Powerless against 'mad' EU legislation
IT WAS with dismay that I read The Herald's front-page headline regarding the threat to Plymouth's ferry services and the possible job losses. Yet another legalised blow from the European Union.
It is correct when Tim Jones, chairman of the South West Local Partnership, describes this news as "barking mad".
Even if an extension is approved, fares will increase and services may have to be curtailed or suspended, meaning a loss for local traders.
Plymouth has councillors from both major political persuasions, who, whether you like them or not, whether you trust them or not, whether you agree with their policies or not, are utterly powerless to do anything about this and thousands of other EU laws.
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But the one thing they have in their favour is that they were voted for by local people, regardless of their party politics. We all have a say on who represents us locally.
Once again here is an example of non-elected and unaccountable bureaucrats, residing in another country, who have the power to alter our lives and livelihoods.
The UK Government is equally hand tied with the remorseless pressures applied daily by Brussels.
Green taxes are pushing up our energy bills; ridiculous wind farms which don't work and supply irregular power blight our beautiful landscape; while the EU is forcing us to close coal-fired power stations even though it is thought this will lead to major blackouts within a few years.
The EU does impact on our daily lives here in the UK and everybody can see for themselves how powerless we actually are.
It concentrates the mind on just how much of our lives are controlled by others who are looking after themselves without a thought about the impact on British people.
That is the main reason for the rise in UKIP voters who want to govern themselves, while the mainthree parties have said plainly that we should remain in the EU.
UKIP is the only party wanting us removed from the 'snouts in the trough' Europhiles, but we have local policies as well which give local people power. This power can be returned to elected councillors who are made responsible for their actions on behalf of the voters at the ballot box.
This interference in our lives will continue: 60-ton European lorries on our roads, free of charge, while we see potholes not filled, and non-stop, non-diminishing immigration causing loss of jobs. Our health services are overloaded due to this influx, while some South West MPs voted for the NHS regional pay scheme. Not for themselves, though.
Interference from our current situation will not go away until and unless we leave the EU.
Chairman, UKIP, Plymouth and SW Devon branch