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    sylvia2036 wrote:
    KitKatKoo wrote:
    I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and good to see common sense is not a thing of the past! The standing ovation at the end was certainly justified, wonderful orator!
    If he is such a good orator why has he not used those skills to stand as an MP in the UK rather than as an MEP?

    It is all well and good making sweeping statements a la Ed Balls when you are not and are never likely to be, in a position to do something about them.

    The man and his party advocate hatred of everyone, except we Brits, and I think at times he really would rather it be about what is best for the English.
    Excuse me, but I do believe that Mr Farage has stood for an MP (possibly as a publicity stunt against John Bercow, but stood nonetheless). He has also said he will stand again in the next General Election. Mr Farage has previously said that running the UKIP takes up too much time to concentrate on running for parliament.
    I would challenge you to provide evidence of any hatred towards any non Brits in any of Mr Farage's quotes or manifestos. Indeed, at Winnington he said he does not blame anyone for wanting to come here. He is right in everything he says, the Westminster elite are indeed running scared, as us plebs may just be slowly waking up from decades of blindly voting for the three main parties, three main parties who are now practically identical."
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Farage outlines policies and aspirations at Winnington Rec

Farage outlines policies and aspirations at Winnington Rec

Nigel Farage has a pint before his appearance

Crowds packed into Winnington Rec for the meeting.

Farage outlines policies and aspirations at Winnington Rec

Farage outlines policies and aspirations at Winnington Rec

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

HUNDREDS of people packed into a Northwich hall on Friday to hear a controversial political leader speak out.

Nigel Farage, from the UK Independence Party (UKIP), welcomed around 300 people who came to the meeting, including those who he suspected had ‘come along to absolutely make sure they absolutely do hate me’.

During his speech, at Winnington Park Recreation Club, he was quick to launch into UKIP’s much-publicised opinions on Europe and immigration.

He tried to defend the party’s stance on immigration and argued that he and UKIP were not anti-Europe or anti-Europeans.

“If I was a young man from Bucharest I would come to England,” he said.

“In three months I would qualify for child benefit for the kids, despite them never having left Romania and it would be more than I could earn in a low paid job in Bucharest.

“It’s the gutless political establishment in this country that allowed this situation to escalate.

“Youth unemployment has doubled since 2004 and skilled and semi-skilled workers have seen wage compression so that people are taking home less than they were 10 years ago.

“I blame Westminster, not anyone of foreign extraction.”

Farage blamed immigration for the increase in housing development being felt by mid Cheshire.

“One of the consequences of mass open door immigration has been mass population rise, the likes of which we haven’t seen on these islands,” he said.

“This has put enormous pressure on England’s green and pleasant land.”

He said that UKIP would scrap climate change targets to stop the UK committing ‘industrial hari-kari’ by using more expensive green energy while global manufacturing competitors like India and China were building cheaper coal-fired power stations.

Farage was also questioned on his stance on HS2, which he described as ‘a project of great political vanity and folly’ and argued that the entire rail network could be upgraded for a third of the cost.

He said: “We’re not afraid to say what we think and we’ve got a sense of humour.

“Yes, there may be the odd rough edges to UKIP but isn’t that better than the highly polished machine that doesn’t say or do anything?”

  • IN an exclusive interview Nigel Farage told the Guardian he was excited about the Weaver Vale seat in the lead-up to the 2015 General Election.

“It’s a key marginal,” he said.

“One of the things we’ve learned over the last little bit of time is that UKIP does best in marginals.

“There’s a reason for that and that reason is that we draw our votes from across the spectrum – Tory, Lib Dem, old Labour and one in five from non-voters – so a marginal is perfect for us.”

The Guardian asked him why people in Northwich should be interested in Europe.

He said: “Europe is in their houses, it’s climbing up the walls.

“I would be appealing to the business community here, it’s a fairly industrialised part of the world, and I would be making points about global trade, health and safety and the cost of green taxes.

“To the lumpen mass it’s about the effects of immigration on the labour market.”

He added: “We’re not saying people from eastern Europe are bad people, we’re saying that we have to put our own interests first.

“We can’t control immigration if we’re part of the European Union and its about the effects on people here.”

The Guardian asked him how UKIP could appeal to eastern European votes in Northwich, which has a historic Polish community.

He said: “They won’t be the easiest votes to get necessarily.

“But we’re letting too many people in and many of them will agree with that.”

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