Friday, 28 September 2012
Monday, 24 September 2012
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Thursday sees Party training events taking place for our UKIP activists and candidates, there is a meeting and dinner for people from the West Midlands business sector where they can learn how UKIP would support them, also in the Town Hall on the night there is a performance of Eurocrash the musical. All this before the conference proper has kicked off.
The following two days sees a fantastic line up of influential speakers such as senior economists Roger Bootle and Tim Congdon, the leader of the True Finns Party, Timo Soini, as well as Nigel Farage the leader of UKIP who is now acknowledged to be one of the UK’s best orators – what a fantastic few days UKIP members and their friends and guest are in for.
No sooner than it is all over and everyone heads off home, UKIP members will be hitting the streets full of vigour campaigning in the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, Bill Etheridge from Dudley is our West Midlands PCC candidate.
Bill, who had been a Conservative activist, quit and joined the Dudley UKIP branch and has become a rising star in UKIP since, hence his selection as the UKIP candidate for this important election which is to be held on Thursday 15th November.
On Tuesday 2nd October Bill is, as they say locally, is ‘gewing’ to be in Walsall for a public meeting in the Lyndon House Hotel. Anyone wanting to know more about Bill, what he stands for in these elections and his policies for the police, once elected, can come along to the meeting and hear him speak as well as ask questions of him. The Lyndon House Hotel, which is my favourite watering hole in Walsall, serves a good pint of real ale as well as other drinks and is a great place to visit. So, as we say in our local dialect, are yow gewing to be in the Lyndon too in order to find out why you should not waste your vote on the Lib, Lab Con and vote wisely for UKIP instead?
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Monday, 10 September 2012
The West Midlands MEP, who is a member of the EU’s Transport and Tourism Committee, fears EU moves to overhaul MOT rules could have dire consequences for the automotive industry and classic car enthusiasts.
Interfering Eurocrats are attempting to push through radical changes to MOT rules across Europe which would make modified vehicles illegal.
The EU is proposing major changes on how the roadworthiness of vehicles is assessed. This latest Brussels drive could see many cars automatically failing their MOT test for having minor modifications such as updated brake lights and different windscreen wipers.
Bodies such as the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs (FBHVC) and the Association of Car Enthusiasts have attacked the proposals which they say could cost jobs and hit motorists in the pocket.
Commenting on the proposals, UKIP Transport spokesman Mike Nattrass, who owns a 1956 Sunbeam Talbot, said: “These plans would lead to major changes to MOT rules in Britain and across Europe.
“The envisaged changes to the road licensing system would have massive implications for all motorists and the car industry as a whole.
“Under the plans, a vehicle would automatically fail its MOT test if its ‘technical specifications’ was found to differ from the technical specification it had when it rolled off the production line.
“The FBHVC is right to say these plans are pie-in-the-sky as modifications to vehicles, particularly older ones, are common.
Friday, 7 September 2012
It’s now Friday and this past week as not just been a slow blogging week, it has been a zero blogging week on this site due to far too many other things to do this last week.
Despite this, the EU problem has not gone away and, sadly, the colleagues in the dark recesses of the European Union are still finding ways to regulate and ensure our lives are an increasing bureaucratic pain in the backside of the EU.
The fiscal misery in many parts of the European Union, such as the desperate situation in Greece with many struggling to make ends meet, growing unemployment and debt in Spain, Portugal and Italy still going on as the euro continues through its long drawn out death throes, is just part of the EU inflicted misery that blights the lives of many.
Mario Draghi is doing is utmost to save the EU’s euro, but if even the Guardian newspaper think its vanity currency is doomed, then Mr Draghi is on a beating to nowhere. His latest wheeze is the promise, sort of, of unlimited funds for the Eurozone countries who are struggling, ironically, because they joined the euro instead of sensibly staying with their own sovereign currencies and control of their own economies.
If Mario Draghi and the EU’s leaders really did want to help to make the lives better for the people of Europe and begin the process of recovery, then rather than the stupidly of adding to the misery by trying to save the doomed euro, they should be enacting plans for an orderly return to national currencies and the end of their failed project along with the closure of the European Central Bank – but sadly their project is placed above the well being of the people who no longer seem to count as far as they are concerned.
As well as all this, motorists will soon be finding out how the EU has devised ways of adding to their driving woes. If petrol and diesel at their highest prices are not already a pain in the steering wheel, along with speed cameras, congestion charging, talk of road pricing and congested roads, now the EU wants to make it almost impossible for a great many perfectly safe cars to get through their MOT’s.
An EU directive that is due to be implemented in the not too distant future will stipulate that any vehicle that has been modified will fail its MOT. This, presumably applies to every part of all cars, anyone fitting a windscreen wiper that is not made by the vehicles original manufacturer, feasibly, will fail its MOT. Young lads who fit go-faster spoilers and other bits and bobs to their micro cars to make them look, in their eyes like Ferrari’s, will fail too, even though they have not undermined the safety of their vehicles. This is an almighty classic EU created cock up that is, when imposed, is going to create confusion and havoc and MOT failures galore.
As well as this, the Scottish SDP administration, are proposing to bring down the drink-drive levels in Scotland to those used in the rest of the EU, no doubt to prove to our EU masters what a good little, subservient, EU toadie Alex Salmond is. This is going to create confusion and mayhem for those living on the Scottish borders.
Any motorist who is over the new extremely low limit in Scotland who heads south, will be illegal until they cross the border where, hey presto, they are within the limit. Going the other way a driver within the English safe limit may become illegal as he/she crosses the border. All this drives you to drink – I will certainly be having a beer or two this evening in the Lyndon House Hotel in Walsall just to get my head around it all.
Monday, 3 September 2012
The LESC have arranged a joint meeting with the People’s Pledge during the Labour Party Conference. The meeting will be at 5.45pm in the Bridgewater Suite in Jury’s Inn Manchester, 56 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE on Monday, 1st October. Austin Mitchell MP will be in the chair and the platform speakers will be Brian Burkitt, Kate Hoey MP, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Mark Seddon and Graham Stringer MP.
For those wishing to attaend the joint meeting, join or contact the Labour Euro Safeguards Campaign they be contacted at: The Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign, 72 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NR. Tel: 020 7691 3800 * Fax: 020 7691 3834. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org