Thursday, September 25, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
UKIP party leader Nigel Farage gives his views on the Scottish independence referendum, and no to divorcing the UK. However, Farage asks that Scottish MPs voluntarily give up voting on England only issues (known as the "West Lothian Question"), and more powers to English regions.
Friday, September 19, 2014
UKIP party leader Nigel Farage gives his views on the Scottish independence referendum, and no to divorcing the UK. However, Farage asks that Scottish MPs voluntarily give up voting on England only issues (known as the "West Lothian Question"), and more powers to English regions. Recorded from BBC1 HD, BBC Breakfast / Scotland Decides, 19 September 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
W/S European Parliament chamber [CUTAWAY] SOT, Nigel Farage, UKIP MEP (English): "If you poke the Russian bear with a stick, don’t be surprised when he reacts. Now, just to continue with that, today we are rushing through an association agreement at undue speed with the Ukraine, and as we speak there are NATO soldiers engaged in military exercises in the Ukraine. Have we taken leave of our senses? Do we actually want to have a war with Putin? Because if we do we’re certainly going about it the right way." M/S French Left Party MEP Jean-Luc Mélenchon looking at his phone [CUTAWAY] SOT, Georgios Katrougkalos, Syriza MEP (English): "We have been engaged in an arm wrestle and a trade war with Russia which poisons the internal Ukrainian political life, and at the same time harms the European farmers and the European economy." W/S European Parliament chamber [CUTAWAY] SCRIPT The European Parliament in Strasbourg held a plenary session about the state of Russia-EU relations on Tuesday. UKIP leader and MEP Nigel Farage commented on the situation in Ukraine, warning that it was unwise to "poke the Russian bear with a stick" and that the behaviour of the EU policy risked provoking a war with Russia. In the rest of his speech he referred to the European Union as 'guilty' of causing instability in Ukraine.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
C4News have unearthed a letter from Ukip leader Nigel Farage's schooldays that reveals a concern that the 17-year-old Farage wasn't prefect material because Channel 4 news - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage says the EU would collapse without the UK. | @Nigel_Farage • European Parliament, Strasbourg, 02 July 2014 • Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Sunday, September 14, 2014
“There’s a number of sources,” says David Axe, a freelance war reporter who knows a lot about weaponry. “ISIS, like all Syrian opposition groups,” he says, “enjoys a strong level of support from Turkey, from Qatar, from Saudi Arabia".. The reason, says Axe, has to do with common interests. "What ISIS wants, to some extent, overlaps with what certain powerful people in some of these Gulf states want, which is, for lack of a better word, a 'Sunni-stan' — a homogenous Sunni Muslim state in what is now Syria and Iraq.” Turkey, he adds, wants to see Syria's president out of power.. Officially, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia deny that their citizens support ISIS in any way. Qatar and Saudi Arabia even point to laws they have passed that make it difficult for individuals to send aid to militants. However, research by the Brookings Institution shows their enforcement of such laws and policies has been mixed.. Money from the Gulf is used to acquire weapons on the black market, says Axe. He says New York Times reporting last year examined air traffic data and found that planes fly with weapons from the Gulf to Turkey, or sometimes head to third countries like Croatia to pick up weapons first and then to Turkey.. Croatia has a thriving small arms industry, says Axe, with black market ties.From Turkey, the weapons are moved overland into Syria.. And it's not the big weaponry that ISIS wants, he says. “ISIS is a classic militia group, in the sense that it has favored light, easy-to-support, mobile and easy-to-hide weaponry over the heavier stuff you might find in a government force”.. According to Axe, ISIS destroyed much of the heavy equipment that it captured last week in Iraq — weapons like M1 tanks, M113 armored personnel carriers, MRAP heavy armored trucks, and other multi-million dollar pieces of equipment. He suspects they’re well aware they can’t operate and support these systems.. Still, Axe thinks they may have seized shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missiles. In US military jargon, these are MANPADS — man-portable air defense systems. “This is a big concern in some world capitals, especially intervention-minded world capitals,” he says.. “There are ways to defeat this kind of weaponry,” he adds. “But if a country like the United States is considering air strikes, the presence of these MANPADS changes America’s calculation. It’s a lot more dangerous. You don’t want to lose pilots. The prospect of pilots being captured by ISIS is politically terrifying for American leadership”.. MANPADS could also be used to bring down an airliner on landing or take-off. “If you’re asking if there’s a possibility these weapons could end up with international terrorists, [the answer is] yes”...
Friday, September 12, 2014
Nigel Farage has said The Queen should make a public statement in support of maintaining the United Kingdom if the Scottish independence battle remains on a knife edge in the days leading up to the September 18 referendum.
Buckingham Palace has stressed that the Queen takes the view that the decision should be left to Scottish voters and that her role was "above politics".
But the Ukip leader claimed that if the United Kingdom was under threat she had a responsibility to speak out.
He said if the opinion polls were finely balanced on Sunday then she should make a statement, highlighting her 1977 Silver Jubilee declaration of support for the union as a precedent for the monarch intervening in constitutional debates.
The Ukip leader told LBC Radio: "My understanding of the constitution is if the kingdom itself, if the United Kingdom itself is under threat, then in many ways you could argue she has a responsibility to say something.
"I can completely understand her wanting to keep out of politics and she has done it absolutely brilliantly over 60 years., she is a globally admired figure.
"I doubt the royal family has ever been more popular over centuries than it currently is.
"But there are times when, if the United Kingdom, over which she is the monarch, is threatened itself, when it might be right to say something.
"That doesn't mean that she has to, but ... let's say we got to this Sunday and let's say it was still 50-50 in the polls, I personally think she should say something, yes."
He added: "If the very future of the United Kingdom itself is threatened she should say something and there is a precedent for this: she did it in 1977, she did it in Westminster Hall when she spoke, her Silver Jubilee speech, when the first modern calls for separation were being heard, and she said very clearly that I am the Queen of the entire United Kingdom.
"So she's said it before and it might be handy if she said it again."
Mr Farage called for a "new constitutional settlement" for the whole United Kingdom following the referendum on Scottish independence.
Mr Farage, who is visiting Glasgow to campaign for a No vote, called for a federal UK with powers devolved to the different parts of the country, and said Scottish MPs should be stripped of the power to vote on English matters at Westminster if "devo-max" goes ahead.
The eurosceptic party leader accused Alex Salmond of offering voters in Scotland "a false prospectus" in the referendum campaign, insisting that a Yes vote will not deliver independence so long as the country remains in the European Union.
No campaigners have urged the Ukip leader - whose last trip north of the border ended with him barricaded inside a pub to escape protesters - to stay away for fear he will alienate traditional Labour supporters.
But he insisted he intends to press ahead with an address to supporters in Glasgow, and said he had "absolutely no intention of being incendiary at all".
Mr Farage told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The truth is that Mr Salmond's plan is not for independence. This whole referendum is in danger of going by default.
"Mr Salmond wants Scotland to be part of the EU state. He wants his laws made in Brussels. He's got no chance of renegotiating Scottish fisheries.
"I'm fearful that people have switched to the Yes side, believing this is a noble, bold plan of Mr Salmond's to be a self-governing independent nation, when it's nothing of the kind."
Mr Farage said English people were feeling "ignored" in the independence debate. He argued that the strengthening of the devolution settlement offered by pro-Union parties in the event of a No vote should apply to other parts of the UK, as well as Scotland.
"I am fully in favour of a federal United Kingdom," said Mr Farage. "We need a new constitutional settlement.
"At the moment, the English are feeling rather ignored in all this, because we've been talking about Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland over the last 17 or 18 years. A new constitutional settlement for the UK, that will suit everyone."
Asked whether Scottish MPs should continue to vote on English matters in Westminster if devo-max goes ahead, Mr Farage said: "No, I don't think it's right at all. I think the overwhelming majority of opinion is that devolution has to be fair to everybody, and right at the moment that's not working."
Former City trader Mr Farage predicted that Scotland's banks will move head offices to London if Yes wins next week's vote, in order to avoid a flight of investors.
He accused Mr Salmond of having "no plan for the currency" and warned that Scotland will be required to sign up to a commitment to join the euro if it wants to be a member of the EU.