Posts Tagged ‘local elections’

Council run markets an outstanding success!

April 13, 2015
Tuesday market an outstanding success

Tuesday market an outstanding success

support sound planning policies

support sound planning policies

redevelop the Civic Quarter

redevelop the so-called Civic Quarter

claim credit for Farnborough Tech

claim credit for Farnborough Tech

One has to ask, what are the local Tories on?

First we had Gerald Howarth claiming he had saved The Tumbledown Dick. At best a sick joke.

Now we have Roland Dibbs claiming council run markets an outstanding success.

Try telling that to stallholders who have seen an increase in their pitch fees.

Try telling that to stallholders who have been forced to buy unwanted gazebos, even though they have their own stalls with their own awnings.

Try telling that to stallholders who have pulled out.

The move of Farnborough market to the town centre, is to be welcome, but why was it not done years ago, not leaving the market to die a slow death? And the only reason it has been moved, has not been for either the good of the market or of the town, but to make the land available for greedy developers to make a fast buck.

Local markets a success are not the only ludicrous claims being made by Roland Dibbs and the local Tories.

It is claimed they support local businesses.

Try telling that to the local businesses destroyed when half Farnborough town centre was destroyed.

Try telling that to the local businesses at Firgrove Parade.

Try telling that to the local businesses driven out of The Arcade.

Try telling that to the local businesses suffering because of Wastegate.

Try telling that to the local businesses kicked out of The Arcade.

Try telling that to stallholders who have seen footfall collapse due to crass planning decisions, who have had their pitch fees hiked,and been forced to buy unwanted gazebos.

They claim to support pubs.

We saw that when the local Tories fell over backwards to destroy The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

We saw that when the local Tories stitched up a dirty little behind closed doors deal with McDonald’s.

We had Roland Dibbs claim a police van was parked every night outside The Tumbledown Dick, that once he met two old ladies and they had found two drunk girls in the street, that someone he knew once had a bad meal in The Tumbledown Dick, and for all these reasons he would be supporting the destruction of The Tumbledown Dick.

We still have a Tory councillor gloating over the destruction of The Tumbledown Dick.

The local Tories support sound planning policies.

Decades of bad planning decisions have led to the destruction of Aldershot and Farnborough town centres.

Bad planning decisions led to the destruction of Firgrove Green, with four local businesses facing destruction at Firgrove Parade.

Bad planning decisions led to the destruction of half of Farnborough town centre.

Bad planning decisions led to Wastegate which has laid waste to Aldershot town centre, that drains money out of the local economy.

Development of the so-called Civic Quarter, the green space by the Public Library,  a foregone conclusion.

Er, was this not put put out to consultation?

Local people wish to see the only green space in the town centre retained, designated as a Village Green.

Local Tories wish to see it developed.

With development, there is always the opportunity for backhanders for corrupt councillors and officials.

It is even claimed success for Farnborough Tech.

Farnborough Tech is an independent bums-on-seats business. Farnborough Tech along with other similar bums-on-seats businesses face a very uncertain future, possibly annihilation, with the drastic cuts Tories are planning for Further and Higher Education.

The usual nonsense about Labour destroyed the economy. No, it was the bankers, although George Osborne with austerity is doing an excellent job destroying the economy. It was not the sick, the poor, the disadvantaged, who destroyed the economy, but is is they who are paying the price.

A headline: Working for You All Year Round.

Er no, working for greedy developers and Big Business and two fingers to the local community and small businesses.

Local and European Elections 2014

May 26, 2014
ep2014 projected seats

ep2014 projected seats

Why the surprise at the results? The surprise is the surprise, or maybe we should not be surprised that political commentators and mainstream parties are so out of touch.

Anyone who has an ear to the ground would not be at all surprised at the results.

Ukip have trashed the other parties. Why, because people are sick of the other parties, sick of the EU and want to see tight controls on immigration.

What was disgraceful during the campaign was the smear tactics used against Ukip.

Labour blame failure to tackle Ukip. That was not the problem. The problem is the failure to offer any radical alternative to the hated ConDem government. All Labour offer is Tory Lite. A leader who is incapable of coherent argument, who speaks in meaningless sound bites.

The only party offering a radical alternative is the Green Party. And yet they barely got a look in, thus the public is not aware of their polices: EU referendum, tight controls on immigration, renationalise the railways, no to fracking, safeguard the NHS, a living wage, derail HS2, no second runway at Gatwick, no third runway at Heathrow, tackling of climate chaos …

We could have had an EU referendum during the May elections. Why did we not? Because the outcome is known, a massive NO to EU.

Labour are refusing an EU referendum, which shows arrogant contempt for the people. The position of the Tories little better, sometime in the future in Never Never Land.

The contempt the Tories have for the people was shown when one day after the elections, they made an important announcement on fracking.

It is not only England that seeks a destruction of the EU. It is true in other countries too. The same applies to mass immigration.

In Cyprus, their tourist industry is being destroyed through use of cheap immigrant labour. Cheap Romanians and Bulgarians, who do not speak English who lack any knowledge of Greek let alone Cypriot culture, who make no contribution to the local economy. Side by side with the use of cheap immigrant labour, high local unemployment, reliance upon food banks.

Cyprus and Greece have seen their economies destroyed by the EU.

The EU is corrupt, undemocratic, a tool of big businesses, an attempt by Nazis in the dying days of the Third Reich to create the Fourth Reich.

Break up of the EU is not a left-right issue, it is an issue of democracy and accountability.

LibDems blame their trashing on being willing to take on Ukip. They did not, Nick Clegg came across as a fool, Vince Cable a clown. LibDems are a party entirely lacking in principles. The party whose only interest is power, who will do anything to remain in power, and it is this lust for power that has been their downfall. The party that delivered austerity, Bedroom Tax, a tripling of student fees, massive growth in food banks, workfare, class warfare on poor, disabled, destruction of NHS, hike in rail fares. The LibDems deserve to be wiped out. Nick Clegg will be written in the footnotes as the unprincipled leader of the LibDems who destroyed the party. If Nick Clegg had any decency or integrity left, he would have resigned.

The LibDems are going to be wiped out for a generation, and they deserve to be. And the LibDems cannot pile all the blame on Nick Clegg. They are calling for the sacking of Nick Clegg. They should have ousted him as soon as he sold out the party for a handful of silver. They did not as so they are all tarred with the same brush.

The mainstream media talk of a redrawn four party political scene. Once again they have lost the plot. It is now a five party political scene, with the LibDems as also rans.

In the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor, only two Green candidates stood in the local elections, they only announced they were standing a couple of weeks before the elections, and yet by highlighting the contempt the local council has for local people, they managed a respectable second and third place in the respective seats they challenged. In the Euro elections: UKIP 7712, Tories 6435, Labour 3636, Green Party 1661, Libdems 1491.

There is something else happening, reflected in low turnout out, far more important than elections and political parties and that is the move to a gift economy and collaborative commons. It is slowly, slowly gathering momentum.

Top Story in Sue Searle Daily (Wednesday 28 May 2014).