is 2018 at 7/4. Odds on a 2021 referendum or later stand at 11/10, with odds for a 2019 referendum quoted at 5/2.

NHS

Mail
Junior doctors may have to work for the NHS for more than five years after they graduate – or pay back their training costs. Announcing the plan last night, Jeremy Hunt stressed that it costs the taxpayer £230,000 to train each doctor in England. Under current rules, students are free to leave the health service as soon as they finish their degree, although most put in at least two years’ work to qualify for registration with the General Medical Council. But the Health Secretary, who will today launch a public consultation, wants to tie doctors to the NHS longer-term, by adopting rules already used by the armed forces. Mr Hunt will ask how long a minimum term of service should be, with the longest option given as ‘more than five years’. Hundreds of junior doctors are thought to have abandoned NHS careers after last year’s bruising row over working hours. That argument, which saw doctors walk out on strike several times, ended when Mr Hunt forced through a new contract despite British Medical Association opposition. Many doctors are thought to have left the UK to work in Australia and New Zealand, while others have taken up lucrative locum and agency jobs. Mr Hunt’s proposal would stop doctors taking that option.

ITV News
Patients are being left for hours in pain due to NHS rationing, which is affecting access to community nurses and hip operations, a new report says. The King’s Fund said people at the end of their life are suffering due to nursing shortages, while other patients are denied access to operations for non-clinical reasons. The think tank said there is “clear evidence that access to and quality of patient care has suffered”. The British Medical Association (BMA) said patients are “suffering the consequences of a deliberately underfunded NHS at breaking point”. The study follows an 
ITV News investigation, which revealed that more than two thirds of doctors have been left with no choice but to ration care as the NHS cash crisis intensifies.

Telegraph
Doctors could be forced to work in the UK for at least five years after completing their training, under plans by Jeremy Hunt to expand the supply of home-grown doctors. The Health Secretary will today unveil plans for the largest ever expansion in the NHS medical workforce, training an extra 1,500 doctors a year. The scheme means the number of junior doctors will expand by one quarter, in an effort to ensure Britain is less reliant on overseas doctors, in the years after Brexit. Today Mr Hunt said the plans were part of efforts to create “the safest healthcare system in the world” while ensuring value for money. It costs the taxpayer £230,000 to train a doctor, over and above fees paid by individuals. New plans today sets out proposals for a “return of service” programme – similar to that used by the armed forces.

Morning Star
PATIENTS are dying in pain due to rationing of treatment in the NHS, according to a report published today. People at the end of life are being left for hours without pain relief due to nursing shortages, says NHS research organisation the King’s Fund. Others face long delays for operations, including hip replacements, and more are affected by cuts in community nursing. The study looked at four areas hit by rationing: sexual health, district nursing, planned hip operations and neonatal care. It found services under “significant financial pressure,” with funding static or falling despite rising demand. Report author Ruth Robertson said: “Longer waiting times for hospital treatment and restrictions to operations are just one small part of the picture. “Our research shows that services like district nursing and sexual health, where we found evidence that access and quality are deteriorating for some patients, have been hardest hit by the financial pressures facing the NHS, but this is often going unseen.”

Mail
Dying patients are being left in pain for up to eight hours because the NHS has axed nurses to do home visits, a report reveals. There are now just 4,358 district nurses in England – who care for terminally ill and housebound elderly – down from 12,620 in 2003. Patients in the last two or three days of their lives are being left ‘frightened’, ‘distressed’ and in ‘discomfort’ because of long delays for visits. A major review by the Kings Fund concludes that there is now ‘clear evidence’ that the rationing of NHS funds is having a significant effect on patient care across the board. This includes patients dependent on district nurses, those awaiting hip and knee replacements and patients needing health services.

Unions

Express
TOWN halls have handed £14 million of taxpayers’ cash to trade unions over the last three years, a report revealed last night. Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance estimated the total cost of so-called “facility time”, time off taken by employees to carry out union duties, at councils across England.  A total of 371 local authority employees carried out union duties for at least 50 per cent of their working time, the research fond. And the pressure group estimated that the expenditure was enough to fix 275,195 potholes in local roads.  Alex Wild, the research director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Trade unions are voluntary bodies of members and so should only receive the support of those members, not taxpayers. “A huge amount continues to fund union duties, often without the express knowledge or consent of taxpayers, which simply isn’t right.”

Royal yacht

Independent
Boris Johnson has backed a campaign for a new £100 million royal yacht, saying the move would attract “overwhelmingly support”. In a debate on the Budget last night the Foreign Secretary said the new yacht, to replace the Britannia which was decommissioned 20 years ago, would be considered by the government but it would have to be funded by private donations. He said: “It is my view that it would indeed add greatly to the soft power of this country, a soft power which is already very considerable. “The new Britannia should not be a call on the taxpayer, if it can be done privately I am sure it would attract overwhelming support.” This is the first time a government minister has expressed support for a boat following a campaign by the 
Daily Telegraph. Mr Johnson had previously told a committee of MPs that “regretfully” a new royal yacht was “not a government priority” last October. 

Mail
Boris Johnson yesterday signalled he backs building a new royal yacht to boost Britain’s international influence after Brexit. The Foreign Secretary insisted a new Royal Yacht Britannia would ‘add greatly’ to the UK’s ‘soft power’. It was the first time the plan has been openly backed by a minister in the House of Commons. However, Mr Johnson admitted a new yacht was unlikely to get taxpayer funding. No 10 last night appeared lukewarm on official backing for the project. Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 under Tony Blair’s Labour government.

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43 Comments on News review – Tuesday 14 March 2017

  1. Roger, I wish I could share your confidence; the enemey within is well entrenched and will not be defeated easily.

    • This link makes wonderful reading. Cameron must have said “We must stop Farage winning that seat, by hook or by crook” and he was very happy for it to be mainly crook.

  2. According to Westmonster Farage is interviewing Marine. So after all that ‘we can’t deal with far-right extremists’ nonsense. At least Farage is flexible – in the end.

    All that ‘shunning the far-right’ stuff has blocked alliances with and support from an army of worthy, honest fellow spirits for years simply because of MSM demonisation. Who was it who said ‘We are all in it together’. About bloody time!

  3. A Northern Voice // March 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm // Reply

    Guys:
    has everyone signed this? Please share everywhere and get it over 100,000
    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/180642

  4. Is Nigel still a member?
    We have in fact been “waiting for Godot”
    We have been waiting for Aaron in partnership with Nigel to take control of UKIP and return us to our senses in management and some relevant policies
    .
    Now we can only wait for Nigel.
    I think there are a fair number (on here at least) who are distinctly not satisfied with the present top echelon and , personally, I am becoming convinced that without essential change UKIP will make no further progress.
    If Nigel doesn`t step in and impose his authority – by popular acclamation – b*gger the rules – we are dead in the water.

    Come on Nuttall and Oakapple acknowledge there is not a brain cell among you, you haven`t got a clue about management or media massaging and your ideas of policy are antediluvian – internal communication isn`t very good either.

    • We should have known. Bag carriers good leaders do not make. Milliband, Cameron and Nuttall; three recent examples.

  5. What’s this about an exit financial settlement to be paid to the EU on departure? We’ve been paying through the nose for years and shouldn’t pay one euro more to the foreign fleecers.
    It should be the other way round – the UK should get a lump sum from the EU Investment Bank! May had better hang tough on this – and on the exclusive return of our fishing grounds!

    • Peter Bone Con MP suggested to Magpie today during her statement to Parliament that as it was a divorce situation we ought to get back 50% of what we had paid in i.e.£93 billion.
      She said his question wasn`t much of a job application for the Treasury.
      She also didn`t take kindly to the term “Divorce”

      • Indeed, what about all the EU edifices we have paid for including the ridiculous 2 parliament buildings and the costs of servicing them?

  6. I think Magpie is a more astute political player than wee Krankie and she (May) already has a plan in mind to block a 2nd Scottish referendum. And so she should. The last was only two and a half years ago, and Krankie was already wittering on about another one long before the latest ‘Brexit changed everything’ excuse. Plus, if the first referendum had favoured becoming independent, Scotland would have left the EU as soon as it left the UK, with no guarantee of being accepted back in. Maybe it’s the Scotch mist that prevents the SNP from seeing beyond their rather unpleasant anti-English prejudice. (Hey, aren’t they being ‘rayyycist’?)

    Krankie has revealed herself as being very suited to the EU style of stifling opposition and trying to get her own way. Her anti-democratic insistence on refusing to accept the result of one referendum by calling for another until the ‘correct’ answer emerges has been learnt from the tactics of various EU presidents and commissioners over the years. Perhaps she should forget Scotland and apply for some unelected bureaucratic role in Brussels.

  7. I feel suspicious today that May is putting off Article 50.

    • Expelled for telling a home truth. It is Nuttall and his cabal of cronies that need to go.

      Hopefully the loss of any potential financial support from Banks will help them on their way. A flood of letters from members might waken Nuttall up from his dreams.

      Action is necessary; I wonder if anyone can obtain the list of members???

  8. Arron Banks has just tweted that his UKIP membership has been suspended, could this be the start of something new?

    • Playing the part of the devils advocate John,could this not be the start of something new at the cost of something old and valued,ie UKIP.
      May one ask was it Banks money that funded UKIP? because even if the amount was a million plus it would be small change regarding what is at stake now and in the future, control is the name of the game and the referendum ball has never left the tory hands after isolating Farage and UKIP.

    • He wants to be expelled so he has an excuse to start something else? Hope so for all our sakes! Skin off rice pudding is right.

      • Mike,as in a prior post I commented that hope is a very fickle commodity and IMHO Mr Banks and his past and current intentions need a
        good coating of looking at.
        I would go so far as to say,that to me he is showing a very distinctive Napoleonic persona.
        Starting another party is in my book not an option on the time issue alone, it would be far better to repair the legacy that Farage left us.

        • “….it would be far better to repair the legacy that Farage left us.” – The problem is how to do that with a leadership who don’t appear to want to listen to members and supporters. How many times have there been articles on UKIP Daily questioning the direction of the party and making suggestions? I’ve lost count. How many times have any of the Elite responded in any way. Zero as far as I can remember.

        • Take your point but it seems to me that without outside intervention UKIP will go nowhere. You can’t keep whipping up volunteer enthusiasm if you don’t win. And to remind, Napoleon was very effective at warfare!

        • Oh and ogga James Goldsmith was a Napoleon but he prevented joining the single currency I think.

    • I hope so – We need something to believe in – A new party name,New leaders,radical manifesto and we might salvage what was UKIP

      • Agree, Alb, if UKIP can’t be salvaged as is, and obviously they don’t intend that it is, judging by Nuttall’s letter to members he’s quite happy, lots of backers and everything’s tickety boo. Not with this member it isn’t. I don’t believe in UKIP as is, the only two policies I actually know about apart from Brexit, as stated by our Leader, is an English Parliament (according to Nuttall on Daily Politics he was elected on this ticket) and now, obviously, we will never ever upset the Muslims that make such a huge contribution to Britain in every area of British life by never ever banning Halal. Great! I’m really going to canvass for those.

        • Oops! The other policy that issued forth from the lips of our Leader was, of course, something to do with fish and chips, just not sure about the fine detail.

          • Dee,the fish and chips issue which was a proposal to
            look at Vat on hot food overall which IMO deserves a good looking at.

          • Will it save our country from Creeping Sharia Law, Ogga? Can we win Seats in May’s elections with that?

          • Given the large presence of the invader in providing hot food do we really want to give them greater profits? I’m sure any such action would have no effect on prices where VAT is not shown separately.

        • GEOFFREY CHARLES ELLIOTT. // March 15, 2017 at 10:07 am // Reply

          http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/593517/Man-halal-Manchester-stickers-terrorism-Liam-Edwards?_ga=1.243005318.561370803.1489515279
          Dee,Panmelia,DD,and the rest of you guys,keep up the pressure,and back my demands.
          The best thing for our enemies,political or otherwise,would be for the
          failed hierarchy to keep on backing Paul Nutall to remain as the leader of UKIP,where we can just fade away and die.A death at my age, I wouldn’t mind,but I refuse to see UKIP die without a fight.
          Dee since you told me agout that vile,despicable Halal Promoting
          Leaflet,and when I then saw it,i was incandescent with rage,I was
          filled with loathing and hatred for Paul Nutall and all the dullards,who had drafted that absurd Leaflet.They had reversed a policy which had been a cornerstone of our UKIP policies for over two decades,
          I have been oh so very proud to be a member,supporter,and activist for my beloved party,UKIP..I have campaigned for many years
          against bloody Halal,and I am Patron with many,actually too many,as
          I spread my donations fairly thinly.I take j a special interest in funding
          covert cameras in Slaughterhouses,where there has been a history of animals being abused.The evidence which we then obtain,can be used to prosecute those vile inhuman bastards.
          http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/598244/Halal-slaughterhouse-filmed-abusing-sheep-goes-into-administration
          I have also campaigned that CCTV Cameras be installed in all Slaughterhouses,but the scum MP’s turned it down,well they would do wouldn’t they,as most now jpromote Halal,and the blood-lust of the Islamists,who are slowly but surely taking over our once proud and independent,and once great,and former Christian country.
          Nutall by pandering to the Muslims of jStoke,who didn’t vote for him anyway,and his despicable support for Halal Slaughter,makes him
          indistinguishable from the rest of our Dhimmi useless leaders,and that is why I want him to stand down now,he is not fit to lead UKIP.

          • GEOFFREY CHARLES ELLIOTT // March 15, 2017 at 11:24 am //

            http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/725909/Petition-UK-mosques-loud-call-prayer-THREE-TIMES-day
            More proof of the slow but creeping Islamification of Britain
            Paul Nutall’s monumental mistake of his promotion,and pandering to the Muslims of Stoke,which he failed to mention in his speech to us at our recent Conference in Bolton.While we were all clapping and cheering loudly he had a hidden agenda,which he kept hidden away from us,in a most sly and underhand way.Did the very fact that he failed to take us all into his confidence,and mention that most monumental reversal of policy,of what I can only describe,as one of the cornerstones of our UKIP policies,and that was to ban that that most vile cruel and barbaric bloody Halal,just show
            that he (Nutall) was rather uneasy about it,I think not.As he was then photographed outside the Stoke South Cental Mosque with three other UKIP dullards:
            https://skwawkbox.org/2017/02/11/no-stokecentral-muslim-wants-to-be-seen-with-nuttall-has-to-use-ukip-councillor/
            Nutall’s appeasement to Muslims,and his support for bloody Halal,have almost destroyed UKIP,one hell of a lot good and loyal members have left,and continue to leave as I write.
            have tried to dissuade many,who have contacted me,as they know of my stance against bloody Halal,and my outspoken views on those enemies from within,the terror supporting
            Islamists,wher members of Isis,are all embedded out of sight,
            just waiting to attack us.
            Many of you might know that I was a huge supporter of Paul
            Nutall,but that ended when I saw that despicable Leaflet.
            At first I thought of leaving UKIP,as belive me I feel especially
            betrayed by what Nutall has done,but now intend to stay
            that is until they throw me out,and continue with my demands to want Nutall gone,he is indeed damaged goods.
            .

          • Geoffrey,

            I am just wondering if we get rid of Nuttall and the others who do you think should replace them?

          • Re Geoffrey Elliot’s link to newspaper article on this page: Manchester man’s halal protest.
            Yet another case of the police going for a soft target and dragging a Brit into court for putting anti-halal stickers on meat. It’s funny, isn’t it, that they apparently have no orders to arrest and punish the bozos who carry around posters demanding beheading for all who insult islam etc etc?

            Apparently, a chicken costing £16.50 had to be thrown away because it had a sticker on, in case of ‘contamination’. It was already contaminated by filthy ritual slaughter, but that is not a concern of the shopkeeper, police, magistrates et al who punished the protestor with curfew, fines and a compensation payout.
            And yet again a stupid person who doesn’t know that islam IS NOT A RACE wittered on about whether or not the protest was racially motivated. This was the prosecutor who is a dhimmi as well as a dimbo.

            By the way, doesn’t Paul Nuttall want to put labels on halal meat? If it happens, the labels won’t tell the truth about halal in the same way that the Manchester bloke’s stickers did, that’s for sure.

    • And Ukip is refuting this by saying that he hasn’t been suspended, but that his membership lapsed earlier this year.
      One of our Branch members complained of several telephone calls from HQ reminding him that renewal was due, some occurring after he had sorted it out.
      Does anyone think that HQ ‘forgot’ to remind Banks?

      • Banks is a businessman. He’ll surely have heard of this weird little thing called ‘standing order’, or even ‘direct debit’. If he were really that keen on UKIP – that is our policies, and us, the members, thens surely he would not have forgotten?
        Isn’t it strange how the Banks-supported would-be leaders Woolfe and Kassam somehow also ‘forgot’ to renew their membership …

        • You are getting there Vivian.

        • Viv, just to remind you that Raheem had policy proposals we would now die for. He stepped down because he knew he wasn’t going to win – if you remember, the ‘anonymous sources within UKIP’.
          Raheem was not quite mature enough to lead, but he could have been brought in. Faragists have been purged, one way or another, and some were capable and had much to give.

          • Yes, Dee – Kassam had interesting policies, but has he done anything to promote them inside the Party, as opposed to social media? So many ordinary members, not least those who publish on UKIP Daily, have policy proposals we also ‘would die for’. We are all disregarded by the coterie ‘On Top’, not just Kassam or JRE. May I suggest respectfully that we members know we’re in for a long slog, and have been, disappointment and all. We need marathon runners, not sprinters who give up when their one bid for glory fails.

  9. Comment on Scotland.
    It has been said above that the Ginger Headed diminutive wrong footed Magpie, by coming out yesterday for a Scottish referendum.

    Couldn`t it have been an astute move by Magpie to flush out the will she won`t she “little Caesar”?.
    Now we know for sure there will be a second referendum on Scottish Independence – result will be we(Magpie) are rid of this particular irritant termagant forever. i.e. if she wins she`s off and if she loses she resigns.

    Meanwhile Magpie has kept Labour quiescent in the Brexit negotiations, if Scotland did gain independence that would be Labour`s last chance of regaining previous Labour held seats, so necessary for them to obtain a parliamentary majority and she has also kept Corbyn neutralised and ineffective in challenging her party at the next GE.

    Anyway, by hook or by crook the bill to trigger article 50 is passed, we can now look forward with increasing confidence to a HARD/COMPLETE/TOTAL Brexit with the expectation that will include return in all aspects of our territorial waters including fishing rights.
    After all if we are now returning to our policing and guardianship of the oceans “East of Suez”, just as charity begins at home, so should defence of our 200 mile limit.

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