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:

This is Wokingham’s time – a letter

Dear People of Wokingham

By the end of this week we will all know the result of the vote in the General Election and who will be the elected Member of Parliament for Wokingham.

I will be at the end of part of a journey where I have received an amazing amount of support from the people from across the constituency, even if they have not indicated they will vote for me.


Check out my short videos about UKIP policies. Use the links on the right of this page. —>

The twenty years I have lived in Wokingham have been the most settled in my life and whilst travelling the world working had its exciting times, it also taught me to appreciate wherever I decided to live. It was not a hard choice because Wokingham had so many things to recommend it as a home town. I don’t want it to lose that charm.

On the first day we moved into our temporary home in Woosehill, I met a fireman who lived in the close who epitomised the people here with his friendly welcome, a helping hand and a love for his adopted home town. We remain friends to this day, as do so many I have met during my time here.

Why do I tell you all this? It is for all those who I have come into contact with whether through work, children’s schooling or, indeed, through politics, that I want to represesent them for now and the future of Wokingham. Everywhere deserves a change, an alternative, an opportunity. It is quite clear that people here want that change. Wokingham deserves a new perspective, a willing advocate for the many, not the few. I have the life experience, the drive and the heart to do that job.

Please forget the hype of the protectionist Westminster Elite worried about their political careers, or the bigotry of the press and the BBC against the UK Independence Party.

My only aim is that of UKIP which is to bring democracy and a voice to local people; to work for the good of our town and our Country; always without prejudice or discrimination.

Having walked and tripped (sometimes dangerously) my way from house to house – from Wokingham to Burghfield Common – I have done my best to spread this message.

The route for the next stage of this journey lies in your hands. I remain an ordinary man aiming to take an extraordinary role.

Yours sincerely

Phil Cunnington

Believing in Britain’s Women

I am delighted to say that UKIP have a raft of policies across our manifesto commitments that will have a positive impact on Women.

We believe strongly that our policies are there for everybody, and do not focus on different interest groups, but of course some policies will have disproportionate effects on different groups in society.

believewomenDiane James said “It is a sad fact that the greatest killer of women in society is, according to the ONS, dementia and Alzheimer’s, so UKIPs commitment to £650mn extra funding over the term of the next Government into dementia research will help women disproportionately.

“We will maintain current maternity and paternity rights, we will ensure that increased funds are available to carers, again something that will disproportionately help women. We will also abolish the hated tampon tax. These are just some of a large number of policies that will help women, at home, and in the workplace and will help the country at large.”.

The policies that were outlined were:


· 3,000 more midwives and 20,000 more Nurses for the NHS

· £130 million per year more to research Dementia, the leading cause of death among women (5th for men)

· Remove VAT from sanitary products (cost £15m)

· Ensuring all pregnant women and mothers of all children under the age of 12 months have direct access to specialist mental health treatment (Postnatal depression is suffered by 1 in 10 women)


· We will be producing plans to reduce the cost of childcare and offer parents wider choice of providers

· Providing wrap-around childcare in the form of breakfast and after-school clubs for all school-age children


· Full support for current maternity and paternity rights, as well as adoption leave

· Taking the lowest-paid (often women choosing to work part-time) out of tax altogether

· A points-based immigration system ending excessive competition for minimum wage jobs, again mostly taken by women (59% ONS stats)

· Encouraging the 40% of women GPs who leave the profession before the age of 40 encouraged back into the surgery by allowing them to take time out from their five-year free tuition fee qualifying period to have families if they wish, and by not charging either women or men to pay for their own re-training on returning to the profession


· Increase the transferrable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners to £1500 to benefit spouses who do not use all of their personal allowance either because they are at home looking after children, or work part-time and earn less than the threshold for income tax

· More support for 6.5 million carers in UK, most of whom (58%) are women.

They will get:

o An additional five-day leave entitlement
o Commitment to increasing Carers’ Allowance in line with inflation
o Commitment to keeping Carers’ Allowance at or above Jobseekers’ Allowance rate

Women’s Rights:

· Require faith-based tribunals to inform attendees of their rights under UK law, including making it clear they cannot be forced to attend and that the rulings from such hearings are not legally binding, to protect women in ethnic minority communities who may not know their rights

· A zero tolerance approach to cultural practices that are either illegal or which conflict with British values and customs, including forced marriages, female genital mutilation and honour killings. We will enforce the law and prosecute where necessary


· Introduce a mandatory reporting requirement for known FGM cases for front-line professionals such as teachers, GPs, nurses and police

· Include awareness of FGM to the schools’ PHSE curriculum and make FGM awareness a mandatory part of safeguarding training for teachers, school staff and governors

· Provide mandatory training for all midwives on FGM


· Decriminalise non-payment of TV License which disproportionately discriminates against women: some 69% 100,000 were fined for non-payment last year, and so women also most likely to be jailed

UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall on bus tour of Wokingham

Phil Cunnington and UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP on the UKIP bus tour of Wokingham

Phil Cunnington and UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP on the UKIP bus tour of Wokingham

UKIP Deputy Leader paid a visit to Wokingham to support Parliamentary Candidate Phil Cunnington in his campaign, to meet local people, speak with local press and learn about what’s happening in Wokingham.

Paul Nuttall on the UKIP bus at The Three Frogs

Paul Nuttall on the UKIP bus at The Three Frogs

They were joined by the Wokingham bus and took a tour around the Wokingham constituency to get different views of the area including some threatened by proposed housing development under the eerie light and chill of the partial solar eclipse.

The tour included Arborfield, Barkham, Earley, Lower Earley, Shinfield, Winnersh, Winnersh Triangle, Wokingham Town Centre and Norreys.

It was great to receive so many waves, cheers and hoots of support.

The previous evening both Paul and Phil spoke at a meal held at Cantley House Hotel for local UKIP members.

Phil spoke about how he came to stand for UKIP, his concern for healthcare provision including mental health services, his support for military veterans and the need for local people to have a real voice in the running and planning of their Nuttall_Cunningtoncommunity and his desire to support local businesses.

Paul Nuttall spoke about the General Election campaign and touched on a range of UKIP policies including education, immigration, tax and the EU.

There was also a question and answer sessions with a range of questions from the floor from Legal Aid provision to Energy.


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