Dear Stoke-on-Trent: Here’s what Paul Nuttall really stands for

UKIP's new leader deserves to lose, and lose badly


Upon news UKIP leader and soft-boiled egg Paul Nuttall will be standing in the Stoke-on-Trent Central byelection, voters there might like to know what Nuttall stands for:

  1. Privatisation of the NHS

First and foremost, Nuttall has repeatedly said he favours more privatisation of the NHS. In 2014 he wrote:

“I would like to thank the coalition government for bringing a whiff of privatisation into the National Health Service. […]

I would argue the very existence of the NHS stifles competition.”

In 2011, he said:

“I believe that the NHS is a monolithic hangover from days gone by and […] quite frankly I would like to see more free market introduced into the health service because this is the way we have to go in the long term.”

In 2015 his party ran on a pro-NHS message. But are voters meant to ignore the new leader’s stated opinions?

2. Tougher benefits cap

On the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on December 4, Nuttall said:

“I stood on a manifesto in 2015, a UKIP manifesto which I believe was the best manifesto out of any of the political parties …”

Under ‘welfare’, that manifesto said ‘our common sense approach to benefits includes’:

“Supporting a lower cap on benefits”

It also offered restricting child benefit to ‘new claimant’ parents with two children. How will this go down in Stoke-on-Trent?

3. Tax cuts for the wealthy

His beloved manifesto also backed raising the threshold for the 40 per cent tax rate to £55,000, lifting the personal allowance to £13,000, and the abolition of inheritance tax.

It’s stated ‘longer term aspiration’ was cutting the top rate of tax to 40 per cent, and ‘restoring the personal allowance to those earning over £100,000’.

These policies offer nothing for most voters in Stoke-on-Trent, who are earning around the national average of £20,000. But it would mean less tax money paid by the wealthy minority to fund public services.

(Even scrapping inheritance tax, while popular, benefits only the well-off at the expense of everyone else.)


So there you have it. Nuttall represents the interests of the few against the many – business and the rich against working families and people on benefits. He offers a stick to beat the poor and a carrot to reward the rich.

Couple that with his desire to restrict abortions and bring back the death penalty, the bizarre team he has put together to run UKIP, and of course, his party’s infamous migrant-bashing, and you have a candidate who deserves to lose, and lose badly.

Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13 

See: Meet the UKIPs: Paul Nuttall’s band of merry spokespeople

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6 Responses to “Dear Stoke-on-Trent: Here’s what Paul Nuttall really stands for”

  1. Tony

    Yes, everybody should do what they can to send him packing. I am planning my own efforts now. I hope everybody will do the same.

  2. Russell White

    Couple that with his desire to restrict abortions and bring back the death penalty,…… those are not Captialist v Socialist issues. Stick to points about benefits and tax cuts and people will take your analysis seriously. Go off on a tangent about social liberalism and you lose a lot of working class voters to UKIP. This is why they are growing, because the Left insists upon imposing a line on issues of conscience. UKIP doesn’t even have a policy on abortion or the death penalty, because they should be decided by a referendum, rather than 600 people in parliament.

  3. david tandey

    uKIPs job is to keep the the working masses divided and under control. Working people would be very foolish to trust Nuttall and his far right Cronies.

  4. John SIVORN

    Paul Nuttall has made his true intentions known. If people vote for him they are mad. I live near people who’s very life is dependent on the NHS. Our NHS costs a tenth of the American system per person and has outcome 80% higher. The elite want privatisation so our taxes can be funnelled into their pockets, same as the railways. I dom’the want the American system.

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  6. jo sook

    Direct the attacks at Nutella/ukip. The Lib dems will take some of the protest vote that ukip has been sucking up in recent years 🙂

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