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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9:49am Wed 29 Jan 14

KitKatKoo says...

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!
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! KitKatKoo
  • Score: 15

2:52pm Wed 29 Jan 14

sylvia2036 says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]KitKatKoo[/bold] 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![/p][/quote]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. sylvia2036
  • Score: -27

4:01pm Wed 29 Jan 14

jimjamhartford says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]sylvia2036[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KitKatKoo[/bold] 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![/p][/quote]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.[/p][/quote]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. jimjamhartford
  • Score: 13

7:26pm Fri 31 Jan 14

UKIPALOT says...

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.
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. UKIPALOT
  • Score: 0

8:57pm Sun 2 Feb 14

bettysenior says...

Farage is right as usual and we cannot afford this sheer Folly !!!

Unfortunately the whole country is in a far more terrible state of affairs than what people think. The chief economist for PwC (one of the 'big 4' global accountants) in 2009 stated that by 2015 the UK's total debt could be £10.2 TRILLION and possibly as much as £11.5 TRILLION. Even those figures were based on far better economic projections than what has happened.

His figures were,

Households Debt - £1.9 Trillion
General Government Debt - £1.4 Trillion
Non Financial Company Debt - £2.2 Trillion
Financial sector Debt - £4.5 Trillion

http://pwc.blogs.com
/press_room/2010/11/
pwc-projects-total-u
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-debt-to-hit-10-tril
lion-by-2015.html

http://worldinnovati
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t.co.uk/2013/12/uks-
debt-id-far-more-tha
n-what-people.html

Farage is therefore right and where in reality the Country is bankrupt as according to the ONS the UK is not worth even £7 trillion if we sold up.

Therefore all that government in effect is doing is adding another £50 billion to our debt, but really what is that when what we owe is over 200 times that figure as a nation when we hit 2015. The sad fact is that HS2 will not bring any major economic benefits either in terms of 100s of thousands of new jobs (what we need but HS2 cannot provide these numbers) and new wealth.

Dr David Hill
Chief Executive
World Innovation Foundation
Farage is right as usual and we cannot afford this sheer Folly !!! Unfortunately the whole country is in a far more terrible state of affairs than what people think. The chief economist for PwC (one of the 'big 4' global accountants) in 2009 stated that by 2015 the UK's total debt could be £10.2 TRILLION and possibly as much as £11.5 TRILLION. Even those figures were based on far better economic projections than what has happened. His figures were, Households Debt - £1.9 Trillion General Government Debt - £1.4 Trillion Non Financial Company Debt - £2.2 Trillion Financial sector Debt - £4.5 Trillion http://pwc.blogs.com /press_room/2010/11/ pwc-projects-total-u k-public-and-private -debt-to-hit-10-tril lion-by-2015.html http://worldinnovati onfoundation.blogspo t.co.uk/2013/12/uks- debt-id-far-more-tha n-what-people.html Farage is therefore right and where in reality the Country is bankrupt as according to the ONS the UK is not worth even £7 trillion if we sold up. Therefore all that government in effect is doing is adding another £50 billion to our debt, but really what is that when what we owe is over 200 times that figure as a nation when we hit 2015. The sad fact is that HS2 will not bring any major economic benefits either in terms of 100s of thousands of new jobs (what we need but HS2 cannot provide these numbers) and new wealth. Dr David Hill Chief Executive World Innovation Foundation bettysenior
  • Score: -1

10:34pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Mcintosh says...

I cannot see how UKIP policies - such as they are - will solve any of our problems. They are a mix of Thatcherism and the US tea party approaches eg a flat rate tax that will help the rich and punish the rest of us. Andrew Neil took Nigel Farage apart on the Daily Politics.
Farage may be personable and witty but you do need more than that. Appealing to our prejudices against foreigners, blaming the EU for all our ills and removing the environmental regulations that protect us from the excesses of business will only make things worse.
I cannot see how UKIP policies - such as they are - will solve any of our problems. They are a mix of Thatcherism and the US tea party approaches eg a flat rate tax that will help the rich and punish the rest of us. Andrew Neil took Nigel Farage apart on the Daily Politics. Farage may be personable and witty but you do need more than that. Appealing to our prejudices against foreigners, blaming the EU for all our ills and removing the environmental regulations that protect us from the excesses of business will only make things worse. Mcintosh
  • Score: 3

10:45pm Sun 2 Feb 14

sylvia2036 says...

Mcintosh wrote:
I cannot see how UKIP policies - such as they are - will solve any of our problems. They are a mix of Thatcherism and the US tea party approaches eg a flat rate tax that will help the rich and punish the rest of us. Andrew Neil took Nigel Farage apart on the Daily Politics.
Farage may be personable and witty but you do need more than that. Appealing to our prejudices against foreigners, blaming the EU for all our ills and removing the environmental regulations that protect us from the excesses of business will only make things worse.
Bravo mcIntosh - well said. Could not agree more.
[quote][p][bold]Mcintosh[/bold] wrote: I cannot see how UKIP policies - such as they are - will solve any of our problems. They are a mix of Thatcherism and the US tea party approaches eg a flat rate tax that will help the rich and punish the rest of us. Andrew Neil took Nigel Farage apart on the Daily Politics. Farage may be personable and witty but you do need more than that. Appealing to our prejudices against foreigners, blaming the EU for all our ills and removing the environmental regulations that protect us from the excesses of business will only make things worse.[/p][/quote]Bravo mcIntosh - well said. Could not agree more. sylvia2036
  • Score: 1

11:46pm Sun 2 Feb 14

L Byrne says...

I was at the meeting. It has to be admitted that NF does a good stand-up routine. As usual, he got a chuckle when he mentioned the name of Herman Van Rompuy. it's the way he tells 'em! Reminded me of the late lamented Frankie Howard perhaps with a touch of Al Murray aka The Pub Landlord.

As well as not mentioning the flat tax, which would seriously hit the pockets of most of the people who were cheering him, NF failed to say what UKIP would do about , for example, the corporate tax avoidance rip off that is taking upwards of £50billion from the UK treasury every year; the increasing disparity in income and wealth between the rich and poor now back at Victorian levels. Nothing was said about preserving and improving the NHS. In other words the serious and difficult stuff was avoided.

Oddly, we heard that UKIP favours replacing English wheat, as used in Roberts bakery and grown in Cheshire, with Canadian imports! Unbelievable.
I was at the meeting. It has to be admitted that NF does a good stand-up routine. As usual, he got a chuckle when he mentioned the name of Herman Van Rompuy. it's the way he tells 'em! Reminded me of the late lamented Frankie Howard perhaps with a touch of Al Murray aka The Pub Landlord. As well as not mentioning the flat tax, which would seriously hit the pockets of most of the people who were cheering him, NF failed to say what UKIP would do about , for example, the corporate tax avoidance rip off that is taking upwards of £50billion from the UK treasury every year; the increasing disparity in income and wealth between the rich and poor now back at Victorian levels. Nothing was said about preserving and improving the NHS. In other words the serious and difficult stuff was avoided. Oddly, we heard that UKIP favours replacing English wheat, as used in Roberts bakery and grown in Cheshire, with Canadian imports! Unbelievable. L Byrne
  • Score: 1

1:24am Mon 3 Feb 14

s3xiscott says...

ill say this simple cherry picking on comments i think in this article!! but i heard the speech do people understand its about us being independent and not being part of e.u parliament hello we are being run from Brussels the lib.dem.con and even green are in for it alarm bells anyone being sold out
ill say this simple cherry picking on comments i think in this article!! but i heard the speech do people understand its about us being independent and not being part of e.u parliament hello we are being run from Brussels the lib.dem.con and even green are in for it alarm bells anyone being sold out s3xiscott
  • Score: -3

1:25am Mon 3 Feb 14

s3xiscott says...

ill say this simple cherry picking on comments i think in this article!! but i heard the speech do people understand its about us being independent and not being part of e.u parliament hello we are being run from Brussels the lib.dem.con and even green are in for it alarm bells anyone being sold out just look on you tube and ear what nigel is saying in Brussels its wrong us being in the e.u in so many ways
ill say this simple cherry picking on comments i think in this article!! but i heard the speech do people understand its about us being independent and not being part of e.u parliament hello we are being run from Brussels the lib.dem.con and even green are in for it alarm bells anyone being sold out just look on you tube and ear what nigel is saying in Brussels its wrong us being in the e.u in so many ways s3xiscott
  • Score: -2

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