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Blogger throws support behind Karen Allen

I’ve bumped into The Rogue Economist once or twice (he needs to learn a little more about key words to improve his Google page rank), he’s another South Shields based blogger, and he had this to say on Tuesday:

I have seen King Street go from a place I loved as a kid, T&G Allens, Binns, Woolworths, to a street full of mobile phone stores, pound shops and take out shops!!

Too long has Labour turned it’s back on the North East, especially Miliband our current representative who has a nasty habit of ignoring the very people that voted him in to power!! Perhaps the stronghold is not so strong any more?

In my opinion the only decent representative we have left for South Shields is Karen Allen of the Conservatives and even though some may call me a traitor if we open our eyes, we can see the truth of the matter, Conservative vote for South Shields is the sensible way forward; Labour has destroyed South Shields over the last 13 years, we have to stop the rot now!!

I’m sure she’ll be happy to learn of his support and endorsement, he is not the first to express some concerns at the state of our town centre!

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Written by curly

April 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

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  1. Whilst I have no problem with the well-deserved criticism of Miliband or Labour, what is wrong with mobile phone shops? Surely they are merely reflecting consumer demand and are an indicator of market forces in play, as are the other stores on King Street. As consumers, we get the King Street we deserve.

    With respect to Binns, which seems to be constantly raised as some kind of apocalyptic event, it was House of Fraser who chose to walk away from South Shields due to poor performance and a change in business strategy to move to bigger, modern stores. This happened in 1995, during a Tory government.


    April 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    • Do we really need SIX mobile phone stores within twenty yards of each other?
      Why link Binns, and The House of Fraser to the term of office of a Conservative government, what is your point here?
      If Binns decided they had a need for more modern stores then why are they still trading from their old hulk in Darlington, what is that business strategy about then?


      April 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      • Curly, whether ‘we’ ‘need’ six mobile phone shops is neither here nor there and particularly subjective; they simply meet the requirements of the local economy in providing a superior marginal utility when compared to the possible alternatives. If you think that government, or even Tory policy, should interfere in markets and construct protectionary mechanisms which ensure that only favoured businesses have market dominance, and by what criteria, I would love for you to describe to me how you would see that working.

        With my Tories and Binns comment, simply sauce for the goose. It was the content of the text you posted, and the link to Karen Allen’s blog, which provided the implied context that Labour somehow have failed King Street over the loss of Binns. It’s hypocritical of you to accuse me obliquely of whataboutery when the key point you’re promoting is predicated on a false, even if only implied, assertion.

        With respect to your query about their Darlington store, I suggest you address that to House of Fraser.


        April 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

  2. From one of those 6 mobile Phone stores in King street this week we actually bought a television. It came with a smashing offer for a mobile phone which was part of the deal.

    That meant our new telly that we had saved up for was bought in South Shields.

    Our old telly was just that-old (i.e. nearly 20 years old) so it is really good to see so called one trick pony’s like mobile phone shops diversifying.

    Are you Tories against that sort of thing now Curly?


    April 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    • No, not at all, and I see no plans in the Tory manifesto to radically shake up planning regulations for town centres or interfere with market forces in this matter. This does not negate the fact that South Shields town centre still lacks a variety of choice and on many days when King Street is half empty I can find hardly any room to move in Jarrow or Washington Galleries!


      April 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

      • There are no car parking charges at the Galleries or in Jarrow,could that not be the reason why so many people choose to shop there instead of South Shields.

        Jarrow Pete

        April 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm

  3. Surely Curly as a Tory you believe in market forces so if there is a demand for six mobile phone shops that is the market speaking.

    Before mobile phones became popular it was shoe shops in South Shields that were the target for the cynical.

    As for car parking charges why do people travel in their precious motors to the likes of Washington to avoid paying a couple of quid to park in South Shields when simple economics will tell you that the extra amount of petrol and wear and tear on your cars is a negative.


    April 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

    • Market forces may well be at work, but local councils still have planning powers that affect the type, variety, and quality of retailing allowed in buildings designated for retail trade and use.

      Car parking charges are an issue, and a major reason why customers choose to travel to Jarrow town centre or Washington Galleries, and I can assure you that once there, they will not find half a dozen mobile phone shops within a few yards of each other, or a plethora of charity shops, or even four branches of Greggs as we have in King Street and around the corner in Fowler Street. Can anyone explain why we need four such outlets within a few hundred yards?


      April 18, 2010 at 1:30 am

      • Thank you for clarifying that you think the state should introduce protectionist practices and interfere with competition and free trade through planning laws.

        However, given the success of certain gambling establishments appealing against South Tyneside planning and zoning decisions, the planning rules and powers don’t seem to be as strong as you think they are.


        April 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

  4. heaintheavy

    April 19, 2010 at 12:39 am

  5. Most unlikely, she’s always far too busy to take an interest in politics, her life revolves around being a housewife and a mother.


    April 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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