ARGUS COMMENT: Euro elections could be most important yet for Britain

THIS month's European Parliament election could be the most important yet for Britain. They are certainly the most talked-about.

In the past, Euro elections have produced a collective yawn among the British electorate along with spectacularly low turnouts at the polling stations.

There is already a feeling that this election has something different about it.

Partly this is because the UK Independence Party thinks this will be its breakthrough election - and there is no doubt the three main UK parties are fearful of the prospect of a substantial number of UKIP MEPs representing Britain in Strasbourg and Brussels.

But it is also because the subject of a referendum on Britain's future membership of the European Union is higher on all parties' agendas than it has ever been.

This newspaper began its coverage of the election in earnest this week as the parties, including Plaid Cymru, launched their manifestos.

As polling day on May 22 draws nearer, we will give all the parties with candidates standing in Wales an opportunity to tell our readers why they should vote for them, and we will explain their policies in detail.

But, as always, there will be no advice from the Argus to its readers on which way to vote.

National newspapers may urge you to vote for one party or another. We never will.

We certainly urge you to use your vote on May 22 - but where you place your cross is a matter entirely for you.

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10:04am Thu 1 May 14

kez1968 says...

Well if you really want to shake up the main parties, vote ukip, I know they are a one policy party, I know it's all about other European people taking British jobs, I also know that we need our unemployed to find work, not give it to some polish or rumanian so they can send back there wages, benefiting there own countries, a lot of you will disagree with me, a lot of you won't.
Well if you really want to shake up the main parties, vote ukip, I know they are a one policy party, I know it's all about other European people taking British jobs, I also know that we need our unemployed to find work, not give it to some polish or rumanian so they can send back there wages, benefiting there own countries, a lot of you will disagree with me, a lot of you won't. kez1968
  • Score: 7

11:14am Thu 1 May 14

newporteast says...

Nothing will change until people change their voting habits
Nothing will change until people change their voting habits newporteast
  • Score: 8

3:37pm Thu 1 May 14

Bobevans says...

kez1968 wrote:
Well if you really want to shake up the main parties, vote ukip, I know they are a one policy party, I know it's all about other European people taking British jobs, I also know that we need our unemployed to find work, not give it to some polish or rumanian so they can send back there wages, benefiting there own countries, a lot of you will disagree with me, a lot of you won't.
UKIP are not a one policy party at all. The EU manifesto can be found on their Web site and an Updated full manifesto for the General election will be published and available on their Web site shortly after the EU elections
[quote][p][bold]kez1968[/bold] wrote: Well if you really want to shake up the main parties, vote ukip, I know they are a one policy party, I know it's all about other European people taking British jobs, I also know that we need our unemployed to find work, not give it to some polish or rumanian so they can send back there wages, benefiting there own countries, a lot of you will disagree with me, a lot of you won't.[/p][/quote]UKIP are not a one policy party at all. The EU manifesto can be found on their Web site and an Updated full manifesto for the General election will be published and available on their Web site shortly after the EU elections Bobevans
  • Score: 3

3:37pm Thu 1 May 14

Bobevans says...

kez1968 wrote:
Well if you really want to shake up the main parties, vote ukip, I know they are a one policy party, I know it's all about other European people taking British jobs, I also know that we need our unemployed to find work, not give it to some polish or rumanian so they can send back there wages, benefiting there own countries, a lot of you will disagree with me, a lot of you won't.
UKIP are not a one policy party at all. The EU manifesto can be found on their Web site and an Updated full manifesto for the General election will be published and available on their Web site shortly after the EU elections
[quote][p][bold]kez1968[/bold] wrote: Well if you really want to shake up the main parties, vote ukip, I know they are a one policy party, I know it's all about other European people taking British jobs, I also know that we need our unemployed to find work, not give it to some polish or rumanian so they can send back there wages, benefiting there own countries, a lot of you will disagree with me, a lot of you won't.[/p][/quote]UKIP are not a one policy party at all. The EU manifesto can be found on their Web site and an Updated full manifesto for the General election will be published and available on their Web site shortly after the EU elections Bobevans
  • Score: 3

4:10pm Thu 1 May 14

bobauckland says...

UKIP are no more than a protest vote. Politicians have done a terrible job of explaining the benefits of the EU, the truth is the UK is too small for the world to care about whereas the EU isn't.
People sell EU legislation as limiting and stifling, and some of it can be, but some of it means working hours for people like doctors and workers have been set at a reasonable limit to prevent overwork and mistakes.
Drop out of the EU and employers will quickly hire 1 person for every 2 they have now, and it will be legal without EWTD.
Farage himself is the ultimate hypocrite, claiming Europeans are stealing jobs, whilst employing his German wife as his secretary because he says no British person would be able to do the job. Amazing how that interview got buried.
People need to accept that Europeans aren't stealing jobs, before that it was Asians stealing jobs. If someone with no money, no contacts, no family etc manages to get a job over you, maybe you need to look at why that is rather than complaining about the successful applicant's ethnicity. Still plenty of Asians getting jobs despite it being illegal to hire them if there's a suitable European candidate, wonder why that is? The sad truth is a lot of British people would like to moan about jobs being stolen while most disputable benefits for example through mental health reasons are claimed almost exclusively by Britons. We need to look at ourselves to solve this, voting UKIP solves nothing at all, it will just kill the economy faster and make some quite loathsome politicians richer.
UKIP are no more than a protest vote. Politicians have done a terrible job of explaining the benefits of the EU, the truth is the UK is too small for the world to care about whereas the EU isn't. People sell EU legislation as limiting and stifling, and some of it can be, but some of it means working hours for people like doctors and workers have been set at a reasonable limit to prevent overwork and mistakes. Drop out of the EU and employers will quickly hire 1 person for every 2 they have now, and it will be legal without EWTD. Farage himself is the ultimate hypocrite, claiming Europeans are stealing jobs, whilst employing his German wife as his secretary because he says no British person would be able to do the job. Amazing how that interview got buried. People need to accept that Europeans aren't stealing jobs, before that it was Asians stealing jobs. If someone with no money, no contacts, no family etc manages to get a job over you, maybe you need to look at why that is rather than complaining about the successful applicant's ethnicity. Still plenty of Asians getting jobs despite it being illegal to hire them if there's a suitable European candidate, wonder why that is? The sad truth is a lot of British people would like to moan about jobs being stolen while most disputable benefits for example through mental health reasons are claimed almost exclusively by Britons. We need to look at ourselves to solve this, voting UKIP solves nothing at all, it will just kill the economy faster and make some quite loathsome politicians richer. bobauckland
  • Score: -2

5:10pm Thu 1 May 14

Realist UK says...

bobauckland wrote:
UKIP are no more than a protest vote. Politicians have done a terrible job of explaining the benefits of the EU, the truth is the UK is too small for the world to care about whereas the EU isn't.
People sell EU legislation as limiting and stifling, and some of it can be, but some of it means working hours for people like doctors and workers have been set at a reasonable limit to prevent overwork and mistakes.
Drop out of the EU and employers will quickly hire 1 person for every 2 they have now, and it will be legal without EWTD.
Farage himself is the ultimate hypocrite, claiming Europeans are stealing jobs, whilst employing his German wife as his secretary because he says no British person would be able to do the job. Amazing how that interview got buried.
People need to accept that Europeans aren't stealing jobs, before that it was Asians stealing jobs. If someone with no money, no contacts, no family etc manages to get a job over you, maybe you need to look at why that is rather than complaining about the successful applicant's ethnicity. Still plenty of Asians getting jobs despite it being illegal to hire them if there's a suitable European candidate, wonder why that is? The sad truth is a lot of British people would like to moan about jobs being stolen while most disputable benefits for example through mental health reasons are claimed almost exclusively by Britons. We need to look at ourselves to solve this, voting UKIP solves nothing at all, it will just kill the economy faster and make some quite loathsome politicians richer.
Spoken like a true liberal lefty.
[quote][p][bold]bobauckland[/bold] wrote: UKIP are no more than a protest vote. Politicians have done a terrible job of explaining the benefits of the EU, the truth is the UK is too small for the world to care about whereas the EU isn't. People sell EU legislation as limiting and stifling, and some of it can be, but some of it means working hours for people like doctors and workers have been set at a reasonable limit to prevent overwork and mistakes. Drop out of the EU and employers will quickly hire 1 person for every 2 they have now, and it will be legal without EWTD. Farage himself is the ultimate hypocrite, claiming Europeans are stealing jobs, whilst employing his German wife as his secretary because he says no British person would be able to do the job. Amazing how that interview got buried. People need to accept that Europeans aren't stealing jobs, before that it was Asians stealing jobs. If someone with no money, no contacts, no family etc manages to get a job over you, maybe you need to look at why that is rather than complaining about the successful applicant's ethnicity. Still plenty of Asians getting jobs despite it being illegal to hire them if there's a suitable European candidate, wonder why that is? The sad truth is a lot of British people would like to moan about jobs being stolen while most disputable benefits for example through mental health reasons are claimed almost exclusively by Britons. We need to look at ourselves to solve this, voting UKIP solves nothing at all, it will just kill the economy faster and make some quite loathsome politicians richer.[/p][/quote]Spoken like a true liberal lefty. Realist UK
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Thu 1 May 14

bobauckland says...

Realist UK wrote:
bobauckland wrote:
UKIP are no more than a protest vote. Politicians have done a terrible job of explaining the benefits of the EU, the truth is the UK is too small for the world to care about whereas the EU isn't.
People sell EU legislation as limiting and stifling, and some of it can be, but some of it means working hours for people like doctors and workers have been set at a reasonable limit to prevent overwork and mistakes.
Drop out of the EU and employers will quickly hire 1 person for every 2 they have now, and it will be legal without EWTD.
Farage himself is the ultimate hypocrite, claiming Europeans are stealing jobs, whilst employing his German wife as his secretary because he says no British person would be able to do the job. Amazing how that interview got buried.
People need to accept that Europeans aren't stealing jobs, before that it was Asians stealing jobs. If someone with no money, no contacts, no family etc manages to get a job over you, maybe you need to look at why that is rather than complaining about the successful applicant's ethnicity. Still plenty of Asians getting jobs despite it being illegal to hire them if there's a suitable European candidate, wonder why that is? The sad truth is a lot of British people would like to moan about jobs being stolen while most disputable benefits for example through mental health reasons are claimed almost exclusively by Britons. We need to look at ourselves to solve this, voting UKIP solves nothing at all, it will just kill the economy faster and make some quite loathsome politicians richer.
Spoken like a true liberal lefty.
It's easy enough to dismiss people if you can't counter them. I made several points. Clearly they strike a bit too close to home for some.
Much easier to blame others for everything than take responsibility.

And, again, Farage is just a massive hypocrite, even if people believe in his overblown hyperbole, his own personal circumstances should show he clearly doesn't.
[quote][p][bold]Realist UK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobauckland[/bold] wrote: UKIP are no more than a protest vote. Politicians have done a terrible job of explaining the benefits of the EU, the truth is the UK is too small for the world to care about whereas the EU isn't. People sell EU legislation as limiting and stifling, and some of it can be, but some of it means working hours for people like doctors and workers have been set at a reasonable limit to prevent overwork and mistakes. Drop out of the EU and employers will quickly hire 1 person for every 2 they have now, and it will be legal without EWTD. Farage himself is the ultimate hypocrite, claiming Europeans are stealing jobs, whilst employing his German wife as his secretary because he says no British person would be able to do the job. Amazing how that interview got buried. People need to accept that Europeans aren't stealing jobs, before that it was Asians stealing jobs. If someone with no money, no contacts, no family etc manages to get a job over you, maybe you need to look at why that is rather than complaining about the successful applicant's ethnicity. Still plenty of Asians getting jobs despite it being illegal to hire them if there's a suitable European candidate, wonder why that is? The sad truth is a lot of British people would like to moan about jobs being stolen while most disputable benefits for example through mental health reasons are claimed almost exclusively by Britons. We need to look at ourselves to solve this, voting UKIP solves nothing at all, it will just kill the economy faster and make some quite loathsome politicians richer.[/p][/quote]Spoken like a true liberal lefty.[/p][/quote]It's easy enough to dismiss people if you can't counter them. I made several points. Clearly they strike a bit too close to home for some. Much easier to blame others for everything than take responsibility. And, again, Farage is just a massive hypocrite, even if people believe in his overblown hyperbole, his own personal circumstances should show he clearly doesn't. bobauckland
  • Score: -1

6:02pm Thu 1 May 14

westsi1983 says...

Only comment I would make is how much European money gets spent in South Wales. Where would that money come from if Wales were forced out of Europe by the UK parliament??? Very much doubt Westminster would fill the funding gap!
Only comment I would make is how much European money gets spent in South Wales. Where would that money come from if Wales were forced out of Europe by the UK parliament??? Very much doubt Westminster would fill the funding gap! westsi1983
  • Score: -2

10:12pm Thu 1 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"It's not the vote that counts, but who counts the votes."
Joseph Stalin
"It's not the vote that counts, but who counts the votes." Joseph Stalin Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

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