While we’re all waiting for the official start of the Leadership Contest with the official list of vetted candidates being released on Friday 11th August, readers and contributors have written letters on the various subject below. The first is by our correspondent Cllr Brian Silvester, on an announcement which is ominous, given that we’re halfway through summer (what summer?) already:

Sir,

British Gas has announced a whopping 12.5% increase in their electricity prices.How are people supposed to pay that,when most of us have not seen any real increase in our income for over 10 years?Just 9 weeks ago the Tories promised to cap energy prices.That pledge, like so many, was dumped as soon as the election was over. Another broken Tory promise.

One of the reasons why we pay so much for electricity, gas, petrol etc are the ridiculous ‘Green taxes’ the Government forces us to pay. Every family is paying £150 per year in Green Taxes and these are set to treble by the end of this Parliament in 2022.

UKIP are the only party pledged to scrap the Green Taxes.

Respectfully, Cllr Brian Silvester

Readers may be aware that Roger Helmer retired at the end of July. Here is the introductory letter from his successor, Jonathan Bullock MEP:

Sir,

I’m delighted to take over from Roger Helmer, who can justly claim to have played an important role in bringing about the referendum on the EU and the victory that followed.

It is now vital that we have a smooth, and genuine, Brexit that can quickly bring in sensible immigration controls and provide a low tax environment to allow us to compete on the world stage and expand our global markets. However, it is clear that this is not what Philip Hammond and some other cabinet members wish for.

What is worse, is that the talk of a transition of up to three years has given ‘remainers’ a chance to regroup and start questioning whether Brexit will now actually happen at all.  Many are no longer even bothering to pay lip service to the mantra that what the country allegedly voted for was a  ‘soft Brexit’.  Instead they are trying to ignore the Brexit vote and slide straight into a ‘fake Brexit’, which really means no Brexit at all. This has caused further uncertainty for business and both uncertainty and disillusionment in the country in general. Indeed talking up a transition means that our negotiating position to the EU of ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ will not be taken seriously.

The EU has scented weakness and disunity.  They will take advantage of the fact that many remainers are working to undermine Brexit rather than to secure and protect the future of our country after Brexit.  Our country had the courage, self-belief and grit to vote for Brexit, our elected representatives should honour this by demonstrating the same courage, belief and sheer grit to deliver on it.

Our trade with the US and the rest of the world is growing.  Rather than undermining the efforts of people like Liam Fox to expand our global reach, the recalcitrant remainers, and all politicians, should be talking us up as a country, not talking us down.

At the same time as lining up to talk about a so-called “transition”, the Conservatives appear to also be moving back to the Cameron days of an obsession with fringe identity politics to try and keep seats in London; massive expenditure on dubious projects such as HS2 and billions spent on overseas aid – all on borrowed money, whilst we can’t seem to afford to train more nurses and doctors, adequately fund our schools and military and give our old people the security they deserve. All of this could well let Corbyn in, and potentially relatively soon.

UKIP may have had a tough year, but we are an insurgent party and, if the same conditions repeat themselves, we will recover our lost ground. I look forward to hearing what the UKIP leadership candidates say over the coming weeks.  Above all, however, I am committed to working hard in my new role to represent the UK and to champion a clean, and genuine, Brexit with no cost to the British taxpayer.

Respectfully, Jonathan Bullock MEP

Finally, our correspondent Septimus Octavius asks some inconvenient questions on the Grenfell Tower Inferno:

Sir,

One thing the media is not keen to harp on about is the complaint from some survivors that many residents have not been accounted for. The Police respond to this, eminently reasonably, to the effect that if nobody reports that a person is missing, they cannot know of that person’s existence. The general view is that the number of people who have simply disappeared is quite high, possibly as many as 50 or even perhaps 100.

Obviously in the case of tragedies such as this, there will be one or two fatalities involving people with absolutely no relatives, friends or acquaintances who would notice their passing; but there would not be tens of such people.

Why does the media keep essentially silent about this? The answer, of course, lies in the criminal practice of subletting council flats, something which is thought to go on, on an industrial scale, particularly in London.  Moreover, very often in the case of such subletting, the sub-tenant is someone whose right of residence in the UK is dubious.

The politically correct of this world could never bring themselves to admit that such abuses of social housing occur. This is why this particular scandal is not hitting the headlines.

How fortunate we all are to have our news filtered in such a thoughtful way, no?

Respectfully, Septimus Octavius

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