It’s always good to start as one wants to go on, so on this first Monday in 2017 we’re happy to publish your letters which are covering a variety of subjects. The first is by our reader and contributor Jim Makin:

Sir,

Hardly a week goes by these days without the receipt of a campaigning email from Labour Leave. If I may quote briefly from the last one: “Your donation will go directly to funding our Campaign for Democracy over the next 12 months. We will take our campaign up and down the country, we will build a new volunteer campaign website for both ground and digital activists, and we will run a national campaign in the media.”

I have heard the words from Paul Nuttall about taking the fight to Labour, but it seems to me that in terms of action, the boot is currently on the other foot?

Respectfully, Jim Makin

Our reader Jim Scutter addresses a problem which is local but should be of interest to all UKIP members, especially Local Councillors:

Sir,

I was recently in a discussion with a head of a local authority Building Control Section. At the local authority concerned it is the Building Control Section/Service who propose street names. I suggested that as there was likely to be a great deal of house/street building over the next few years (whether we support it or not), the new developments would provide an opportunity to have streets named after those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country during the two World Wars. I am not just talking about Generals and other prominent individuals, but also the ordinary private and seamen. Neither am I suggesting we exclude the names of those who have died in more recent conflicts. I was advised that such a proposal be put in writing to the local authority and that suggestions in respect of street names would be welcomed.

Different local authorities will have different arrangements in place for street naming. For example town councils may have an input within certain local authorities. I have written to the Melton Borough Council with this suggestion. My letter has been addressed to the Chief Executive. I will be doing it in my name as opposed to that of UKIP, although I think this is something UKIP members and branches throughout the country would be interested in doing.

Respectfully, John Scutter, Secretary, Rutland and Melton Branch, UKIP

After the Holidays, we received the following letter by our contributor “The Northern Voice”, with a call for action:

Sir,

On 28th December the BBC, in an episode of ‘A Point of View’, allowed Howard Jacobson to liken the Brexit vote to the decision to crucify Christ. He made a direct comparison between the 17.4 million Brexit voters and the baying mob who chose to crucify Jesus. Mr Jacobson told listeners: “On a seasonal note, it is worth remembering that Pontius Pilate offered the multitude a mini-referendum. They could have one prisoner released and another crucified. In their wisdom, the people chose the common criminal Barabbas to be released, leaving Jesus to be crucified.” The Show is available here, comments come towards the end (13:20). There is also piece  in Independent:

At a time when millions of people were celebrating the festival of the birth of Jesus, it was entirely inappropriate for the BBC to permit his crucifixion to be used to make a political point. Apart from being tasteless, the comparison is also a smear on the 17.4 million people who legitimately voted for the UK to leave the European Union. The BBC and Howard Jacobson should both publicly apologise for the unjustified offence they have caused and for their poor judgement during the season of goodwill.

If anyone, like me, is heartily sick of the BBC’s left wing bias, why not sign this petition to end the licence fee? I would also urge people to complain to the BBC and Ofcom about this matter!

Respectfully, ‘A Northern Voice’

And finally, our reader Roger Arthur sends us his reply to President Obama:

Sir,

I received a New Year message from Obama and my response is below:

Dear Mr President

Thank you for your New Year message. A Happy New Year to all of our American cousins.

Every year you celebrate Independence Day and the ability to control your own destiny. We hope to join you soon with a British Independence Day, as we escape from the yoke of unelected EU rulers. Our joint WW2 purpose was to restore the sovereignty of nation states and together we carried the flame of freedom back to mainland Europe on June 6, 1944. The EU agenda is diametrically opposed to that.

So when you harried the UK to remain under the control of tyrants, such as the one in the link below, you neglected the sacrifices of many British and American servicemen – who laid down their lives for liberty. That was a serious error that you might reflect on in retirement. We never have submitted to bullying and we do not intend to start now. Many thanks. for taking the time to read this!

Respectfully, Roger Arthur

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