Property investor Andrew Perloff
A Ukip donor has called for an English referendum on ejecting Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. Property investor Andrew Perloff, chairman of Hertfordshire-based real estate firm Panther Securities, said Scotland’s rejection of independence came as no surprise given that UK taxpayers “contribute £1,600 per year per person… to these malcontents”. Under the heading “chairman’s ramblings” in Panther Securities’ interim results, Perloff said: “We have just had the result of the Scottish referendum which appears as a resounding Yes to the union 55% in favour to 45% against. “I do not know why the result would have been in doubt. “Why would any faction of a social club resign when all the other members contribute £1,600 per year per person to their particular faction and have been further browbeaten to offer further incentives to these malcontents? “Perhaps now the English can have a referendum as to whether we wish to keep the Scots in and whilst we are at it, the Irish and Welsh as well! Why should the Scots have a one-way bet?” Panther Securities, which recorded pre-tax profits of £3,235,000 in the six months to June, has donated £17,500 to Ukip.
The interim report states: “At our Annual General Meeting held on 18 June 2014, the resolution I submitted to donate £17,500 to the UK Independence Party was hotly debated. The voting went to a poll resulting in the resolution being passed.” In the wake of the historic vote, Ukip leader Nigel Farage demanded that Scottish MPs immediately give up their right to debate or vote on devolved English issues in Westminster. Farage wrote to 59 Scottish MPs asking them to commit to ending their involvement in England-only policies, saying: “We’ve had a lot from Scotland but the tail cannot go on wagging the dog any longer.”
As the prime minister continues to face the difficult prospect of fulfilling promises he vowed in the lead up to the referendum in a desperate bid to appease Scottish voters disillusioned by the British Government, Farage has accused the PM of ignoring England to mollify the Scots. Farage said Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband were “so lackluster” in the early part of the referendum campaign that they “panicked and made a series of promises on behalf of the English – one, to devolve more powers, but secondly they made a promise to maintain the Barnett Formula whereby the UK taxpayer spends £1,600 more on every Scot than on every English person. “Throughout this whole devolution period [England] really have been the poor relation, we’ve been ignored.” The Ukip leader called for an open constitutional convention, saying “let’s find a fair proper way to have a federal United Kingdom, where all four parts of the country are happy that they’ve got a fair deal.” “England needs a voice, England demands a voice,” he said.
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A walk in my home city
In a fair and open Democracy we must understand the views of others, the Orange Order will be doing parades all over Scotland in the coming days and in my City Edinburgh also. I have never seen an orange walk in my life. For people who don’t know it is a walk of solidarity with people true to the British Union. Opinions will be different, mine is, in a free Scotland, why allow British Nationals to do British Orange Order walks? I am all for an open democracy but my fear here is that the coming walks will cause trouble, a lot of trouble. Yes Campaigners have walked and gathered all over Scotland so I guess it’s only fair the other side get to show why they want to be in the Union. I just hope the date is not with hate
THE Orange Order’s anti-independence campaigning has support from within the Labour Party, a leading Northern Ireland politician has claimed.
The DUP’s Sammy Wilson said one Scots Labour MP told him he was grateful to “see the Lodge on the street” in the weeks and months running up to the September 18 poll .
Just days before tens of thousands of Orange Order members take to Edinburgh’s streets opposing Scottish independence, the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland’s most senior official, Dr David Hume, has claimed it would be “failing in its democratic duty” if it did not stage a Referendum rally.
Meanwhile, former director of communications for the Ulster Unionist Party Alex Kane said he still believed voters would return a No vote “despite rather than because of the efforts of Better Together”.
The Herald’s final Scotland Decides supplement, published tomorrow, features the views of several prominent figures within Northern Ireland’s Unionist community on the Referendum.
One of the pivotal figures in the establishment of Sinn Fein as a political force also explains why Irish Republicans have stayed largely silent on the issue.
In the run-up to Saturday’s Orange Rally, Better Together has insisted the organisation will “never” be part of its operation, with some fearing the march could backfire and boost Yes.
East Renfrewshire Labour MP Jim Murphy said previously the march “shouldn’t go ahead”.
But Mr Wilson said: “In Scotland your biggest pro-Union party is Labour, some of whom are very socialistic indeed. You could say there’s no affiliation politically with our brand of unionism. But the lowest common denominator is we appreciate we’re better off in the Union. One Labour MP told me ‘Sammy, I’ve never been so glad to see the (Orange) Lodge on the street’.”
A Labour source said some within Better Together could see the parade as valuable in mobilising No – those in areas where the organisation is strong and who do not routinely vote.
Dr Hume said: “If people vote Yes we’ll have to accept their democratic will.
“In this democratic debate it would be to negate responsibility not to engage because they (those taking part in Saturday’s parade) have views and outlooks.
“The bottom line is that these people are citizens and tax payers who follow political debates and are engaged in their local communities.”
Mr Kane said: “David Cameron has had the opportunity to be Prime Minister of the entire UK. Issues come and go irrespective. But the big family, the cultural, historic, social and common values have rarely figured. The message could be ‘we’ll survive, there will be hardships but we’ll have different type of relationship and identity’.”
DUP senior policy advisor Lee Reynolds added: “It was clear from the last Scottish Parliament elections the SNP have key strengths. Better Together either didn’t identify these strengths or is not managing to tackle them anywhere near as effectively as is required.”