Join us on Friday, 23 March 2018 at 10.00am for this month’s Connect@Signal.

Sara Otley, SJO Accountants, will discuss how the recent annual budget may impact on you and your business and what opportunities may be presented.

Denise Marron from InterTradeIreland’s Brexit Advisory Service will also be in attendance to provide SMEs with practical information and advice & support on Brexit related topics such as rules of origin, non-tariff barriers and the movement of people.  After the event you will have the opportunity to network with InterTradeIreland’s Brexit team and discover how to get your business Brexit ready.

Information will also be available on how businesses in the Ards and North Down area can apply for a Start to Plan voucher to the value of £2,000.  This voucher can be used to fund the cost of creating a bespoke business plan to deal with the potential risks and opportunities from Brexit.

If you’re interested in any of the above come to Signal for this event which includes tea/coffee and danish pastries on arrival.

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Government failures on Casey will prove be a massive mistake

With appalling timing after the revelations out of Telford where 1000’s of girls were systematically raped and in some cases murdered over a period of 40 years by gangs of largely Muslim men, the Government has watered down the recommendations of the Casey report commissioned after the earlier Rotherham rape gang scandal.

UKIP Leader Gerard Batten

Gerard Batten MEP, the UKIP leader responded,

“The watering down of the Casey report recommendations on migrant integration will prove be a massive mistake.

“Mass immigration should be stopped now once and for all, and every effort made to integrate those migrants already here. The Government refuses to do either.

“The Government’s failure is the latest in a long line of failures that will have untold consequences for our country and way of life.”

“The recommendations were an attempt at least to address the consequences of decades of uncontrolled and unlimited immigration.

“We have imported millions of people who have failed to integrate into British society and in many cases have no wish to do so.

“Mass indiscriminate immigration and the failed doctrine of multiculturalism have created profound problems for Britain that will take generations to resolve, if indeed they can be resolved.

“The elephant in the room is the issue of the Islamic identity of millions UK citizens. An identity so strong among many if its followers that it cannot integrate or be absorbed into another culture.

“While we face massive problems created by past immigration we continue to admit people demonstrably unknown numbers.

“The Government’s failure to implement the modest recommendations of the Casey report show its refusal to confront the problem.

“Those problems are profound, the vilest manifestation of which is the nationwide plague of Muslim rape gangs.

“The recommendations were an attempt at least to address the worst aspects of the failure of some communities to integrate. Worse they should not even have been controversial as they would assist those most at risk.

“How can dropping her call all public office holders to swear an oath of allegiance to British values to combat extremism be anything other than reasonable, but this Government has dropped it. Why?

“It is plain common sense that all those who move to this country should be expected to learn English, if they don’t how can they become fully part of our society, and understand both the duties and obligations of living here. But the Government has dropped it. Why?

“Only a week after Neil Basu, the National Counter Terrorism co-ordinator has warned of the threat of extremism in ‘home-schooling’, more properly micro-schools the Government is dropping a register for all homeschooling.

“And to cap it all the Government is so unconcerned about the threat both of terrorism and they failures of integration that have led to the rape gang scandals that it has cut the prosed budget from £200 to £50 million.”

Mr Batten said, “It is hard to conceive of what is going through the Government’s head to drop these recommendations, let alone to understand it. The only message that they are giving out to the perpetrators of these heinous crimes is, OK then, we don’t have the courage to confront you, and we really don’t care that much, carry on.

“The Government’s failure is the latest in a long line of failures that will have untold consequences for our country and way of life.”

Bill Etheridge MEP in Belfast

Bill Etheridge MEP made the journey to Belfast 9 March, speaking in the Holiday Inn.

UKIP North Down
Bill Etheridge UKIP MEP for West Midlands with John Montgomery, Communications, UKIP Northern Ireland

UKIP in Northern Ireland was delighted to welcome Bill to speak to us in Belfast. Do take the time to watch the video below in which he gives his thoughts on the Labour Party and the reverse Robin Hood status of wind turbines. Of particular interest to us in the Province is his utmost commitment to the Union.

Unlucky 13 – But Not For MLA’s

13 months: NI has been without Govt or Assembly. Talks followed by talks while people lie on hospital beds in pain. All the while..part-time MLAs are paid handsome full salary. HMGov needs to act by setting NI budget. They also need to of fully paying 90 MLAs .

Something! But Not For You

UKIP North DownRoyal Mail parcel delivery service is simply not up to the task. The Oh so familiar “Something for you” postcard indicates quite the reverse. Not only has Royal Mail failed to deliver the package, something not for you, but compound the action by preventing the customer from collecting the item until the next day.

This process is simply inefficient and dare I say it! Not very environmentally friendly. Despite having to pay for a service not wholly provided, the customer has to then pay for fuel or transport in order to stand in line, perhaps even outside in the rain, in order to recover their parcel. In addition having, possibly, to pay a fee for parking.

Royal Mail needs to modify its service to serve a modern society, we are no longer tied to the kitchen sink during the working day. Most families need to be out working to make ends meet and Royal Mail needs to recognise that fact providing an appropriate level of service in order to satisfy the needs of their customers.

Continually we hear glowing praise for our postmen, perhaps if the parcel service have no desire to match their level of service then consideration needs to be given to handing over to another more competent provider.

Batten down the Border

The European Commission shall not be allowed to annexe Northern Ireland  says Gerard Batten

UKIP Leader Gerard Batten

UKIP Leader Gerard Batten said: “The EU is trying to divide Northern Ireland away from the rest of the UK and attempting to undermine and reverse the EU referendum decision.

“Every party in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Irish Republic, along with both governments have said they wish to avoid a hard border.

“The only party saying they will put a hard border in place is the European Commission, ie Michel Barnier. The European Commission must not be allowed to annexe Northern Ireland, put a disruptive hard border in place.

(There must also be no barrier to Northern Ireland’s trade with the rest of the UK. The integrity of the UK must remain in tact.)

There are a number of solutions to the Irish border issue.”

  1. Irexit – Ireland leaves the EU and has a new free trade deal with the UK.
  2. Ireland is given special trade status by the WTO due to its unique trading links and history with the UK.
  3. There is a bespoke technological border solution, without customs posts etc. This was the preferred earlier solution of the UK government.