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Candidate Statements - Election 2015 for MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston

Published: 21st April 2015 08:39

Election Results published here  

UK Parliamentary General Election - Ellesmere Port & Neston constituency

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Each candidate was invited to submit a statement of no more than 300 words, and a photograph. Statements received are listed below in alphabetical order.

Statements are unedited, apart from being truncated at 300 words where necessary. Photographs have all been reduced to 130 pixel width (depths may vary).

Derraugh, Trish (Liberal Democrats)

Trish DerraughWhy should local people vote for me?

So that they will no longer need to say "Nobody Cares About Neston".

I am offering residents the opportunity to vote for a local woman who has:

- a wide range of life and work experience, having left school at 16 and
worked all my life in the private sector - construction, manufacturing
and housing;

- a record of delivery as an active and effective town councillor and
campaigner;

- demonstrated commitment to the local area as a driving force
behind the draft Neighbourhood Plan;

and who understands the opportunities and challenges ahead for our diverse constituency.

I am proud to be standing as a parliamentary candidate and if elected on 7 May I will campaign for:

- better public transport connectivity, to overcome those missed employment opportunities and help reinstate lost quality of life for those who cannot get out and about without public or community transport;

- better digital connectivity, i.e. high speed broadband;

- an end to the blight of empty shops in our town centre;

- reinforced safeguards for our precious environment.

After 23 years with the same MP, we have more than 6 candidates standing and I believe that a vote for Trish will allow this very diverse constituency of ours to get past the polarised politics of Left and Right.

We need growth and prosperity in all sectors - industrial, urban and rural.

Moderate progressive policies based on the principle of fairness will deliver the best outcomes:

- a Stronger Economy - with wealth spread across the whole of our country, not just London and the South East;

- a More Equal and Fairer Society; income tax cuts for low paid; parity between vocational training and university.

- Opportunity for Everyone, giving the disadvantaged a "step up".

Dowling, Felicity (Left Unity)

Felicity DowlingI am standing as Left Unity candidate, for a fully funded NHS, free education from nursery to university, children well fed, good social services and social security, dignified care for our elders and a major council house building programme, with rent control and secure tenancies in the private rental sector. We oppose fracking and call for urgent action on air pollution. Ellesmere Port and Neston needs good public transport; for workers, the young and retired people. We call for a £10 minimum wage - people deserve dignity in work and money to spend and revive the economy. Britain needs a pay rise and strong trade unions. Ellesmere Port is an international industrial centre, crucial to the future of the country and of science. Industry must serve the needs of the people and the environment.

Austerity and the cuts are unjust and cruel. They hit hardest at women (85%) and of them, most on women with children - and harder on people dealing with disabilities. The poor, children, people with disabilities have paid for a crisis caused by the rich, while the very rich have become massively wealthier.

I live in Neston and have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. I was born (in the NHS) in Liverpool and went to University, for free, with a grant. I studied History and Politics, then a teaching qualification (again, free). In teaching I specialise in Learning Support, so I see the impact of the cuts daily. The children I teach in Ellesmere Port should have as good opportunities as I had. I have a strong record of campaigning and trade union work, locally, nationally and internationally. I will be a workers' MP, taking only the average wage, donating the rest of the MPs salary to support worthy causes.

Dyer, John (Independent candidate)

No statement received.

Fletcher, Katherine (Conservative)

Katherine FletcherUnlike some of the other candidates fighting this election, I'm not a career politician. I didn't join a political party when I was a teenager and I haven't spent the past decade trying to fight my way up a greasy pole.

Instead, I went to state school in Manchester, became the first person in my family to go to university (where I studied science, not politics) and applied the values I grew up with - responsibility, tolerance and hard work - to a career in business.

I've worked hard for everything I've achieved in life. But I haven't been able to do it all alone. Throughout my life, I've depended on our NHS, which saved my life when I was a child. I've depended on our state schools and I've depended on our infrastructure, like roads and railways, to get on in life.

Because I've depended upon these things, I know what matters most to hardworking people in the Neston area.

As a strong voice in Parliament, I will stand up for all these things while campaigning tirelessly for:

- Economic responsibility
- Opportunity for all
- A society in which everybody plays their part
- More investment in the North West
- And jobs for local people so we all have economic security

On 7th May, every vote will count. The MP we get is up to you - and so is the Government. When you vote, I hope you will vote for me, the Conservative candidate with the real-world experience to be a strong voice for local families. If you do, it will also be a vote for David Cameron over Ed Miliband, as one of these two men will lead our country after this election.

Let's secure a better future for you, your family and everybody in our area.. (truncated at 300 words).

Madders, Justin (Labour)

Justin MaddersI grew up locally and live in Little Sutton with my family. I know the Neston area well and my children attend Neston High School. As the former Labour Group Leader on Cheshire West Council I know how neglected our area has become under the Tory Council and Government. If elected as your next MP I will champion the town and a Neston Neighbourhood Plan that works for everyone. I want to see improved street cleaning and better transport in our area. I championed a petition about improving local bus services. I will continue to campaign for the electrification of the Wrexham to Bidston rail line. I will fight for more affordable housing as many young people cannot afford to set up home in the area. Labour will abolish the bedroom tax which has penalised some of the most vulnerable. Our future has to be in creating well paid, sustainable local jobs. Labour will support small business by reducing business rates and energy bills which will help individuals and residents alike.

I am concerned that another Tory Government will spell the end of our cherished NHS - I will protect it. Labour's plans for the NHS will mean a real difference on the ground to our local health services, including direct investment of £100 million in GP surgeries to deliver a guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours, 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more doctors and cancer tests done within a week. Contrast this with the desperate unfunded promises from the Conservatives.

If elected I aim to be an accessible local MP and will hold regular surgeries in Neston along with our stall in the Market. As a local man with many years experience representing the community I believe I am the best person to be your voice in Parliament.

Palmer, Michelle (Green)

No statement received.

Starkey, Jonathan (UK Independence)

Jonathan StarkeyJonathan Starkey, UKIP, recently gained a distinction in a music Masters Degree, is married with a young family. He was educated in the constituency and continues to live, work and play in the constituency.
A former councillor and school governor, Jonathan is very aware of the town's history in political and community terms.

Professionally, Jonathan, a virtuoso pianist, was trained at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is a production music composer and his music is distributed to over 54 countries by SonyATV, Universal and Amphonic and as such, is very much a part of the export industry of the UK. His music is heard regularly on programmes such as Coronation Street and Eastenders, adverts and feature films.

He is well known in the constituency and has featured campaigning with a rainbow coalition of former councillors for worthy causes like Free Parking in Ellesmere Port and Gated Alleyways in many of the roads in its centre.

Jonathan would like to see a closer relationship with Neston and highlight the many positives of the constituency, for instance, the vibrant Neston market, the picture postcard landscape of Parkgate and Ness Gardens and the many attractions in Ellesmere Port, such as the Boat Museum, Blue Planet Aquarium and Cheshire Oaks.

He would like to see the constituency's issues addressed and questions the previous administrations why they have not been sorted after many many years - the transport service in Neston, the main road through Ellesmere Port Town Centre and why there are 5,000 people in Cheshire West and Chester having to use a Foodbank.

Jonathan believes in digital democracy through the immediacy of avenues like the World Wide Web, Facebook and Twitter and to that end will be making information available on:
http://www.ukipepn.wordpress.com/
FB: ukipepn
Twitter: @ukipepn

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Joey's Mum
At 15:08 on 21st April 2015, Joey's Mum commented:
Interesting and not as cut and dried as it has been before I think. Why would two people pay the deposit to be in the election and then not bother with a statement. Seems like they don't really want my vote.
Dan
At 00:54 on 22nd April 2015, Dan commented:
The statement from Justin Madders would have been the best of the bunch if he hadn't wasted some of his 300 words attacking the Tories. We know you don't like them, you are a prospective Labour MP ! So why do we have to have this school yard politics where the best approach to show how good you are is to criticise the other person. To be honest Justin I don't care what you think about the Tories, I care about what YOU are going to do for Neston !

As for Jonathan Starkey, well done with such an amazing career, seriously that is impressive ! However to be honest I think you missed the point of this a bit, This wasn't an interview for a new theatrical production, this was a statement of what you, as an MP, would do for Neston. The first three paragraphs are somewhat pointless.

The green party candidate could not be bothered even giving a statement and I suggest anyone thinking of voting green researches Michelle Palmer. From what I have read she actually supports Fracking and is on the payroll for an organisation that promotes fracking.

Dennis L
At 20:15 on 22nd April 2015, Dennis L commented:
The saving grace is that we should vote for the political party whose policies we like and appeal to us, are affordable and not 'pie in the sky' promises that cannot possibly be kept, but, it does help if we also like the candidate.

The problem Labour have is that it would be cuckolded by the Unions and held to ransom by the SNP which could be the ruination of our country which is well worth pondering.

In her leaflet M/s Felicity Dowling says "No more evictions.Housing is a right." I agree with that provided Left Unity pay the rent or mortgage together with any arrears and not pass it on to the taxpayers.

A disturbing fact that emerged last week was that 26,000 or so eligible to vote did not bother to do so which was far more than the 19,000 votes for Labour and the 16,000 votes for the Tories,so, it is all to play for.
Dennis L
At 19:31 on 2nd May 2015, Dennis L commented:
Having watched Mr.Miliband's pathetic performance last Thursday when he had no answers to explain the mess Labour left the country in and the 'there is no money left' letter in the Treasury,he does not deserve to be elected especially when he said that he would rather not enter No10 than do a deal with the SNP which his fellow MP's definitely do not agree with and demand that he retracts it.

Labour have not put their act together and are therefore not convincing that they are fit to run the country.
Dave Carter
At 20:11 on 2nd May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
Dennis, do you want him to do a deal with the SNP or not? Earlier you were saying that a deal with the SNP "could be the ruination of our country", now you seem to want it. Make up your mind.
Dennis L
At 15:02 on 3rd May 2015, Dennis L commented:
Rubbish Dave that is not what I said.

A deal with SNP and/ or the unions would ruin the economy of this country as most sensible voters will agree.

As for Balls as chancellor,he recently issued two personal cheques that bounced,so, if he cannot control his own personal finances no wonder that he made such a mess of running our economy when in government.For him to sell half our gold reserves at half price was another grave error of judgement.

Labour do not like or understand businesses which are the life blood of our economy and therefore they have not got a clue how they are going to afford a better NHS or welfare system.All that Labour understand is how to tax us until the pips squeak and spend money they have not got thus having to borrow money that they have no hope of paying back hence the 'there is no money left' letter in the Treasury when they were kicked out of government.
Dave Carter
At 15:49 on 3rd May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
Desperate stuff Dennis. He seems to have written a cheque on an old cheque book on a defunct account. You never made a mistake with a cheque? Forgot to sign it? Dated it with the wrong year? Crosed something out and not initialed the change? All these things result in a cheque being rejected, it has certainly happened to me. You go to the person who wrote it and it is sorted. You don't go to a newspaper which has an agenda, and is prepared to make a mountain, not out of a molehill because there is not a molehill in this.

Ed Balls is a trained economist. Vastly more qualified to run the economy than his opposite number.
Dave Carter
At 16:00 on 3rd May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
And the idea that Labour overspending caused the financial crash is thoroughly debunked here:

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/03/senior-tory-financial-crash-was-purely-a-banking-crisis-not-labour-overspend

(note that the title in the link is not right, it is not a senior tory saying this, you would take it with a pinch of salt if it were, it is the permanent secretary to the Treasury, an impartial civil servant).
Dan
At 01:13 on 5th May 2015, Dan commented:
I think "thoroughly debunked" is stretching it a bit far Dave. Its one opinion in one newspaper. Having had an interest in UK politics for many years and being a previous labour voter I am not blind or blinkered to the fact that Labour got it very very very wrong when last in government and saddled this country with crippling debt.

Just as Ed Milliband demonstrated in his Question Time fiasco last week, to continue to deny that they messed up when in government simply infuriates the voting public even more, and to offer Ed Balls as the man to steer the economy is insulting.

I was a labour voter but no chance this time, and there are many like me who wouldn't trust the two Ed's to run a bath let alone a country !

As regards the Ed Balls cheque issue, agreed we all make mistakes, but not twice, and the fact he still has a cheque book lying around that is linked to a bank account that was hacked (apparently) doesn't show good common / financial sense, and certainly doesn't inspire confidence in someone hoping to run the finances of an entire country.

For Labour to be trusted to run this country they first needed to admit the mistakes they made and then put credible policies and people in place to continue good work and reverse bad. having whole sections of their finances based on "taxing the rich & the banks" shows how desperate they are. Have they considered the affect on our economy if banks like HSBC do take their headquarters out of the City of London, or when highly skilled / paid people leave the UK altogether because Labour brought the 50% tax back.

Its all well and good promising everything the voting public want to hear but delivering it is another mater.
Dave Carter
At 07:53 on 5th May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
Have the Tories apologised for the botched privatisations of the Thatcher-Major years? For selling the Post Office off on the cheap in the last parliament? For only achieving a fraction of the proceeds from the 4g telecoms sale that Labour did from 3g? These are things they botched, but have they apologised for what they have done deliberately? For the bedroom tax?

I have voted Tory in the past, when their leader was Edward Heath. Conservatism with a human face. After Thatcher, never again. I may vote Labour, I may not, there are two other candidates whose policies resonate, and who impressed me at the hustings. But I won't be voting Conservative.
Dan
At 13:01 on 5th May 2015, Dan commented:
I agree with you there Dave, I won't be voting Conservative either. My point is the last Labour government made a mess, a huge mess. They had to go, but had 5 years to re-form and re-group, and put a strong leadership team forward for election, actually admit mistakes were made and give us a reason to trust them again.

But no, we have Ed Balls who is a hangover from the last Labour Government and a leader who goes on and on about what David Cameron is doing wrong without hardly a mention on what he will do right. In addition their manifesto has serious financial flaws. Seems to be based on some magic money tree once again.

I would say if Labour do by some miracle win a majority this week, then the UK will have 5 excellent years, spending will go up .. then after 5 years the UK will be bankrupt and our childrens children will spend their working lives paying it back.

As I said in another post, there are more than two parties to vote for and I am one of the many people who will not be voting Conservative or Labour this time around. People really do need to realise there are more than two names on a ballot paper !
rayred57
At 11:38 on 6th May 2015, rayred57 commented:
The notion that Justin Madders has used his statement to attack the Tories is bizarre. 2 sentences of context - one about what he has experienced under this council and one about his fears for the NHS. Both key motivators for him standing. Labour have historically been remiss in not challenging the claim that they "crashed the economy". This has been repeated in every Tory and LibDem TV interview since the last election - until they claim it as truth. To accept this you would have to believe that they crashed not just our economy, but all the major world economies that crashed at the same time. They didn't - the bankers did. The Governor of the Bank of England at the time (Mervyn King) has made clear that Labour could not have seen this coming - like the Bank of England and the bank regulation authority, whose job it was to be on top of these things, failed to see it. The debate about whether Labour "overspent" in the years before the crash is more nuanced. The level of deficit as a proportion of GDP was no higher than had occurred under the previous Tory Government of John Major, but was relatively high in international terms because of the decision to qualitatively increase spending on the NHS - to eliminate the waiting times that had become institutionalised. Money well spent from my view point. There is an argument that they should have increased taxes to fund this - rather than allow the deficit to rise. But talk about there being "no money left" is the economics of the kindergarten. Since the 1960s the economy has only delivered a surplus in 5 of the last 50 years (mainly during the period when Gordon Brown was chancellor). There was enough money when the crash hit to bail out the banks to the tune of more than £100 billion. The alternative was for all these banks to fail - and the Government then to have to spend the same amount compensating savers (with those holding more than £50k individually losing that additional money). Clearly the world view is that Gordon Browns quick intervention to take over banks probably saved the world economy. Most economist recognise that Cameron's attempt to pay off the deficit in 5 years was reckless and stagnated the economy for 3 years - with no benefit. They secretly eased off on the cuts in 2012 - and ended up reducing the deficit by the same proportion that Labour promised to achieve at the 2010 election i.e. the level the Tories said would cause a run on the £. In doing so they broke their solemn promise to eliminate the deficit by 2015. So we had massive cuts - to public services, to jobs and wages for all working people - to achieve nothing. And now they plan to make the same level of cuts over the next 2 years - repeating their mistake, when the only solution is to generate growth by investing in areas like new housing and green energy.
Dan
At 13:17 on 6th May 2015, Dan commented:
Its not "bizarre" at all to suggest Justin Madders used his statement to attack the tories, its an opinion and its how I read the statement personally. Admittedly I am probably looking for that after watching Ed Milliband behave like that on almost every interview. If the man gave 1 credible policy for every time he said "David Cameron" he would be a strong contender.

I agree the world economy was hit badly but that doesn't excuse the massive overspend by Labour when they were in government that caused our country to suffer so badly.

The only reason we didn't feel the shockwave like other Eurozone countries is because we are able to use Quantitative Easing to boost the economy and rather than a stagnating economy as has been suggested I think we have come out of this better than many other countries.

One area where I agree with the last statement. Talk of there being "no money left" is the economics of kindergarden, so I wonder why the exiting treasury felt the need to write that note when they left !

Sorry but Labour had the chance to reform stronger and better, but elected for the two Ed's as their front men.

One final note - if the Coalition are so bad, and have done so much damage to the country, why are we not seeing a Labour landslide in the polls today and why is the prospect of a Labour government by Friday looking so unlikely now ? Because the country does not trust them, pure and simple.
Dave Carter
At 13:38 on 6th May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
Dan, the ECB is doing quantitative easing. Whether it is a good idea or not (for them and for us) is a whole different argument. Its main effect has been to prop up inflated asset prices, so views on that will depend upon whether or not you hold such assets.
rayred57
At 14:07 on 6th May 2015, rayred57 commented:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/budget/9932748/Budget-2013-Britains-debt-and-deficit.html and http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/economic-consequences-george-osborne-covering-austerity-mistake give comprehensive responses to your continued assertions about "over-spending". Don't just assert overspending - give the figures in money terms and as a proportion of GDP and you will see these were both lower than under the John Major Government - until after 2007 when the crash hit.

What is "quantitative easing" - it is pumping non existent money into the economy, because with a central bank we can just print as much as we want - ironically the reason why austerity was unnecessary. Mainly this has been used to guarantee the banks cheap money - which has allowed them to cut the interest rate to savers (so the value of savings falls below inflation).

To suggest that a stupid joke note from Liam Byrne represents an admission there was really no money is juvenile. The letter recalls a similar note left by Tory Reginald Maudling to his Labour successor James Callaghan in 1964: "Good luck, old cock ... Sorry to leave it in such a mess."

There is no clear prospect of a Labour landslide because the press, big business and to a degree the Labour leadership, have given legitimacy to the idea that austerity was necessary and represented a solution - that we all had to pull together to get through a bad time (a war time spirit). Of course in reality we have seen the wealth of the 1000 richest in the UK double in the last 10 years, and the stock-market has boomed - based on ordinary people having their pay and social wage (public services) massively cut. As we see from this discussion economics is complex. People have been duped and bamboozled by simple ideas they can grasp - we ran out of money, the country was on the verge of bankruptcy, you can't spend more money than you earn. These are meaningless in terms of macro-economics. With massive war time debts the post war Labour Government built a million houses, created the NHS and the welfare state, nationalised coal, steal transport, etc. and yet the economy boomed and grew rapidly - paying off and making the debt of little consequence.

Even when the Tories make unequivocal promises (eliminate the deficit in 5 years, cut immigration to under 100k) they get away with brushing aside their broken promises - due to a sympathetic media - mainly owned by foreign billionaires who don't even pay tax here. In return the Tories cut Corporation Tax to nearly half the rate in the USA and the lowest in G7. (Most multinationals dodge their tax anyway). If we keep cutting taxes for big business, so they can have bigger profits, and subsidizing their low paid employment practices with Tax Credits, then either ordinary people have to pay more for services, or the services are cut.
Dan
At 14:57 on 6th May 2015, Dan commented:
Oh dear, resorting to insults now "juvenile" just because I don't share your opinion. I share the opinion that 67% of the UK currently hold, such that Labour is not the party to vote for.

Also sorry but you seem under the impression I suggesting people vote Tory, that was never the case.

My humble opinion (which carries just as much weight as your humble opinion) is that Labour are not the answer to the Tories. IMHO a majority Labour government lead by Milliband and Balls would be an economic disaster. I could quote many recent articles from senior business figures that said just that, but there is no need, we both know in reality we won't wake up on Friday with a Labour majority government, thankfully !
Dave Carter
At 14:58 on 6th May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
Ray, quantitative easing is the reason that the stock market has boomed, and that house prices have risen (no doubt Dan and Denis can blame the latter on Labour). Now it may be that many people who read this column regard rising house and share prices as a good thing, I don't though I do to some extent benefit from both. Asset values have risen sharply when measured against wages, which have been stagnant. So I would regard quantitative easing, and very low interest rates, as part of the problem rather than part of the solution
Dave Carter
At 15:00 on 6th May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
For any political party that you care to name, at least 67% of people don't want them in power. This is the problem with First Past The Post.
Dan
At 16:15 on 6th May 2015, Dan commented:
I agree Dave that first past the post is a problem.

My point was: If the coalition has been so bad why are we not seeing a huge surge of support for Labour in the polls ? most polls are showing Tory/Labour as neck and neck, or even the Tories slightly ahead.
Dave Carter
At 16:33 on 6th May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
You can say that about anyone Dan. If the Long Term Economic Plan is working why aren't the tories way ahead in the polls. If their programme is as balanced as they say why aren't the Lib Dems way ahead. If immigration is really the issue on most people's minds, why aren't UKIP streaking ahead. If you go by the polls then the only people who have remotely made their case are the SNP, and even then they are divided about what their case is, is it social justice or is it independence? Also, they aren't standing here.

So you can't just look at the polls and make your mind up on the basis of what anyone else thinks, because they are divided. You can't go by what the newspapers say, because they have their own agendas. You can't go by what businesspeople say, because they have self-interest at heart. And you can't go by what the trade unions say, their self-interest is different from that of businesspeople, but self-interest it is nonetheless. Its what you think of the policies of the parties, not the leaders, not whether Ed looks awful eating a bacon sandwich, not whether Dave looks like a puffin. Read what they say, decide how much of it you want, factor in how much of it you believe, and make up your own mind. Factor in also what you think the local candidates will do, because they are supposed to represent us after all.
Dan
At 20:31 on 6th May 2015, Dan commented:
A lot of valid points there Dave.

If its a simple case of voting for the candidate who has the most passion for what they do, who will stand up for the local area, who lives here, has a family here and who wants a position in the House of Commons for all the right reasons then without a shadow of a doubt it would be Felicity Dowling.
Baz
At 22:08 on 6th May 2015, Baz commented:
Fair play Dan think I might just follow your lead on that one. Sick of the national punch ups so will vote local.
rayred57
At 03:06 on 7th May 2015, rayred57 commented:
People talk about PR as if it was one system- there are may systems of PR, all with their own problems. I don't think the public are happy with cobbled together coalitions which mean no party's policies can be tested and held to account - but PR will always deliver such an outcome. A system where small parties, like the LibDems hold disproportionate sway for the support they have. The experience of the coalition seems to argue strongly against PR (except from the view point of the small parties that would benefit from it).
As has been said QE was another way to protect the relatively wealthy at the expense of the less well off.
In terms of candidates anyone who attended the Neston hustings knows that there were only two individuals who showed the serious capability for the role of MP - the Labour candidate (who has led a Council and is an experienced solicitor) and the Left Unity Candidate - who has strength of character, grass-roots political experience, and is one of their national spokes-people. That is not a comment on any of the Party policies - but the people as they presented. While the Conservative candidate is clearly using this election to gain some seriously lacking experience of politics, it is hard to take them seriously as a candidate when they only decided they were a Conservative 2 years ago. None of the others would be standing if they thought they had any serious prospect of winning.
Dennis L
At 16:30 on 8th May 2015, Dennis L commented:
It is all over now bar the shouting and well done the voters for ensuring that just one party is to be made responsible for running the whole of the UK for the next five years with a commanding majority that should prevent the SNP or the unions from calling the shots.

There is now a lot of work to be done especially to re-draw the boundaries so as to even the workload of MPs and hopefully reduce their numbers due to so many decisions now being made in Brussels.

The funding of the NHS must also be re-examined as there are far too many 'snouts in the trough',chief executives getting up to four times more pay than our PM,paying agencies £2000 pd for nurses,paying our GPs up to 50% more than European doctors, waste etc.

Whilst the end result will not please everyone,at least the government have now been given a sufficient mandate and majotiy to carry on reducing unemployment etc. so it is up to Cameron to get on with it.
Dave Carter
At 16:43 on 8th May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
Gloating really is rather unattractive Dennis.
rayred57
At 21:37 on 8th May 2015, rayred57 commented:
Yes, certainly no Scottish control (I really don't know how we have tolerated them for over 300 years - wanting to vote in our parliament like they were equal to the English). And no union control - just back to the hedge-funds, tax dodging big business, bankers, Russian oligarchs, Non-Doms, pop stars and assorted public school educated rich people. We can get on with handing the NHS piece by piece to United Healthcare, Virgin and others, protecting their profits by agreeing the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal. We can force the housing associations to flog their property - so they will soon end up in the hands of buy to rent landlords (paid for by Housing Benefits). And we can let Mr Gove have serious look at allowing business to make some money out of schools (every needs education). We certainly need new boundaries so Neston can restore its traditional links with West Kirby - or perhaps it could be added into the Flint constituency - using the logic of the last review. Well at least our MPs will get a big pay rise, even if the public sector workers get continued pay cuts and thousands more job losses. I am off to set up my cat flea grooming business - I am sure I can make up to 50p an hour for this vital service, and it will keep me off the dole as long as I get my start-up grant, tax credits and housing benefit paid by the Tax Payer.
Carrie Spacey
At 11:01 on 9th May 2015, Carrie Spacey responded:
Dennis, as Editor I have taken the decision to remove your comment as it is offensive. The subsequent comments referring to it have also been removed as they no longer make sense without the original comment being visible.
Dennis L
At 19:36 on 12th May 2015, Dennis L commented:
Carri, I accept your decision as the editor but just for the record,Miliband himself recognised that the electorate would not accept a Jewish PM and not once has he denied being a Marxist.

However,I am well satisfied that I will never again see another Labour government in my lifetime.

rayred57
At 20:19 on 12th May 2015, rayred57 commented:
It is hard not to accept the overwhelming majority of Marx's analysis of our society and economic system. That is why he was voted the world's greatest philosopher by Radio 4's "In Our Time" audience. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/07_july/13/radio4.shtml
rayred57
At 20:31 on 12th May 2015, rayred57 commented:
The notion that the electorate would not accept a Jewish PM suggests a belief in the existence of wide-spread anti-Semitism. There seems little evidence to back this up. It also ignores the fact that Marxists are materialists and generally atheists. Certainly - unlike David Cameron - Ed has never expressed any religious view - other than his avowed atheism. The assertion that the public will not accept a Jewish PM (someone whose parents or grandparents just happen to be of that religion and who can never divest himself of that label) is as silly as they will not accept women being given equal right to accede to the thrown, or Prince Charles marrying a Catholic. Fortunately the world has moved on - even if Dennis hasn't.
Dave Carter
At 08:04 on 13th May 2015, Dave Carter commented:
Dennis, your comment has remained this time, I thought I would give it a while. I will leave out the racial stereotypes, but you say "he has not once denied being a Marxist". Lots of people don't deny lots of things, David Cameron has never denied being a Puffin for example. A Marxist would believe that control of the means of production should be in the hands of the workers. Not only has Ed Miliband not called for that, his policies promote the exact opposite. He has not denied it because it has never seriously been an issue.

Ray has pointed out that there is a great deal of strength in Marx's analysis. Its a distraction that some governments which have called themselves Marxist have been instead promoted state corporatism, or, worse, nepotism.

If we lose Ed Miliband from frontline politics we will have lost a great deal as a nation. As to there never being another Labour government in your lifetime, well we have for the moment the NHS, so maybe there is a chance that you are wrong.

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