With just three weeks until polling day, candidates will be working hard to try to secure your vote on May 7. This week Conservative incumbent Sir Roger Gale met reporter Aidan Barlow at the Central Bandstand in Herne Bay to discuss the issues at stake in this election. ABOUT THE CANDIDATE Sir Roger Gale has been the Member of Parliament …Read More »
Your article headlined Hundreds Off The Dole Queue (Herne Bay Gazette, January 29) reads like a press release from Tory Central Office. Unemployment, as measured by the numbers claiming Job Seekers Allowance, is falling and things are going well. However, as reported by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, it is also true that real average weekly earnings are falling and …Read More »
JULIAN Brazier, commenting on changes to stamp duty business rates and other measures contained in the autumn statement says that: “…the deficit is coming down faster than people expected. We are therefore able to afford these measures…” (Hospice and businesses cheered by new budget, December 10) He is either being deliberately misleading or being terribly naive. George Osborne himself expected …Read More »
HATS OFF to John Gilbey for his preautumn statement call for George Osborne to spare local government further spending cuts and to devolve greater powers to local authorities. As he rightly said: “There’s no question about it – if they keep cutting money to local authorities, services… will be-cut.” It’s not likely to be spared though, is it? Indeed, George …Read More »
Canterbury’s Tory MP leads the praise for George Osborne THE Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement, which laid out sweeping changes to the country’s stamp duty, VAT and income tax, has had a positive response from some in the district. George Osborne cut the cost for people buying homes worth less than £937,000 and introduced a new tax for multinational …Read More »
Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey has signed a letter to the coalition government calling on it to devolve greater powers to local authorities and urging fewer spending cuts. The Tory was one of 119 local authority leaders who signed the Local Government Association’s missive to Chancellor George Osborne as he prepared to publish his Autumn Statement yesterday (Wednesday). It …Read More »
Medway Council are ready for battle. CPRE Protect Kent are ready to grab the opportunity to point out that the Emperors of Aviation are naked, and (quite brilliantly) want to inject a little democracy into the process. Best of luck guys.
A fierce opponent of a Thames Estuary airport has vowed to fight all the way to the top as controversial plans take a step forward. Medway Council leader Cllr Rodney Chambers wants to work with the Towns' MPs to secure a crisis meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron or Chancellor George Osborne. Mr Cameron was set to announce preliminary backing for a huge airport potentially off the Kent coast - which would dwarf the size of Heathrow - earlier this month, according to a national newspaper.Read More »
Wise words from Paul Francis on the awful consequences of realpolitik and the persistence of dumb ideas. The sudden (re)launch of the estuary airport idea has more to do with Boris' mayoral election bid and recent unemployment figures than strategic infrastructure planning. And then there is the blind faith that an airport automatically translates into employment and regeneration. These apparently impulsive pronouncements from politicians rarely mention the downsides of aviation, and never touch on the fact that aviation itself does not have a long-term future - when the oil runs out, what use is an airport?Read More »
'Boris Island' airport plan grounded over Johnson's briefing to Telegraph
Downing Street told Boris Johnson on Wednesday that he had killed off any moves towards an airport in the Thames Estuary ahead of the next general election after an announcement by the London mayor was seized on by the Liberal Democrats.
How NOT to make a decision on Boris Island
There is a right way and a wrong way to make decisions on airports. The right way:
Cameron has shown that he is is own worst enemy when it comes to major policy decisions. The rules aren't that complicated - they can be written on the back of an envelope.Read More »