Commenting on the DUP/Conservative deal Steve Crowther , interim leader of UKIP, has said that ‘It’s a relatively small price to pay for the additional stability which this agreement brings, with the DUP committed to Brexit’.
UKIP have been informed that an article published by Waterways Ireland has claimed that the slipway at Shillingtons Quay is unfit for launching boats.
Councilor David Jones has said, “if this is true, this causes great concern on a number of levels.
Firstly, some 18 months ago, when a user said the slipway was not fit for purpose the Council agreed to pay some £14k to carry out remedial work, even though they claimed a consultant had said that it was fit for purpose. Yes work that one out!
Secondly, we have learned after a period of 18 months this work has not yet been undertaken.
Such revelations, in a widely read boating magazine, will have a negative effect on the areas ability to attract boat users.
We at UKIP are very concerned at these revelations. Regrettably it appears that as well as the Quay not being fit for purpose, questions must be asked of the Chief Executive of ABC Council. We will be raising our concerns as a matter of urgency, in order to get clarity on these issues.”
Yesterday morning Cllr Jones attended the official unfurling of the Armed Forces flag at Craigavon Civic Centre to salute those who currently and previously served in our forces.
Councillor Jones said, “it was a beautiful morning and great to see again the representatives of the local British Legions. It was especially great to see Sam Thompson and congratulate him on his recent award in the Queens Birthday Honours. Very well deserved for the work he carries out locally.”
UKIP councillor, Donna Anderson, has spoken about a number of ‘serious incidents’ which occurred inside a Ballymena supermarket last weekend, (Saturday 10th June) and she also slammed what she describes as a ‘public silence’ in the aftermath.
Ms. Anderson, who represents Ballymena on the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, reports that several customers and a member of staff, at a large shop on the Antrim Road, were physically attacked and verbally abused by a Muslim man, who is believed to be of Pakistani descent.
According to reports, the man, who had been standing outside the entrance of the shop, followed a woman inside, before grabbing her by the throat from behind and saying that: ‘she was his woman and that this is what happens to people of your country, your women, your men and your children.’
Cllr. Anderson went on to reveal that the same man approached another person in the shop and when a member of staff in the shop intervened, they were also the victim of an assault.
Subsequently, the alleged attacker reportedly started reciting what was believed to be passages from the Koran which terrified those still in the shop, those in the shop feared he had more serious and life-threatening intentions.
Cllr Anderson is furious that such a serious incident can occur yet little information has been made public about the incident.
She stated her belief that: ‘ If it was a white Christian individual that carried out such an act, it would have been all over the papers that it was a racist attack.’
The Harryville-based politician went to say: “This was an attack against our own people going about their own business and daily lives. It is abhorrent that anyone would think this is acceptable no matter what the perceived circumstances may be.”
“I would call upon the inter-ethnic groups across the country to be seen and heard making efforts to integrate, not just spouting off when their community is on the receiving end. It cannot continue that efforts are coming from one side all the time. If people are permitted to live in our country legally, they should engage more with their neighbours, community groups and any other services that are readily available to them”, she added.
The man was arrested at the scene and admitted to a mental health facility as he allegedly has issues.
As a result of the tragic events, two weeks ago, efforts to resolve issues at Corcrain/Redmonville have taken on a reinvigorated interest.
Councillor Jones along with other Councillors, Council officers and voluntary groups have been engaged in a process to develop a plan of action.
Councillor Jones said, “After speaking to the young people it became clear that they wanted a place they could meet with friends in a safe environment. I am pleased to say Council officers have been able to secure the Martial Arts Centre (previously the Community Centre) for the young people to use, as a supervised meeting place. It is hoped the Y Zone/YMCA will also be able to use this facility to develop a relationship with young people and discuss various issues with them.
Thanks to all the voluntary agencies and the owner of the Martial Arts Centre for their cooperation and assistance.
We would hope finance will be made available to update and make the current pitches more user friendly, along with the removal of some vegetation from the woodlands.
It is also intended to have a presence from voluntary groups at the Corcrain Woodland area/Pitches at weekends. Work will continue with the PSNI to discourage and remove the drug dealers, as well as a campaign of awareness on under age drinking with off licenses.”
Councillor Jones continued, “I would like to thank all those who provided information to the PSNI following the death of Caitlin. That was invaluable. Please if you have further information on the drug dealers and suppliers, anywhere, do pass it onto the police, or any of the elected representatives or someone you trust.
Credit must be passed onto the community for responding to events as they have done. These actions will not only help this area but will be a template for other areas of the Borough experiencing similar problems. These efforts are not short term. We must continue to provide support and direction to our young people, the future generation.”
We at UKIP would wish to pass on our sympathy to the family circle of Michael and Marjorie Cawdrey at this very sad time, following the tragic events of the weekend.
Councillor David Jones has met with local residents, the police and with the Chief Executive of the SHSCT to discuss issues raised.
We are glad to report a meeting has been set up with residents of the Upper Ramone Neighbourhood Watch and the Chief Executive of the SHSCT.
Said Councillor Jones, “I would hope this meeting will help to reassure residents living in the area and enable them to pass on their concerns following the terrible incident at the weekend. No amount of meetings can take away from the double tragedy of the weekend but I would hope the family will be aware of the support and concern they have from the local community.”
“Over this past few days it has been interesting to hear and read the General Election manifestos of both Conservatives and Labour. Interesting because there is a feeling of deja vu, having seen most of them in the UKIP manifesto from 2014. Yesterday Labour announced they would cease tuition fees. Again a UKIP pledge.
What makes this interesting is so many of the political pundits and analysts, both locally and nationally, are hell bent on declaring ‘UKIP is Dead’ and ‘UKIP’s job is done with Brexit’.
If we look at the evidence some different conclusions can be drawn.
Arguably, in the history of British politics, there has never been a Party that has welded so much influence on all Parties policies, while effectively sitting outside Westminster. Few can disagree that without UKIP there would not have been an EU referendum or Brexit. This in itself prompted a sea change in Conservative and even Labour thinking.
Now we find UKIP ideas and policies are being taken up by the main Parties. This should not be a surprise as UKIP, over the years, has adopted a ‘bottom up’ approach whereby they have listened to the ordinary person in the constituencies and not been a member of any exclusive group, mostly based in London.
Now the Conservatives have followed the UKIP path, where will that leave the pathfinder? Much will depend on the General Election results. UKIP could win fewer votes but win a number of seats. The current Westminster voting system does not work in UKIP’s favour, however for now we have to work within the present system.
From its early days when it opposed the introduction of the Euro, UKIP has sought to represent all the people and areas of the United Kingdom.
News of the UKIP’s demise is certainly premature. Now more than ever the Party needs not only to be present, as it will continue to be, both in the European Parliament to secure Brexit but also at home to ensure no backsliding by the Government.
UKIP looks forward to completing the job of leaving the EU and establishing trade and commerce with the rest of the world. It needs to continue its work to strengthen the United Kingdom and its component parts. Above and beyond Brexit; UKIP’s Common-sense Policies are called that for a reason – they are common sense.”
According to UKIP’s David Jones “UKIP is not finished. In fact it is only beginning”.
Many observers will ask why are UKIP not fielding candidates in Northern Ireland? The answer is simple and straightforward; we are putting country before party at this election. We all know Sinn Fein have sought a border poll for some time. With the local Brexit result, they thought they could bring a United Ireland closer. This election has now effectively turned into a border poll using the excuse of opposing Brexit, along with the SDLP, Alliance, Greens and other likeminded parties.
UKIP is the only national Party with representatives in all four corners of the United Kingdom. We are comfortable in the Union and it is safe with us. As a growing Party we look forward to increased representation at Westminster, throughout the regions and at Council level. We will continue to grow and work for the ordinary people. We are not parochial. We look further afield. We will work to make sure Northern Ireland grows politically and is effectively administered in the areas of Health, education, employment, immigration, infrastructure and the environment. These are the real issues that are important to us all. UKIP was the Party that achieved Brexit. Without us it would not have happened.
Some parties will use every excuse under the sun to attack everything that is British and do everything to weaken our ties with the rest of the United Kingdom. While we are disappointed that greater co-operation between Pro-Union Parties was not achieved for this election, we are confident that there will be opportunities in the future. We would advise everyone to exercise their democratic right to vote in this election by voting for those pro Brexit candidates and for pro Union parties. Use your vote wisely, by ensuring you record your vote and that of your family and friends. Remember our enemies will use this election as a head count to call for a Border poll.
UKIP Councillor David Jones has called for the people of Northern Ireland to support Brexit candidates in the forthcoming General Election.
“Speaking at the launch of his Party’s election campaign in Newry, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, said that Northern Ireland must remain in the EU.
Changed times from 1974 when Sinn Fein actively campaigned against Ireland joining the EU; as it would, in their opinion, lose it’s national identity. Changed times indeed; however we should not be surprised at Sinn Fein U-turn, after all Sinn Fein are an opportunist party. Their only reason for wanting to remain in the EU is to weaken Northern Ireland’s British identity and it’s place within the United Kingdom.
Even his economic argument is flawed. He stated that all of Ireland should remain in the EU in order to benefit from the Common Agricultural Programme and the Peace Process. On the economic argument Adams forgets Irish Farmers, businesses and small traders do over one billion euro of business with the United Kingdom every week. The EU has been allowed to plunder the fisheries of Irish waters for years and now wants to impose a Common Consolidated Corporation Tax, which would remove Ireland’s ability to collect tax from companies who’s headquarters are located in the Republic of Ireland.
As for the benefits to the Peace Process, we can only assume these are the so-called benefits to Sinn Fein linked groups, that prevent Sinn Fein/IRA from returning to violence.
Clearly, Gerry Adams realises Brexit not only means Northern Ireland leaving the EU and remaining in the United Kingdom but also that hopes of a United Ireland disappear.
It is therefore important that everyone in Northern Ireland supports Brexit candidates in the General Election.
The United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave the EU and that’s what will happen”