£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Bootle – Yet more Civil Service jobs to be withdrawn!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.

Northern Poorhouse – Leading Light Quits

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/northern-powerhouse-champion-lord-oneill-11928524

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

Readers of this blog site will know how sceptical I am about the Northern Powerhouse, or Poorhouse as I call it. I have never felt it was much more than political froth and spin and have been amazed at how Labour politicians have been drawn into it. Was their following of it associated with the previous Northern Way of John Prescott?

Now its leading light (other than George Osborne of course) has quit, what future does it have?

Jeremy Corbyn calls for investment in South East England

www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/03/corbyn-to-pledge-30bn-to-restore-pride-and-prosperity-to-south-east-england

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

The South East of England is not the first place you think of when you look for areas of the UK that need investment. Indeed, to those of us living outside of the economically overheated South East this call for investment there must lead to a lot of head scratching.

Is there going to be a South East equivalent of the Northern Powerhouse under Jeremy’s proposals? Now don’t get me wrong there are run down parts of the South East particularly former high flying seaside towns but are they any different to such towns across England?

Mersey Gateway Bridge – Progress but no mention of Northern Poorhouse!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/mersey-gateway-bridge-progress-charted-11742718

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

This is an amazing engineering project and it’s happening in ‘the north’, so show come no one name dropped the Northern Powerhouse in this article? I thought every media outlet had to name drop it or face the wrath of George Osborne. Oh hang on he’s bitten the dust hasn’t he.

BTW is it just me or is the Echo web site struggling? It seems to freeze up all the time – time for an upgrade?

Merseyside Metro Mayor – What is it with Labour’s attachment to a Tory spin policy?

I am no Labour supporter (I’m actually backing Cllr. Carl Cashman’s campaign to be selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Merseyside Metro Mayor) but have to say that there must surely be a huge collective sigh of relief across Merseyside that Joe Anderson has not selected as the Labour candidate.

But why is Steve Rotherham MP, who will be Labour’s candidate, backing the Northern Poorhouse policy of George Osborne? Is he another Labour politician who has not realised that the Northern Powerhouse is just Tory spin?

I have commented before on Labour’s odd attachment to the previous Tory Chancellor’s Northern Powerhouse policy. Interestingly, both Steve Rotherham (a Corbyn backer) and his Labour counterpart for the Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham (very much not a Corbynite) are both backing this Tory policy that many of us have seen through a long time ago.

It never ceases to amaze me how close the Tories and Labour really are. Yes I know that my lot had 5 years in coalition with the Tories nationally but I am talking of the unstated but trackable Tory/Labour collaboration going back years here on Merseyside.