In Cameron’s “ConDem” collaboration of Tories and LibDems Wirral babies will live 2.5 fewer years than North Korean babies!

Everybody who wishes to be well informed should take the “Echo”!

46433″> Birkenhead MP Frank Field says in today’s Echo: “These appalling figures are sadly to be expected when taxpayers’ money is skewed to the richest areas at the expense of the poorest.”[/caption]Here in the UK the difference is even more dramatic. Wirral babies can on average expect to live until they are 66 or 67. But in wealthier areas they can expect to make it well into their 90s. Yet Wirral Tories have parroted the vacuous slogan “We’re all in this together”.

Has anybody heard of a single Wallasey Tory councillor or spokesperson calling on their government to treat the North and North West of England more fairly? Do let us know if you have. Meanwhile with residents in large parts of Wallasey Constituency, and other areas of Wirral, amongst the most economically disadvantaged in Northern Europe today’s “Echo” reports on its front page just how bad it is.

Echo – Front page story

For the full “Echo” story use the link below:

We bankers and hedge fund businesses want you to understand “We’re all in this together.”

“We’re all in this together.”

“No we’re not! Not if your kid’s going to live 20 or 30 years longer than mine!”

“Do they think people around here are stupid?”

That’s the comment made by local resident Mrs Joan Hislop, seen talking to Cllr John Salter in a photo taken earlier today..

Mrs Joan Hislop with Cllr John Salter today

Joan has been active for decades in our community, and in the local Seacombe and Liscard voluntary movement.   She knows our locality like the back of her hand.  And she knows, as well as anybody can, how our people feel about propaganda.

She told us she doesn’t like being offered ‘sweeeties’ like the bait the Tories and LibDems are dangling in the form of a tax rebate this year, only for it to pile up as a debt in future years or as cuts in the services the Council provides at a time when further huge cuts are going to be imposed by their National Collaboration Government.

Joan isn’t impressed and she doesn’t think many other people around here will be either.

Can it be election time?

Oh yes – and Tory-led Wirral Council claims to be ‘cutting tax for all’.  But are they?  Surely you have to be paying it in the first place to have a cut?

So what does that mean?  Here in Seacombe we have a high proportion of families on low incomes – arguably amongst the most income-deprived residents in Northern Europe.   The same will apply in other areas of Wirral like Birkenhead, Bidston, and parts of Liscard.

In contrast Wirral also has areas of high incomes – where Tory Councillors tend to be elected.  We suspect that not many of those in the Tory areas will qualify for relief on their Council Tax – but in parts of Seacombe it is the majority.  So when the better off in Tory areas may get refunds as great as £43.37 – or even as high as £52.05 – the areas of low incomes can expect as little as £17.35 for Band A Council Tax payers or as little as £26.02 for those in higher rated Band D households.

But because so many of the Seacombe families already have incomes so low that they qualify for Council Tax Relief what will they get?  Do the Tories mean they will be getting a refund even if they haven’t high enough incomes to be paying it in the first place?

But don’t take our word for it.  You can work it out for yourself very easily by checking the figures.  Here they are (taken from the ‘Wallasey News’).

The budget means that tax Band A will be £958.79, down from £976.14;

B – £1,118.57, was £1,138.82;

C – £1,278.39, was £1,301.51;

D – £1,438.18, was £1,464.20;

E – £1,757.78, was £1,789.58;

F – £2,077.37, was £2,114.96;

G– £2,396.97, was £2,440.34;

H– £2,876.35, was £2,928.40.

And when the Tories tell us that over 70s are going to get a bit more relief they conveniently forget to mention that there only half as many people over 70 in Seacombe compared with those who reach hearty old age in the more prosperous areas represented by Tory Councillors. 

Hmm … looks like the better off do well under the Tories doesn’t it?

People to be consulted on whether they wish to be ‘hanged, shot, or guillotined’

 26th July 2010  

Have Wirral’s giddy ‘ConDems’ been studying the Conquistadores?  When they sentenced the Emperor of Mexico to death, the Spaniards gave him the choice of being burnt or strangled.  Not surprisingly he chose the latter; they said ‘It was his own choice’  

Steve says: 'Is this ConDem decision putting the 'Con' into consultation?


 Following the ConDems’ announcement to the press of a large scale ‘consultation’ exercise, Leader of the Wirral Labour Group, Cllr Steve Foulkes, said: 

 “The local Conservative and Liberal Democrat Alliance are asking the people of Wirral, in a massive tax payer funded consultation exercise, whether they wish to be hanged, shot or guillotined. 

 They say they will be consulting on budgetary priorities.  But no amount of ‘consultation’ is going to alter the fact that the Council’s grant is going to be slashed by a massive thirty to forty percent over the next two to three years with horrendous consequences for Council Services and for the local economy,  

 The reality is that, until November 25th, far from holding a meaningful consultation which will lead to better services, they will actually be debating in great detail the various ways in which the public can be the agents of their own destruction. They will be consulted in great detail on whether they wish to be hanged, shot or guillotined and, when the final method of execution is finally decided on, this administration will defend the inevitable death because, they will claim, it was the public who chose the method of their own destruction.   

  • If they really believed in consultation, why did they choose to consult schools in the school holidays about key changes in the way the Council offered them services?
  • If they really believed in consultation, why did they fail to consult Wirral’s residents about what was going to happen to their parks and gardens? Or Wirral’s staff who work in the Parks and Gardens about their ideas of what could be done to improve services and save money?
  • If they really believed in consultation, why didn’t they consult over their decision to slash £1.6 from funds aimed at reducing unemployment and improving job opportunities for all of Wirral’s residents? Or the real consequences of slashing over £1.4m from Schools and Childrens Services?
  • If they really believed in consultation, why did they bypass all the normal democratic processes and release the timetable for their grant consultation in a press release instead of a report to Cabinet where it could be properly scrutinised?

 If this propaganda exercise means that there will be no priorities decided until November 25th, and those priorities will then have to be translated into budgetary cuts amounting to £24million or more, which then have to be in place by December 31st to meet statutory redundancy deadlines, then this is a very high risk strategy indeed.  

 The real consequences of this exercise could put hundreds of jobs at risk quite needlessly as deadlines are missed and cuts have to become ever more savage in order to deliver a legal budget on time.  

 People of Wirral should beware. This may be the exercise that puts the ‘Con’ into Consultation.”