“A” 27 “Improvements”, Another Useless, Unambitious Sop

“A” 27 “Improvements”, Another Useless, Unambitious Sop.

“no more half-hearted attempts to fob us off. We want the problem as a whole attacked. The “A” 27 from the east of Lancing and west of Chichester needs to be confronted as one problem”   

    The “A” 27 between Lancing and Chichester is a walking talking example of the contempt with which we are held by our politicians. The latest attempt to put a sticking plaster on the problem is as laughable as it is inadequate.

    Every day, hundreds of thousands of local citizens have their lives blighted by this relic of a bygone age. Commuting is a blood-pressure inducing horror. You have to allocate 30 minutes for journeys which would take 10 minutes in a civilised country if you have to cross the “A” 27. Roundabouts are everywhere on this main South Coast artery. If you are travelling through the area on business or as a tourist and find your journey miserable, your flight lost, a family wedding or funeral missed or a new contract lost, you must think what cattle must live in this area that for half a century they’ve meekly accepted this daily mayhem. Small towns are overrun during rush hour as drivers turn off the beaten track to try and find some escape.

   And now we are asked to give our views on a wrinkle of a scheme that won’t start until 2021 and take two years to finish. It is a badge of shame for the areas MPs. Just what have they been doing that there is no end in sight? Not one of them has had a vision big enough to confront the problem then solve it with ambition and élan, and a big dollop of our taxes. And what do they say to constituents when driving to Arundel from Worthing, where the dual-carriageway just suddenly stops and traffic has to cram into one small lane? Can they keep a straight face when admitting this didn’t happen last week, but donkey’s years ago?

    Pipsqueak mouse of a plan
    If you travel on the roads of Europe which most of us have now, you will have seen great schemes that have ended miserable transport bottlenecks.  Drive towards the South of France and you will drive over the magnificent Viaduct at Milau, which liberated the town and area beneath. Or drive into Geneva, and see how the local politicians insisted on hugely expensive schemes which drove roads through mountains to make sure traffic would flow. You can repeat this all over Europe and the U.S.

    You might say that this was very expensive. Sure it was, but if a scheme is going to last for about 200 years, that makes it affordable and sensible. Now we are asked to comment on the latest Highways England plan. The letter outlining this pipsqueak mouse of a plan seeks extensive feedback from locals. Let me offer them this opinion.

    Citizens of this area want no more half-hearted attempts to fob us off. We want the problem as a whole attacked with aggression and imagination. The “A” 27 from the east of Lancing and west of Chichester needs to be confronted as one problem. So give us one all-encompassing plan. And not one inch of the South Downs should be at risk. If that means tunnelling under Worthing or building a bridge over it, so be it. If nobody can see a sensible place to put it, why not construct it over the railway line that is already there. The same reasoning should apply to Arundel and Chichester.

    Feeble local politicians
    But this will cost a ton of money, I hear our feeble local politicians say. OK, so raise the money privately and make it a toll road. And while you’re about it, it’s about time the rail links in the area were upgraded too so that we could have an express service from Brighton, Worthing, Chichester, Portsmouth Southampton with plenty of double tracks to allow fast travel, and an end to those pesky level crossings. 45 minutes from Brighton to Southampton?

    I won’t be going to my local meeting to discuss this. It really is an exercise in futility as politicians seek to gain our approval for this Mickey Mouse plan. I suppose the bottom line is we simply have to accept it, as we have for the past 50 years. Maybe we could organise citizens in the areas to stand in elections against the completely useless MPs that now reign over us? Maybe this letter might induce a wave of anger to set this in motion? Can we force politicians to act?        


   

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Tories Humiliated But Retain Power

Tories Humiliated But Retain Power.

I Was Wrong, But That’s Still 3 out of 4.

“how could Corbyn get away with shameless cosying up to the IRA, Hamas and Hezbollah. I can only assume most of the voters were just thinking about getting more free stuff”

“The Labour Party’s outrageous manipulation of the victims of terror must come back to haunt it”

Before the next election, the Tories should instal a leader like Boris Johnson, who is risky but charismatic.

    What an embarrassing result. I forecast a majority of at least 50, and the Tory party barely scraped across the line with the help of the DUP.

    I do plead some mitigation though. Who could have forecast that the British people would be taken in by Jeremy Corbyn’s tarnished past and ludicrous plan to use the magic money tree to give goodies to all? I must have been led astray by my recent successes of predicting the Ed Miliband defeat, the Leave victory and Trump’s surprise triumph.   

    Corbyn’s strong performance points to a serious lack of nous by many voters, particularly the young, who don’t seem to understand that there is no such thing as a free lunch. It also suggests a chronic lack of education because it wasn’t that long ago that Britain’s economy was ruined by Labour stupidity and lack of knowledge of the theory of unintended consequences. Even if they haven’t lived through such times, isn’t it possible to read about them? Or maybe look at Venezuela now and the link with Corbyn’s favourite socialist Hugo Chavez?

    The Tory party must be hanging its head in shame because of its inept campaign. Suggesting reform of things like the winter fuel allowance without saying exactly who would be affected was a dumb hostage to fortune. Announcing a barely formed policy on social care, again with not enough detail, allowed Labour to talk of the “dementia tax”. As I tweeted 

Neil Winton @neilwinton1

.@BBCAnyQuestions #bbcaq no main party has a good answer to the question, why does #NHS pay for cancer but not dementia? truly an outrage.

    But don’t forget; the Tories did actually win handily over Labour.

    Soft-peddling the involvement of the likes of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox, and David Davis was stupid. Not blowing its trumpet about the (admitedly thin) economic improvements and comparing them with the inevitable consequences of Labour was wrong. Letting the focus move away from Brexit was another mistake, although the two terrorist outrages were obviously a surprise blow. Theresa May’s lack lustre performance as Home Secretary was spotlighted by this, and her dismal failure to bring pressure to bear on the Muslim community.  Her immigration record was a long-running sore too.

    Outrageous manipulation
    The Labour Party’s outrageous manipulation of the victims of terror must come back to haunt it. Trying to pretend needed measures to reform the police and make it more efficient were linked with this latest burst of Muslim terror was quite disgusting. And how could Corbyn get away with shameless cosying up to the IRA, Hamas and Hezbollah? This will trouble those writing about elections for years. I can only assume most of the voters were just thinking about getting more free stuff, and didn’t read the manifesto. Labour’s senseless mantra that austerity is a problem that can be ended without any pain just panders to the ignorant. In fact this is the theme of the Labour manifesto, which assumes it can win votes by bribing us with our own money, and making future generations pick up the tab.  And the young aparently go for that? Surely they are smarter than that. Labour’s ownership by unions doesn’t trouble these voters? 

    When you try and figure out the impact on the government’s future, relying on the DUP for safety, it doesn’t really add up to much. Will it curb the goverment’s ability to negotiate Brexit? Not much. Will it impinge on its ability to do anything at all? I don’t think so. Let’s face it, big majorities give ample scope for party rebellions so you could argue that a razor thin majority will mean tight discipline. I suppose it will make more radical and necessary policies like curbing the unions’ inner fascist too controversial. 

    Boris later
    There will have to an investigation by the party into what went wrong. Maybe Theresa May can emerge from this relatively untarnished and that may take a couple of months to establish. If her involvement was not egregious (and it’s hard to see how it wasn’t) she could stay on for maybe a couple of years. Before the next election, the Tories should instal a leader like Boris Johnson, who is risky but charismatic. Boris, unlike most Tories, can appeal across the aisle.

    If the Tories are to win the next election, they should first make sure the Boundary Commission report is implemented. That will give the Tories about 20 extra seats by shutting down Labour’s rotten boroughs.

     And let’s face it, lightweight Corbyn landed a lucky punch. He wont do that again. 


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