Ukip policies “anti working class” says Labour MEP candidate

 

Labour's Anneliese Dodds speaking at Bursledon hustings

Labour’s Anneliese Dodds speaking at Bursledon hustings

Ukip policies “are directly against working class people” according to South East Labour MEP candidate Anneliese Dodds.

Dodds, who was speaking at a European Elections husting’s organised by Eastleigh Southern Parishes Older Peoples Forum explained:

“They (Ukip) say working class people should pay the same rate of tax as the richest millionaires they say there shouldn’t be any employment protections” said the university lecturer.

Meanwhile Labour came in for criticism from Diane James –Ukip’s PPC for Eastleigh last year – who while attending a public meeting in Southampton told Eastleigh News that Labour needed to ‘get real’ over their pledge to hold a referendum:

“If they have their way the UK will not get a referendum for a least five years – that’s far too late”.

The European (and local) elections are just a month away and last week Ukip kicked off its Euro campaign by unveiling a series of controversial posters linking EU immigrants with unemployment.

Until recently Ukip had drawn most of its support from disaffected Conservatives but since the Eastleigh by-election it has been making solid inroads into traditional Labour support.

Ukip’s Southampton branch held a well-attended public meeting in Portswood – a traditionally strong Labour ward – and during the meeting introduced it’s candidates for the city council elections.

Among these was Alan Kebble who described himself as a former Labour supporter but is now standing in Southampton’s Bassett ward for Ukip.

Kebble told me his concerns over the impact of open-door EU immigration on housing and jobs had caused him to switch his affiliation.

Last Monday during Ukip’s national campaign launch, party leader Nigel Farage told reporters that the party was now tactically targeting Labour voters:

“At the moment Ed Miliband says he wont give us a referendum part of our campaign is to go for Labour votes to force Labour into giving the British people a choice”.

Fellow MEP candidate Ray Finch, who is currently a leader of the Ukip group on Hampshire County Council, joined Diane James at the Portswood meeting.

Finch, Ukip’s PPC in Eastleigh in 2010, is also a former Labour supporter and said the Labour party no longer appealed to working class voters.

“When I was growing up a Labour MP would be a miner, a fisherman, a dock worker.

“Nowadays they all went to the same school, they are all lawyers or they have come straight through working as a spad (special advisor) for an MP.

“People are looking for a party that has real people in it, people who have had a job and know what it is like to have had a job and know what it’s like to pay a mortgage or to meet the bills at the end of the week”.

Finch said Ukip was the only party that believed in social mobility “in this country if you are born poor you die poor”.

A former grammar schoolboy himself, Finch said Ukip policy on re-introducing selective education with grammar and technical schools, would enable children from poorer families to escape the poverty trap.

Cllr Finch also told me if he was returned as an MEP he would not give up his seat on the County Council saying his colleagues there would “help keep me grounded”.

Diane James also said that young Europeans from the continent were taking places from English students and not paying their way:

“All they (young Brits) see is Europeans coming here taking the places at colleges and universities that they might want and not actually paying their fees”.

James said of Labour’s referendum pledge:

“We have had 40 years of change they are not even prepared to recognise the degree of change that has taken place already we have had over this period

“They are not prepared to listen to the voters or the businesses both of which are in a very large proportion demanding a referendum much sooner”.

Ray Finch also represented Ukip at the ESPOPF husting’s at Bursledon Community Centre along with Conservative candidate Richard Robinson and Labour’s Anneliese Dodds.

Because of the proportionally based voting system used in the Euro Elections, as Dodds tops Labour’s list of candidates she is virtually certain to become one of our MEP’s.

Dodds said that membership of the EU was vital for jobs in the region:

“In this part of the region there many jobs associated with our docks with the transport industry also with areas like language learning and manufacturing and in these cases they all depend on trade with Europe and if we have barriers towards that trade then we would have companies pulling out”.

Dodds said that she was told on a recent visit to the BMW mini plant at Oxford that if the company didn’t have access to the European market they would reconsider investment.

“To turn our backs on the rest of the world is not going to work – its not going to be good for Britain”.

Dodds explained that Labour would hold a referendum “if it looked like Britain’s relationship with the EU was going to change” but committing to a date, as the Conservatives had only caused “uncertainty” which was “damaging business”.

Conservative candidate Richard Robinson rejected the idea that the European Parliament was just a pointless talking shop, with no legal powers:

“That was true twenty years ago but after the Lisbon treaty every law passed in Europe has to go thorugh the European parliament – laws that determine the quality of the air we breathe or the food we eat; laws that determine how many hours we work or what we can do with our domestic waste or the quality of the medicines we take – it is important that we have representatives that we trust in Brussels”.

Robinson said that EU regulation was a barrier to small business’s taking on staff and that attempts by Brussels to regulate the financial institutions in the city could ‘destroy’ jobs.

“In my business I deal with small businesses across Europe they tell me one of the reasons they don’t take on new staff is because of the level of regulation involved.

“Much of that regulation does come from Brussels.

“A hundred thousand people work in the city of London in financial services; the financial services industry is under attack form Brussels at the moment whether it’s bankers bonuses or the financial transactions tax, Brussels is trying to regulate the City of London in a way that will destroy jobs not create them”.

Robinson said he supported the conservative proposals for an ‘in out’ referendum on EU membership before 2017 “absolutely”.

In 2008 Robinson had organised a ‘we want a referendum’ campaign in Eastleigh and he said he had been struck by the number of people who had told him:

“This is not what we voted for. We voted to join a common market not a country called Europe.

“Looking back over the last 20 years the EU has changed and nobody has asked if they want that change or whether they approve of it I think its time that they were”.

Robinson added that he thought only the Conservative party could deliver an EU referendum:

“Ukip can’t deliver what the people want they can’t deliver what people are asking for”.

Members of the public I spoke to after the meeting, largely ESPOPF members, told me that their main concerns were more about pensions and the NHS rather than immigration or the EU but they still found the husting’s interesting.

Although Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has recently criticised Labour and Conservatives for going ‘missing in action’ in the debate on EU membership and immigration with Ukip there were no Lib Dem’s present on the panel despite having been invited.

The latest opinion polls show Labour as most likely to win the EU elections in the UK.

The Sun’s YouGov poll show Labour predicted to win 25 seats (up 12) with 30% of the vote and Ukip close second with 21 seats (Up 8) on 27%, pushing the Conservatives down into third place.

According to UK polling report the Conservatives should win 15 seats (down 11) on 22% and the Lib Dems are on course for 5 seats (loss of 6).

The Green Party should get 1 seat (down 1) and the BNP look set to lose both their existing seats.

 

  64 comments for “Ukip policies “anti working class” says Labour MEP candidate

  1. Pete Stewart
    April 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    British workers know UKIP is the only Party backing them.

    Why? Because UKIP is the only Party which wants to stop the mass immigration of cheap EU labour. It can be done by closing our borders with the EU.

    How Dodds has the cheek to suggest that Labour supports British workers is beyond me. She must think British workers are stupid.

    It was a so-called “Labour” government in 2004 which opened our borders to a mass immigration of cheap EU labour which has since destroyed AT LEAST 500,000 young British workers’ jobs. Is that how Dodds thinks Labour should back British workers? By destroying their jobs?

    UKIP backs British workers.

  2. Glynn Davies-Dear
    April 28, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I am Chairman of UKIP Eastleigh Branch. I live in a rented Social Housing home. What working class people does Ms Dodds think she is accusing UKIP of being against? The trouble with Labour is they are so firmly stuck in their own class prejudices they lost any real contact with the “working classes” about the time Blair appeared on the scene. It is the working classes that are most concerned about cheap imported labour but how would Ms Dodds know that? She hasn’t asked any workers around my home. I have.

  3. Richard North
    April 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

    The Labour Party has been relying on the white working-class as voting fodder for years. Why should Labour be surprised when they are finally deserted by people who are sick of being treated as second-class citizens, victims of Labour’s enthusiasm for big business and being lobbied by identity groups? Dodds parrots Clegg’s 3 million jobs mantra but her example shows how hollow that mantra is. Does she think for a second that BMW will let Merkel allow the EU to levy duties on Oxford-built cars which will harm the Oxford plant? AND cause the UK to levy matching duties which will harm sales in the UK of German-built BMWs? Just last year, BMW put the screws on Merkel and she got the EU to reduce its emission targets for their luxury cars.

  4. Tony Agnew
    April 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Anneliese Dodds is typical of the total lack of reality demonstrated by the Labour party. Does she and her party really believe that the majority of folks here in the UK will just forget the treacherous act of flooding this country with uncontrolled immigration and the dire effects to honest working class citizens here?. I find it unbelievable she then says “Ukip” is not a party for the working classes when we are the only party who will sort out this mess made by a political class that just does not listen to the people it serves .

  5. Rosie
    April 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Great to see a report about these hustings after the events but can we please have some information in advance of future events? It’s really annoying when we find out about the events either after they’ve happened, or with so little notice that we can’t change existing plans to attend. We also need the “Eastleigh” candidates to realise that Eastleigh town centre isn’t visited by many “Eastleigh” residents so the candidates really need to get out and meet people in the villages, and with some notice of any door-knocking so that we actually answer our doors to speak to them. Many people no longer answer their doors, especially the elderly or people living on their own or working at home, due to the continual stream of rude or aggressive door-to-door sales people!

  6. Pete Stewart
    April 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Labour and Conservative leaders have betrayed British workers.

    That’s why we are witnessing this revolution.

    Labour and Conservative activists and voters have finally realized what their leaders have done to our jobs.

    That’s why UKIP is growing so fast.

  7. April 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Labour really are out of touch these days. I have to own up and say that I too was a former Labour Party member until Blair got in and changed the whole ethos of the party.

    For many years I didn’t even bother to vote because they no longer represented my views and opinions. Now I not only a member of UKIP but also chairman of the Winchester & Chandler’s Ford Branch. So many people are now turning to UKIP as members and supporters. It is quite incredible just how much people want to help us. We have raised funds at our branch in a way that has never been seen and in double quick time, we have also received offers of help too.

    For too long the citizens of this country have put up with the dismal dreary policies that have taken our country to the edge of political and economic bankruptcy.

    Its not unexpected that UKIP have been the subject of gutter politics and an insidious smear campaign. All that is backfiring and turning people off and away from Lib – Lab – Con….. this of course covers the social and political spectrum that really can be classed as a coalition of the people, thinking, speaking and voting as one.

    The Peoples Army are on the move!

  8. Richard North
    April 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Anneliese Dodds has never met anyone from the white working-class.
    It’s amazing that about a third of the white working-class still shows a tribal loyalty to Labour. I would imagine the party leadership has a pet term for them which makes “swivel-eyed loons” (allegedly Cameron’s term for Tory party activists) look like a compliment!

    • Botley Resident
      April 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Racist comment

      • Richard North
        April 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

        Could you advise please which race you are talking about?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Well, you are wrong there Richard because I know for a fact 1) she has met me and 2) she has met Ray Finch.

    • May 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

      So does this mean that if UKIP ever get in a position to enact their threats to remove paid holiday, sickness benefits and maternity leave, you would have some kind of paleness of skin exemption qualification?

      • Richard North
        May 3, 2014 at 10:41 am

        Keith – Perhaps you could let me know the source of your view that removal of paid holiday, sickness benefits and maternity leave are UKIP policy.

        • May 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

          Richard – UKIP policy changes every time Nigel Farage is interviewed about it. I deliberately used the word “threat”.

          But since you ask, I base it on paragraph 4 of your leader’s message in the current manifesto. Previous manifestos which you have removed from your web site were more explicit.

          Perhaps you could let us know the source of your authority to categorise people by skin colour.

          • Richard North
            May 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

            Keith,

            Paragraph 4 says:-
            “Elected councillors should put taxpayers first,
            rather than party politics. Councils should exist to
            serve their communities and not just spend their
            money. Important local issues should be put to
            binding referendums of the people. That is what
            UKIP stands for.”
            Nothing there about scrapping maternity benefits etc.

            I’m sorry, Eastleigh Express, but I don’t see what re-introducing a 2-tier secondary school system (which I do personally support) has to do with attacking the working class either. Far from it – at least grammar schools used to allow some under-privileged children to get a decent education. Now, the Labour elites are happy for everyone to suffer education at comprehensive schools, all except their own children of course.

            UKIP is also emphatically not about providing differential access to services according to skin colour. – in fact it is a remark I find offensive.

            Are you in turn denying there is such as a thing as a “White working class”?

            • mm
              Eastleigh Xpress
              May 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

              Of course you support selective education at 11 – it is Ukip policy.
              Regarding your comment on comprehensive schools, Eastleigh has two of the best performing schools in the county in Wildern and Thornden, why is it you think they fail to provide a ‘decent education’?

              How can they be improved?

              I have pointed out where Ukip have previously referred to scrapping benefits – I take it you don’t agree that statutory Maternity benefits, redundancy pay, sick pay etc should be scrapped then?

              Would you oppose any move to scrap them?

              If so, what do you mean by “reducing business costs?”

            • May 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

              Must be a different manifesto. I’m talking about where your leader says “It’s our 4.8 million smaller businesses that suffer from the burden of EU laws and regulations.”

              I think it is fair that you answer my question before I answer yours. Where does UKIP source its authority to categorise people by the colour of their skin?

              • Pete Stewart
                May 4, 2014 at 12:23 am

                Keith, Can you not see that Richard is taking a swipe at our politically correct establishment which discriminates so ostentatiously against non-blacks (am I allowed to say “whites”)?

                • mm
                  Eastleigh Xpress
                  May 4, 2014 at 1:22 am

                  He was being ironic?

  9. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 3, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Perhaps I can be of assistance Richard?

    I think perhaps Cllr Day is referring to Ukip’s 2010 manifesto?

    In section 3.1 of the ‘UKIP Small Business Policy’ paper under ‘Employment Contracts’ it states:

    “UKIP would put an end to most legislation regarding matters such as weekly working hours, holidays and holiday, overtime, redundancy or sick pay etc.”

    Then section 3.2 is about Parental and Maternity leave – a bit more complex here where it is a system overhaul with enforceable rights scrapped and SMP replaced with BCB (basic cash benefit) of £64 p w.

    Ukip argued that employee rights like sick pay and holiday pay drives up “business costs” and and SMP causes “wasteful bureaucracy”.

    Ukip said that cost of paying SMP makes employers ‘nervous’ about employing young women so encourages discrimination in recruitment.

    The 2010 manifesto also pledged a flat rate tax of 31% (OUCH!!!!) scrapping University places and introducing a two tier educational system.It also promoted community service for people on Housing benefit and Council tax benefit.

    Now I think those policies could be described by Anneliese Dodds as “against working class” and it is no surprise that Ukip got nowhere with it in 2010.

    Perhaps it’s unfair to continue to beat Ukip up over it as it is an old manifesto that Nigel Farage has rightly described as “drivel”.

    We will have to wait to see what is in new manifesto.

    But when I talk to Ukip candidates they have still talked about flat rate tax, scrapping uni places and a two-tier secondary school system.

    Also the current 2014 Ukip local election manifesto talks about “reducing business costs” .

    You are standing on that platform Richard, what do you understand by ‘reducing business costs?’.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      And what are the ‘burdensome’ EU laws and regulations faced by 4.8 million small businesses in the UK that are opposed by Ukip and referenced by Keith Day above?

  10. Pete Stewart
    May 4, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Next time you get a motor vehicle insurance quote, count the number of sheets of paper your broker sends. It’s like the printer has gone mad.

    Insurance brokers detest this viral infection of paperwork. Customers detest it too. Hands up those who can guess why it has come about.

    Well I’ll tell you. It’s because of EU legislation. Ten points for the first Eastleigh News reader who can identify the correct piece of EU legislation.

    This is just one of probably more than 33,000 bits of EU legislation which affect every part of our lives.

    So I would turn the question on its head and ask, what part of business in Britain is NOT burdened by burdensome EU laws?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 4, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Ok so ‘burdensome’ EU derived employment legislation on maternity and parental leave and stuff like employment rights for part-time workers (holiday pay,sick pay redundancy etc) would be scrapped by Ukip and Anneliese Dodds and Keith Day aren’t making things up.

      Why is your candidate pretending they won’t be?

      • Richard North
        May 4, 2014 at 8:14 am

        Close to the area of discussion, you might have noticed that Nigel Farage has recently taken a public stand on the lack of protection for workers on zero hour contracts.

        Ukip policies on employment protection will be defined for the 2015 manifesto. I am sure there will be plenty of time to debate them in this column before the election comes.

        Meanwhile the voters of Eastleigh have their chance on 22 May to express their opinion of the LibLabCon parties which have refused their request for an EU Referendum, and locally to elect an opposition to the LibDems.

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          May 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

          If the employment laws under discussion are derived from Europe the surely we should be discussing them now during the European elections?
          Indeed the Ukip manifesto talks about the ‘burden’ of ‘harmful’ EU regulation on small business and ‘light’ and ‘flexible’ regulation.
          If you are unable to say what this means it is meaningless.
          Little point making it part of GE manifesto if UK is unable to overturn EU regulation.
          Scrapping employment legislation for small and business may reduce their costs but who would want to work for an employer where you can’t afford to fall pregnant and could even be sacked for it?
          Men?

      • Pete Stewart
        May 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

        It’s the first I’ve heard of it. I thought the subject of which bits of EU legislation to keep and which bits to scrap was still under active discussion.

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          May 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

          So some EU legislation is useful and worth keeping then?

          • Pete Stewart
            May 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm

            No. Not one bit of EU legislation must remain in force. Every bit must be scrapped and put to our own legislature on a case by case basis, to establish its validity. If our own legislature considers an idea valid, then fair enough, let it become law duly imposed by our own people in accordance with that priceless, fundamental principal of democracy: Government of the people, by the people, for the people.

            • mm
              Eastleigh Xpress
              May 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

              Right, so all employment legislation will be scrapped?

              • Pete Stewart
                May 5, 2014 at 9:51 am

                Has all our employment legislation been imposed by the EU in the last 40 years?

                • mm
                  Eastleigh Xpress
                  May 5, 2014 at 11:47 am

                  So Uk does pass it’s own legislation?

  11. Pete Stewart
    May 4, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Entire books have been written about the burden of EU legislation. Perhaps the best known is “Castle of Lies” by Christopher Booker.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 4, 2014 at 1:21 am

      Ahhhhh Christopher Booker

  12. May 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Peter, Can you give an example relevant to Eastleigh of discrimination against “non-blacks” by the politically correct establishment?

  13. Pete Stewart
    May 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Keith,

    Yes – so-called (“positive”) discrimination which the p.c. establishment decided must be practiced universally to eradicate … [wait for it] … discrimination!

    If society believes that discrimination is wrong, then the p.c. establishment should not try to justify it by calling it “positive”. People are not fooled by such hypocrisy and in my experience, most consider “positive” discrimination to be very damaging to race relations.

    • May 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      So where is positive discrimination happening in Eastleigh? All we seem to get from UKIP is misleading generalities.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      But it seems that Nigel Farage is contemplating ‘positive’ discrimination

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27274621

      but surely “people are not fooled by such hypocrisy”

      • Richard North
        May 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        I really don’t think that drawing people’s attention to the reality on the ground is “positive discrimination”!

  14. May 6, 2014 at 8:01 am

    And lets not also forget that the ‘working class’ have also suffered job losses as a consequence of EU and indeed govt interference. Have you all forgotten what happened at the former Ford plant in Swaythling? Where were the Labour party and its MP’s or indeed all of the main parties who should have come together and fight not only for the Ford workers but our country? It seems that they can come together when their cosy little world is threatened by an up and coming forth party called UKIP.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Yes John I do indeed remember how local workers were sold down the river at Ford.

      The thing I don’t understand is how leaving the EU would stop the EU, Turkey or China from offering big multinationals subsidies and incentives,( including ultra low wages) to transfer their manufacturing from the UK ?

      What would Ukip have done if in power and faced with this scenario? How would Ukip have prevented Transit jobs going to Turkey?

      Would they have…

      1) Seized Ford’s UK assets and nationalised the company?
      2) Slapped tariffs on Ford imports and hoped it wouldn’t spark a US/UK trade war?
      3) Offered Ford a BIGGER taxpayer funded bung than the EU/Turkey?

      Tricky eh?

      • Richard North
        May 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        I agree we live in an era where British industry has to compete globally. Which is one reason UKIP is hostile to the steady drip, drip of EU regulations which load increasing cost pressures on British business.

        As for Ford Swaythling though, did the EU (funded by the British taxpayer to the tune of £55 million a day) really need to provide Ford with funds to help take Transit production to a location which is OUTSIDE the EU??

      • Pete Stewart
        May 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm

        The question is not what a UKIP government would have done to save the Transit factory, but what would have happened to the Ford Transit factory had we never been in the EU?

        Answer: We would still have selective tariffs to protect vital British manufacturing jobs from artificially cheap foreign labour.

        Bottom line: If we had never been in the EU, the Ford Transit factory would still be manufacturing more than 70,000 Transit vans a year.

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          May 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm

          No Pete, my question was what would a UKIP government have done to save the Transit factory and Richard has answered it.
          Ukip believe in a free market and free trade. They still want to trade with the world including China and Turkey and I can’t see them putting tariffs on goods from either of those places.
          If we had not been in the EU Ford would have still moved to Turkey because it is cheaper and Ukip have said they want to continue trading with Europe not start a trade war.
          Trade barriers are not part of their policy.

          • Pete Stewart
            May 7, 2014 at 9:50 am

            Well it’s the old dualistic argument about “free trade” or “protectionism”. In reality all economies operate somewhere in the middle. I suggest the more an economy shifts towards the extremes, the more unworkable it becomes.

            Yes, UKIP wants to leave the EU and regain control of immigration of cheap EU labour, so by definition cannot support the extreme of “free trade”.

  15. Pete Stewart
    May 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    When does Nigel say he is contemplating “positive” discrimination? All I heard him say was that he had never believed in it.

    How about a survey of Eastleigh News readers. Ask if they believe in racial harmony. I bet 90% would say yes (and quite right too).

    Then ask if they believe in “positive” discrimination I bet 66% (at least) would say no (and quite right too).

    Society needs racial harmony, not more discrimination.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Well Ukip certainly haven’t used positive discrimination in Newark even if Farage was contemplating it.

      • Pete Stewart
        May 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

        UKIP doesn’t need “positive” discrimination. People in UKIP succeed on merit, not skin colour.

        I reckon 99.9% of the UKIP people I’ve met since 1994 are genuinely interested in racial harmony.

  16. James Penders
    May 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    The biggest problem faced by the voters is the undertones of The Silly Kippers, which bang the gong of the evil EU, advocate change and take back their Country. So by definition if your not part of “this Country” you will inevitably be exported, and that is a very big undertone. Change happens in many organisations, offices move, companies close, people retire, and as they do so, politicians bandwagon their demise for their own gain, Ford moved, the Asian market is huge.
    Most of the “laws” made in the EU are just regulations that protect the consumer, (food production, sales, banking, car NCAP, airports, public health) and on its goes.
    The Silly Kippers have 12% of seats in the EU, and describe themselves as right wing populism, they are members of the Europe of freedom and Democracy, with 11 seats and the far right Italian Nothern group with 9 seats, this group only exists, because of these two parties, as others far right groups were heavily defeated by the Electorate.
    The policies of Silly Kippers are so hard to pin down, website, leaflets, candidates et-al.
    It is clear that their party is full of fruitcakes and idiots, and their recruitment policy reminds one of a Monty Python sketch “right your in, I may have a little job for you”, what I most object to is their ability to comment on everybody elses policies, and the attack on individuals who dissent from their far right views, and this piece and Myself will be lambasted.
    80% of British industry is service sector, heavily trading in the World, covered by EU and British Law. Locally the main restaurants of Hampshire/ Eastleigh are not British cuisine, Solent Blue Star buses are owned by a Newcastle company, SouthWest trains is a Scottish Company, Travelodge is from the USA, HSBC, Prysmian is Italian, owned by Goldman Sachs.
    The point is that we are Global, not a shire, if the silly Kippers get the votes, we will become a blot on the landscape.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 6, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Ford’s biggest market for the Transit is the UK not Turkey or Asia – I can understand why they went – it was a no-brainer for them but a cynical move IMO.

      Ukip have published a 2014 local manifesto – I don’t think the other main parties have.

      • Pete Stewart
        May 7, 2014 at 9:39 am

        What is the purpose of government? Is it not to protect British workers from unfair competition?

        Ford’s move to Turkey was preventable by tariffs. But we can’t have tariffs with Turkey because of the EU-Turkey trade deal.

        Had we never been in the EU, Ford would still be manufacturing 70,000 Transits a year.

        People are being conned by globalism.

        The truth is we do NOT need to buy the cheapest labour, any more than we need to buy the cheapest goods. You get what you pay for and the price we are paying for EU-globalism is mass unemployment and diminishing workers’ rights.

        Successive EU-globalist governments have destroyed the birthright of our children: British manufacturing jobs.

    • May 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

      At the meetings I’ve reported on James, UKIP couldn’t have been any clearer. They will not be deporting anybody retrospectively. UKIP do want to regain control of our borders and manage immigration, UKIP will still permit immigration with work permits, visa’s, medical insurance etc, following the Australian model, but if people are already here they can stay. I’ve heard Faraage say that, I’ve heard Diane James say that, I’ve heard all of the UKIPpers say that….

      There is no undertone.
      You’re seeing problems that aren’t really there…

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        May 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm

        Ahh yes the Australian model.
        I had Ukip’rs mention that to me too.
        I checked the list for trades for would be Australian immigrants and along with the usual GPs, nurses, teachers, social workers,welders, car mechanics etc – all the building trades feature:
        Plumbers, glaziers, plasterers,chippies, brickies etc

        Had a press release from RICs last week about shortage of skilled labour in the building trade in the SE region – perhaps they are all going to Australia?

        I think Australia is currently taking 200,000 immigrants a year

  17. Michale O'Donoghue
    May 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I Like being a silly kipper!! And hopefully Hedge End will like silly kippers as well!!!!!

    • Richard North
      May 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      As another UKIP candidate in this election I’m afraid I find the “silly kipper” epithet offensive. It also typifies the negativity of some of the reactions we are getting from the mainstream parties.
      Now you can all go running to the national papers with a “UKIP candidates divided” story!

      • May 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

        ‘Silly Kipper’ probably says more about the accuser than it does UKIP.
        I see through it Richard, as I suspect most readers of Eastleigh News will.

        • Pete Stewart
          May 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

          To call more than 11,000 UKIP voters “silly kippers” is either incredibly clever or incredibly silly. We shall know which on May 22nd.

  18. Pete Stewart
    May 7, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Are the 11,000 UKIP voters in the Eastleigh by-election silly?

  19. May 10, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Sam Snook
    I have stopped delivering my leaflets.
    Not silly Peter! Fooled by you!!!! and your party.
    Sam Snook

  20. Sam Snook
    May 10, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Peter What happened to UKIP LOCAL!!!!!!

  21. May 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    A MEP can become a millionaire in just one 5year Term.

  22. Sam Snook
    May 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Did you know that Peter! What about Nigel-does he pay taxes?????

  23. Pete Stewart
    May 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Can readers clarify the latest Sunday Times opinion poll which puts UKIP in the lead and growing fast:-

    UKIP 31%,
    Lab 28%
    Con 21%.

    What about the LibDems? Does anyone know where they stand in this poll?

    Likewise the other parties?

  24. Pete Stewart
    May 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    SKY has even more amazing figures:-

    UKIP 31%
    Lab 28%

    Con 19%
    LibDem 9%

    Can anyone clarify the difference?

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