Archive for PFI (private finance initiative)

More Capitalism, my arse

Posted in Independent, Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 21, 2013 by wagstaffe

Ian Birrell, what planet are you on(voices, 20/02). Why on earth would anyone want to be in our position. Your front page on the same day forecasts a period of darkness (“Energy dark age”) in the not too distant future. We have an ageing population with more and more pensioners being seen as economic liabilities. We are constantly cutting back and selling off public land and buildings. The NHS is being dismantled and farmed off and will eventually be paralysed with the debt of the PFI deals. Energy shortages, pension liabilities and failing health services, all ticking time bombs, whilst are leaders take time out for a spat over a royal.
Capitalism is inherently corrupt, no one asks where you got your money from. The sooner more people wake up and smell the coffee the better. 
I hope these “flourishing” nations learn from us and do things differently.
Ps. Can he point me in the direction of my prosperity and well being I should be experiencing by now or was he referring to the 1%

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Selective Amnesia

Posted in Lancashire Evening Telegraph with tags , , , , on February 28, 2012 by wagstaffe

Cllr Tapp(27/2 letters) would appear to be suffering from selective amnesia. It was the Tories who sold off the Council houses that has created a housing apartheid. It is very difficult now for first time buyers and the people, who’s families have lived for generations, having to leave their local villages because of the high costs associated with living outside the towns.
It was the Tories who introduced PFI’s to build our Hospitals who can no longer afford to pay the rent.
It was the Tories who sold off the Utility companies to introduce competition, which has turned out to be nothing more than a racket.
We were told that those of us who do not use public transport shouldn’t be subsidising those that do, so the Tories sold the buses off and fragmented the rail transport system. We now subsidise that shower of s**t to the tune of £6b a year. 60% of the bus transport turnover is in subsidies.
Instead of the usual party diatribe, why don’t you start tackling the white elephant in the room, there aren’t enough jobs to go round. 
I heard that the Tories would be the “greenest Government ever”, if that be the case, create some real jobs by upgrading existing roads and rail infrastructure and implementing a free public transport system. It would stimulate the economy by moving people around quicker, an argument being put forward by the High Speed 2 racket, and giving people on lower incomes more disposable income. Never mind the reducing top rate of tax for the wealthy, it is the rest of us at the bottom who generate real demand.
Let’s have a low carbon economy where we can all benefit from cleaner air, cheaper travel and less congestion and accidents. Oh, sorry I forgot, governments don’t work for us, they work for “them”.
Concentrate on moving forward Cllr Tapp and don’t use terms like “responsible Capitalism” there’s no such thing.

Taxing Issue

Posted in Accrington Observer, Letters to Newspapers, Policies, Politics, Published with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by wagstaffe

Greg Pope, like most other politicians have lost the plot, they just don’t get it do they?  The whole point of a tax system is to collect a fair contribution from those of us who can afford, to pay for the services that everyone benefits from, a communal pot. So when those who have the task of allocating said pot, the politicians, are all helping themselves to it, the expenses debacle, you can understand why no one wants  to contribute any more than they have to. If we had people at the helm whom we had confidence in to do the right thing then I wouldn’t mind contributing more. I’d imagine that your average worker would be happy to be earning the kind of money the higher band fall into.

The MP’s expenses and the Iraq enquiry have been a convenient smokescreen hiding the fact that a lot of us have just worked the month of January, and will continue to do so, for the next ten years for nothing. That is if anyone has managed to grapple with the figures for the Bank bailouts.

I have a couple of predictions for the future myself. More pensioners will fall into fuel poverty as a result of the energy companies holding us to ransom. More cost cutting at Hospitals to pay for the leases (PFI’s). More school playing fields lost to developments (BSF’s). More Ministers walking into Boards or paid consultancies as a result of favourable decision making whilst in Parliament. More toothless nodding ned, sycophantic cronies making up Cabinets.

Blackburn Royal Infirmary

Posted in Letters to Newspapers, Published with tags on June 4, 2009 by wagstaffe

Having admitted that our new Super Hospital is “stuffed to the gills” one can only hope that their predicted drop in local population during the lifetime of the hospital is correct. Personally, of the two options on the table, I’d have gone for the super-duper one.

published in LET nov 08