Debt under Labour

March 25th, 2010 No comments


A picture can tell more than a thousand words.

Labour has always been the party of tax and spend, and this one is no different, just on a larger scale.

The debt spree has cost us more than the second world war!

It doesn’t stop here of course, as the Chancellor is forecasting to borrow several 100 billions more in the next 3 years.

We urgently need to get rid of this Government before the country is brought completely to its knees.  I only hope that voters will see through the latest budget and appreaciate the true scale of the problem, and sheer lack of action.

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White lines for Telford & Wrekin

March 20th, 2010 No comments

The condition of the borough’s white lines has long been a personal gripe of mine.  The good news is that I have been able to do something about it.  We are out to tender on a contract to re-paint nearly 30% of the lines in the Borough, we have around 1,000 km of lines so around 300km will be repainted starting in June 2010.

That should all being well mean a noticeable difference for residents.

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Getting the roads sorted

March 15th, 2010 No comments

We are making great progress with our new roads program.  The previous administration badly neglected the painting of our roads, and this is significant factor in the impression that the roads themselves are in a bad condition.

Often the roads are not in that bad a technical condition but the signs and lines let them down, that said of course the roads are also in a generally poor state and even with our greatly increased spending its going to take 10 years or more to get them back to a proper condition.

There will also be a significant surface dressing program.  Previously the technical condition had been so bad we only had funds for the very worse roads, and that meant that many wards such as College got almost nothing.  Fortunately that will now change.

Show your disgust with Scotland

August 23rd, 2009 No comments

I have decided to cancel my Bank of Scotland Credit Card in protest at the release of the Lockerbie Bomber, its only a token gesture, but I am writing to the Bank and the Leader of the Scotish Parliament stating that I hope that others will follow and cancel holiday trips to Scotland and make other protests.

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Letter from FBI director on the Lockerbie Bomber release

August 22nd, 2009 No comments

 I think this letter sums up very well the feelings of so many people in the UK and USA.

Gordon Brown has lost the plot. 

Dear Mr. Secretary:

Over the years I have been a prosecutor, and recently as the Director of the FBI, I have made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors, since only the prosecutor handling the case has all the facts and the law before him in reaching the appropriate decision.

Your decision to release Megrahi causes me to abandon that practice in this case. I do so because I am familiar with the facts, and the law, having been the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the investigation and indictment of Megrahi in 1991. And I do so because I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of “compassion.”

Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law. Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation, the conviction by jury after the defendant is given all due process, and sentence appropriate to the crime, the terrorist will be freed by one man’s exercise of “compassion.” Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder and even though neither he nor the government of Libya ever disclosed the names and roles of others who were responsible.

Your action makes a mockery of the emotions, passions and pathos of all those affected by the Lockerbie tragedy: the medical personnel who first faced the horror of 270 bodies strewn in the fields around Lockerbie, and in the town of Lockerbie itself; the hundreds of volunteers who walked the fields of Lockerbie to retrieve any piece of debris related to the breakup of the plane; the hundreds of FBI agents and Scottish police who undertook an unprecedented global investigation to identify those responsible; the prosecutors who worked for years–in some cases a full career–to see justice done.

But most importantly, your action makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own on December 21, 1988. You could not have spent much time with the families, certainly not as much time as others involved in the investigation and prosecution. You could not have visited the small wooden warehouse where the personal items of those who perished were gathered for identification–the single sneaker belonging to a teenager; the Syracuse sweatshirt never again to be worn by a college student returning home for the holidays; the toys in a suitcase of a businessman looking forward to spending Christmas with his wife and children.

You apparently made this decision without regard to the views of your partners in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Although the FBI and Scottish police, and prosecutors in both countries, worked exceptionally closely to hold those responsible accountable, you never once sought our opinion, preferring to keep your own counsel and hiding behind opaque references to “the need for compassion.”

You have given the family members of those who died continued grief and frustration. You have given those who sought to assure that the persons responsible would be held accountable the back of your hand. You have given Megrahi a “jubilant welcome” in Tripoli, according to the reporting. Where, I ask, is the justice?

Sincerely yours,

Robert S. Mueller, III

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Unemployment figures shocking

August 20th, 2009 No comments

Unemployment continues its upward progress, what the Labour Party never admit is that unemployment is a lagging indicator, ie its a result of the economic conditions in the past not the present. 

doleThey also make a lot out of “Maggies Millions” but if you look carefully at the graph and recall the Winter of discontent prior to 1979 you can see that the peak of 3m unemployed in 1983 was a result of the previous economic policies in place.

Unfortunately for the country the same thing is now happening again.  Unemployment is shooting upwards, but its going to only reach a peak some 12 or 18 months after the next election.

Looking at the trend, and knowing that the national budget will have to be brought back into balance, then its likely that unemployment will peak at 4.5 – 5millions.  That absolutely shocking and the blame lies squarely on Gordon Browns Shoulders. 

The good news is that I am confident that Mr Cameron will be able to sort out the mess, though its going to be a slow and painful process.

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Browns got it wrong on Bermuda

July 29th, 2009 No comments

As usual Gordon Brown has got it wrong, this time its the lack of dialogue with the Government of Bermuda over the 4 guantanamo bay immigrants. Bermuda is one of the few remaining British Colonies and as such we are responsible for foreign matters.bermuda2

What seems to be happening is that the British Government is pushing the colony to move towards independence, which is not what 70% of the population want, but it is what their current Prime Minister wants and Gordon Brown.

Yesterday was the 400th Anniversary of the discovery of the island, and should have been a time for celebration with the Queen visiting etc – but Gordon doesn’t like Royalty and anything connected with Colonial times, just another mess up.

I love Bermuda having been on holiday – its such a shame to see our relations falling apart.

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Tom Biggins

July 28th, 2009 No comments

tom-biggins I am very glad to work with Tom Biggins, I know he will be a great MP for Telford and a complete breathe of fresh air. He is doing great work in the area, and is putting in 100% effort.

Tom has a website aimed at helping his campaign to be the next Telford MP I am glad to have helped in its creation.

Tom is a born-and-bred Shropshire man, and finds it a great honour to be chosen as Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Telford. He is determined to fight for your interests on all local issues and to be a strong voice for Telford now and in the future.

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Phoenix school Dawley Telford

July 28th, 2009 No comments


Its always a priviledge to serve in Andrew Eades Cabinet – but I was particular grateful of being able to tell the head of Phoenix school in Dawley that his school is being rebuilt.  Its nothing short of a disgrace to see how this school was left in such a poor state by the previous administration.

The building appears to date from 1960 and is totally unsuitable for the 21st Century if it every was suitable for the 20th.  Very little resource ever seems to have found its way into Dawley – I just can’t understand what the labour lot were doing for the last 30 years. They really ought to be ashamed of themselves. Still I suppose very few of them if any ever bothered to visit to see the reality of Dawley.

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Lord Mandelson failing working class

July 28th, 2009 No comments

Lord Mandelson today claimed that Universities must recruit more working-class students to justify an increase in tuition fees.

This is a really poor show to say the least – the Government has got it wrong again and is trying to pass the buck to David Cameron Cabinet in waiting.

University education is already understandard and too expensive, we need better standards before higher fees, in the current financial climate the last thing students need is higher fees.  Pandering to the working classes isn’t going to work especially when you ask them to pay more!