Our understandings.

There is just too much emphasis in our self-seeking and individualist society on being happy or self-esteem or self-love and other such distractions. There isn’t enough emphasis on becoming honourable, having a sense of duty towards higher values, respect for elders, working hard and using ones time wisely, helping the weak, and so forth. It’s all about the self-worship within this fleeting and highly finite existence that nobody will or can hold onto by decontextualising the issues and concentrate on what the people want.

Arrogant people are constantly trying to talk about themselves or prove their superior capabilities to others, whereas confident people need not resort to rhetoric – it exhibits itself quietly and subtly and they’re more interested in other people and their degree of understanding. Social networking really contains an insufferable amount of such vanity, and I’m tired of coming across it day to day.

They’re what you get in a party oligarchy, such as the other Parties, whom are trying to sustain their special privilege against the tides of change. As I am sure you are presently experiencing, there is a certain level of active malevolence in all humans. It’s the part of us that perks up at the misfortune of others, even if we have nothing personally to gain from their misfortune. It’s the part of us that says, I’m glad that’s not me when misfortune befalls someone. It’s the same part that if you do me a favour, deep down inside I resent you because I owe you.

This is what we are seeing in the UK. Europe opens it’s borders to allow immigrants seeking a better life to assimilate. But rather than assimilate and take on the values of their host nation, they are for the most part only embracing the ideals they previously shared in the country they fled, therefore some of the dysfunctional problems that made them flee their country in the first place.

Make no mistake. No country/culture is perfect. I don’t believe in yearning for the good old days for the sake of nostalgia.

But if we are being honest, I will say that in 100 years at the present growth rate of Islam versus other religions, it will be interesting to see if the rights and values we hold so dear will become a footnote of the past, or worse, not even a footnote, because talk of freedom is dangerous to values that thrive on oppression and ignorance. On our current path, it is noted war is a foregone conclusion.

Rising population alone would call for this, religion and ideological differences will hasten this most assuredly. Unless extremists takes a hard look at themselves and make changes, namely in terms of trying to impose unscrupulous laws throughout the world, there will be massive conflict.

Free society will not stand to allow any religion infringe upon a free and modern society. Once you cannot criticize something, it inherently gains a power. If left alone, it will become totalitarian.

Everyone tries inadvertently not to offend on purpose. If they do that’s the active malevolence kicking in again unfiltered by reason. myself, Ukip, and intelligent people are coming under fire for speaking out against the disappearance of western culture.

Other religions are becoming the dominant item on most agendas. And that’s fine, except we don’t want to see our values buried in 7th century Sharia. Only time will tell, but we fear the writing is on the wall. We are not saying there aren’t peaceful Muslims. The majority are in fact peaceful.

It’s the ideology that everyone fears, and when enough people believe in a common theme, rightly or wrongly, it is that much easier for things that would be unheard of before come to be with a majority. Have a little respect for yourself and vote Ukip.

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Ukip Local Policies

Policies for People

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The following statements represent highlights of UKIP’s policy announcements as made at the Doncaster Conference. More detailed announcements will be made in the run up to the 2015 General Election.

What a UKIP Government will do

Protecting jobs and increasing prosperity

– We would review all legislation and regulations from the EU (3,600 new laws since 2010) and remove those which hamper British prosperity and competitiveness.

– We would negotiate a bespoke trade agreement with the EU to enable our businesses to continue trading to mutual advantage.

– UKIP would not seek to remain in the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) or European Economic Area (EEA) while those treaties maintain a principle of free movement of labour, which prevents the UK managing its own borders.

– We would reoccupy the UK’s vacant seat at the World Trade Organisation, ensuring that we continue to enjoy ‘most favoured nation’ status in trade with the EU, as is required under WTO rules.

Repairing the UK Economy 

– UKIP will increase personal allowance to the level of full-time minimum wage earnings (approx £13,500 by next election).

– Inheritance tax will be abolished.

– We will introduce a 35p income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000, whereupon the 40p rate becomes payable.

– UKIP will set up a Treasury Commission to design a turnover tax to ensure big businesses pay a minimum floor rate of tax as a proportion of their UK turnover.

Reducing debts we leave to our grandchildren

– UKIP will leave the EU and save at least £8bn pa in net contributions.

– UKIP will cut the foreign aid budget by £9bn pa, prioritising disaster relief and schemes which provide water and inoculation against preventable diseases.

– UKIP will scrap the HS2 project which is uneconomical and unjustified.

– UKIP will abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and scrap green subsidies.

– UKIP will abolish the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

– UKIP will reduce Barnett Formula spending and give devolved parliaments and assemblies further tax powers to compensate.

Prioritising Education and Skills

– UKIP will introduce an option for students to take an Apprenticeship Qualification  instead of four non-core GCSEs which can be  continued at A-Level. Students can take up apprenticeships in jobs with certified professionals qualified to grade the progress of the student.

– Subject to academic performance UKIP will remove tuition fees for students taking approved degrees in science, medicine, technology, engineering, maths on the condition that they live, work and pay tax in the UK for five years after the completion of their degrees.

– UKIP will scrap the target of 50% of school leavers going to university.

– Students from the EU will pay the same student fee rates as International students.

– UKIP supports the principle of Free Schools that are open to the whole community and uphold British values.

– Existing schools will be allowed to apply to become grammar schools and select according to ability and aptitude. Selection ages will be flexible and determined by the school in consultation with the local authority.

– Schools will be investigated by OFSTED on the presentation of a petition to the Department for Education signed by 25% of parents or governors.

Honouring the Military Covenant

– We will resource fully our military assets and personnel.

– 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

– 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 get 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.

– UKIP supports a National Service Medal for all those who have served in the armed forces.

The National Health Service

– UKIP will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents.

– We will stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.

– We will ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.

– UKIP opposes plans to charge patients for visiting their GP.

–We will ensure that visitors to the UK, and migrants until they have paid NI for five years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2bn pa. UKIP will commit to spending £200m of the £2bn saving to end hospital car parking charges in England.

– We will replace Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards to be more responsive scrutineers of local health services. These will be able to inspect health services and take evidence from whistle-blowers.

– UKIP opposes the sale of NHS data to third parties.

– We will ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession.

– UKIP will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practise.

– There will be a duty on all health service staff to report low standards of care.

Controlling and managing our borders 

– UKIP recognises the benefits of limited, controlled immigration.

– UKIP will leave the EU, and take back control of our borders. Work permits will be permitted to fill skills gaps in the UK jobs market.

– We will extend to EU citizens the existing points-based system for time-limited work permits. Those coming to work in the UK must have a job to go to, must speak English, must have accommodation agreed prior to their arrival, and must have NHS-approved health insurance.

– Migrants will only be eligible for benefits (in work or out of work)  when they have been paying tax and NI for five years and will only be eligible for permanent residence after ten years.

– UKIP will reinstate the primary purpose rule for bringing foreign spouses and children to the UK.

– UKIP will not offer an amnesty for illegal immigrants or those gaining British passports through fraud.

– UKIP will return to the principles of the UN Convention of Refugees which serves to protect the most vulnerable.

Foreign Aid

– UKIP will target foreign aid at healthcare initiatives, inoculations against preventable diseases and clean water programmes with a much-reduced aid budget administered by the Foreign Office.

– British  organisations will be offered the contracts to deliver the remaining aid following removal of the EU Procurement Directive.

Energy

– UKIP will repeal the Climate Change Act 2008 which costs the economy £18bn a year.

– UKIP supports a diverse energy market including coal, nuclear, shale gas, geo-thermal, tidal, solar, conventional gas and oil.

– We will scrap the Large Combustion Plant Directive and encourage the re-development of British power stations, as well as industrial units providing on-site power generation.

– UKIP supports the development of shale gas with proper safeguards for the local environment. Community Improvement Levy money from the development of shale gas fields will be earmarked for lower council taxes or community projects within the local authority being developed.

– There will be no new subsidies for wind farms and solar arrays.

– UKIP will abolish green taxes and charges in order to reduce fuel bills.

Agriculture and Fishing

– By leaving the EU, the UK will leave the Common Agricultural Policy.  Outside the EU UKIP will institute a British Single Farm Payment for farms.

– UKIP will let the British parliament vote on GM foods.

– UKIP will leave the Common Fisheries Policy and reinstate British territorial waters.

– Foreign trawlers would have to apply for and purchase fishing permits to fish British waters when fish stocks have returned to sustainable levels.

– Food must be labelled to include the country of origin, method of production, method of slaughter, hormones and any genetic additives.

– UKIP will abolish the export of live animals for slaughter

Welfare and Childcare

– UKIP opposes the bedroom tax because it operates unfairly, penalising those who are unable to find alternative accommodation and taking insufficient account of the needs of families and the disabled.

– Child benefit is only to be paid to children permanently resident in the UK and future child benefit to be limited to the first two children only.

– UKIP will ensure there is an initial presumption of 50/50 shared parenting in child custody matters and grandparents will be given visitation rights.

– UKIP supports a simplified, streamlined welfare system and a benefit cap.

Transport

– We will scrap HS2.

– UKIP opposes tolls on public roads and will let existing contracts for running toll roads expire.

– UKIP will maintain pensioner bus passes.

– UKIP will require foreign vehicles to purchase a Britdisc, before entry to the UK, in order to contribute to the upkeep of UK roads and any lost fuel duty.

– UKIP will ensure that speed cameras are used as a deterrent and not as a revenue raiser for local authorities.

Housing and planning

– UKIP will protect the Green Belt.

– Planning rules in the NPPF will be changed to make it easier to build on brownfield sites instead of greenfield sites.  Central government is to list the nationally available brownfield sites for development and issue low-interest bonds to enable decontamination.

– Houses on brownfield sites will be exempt from Stamp Duty on first sale and VAT relaxed for redevelopment of brownfield sites.

– Planning Permission for large-scale developments can be overturned by a referendum triggered by the signatures of 5% of the District or Borough electors collected within three months.

Democracy and the Constitution

– UKIP will overcome the unfairness of MPs from devolved nations voting on English-only issues.

– UKIP supports the recall of MPs as was originally promised in the Coalition Agreement, whereby 20% of the electorate in a constituency must sign a recall petition within eight weeks. The approval of MPs will not be required to initiate a recall petition.

– UKIP will introduce the Citizens’ Initiative to allow the public to initiate national referendums on issues of major public interest.

Law and Order

– UKIP will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

– UKIP will reverse the government’s opt-in to EU law and justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. We will replace the EAW with appropriate bi-lateral agreements.

– UKIP will not give prisoners the vote.

– UKIP believes that full sentences should be served and this should be taken into account when criminals are convicted and sentenced in court. Parole should be available for good behaviour on a case-by-case basis, not systematically.

– We will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. The interests of law-abiding citizens & victims will always take precedence over those of criminals.

Culture

– UKIP recognises and values an overarching, unifying British culture, which is open and inclusive to anyone who wishes to identify with Britain and British values, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.

– Official documents will be published in English and, where appropriate Welsh and Scots Gaelic.

– UKIP will ensure that the law is rigorously enforced in relation  to ‘cultural’ practices which are illegal in Britain, such as forced marriages, FGM and so-called ‘honour killings’

– We will review the BBC Licence Fee with a view to its reduction. Prosecution of non-payments of the Licence Fee would be taken out of the criminal sphere and made a civil offence.

– UKIP will amend the smoking ban to give pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms properly ventilated and separated from non-smoking areas.

– UKIP opposes ‘plain paper packaging’ for tobacco products and minimum pricing of alcohol.

Employment and Small Businesses

– Businesses should be able to discriminate in favour of young British workers.

– Repeal the Agency Workers Directive.

– Conduct a skills review to better inform our education system and qualifications

– Encourage councils to provide more free parking for the high street.

– Simplify planning regulations and licences for empty commercial property vacant for over a year.

– Extend the right of appeal for micro businesses against HMRC action.

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Elections

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be a local authoritarian. That’s not my business. I don’t want to regulate or standardise anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible- Jew, Gentile, black men, white…

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed benevolence, but we have shut ourselves in. Comprehension that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.

We think too much and feel too little. More than munificence, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The philanthropy traits have brought us closer together. The very nature of these clemency cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, are victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who read this, “Do not despair.”

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, autonomy will never perish.

People. Don’t give yourselves to idiots, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like numbers, use you as slaves to fulfil their destinies!

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—career men with career minds and career hearts! You are not numbers! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate!
Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.
People! Don’t fight for subjugation! Fight for emancipation!

In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create autonomy, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite.

Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, LibLabCon’s have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil their promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!
Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!

Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

People, in the name of democracy, let us all unite and Vote UKIP to save our sanity..

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Dog Fouling

The Todmorden Council continues to receive a large number of complaints about dog fouling, Dogs jumping up at people,and generally making a nuisance of them selves particularly in the recreation ground like the park and on the canalbanking and paths leading to them.

One incident only last Saturday when I was strolling to the town centre via the tip side I came across a youth with a pit-bull dog which was presently doing its business. As I walked by the individual, I noticed he then covered the mess the dog had left by kicking snow over the top to disguise it.

This incident happened just in front of the play center where pre-school and young children play and is a serious health and safety issue… The next day after lots of rain, causing the snow to be cleared, I again viewed the same spot and noticed an awful lot of excrement that was not picked up but had in actual fact been walked into.

I know it is common knowledge that all dog owners are asked to ensure that they clear up dog waste wherever they are walking and deposit this in one of the many bins provided, but they should also be continually reminded to please help to keep our local environment a safe and pleasant place to live and walk.

Whilst it is appreciated that the majority of dog owners dispose of waste either in one of the bins provided and maintained by the Council, or at home, it is clear that there are a number of irresponsible owners who do not or else dispose of waste in hedgerows and other grassed areas around Todmorden. Therefore this small minority poses a serious health risk to other members of the community and should also be aware that dog fouling is an offence subject to an on-the-spot fine of £50.00 or a maximum fine of £1,000.00.

The Todmorden Council should be committed to taking all necessary steps to eradicate this problem and should be working to this end with Calderdale Council which has a statutory duty to promote responsible dog ownership.

I have been led to believe that Calderdale Council have now come around to the idea of Fixed Penalty Notice training that some of the front line teams have attended and further lessons are presently being given to a lot more of their services personnel.

As mentioned previously this is an excellent way and a great assistance to the community constables in dealing with petty crime, and I believe all councillors should be enrolled for the classes and be gratifyingly responsible in tiding our streets + parks.

It should also be common knowledge that anyone wishing to report an incidence of dog fouling can either contact the Council directly, by telephone or in person.

Cllr C.M.Baksa

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Capping-care-costs

Yesterday the Coalition Government announced an historic reform to the way we pay for long-term care.
This package of measures will end unlimited care costs and provide more help for those who are less well-off.

There are two key reforms:

· A cap of £75,000 on the amount that anyone will have to pay for care·

A massive increase in the means test threshold from £23,250 to £123,000. This means that more people with modest wealth will get help from the state with the costs of care. Anyone with assets below this level will get help paying for care.

The current system is a lottery. If you develop cancer, the NHS will pay for your treatment.

But if you develop dementia, and need help with washing, dressing and going to the bathroom, you have to pay for your care. One in ten people are hit with catastrophic costs of more than £100,000.

At a time when public finances are so tight, finding the right solution was a huge challenge. But the plan we have set out is fairer, simpler and more sustainable than the current system.

The Liberal Democrats in Government fought hard for this historic achievement. The Labour Government failed to do anything to reform an unfair system during their 13 years in office.

Alongside other steps, such as extra protection for people who develop care needs as a child or during their working life, these reforms will help provide dignity and security for all of us in later life.

Further more the big change is that at the moment, there is no limit at all on the amount you have to pay for care and most people don’t get help either because they have assets in excess of £23,000.

So, whilst it would be desirable to have free care for everyone, it’s unaffordable at present because of the financial state of the country after 13 years of profligate Labour borrowing plus the world financial crisis. (Indeed it’s LD policy to move towards free care, once the UK can afford it)

So this welcome change to the rules may not benefit everyone, but it IS a step in the right direction. No government in the past 40 years has actually made a decision on any sort of change and they have actively avoided making a decision because they always said the cost was too high. All credit to the current government, who, prodded by the Lib Dems, have actually made a decision that will help lots of people.

Just as an aside, National Insurance long long ago ceased to be a tax to provide health care. In reality it is just income tax by another name. Liberal Democrats want to stop pretending that it is somehow a charge for health care and simply make it part of income tax, though an allowance will have to be made to allow pensioners to stop paying it once they stop working as they already don’t pay NI.

Cllr C.M.Baksa

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For the Benifit of Tomorden

We need to seriously have discussions with the so called voice of the public on health and social care services like the Patient participation Group and any other groups that are concerned with this aspect of life.

I think the Todmorden Council should consider a network of local people and organisations that work together to help improve health and social care in Todmorden but in order to do this we need to know what people think about the offered services so that we can work together with them to make them better.

The main consideration should be to find out what people think and feel about local health and social care services and where necessary we can then appoint volunteer council members to work initially with these responsible people to improve the services provided in order to hear both positive and negative comments before these committees make major decisions.

The Todmorden Council surely have powers by law; one of which is to Carry out “Enter and View” visits to see the standard and quality of the services being provided in care/nursing, Schooling homes and medical centers. where after we can then send reports and comments to the appropriate bodies for their consideration and action.

Obviously what will be needed is volunteers who are enthusiastic, have worked in the Health and Social care services before and have an interest in wanting to make a difference in our local area.

One consideration is the P.P.G’s recent acquisition of the Adult fitness equipment recently installed within the local Park.

In a meeting dated June 14th at 5.30 where it was proposed and decided that adult equipment be bought and installed, to save the elderly community their dignity, in adult surroundings close to drinking facilities as this was felt that it would be a much more friendlier meeting place .

This project brought a new dimension to outdoor activity in Todmorden and I am sure everyone was delighted to have been involved as it was a great starting point for people who wanted to have a go at getting in shape, for free – an added bonus in these difficult financial times.

The benefits of outdoor exercise and activity are now well highlighted throughout the UK, with many stories depicting that outdoor exercise can help to improve mental and physical health, while exercise programs have been shown to be as effective as antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression.

It therefore was agreed that regular exercise is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but cost and accessibility canbe barriers to gym use. The outdoor gym gives Todmorden elderly residents the chance to work out for free in the fresh air, 24 hours a day.

However during a recent visit it was discovered that the elderly people were unable to use some pieces of the equipment owing to the unsuitability for the elderly of one piece that supposedly exercises the legs when peddling.

Cllr C.M.Baksa

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Help to keep warm

Volunteers Needed to Help Vulnerable People in Todmorden Stay Warm

I am interested in hearing from any charitable organisations or philanthropic groups who would assist in looking for Volunteers to Help Vulnerable People Stay Warm during the continual cold days .We are looking for people who can volunteer a couple of hours a month in their local area to help people in the community, especially older people and those on low incomes stay warm this winter and at the same time gain some benefit for them selves.

Over 1 in 5 households in Todmorden are estimated to be in fuel poverty with an national average of winter deaths” a year according to the NHS. A few of the households in Todmorden are not on mains gas and these particularly are some of the reasons
why a charitable organisation is required to assistance in keeping local residents of Todmorden warm over the cold months .

We should also be asking for more volunteers to act as village coordinators to help prevent deaths and illness arising from cold homes. Volunteers can also assist in talking to local people, making them a nice hot drink and passing on the charitable items like blankets and warm clothing to a central collection point.

If people think they could help, or if they would like to know more and join as a volunteer they could phone the perspective organisation or me at 07884197868

The scheme should be open to all households, businesses and community groups.

The more volunteers that are available the better chance we would have of helping the elderly and less fortunate..

After you have given this some serious thought give us a ring and we can disuses it further…..

Cllr C.M.Baksa

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