PARLIAMENTARY REPORT: UKIP’s Principled Firmness On Law And Order
Monday the 4th of June saw Sajid Javid make some big announcements in his new position as Home Secretary. He is certainly trying to make a big name for himself and we will have to wait if he is the person he says he is. One of his big announcements is he is going to introduce greater information sharing from the security services to other services locally in the fight against the terror threat that our country faces. We saw him in the afternoon taking questions from MP’s. I have trawled through these questions and picked out a few which had a common theme.
a/ What steps is he taking to increase police numbers?
b/ What steps is he taking to tackle knife crime?
C/ What discussions has he had with Cabinet colleagues on tackling cyber attacks?
The first two questions I touched on in my previous article where I stated that UKIP is committed to returning to a meaningful capita population-based policing resource. The return of community policing will help in the gathering of important information. A visible police force is a credible force and this will help with the growing knife crime and gun problems we are seeing all too often.
Living close to GCHQ and having many constituents who work there I have a great belief that UKIP must engage and form a meaningful relationship with the security services. The security services are the people who help protect us. We must give them the resource and the salaries to reflect the importance of their work. During GE17 I, as the UKIP candidate, received a letter from the Government Communications Group which is the union that represents staff at GCHQ. In this letter, it was brought to my attention that these workers were subject to the 1% pay cap. In a time when the security threat level is severe, we are asking our security personnel to live under a 1% pay cap. The letter stated that good retention was hard as many operatives were leaving to work in the private sector.
The primary purpose of any Government is to protect their citizens. I know that UKIP will support our security services and we must retain good staff who make a difference every day. With our security services fragmented with several agencies, UKIP will create a new overarching role of Director of National Intelligence. This person will be responsible for bringing all the intelligence services together; developing cybersecurity measures; cutting down on waste and encouraging information and resource sharing.
On Tuesday Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick was in committee corridor joining the Home Affairs Team talking about policing for the future.
Also on Tuesday, the Justice Secretary David Gauke took questions at 11.30am.
We must start as a nation to get the balance back into our criminal justice system. At the moment and every day we see news stories of the criminals not receiving the correct sentence for their crime and too many times, we see the victims being treated like a criminal.
Prisons seem more like a holiday camp where prisoners have televisions and electronic gadgets. They have access to mobile phones which allow criminal behaviour to carry on.
A criminal must know that if they do the crime they must do the time. Instead of being able to lounge around all prisoners must be educated with basic English and maths and be given the opportunity to learn a trade whilst in prison.
UKIP’s approach to crime is one principled with firmness along with deterrent and rehabilitation. And will focus on combating crime which delivers clear social outcomes.
Our approach to illegal practices that conflict with British values such as forced marriage, FGM and honour killings will be to enforce the law and prosecute where necessary.
If a foreign national comes to the UK to gain citizenship but commits a crime they will potentially lose their entitlement to a UK passport.
Children must be taught values of right and wrong. By setting up a child with strong moral values they will grow into well-balanced citizens who will add value to society. We believe that the UK supreme court will act as the final authority on matters of human rights.
On Thursday there will be some backbench business on ending tuberculosis.
This is to bring the House to recognise that this is still the world’s deadliest infectious diseases. It kills 1.7million people a year. There will be a UN high-level meeting on TB in New York 0n September 26th.
Once we leave the EU we can as a nation and this is a UKIP policy engage in trade deals where poorer nations will be able to trade directly with us and avoid paying the EU immoral tariffs that stifle these poor nations and stop them lifting themselves out of poverty and in fact keep them in poverty. The UK’S foreign aid budget is far too big and successive Governments have kept to a target of 0.7% of GNI. As I have said before this money is not all spent on humanitarian aid but is wasted. In 2015 nearly £370 million was sent to Pakistan, a country with its own space programme!
A UKIP policy research paper shows that the UK supports organisations that devote a substantial amount of their resources to political advocacy. In the financial year, 2015/16 Oxfam spent £14.8 million on campaigning and advocacy. How many advertisements do we see each day asking for £3 a month? Let’s concentrate our aid budget on the things that matter such as real humanitarian and crisis aid and help to eradicate TB and other diseases.
Other business this week includes :
Prime Ministers Questions which should be lively as the announcement of the return of the EU withdrawal Bill to The House of Commons.
The Ivory Bill.
A Public accounts committee on skill shortages in the armed forces.
A ten-minute rule motion on youth services.