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Sunday papers – 23rd April 2017

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General Election

Several of the media report conflicting polls. The Telegraph claims the Tories’ lead on the NHS is disappearing.

Labour’s lead over the Tories on who is best trusted with the NHS has almost disappeared, an opinion poll for The Telegraph has revealed.
Forty per cent of voters are confident Labour would handle the health service well – almost identical to the 38 per cent who think the same of the Tories.
It is a marked contrast to previous general election campaigns when Labour has enjoyed a double-digit lead over their political rivals on the topic.
The finding is a major challenge for Jeremy Corbyn as he puts his party’s record on the health service at the centre of his bid to win power. 

The Mail claims the Conservatives’ lead is shrinking.

Theresa May’s hopes of winning a landslide Election victory suffered a major blow last night after her poll lead plummeted to 11 per cent amid the row over her tax and pension plans.
A Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday put the Conservatives on 40 per cent, followed by Labour on 29 per cent and the Lib Dems and Ukip level on 11 per cent.
It means Mrs May’s lead over Jeremy Corbyn has nearly halved in four days: a poll immediately after she called the Election gave the Tories a 21-point advantage.
Polling expert Professor John Curtice said the Survation figures would give Mrs May a Commons majority of 46, an improvement on her current working majority of 17, but way below some forecasts of a 140-seat majority.

But the Guardian claims the Tories are pulling away.

The Tories have more than doubled their lead over Labour to 19 points since Theresa May called a snap general election last Tuesday, according to a new poll that suggests the Conservatives are heading for a landslide victory on 8 June.
The survey by Opinium for the 
Observer, conducted on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, puts the Tories on 45% (up seven points compared with the previous week), while Labour is down three points on 26%.
The leap in backing for the Tories, and Labour’s fall, mean the gap between the two main parties has widened from nine points to 19 points in a matter of days – levels of support which, if replicated on polling day, could secure a Commons majority for May of around 100 seats.
The poll also shows support growing for the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats, who are up four points on 11%, and a dramatic fall in backing for Ukip, which is down five points to 9%, from 14% the week before. Backing for the Lib Dems suggests that the party’s clear anti-Brexit strategy is appealing to hardcore Remain voters.

The Conservative lead is also reported in the Mail.

Theresa May could come into the General Election on June 8 with a 50 per cent lead, according to an opinion poll.
The Sunday Mirror poll, carried out by ComRes, put support for Labour at just 25 per cent, half that of the Conservatives.
The polling company said it was the first time any political party has achieved 50 per cent support since April 2002 – and the first time the Tories have reached that mark since January 1991.
The survey showed support for the Conservatives has strengthened since the Prime Minister’s decision to call a snap election – rising four points on the previous week – while Labour was unchanged.

And the Mirror also has the Conservatives in a commanding lead.

Theresa May has hit the magical 50 per cent of the vote which would deliver a landslide victory to the Tories on June 8.
In a sensational Sunday Mirror ComRes poll today the Conservatives have pulled a further four points ahead of Labour since a survey last Sunday.
Labour remains on 25 per cent. If those figures were mirrored on election day, Prime Minister Mrs May would be left with a thumping overall majority of more than 200 – while Jeremy Corbyn would lose at least 90 MPs.
If Mrs May pulls that off it means she would beat the 418 seats Tony Blair won in the 1997 landslide that ushered in 13 years of New Labour rule.

In terms of policy, the Express reports on the possibility of HS2 being scrapped.

THE PRIME Minister will consider scrapping the Government’s flagship High Speed rail scheme HS2 after being lobbied by hostile MPs to ditch the £56billion project in the Conservative Party manifesto.
Conservative MP George Freeman, the Prime Minister’s policy chief who is helping to draw up the party’s manifesto, told a group of Tory MPs on Wednesday that cancelling HS2 is up for consideration.
The MPs, led by Andrew Bridgen and Cheryl Gillan, had argued that the task of dealing with Brexit meant the bill needed to approve the second phase of the scheme between Birmingham and Crewe would be delayed – adding at least an extra £10 billion to the project’s ballooning budget.

The Conservative Party has also proposed a cap on energy bills, says the Times.

Theresa May will attempt to capture the political centre ground by slashing £100 from the energy bills of 17m families and granting new rights for workers.
The prime minister will use the Conservative manifesto, to be published on May 8, to cap the gas and electricity bills for the seven out of 10 households that pay standard variable tariffs — dubbed a rip-off by watchdogs.
The policy is a centrepiece of a manifesto that will set out a bold social vision for Britain that parks Tory tanks on terrain usually occupied by Labour.
Senior ministers say May will also outflank Jeremy Corbyn with reforms to workers’ rights to protect them against rogue bosses.

Labour Party

The Times claims the Labour leader is under pressure.

Jeremy Corbyn “struggles to cope” with the demands of frontline politics and works in conditions of “chaos”, according to a key insider who spent a year at the heart of the opposition leader’s team.
Harry Fletcher, the Labour leader’s former communications and strategy adviser, detailed the “fraught, tense and unhappy” atmosphere in Corbyn’s office and growing disorder.
Describing the chaos when he joined, he writes in today’s edition of The Sunday Times: “There was no diary, no schedule, few or no regular team meetings.
Nobody knew what their job was. We discovered in passing one day that there were tens of thousands of unopened emails to Jeremy that no one had ever read.”

And in a Labour marginal seat, voters are split, says the Mirror.

Voters in Labour’s most marginal seat City of Chester seem split over Jeremy Corbyn ’s ability to win.
With a majority of just 93 over his Tory rival, MP Chris Matheson has spoken out against his leader and is confident of holding his seat.
But a snap Sunday Mirror survey showed even long-time Labour supporters are uncertain their MP can overcome the Corbyn factor.
Marketing manager and dad-of-two Adam Kirkup, 28, said: “Jeremy is wonderful ideologically but I’m not sure he has a united party behind him. Some of that is down to leadership style. I’d be surprised if he did well but I’d love it.”

The Express reports a mass exodus from Labour.

ONE in seven of those who voted Labour at the last General Election will switch to the Conservatives because of Jeremy Corbyn, a Sunday Express poll reveals.
Party leadership was the main reason for defection on June 8 as the survey put Prime Minister Theresa May 16 points ahead of Labour on 42 per cent, giving the Conservatives a thumping majority of more than 100.
Twenty-six per cent of those questioned by polling company Norstat said they would vote Labour, while 10 per cent opted for the Liberal Democrats. 

On policy, Sky News reports that Labour could give us four more Bank Holidays.

A Labour government will seek to create four new UK-wide bank holidays on the patron saint’s day of each of the home nations, Jeremy Corbyn has said.
Speaking today on St George’s Day, the Labour leader said the move would bring together England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while giving workers a well-deserved break.
But a Conservative source told Sky News that the British economy “would be on permanent holiday if Mr Corbyn got near Downing Street”.

This story is also reported by BBC News.

A Labour government would seek to create four new UK-wide bank holidays, Jeremy Corbyn says.
The holidays would be on each nation’s patron saint day – St David’s Day on 1 March, St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, St George’s Day on 23 April and St Andrew’s Day on 30 November.
Mr Corbyn believes the move will “celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations”.
Labour says the UK has fewer bank holidays than other G20 countries.
Normally, England and Wales have eight bank holidays a year, Scotland nine, and Northern Ireland 10. Labour says the average for G20 countries is 12.

And the Express claims a Labour victory would bring us closer to war.

EUROPE would move one step closer to war with Russia if Jeremy Corbyn was elected prime minister, Nato’s former secretary general Anders Fogh Rassmussen said last night.
The former Danish prime minister warned that Russian internet trollers were already preparing to attempt to influence June’s general elections results by launching fake news attacks from Kremlin-sponsored sites in St Petersburg.
“A firm hand on defence and security is essential if you want to avoid war and conflict. It is the only deterrent that works,” he said.
“If Jeremy Corbyn defied the odds and entered Downing Street, it would put a question mark over Nato unity, Britain’s willingness to act in defence of its own interests, and Europe’s wider security.

UKIP

Our own party says it will stop Muslims wearing burkas, says the Telegraph.

Ukip will promise on Monday to ban the burka from being worn in public as it shelves a rebrand that was planned before the election.
The party’s first election manifesto pledges will be based on its an “integration agenda” aimed at its core supporters.
Sharia law – the religious rules that form part of Islamic tradition – will be outlawed in the UK under the party’s proposals.
People with evidence of female genital mutilation will be bound by law to inform police, it will be suggested.
It will also call for postal voting to be abolished for most citizens amid fears it is being used for electoral fraud. 

The Sun also has the story.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall will put a ban on wearing full-face veils at the centre of his general election campaign this week.
He will propose action to tackle the rise of Islamic extremism and promote social integration in his party’s manifesto.
It would put Britain in line with France, Belgium and Bulgaria where the burka – which covers the entire body including face – is outlawed.
Mr Nuttall believes garments such as the burka and niqab are a barrier to social harmony and a security risk.

BBC News also reports the policy.

A pledge to ban the full-face veils worn by some Muslim women is expected to be included in the UK Independence Party’s general election manifesto.
Party leader Paul Nuttall will launch what he calls an “integration agenda” on Monday.
He will say wearing the burka and niqab in public is a barrier to social harmony, as well as a security risk.
He will also propose outlawing Sharia law – the religious rules that form part of Islamic tradition.
The party’s manifesto is expected to suggest that anyone with evidence of female genital mutilation will be bound by law to inform police.

And the Express claims that the party will not stand candidates in some seats.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has vowed to put “country before party” and not put up candidates in key Labour versus Tory battlegrounds.
Writing for the Sunday Express, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall said it was his duty to “advance the practical cause of Brexit in Parliament, in the country at large and in the negotiating chambers of the European Union.
“That means, to put it in shorthand, adhering to the principle of country before party in the changed political circumstances that pertain today.” 

LibDems

It seems the LibDems will be targeting pro-Brexit Tories, says the Telegraph.

The Liberal Democrats have drawn up a hit-list of pro-EU Tory MPs who they want to unseat as they plot a Brexit purge for the election campaign.
The Telegraph can reveal that four Conservatives in parts of the country which most voted to stay in the European Union have been singled out.
Among those targeted will be Tania Mathias MP, whose Twickenham constituency overwhelmingly backed staying in the EU at last year’s referendum.
According to Lib Dem party analysis just one in three voters in Twickenham wanted Brexit – something the Tories are now promising to deliver at this election.

But the party will not go into any coalition, says the Guardian.

The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has ruled out any form of coalition with the Tories or Labour after the general election as he sets out a bold ambition to attract enough Remain voters to form the main opposition party in parliament.
In a dramatic shift of strategy for a party that entered coalition with the Conservatives in 2010 in the “national interest”, Farron said in an interview with the 
Observer that there will be “no deal, no deal with anybody” under any circumstances.
He insisted that both the Tories and Labour
were intent on driving through a hard Brexit, which would include taking the UK out of the single market, and that his party had a duty to offer a distinct alternative, including a policy that would keep open a possibility of the UK staying in the EU.

French elections

Elsewhere, voters go to the polls for the first round of the elections in France. The Telegraph gives us a snapshot.

As the countdown commences to France’s most unpredictable presidential election in modern times, a small town in deepest Burgundy has become the focus of intense national scrutiny because it always reflects the national vote.
Donzy, population 1660, is France’s electoral equivalent of Basildon, seen as Britain’s ultimate political bellwether, having voted for the winning party at each general election since it became a constituency in 1974.
Surrounded by farms producing goat’s cheese and foie gras, the medieval town is in many ways textbook “France profonde”, boasting a church, two doctors, a butcher, two bakers, three cafes, three schools and a retirement home. There are two factories making drinking straws and umbrellas on the outskirts and a football pitch. 

The Sun is talking of civil war in France.

OUTSPOKEN Marine Le Pen’s presidential campaign chief has claimed France could erupt into civil war if it is the target of any more terror attacks.
Jean Messiha also told BBC Newsnight that a continuation of ‘feeble’ leadership will result in ISIS tightening its grip within the country leading to even bigger attacks.
He spoke out as voting in the presidential election got underway in colonies around the world.
Mr Messiha said: “She [Le Pen] is the only one who can heal the division in this country because she is the only one to call for authority back in the streets of Paris and the state must use its authority to restore state power in the streets.

And Breitbart discusses gun control.

The strict French gun control that makes it extremely difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves has proven little more than a paper tiger when it comes to prohibiting terrorists and public attackers from acquiring the guns they need to kill innocents.
The April 20 attack on a police patrol on the Champs Élysées illustrates this perfectly in light of the fact that the alleged attacker–Karim Cheurfi–was previously jailed for shooting at officers with a .38 Special revolver. The 
Daily Mail reports that Cheurfi was imprisoned “in 2005 for trying to kill two policemen” and wounding a third person with the revolver.
On Thursday he allegedly used a Kalashnikov to kill two officers. He was then shot dead, and upon searching his car, police discovered more weapons, “including a pump action shotgun.”

EU

In the rest of the EU, the Independent claims the General Election is a ‘power grab’ by the Prime Minister.

The European Parliament’s Brexit chief has accused Theresa May of a “power grab” motivated by “opportunism” after the Prime Minister decided to call an early general election.
Guy Verhofstadt, the Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, dismissed Ms May’s claim that an election was needed to enable her to secure a better deal with the EU as “nonsensical”.
“What has been billed as a ‘Brexit election’ is an attempted power grab by the Tories, who wish to take advantage of a Labour party in seeming disarray to secure another five years of power before the reality of Brexit bites,” Mr Verhofstadt wrote in 
The Observer.

The Guardian has a similar story.

Theresa May’s claim that she will be strengthened in the Brexit talks by a general election victory has been dismissed as nonsense by the European parliament’s Brexit coordinator, who has condemned the prime minister as a political opportunist.
In an outspoken attack, Guy Verhofstadt suggests the prime minister was motivated by party political considerations rather than the national interest in calling a poll for 8 June.
Writing in the Observer, the former Belgian prime minister, who will play a key role in the coming Brexit negotiations, describes the election announced by May on Tuesday as “an attempted power grab by the Conservative party, who wish to take advantage of a Labour party seemingly in disarray to secure another five years of power, before the reality of Brexit bites”.

And the Express reports a fresh demand from Brussels will be rejected.

THERESA May is to reject a fresh demand from Brussels for EU migrants in Britain to be guaranteed EU rights for the rest of their lives, senior sources said today.
Leaked documents revealed that EU negotiators are preparing to open Brexit talks with an insistence that EU employment rights will continue in perpetuity for three million migrant workers already settled in the UK.
The move would guarantee pension rights and job security as well as maintaining controversial rules that mean foreign workers can claim child benefit for youngsters living overseas.

In terms of overseas trade, a financier has claimed we could do very well from Brexit, reports the Express.

BRITAIN could wipe out any trade costs incurred from leaving the European Union on day one of Brexit and end up substantially better off in one fell swoop, a leading trade expert has revealed today.
Top financier David Coker told express.co.uk that Theresa May should ditch the Brussels single market and instead seek membership of the lucrative North America Free Trade Association (NAFTA).
He said the increase in UK exports that would result from more trade with its three other members – the US, Canada and Mexico – could easily “wipe out” any deficit caused with Europe.
Mr Coker, a former Vice President of Deutsche Bank and high ranking official at the global credit ratings agency Moody’s, made the remarks after a top Republican said Donald Trump was ready to seal a deal with the UK. 

NHS

Away from politics, the Sun reports an increase in health problems.

HOSPITAL patients enduring a 12-hour “trolley wait” has soared in twelve months, shock figures show.
A desperate shortage of beds saw urgent cases held in corridors and side rooms rose by 80 per cent in a year.
Accident and emergency cases where the stricken patients were left for more than 12 hours rose to 339 in February this year.
It compares to 188 twelve months ago and just THREE in February 2011 where patients spent more than 12 hours from the decision to admit to admission.
The latest NHS figures where patients were left waiting more than four hours from the decision to admit to actual admission also rose.

And the Morning Star carries a story about a medical cover-up.

NHS ENGLAND and a medical watchdog both sought to cover up evidence that medical implants have left hundreds of women in debilitating pain.
The minutes of an October meeting between NHS England and Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency officials show them agreeing to “avoid media attention” being given to safety issues.
There is a huge lack of data on the complications caused by the fitting of a mesh device — used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, a report from a working party led by NHS England admitted.
It said published studies do “not tell the whole story” and there are gaps in NHS knowledge about safety.

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32 Comments on Sunday papers – 23rd April 2017

  1. Hugo, at last it feels as if we’re getting somewhere and legitimate concerns and fears about islam in the UK are being acknowledged by UKIP.

    No wonder the koran is full of such nonsense as you quoted. It was written by many different people over a long period of time, much of it fabricated, much of it mistranslated, and all in the interests of various competing warlords using the koran as as a stick with which to beat their enemies.

    Needless to say, it was compiled by ruthless, terrifyingly misogynistic, power-hungry sociopaths in an era of cruelty and unenlightenment. To think that 1bn+ people’s lives are still ruled by the words of such charlatans, madmen and dictators is horrifying.

  2. Radstock in Somerset made the national headlines in 2013 for all the wrong reasons. A Labour councillor did not want the Flag of St George to be flown, in case it might upset Muslims! There are not many of them in Radstock to be offended anyway, even if they were, which seems unlikely.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10059873/Council-vetoes-flag-of-St-George-after-concerns-raised-about-links-to-Crusades.html

    Meanwhile the London mayor is calling on us to celebrate:
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/795242/St-Georges-Day-London-Mayor-Sadiq-Khan-patriotic-flags-UK-Britain

    And Jeremy Corbyn is getting onto the bandwaggon, calling for national celebratory bank holidays:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39682388

    The memo seems to have got through to Radstock Council. I have just been there, and the flag is indeed flying! Is political correctness waning now?

    • Hugo, I sincerely hope so and if enough people can be alerted to the danger of islamisation, perhaps the government will wake up and start to take some action.

  3. I see Theresa May hopes to increase her appeal to Labour voters by ‘slashing £100 from the energy bills of 17m families’.

    Nothing like a nice bit of socialism to compensate for and cover up how the ludicrously expensive energy we have in Great Britain is damaging our economy and robbing us of much-needed jobs, especially in the industrial sector.

    A far better approach is the one being followed by the Communist Chinese. They are sticking with coal for the time being and are probably waiting for fusion to come on stream. They probably realise that the ‘climate crisis’ has little or nothing to do with carbon dioxide and man-made global warming. (All indications are that if the Sun continues its current trend of low activity we will indeed be facing a climate crisis, not of warming but of cooling.)

    With regard to my ‘waiting for fusion to come on stream’ comment, here is a link to an article in Watts Up With That “The Lure of Free Energy Part II” which caught my eye. Please do read the comments that follow the article which discuss the real cost of fission based energy. In particular I draw your attention the part towards the end starting around (April 19, 2017 at 2.31) that covers new developments in fusion that are particularly relevant.
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/04/18/the-lure-of-free-energy-part-ii/

    • Capping energy bills is not socialism. If at all, the NHS is socialism. So to be consistent, the NHS needs to be dismantled. Are the libertarians in the Party prepared to face the electorate with such a proposal? Are they also prepared to oppose the energy bill cap which is a form of regulation of the energy market?

      • Jason you make a good point. However whatever one calls it May’s suggestion of capping energy bills does not solve the underlying problem which is overly expensive energy. It merely protects some consumers, presumably by passing on a proportion of their energy cost, together with the cost of administration, to other consumers or to taxpayers depending on how she plans to do this. Truth be told if UKIP were to win the election (we can dream can’t we!) we would probably be forced to do something similar in the short term. However, over the longer-term I would see us then deregulate the energy sector to bring down costs so that everyone, not just 17m families would benefit.

        It is important to note here that she clearly has no intention of doing anything to bring down the cost of our energy or she would have said that instead. Indeed she is probably anticipating a significant increase.

        If so we can expect to see even more industries (and jobs) moving away to countries like Communist China which have cheaper energy.

  4. Well done Mr Nuttall, you have lost my vote.

    There is only one law in England Wales and Northern Ireland and that is British Law. Scottish law for my argument will be treated as British law.

    As Sharia law is not British law any agreement or ruling made under Sharia should be treated as an illegal agreement and the parties involved should face some form of prosecution under British law. The United Kingdom is not an Islamic state therefore one law will apply and that is British Law. There are several states in the world which practice Islamic Law where I am sure that the extreme supporters of Islamic Law will be made welcome.

    As a non-muslim the rulings in the Koran do not apply to me as British Law is supreme.

    Similarly mosques should be denied minarets where the minarets are out of place. Religious tolerance is applies two ways and the religious heritage of the United Kingdom is Christian although more people are become atheists. In general atheists are more tolerant than religious groups. The practice of religious or none religious tolerance is a part of multi-cultural living where no one party seeks to seeks to rule or undermine another party.

    Whilst a muslim woman is free to wear a burqa, she runs the risk of being ignored by non muslims and general civil courtesies might not be given to her. I would treat her as though she did not exist. I do not ignore muslim women who are not weaingr burqas. During the Leave campaign I treated a non burka wearing muslim woman the same as any other woman, with courtesy and politeness.

    The slaughtering of castle under religious rules should be banned as the world has moved on from the days when the religious slaughtering of cattle rules were first made. People should be more knowledgable now.

    Mr Nuttall will you, and your chairman, please learn what the word leadership means and also how to practise leadership. At the moment I consider that you are failing to show any leadership.

    • @ David Turgoose -?????

      If you had written this yesterday I could understand your complaints. But Nuttall has just announced an anti-sharia, anti-burkha, anti-FGM agenda for the election. These are vote-winners, especially in areas where voters feel a repugnance for the Tories, even if they are pro-Brexit.

      All Paul Nuttall needs to do now is to reinstate the 2015 policy on banning non-stun religious slaughter. If he wants to keep his halal labelling, fine, it will take time to get rid of halal killing and we have every right to know what kind of meat we are buying in the meantime.

      It looks as if the consequences of mistakes in Stoke have sunk in at last, and I only hope Nuttall sticks to his guns – no backtracking, no cowardice under fire!

    • I’m assuming David didn’t know the wonderful info that UKIP is now the party of integration and assimilation – neither of which is possible with Sharia or Burka – and so we want to ban both!
      Hopefully, you will feel able to restore your vote, David? We’re working on Halal, I think at present it will be clear labeling, but you never know.

      • If this announcement had been made under a new leader (and with all Nuttall’s entourage gone) I would have said it was an excellent start.

        But coming from the people who presently run the party, it just looks too cynical for words.

        Two months ago, Nuttall was saying muslims have made a wonderful contribution to the country. Now he’s saying they don’t integrate enough.

        Two months ago, he wanted the muslim vote. Now he wants the non-muslim vote.

        Talk about the Groucho Marx approach to politics (“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others“). Groucho would be proud of him.

        However well or badly UKIP does in the election, we still need a complete clear-out at the top. In my opinion, of course.

        • I know we do, Thomas, but we have to work with what we’ve got for now. At least we have begun the conversation – but as you say, Nuttall looks an idiot – which, in a strange way, makes me pleased that he has at least had the guts to change course.
          John R-E is getting organized, I see, following a link on the other post, ….. if only……

  5. Labour hates our traditions. They do not want our national flag to be flown. I will drive over to Radstock now to see whether or not our national flag is flying next to the war memorial.

    Madness in 2013:

    Rural council votes to stop flying flag of St George claiming it is offensive to town’s 16 Muslims because of links to CRUSADES
    Ban by Radstock Town Council in Somerset after councillor’s proposal
    Labour’s Eleanor Jackson insisted flag could still cause Muslims upset
    Instead a Union Jack and the LGBT flag will be flown at certain times
    Bristol Muslim Cultural Society: ‘It’s political correctness going too far’
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2324999/Rural-council-stops-flying-flag-St-George-claiming-offensive-Muslims-links-Crusades.html

    • This whole ‘sensitivity’ nonsense over the Crusades is laughable and strips bare the lamentable ignorance of councillors and other jobsworths. It just shows what a fantastic job the propagandising islamics have done in demonising the Crusades as wars of aggression against THEM and guilt-tripping Western silly asses into believing it.

      The Crusades were wars of defence (some would say overdue) in response to the usual muslim practice of attacking and conquering peaceful Christian lands in the cause of islam – and, of course, in the cause of amassing wealth, slaves, power and territory. The lack of knowledge, in the UK and the West generally, of the history of islam and its global depredations is not only depressing but DANGEROUS to our own survival.
      The muslim apologists are traitors, whether they realise it or not, and should be sent on a training course to learn about the koran and how islam spread into 49 countries, 50 if you include our own.

  6. Yes Happy St George’s Day everyone!
    Do not worry about tactical voting. There are very few Tory marginals where voting UKIP will make any difference, but every vote counts nationally, to get coverage and political broadcasts we need to contest as many seats as possible (though obviously target comparatively few) and not stand at all, as a symbolic gesture of thanks to only the very best Brexiteers of other parties, in even fewer – a dozen at most.
    This is NOT a matter of lying low, keeping our powder dry till the next time etc etc. It’s about
    having to fighting to survive NOW and remaining an electoral force which has influence if not power.

    So please – let’s have no more talk from commenters on this site about not voting UKIP. Wherever the Party puts up a candidate we must vote for them.

  7. HAPPY SAINT GEORGE’S DAY
    But not for red MP Emily Thornberry who laughed with contempt on the radio yesterday when asked how she would be celebrating.
    Labour – the islamic friendly party that despises patriotism.
    REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
    More Nobel Laureates than any other country in Europe.
    Led the world in attempts to end international slavery for most of the 19thC.
    Magna Carta and The Bill of Rights – cornerstones to democratic freedoms
    Invented in England – stainless steel, trains, trolleys, aniline dyes, modern hydraulics, mining safety equipment, hydroelectricity, tin cans, light bulbs, radiology, world wide web, computer technology in the main, most popular sports inc football, cricket, rugby, and in Much Wenlock the idea/reality of the Modern Olympics. And that is just for starters.

    • CK, perhaps dozy Thornberry hadn’t heard of Corbyn’s patriotic plans to celebrate every UK Saint’s day, even St George’s. If she had, I’m sure she would have been ready to follow her leader and claim that she would be hanging the England flag in her window, just like the bloke she made fun of a few years back.
      What a load of hypocritical tosh frm Jumpin’ Jezza, the man who couldn’t even bring himself to sing the National Anthem!

  8. It was the first thing I thought about on waking up this morning!
    Yesterday was a truly memorable day. In the morning I came across the first young stag ever sighted in my area. Growing up on Exmoor and spending time in Scotland in days of yore, deer were what I missed most. To read on Twitter late last night that UKIP’s policy will include outlawing Sharia and the burka was truly the icing on the cake. I’m sure that labeling of Halal will feature, owing to, ahem, past difficulties, and I won’t quibble about that. The main thing is, we will have got the conversation started. Past is forgotten, by me anyway, the future is what matters. Well done Mr.Nuttall, I can hold my head up and campaign for UKIP.
    I think it may be beginning to sink in, on my part of Twitter, that May is not as trustworthy as many people wanted to hope she would be. So it is even more important to use our resources to best effect, and Let true Tory and the odd Labour Leavers get on with doing their part.
    Off to church, I shall thank the good Lord with gusto!

    • Dee.

      Hallelujah! Paul and Co have seen the light, they have started on the right path at last, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. But brace yourselves this policy is going to cause ruptions!

      • Dear DD, my heart is lighter and I will now stop saying nasty things about Nuttall, promise! I still wish we had a different leader, but I am even beginning to wonder if the cabal might bring in Anne Marie, the UKIP expert on Sharia. Now they have grasped the nettle, it makes sense. Anyway, the conversation is started – the more fireworks the better – many people are still entirely ignorant about Sharia Law and why the statement burka is worn – it may be forced on some women, but not all, so it does show that some Muslim women are as supportive of a future Sharia Britain as many men.
        Peter Whittle is a stalwart, and he is our Deputy, so onward and upward is the cry, I shall renew my membership and if they bring Anne-Marie in, will donate as well! I’m not too hung up on Ban Halal for now, it imight be politic after Stoke to have labeling as policy, though many will be disappointed if that’s the case (I haven’t seen the manifesto yet, have you?) when we get Direct Democracy, according to John Rees-Evans Facebook we will, it will be top of the list, I’m sure.
        I am thrilled!

        • Dee, we should also ban Halal. We must have one law for all, not special exceptions for religious groups.
          It makes nological sense to ban Sharia and permit Halal. Both or neither, not a mixture, that does not work.

        • Dee,

          I am pleased but await to see if the banning of Halal is going to be part of it then I will be satisfied, to be honest if we had to choose I would prefer to ban Halal slaughter than the burka as that does not cause such cruelty as the other.

          • I know, I know, and I want it as much as everybody else – but after Stoke I can see that it’s probably not possible at this time with the current Leader – though you never know, pressure is on – but I am just grateful that we are starting to address the whole thing – i am being pragmatic, I think. But it just might turn up in the manifesto.

        • Dee, on Thursday our Branch had the pleasure of listening to Anne Marie talk about the need for UKIP to engage with unacceptable islamic practices and sharia law. At the time, it seemed we’d have to wait till who knew when for this to happen, but just two days later, we hear the good news.
          I bet all the caffy-hearted Ukippers in this Region who snubbed the invitation to hear her speak are feeling a bit stupid now!

  9. Candidates have to be put into every seat that one can vote in Paul Nuttall is wrong in denying voting rights to everyone that wants to vote ukip in seats that will only pull a few votes .its the collective amount of votes plus putting your cross on the ukip voting slip that is important .

    • Stuart, this is effectively a second referendum. Normal campaigning considerations do not apply.
      This is not 2015, yes great to get nearly 4 million votes, and it kept the pressure on for the referendum to be called. We are in a different scenario today.

      • Hugo, have a read of JREs election strategy here http://johnreesevans.uk/help-ukip-win-seats-in-parliament-in-2017/
        He makes many valid points, particularly the reasons why we need to keep the UKIP vote up. I like the idea of paper candidates to assist in this.

        I was originally in favour of supporting the tories establish a good working majority to ensure bexit but have changed my position recently. I now believe that May is using the Brexit effect to return to government but with a much changed manifesto e.g. no triple lock on pensions, higher taxes and National insurance and possibly reneging on minimum wage levels as well as Brexit.

        I feel UKIP, who have not yet revealed as far as I am aware, any economic policies should KEEP these former tory policies. How to afford them? Cut to foreign aid budget and subsequent savings on EU membership costs. Plus there must be no exit fee regardless of consequence. My vote will not return a UKIP candidate but I hope I have someone to vote for. We must still try to get the public vote.

        • If only John had been in the Leadership team from the start he would have already have had people trained up, William. Still, knowing him, he will work day and night to do his best. I will never forget on that infamous Leadership debate where BBC left him out, they asked whether Paul and Suzanne were mayonnaise or salad cream people, they spent ages on the answer, and when John paged himself in, he simply answered, ‘I don’t care, food is fuel’. That’s our man!

    • Stuart, I see what you ate saying, but I personally feel that given our circumstances, there are a few Tories who striven mightily for Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg and John Redwood, Peter Bone (MP?) Kate Hoey just examples. I realize that UKIP voters may want to support our Policies and not be given the chance, but can we afford to both lose deposits and not recognise that there are those that will work within what we must presume will be a Tory Government for a full Brexit? Perhaps there should be a letter in the local paper where, if it is decided, this may be the case, explaining that?

  10. I have sent this letter to the Western Daily Press:

    UKIP anti Sharia

    I am delighted that UKIP is to oppose Sharia law, and that this will be in the party manifesto. It is the only mainstream party to do so, and will no doubt help it to win seats particularly in Labour areas. Labour is increasingly becoming the pro-Islam party. They introduced Sharia Councils in 2008, which are de facto courts. These handle family matters and financial disputes. The Conservative – Lib Dem coalition did not ban them but compounded the error by introducing Sharia Bonds into the City of London.
    Sharia Law is based on seventh century Islamic texts and should have no place in the twenty first century. For example if a couple divorce but want to re-marry, then before doing so the wife must marry another man, have sexual intercourse with him, then they must divorce before she can re-marry her first husband. This is the reality of Sharia Law, it is clearly there in the Koran, chapter 2 verse 230. A BBC investigation has found that women in Britain have to pay for this “service”, and then they risk getting stuck in the paid for marriage, effectively as a sex slave, since they cannot instigate a divorce. Why on earth do Labour, Lib Dems and Conservatives all support this type of behaviour?
    A number of us are trying to persuade UKIP to reverse its current pro-Halal and pro-Kosher policy. Non-stun religious abattoirs are inhumane. For me it makes no logical sense to be anti-Sharia and at the same time pro-Halal, since they are both based on the same seventh century texts. Accept both as the other parties do, or oppose both as I hope UKIP will do.

    References

    “And if he has divorced her [for the third time], then she is not lawful to him afterward until [after] she marries a husband other than him. And if the latter husband divorces her [or dies], there is no blame upon the woman and her former husband for returning to each other if they think that they can keep [within] the limits of Allah . These are the limits of Allah, which He makes clear to a people who know.” Koran 2:230
    https://quran.com/2/230-240

    • Hugo,
      I applaud what you have written
      I would also wish to have it made clear by Head Office that these comments on Sharia Law are not just in the context of immigrant inspired terrorism, nor home grown prison or Muslim Imam inspired local fundamentalism and associated terrorist acts;
      but……..the proselytization of supposed Muslim culture through multiple bigamy, FGM, schooling and other discrimination against their women folk.
      You quote apparently from the Koran, which I have never read, If this is the sort of thing is being imbibed by all those Muslim children nodding heads on a Saturday morning, it should be examined by a Royal Commission and in the interim Sharia connotations prohibited until cleansed
      (I would have no objection to similar treatment of the Bible, both old and new Testaments)

      • Roger, there are all manner of evils mandated in the Koran. A few examples:
        – Cutting off hands and feet on opposite sides.
        – Marriage between first cousins. This results in a much higher rate of recessive genetic disorders than the general population.
        – Sex slaves. Hence abuses such as Rotherham, Yazidi women captured etc.
        – Death penalty for apostates.
        – Death penalty for homosexuals.
        – Death penalty for those making mischief in Muslim lands. Hence the murder of Lee Rigby.

        Interestingly the death penalty for adultery is not actually in the Koran, it is however in another Islamic text called the Hadith. Hence it is part of Sharia law.

        Also strictly speaking FGM is not specifically Islamic, although it is widely practiced in some Islamic countries. Other also practice it.

        In any case we should abolish all of it. It is not fit for the 21st century.

        Read chapter 9 if you do not have time to read it all. This chapter is the most recent of the larger chapters and supercedes (abrogates) earlier chapters where here are contradictions.
        It is freely available online.

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