Apparently new job creation in Thanet is a legacy of the previous Labour council and the fault for the closure of Grupo Antolin this month, lies at the feet of the present Conservative council. As a result, we may all thank a former Labour council and a present Labour government for the fall in local unemployment since 1997.
It appears and I quote Dr Ladyman: “The closure of Grupo Antolin is at least partly related to changing production patterns in the car industry but what is clear is that they were allowed to leave without any sort of fight by Thanet council.”
Dr Ladyman added: “The council no longer prioritises job creation and looking for inward investment and has no standing economic development team anymore. We can’t blame anyone but Thanet council for that.”
Now Jeremy Clarkson may have a more ‘down-to-earth’ grasp of the problems facing the car industry and Conservative Group leader Sandy Ezekiel and the Chief Executive of Thanet Council, quite obviously went to China before Christmas, not to attract new business to Thanet in the shape of the China Gateway project but to indulge their taste for Chinese food?
While ignoring the Northern Rock fiasco for a moment, the causes of Antolin’s closure are a matter for the management of the company. And we all know that car-parts production is orders of magnitude cheaper in Eastern Europe these days, in the same way that Marks & Spencer and Barclays Bank rely on cheap Indian Labour for clothes and call-centres. As a Member of Parliament and a former councillor, Dr Ladyman knows very well that the council, funded in part by your taxes, has no powers to intervene in the fortunes of a privately owned business. Councils provide ‘Services’ to business and the local population and all that Dr Ladyman has done is to tell the world that Thanet is not an attractive environment for business.
From where I sit, I can see that the Council has worked hard to build a business-friendly reputation and there’s more than enough evidence from a series of recent initiatives to prove this to any observer.
For heaven’s sake, is he really suggesting that TDC should have somehow bailed-out Grupo Antolin in a parallel with Northern Rock? If that’s the case, you would have had something really important to complain about and no money left over for bins and housing besides!
I wonder if he's learning Chinese?