Letter to the press from UKIP’s Peter Barnes

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The following letter from Peter Barnes was recently published in the local press:

What the net immigration figures really mean

The EU is a “busted flush”, otherwise last year’s  ONS Statistics would not record 74,000 more EU citizens coming to the UK than leaving for other EU countries, because life is better here.  But continued immigration is not sustainable because every EU migrant puts up our welfare bill, either by claiming benefits themselves, or putting a native Briton on the dole. It distorts the labour market, mainly benefiting employers looking for cheap labour.

The worst example is the NHS, which has been kept underfunded by a succession of Tory Governments. Importing staff means that we are not training our own people. Better the 2014 UKIP Manifesto policy of in-hospital SEN apprenticeships as an entry-level nursing qualification, supported by university placements so nurses can go all the way from GCSE to postgraduate level without amassing such massive student debt that they can never buy a home.

The immigration argument was accepted in the referendum by everyone with two functioning brain cells. Unfortunately, highly-placed “Sirs” cannot understand the simple fact of the immigration argument.  But “Sir” does not mean intelligent:  James I created “Sir Loin” by knighting a piece of brainless dead meat. Some of the advocates of ”Remain” remind me of that story.

The present deadlock over “Brexit” is a mess created solely by Teresa May. She has made a Gordian Knot by her own stupidity. We need an Alexander the Great to put his sword through it, but all we have is a PM who cannot even fall on hers. She has failed to drag the Labour Party into her mess. Very wisely, Jeremy Corbyn remains at arm’s length.

Peter Barnes

UKIP Barnwood.

In the version which was published on 23 May, immediately after the PM announced her resignation, the last paragraph was changed to:

The present deadlock over “Brexit” is a mess created solely by Teresa May. She has made a Gordian Knot by her own stupidity. We need an Alexander the Great to put his sword through it, and she has fallen on hers  but has failed to drag the Labour Party into her mess. Very wisely, Jeremy Corbyn remains at arm’s length.