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Rod Harrison (UKIP)

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 28, 2013

Rod Harrison - UKIP

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I HAVE lived and worked in Wadebridge for close on 40 years, first as a dairy herdsman then for many years doing a milk round in the town and surrounding area.

This brought me into contact with a large variety of people, which I always enjoyed.

I found out that serving the public is a sheer joy but occasionally a real challenge.

I am an outdoor man who loves Cornwall and is keen to see its beauty preserved with a thriving farming industry which produces food rather than electricity.

I am a family man, married to Gill, a retired community midwife, and we have one married daughter, Amy, and grandson, Evan, who live nearby.

Gill and I, through our work and church life, know what serving people is all about.

I have been a Methodist local preacher since 1991 and since retiring I enjoy my family, home and garden, work with the Gideons and part of the Cornwall NHS chaplaincy team, working on the hospital wards.

Another important aspect of my life is being on the committee of the local UKIP branch.

I am aware that, if elected, my job as a Cornwall councillor will be to serve, not only the local community, but to be involved in decisions that affect the whole county.

A council exists to serve, and I am ready to play His part.

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  • Mi55y  |  August 29 2013, 2:11PM

    Apologies my comment appears twice. First time it disappeared after 5 minutes so I re-wrote it. Of course, now both are there and I don't know how to delete it. Sorry.

  • Mi55y  |  August 29 2013, 2:08PM

    As a supporter and follower of Rod's campaign, I would like it known there is a mistake on the report above. The last line should NOT say 'I am ready to play His part' it should say 'I am ready to play my part'. Two very different things obviously as it sounds like he is referring to God. Rod might be a local preacher, but him standing for election has nothing to do with his religious beliefs - he believes in UKIP and is passionate about the Cornish community. Goodness knows how this happened and I will refrain from making accusations, but hopefully this appalling mistake will be rectified online at least, ASAP.

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  • Mi55y  |  August 29 2013, 1:58PM

    As a supporter and follower of Rod's campaign I would like it known that there is an error in his report above. It should not say on the final line 'I am ready to play His part'. That makes it sound like he is referring to God. It was meant to say 'I am ready to play my part'. Goodness knows how this happened and I will refrain from making accusations, but as it makes him sound like he is standing due a calling from God I would like it known this is NOT true and he is standing because he believes in UKIP and is passionate about the Wadebridge community. Yes - he is a local preacher but his religious beliefs are not in anyway part of his campaign. Hopefully, the Cornish Guardian will rectify this mistake online at least, ASAP - although it hasn't happened yet!

  • miniman1  |  August 28 2013, 9:47PM

    Sounds like typical Labour- vote for one thing and get something completely different

  • emurfitt  |  August 28 2013, 9:32PM

    Miniman1. As long ago as 1955, Labour MP Herbert Morrison said that if Britain joined the Common Market (as it was called then) it would be "the end of Britain as an independent European state... the end of a thousand years of history" (he should have said 'watershed'). We didn't join until 1973. In 1975 the UK voted to remain a member in a referendum. At the time of the referendum, it was obvious how things would develop. Post-Empire Britain needed a new role and without it we would now be nothing in a world of big players like the US, Russia, China etc. It is a nonsense for people to say they didn't know the Common Market would go on to bigger things. It was staring them in the face. People were telling them. If voters really are so incapable of understanding the issues and weighing up the arguments, a second referendum now would be meaningless.

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  • miniman1  |  August 28 2013, 6:12PM

    emurfit- Sorry but you are WRONG- we voted to stay in the Common Market- which is completely different to what we have now.

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  • emurfitt  |  August 28 2013, 5:14PM

    miniman1. We don't want the money going into the pockets of any rich elite. At the moment, some of it comes to Cornwall which has to be good for Cornish people needing employment. It also goes to other poor regions of the EU where it does most good. Giving local people a say in local policies is a good idea. Out of the EU, and with no EU funding, Cornwall won't be able to afford policies of any kind so it's meaningless. I am no Blairite but the previous Government didn't cause the global economy to collapse and Gordon Brown sensibly kept us out of the Euro zone. UKIP offers nothing new - just more horrors for the poor. For any women reading this, UKIP does not support women's right to equal pay and opportunities in the workplace. As I said, disaffected Tories.

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  • miniman1  |  August 28 2013, 4:20PM

    emurfitt- I think we will have to agree to disagree on the EU - you consider it good business to pay £53 per day membership and get a return of £16 million - I don't. It would probably benefit us more if the money went into the pockets of the British rich elite, as opposed to going into the pockets of the European rich elite. If as you say we have received £1 billion from the EU then we have paid at least 3 times more into it- not a good return in my book. Considering most of the EU nations are on the verge of bankruptcy that does make us one of the better off nations, even though we have never seen food-banks, in these numbers before. The only reason we're not bankrupt is because we didn't join the Euro. As for UKIP being disaffected Tories I for one used to vote Labour, but after the disaster of Blair and Brown who took us into 2 wars and left us with unprecedented debt, I looked for a party with sensible policies. UKIP will give local people a say in local policies, something that i'm sure you will agree is the right thing to do.

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  • josdave  |  August 28 2013, 4:05PM

    emurfitt why does everyone assume that anybody against membership of that shambles the EU is a right wing extremist. I call myself a socialist and there is not enough money around to persuade me to vote Tory but by the same I cannot support Labour who are not very different and as for the Lib Dems well enough said. UKIP gets my vote as the only party committed to getting us out of this mess.

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  • emurfitt  |  August 28 2013, 3:40PM

    Josdave. An early referendum would be the worst possible scenario. Hardly anyone in the UK knows anything about the EU except the nonsensical right-wing propaganda put out in the tabloids and other media. When there is a US presidential election, the British media are full of it. The EU is far more relevant to us, being a member, and we are given no news or information about it whatsoever. So how can the country make a reasoned, informed decision? The answer is it can't. We've already had one referendum on the issue and we voted to stay in. We don't keep voting on the Magna Carta. We accept it and move on. If there must be a referendum, we must first have an unbiased education campaign so that voters understand the issues. As things are, a referendum would be madness.

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