|Cherie Booth 1983|
You may recognise the young lady in the photograph from the faded Labour election material, married at the time to a barrister named Anthony Blair, who might one day later, enter politics and make a name for himself in the Labour party.
Listening to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, this morning on the BBC's Andew Marr Show, focusing in on potential tax cut for higher earners in next week's budget, it seems that Labour have not moved on that much since 1983. They have quite forgotten, that the argument in favour of such a tax cut or fiscal stimulus, first came from Alasdair Darling when the financial crisis first happened. Why? Because Government spends your taxes very badly but there's considerable evidence to support the notion that cutting taxes at the higher levels injects more money into the economy and stimulates the consumer spending that we so badly need.
Pity the people of Cyprus who are looking at a 10% tax on their bank savings from tomorrow, prompting panic withdrawals. The island is yet one more tragic example of a failed European policy of throwing money at member governments, based on wildly exaggerated economic figures sketched out on the back of a cigarette package. Thankfully, the UK is not part of the bail-out as David Cameron refused to allow Britain to participate in the rescue of failing governments and foreign banks with, I predict, more to come.
Back here in Thanet, there's been some useful dialogue in the previous entry over the Tesco Metro application for Westgate, which comes before the planning committee for decision on Wednesday evening. To be perfectly frank, I believe the absence of a highways objection is a mistake and at the same time, as Dr Dawn Crouch, our local historian, points out:
"The plan for the Westgate Estate drawn by the Estate architect, Charles Nightingale Beazley in 1870 shows clearly that Station Road was intended to have shops on one side only of the road east of the stationmaster’s house."
|Roger Gale 1983|
We have until Wednesday afternoon to keep the discussion going, so please keep the comments and observations going. Tesco was successfully defeated in the village of Herne and I see no good reason that with the weight of public opinion against it in Westgate, why we should not have the right to defeat them here. There's been a great deal of talk about the principle of localism and it would be nice to see it succeed here.
I'm very pleased that our Thanet North MP, Sir Roger Gale, has also added his support to the campaign and I would respectfully ask all our members of the Council's Planning Committee to study the many useful points and arguments included in the comments section. While I completely recognise that TDC can't afford a legal battle with Tesco's very clever lawyers without very solid legal ground for a refusal, like Sainsbury's last year, I believe that the planning officers recommendation to approve is built on a very flawed evaluation of heritage, conservation and highways issues in Westgate and I will say so on Wednesday evening in the Council chamber.