Liverpool’s Mayor quits Northern Poorhouse

The BBC has the story on its website – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-46499143

Well, what can I say other than I have never been taken in by the Northern Powerhouse, referred to as Northern Poorhouse by those of us who have always thought it has been nothing more than political spin. So my query is why’s it taken you so long to realise this Joe?

If the appalling rail service offered across the north by Northern Assist has not been enough to show that the Northern Powerhouse is a waste of space, in terms of influencing decisive outcomes, I don’t know what is.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

Travelling in the north is no fun what so ever!

If only our northern Motorways were all free flowing as the M58 was when this shot was taken.

I’ve commented often about the parlous state of our railways here up north. Probably with the exception of Merseyrail they are a right old mess, but what about our roads?

If my two recent experiences on Motorways across the north is anything to go by they are probably in a worse state than our railways and that takes some believing.

Lydiate to Chesterfield via the M62 and M1 last Sunday – 5 hours! OK a couple of stops along the way for about 30 mins in total but I used to be able to that journey in 3hrs easily with a similar stop off.

Chesterfield to Lydiate via M1 (no forget that) Buxton, Knutsford, M6, M62, M57 – also 5 hours! This time with about 50 mins stopping.

On the way there we sat, I kid you not, for 2hrs and 20mins between Rochdale and Saddleworth going nowhere with the Motorway supposedly closed. Then it cleared and no one had any idea what it had all been about.

On the way back the M1 was backed up from Junction 30 northwards so we had to double back a couple of junctions to go across country through the Peak District.

And to think four and half hours or so to do just around 100 miles. If we continue to travel like this we will grind our economy to a halt even without the ‘help’ of Brexit! Very definitely it’s Northern Poorhouse not Northern Powerhouse:-(((

A low wage culture? Well yes if you live outside the economically overheated South East

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43729508

The BBC has the article on its web site – see link above

With the exception of Norwich, Southend and Worthing all the other communities with low wages are in the industrial north. Turning to the highest paid towns in England they are all in the South East with the exception of Derby.

No government has taken radical enough steps to seriously address this imbalance and please don’t point to the Northern Powerhouse or Poorhouse, as I like to call it, because that is little more than a political sticking plaster to make it look like Government is addressing the issue.

A solution? Try to make Universal Basic Income work. It’s been tried in Canada and in some of the Scandinavian countries but it needs to be really tested as a radical solution here in the UK.

Transport Spending – Not much up north but are we surprised?

A Virgin Trains Pendolino train at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42804842

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

The fact that the spending on transportation is so imbalanced is frankly no surprise. Of course government’s always over-egg what they are doing and the opposition always under-eggs what the same government is doing. As a rule of thumb the truth is usually somewhere in between.

But in this case we seem to have a reasonably credible assessment of what is going on and apart from it being no surprise it is also a disgrace. Now don’t get me wrong capital cities always require higher spending on infrastructure due to their position within any economy but for things to get so far out of balance is worrying even though it may well have been the case for generations and through governments of all colours.

Sucking more people and resources into the South East of England, as has been the consequence of government policy for many a year, has its big down side in that the monster needs feeding all the time and this is done by selectively starving the regions of the UK of similar investment. Yes of course the odd high profile and over-egged project slips through to try to keep the illusion of some form or parity but reality is always different.

Oh and what about the Northern Poorhouse, because that is what it is; Powerhouse indeed, how may were fooled by all that froth?

£300m for Northern Powerhouse Rail will go nowhere

To say that I was utterly and completely underwhelmed by the announcement of this ‘new’ money to assist with the so called Northern Powerhouse Rail project yesterday at the Tory Party conference is to put it politely.

£300m will go nowhere with a massive civil engineering project such as this

I knew I was right when the BBC said Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham had welcomed it – I would not want to be on the same page as Mr Burnham.

I must qualify as one of the North West Region’s greatest skeptics with regard to the Northern Powerhouse, or Northern Poorhouse as I like to call it. Just look at the Billions upon Billions of £’s spent on railways in the South East of England; it so dwarfs the tiny amounts being brushed off the Chancellor’s table in a northerly direction as to make us look like we are indeed being treated like inmates of a poorhouse.

No I’m sorry but I want to see investment into the North of England in the Billions of £’s from Government before I will join the likes of the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester in welcoming what to date has been small beer monies at best.

Bootle – Yet more Civil Service jobs to be withdrawn!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/closure-bootles-acas-office-see-12122910

acas

On the back of HMRC giving notice to quit to Bootle and Netherton ACAS has seemingly now joined the abandon Bootle movement of Civil Service jobs out of a Town that so obviously needs them. My last posting about the HMRC job losses is available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/05/07/bootle-back-to-those-huge-civil-service-job-losses-in-the-borough-of-sefton/

The HMRC jobs some 2,500+ are going into Liverpool whilst the much smaller number of ACAS jobs are moving to economically overheated Manchester!

What on earth was the point of putting Civil Service jobs into Bootle in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s simply to withdraw them all now? Does no one in Government give a fig for the more deprived and economically struggling communities in the north of England?

Is this all part of the Norther Poorhouse policy to further impoverish the towns and smaller communities of the north by pushing all the jobs and investment into the major northern cities? What good can come from such a policy?

One of my major concerns about about the development of City Regions is that exactly this sort of thing will continue to happen. What’s the point of Liverpool being successful, for example, if its surrounding Boroughs are asset stripped to achieve that. I despair I really do.