Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Response to "Ukip meeting opponents write open letter" article in Folkestone Herald


Firstly before I go onto answer the open letter. I will say a few things.

We live in a democracy. UKIP are fully entitled to hold a meeting about anything, as are Tories, Lib Dems, Labour or Greens.
This opposition to this meeting from the others is nothing more than fascist behavior.

In the United Kingdom people are entitled their freedom of speech.
Rather than petulantly moaning about whether UKIP should be holding the meeting. Why not involve themselves in the meeting with reps to have their own say. That is what you do in a democracy. Not holding petitions to have democratic and lawful meetings banned.

"We look with interest at UKIP’s sudden interest in the fishing industry and their hurriedly-called meeting this Thursday."

Sudden interest in the fisheries industry? UKIP have been talking about how fisheries have been impacted by EU legislation for years. One of the main reasons the party have so much support in Hampshire and Devon.

Here is Nigel Farage discussing the Fisheries industry and the EU impact back in January 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWjG9W0KsoY

So instead of tossing out sarcastic comments in open letters how about doing a little bit of research?

"It’s fair to say that the party doesn’t have a great track record in this area."

Really? We discuss it more frequently than the other parties do. Here's a video of it being discussed in the European Parliament 8 weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZ_RDXufjU and here is Farage discussing it in a business meeting in Thanet 5 weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NLC81radto or maybe we could go back further to 5 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUAPV67RsVo

"Nigel Farage was on the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament for three years. In that time he attended just one out of a possible 42 meetings."

Indeed. Maybe they should take the time to listen to why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7By8I9mVNas (1 minute 50 seconds)

"When huge cross-party efforts by centre-right, Socialist, Liberal and Green MEPs ensured a historic reform of the CFP, which will end overfishing and safeguard the future of the fishing industry in Europe, Mr Farage was nowhere to be found."

That isn't the main issue though is it. The big issue is that our fishery quota has been minimalized to a ridiculous level and the size of waters we can fish in has been reduced significantly harming fishers interests. But yet again. The other parties kick the problems into the long grass in favour of appealing to environmentalists and not small business which is what this problem is all about!

"He did not even bother to show up to the Fisheries Committee final vote (which was very close) and he disappeared halfway through the plenary vote."

"The real work in Brussels is done in committee, so by skipping committee meetings UKIP miss the chance to exert any influence and help shape laws that affect their constituents. They claim that there is no point as they would be outvoted every time, which is patently ridiculous when key votes can (and often do) go one way or another with only a vote to spare."

What like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrUhhFDlQho

UKIP have 24 votes out of 751. The majority of the Parliament is pro-EU and will always vote in EU interest. As do Greens coincidentally.

"Actually the biggest issue affecting our fishing industry is over-fishing by big business. Exactly the sort of sort of big business interests that ex-banker Nigel Farage represents. Is it any wonder he’s not that interested in attending Fisheries Committee meetings?"

This is where the open letters Far Left routes come to fruition. Nigel Farage has never in his life been a banker. That is just a lie put out by people who cannot answer a simple honest question without cracking out some smear or lie.

Nigel Farage was a "commodities broker", which is about as close to banking as a Solar Farm trader. He dealt in metals not money.
Pathetic Far Left smear!

Over-fishing is an issue. But it isn't a British issue.
The fisheries industry has been in mass decline since the signing of the Lisbon Treaty:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1570441/Net-loss-The-decline-of-UK-fishing.html the fishing areas we are "allowed" to fish in have never been smaller whilst the areas in which France and Spain can fish have been dramatically increased: http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/common-fisheries-policy not to mention the number of days fisherman are allowed to fish for: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/8963093/Fishermen-angry-at-European-Union-decision-to-reduce-number-of-days-at-sea.html

The simple fact is the fisheries industry is crying out to be listened to, and the only party listening to their concerns is UKIP: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/EU-quotas-mean-ll-voting-UKIP-Plymouth-fishermen/story-25712233-detail/story.html

This sort of anti-"Anyone who has been involved in business" attitude is exactly what has lead to career politicians taking absolute control of Westminster over the years and you want people with experience of Big Business or business alone to be ostracized?! Are you (Lib/Lab/Con/Greens) insane?!

You have to love the Greens arguing against people involved in business, arguing in favour of the fisheries industry. Especially someone who has a love of fishing...

"UKIP are now pretending to care about fishing because they know it's an issue important to the people of Folkestone. We say don't be fooled by UKIP who are 'fishing 'for your vote. Their track record on supporting the industry is terrible and to start to pretend to support it now is nothing short of blatant hypocrisy."

Well as I have shown above in countless links. UKIP are a) the ones who have shown consistent support for the fishing industry where it matters in terms of opposing the Common Fisheries Policy which impacts our fisheries industry negatively. The Fisheries industry also supports UKIP. So who is right?

The people who have been working in fisheries all their lives and know about the impact of the EU legislation and bureaucracy on their industry or people who want to reduce fishing quotas for UK fishermen in favour of French and Spanish industry or the party who says it as it is, and continues to question harmful decisions made against the fishing industry in the European Parliament and elsewhere?

I think this picture speaks a thousand words personally...

"The people of Folkestone and our local fishing industry deserve better."

Indeed they do.
We in Britain live in a democracy and encourage freedom of speech.

Anyone who signs a petition against freedom of speech is anti-democratic and in many ways leaning across the line in terms of fascism.

As the article in question highlights. Parliamentary candidates Lynne Beaumont (Lib Dem's), Claire Jeffrey (Labour) and Martin Whybrow (Greens) are among those to have signed the letter. A letter in which they claim UKIP want political gain from a meeting. Whilst these individuals don't participate in the meeting democratically. Instead putting their names to a open letter publically attacking a lawful and democratic meeting.

Surely this, if anything, is an attempt at gaining publicity. I hadn't heard of this meeting taking place until this open letter was released.

The Labour, Green and Lib Dem (not to mention other reps) who signed this letter should be bloody well ashamed of themselves!

The people of Folkestone and the fisheries industry deserve better than a dishonest, inaccurate and offensive selection of Prospective Parliamentary candidates representing the Greens, Labour and Lib Dems who are trying to prevent lawful debate about a very important issue.

Shame on them!

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