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National Politics

  • Article: Dec 2, 2017

    So David Davis tries to pretend he has a negotiation plan by redacting sections of the Government's Brexit papers. There's no plan. And the cover up is to mask the predicted damage that Brexit will do to this country (and already is doing). We know it's not too late to exit Brexit, and the polls are casting doubt on the Referendum result now voters undertand what's at stake. Common sense must prevail, and not pride. It must for the sake of our children.

  • Article: Dec 2, 2017

    So the UK economy will grow less than 2% in each of the next 5 years (OBR figures). No surprise there. A lack of investment in training and technology is to blame but add to that a serious disruption of trading relations with its main trading partners, and you've got a really big problem. I can see the cracks appearing in the two main parties leading to chasms and further instability and incompetance. We'll see if the voters find this particularly agreeable...........

  • Article: Dec 2, 2017

    Morgan Stanley, the US investment bank have said that Corbyn becoming PM is a much more dangerous prospect than the outcome of Brexit. Nationalising rail, water, mail etc could lead to a recession and a 32% crash in the FTSE 100. The Square Mile is gripped with fear, wondering what the Marx Brothers - Corbyn and Mcdonnell - might do. And another election, likely in the latter part of 2018, makes this risk ever more likely. We must not allow this to happen. Let's get our candidates in place now laying the ground work, and readying themselves for next year.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2017

    I noticed from the town plan a couple of statements on building better beginnings for our young people - this must be applauded. What is missing, however, is a drive on raising GCSE grades and students making at least 'Good' progress. This must be one of the most importnat aspects of securing a bright future for our children. Without good grades, young people's pathways will be blighted. And I noticed that alot of the statements in the Council Plan (middle pages of Hartbeat) are quite wooly, and are not really 'impact' statements that can be measured. Which is just as well, because if you think you are not going to achieve them, then there's no point being held acoountable for them.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2017

    All is rosy in Hartlepool (evidently). We see from the latest Hartbeat that the Labour run Council has big plans for the town. And I do wish them well - I really do. I want Hartlepool to prosper and if I thought their plans would come to fruition I would be a happy man. But we all know, from experience, that they very often don't, and that things aren't rosy; crime is rife, unemployment rampant, child poverty out of control etc, etc. We have already waited along time for all the regeneration projects promised. We need a shake up and replace some of our Councillors with those better suited to actually carrying a plan out and getting things done. Labour's Hartbeat propaganda plans are slowing and will soon need resuscitating (by the Lib Dems!).

  • Article: Sep 13, 2017

    On the Hartlepool Post Kev Plumb notes - Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council, welcomed the move (to remove the cap).
    He said: "Public sector workers are long overdue a pay rise and the pay cap should be lifted across all public sector workers.
    "The success of the council is dependent on our staff and they should be rewarded such with a rise to bring them in line with other sectors.
    "However, it's important that the Government provides the public sector with the appropriate additional funding to pay for any pay rises, otherwise it would only jeopardise services and jobs further."

  • Article: Sep 12, 2017

    If only the Labour run Council had its house in order, we wouldn't need to be taking more money from already cash strapped budgets. The Leadership have let us down, especially some of the most vulnerable in the town who will suffer most. But that's what happens when you lavish money on vanity projects and not on basic services. The town needs a new Leader. The time has come.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2017

    Evidently, Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher has bought himself a new (2017 registered) BMW with personailsed number plate. Now there's a good example of solidarity with the people of Hartlepool. And it will be our taxes that pay for part of it, through the whopping 31% increase (and not far short of £10K allegedly) the Akers-Belcher household got courtesy of their Labour Councillors voting in favour of it. Now let's just think about it - 31% increase for the Council Leader, and 31% of our children living in poverty..................just doesn't add up.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2017

    There's a leaflet doing the rounds which tries to highlight how successful the Labour run Council has been. It actually does the opposite. Any one who bothers to read it will be able to see through the numbers. What we want to know is how they are bringing down the disgraceful unemployment rate, or tackling the lack of progress many of our children are making at school, or the totally unacceptable child poverty in the town. But that wouldn't be possible because it's not happening. If you want to take the credit, you must also take the blame.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2017

    There has been a pact of silence on Brexit between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. It is one of the most cynical acts of political collusion between the two larger parties in a generation. Strip away the contrast in tone and the differences in language and a striking reality emerges: both the Conservative and Labour positions on Brexit are now more or less identical. Pull Britain out of the Customs Union and the Single Market. Abruptly bring an end to freedom of movement. Deny the people any chance to decide on the final deal. They are in total agreement.

    With average earnings growth failing to keep up with prices, consumers are already beginning to feel the Brexit squeeze. Price rises have hit energy bills, petrol, and clothes. It's enough to make anyone need a fortifying glass of wine - but last week it was reported that the average price of a bottle of wine has hit its highest price ever.

    No deal would, according to the Treasury, mean a loss of £45bn a year. To put this in perspective, £45bn is more money than the entire schools budget for England. To plug a gap like that in the public finances you would either need to raise the basic rate of income tax by 10 pence in the pound, or to make cuts to public services and the salaries of those who work for them on an unimaginable scale. This is what Theresa May means when she casually threatens to walk away from the negotiating table. No deal isn't a cuddly alternative to a poor deal. It's far worse. It's a disaster for Britain."

    The Treasury figures are an indictment of the central objective of Theresa May's negotiating strategy - to walk away from Margaret Thatcher's Single Market. This decision alone carries a long-term price tag of £16bn a year. For that money, you could give every hospital in the UK a £12m cash injection, or provide the average school with an extra half a million pounds.