Paula Walters, the UKIP candidate for the New Brighton ward on Wirral council, is being targeted in a politically motivated smear campaign. The Liverpool Echo, owned by the overtly left-wing Trinity Mirror group which owns the Mirror stable of newspapers amoung others, has teamed up with local Labour councillor Christine Spriggs to try and force Ms Walters to stand down.
The Echo printed comments from Councillor Spriggs calling on Ms Walters to stand down due to the content of tweets from as long as three years ago. Below we republish her reply to the disgraceful accusations made in the Echo:
I was rather taken aback to receive an email from Tom Houghton from Trinity Mirror suggesting that some of my tweets dating back to 2015 could appear to some to be racist or offensive and equally surprised by a candidate suggesting that I should apologise. In the main, I campaign about local issues that affect families throughout Wirral, however, I stand as a candidate for New Brighton because I actually live here and understand the issues and concerns in this area. I was instrumental in collecting signatures to prevent our council imposing the proposed parking charges on fifty major roads in Wirral. I organised a protest outside the Town Hall to ensure that local people were made aware of these plans and could collectively demonstrate their disapproval. I actively campaign against tunnel tolls because we were told that the tunnels would be free when the loan is paid off. I fear that this will never happen as the money from the tolls goes elsewhere. I had an opportunity to end this unfair charge on commuters both sides of the water by standing for Liverpool Mayor and this was the main focus of my campaign. In response to my affirmation that I would scrap the tunnel fee, Steve Rotheram announced that he would reduce the charge to one pound. As the successful candidate, he now tells us that this will be off-peak only, letting down those commuters that voted for him in good faith.
On a National level, any statement that I may make is my own and may or may not be UKIP policy so let’s discuss my tweets that Tom suggests may be offensive
1. I tweeted that halal is barbaric practice from the dark ages and has no place in modern Britain. I stand by that statement and would like all non-stun to kill banned. For meat to be halal a prayer must be said that the animal can hear. This necessitates that the animal is conscious. Stunning meets legal requirements however amperage can be reduced or animals can recover prior to slaughter. A study in the journal Meat Science advised that 69% of scholars did not agree that stunning prior to slaughter had been showed to reduce pain felt by animals (The Times). There is no necessity for Muslims to eat halal, a simple prayer at the time of consumption will suffice. So why bother? Because halal is a multi-billion £ industry, halal authorities are charging huge amounts of money to companies for halal certification.
Some. Christians, Sikhs and other faiths are forbidden to eat halal because it is dedicated to a God that they do not follow. It is disrespectful to other religions or those who follow no religion. Labelling would not address the issues surrounding halal entering the food chain in ready meals, pies etc. It is difficult to have accurate traceability as meat passes through the food chain It does not address foods served in hospitals or schools. The only way to ensure food is halal free is for a complete ban to be introduced. I do not suggest banning imports but this can be effectively monitored. At present, sensitivity only runs one way, people are given a choice to eat halal but no choice to avoid it. Only permanent unconsciousness and insensitivity to pain should be tolerated
2. British people can’t get cancer treatment but plenty of dosh for hotels for illegal immigrants.
In 2015 it was reported in the media that stowaways that have entered the country illegally were given their own hotel room, three meals a day and £35 per week to spend. This would be a dream come true for our homeless veterans, people on zero hour contracts, pensioners, underprivileged children, the list is endless While I used cancer as an example Simon Stevens NHS England chief executive, suggests that an increase of £4bn is required. He advises that “it is no longer possible to avoid a debate about what is possible to deliver to patients with the money available” So what would you choose? A hotel room for a guest that has turned up uninvited or life-saving treatment for a loved one? Yes, there are stark choices to be made and while I sympathise with that fleeing war and persecution, is it fair that they are given priority over those that apply through the proper and legitimate channels?
3. This brings us to migrants complaining about wristbands that allow them three meals a day. I wear a wristband for all inclusive holidays. They are not compulsory but ensure that food is provided for those that are entitled. This is not some form of branding, they can be removed as required between sittings and a lot less embarrassing for recipients than filling out forms and queuing up at food banks or soup kitchens
4 and 5 Half a million migrants are on their way, How many are ISIS, I can’t tell, can you? I can’t tell the difference between a migrant and a terrorist.
We are told by terrorists themselves that they will infiltrate Europe posing as refugees. We are told that hundreds of jihadists have returned and are walking among us. The media reported that the family of a terrorist accomplice of the Tunisian massacre advised that he was trying to smuggle himself to Europe. Are you happy that one of your family may be the next victim? Or is it sensible to expect that everyone would be British Citizen is scrupulously vetted to ensure the safety of the rest of us? Terrorists don’t wear a uniform. The Times reported that a preacher, suspected of influencing Jihadi John and who described 7/7 terror attacks as a great victory lived in a £1,000,000 house on £50,000 pa benefits. He then required £123,000 legal aid to fight deportation. Is this an acceptable member of our society? Is it offensive for me to question the security for our nation?
6. A Muslim gets benefits for each wife. If wives are children do they also get child benefit?
Well yes, that was a bit facetious but is it really fair that some people are prosecuted for bigamy while others receive extra benefits. A House of Commons paper highlighted a loophole that additional wives are able to claim a full single persons benefit allowance while a husband and his first wife receive theirs. It has been suggested that there could be as many s 20,000 polygamous marriages in the UK. Jordan’s chief Islamic Justice department was quoted as saying ” child marriage represented 35% of all marriages of Syrian refugees” Save the children cited an alarming increase in the number of child marriages within Syrian refugee communities in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. If a girl is wed lawfully in her homeland her husband cannot be prosecuted under UK law. Schools minister Lord Nash told the Daily Mirror “As the law stands we cannot stop child brides entering Britain”. The Observer goes further suggesting that child marriage is taking place in the UK. We try to protect our own children but children from other countries have lesser rights. Yes, this is actually offensive, it’s offensive that we allow this to happen.
7. David Lammy thinks WW2 heroes fought for the European project
Tom do you expect me to comment on this? I expect your readers will be able to answer on my behalf
UKIP Wirral Chairman
UPDATE: The Wirral Globe
has excelled itself by printing the same article with a totally misleading
headline claiming Ms Walters has stood down which she hasnt.