Today’s first letter is from the Returning Officer for the UKIP leadership election, Piers Wauchope, dealing with the publication on John Rees-Evans’ twitter account of an e-mail purporting to have been sent by some ‘senior member’ of UKIP and thus misusing the UKIP membership database. That e-mail was first mentioned in comments below this article published last week:
You will be happy to hear that I have spoken to John Rees-Evans concerning the allegation of unauthorised use of party databases. Neither he nor I have been able to discover the originator of the offending email, nor any evidence that it was sent with the aid of a UKIP database. If evidence appears, I shall of course ensure that the appropriate measures are taken.
Respectfully, Piers Wauchope, Returning Officer
While all attention today is fixed on the presidential election in the USA, we must still keep our eyes on the ball that is Brexit, especially after that decision in the High Court on Thursday, 3rd November 2016. The following letter refers to an important aspect of Brexit. It is by our contributor Simon Blanchard:
In Theresa May’s speech “Britain after Brexit: A Vision of a Global Britain”, delivered at the Conservative Party Conference, she made reference to a Great Repeal Bill which would have two effects. Firstly it would “remove from the statute book – once and for all – the European Communities Act”. Secondly, it would “transpose ‘the acquis’ – that is, the body of existing EU law – into British law”. According to Ms May this will mean that “Parliament will be free – subject to international agreements and treaties with other countries and the EU on matters such as trade – to amend, repeal and improve any law it chooses”.
The article linked to below briefly examines the international law on public procurement to demonstrate just how hollow Theresa May’s statement that we are going to be a “fully-independent, sovereign country” truly is, relating to International Procurement rules
Following the EU Referendum vote it is difficult to see how these International Public Procurement rules can be ignored by future British Parliaments wishing to develop “buy national” public procurement policies and promising to provide “British jobs for British workers”. International Public Procurement rules lay bare the lies of Brexit, and it is clear that the greatest threat to the United Kingdom regaining its place as a fully independent, sovereign Nation is the ongoing rise of Global Governance.
Respectfully, Simon Blanchard, UKIP Dartford
Next, our contributor Alan Piper in his letter shares his thought about Nigel Farage:
Being a bear of very little brain, it’s taken me a while to make sense of what’s been occurring, but it finally struck me that what we are seeing is the return of an honest politician:
Probably the first since Enoch Powell.
I offer it as a thought for all the followers of this site because as Aaron Banks pointed out, he’s not in it as a career politician.
But he is a huge contrast to the current political spectrum.
It just occurs to me that if he’s promoted as the first honest politician for half a century, maybe we in UKIP should start saying so.
Because it it is such a hell of a contrast to what we’ve being seeing, internally and externally, but it’s never been presented in those terms.
I’m not suggesting for a second that he got everything right in UKIP and that there isn’t an awful lot that needs fixing, but I am suggesting that promotion as the first honest politician for 50 years might develop considerable legs.
Respectfully, Alan Piper
And finally, the answer to a question we are all interested in, by our contributor Sonya Jay Porter:
Reading yet again about Islam being the ‘religion of peace’ I wondered whether in the past, someone had mistaken Islam for Salaam, which of course does mean peace. I checked with one of my more knowledgeable friends who replied as follows:
“The terms Salaam and Islam have the same root, viz:
The Arabic term “Islam” itself is usually translated as “submission”; submission of desires to the will of God. It comes from the term “aslama”, which means “to surrender” or “resign oneself”. The Arabic word salaam (سلام) (“Peace”) has the same root as the word Islam. (See this site)
So, now we know!
Respectfully, Sonya Jay Porter