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Thirty years on they still blame Thatcher

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Progress on the ground still slow in South Tyneside

The Leader of South Tyneside Council, Labour’s Iain Malcolm had a piece published in The Shields Gazette setting out his “vision for the future”, which contained this remarkable phrase:

The loss of our traditional manufacturing base, such as coalmines and shipbuilding, hit our local economy hard, In many respects we are still coming to terms with that decline.

Incredible! It is over thirty years since Margaret Thatcher was elected by a thumping majority to institute real change in the British economy and the Labour Party is still blaming that era for their own shortcomings and using it as an excuse for a further increase in council tax. Let us not forget that during the whole of the intervening period we have had a Labour controlled council in South Tyneside thoroughly capable of making their own decisions about the direction of our local economy and regeneration, we have also endured thirteen years of Labour government with Gordon Brown stewarding the national economy. Yet there is no hesitancy on blaming slow progress not on the Labour years of financial incompetence, but on that regular whipping post that they turn to year after year – Margaret Thatcher!

As I survey the massive redevelopment of Sunderland City centre, the totally transformed Gateshead Quays area, the whole new frontage of Newcastle’s Quayside, and the almost total transformation of North Tyneside’s physical and economic landscape, I can’t help wonder why those councils took a “can do” attitude and got on with the job! Not something that we could easily accuse South Tyneside Council of, but at least there have been houses built in Jarrow in the past couple of years on land adjacent to Grange Road which has probably lain vacant since the last war , so things are starting to move.

Really we ought to be glad that Martin Swales, the man responsible for driving the change north of the Tyne, is the new Chief Executive of South Tyneside Council, now he just needs some urgency from Labour’s Cabinet in setting firm faster moving policies for regeneration so that he can play catch up with our neighbours.

However, we could do with less of the finger pointing of blame Cllr. Malcolm, every time you point that finger remember that three fingers point back at yourself.

It does make you wonder if it’s our local Labour Party that is preventing us from breaking free of the past.

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Written by curly

February 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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  1. Wonderful Mr ********- now you are at last stating, in your recent long-winded essay, what the Indepndent Alliance has been saying for so many years, but which you and your buddies in the so-called “Opposition” parties would seem to have ignored or scorned.
    This continuing attempt to negate the work of the Alliance would presumably be for the odd apparent chance to catch a few crumbs from Iaim’s table.
    Might a hint of fresh Spring air be about to clear out the stale air from your shop?
    Incidentally, during my many contacts over several years with the Residents of Horsley Hill Ward, the subject of the anti-social behaviour of dog owners IN NOT PICKING UP THEIR DOGS’ TURDS is a very frequent issue. It’s not a subject about which to be derisive, as confirmed at the recent Justice Seen Justice Done meeting on Thursday.
    Might we see you at our next Alliance meeting? As a GROUP of Independents, our invitation to you still stands.
    Dennis Allsop

    Dennis Allsop

    February 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    • I have no interest in attending your meeting Dennis, at least not until you all jointly and publicly declare your intent to register your “Alliance” with The Electoral Commission, only then can we all have confidence that you can be open and honest enough to open your accounts to full public scrutiny. Perhaps you could have made your comments under the appropriate thread that I had opened, it’s there to see if only you could lift your eyes a little higher.


      February 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm

  2. As usual a supporter of the Indies manages to break the rules over and over again. Why can they not just abide by the decent things that most people do?
    Firstly, there was absolutely no need to name Curly. He writes under the psuedonym of Curly to protect his family. Who do you think you are Mr Allsop?
    Secondly. What does dog mess have to do with the subject written about in the thread? Stick to the point.


    February 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

  3. If any women are tempted to attend Mr Allsop’s meeting they should make sure they are wearing trousers. I’ll say no more.

    I spy

    February 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm

  4. Trigger
    You have been very silly. Curly was identified when he wanted publicity re the article listed below, courtesy of the Shields Gazette. He didn’t want his ID protected then, so why now?
    So why blank out his name on Allsop’s post?
    So don’t blame the Alliance, and lets have some accurate blogging for a change.

    As for the invitation to the meeting, what are you afraid of Curly, surely not your light weight convictions?

    Without the requirements of an official membership list, even Iain Malcolm could attend one of their meetings.

    Surely your better than him? (I know you are)

    Raj Sengild

    March 1, 2010 at 12:06 am

    • Mr. Sengild,

      please get your facts right, I did not seek the publicity of the Shields Gazette, they sought me after reading the article in my blog, your comments are also totally off topic, rather like the Independent Alliance. You are yet another who would rather see individuals pressured at political party meetings rather than left to seek information via the internet at home or work, or via letter to The Electoral Commission. If your party has nothing to hide then why do they continue to avoid the Commission like the plague?


      March 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

  5. How can you expect things to get done and improve around here when council meetings take an age while they talk about dog shit instead of getting on with new ideas.

    Doctor Feelgood

    March 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

  6. Obvious, Doctor Feelgood. This IS a new idea for the Indies – I think it is the ONLY new idea they have ever had. They call it REGENERATION.


    March 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

  7. I’m beginning to think that their ideas about regeneration involve getting their sons and daughters on to the council Trigger!


    March 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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