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  • "Well I enjoyed the evening as many did, we can keep electing the corrupt parties fiddling the expenses, who ignore the rights of the people including the treaty that has tied us to Europe, took us to war and many of our young soldiers have perished Blair and the like, Brown robbed us of our pension by hitting the tax and many more things banking, Iceland, billions spent on a computer system for the NHS which will not work, super fire control systems which will not work but we are tied into paying for them for 30 years at a cost of millions (Prescott the ships porter) a job more suited to his talents, the list is endless and the £55 million a day we pay to Europe, our laws are made in Brussels without our consent by unelected nerds. it is obvious the where guardian reporters loyalties are tory and the Liberals both of whom are loosing members in droves no doubt the guardian will suffer a similar fate with it's readership.
    They do not or can not understand why UKIP is becoming so popular the thing is they tell you what is going to happen and I for one hope they get the chance.
    One thing is for sure we can not go on letting this none listening deadbeats carry on doing what they want without the consent of the people.
    A coalition should not be in power that should only happen in a time of war it is not democratic not the will of the people."
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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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