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- 3 weeks, 1 day ago #3832
We know politicians tells fibs, little white lies and some major fraudulent ones… Ben Gummer has pushed the boat a little too far this time… “We have come a long way since I first founded the Great Eastern Mainline…”. Wait! hang on a moment? Founded? The Great Eastern Main Line opened in 1862 from early track starting from 1839, predating not only him but his father and his father’s father Canon Selwyn Gummer born in 1907… and his father etc.
Now, I don’t do technical infringements. Someone posting, making a mistake (I indeed do lots of them) and deleting their tweet or post within a few minutes of realising the mistake. It happens, this was posted 20 hours ago!
Ben Gummer founding 19th century railway
At last, we will have better, faster and more reliable trains. The £1.4 billion injection into our railways as part of the new franchise agreement will mean that, for the first time, passengers will be able to travel between Ipswich and London in sixty minutes. Modern British–built trains fitted with free Wi-Fi and plug sockets will improve our town’s connectivity not just with East Anglia and London but the whole country.
We have come a long way since I first founded the Great Eastern Mainline to lobby for track improvements and new hybrid trains that will introduce new services including Lowestoft and Sudbury. I worked closely with constituents with disabilities and advocacy groups to lobby all bidders and I am pleased that Abellio will deliver a franchise, which meets their requirements. My colleagues on the taskforce and I will be holding Abellio to account on its delivery of what it has promised.
Our revitalised railway station with better shops and good quality paving, street furnishings and trees has made an enormous difference to people’s first impressions of our town. Once the new trains arrive, in about two years time, passengers will be welcomed to our beautiful town in a way that few people could have imagined three years ago.
For most Ipswichians… Ben Gummer is better than you! He was born in London to a politician (the son of a priest) which soon after became Chairman of the Conservative Party. Ben went to Cambridge, published a history book. His dad got him involved in his family business and pulled strings to get him as a parliamentary candidate for Ipswich in the Conservative Open Primary. People were sick of Chris Mole, so Ben Gummer got in as the candidate for the opposition party. Credit where credit is due, he genuinely worked hard before the election for the town; which had stopped since with emphasis on his party and his own career. I digress…
You would have thought he would have proof read every message he sent out prior to an election. He is too cocky and arrogant to care. Not only was the claim incorrect (irony of publishing a history book) but in the context to be founder of a railway to lobby for track improvements… it should be apparent straight away that it was incorrect. I am sure he meant to add the word “task force” (notice the space) after “Great Eastern Mainline”. Notice “taskforce” as one word isn’t in the Cambridge dictionary… or Oxford for that matter! You would reasonably expect an Cambridge graduate author to get it right even if us ordinary folk might not.
My own English is poor for a native so I won’t over criticise, but I will end this part by saying I would have probably said “I have worked closely with” rather than “I worked closely with” as to me it sounds very insincere like it was very short lived, which is most probably the case. I prefer to write on forums the same as if I was talking – rather than using Word and making changes after to improve it.
On another note, Chloe Smith MP… is that the same Chloe Smith that was one of the three other candidate for the Conservative Open Primary for Ipswich? Just happen to be one of the other politicians wanting improved transport links in this region. Seems Norwich gets the Ipswich rejects. Unfortunately, Norwich gets a good deal at the expense of Ipswich, but that happens with the modern-day role reversal of a stronger Norfolk and weaker Suffolk.3 weeks, 1 day ago #3835
I read that on Facebook this morning, and thought what the….. ? And its still there, it could have been corrected, it should have been corrected. Like You I maY not be the most eloquent but I like to think I have a reasonable command of the English language but I quite often take issue with things Gummer has written. It’s often quite poor use of language and punctuation etc. not to mentioned the self aggrandisement he uses all the time which I find to much; I did this, I did that etc etc, it’s never, I helped, or we did, or mY team did, its alwaYs him, he did it, all on his own!
I have neither the education not the team to help me get stuff correct, surely his is all proof read, even the tweets! Or is it the case he has handed over a lot of this to a member of the team and we are getting some Young and over enthusiastic intern doing all the work, writing all the copY?
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,3 weeks, 1 day ago #3837
Much of what he has written on twitter, facebook etc. sounds similar to what he says in person. Would it be wrong to assume it is him? Maybe.
Press releases and pieces in the paper take more effort by him. He gives them far more time and I am sure he gets someone to proof read it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t a Tory guidebook with phrases to insert… He seems a bit complacent with the task of keeping the Ipswich seat, which I find disrespectful to the electorate… yes, its a snap election so the opposition cannot really prepare and plan ahead, yes, Labour doesn’t have an Ipswich candidate and yes, it is very unlikely for him not to win. Nevertheless, respect the people voting for you.
I guess overall I am undecided whether its a young volunteer, member of his team or Ben himself. I think it depends whether the issue/subject incites the inner child or whether its grown-up nonsense he is spinning. He has quite some education most people in Ipswich would envy, so you would expect him to continue on that level of education… and perhaps develop further!
Except he is said to be writing the Manifesto…3 weeks, 1 day ago #3841
Just before the last election we went on a tour of Westminster with Mr G. It was his last such tour before the election. His knowledge and enthusiasm for parliament and its history was admirable, he made a verY good tour guide, and the whole trip was a great experience. I think he had been doing similar for coach loads of Ipswich constituents since he got the job, but we onlY heard about them then, so took that last chance to go.
Before and after the tour we convened on one of the committee rooms in Portcullis House,the forthcoming election was clearlY on his mind, and I got the distinct impression he was not reallY expecting to get re-elected, he was certainlY not confident in anY waY at all. Similarly his team of three Young chaps he had with him helping out all gave the similar impression theY would be looking for new jobs soon. (and so far as I can tell none are now working for him)
I guess its trickY being an MP. Up until the time the result is announced You have no idea what You are going to be doing for the next 5 Years, and whether You have a job or not, how do You plan Your life around that, it must be hard. So I have alwaYs wondered if Ben actuallY already had something else lined up, and then went and won so had to put it off. Notwithstanding that I’m prettY sure he said he onlY intended to do another term as MP anYwaY. So now look what’s happened, 2 Years in, he was just 3 Years from finishing and moving on to something else, and now he is back to facing another 5 Years. MaYbe he is not so committed as he would like us to think, and losing this election would actaullY suit him… who knows…
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,3 weeks, 1 day ago #3842
I don’t think Ben is a bad person. Just a puppet.
That is very interesting… I suppose it is easier that way to get closure. Do your campaigning, then ease off. You have done your best, nothing more to do. If you get elected that is positive. If you don’t, it isn’t so painful to lose. We must not forget that Ben is an outsider… no matter what you hear, he hasn’t ever lived in Ipswich before being elected and spent very little time in the county. He has gone from learning different parts of the town, into more senior roles outside of the town. The gradual little knowledge you built up weekly as a resident didn’t exist. I genuinely don’t think he realise how bad the town centre is. He has been to Ipswich before (of course, many times)… but never spent enough time to get a feel for the place or to see the decline month upon month, year on year.
I think it would be painful to him if he lost. He would need to wait for a by-election or the next General Election to get back into politics in the bigger roles. As he is writing the manifesto he has been tipped to get a new job by many. Secretary of State perhaps? Anything to block the Northern Bypass no doubt.3 weeks ago #3854
£1m for this? You have to be kidding,
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,3 weeks ago #3859
Ipswich Star said they resurfaced it and it does look a different colour… but doesn’t look like a finished product!
What is wrong with standard tarmac?
A full re-opening ceremony for the station is being planned for the early summer after the general election with local business and political leaders in a bid to boost the station’s profile and encourage more passengers.
I think the truth is no politician wants to be seen opening it! I am sure Ben Gummer cannot resist a photo opportunity with the trees however! keep an eye out on his instagram, facebook or twitter. Whether or not the average Ipswich person will see it as a positive improvement or not I am unsure. I wonder what the surface will be like once wet…
The trees don’t look good there. Why would anyone want to seat there beside the trees? I suppose the Bus Shelters for the bus and the taxi parts are the same as Tower Ramparts without proper seats! Still not much fresh air with the fumes coming out from the bus exhausts…2 weeks, 4 days ago #3896
This is what it was like (with the temporary surface)…
Which do you prefer? I would say the temporary surface (which was bad quality in itself)2 weeks, 4 days ago #3903
yep black, nothing wrong with traditional black top, or similar with a colored aggregate if you need to do a bit different. Do you recall when Civic Drive was all red, it was a standard blacktop with a red aggregate, it actually looked quite classy. i think it’s all been done again since, so none of that left.
I have reservations about the stuff they have put down. I think its some super durable wonder material if its what i think it is, but you will find cracks in it already at both bus stations, (same stuff I’m sure) and Electrical House had issues with it being slippery and who in their right mind chose the yellow! Its patching looking already, its never going to look anything at all once its weathered a bit. But still reserving full judgement until shelters up, fences up and all the other missing bits. Its not finished…..
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,2 weeks, 4 days ago #3905
Yes, St Matthews Street had it as well.
The planning application plans says:-
MILES MACADAM – Hardipave (flexible, jointless, heavy duty surface course – 40mm open graded receiving course with a controlled void content) colour buff.
Hardipave is a BBA / HAPAS certificated Grouted Macadam surface course which has been designed to withstand concentrated traffic volume and loadings and fuel / leachate contamination. Hardipave has been supplied and installed by its manufacturer, Miles Macadam, since 1995, holding a HAPAS certificate since 2006.
Hardipave consists of a design mix open graded receiving course with a controlled void content, which is reinforced with a resin cementitious grout. A major benefit of this product is a short curing period, allowing fast track installation and re-opening of the surface for industrial and public use with minimal inconvenience.
It is utilised successfully both in heavy industrial environments such as waste and distribution, and on the highway network for junctions, roundabouts, bus lanes and laybys.
Hardipave can be coloured at low cost to provide an aesthetically pleasing surface course. This is particularly suited to provide delineation for transport and safety.
The product has a warranty of 3 to 5 years depending on site conditions.
Hardipave is a hybrid between Asphalt and Concrete with fast installation and minimal downtime and has a Coefficient of Permeability
1.1 x 10-11 m/s in line with concrete. Hardipave has a high heat resistance and is therefore less temperature susceptible than traditional bituminous materials.2 weeks, 4 days ago #3906
that’s the stuff, very industrial looking, not a premium material I don’t think.
Its not going to rut as blacktop would in such circumstances with regular tracking by buses, nor melt! Concrete can be the best but rarely is it done properly so tends to end up with problems at the joints and cracking due to poor design and installation. Experience locally of block pave materials has been poor, but again down probably to poor design and installation. But as I said this stuff has cracks in it at both “new” bus stations already.
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,2 weeks, 4 days ago #3909
I wonder if Miles Macadam the manufacturer installed it or Suffolk Highways… that probably makes a major difference.
(Hopefully they haven’t stuck a thin layer of that stuff on the existing temporary surface)
Time will tell, hopefully it won’t be too bad before they officially open it.
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