PARLIAMENTARY REPORT: Remoaners Take The Easy Option
The week in Parliament starts with Education. Earlier this week, the Government announced a £50 million expansion fund that grammar schools can bid for to expand. Damian Hinds MP the Education Secretary took questions on Monday at 2.30pm.
UKIP has championed grammar schools when the other parties have campaigned against them. We know that demand far exceeds actual places and so needs a radical shake-up. Everyone learns at a different pace and this has to be recognised and places made available for all students who find a rigorous academic environment is their best environment. We also recognise that many students learn better in a more technical environment and therefore UKIP will provide technical courses for those who wish to follow this path. So, I welcome the extra money. This Conservative government are now adopting UKIP policies and pretending they are their own. This to me shows that UKIP has policies that are the envy of the other parties.
Today sees a very important debate in the afternoon when Sir Henry Bellingham Conservative MP will bring forward his debate with regard to historic allegations against veterans who served in the Northern Ireland troubles. The debate will argue for the introduction of a statute of limitations. This will mean investigations only being started if new evidence is presented.
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This is my personal view on this subject. I would argue that the veterans in this conflict were acting in a real-world situation and doing their job. When in the armed forces you give your allegiance and service to protect our nation and peoples. You take orders from those in the chain of command and you do not disobey those orders.
If however there was a breach of international law under the Geneva convention then and only then should that incident be investigated. We should not be prosecuting someone for doing their job.
UKIP has a good defence policy as outlined in our manifesto where we will re-build our armed forces put in the right level of spending and support all our veterans.
Thursday at 9.30am the International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox will be taking questions.
If like me you are feeling the frustration then you will agree that our voices need to be heard. As a nation, we must be able to trade with all countries from around the world. A halfway house arrangement is not the solution. No matter how many words you change a customs partnership is still a customs union. I ask every one of you to talk to people and tell them that a full withdrawal is the only way forward and will be positive for our nation. People on the Remain side are going for an easy option. They seem to be afraid of change and shudder at the thought of a challenge. We have for centuries, before we joined the EU, been a successful trading nation and we can be again. Brexit should be seen by all as an epic opportunity and be embraced with seismic optimism for a strong future.
Other business this week:
On Tuesday Craig Mackinlay will introduce a bill for the introduction of an MP for Gibralter. We must remember that Craig has been under investigation for election expenses malpractice in his constituency of South Thanet for the general election 2015 when Nigel Farage stood against him. The court case against Craig has been postponed. I wonder why?
Sajid Javid will be before the Home Affairs select committee in the wake of the Windrush scandal.
On Wednesday the Northern Ireland Secretary will be in front of the European scrutiny team discussing Brexit.
Labour MP puts forward a bill on rural banking and access for those in rural areas to cash services.