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Unborn children at risk from Miliband

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david milibandDeficit denier continues with give away mentality.

Kelly Kane and her partner Dave Hall are in an unfortunate position, unlucky, but not catastrophic, with a bit of guile, common sense, and intelligent planning they could manage to do what thousands of Sanddancers have managed to do over the last century, and that is to nurture and bring up children – even when faced with the upheaval of having to negotiate stairs!

South Shields has had a good 50% of its land covered by terraced properties for at least the last hundred years, thousands of families have given birth to children, and brought them up as model citizens in upper flats, and even in more modern times hundreds continue to raise families in communal blocks and maisonettes, just what is it that makes this couple think that the job is that difficult? What is it that gives them some sort of feeling of entitlement to better conditions that they have not worked for?

For those others amongst us, we managed to squeeze past prams stored behind front doors at the bottom of stairs, others resorted to a trip to Halfords, B&Q, or even one of the multitude of Pound shops in King Street to procure a bicycle lock and pressed it into service to immobilise a pram in a communal block! Yet this couple feel they ought to be rehoused on the grounds that they may not be able to manage a flight of stairs with a baby – get real folks, this is not a hardship! The unborn child is at no greater risk than any other of the last four generations in this town.

However, we are all at risk from stupid politicians who don’t have the “bottle” when courting popularity, to tell their constituents the plain hard faced truth that their plight is neither unusual or exceptional, and that they have no automatic right to expect the council tax payer to help out by finding a new home for them. I refer to the “geeky” David Miliband:

“I would be grateful if you would look at it again, as I know Ms Kane has concerns about her safety and that of the baby if she has to manage the stairs on her own.

“I know the council is limited in what homes they can offer due to the criteria, but I would be grateful if you could look at this case again – to ensure that Ms Kane and her child have a decent quality of life.

“Is it possible for Kelly and David to be referred to other housing associations in South Tyneside by South Tyneside Homes?”

My guess is that Miliband has never done a Matthew Parris and lived in an upper flat, nor has he appreciated the fact that thousands of South Shields’ children have been brought up safely in such conditions, the former Foreign Secretary is still stuck in the Socialist dreamland where tax payer’s cash never dries up and we can continue to keep giving and giving even when the pot of cash runs dry. Despite having been a major player in a government that has saddled our grandchildren with £1.5 trillion of debt he seems incapable of realising the consequences of his thought processes, he seems to be in “deficit denial” and still believes it is possible for people to benefit where there is little entitlement to publicly funded support. Miliband needs to show more responsibility, particularly as he wishes to become the Leader of the Opposition, after thirteen years of waste a little more of the same is not what the doctor has ordered to help the rest of us!

Any South Tyneside politician or council officer who acquiesces to Miliband’s ill considered gesture ought to have their bare backsides publicly flogged under the Old Town Hall in South Shields Market Place, they should be used to make an example, and if this gesture itself was to bear a public expense then I’d gladly contribute a fiver towards the cost, and I bet a few hundred others would join me to witness the event. To continue to throw public resources at non existant “problems” should be viewed as a crime, and one which adds to the risks of the unborn children of the next two generations as they struggle to cope with the economic mess left behind by the architects of Labour’s follies.

As for Kelly and David, they need to be firmly told that there is no inherent risk in bringing up children in a block of flats, they should take a walk around Slake Terrace, Cleveland Court, Anderson Street, etc. and talk to a few other families to find out how it is done!

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Written by curly

September 18, 2010 at 9:06 am

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  1. I fully support your notion that people can, and do, raise their children in flats. However, looking between the lines, I wonder if this is more a case of a couple who have found themselves living in a flat with bad neighbours, who don’t keep the place clean, and have rottwieler wandering around. It would be wrong to highlight this couple without knowing the full circumstances. This may be a case of South Tyneside Homes having to clamp down on anti social neighbours rather than anything else, if so the couple have my sympathy. In the ‘Golden Age’ of terraced housing (if ever there was one) there seemed to be a sense of togetherness, I’m not sure how evident that is today. Otherwise, I’m in full agreement with you.


    September 19, 2010 at 10:27 am

  2. I’m no great fan of David Miliband, but all I see here is an MP trying to intercede to improve the life of his constituents. His job.

    It’s nice to see the old ‘flog em’ of compassionate Conservatism is still alive and well though.


    September 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

  3. Come, come Brian, sort out the dog problem and the cleanliness if need be, but there is no need to tie up officers’ time in attempting to sort out a housing problem which barely exists. MPs need to learn to take a more firm stance from time to time…..surely?


    September 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm

  4. I don’t think it’s a big deal, this is what council housing staff get paid for after all. David Miliband asking them to reconsider or find an alternative is no different in principle to him asking the local NHS to reconsider a cancer treatment for someone, even if there’s little evidence it will work.

    There’s plenty to fault Miliband on as a politician and minister, but as our local MP he has done his job and intervened to try and help his constituents.


    September 20, 2010 at 12:24 am

  5. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Curly15, The Fat Councillor. The Fat Councillor said: “@Curly15: Shop gossip Unborn children at risk from Miliband: Deficit denier continues with give away mentality. Ke… […]

    • What else is an MP supposed to do but represent the interests of his constituents? If he had told them to b****r off he would have been castigated as an unsympathetic geek with no idea of the problems of ordinary folk.He was only asking S Tyneside homes to look again at the problem.
      I lived in a Tyneside flat forty odd years ago and coped with children ,prams etc but surely we want to move on in the year 2010. My granny had a water tap in the yard but I don’t want to live like that. A poster on here complained about overcrowding in his council house I suppose you would tell him people slept 10 to a room in your day.

      I Spy

      September 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

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