EU funded think-tank Brexit brochure austerity warning

“The IFS are part of this cosy establishment which desperately wants to keep us in the European Union.”

turkeys17:23 Wednesday 25th May 2016
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

CHRIS MANN: There’s been a mixed response to a report from an economic think-tank suggesting that quitting the European Union could cause two more years of austerity. The Institute for Fiscal Studies accepts that savings would be made if the British people voted to leave in next month’s referendum, but its boss Paul Johnson says that the benefits would be offset with the economy set to shrink.
PAUL JOHNSON: The immediate effect of leaving the EU would be that the Government would have an extra £8 billion or so to spend, money that currently goes to the European Union. But it wouldn’t take very much at all to change in the economy to lose that very quickly, and our best estimate is actually you’d lose quite a lot more than that £8 billion, because the economy would grow less quickly than otherwise.
CHRIS MANN: But the Leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage is questioning the impartiality of the organisation.
NIGEL FARAGE: They take in millions of pounds of money from the European Union. So once again, it’s the same old game, it’s taxpayers’ money being used to tell us what we should think, and what you should do. And frankly the scale of this now is outrageous. The Government and all their friends, taxpayer funded friends, are frankly cheating.
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Huw Jones on the merits of international aid

water_supply11:42 Friday 26th September 2014
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

PAUL STAINTON: Earlier on in the show we were talking to Patrick O’Flynn, who’s the Parliamentary Candidate for UKIP in Cambridge, and we were getting his reaction to what Nigel Farage says, that he wouldn’t support the Government’s plan for air strikes in Iraq when they vote today, and that they’d cut various things in order to support an income tax cut in this country. One of the things they would cut is overseas aid. And listening to that earlier was Huw Jones. He’s the Prospective Labour MP for South East Cambridgeshire. Huw, Patrick got your goat, didn’t he?
HUW JONES: Yes he did. I think it’s a very short-sighted attitude to cut international aid, because essentially we’re buying influence and power at a far better deal than if we send troops in. Had we spent maybe a tenth of the amount we spent on fighting in Afghanistan on nation-building and helping the people there, we’d have friends in that country, rather than the mess, and it would have saved us an awful lot of blood and treasure in the long run.
PAUL STAINTON: Yes. Somebody did make that point earlier, that it’s the way you have to do trade with some countries. You help them out with a bit of aid and they’ll give you a few contracts for airplanes or machinery or whatever.
HUW JONES: I think it’s soft power rather than hard power. It’s a very good way of gaining influence in the world, rather than sending the troops in or sending the bombers in.
PAUL STAINTON: But then again, on the flip-side of that, many of our listeners listening to what Patrick had to say would have been cheering, and saying woop woop. Yes. It’s about time we looked after our own rather than giving money abroad, particularly to India or somewhere like that. Half their population starving and they’re sending people to Mars.
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Nigel Farage On Peterborough

the_stranger08:35 Tuesday 26th March 2013
Bigger Breakfast Show
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

[P]AUL STAINTON: The Leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, told a packed public meeting last night in Suffolk that he was flabbergasted at the immigration problems in Peterborough. His comments came after the Prime Minister David Cameron visited the region to deliver his keynote speech on immigration, saying that Britain will no longer be a soft touch for benefit claimants. Well, our political correspondent from Look East Andrew Sinclair spoke to Mr Farage last night. (TAPE)
ANDREW SINCLAIR: Want to ask you about something else you said tonight. You said you were flabbergasted to go to Peterborough and see ghettos you called them where people don’t speak any English. Continue reading “Nigel Farage On Peterborough”