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Gerald Howarth: Who is he acting for?

January 23, 2015
Gerald Howarth not a record to be proud of

Gerald Howarth not a record to be proud of

Gerald Howarth not a record to be proud of

Gerald Howarth not a record to be proud of

Gerald Howarth is Member of Parliament for Aldershot (the constituency also includes Farnborough).

Would people vote for him if they knew who he acts for, that he abuses his position for nice little earners on the side?

Howarth is a long-time supporter of McDonald’s. He compares their service with that which he provides. He appears to saying he provides a junk service. Not a viewpoint many of his constituents would wish to disagree.

He claims to have Saved the Tumbledown Dick, a c 1720s coaching inn, one of the few remaing historical buildings in Farnborough. His claim to have Saved The Tumbledown Dick would surprise and has surprised the local community, as The TumbeDown Dick has been destroyed for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s. Why? Because Howarth did a dirty little back door deal behind the back of the local community with McDonald’s to destroy for a Drive-Thru. The dirty little deal that had been cooked up with McDonald’s, was then rubber-stamped by the local planning committee, pushed through by officials on a pack of lies.

A 2009 local health survey showed a rise in obesity in young children.

Apart from his salary and his nice little earners on the side, Howarth has claimed over £500,000 in expenses in the current parliamentary session.

He has two homes, at taxpayers expense. From Farnborough, it is a 36 minutes commute by train to Waterloo (a little longer from Aldershot), a short pleasant walk along the banks of the River Thames to the Houses of Parliament to his place of work (if you can call the pantomime of Westminster a place of work).

Many of his constituents, have a daily commute into London, there are people who are commuting to Gatwick Airport, working unsociable hours for minimum wage.

MPs recently voted themselves an 11% pay rise when most people have seen their wages frozen or cut and those on benefits have seen a cut. But not satisfied with his salary and expenses, and two homes, all at our expense, Howarth has nice little earners on the side.

Howarth claims a nice little earner from pay day loan sharks. Is it possible to sink any lower than to act for pay day loan sharks? Acting for pay day loan sharks, just one of many nice little earners on the side.

Hospitality from Japan Tobacco International (JPI).

Smoking kills. Howarth regularly opposes any curbs on the tobacco industry.

Howarth receives ‘sponsorship’ from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bahrain.

Bahrain is one of the most repressive regimes in the world. They recently brutally repressed pro-democracy activists with the help of another brutally repressive regime, Saudi Arabia. The Saudis bastardise women, recently held down and beheaded a woman in the street, a blogger who established a forum to discuss political issues, has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and has already received 50 lashes.

Should a member of the British Parliament be receiving money from a foreign power, let alone a repressive regime like Bahrain?

Howarth acts for McDonald’s, pay day loan companies, defence contractors, tobacco industry, repressive foreign regimes. Is this really the sort of person we wish to see in parliament, irrespective of the party they belong to?

Election to Parliament, is not the opportunity to climb aboard a gravy train, to get snouts in the trough, to act for Big Business. But for some it clearly is.

It is time to get dirty money out of politics.

We need more Members of Parliament like Caroline Lucas (Green Party Member for Brighton), who actually acts for the people who elected her, not acts for Big Businesses, who do not see a parliamentary seat as an opportunity to climb aboard a gravy train, to get snouts in the trough.

Howarth voted against the Right of Recall. It is easy to see why. He considered it to be step too far for democracy, illustrating once again the contempt he has for the local electorate.

There are homeless people sleeping in abandoned shop doorways in Aldershot town centre. Has Howarth ever popped by for a chat, enquired about their circumstances, offered to help, offered to pop in Caffe Macchiato and bring back a few coffees, maybe something to eat?

Special thanks to Watching Rushmoor for their excellent research into the unsavoury activities of Gerald Howarth.

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Gerald Howarth Saves The Tumbledown Dick

January 14, 2015
Gerald Howarth serves a Big Whopper

Gerald Howarth serves a Big Whopper

The Tumbledown Dick demolition

The Tumbledown Dick demolition

Gerald Howarth must think the local community stupid if his latest Big Whopper is anything to go by.

What can only be seen as an insult to the intelligence of local people, Gerald Howarth claims to have Saved The Tumbledown Dick.

Really, in that case it must be an illusion that it has been demolished, the oldest part demolished, the internals gutted, leaving only most but not all of the front façade intact.

And for what, a Drive-Thru McDonald’s, when there is a Drive Thru only a mile up the road.

The stomach churning stench from McDonald’s is not the only stomach churning stench coming from The Tumbledown Dick.

This is the same Gerald Howarth who did a dirty behind closed doors deal with McDonald’s to destroy Tumbledown Dick, then blatantly lied he had saved.

First he made much of the historic importance of The Tumbledown Dick. The same Gerald Howarth whose track record was to back all the way the destruction of Farnborough town centre, even going so far as to call one retailer whose livelihood was at stake to tell him he could not understand what he was complaining about. Then having emphasised the historic importance of The Tumbledown Dick, he does a dirty little back-door deal with McDonald’s to destroy The Tumbledown Dick. Then having bragged at the rubber-stamping of his sleazy little deal, he has the gall to blatantly lie that he Saved The Tumbledown Dick. You could not make it up if you tried.

Far from Saving The Tumbledown Dick, Gerald Howarth was instrumental in its destruction. Without any consultation with the local community, Howarth engaged in a sleazy back door deal with McDonald’s to destroy a c 1720s coaching inn.

What else doe Howarth get up to?

Serving up a Big Mac and fries. Serving Big Whoppers seems to be a bad habit.

Howarth compares the service he provides with that of McDonald’s:

I myself have 75,000 constituents who I serve and I do that in a similar that McDonald’s approaches its customers.

In the infamous McLibel trial more than a decade ago, the barrister acting for McDonald’s admitted in court they serve junk food.

Is this an implicit admission by Howarth that he provides a junk service? The local community that fought hard to save The Tumbledown would not wish to disagree.

It takes a low life specimen of humanity to act for a pay day loan shark.

Howarth did however have his five minutes of fame, acting as handbag carrier for the Iron Lady.

Howarth opposed the Right of Recall, the right of constituents to dismiss their Member of Parliament. It is easy to see why, turkeys do not vote for Christmas.

Gerald Howarth is a prime example of why people have nothing but contempt for politicians.

It is time to get dirty money out of politics.

Not though only Gerald Howarth.

Vile local trolls did their best to sabotage the campaign, one persistent troll, a public disgrace as a county councillor, posted misinformation, displayed ignorance of planning matters, posted abuse and eventually had to be blocked from posting comments.

Gerald Howarth serves a whopper

Gerald Howarth serves a whopper

Hypocrite: Sir Gerald Howarth MP

October 3, 2013

One of the few buildings in this part of Farnborough of architectural interest. — Sir Gerald Howarth MP

I think it would be a tragedy to sweep it away and replace it with some ghastly modern building. — Sir Gerald Howarth MP

The role of a Member of Parliament, once elected, is to act for his or her constituents, irrespective of party allegiance or how they casted their votes.

When The Wheatsheaf in Tooting Bec was under threat by Tesco, Sadiq Khan MP held a meeting with the boss of Tesco and persuaded them to pull out of the deal. He then persuaded the pubco to keep Tooting Bec as a pub.

So what did Gerald Howarth do, especially in light of his recorded comments? Did he fight for The Tumbledown Dick in Farnborough, as Sadiq Kahn did for The Wheatsheaf in Tooting Bec?

Er no. Gerald Howarth did nothing. Actually he did worse than nothing, it would have been better if he had done nothing.

Gerald Howarth went behind the backs of the local community and cut a back-door dirty little deal with McDonald’s whereby McDonald’s would demolish The Tumbledown Dick and replace with a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

These were the plans McDonald’s then submitted to the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor as a planning application, these are the plans the planning department of the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor is recommending that councillors approve at their planning meeting on 9 October 2013 (council offices, 7pm Wednesday 9 October 2013).

Objections from over 590 people ignored.

Over 5000 signatures on a petition ignored.

Many people who told Gerald Howarth no to McDonald’s ignored.

Planning grounds ignored:

  • on a busy dual highway adjacent to a major junction
  • demolition of a local building of historical importance
  • obesity
  • pollution
  • traffic generation
  • litter
  • antisocial behaviour
  • draining money out of local economy

Gerald Howarth may not act for the local community, but he does an excellent job pimping for unsavoury companies including McDonald’s, payday loan companies, arms dealers flogging weapons to repressive regimes …

Gerald Howarth dislikes his constituents so much that he blocks them from posting on his facebook page, but he was pleased to use it to tell the handful of people who bother to read (he has few facebook friends) that he was looking forward to the Tory shindig in Manchester as an opportunity to meet up with cronies and to promote a meeting of right wing nutters.

He obviously does not understand how social media or social networks works.

– social –> interaction

– network –> many to many

But then that would imply he was interested in the views of his local constituents, let alone representing them.