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- 1 week, 6 days ago #3991
there is such hypocrisy from all the remain politicians now, who have clearly turned their back on the considerable number of voters who chose the remain option, as well as going against their own clear and stated principals. If it is going to be anything like as bad as that missive from Gummer above how on earth can he, and May, and all the other cohorts who wanted to remain now pursue this brexit folly?
“But none of this will be decided positively by crashing our economy into a wall and then giving the keys for what is left to the kind of people who have driven the Vote Leave campaign. It is that kind of Britain that keeps me awake at night, because it is a Britain that I do not want to pass on to my son.”
I feel exactly the same, its not the britain I want my children to live and work in NOW, nor that I want them to pass on to my (fingers crossed) grandchildren, so stop this hypocrisy now, do the right thing, and put us back on track to avoid the kind of britain that is going to keep millions of us awake at night.
The referendum was a folly dreamt up by his delusional former leader Cameron, for his own gain, it was badly thought out, badly run, it was all done on lies, it back fired on him, and we have all been caught in the fall out.
I don’t feel sorry for myself but I do for many of those who voted out, they were deceived, lied to, they are not going to get what they want, any more than the remainers are. When will the madness end?
I came across this today from the new French President, and it’s chilling, and no doubt correct.
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week, 6 days ago #3993
Really Macron? Just this side of the English Channel we perceive the French to have been very weak in the war (and even today with terrorism have a lot left to be desired in the way they police). The EU (“Europe”) hasn’t brought peace, NATO has to certain parts of Europe. The UK (“British”) were the primary force in the allies along with Empire countries/commonwealth. De Gaulle – a Frenchman – wouldn’t allow us initially to join the European Economic Community (EEC). When we finally joined, the whole project overtime converted into what is now the EU. More than just about trade, all member states are no longer technically sovereign due to the EU laws being supreme.
No person in the country got a say about the changes of giving away more sovereignty and powers… the leaders at the relevant times signing new treaties to do just that. In the process more and more money sent away as membership fees.
I cannot say a positive thing about any of our politicians involved but I think the future is more alliances and partnership working between the relevant countries rather than having everything forced upon us. The UK was servitude to the EU, like were all member states. Anyone remember when councils were prosecuting market traders for trading in the way they had always done?
The UK won’t lose longer term, you cannot put a price on liberty and self-determination. If we are to go downhill it is solely the people running the country so it will be up to the people to stop voting for clowns or to remove them from power.
I don’t think Macron is everything people are saying. Likely a puppet. It is their democratic right to elect who they wish but Macron is bad news, more of the same. French people are clueless, haven’t learnt the mistakes from last time. They never help trade between our two countries… they made us re-route the Eurostar terminus away from Waterloo as it offended them; but we didn’t complain about lack of toilets etc. in Paris!1 week, 6 days ago #3995
You gotta be in it to win it…
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week, 6 days ago #3996
Martin, are you going to tomorrow nights Ipswich Society meeting regarding Cornhill?1 week, 3 days ago #4028
no sorry, still never actually heard or saw anything about it official, and nothing mentioned since. And forgot about it to be honest…
tonight it’s Ben in the Pub, its tempting, but not sure I have the energy for it…
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week, 3 days ago #4029
It must have been a very low-key event intended for no one to turn up at. Really disappointing.
I was intending to go to each and every single Ben in the Pub, but I will give it a miss tonight! It would be good for Sandy Martin to go along and hijack his event. When I get the Northern Bypass leaflets printed, I might take some along to hand out.1 week, 3 days ago #4032
I see Ben is being taken to task on Twitter, very good….
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week, 3 days ago #4034
#IpswichRising The problem with campaigns through hashtags is they can be hijacked. Anyone can create a message using such hashtag and including that user as a mention. Ben appears to have gotten anxious by appended “#IpswichRising @ben4ipswich” which shows up in searches for either phrase. Fortunately, Twitter allows you to search for all replies made to someone – or mentions, and most of the time they have no relevance at all but to create a relationship link between.
Ben shouldn’t be too worried though; For England… 70% of twitter are Labour supporters… but most don’t have the right to vote. I would guess 8% Conservative use the site whilst the balance would be mostly Lib Dems and Green Party who don’t stand much chance either way. Real votes count, not the number of social media messages, mentions, likes, retweets etc.
However, being unable to persuade Ipswich to vote Remain last year meant in effect he lost control of the voting public, he hasn’t had long enough to tick enough boxes of his 6 pledges and if you stick too much emphasis on the recent local elections, much of Ipswich constituency wards was red!
I don’t think (despite Sandy being quiet, likely to change next week, he has been using social media more recently) whoever wins next month will have a large majority – I expect around half or less from 2015. I expect him to be very nervous while he awaits the Election result. Unknown to us Ipswich residents, he has a big promotion lined up… he needs the seat to secure it, and he has nothing without it (needs a by-election or another General Election to get back in!)1 week, 3 days ago #4042
Ben Gummer under extreme pressure. The NHS Ransomware attack falls back on to him as he was responsible for cyber security.
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General
The Minister for the Cabinet Office is in overall charge of and responsible for the policy and work of the department, and attends Cabinet.
- advising the Prime Minister on developing and implementing government policy
- co-ordinating the delivery of government policy across departments
- public sector efficiency and reform
- constitutional affairs
- the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure
- reducing regulatory burdens through the Red Tape Challenge
- digital transformation of government
- Civil Service issues
- industrial relations strategy in the public sector
- government transparency
- civil contingencies
- cyber security
- UK statistics
- government property and security
Hopefully the people of Ipswich didn’t grill him too much at “Ben in the Pub”. It has been a walk in the park for him today with accepting questions from Sixth Form Students. Next week will be more difficult for him.1 week, 2 days ago #4044
Got another Ben’s Bulletin delivered today, think it may be same version as last one. Also a Strong and Stable leaflet from his boss. Other parties? So far zero..
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week, 1 day ago #4047
Not received any General Election material to date (apart from Ben Bulletin which was done early) – I expect that all to change this coming week, for it to go silent and more of the same in the final week!5 days, 8 hours ago #4084
he’s in the pub again tonight, Greyhound. Pretty safe territory I would suggest..
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,5 days, 8 hours ago #4085
He has been saying on twitter that he has always done Ben in the Pub…
It's that four yearly panic moment where, in a panic, your constituent MP realises he needs to do some chatting and bants in local pub! https://t.co/XYlnguQsj3
— Cad (@cad_taylor) May 17, 2017
@cad_taylor except I do it year-round. Don't be cynical – most MPs, of all stripes, work really hard in their constituencies.
— Ben Gummer (@ben4ipswich) May 17, 2017
I don’t recall him doing it for years. Does anyone else know any different?
Ben in the Pub (wayback machine) links to a schedule which now gives a 404 error (not found!) You cannot see the schedule through the wayback machine so pretty useless trying to work out when he last did it.
The truth is he ran out of time and wants to avoid criticisms for not doing enough. It was a really good initiative – a more informal surgery session and supports local pubs… just his way of painting a picture of being a citizen with his peers down their local pub… truth is spending most of his time in London it wasn’t workable.5 days, 7 hours ago #4088
yes, I don’t think he’s done it for many years, but perhaps he just did it as a routine without making much fuss. for instance I’ve not broadcast on Facebook or Twitter that I’m going to the pub shortly but whilst there I am prepared to discuss any political or Ipswich related subject anyone cares to raise.
I particularly enjoyed his Twitter comment today, “Don’t be cynical” ! If there’s anything we can all be with the Tory remainders now about to negotiate for a hard Brexit then I think thats to be cynical about their actions and motives! Its “screw all you lot, all we are interested in is power at the end of the day”
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,5 days, 5 hours ago #4091
well, that was a waste of time, drank my pint in peace, no one had any questions at all.. perhaps I should advertise it more next time…
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,5 days, 5 hours ago #4092
I think it is the issue that won’t go away. Too much party politics on both sides of the English channel.
I am almost certain that when the time is up both parties – the UK and EU – will agree something favourable for both sides. This is unless compromise exists before it. I don’t think either sides will get the best deal. Most benefits to business and local communities have to be done by the businesses and communities themselves. Locally, arranging trips to Arras (in addition to a few people in the twin-town organisation) and perhaps to Ipswich will create a nice relationship to boost economy… imagine that, real tourists!! lol
I am a bit worried that many don’t seem to realise that no matter what you voted in the referendum that when we do finally leave it doesn’t mean everything will be all doom and gloom or everything will be so much better – in the short term or long term. The big cities – in particular capitals – are likely to excel or remain similar. Likely to be a recession like effect in the early days but we must remember the austerity measures introduced means we are feeling that for our public service anyhow and the rich are getting richer.
Places like Ipswich will suffer… but we are suffering already. England is pretty much all London focused and there has been some effort to improve the north of the country to limit the wide “north-south divide”. Ipswich will need to buck its ideas up… Unitary Authority is a must. The MP needs to focus hard on Ipswich (and Suffolk) in the future years. Ben would be happy to fly across Europe etc. to meet people and smile for the camera but cannot see him getting any investment (not as easy as persuading your own political party to send over some cash because they see you as their party perspective for the non-Tory elite and the client has donated money to the party).
I am really drawn at the moment as Tory Ben is stealing from the poor (in effect) to give to the rich and his ideas are only good in his head but not in reality. Ben Gummers unemployment figures are falling only because he only counts Jobseekers Allowance claimants and doesn’t count claimants of Universal Credit or unemployed people who do not claim or have been sanctioned. Likewise new jobs have been created! Jobs get created all the time but politicians never factor in jobs that are lost. Other figures clearly shows the rise of people using food banks and number of homeless people are increasing in the town. The Conservatives are “the party of business” but other than the big headlines of few and far between investment in the town to his chums… it is going to stall.
Labour’s attack on the rich which I think will get watered down if they do the impossible, is really risky – although Corporation Tax doesn’t really net that much to the Treasury unlike VAT – it is likely to alienate business and investors… and it isn’t a good advert to be giving out when you are trying to negotiate something! It is like Gordon Brown announcing he was selling the country’s gold!
If Ben gets re-elected and Brexit turns out to be all doom and gloom with lots of unemployment in the town then Ben will have his excuse. Ipswich’s local economy is about to stall and he knows it. He needs big projects to show everything is all rosy – even pointless vanity bridge projects! You know the desperation when focus is on tourism! Ipswich has the gems but aren’t invested in or promoted. The few we do is run by Colchester! This DMO/Tourism thing is another gravy train… If he can get the middle-class people he wants into the town it will balance it out… but the wine rack and the new build housing around the town aren’t going to be here for a while… most not until after brexit. I suppose the delaying tactic of the bridge construction would work as a good distraction.
Ipswich has continuously underachieved on most merits… a university was long overdue but the timing was wrong so was the lack of vision. The university is bumping up housing prices which is good if you own property but not if you are on squeezed incomes with pay freezes, trying to get on the property ladder or even to rent a place. Something has got to give… being outside of the EU is enough to tip it over the balance. I don’t think either of the political parties have got what it takes… the country has a lot of talent and we need to hope that is enough for Europe.3 days, 13 hours ago #4110
Not sure if Ben Gummer reads IPSWI but a coincidence that Ben has decided to have a South East Ben in the Pub at the Raven pub… tonight! Without much notice. Only gullible people allowed… some twitter members seem hooked on his spiel. He also countered claims of his manifesto not being that Ipswich focused by a facebook post.
He is welcome to register. The lack of promotion so far is to avoid fighting/arguing/bickering regarding political policies and parties which would be horrible, will spread the site to the masses of Ipswich after the election. IPSWI doing well in search engines like Google though 🙂3 days, 5 hours ago #4114
So Ben built the flood barrier as well, wow, is there nothing he won’t take credit for?
The £58 million Flood Barrier Scheme will be complete next spring. While the risk remains low many here will remember the floods of 1953. The barrier is the ultimate insurance against such a once-in-300-year event and our town is too precious not to protect.
That is why I have worked so hard over the last few years to get the full funding for this scheme: it means we can continue to develop land in the town centre, safe in the knowledge that the houses and jobs there are not under threat and that insurance premiums will be lower. Once the work has been finished our town will have its own Thames Barrier: a steel shield that swivels into place should there be a risk of a tidal surge that overtops the river defences in the town.
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,3 days, 4 hours ago #4115
The funny thing is, Ben went into overdrive with his Vision 2020…
I don’t recall him pledging:-
- Flood barrier to protect homes and businesses
- Buttermarket Centre and Sailmakers investments (yes he said Revive our Town Centre as an open pledge, he hasn’t helped the independent next door! Although I wouldn’t class it as being the town centre in that location)
- Ipswich Railway Station forecourt and concourse works (he only ever said about the franchise and new faster trains)
- Cornhill Redevelopment
- Colchester General and Ipswich Hospital merger
Furthermore, he never said anything about Travel Ipswich, Bacon Chord, Enterprise Zones, Wine Rack etc – in advance – ever.
I wonder if Ben is anxious. It will be a tall order to remove the Tory government but when he got re-elected last time he had a flashy video and campaign. This time everything is more low-key and national based (take his most recent blog post for example… “Strong Leadership in the National Interest “). His seat isn’t safe. In 2010 people believed that we needed austerity. In 2015 people believed the tax cuts for the rich were helping them have their own business and persuade hard working people into work to be awarded. In 2017, people seem to ask why we are still under austerity and why the new policies going a step several fold too far. By now people were expecting more investment back into public services but it is clear more reductions are to follow. Interesting how he is increasing his Ben in the Pub sessions… I think he will keep pressing ahead as he desperately tries to persuade people into voting. The issue is – other than gullible people – he wrote the Manifesto so he cannot shy away from central policies…2 days, 15 hours ago #4122
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How long is an politician’s attention span? I don’t know but Ben Gummers seem to be around 30 minutes…
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