The EU Referendum question has been announced


  • EU Referendum question announced

    Posted on May 28


  • Voters will be asked if the UK should “remain a member” of the European Union when they go to the polls for the in/out referendum, Downing Street has confirmed. The full text of the question that will be put to the British people will be: ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?’In response UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “It is a simple straightforward, unambiguous question. That much is clear.

    “However that Cameron is opting to give the pro-EU side the positive ‘Yes’ suggests strongly that his negotiations are so much fudge. He has already decided which way he wants the answer to be given, without a single power repatriated”

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Ray Puddifoot – Strong leader, aloof bureaucrat or poor communicator?

Yesterday I highlighted a number of issues in Charville ward in Hayes surrounding potholes, flytipping and lack of grasscutting on this website. Because of the council website constantly flagging up ‘error’ when reported, I wrote the post and as stated sent a link through to relevant people by email to address the problems.

Romney Rd alleyway H3 dumping 2Those people included the three ward councillors, the local MP, the councillor listed as being responsible for heritage and environment and the council leader, Ray Puddifoot MBE.

Below is the email that I sent

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Hillingdon Council – Ignoring the basics?

With my batteries recharged after a busy and exhausting election campaign, I have spent the last week back on familiar territory on the streets of Charville ward in Hayes.

A number of issues had been brought to my attention by residents during the campaign, so I resolved to make sure that these were highlighted to ensure that the council are aware of them and that they are being resolved.

Charville overgrown grass Gainsborough

First up is the state of the grass in public places. You can see from the photo above that large areas are now overgrown and have not been touched at all since the onset of Spring. This is at the junction of Hoppner Road and Gainsborough Road, with the greens on the surrounding roads (Romney Rd and Raeburn Rd) only having been cut in the last week or so for the first time this year – The cut grass is just lying there after being scythed down and has not been cleared up, which many locals contrast with services from ten years ago where the grass was cleared up behind and weeded areas on the pathways treated. It is pertinent to note that such operations used to be carried out by Council employees, where such work is now in many cases farmed out to private contractors.

This is not just happening in Charville – Local residents in West Drayton advised me that Swan Road had only seen it’s first cut in the last fortnight, whilst overgrown verges were also in evidence during my visit to Sipson, Harmondsworth and Cranford yesterday.

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Labour – “paucity of vision and ambition”

The Labour Party has been dragged to accept the inevitable that there will be an In/Out EU referendum in the next two years

Published May 24, 2015


UKIP Leader Nigel Farage: “The Labour Party has been dragged, unwillingly, to accept the inevitable that there will be an In/Out EU referendum in the next two years. But Harman and Benn’s position shows quite how little they have learned from their defeat and how much more they have to learn about the European Union debate in the UK.

“They grudgingly accept that it is the will of the British people to have a say on their future, but they make it clear that they will campaign for an In, whatever the result of Mr Cameron’s negotiations. So in reality this isn’t a conversion to democracy and the facts of the European argument, merely an acceptance of the inevitable. Claims that the EU has kept the peace for 70 years, and that Britain would be in some way barred from trade with the EU nations rebels against all evidence. But they have closed their minds and hearts to evidence.

“Britain’s future as an independent trading nation, making decisions about its own future, engaging with the world and growing in confidence and success will give the people of this country great opportunities and hope. Pre-rejecting those chances as Labour are highlights the

The Labour Party has been dragged to accept the inevitable that there will be an In/Out EU referendum in the next two years


The CBI – Wrong then, wrong now, on Britain’s EU membership

The following article appeared on the website of ‘Get Britain Out’ on 21st May

Their website can be viewed at


Now an In/Out referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is guaranteed by the newly re-elected Prime Minister, David Cameron, it is open season for the Confederation of Business and Industry (CBI) to attempt to scaremonger the public into voting to stay in.

CBI President Sir Michael Rake told BBC News we must not opt for Brexit, in order to ‘retain’ our access to the EU’s Single Market to which we export ‘50% of ours goods’! This is very misleading.

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Heathrow Villages – History on your doorstep

With the sun shining brightly this morning, I decided to show my wife around some of the landmarks in Heathrow Villages

With the ongoing fight against the new runway and the rubbish and pothole issues that are frequently highlighted by our representatives in The Villages, it is good to highlight some of the positive aspects of life in the area and to take some time to look around the sites of historic interest that Heathrow Expansion would blight

The Great Barn, Harmondsworth

Great Barn internal shotReferred to as ‘The Cathedral of Middlesex’, the Barn was constructed in the 16th century and was still a working building up until the late 1970’s.

Restored by English Heritage in conjunction with The Friends of the Great Barn, it was re-opened to the public in April and can now be viewed on the second and fourth Sunday of each month between April and October.

Situated behind the historic St Mary’s Church, my wife and I were treated to a tour by local expert Justine Bayley, who pointed out a number of facts about both the building and it’s reconstruction that highlighted the level of craftsmanship that has enabled the structure to survive for centuries with hopefully many more to come.

For more details on The Barn please visit

The next days available to view are 14th and 28th June

The Barnes Wallis memorial

Barnes Wallis memorial

Just around the corner from The Great Barn is the relatively recent memorial to the famous inventor Barnes Wallis, who developed the revolutionary ‘bouncing bomb’ that RAF Lancasters of 617 squadron used to destroy the Ruhr dams in 1943. The leader of the raid, Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, was one of my boyhood heroes so it was good to see the architect of the raid remembered in this way. Barnes Wallis had previously designed the Wellington bomber, the mainstay of RAF Bomber Command in the early years of World War 2 and went on to play a key role in the development of the Tallboy and Grand Slam weapons that were used to sink the battleship Tirpitz and wreck well fortified underground weapons factories in Germany respectively.

The immaculate state of the memorial is a tribute to local resident Armelle Thomas, who was instrumental in its construction and spends time making sure it is always well kept.

Cranford Park

Cranford Country park sign

Cranford Park is a haven for wildlife and one of the prettiest walks in Hillingdon. Amongst the numerous plant and insect life, the park is also home to such birds as the Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Nuthatch along with birds of prey such as the Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

We kept to the pathways whilst visiting in order to not disturb the nests of the Skylarks, which they build on the ground and are very busy at this time of year.

A number of them were noticeable in the air with their distinctive calls, drowned out only by the noise of the Greater Airbus and Boeing that were in evidence on the flightpath in to Heathrow on a regular basis!

Heathrow Villages have been local communities for centuries, with settlements at the ground where the park now sits dating back to The Bronze Age. Seeing the beauty and the history today makes me more convinced than ever that a Third Runway at Heathrow must be stopped to preserve the area for many generations yet to come.

Cliff Dixon


“The EU is now in a dark and dangerous place”

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  • UKIP spokesman asks, ‘At what point will Sir Mike Rake be ashamed enough to shut up about the EU?’

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    William Dartmouth, UKIP trade spokesman, says questions must be asked about Sir Mike Rake, the EU millions his CBI members soak up, the $2.4bn fine for fraud at the bank of which he is deputy chairman, and his insistence that the euro is a “great success.”
    Press release• William Dartmouth, UKIP spokesman on trade and MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, said: “Sir Mike Rake this week used his position as president of the CBI to tell British business they must ‘turn up the volume’ on the benefits of EU membership, but he did not mention that the biggest of his members, including the BBC, take tens of millions of pounds of hand-outs from the EU institutions.””Worse, within hours of his speech we learned that Barclays Bank, of which he is deputy chairman, was to be fined $2.4bn by the US authorities for fraud in its foreign exchange dealings. But Rake won’t ‘turn up the volume” on how much rigged forex cost British business during the years Barclays was cheating in a $5.3tn a day market.”

    “Rake is the same man who in 2003 called for the UK to join the euro, and even after the 2008 financial crash said: ‘The euro is a great success, and in today’s global economy, the pound is no longer an important currency. If we are not careful, we could become like Iceland in the next financial crisis.'”

    Dartmouth said: “Rake’s judgement on EU matters has been so consistently wrong that one wonders why he does not blush every time someone puts a microphone in front of him.  It remains a mystery how he has the nerve to offer advice to anyone on anything.”

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