UKIP economic spokesman quits, criticising libertarian faction

Patrick O’Flynn MEP, who resigned today as UKIP economic spokesman

UKIP economic spokesman Patrick O’Flynn – an MEP for Eastern England who was formerly Political Editor of the Daily Express – has resigned.

While most UKIP news recently has focused on the increasingly influential group in the party that is obsessed with Islam and seeks to take UKIP in an EDL or Pegida-style direction, O’Flynn’s resignation is prompted by a very different split – his disagreement with the ultra-Thatcherite ‘libertarians’ in the party.

O’Flynn said in his resignation statement today:
“It is clear to me that UKIP’s activist base wishes to go in a more libertarian, shrink-the-state and Thatcherite direction when it comes to economic policy.
“Ever since becoming prominent in the party, I have argued for UKIP to be at the common sense centre of politics, rather than allowing itself to be defined as on the right wing. For example, I have sought support for tough measures to combat corporate tax avoidance and proposed a premium rate of VAT for luxury goods in order to make that tax more equitable. I have also championed more resources for the NHS, arguing against those in the party who would prefer to run healthcare on private insurance lines.”

The libertarian faction criticised by O’Flynn advocates policies that might go down well on golf courses and in Rotary Clubs across southern England, but which would kill off any chance of challenging Labour in its northern working-class heartlands.

It remains to be seen which strand of UKIP will dominate in the new movement planned by former leader Nigel Farage and his financial backer Arron Banks.

John Rees-Evans, third favourite in this year’s UKIP leadership election, at a hustings during last November’s contest

One of UKIP’s leading libertarians – West Midlands MEP and ex-Tory Bill Etheridge – announced this week that he was withdrawing his nomination for UKIP leader.  Etheridge is bitterly opposed to the two anti-Islamist candidates for leader, London Assembly member Peter Whittle and former Pegida UK deputy leader Anne Marie Waters.

The Guardian today picked up on the story reported by H&D eleven days ago, that Ms Waters’ campaign is being run by former BNP member Jack Buckby.

While a groundswell of members has built up behind the anti-Islamist agenda, making Whittle and Waters the two favourites, most of UKIP’s leading members (including almost all its MEPs) are appalled by the prospect of the party becoming a political wing of the EDL.  They have no clear front-runner to back, but perhaps the most likely challenge to Whittle and Waters is from John Rees-Evans, a Welsh businessman who polled 18.1% in last year’s leadership contest that was won by Paul Nuttall.

A late entrant in the race and potential dark horse is Henry Bolton, former military intelligence officer and counter-terrorism expert, who was UKIP’s candidate last year for Kent Police & Crime Commissioner.

Dark horse UKIP leadership candidate Henry Bolton has extensive experience as a military intelligence officer and counter-terrorism expert

Another Dodgy Dossier

Yes to Europe

Guest column by Frederick Dixson

How could anyone vote to leave the European Union now that we know that we will all be £4,300 a year better off by 2030 if we stay in? Except, of course, that we will all be better off anyway even if we leave, just by not quite as much!  All of that is assuming that economic growth continues at a predictable rate until 2030. And in economics nothing is predictable. If the Treasury is trying to look ahead fourteen years to 2030, try instead to look back fourteen years to 2002 and ask yourself how many economists then predicted the crash of 2008 – answer, none.

It’s not just dodgy forecasts that we can pick up from the Treasury’s document. There are also all those little things which the Treasury chose to ignore or brush aside but which will have quite a significant, and positive, effect should we choose to leave. To mention a few of those positive things; freedom from regulation, freedom to trade with the rest of the world, freedom from having to pay millions of pounds in tribute to the EU every day, freedom from the colossal cost to our infrastructure (schools, housing, transport, NHS) of mass immigration.

With mass immigration I come to the issue which, I suspect, is the real concern of readers of Heritage and Destiny. It is beyond belief that the Chancellor of the Exchequer in a government which is pledged to reduce mass immigration to the tens of thousands, has predicated much of his strategy for economic growth on continuing mass immigration adding a further 3.3 million EU migrants to our population by 2030! This implies 235,000 EU migrants per annum and does not include those from outside the EU, nor births to all the newcomers and to those “Non White British” already living here.

Unlikely allies for Brexit: George Galloway and Nigel Farage

Unlikely allies for Brexit: George Galloway and Nigel Farage

So here are some facts – not forecasts because the implications are obvious – of my own. Excluding the other countries of the United Kingdom whose populations are more or less stable and which attract little immigration, the population of England at the census of 2011 was 53 million of whom 42 million (80%) declared themselves to be White British. (It may be of interest to note that the population of England according to the census of 1951 was then 42 million, almost all White British). The 20% who are not White British have 35% of the children born annually in England, adding around 240,000 to their number every year. Annual net immigration, excluding British citizens returning to the UK after a spell abroad, is now running at 363000. So the total annual increase in the Non White British population is in the order of 600,000, a figure which can only go up as children are born to the future new arrivals. Given these figures it is easy to see how the Office for National Statistics has calculated that White British people will be a minority among under 18s by 2037, just 21 years from now.

Our national identity is being ground out of existence and Englishmen such as George Osborne and David Cameron are throwing the entire government machine into hastening the process. They must be thwarted.

‘Anti-fascist’ cleric exposed as pervert

The front page of today’s Mail on Sunday exposes the Rev. Paul Flowers – former chairman of the Co-operative Bank – as a perverted drug abuser.

Nationalist activists in the North of England have been aware of Rev. Flowers for more than 20 years: he has frequently pontificated against “racism” in his role as a borough councillor, first in Rochdale and later in Bradford.

The main reason why Flowers involved himself in purchasing hard drugs – including cocaine, crystal meth and ketamine – was to ingratiate himself with young men whom he was grooming for sex.  The Mail on Sunday‘s revelations come from a 26-year-old homosexual whom 63-year-old Flowers had met via a “gay dating” website.  In one text message to this man, Rev. Flowers promised that a party he was planning was “turning into a two day, drug fuelled gay orgy!!!”

He was as good as his word, as the newspaper documents.

From 2010 until May 2013 Rev. Flowers earned £132,000 a year as chairman of the Co-op Bank, which had to be rescued by City institutions earlier this year after losing £700 million in six months.

In 2010 Rev. Flowers was appointed to the Finance and Industry Board of the Labour Party.  At the 2010 Labour Party Conference in Manchester he spoke on a specialist panel discussing “The Challenge for Financial Services: Helping the UK Economy Grow”, alongside Chris Leslie, who is now Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury on Ed Miliband’s front bench team.  Rev. Flowers is also a trustee of the AIDS charity the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Journalists are now understood to be re-examining the past role of Rev. Flowers as a Labour councillor in Rochdale, where he was vice-chairman of the council’s social services committee during a notorious investigation of child abuse more than twenty years ago. The town’s MP at the time was Sir Cyril Smith, a notorious paedophile whose abuse of young boys in Rochdale care homes was known back in the 1970s but has only recently been exposed by the national media.

Rev. Flowers’s own conviction for gross indecency came to light as long ago as 1990.  He had been fined by magistrates nine years earlier after committing the offence in a public lavatory in Southampton.  Click here to view a PDF of a 1990 article about the case.

This sordid record appears not to have concerned either the Methodist Church, the Labour Party or the Co-operative Bank.  Rev. Flowers himself had the chutzpah to write to The Guardian in November 2003 lambasting an Anglican archbishop for his comments about homosexuality.

On that occasion Rev. Flowers wrote: “sometimes truth is more important than weight of numbers”.  Quite so, and the truth about this obese, drug peddling pervert is now out!



More immigration hypocrisy from both Labour and Littlejohn

Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn has a good rant this week at senior New Labour politicians of the Blair era, including successive Home Secretaries Jack Straw and David Blunkett.  Like many of his ilk, Straw has recently taken to apologising for New Labour’s “mistake” of allowing vastly increased immigration after they came to power in 1997.

Littlejohn correctly points out that this was no mistake: it was a deliberate anti-English policy, as revealed by former Blair adviser Andrew Neather back in 2009.

But the Mail columnist can’t be let off the hook too easily in his effort to score party political points against Labour.  The ethnic transformation of Britain was not a consequence of the Blair years, it was an accomplished fact well before the 1997 Labour landslide.

New Labour’s main contribution to multiculturalism was to let in millions of Eastern Europeans, mainly from Poland and the Ukraine but increasingly also from other former Soviet bloc countries.  Ironically this has resulted in many inner city areas of England becoming whiter, as these new immigrants often moved into areas that had been dominated by blacks and Asians who had arrived in earlier waves of immigration!

And that of course is the point: the turning point in the transformation of Britain was not Tony Blair’s arrival in Downing Street, but the catastrophic European civil war (better known as the Second World War) of 1939-45.  Britain’s supposed ‘victory’ in that war not only bankrupted our national finances and liquidated our Empire, it discredited the very notion of racial nationalism.  Anyone even daring to mention racial questions after 1945 could be demonised by opponents deploying the shadow of the legendary gas chambers to silence debate.

Britain started to become a multiracial country with the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948, and the process continued throughout the postwar decades.  During most of this time – Richard Littlejohn should note – the Conservative Party was in government.

Nevertheless, the fact that even a semi-honest discussion of immigration is now beginning should certainly be welcomed.  This week saw a key contribution to that long overdue debate with the publication of a book by the Oxford University economist Prof. Paul Collier – Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century.

The book will be reviewed in the New Year by Heritage and Destiny.  In the meantime readers can catch up with a lecture by Prof. Collier given at the LSE earlier this month.  Once you cut through the inevitable politically correct introductions, you will hear that even the academic establishment is having to reassess its arguments.

Denmark: another European government in crisis

The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DF) is now running ahead of the governing Social Democrats (SD) in the latest opinion polls in Denmark, as reported this week in the Financial Times.

Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, with her husband and father-in-law Neil Kinnock

The DF stands at 17.4% in the poll, with the SD – led by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, daughter in law of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock – on 17.2%.  Ms Thorning-Schmidt took office in 2011 at the head of a coalition government but has been criticised by her own party for pursuing austerity policies similar to the UK’s Tory led coalition.

Danish voters are likely to be further disappointed even in the DF, since although they are anti-immigration they are an ideologically amorphous populist party, posing no real challenge to the failed political elites of Europe.

Labour leader in row over immigration policy

Labour’s former immigration minister Barbara Roche hits out at her party leader’s planned policy changes.

Opinion polls suggest that by 2015 Ed Miliband will be Prime Minister.  But in his anxiety to reassure voters that he understands their concerns about immigration, Miliband has sparked a row with Labour’s former immigration minister.

In an article for the Independent on Sunday on 20th January 2013, Barbara Roche – who was immigration minister in Tony Blair’s government from 1999 to 2001 – complains that “over the past few months there has been a concerted attack, from across the political spectrum, on the last Labour Government’s record on immigration.”

Mrs Roche – formerly Barbara Margolis – enjoyed a high flying career from her days as head girl of the Jews Free School in Camden (the largest Jewish school in Europe), via Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and several years as a Middle Temple barrister.  Elected as MP for the multi-ethnic Hornsey & Wood Green in 1992, she lost her seat in 2005 – seen as a political casualty of Tony Blair’s Iraq war, which she had strongly supported but which was opposed by many of her constituents, not least Muslim voters.

In her IoS article Mrs Roche points out that during her time as a minister there was a panic over asylum seekers, but no real debate over immigration policy (as opposed to asylum).  She argues that the assumption behind the 1971 Immigration Act – seeking to end “primary” immigration of the sort that had taken place on a large scale since the arrival of West Indian immigrants aboard the Empire Windrush in 1948 – was wrong.  According to Mrs Roche, “legal migration is, in an age of globalisation, an economic, social and cultural good.”

Mrs Roche’s article was provoked by Ed Miliband’s BBC interview a few days earlier, the latest of a series in which the Labour leader indicated that the Blair and Brown governments had made mistakes in underestimating the scale of Eastern European immigration, and failing to understand immigration’s impact on White working class Britons.

In a speech to the Fabian Society on 12th January, Miliband had gone even further:
“High levels of migration were having huge effects on the lives of people in our country. And too often those in power seemed not to accept this. The fact that they didn’t explains partly why people turned against us in the last general election. So we must work to ensure that it never happens again.”

Needless to say, Labour has no intention of adopting a genuinely sane immigration policy.  The internal dispute is over to what extent they should openly and proudly celebrate immigration (as Mrs Roche argues), or whether they should offer at least a pretence of caring about the White working class (as Mr Miliband seems to prefer).

Financial crisis “as bad as a world war” says Bank of England official

A top Bank of England official has admitted that the impact of the UK’s financial crisis will be as bad as a world war.

Andrew Haldane told the BBC:

“In terms of the loss of incomes and outputs, this is as bad as a world war. That is the scale we are talking about.

“If we are fortunate, the cost of the crisis will be paid for by our children. More likely it will still be being paid for by our grandchildren.”

He also hit out at bankers’ pay:

“Back in 1980, your average investment banker was paid the same as your average lawyer or doctor. By the time we got to 2006, they were being paid four times as much.”

While Mr Haldane’s conversion is perhaps to be welcomed, one has to ask – just where was he (and all the other Bank of England officials) when all of these disastrous developments were under way. Mr Haldane has worked at the Bank since 1989, soon after leaving university.

Pub closures threaten English traditions

Among many lost pubs is The George in Hyde, near Manchester, which closed in 2009. This is the pub where the famous Martin Webster NF march was planned in 1977!

This month has seen yet further crisis in the pub industry, according to new reports by the BBC and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Shockingly, a further CAMRA report states that since January 2010 more than two hundred pubs across Britain have been converted into supermarkets!

A historic Oldham pub dating from 1833, the Star Inn closed in 2005.

Eighteen pubs each week are currently closing, compared to a closure rate of twelve a week last year, and the government is making matters worse by continuing to increase beer taxes, forcing the price of a pint in pubs to increase by more than the rate of inflation.  CAMRA’s chief executive Mike Benner said:
“Weak and misguided planning laws and the predatory acquisition of valued pub sites by large supermarket chains, coupled with the willingness of pub owners to cash-in and sell for development, are some of the biggest threats to the future of Britain’s social fabric.”

For example, there are now no pubs at all on the Moor Nook estate in Preston where the Heritage & Destiny office is located!  H&D writers have to walk to a local church social club a mile away to get a pint!

The Lion pub on the Moor Nook estate in Preston closed in 2000.

Ian Saunders, a spokesman for CAMRA, told the BBC:
“I think what’s happening is people are looking to buy from supermarkets and drinking at home and ignoring their local boozer.  We need to stop the price differential between supermarkets and the pubs increasing all the time, which at the moment it is.”

Click below to view the House of Commons debate on the beer duty escalator, or click here to sign the e-petition to save your pint.

Biggest ever rise in UK population

An official UK Census form sorter in 2001 - no we are not joking!

An official UK Census form sorter in 2001 - no we are not joking!

The first results of last’s years UK Census prove that our population during the past decade saw the biggest jump in recorded history.  The surge is largely due to the immigration boom, in what was already an overcrowded country.  Another factor is the high birth rate among non-European immigrant groups.

England and Wales saw a 7.1% rise in population, from 52.4 million in 2001 to 56.1 million in 2011.  Needless to say these figures do not include unknown numbers of illegal immigrants.  Population density in London is now 5,200 per square kilometre – ranking alongside Madrid and Athens as the most densely populated cities in Europe.

Moreover in the next fifteen years, official projections show that two thirds of the next population increase will come from immigrants: an extra 5 million people, equivalent to the combined populations of Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol.

No 2011 statistics have yet been published about racial or religious matters.  Click here for the latest official UK Census updates.

Olympic security shambles


Soldiers deployed at London Olympics site after private security company G4S fails to fulfil contract

The utter shambles surrounding security arrangements for the 2012 Olympic Games is perhaps the greatest embarrassment in the history of the event.  It’s easy to blame the hopeless Home Secretary Theresa May or her boss David Cameron: but in fact the problem goes back much further, and is best seen as the ultimate legacy of the Thatcher / Blair era.

Ever since the late 1970s British politics has been dominated by the ethos of privatisation, with the sell off of public assets (often at rock bottom prices) to benefit City speculators, and the transfer of many local and central government responsibilities to the private sector.

Hand in hand with this process has been mass immigration, since private companies tore up previous working practices and sought the cheapest possible workers, which usually meant immigrants.

Now we see the ultimate result of this process.  The private security firm G4S (a 2004 merger of the long-established companies Group 4 and Securicor) has admitted that it is not capable of fulfilling its contract to provide Olympic security, so Army and Police units have had to be drafted in at the very last minute!

The growth of G4S is itself evidence of how privatised security has become one of the Western world’s few expanding industries.  G4S is now the third largest private sector employer in the world, with more than 650,000 workers, beaten only by supermarket giant Walmart and the Taiwan-based electronics conglomerate Foxconn.

Only a few years ago, most people would assume that private security firms were for jobs such as taking cash to and from banks, or protecting offices and building sites from burglars or vandals.  Then during the early 1990s the Conservative government of John Major gave Group 4 contracts to provide prison security – leading to a series of embarrassing scandals when prisoners escaped.  The company also owns the American private security firm Wackenhut, which handles a number of high-security contracts, for example at military and nuclear power sites.

Even for such a large company, the Olympic security contract was a big operation – G4S was contracted to provide more than 10,000 security guards – and once again it has been proved that security and the profit motive don’t mix.  The G4S chief executive Nick Buckles has admitted that many of his guards will not even speak English.  As it turns out matters are even worse than that.  Many of the guards supposedly recruited by G4s have simply not turned up for work.  Many hundreds – perhaps thousands – of police and soldiers will have to be moved in to plug the gap.

One police spokesman describes the situation as “absolute chaos”, and correctly points out: “You shouldn’t lose your local police officer because of the Olympics.  Communities are suffering because a private company has failed to deliver on a contract.”

The Olympic security shambles should mean the end of the privatisation era.  Of course private companies will often need to be brought in to handle various public tasks, but overall control of operations should always be in the hands of accountable public bodies.

Above all, it should be made very clear from now on that policing and prison service responsibilities should remain with properly trained officers.

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