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How ridiculous is it to live on an island yet be a net importer of fish?

Let’s take back control of our fish

If I had to name one industry that had been worst hit by EU membership it would be the UK fishing industry. Placed under a Common Fishing Policy from the early days, the EU has done grave damage to what was one of our most impressive ventures. The UK has been driven from self sufficiency and good exports of fish to import dependence. We have had to watch as non UK boats have come into our waters under EU licence and taken the majority of the catch.


In the early days of the Common Fishery Policy too much fish was taken, doing further damage to the fishery. When the EU awoke to the damage being done, tougher quotas were imposed which favoured non UK fishing fleets, especially the French. If we look at the 2015 quota allocations for the main areas for cod and haddock they show:


Cod   France 70-84% of Total Allowable catch

UK 7.6-9.2%


Haddock   France 55-66.7% of Total Allowable catch

UK 10-29%

Sole         France   14.3% to 54%

UK 0-19%

The great fishing fleets of Grimsby, Hull, Lowestoft have been slashed by the decline of the fishery and unfair distribution of the quota. Out of the EU the UK can reassert control out to 200 miles or to the median line with a neighbouring state. We can negotiate shared access with neighbours without being outvoted by 27 other member states under the majority voting system of the EU.

Freed of EU control we could have a policy which helps restore our fishery and allocates more catch to UK vessels.

The EU’s betrayal of Britain’s fishing industry

The EU’s betrayal of Britain’s fishing industry

The EU’s fisheries policies have been a disaster for Britain, destroying communities along our coasts. We should emulate Greenland, get out of the EU as soon as possible, and revive one of our greatest industries


Fishing boats at the Coble Landing, Filey

One of the most damaging implications of Britain joining the EU has been the effect on our fishing industry. The Common Fishing Policy (CFP) is the EU’s method of implementing pan-European laws on fishing and aquaculture. As with most policies emanating from the centralised elite in Brussels, the CFP was a major disaster. After its introduction in 1970, the CFP has been synonymous with the huge decline of our fish stocks, deterioration of the environment, wasteful discarding of fish, and the destruction of Britain’s fishing industry and communities. Geographically well placed, British and Irish waters actually account for 60 percent of the EU’s waters. To add salt to the wound, it is an embarrassing reminder the CFP did not exist until Britain joined the EU. The sacrifice made essentially placed Britain’s precious waters under a shared resource to other EU nations. Ever since, stocks have depleted and many coastal towns have gone into economic and social decline through the loss of thousands of jobs. As certain nations receive a better deal out of the EU, it is clear the industries of national importance to other member states have never been under threat or willingly reduced by their own politicians. From French wineries to the German automotive industry, it is clear other member states do all they can to protect important sections of their own economy and heritage, while British politicians willingly give away one of our own. As the United Nations Law of the Sea states: “The exclusive economic zone shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines”. Yet Britain’s fishing rights have now been reduced by the EU to a mere 12 miles. This policy has become so nonsensical, it’s hard to shift the blame away from Britain’s leaders during the 1970’s, who saw the EU’s bloc mentality as the answer to our post-war decline. Looking to the future, it appears the pro-EU lobby are clearly still under the Brussels’ spell. When politicians like Conservative MP Laura Sandys highlight how British fisherman will lose their EU subsidies after Brexit, it is often forgotten the CFP created the problem in the first place. In addition, mild reforms of the policy have been too little too late for our fishermen. Billions of fish have been discarded and thrown back into the sea because of the inefficient division of quotas. It is worth noting that fish landings into UK ports were higher in the 19th century than they are today. However, there is another nation in which the CFP played a similar, damaging role. Greenland decided to leave the EU (EEC in 1984). Their politicians recognised the wanton vandalism coming their way, and understood how other Member States did not follow the same procedures of handling their fish catches. In the Seventies, Britain and Greenland held around 80 percent of fish stocks. In comparison, nations such as France, Spain and Italy had destroyed stocks in the Mediterranean. With such a small population so reliant on one industry, Greenland saw no other option but to leave the EU. How is the nation doing now? Having ignored the scaremongers at the time, the islanders have found their average income on par with other rich Northern European states, and they have benefited from the lack of EU red tape. In addition, Greenland successfully negotiated favourable terms for their exit, and now enjoy favourable trade deals with the EU. If a nation of 57,000 can do it, why do we often hear that Britain, a nation of 65 million, cannot do the same? The EU is chronically over-centralised, and such ‘one size fits all’ policies will never be in the interest of Britain. Taking back control would not only repair depleted fish stocks around the British Isles, but provide a secure future for the industry.

Nations like Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroes have avoided this mess. This is why our politicians must learn from example and Get Britain Out of the EU.

Chris Muspratt
On 2 October 2015
Our Acknowledgement to “The Commentator”

• Fish imports to UK have increased since 2003 as exports have fallen

• Most imports from Iceland (98,000 tonnes) and Norway (61,000 tonnes)

• Major export destinations: Netherlands (84,000 tonnes) and France (81,000 tonnes)

• British fisherman numbered 47,000 in 1930s. by 2007: just 13,000

• Annual catch of cod in 1970s: 300,000 tonnes. 2007: 7,000 tonnes

• 2007 size of UK fleet: 6,372 boats, of which 77 per cent less than 30ft long

• Overall British catch of fish in 2006: 614,000 tonnes, down 13 per cent in a year

Pollstation — EU Referendum

Have you seen this?

An independent completely neutral website that aims to put both sides of the argument impartially and without bias.

It then invites readers to cast their vote for Remain, Leave or Undecided.  Over 32000 people have voted so far.  This will continue to run up until the Referendum and it records all voters and allows people to change their mind.   How does the voting currently stand?

Leave 80%     Remain 15%    Undecided 5%

If you want to look and vote yourself use this link

Or just Google “Pollstation”.

This is how the site describes itself and its aim :—

“Pollstation’s aim is simple.  We want to inform and inspire people to get involved.

In our briefing we’ve broken down the debate into 10 key areas with each one examining how the EU is involved, why people think that involvement is good or bad and what might change if we stay or leave.

So how are we different from other websites that will be reporting on the Referendum?

We’re 100% committed to neutrality. We’re not looking for headlines or pursuing any agenda to keep sponsors and advertisers happy. We haven’t been paid to work on this, and we’re not backed by vested interests.

We’ve gone out of our way to make everything on the site really easy to navigate and share. Every chart, quote and viewpoint can be shared directly on social media.  Our open poll (coming soon) can also be shared, producing an image of the live result when you click it.

Finally, we’re gathering a large selection of viewpoints from key influencers in the debate – many of whom have given us an exclusive statement – so you can see who thinks what and why.  We also have some other exciting developments coming very soon, such as our ‘vote calculator’ which can help you decide what policy areas matter the most to you.”

How the EU Helps the UK !!??

EU loan to boost Turkey factory – and close Southampton’s Swaythling plant

You cannot believe it.  The EU loans money to Turkey to enable them to take jobs away from Britain and close British factories.

Do not judge the EU by what it says and what Cameron says — judge the EU by it’s actions.  The EU seems bent on crippling the UK.

 Uproar among Southampton Euro MPs and unions.

Meeting at the (EU) bank’s headquarters in Luxembourg – a striking glass-roofed building, its 28 directors and 12 alternate directors signed off up to €190m of funding for a Ford Transit factory in Turkey.


“MILLIONS of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being spent to expand a Ford manufacturing plant in Turkey while the car maker is cutting hundreds of jobs in Britain.

Ford announced last month that the production of Ford Transit vans in Southampton would cease next July with the loss of more than 500 jobs. Further posts will be lost as a result of the closure of stamping and tooling operations in Dagenham, east London.

Despite that, an £80m loan to Ford Otosan, which runs the Turkish plant in partnership with Ford, was approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in June.”   Sunday Times 4 Nov 2012

10 Reasons to Leave the EU

10 Reasons to Leave

Why we should leave: The top ten reasons we would be BETTER OFF OUT…

1.     Freedom to make stronger trade deals with other nations.  

2.     Freedom to spend UK resources presently through EU membership in the UK to the advantage of our citizens.

3.     Freedom to control our national borders.

4.     Freedom to restore Britain’s special legal system.

5.     Freedom to deregulate the EU’s costly mass of laws.

6.     Freedom to make major savings for British consumers.

7.     Freedom to improve the British economy and generate more jobs.

8.     Freedom to regenerate Britain’s fisheries.

9.     Freedom to save the NHS from EU threats to undermine it by harmonising healthcare across the EU, and to reduce welfare payments to non-UK EU citizens. 

10.   Freedom to restore British customs and traditions.



Posted with acknowledgement to “Better off OUT”

Victoria Patey – Wokingham’s Young Independence Representative

Victoria Patey, Standing up for the Leaders of Tomorrow in Berkshire

Why do I want to stand?

Young people are the future for our country, yet our country is run by people who clearly do not connect with the electorate, let alone those who are its future. We live in a country riddled with debt, yet Society’s movers and shakers tell us everything is great.  Rather than tackle the significant financial inequities in our society, our politicians saddle us with tens of thousands in college debt and pursue policies which take house prices to unsustainable levels and far out of our reach.  If this is the future, those in power are leaving us; our voices have to be heard, and heard now.  As things stand, we are going to be left facing a mountain of debt and without the tools and resources to deal with it. Despite this, there are young people out there who quietly get on with their lives and who contribute a great deal to our society. Their contribution really should be recognised and their future made more secure.

It is for this reason that I feel it is important to get involved with Young Independence. Although UKIP has started to engage with young people, there is still a long way to go. I would love to see more young people involved with YI at a local level, to show the Party that we are willing and ready to make a difference in our country and to make our voices heard; that we recognise that in order to protect our society’s inheritance we must work now to secure our future and that of generations to come.

Who am I?

My name iVicky Pateys Victoria. I am currently the YI representative for the Wokingham branch, and I recently stood as a local candidate in the Evendons ward. I am a 24 year old teacher at a comprehensive school who witnesses on a daily basis the political brainwashing of our young people. We must make it our mission to educate the future leaders of our country about the world of politics, how it affects their everyday lives and to encourage them to get involved. I have only recently become active with UKIP and YI but I have every confidence in the future of our party, as do almost 4 million other people up and down the country. I have no doubt that amongst them, there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of young people who voted for UKIP and I will make it my aim to engage with these young people in my local area.  That engagement needs not just to be in political sphere but also through the provision of exciting and engaging social activities.   In the past I was President of the dodgeball society at the University of Southampton, where I increased our membership, secured further funding and training opportunities and saw my team win the National University Championships.

What do I want to achieve?

There are still too many YI members in Berkshire who have yet to become fully engaged in our party – I want to encourage them to become more actively involved. I know that there are more like-minded people out there in the wider community and the Party needs to reach out to them more effectively.  There is still much that can be done to address these two issues and, in the first instance, I intend to work hard to bring the following to fruition:

  • Social media: I want YI to work more closely with the branches in Berkshire, drawing from current members’ experiences and to use this to engage with young people in a more effective way. There is certainly potential for social media here; Twitter exploded in the run-up to the General Election and plays a huge part in many young people’s everyday lives. Although there is a UKIP presence in social media in Berkshire, this is by no means comprehensive and there is little, if any, content that is of real interest to young people. I also feel that there is a lot more that can be done to enhance local branches’ websites in order to help them attract further YI members.
  • A focus on the upcoming referendum: Young people need to be clear on the facts in order to make an informed decision about our future in the European Union. We would need to concentrate efforts in local sixth form schools and colleges, providing accurate information to them about the EU and UKIP’s stance. This would give our current 16-17 year olds the tools needed to make their own decision about whether or not to remain in the EU.
  • I would also like to see a UKIP society set up at the University of Reading, giving students the opportunity to stand alongside the other three parties. There has been considerable difficulty at some universities in setting up a UKIP society. If our democracy is to flourish within the next generation, this has to change.  Anyone wishing to serve in a leadership role within YI needs to be prepared to show the educational establishment that YI are to be taken just as seriously as other youth wings.  I am certainly prepared to do just that and as a teacher I believe I am well placed to do so.

If you have any questions, please do get in contact with me at:

Reasons to Vote UKIP

by Phil Cunnington – Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham

In discussions around the area, I am often asked for UKIP’s position on any number of policy subjects. I am always happy to answer where I can and am currently touring the constituency doing just that.

As a party we have come a long way from the initial seed of a Party fighting on the single issue of withdrawal from the EU and its federalist agenda.

I will be posting on this site regularly over the coming months, but to give us a start I thought it would be useful to lay out some of the principles that I am fighting for in this election, in fact 100 of them!

UKIP has a fast-growing membership of people from all backgrounds and if you support what you read here, why not join us?

Here are the first 10 of 100 great reasons to vote UKIP

1. Get Britain out of the European Union
2. Get control of immigration with an Australian-style, points-based immigration system
3. £3bn more, annually, into our NHS which desperately needs it
4. Scrap tuition fees for students studying Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths, or Medical degrees
5. Pay greater attention to elderly care across the country
6. Cutting £9bn from our foreign aid budget
7. Give the people the ability to “recall” their MPs, without parliamentary or MP approval
8. Stopping our endless, foreign wars
9. Promoting a British identity, as opposed to failed multiculturalism
10. Allowing existing schools to become grammar schools

Click here to view all 100

Election 2015 starts in earnest and with the NHS

by Phil Cunnington – Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham

This is going to be an important year for the United Kingdom as it faces what is shaping up to be the most unpredictable General Election in recent history.

UKIP will have a big part to play and that will mean representing the concerns of the public and standing up for them against big corporations, the EU and political self interest.

Other partiesambulance are already setting out their stall. So get ready for their unachievable and unfunded promises on the NHS.

When they promise X thousand new doctors or nurses, remember that it takes the best part of 10 years to train a GP and at least 3-4 years to get a pre-registration nursing degree. They have already raided the world for doctors and nurses, many from countries that cannot afford to lose those skills. Politicians in office thought that was cheaper than training our own. Ultimately and sadly this is proving to be a false economy.

So what they are actually admitting is that their pointless re-organisations have achieved little and cost fortunes.  Their flirtation with privatisation/outsourcing/PFI has cost billions of pounds and left services and patients floundering.

Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have let the public down.  They have let the doctors, nurses and ambulance staff down. They have built problems into the NHS and this must stop.

UKIP will protect the NHS that the people need and keep it free at the point of delivery.

UKIP will NOT make promises that cannot be kept.

What UKIP will do is tell it how it is.  This means people from all parts of the political spectrum will have to understand:-

–  Outsourcing is no panacea.  Worst of all, it fails when the unexpected happens;

–  Training begins at home and that means nursing shouldn’t be a degree-only profession;

–  Hugely expensive management blobs and talking shops should be discarded;

–  Funding should be targetted at the front-line, clinicians and clinical services in  both physical and mental health;

–  Managers should be responsible for supporting clinicians and running operations efficiently.

Look out for the UKIP 2015 manifesto to spell out practical policies for the Nation.

Thank you for your support and Season’s greetings

by Phil Cunnington – Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham

I would like to thank you to the people of Wokingham and especially the people of Norreys ward, where I live, for their support and encouragement during the last year.

2014 cemented the UK Independence Party as a serious contender and winner of both National and local elections.  It is clear for all to see that a vote for UKIP can mean you get UKIP.  In Wokingham we camechristmas second in a number of wards which shows that local people can vote with confidence that their vote can make a difference.

Next year can be remembered as a year when the people of our great Country find their voice and the representation they need in the governance of the Nation.

I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting door to door through this year and am looking forward to meeting more.  I will be holding a number of Q&A sessions in the coming months, so look out for one in your area, pop in and say hello.  If you have a concern or a question, I wil be happy to talk with you.

Finally, to all residents of the Wokingham constituency a very happy Christmas and a successful, prosperous and healthy New Year.

We remember those who have died, we must also remember those who live.

by Phil Cunnington – Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham

It’s now a week since we remembered all those who have given their lives in service of our Country to protect our freedom and our right to self-determine.

wokingham remembrance parade 2015

Wokingham Remembrance Day Parade

I would like to bring to attention those who live among us having survived conflicts around the world, having served our Country selflessly, who have now returned to civilian life. Those who are the primary beneficiaries of the money collected by poppy sales and donations.

They stand proudly displaying their medals and regimental badges and are looked upon warmly and appreciatively by the gathering public. We know them as Military Veterans.

However, many of these men and women continue to be affected by common problems, such as anxiety, low mood, unhealthy drinking and the impact of traumatic memories. Yet it is quite common to hear of veterans who have never really spoken about their military experiences.

In the NHS, stoicism is well known to be both beneficial and problematic.  Beneficial because people don’t run to NHS services at the slightest sniffle and can self-manage many illnesses and conditions; Problematic because in some circumstances it can mean the opportunity for early intervention is missed and recovery is more difficult to achieve from a worse starting position, or some can suffer unnecessarily for the sake of ‘not bothering the doctor’.

The physical disabilities suffered are often clear to see and the problems they cause are more readily accepted although the effect on mental wellbeing is not so easily understood.

Ex-servicemen and women are by their very nature a proud and resilient community, and so many do not seek or accept assistance until their condition has worsened over a period of many years. Often it is family and friends who see the signs of these problems and it is important to make it easy to find help.

The transition to ‘civvy street’, whilst often difficult, has seen most veterans settle comfortably into everyday life without a problem, or they have overcome any difficulties themselves or with the help and support of their family and friends.  However, this isn’t always the case.

The end of military service can be incredible disabling.  It’s not just the end of a job.  It’s the loss of comradeship with those who would risk their life for each other mutually; the loss of understanding – you are no longer surrounded by people who share your memories and experiences; the loss of structure – control over your day to day life; the loss of support for you and your family, including housing; the gaining of time – time which needs to be filled.

Up and down the Country, the British Legion, SSAFA, Combat Stress and a host of other charitable organisations provide support and guidance for those leaving the Armed Forces whether because their term is finished or because of injury or illness.  In truth, for decades these were the only support because government saw the last service pay-cheque as the end of their responsibility.

There has been some change with the introduction of the Armed Forces Covenant in 2011 and its subsequent adoption by some Local Authorities and Public Services. Yet, for many in government they see this covenant as a job finished and have put it to one side.

It is not finished. It is a job only just started and it must be continued.

UKIP are determined to build upon the Military Covenant and Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP Defence spokesperson, delivered a speech at the UKIP conference in September in which he announced the following policy measures:

  • UKIP will guarantee those who have served in the Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 years a job in the police force, prison service or border force if they can’t find employment
  • UKIP will change the points system for social housing to give priority to ex-service men and women and those returning from active service
  • A Veterans Department will bring together all veterans services to ensure servicemen and women receive the after-service care they deserve
  • Veterans are to receive a Veterans’ Service Card to ensure they are fast tracked for mental health care and services, if needed
  • All entitlements will be extended to servicemen recruited from overseas

This is the policy approach I was yearning to hear and that confirms to me yet again I have joined and am working with a party that is for the people.


for info: Phil is General Manager of an NHS Mental Health Service in Hampshire

The South Central Veterans Service has been set up by the NHS (alongside other services across the Country) to help with mental health problems experienced by military veterans and, whilst having limited funding, at least offers some opportunity for dealing with these problems alongside other NHS mental health services.

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