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

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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!”

Rising unemployment – stretching resources & blighting communities.

Lee Rushworth comments on the collapse of jobs

18th N0vember 2011

As Seacombe residents increasingly feel the pressure of the ConDem coalition government’s policies Lee says:

Over a million young people are now unemployed, the highest recorded number since records began in 1992.  Total UK Unemployment has risen to a record 2.62 million. 

Youth and women are emerging as the hardest hit.  Over a million women are unemployed – the highest number since 1988.

Many of the public sector jobs now being cut had traditionally employed women – in the civil service, the NHS, local government,  libraries and schools.

Economists now predict that unemployment will continue to rise at least until the end of 2013.

The Tory-led coalition government must act now. They could slam the brakes on rising unemployment by stopping cutting jobs and by investing in jobs instead.

There are now 2.62 million reasons why this government should invest in jobs.

Since Lee’s comments came in we have also had our attention drawn to some of the effects of hardship on the young. Readers might find this article by Clair Spencer, taken from ‘Labour list’, to be rather interesting:




ConDems cave in over Labour’s free swimming policy

Thursday 26th August 2010. 

With Wirral’s remaining Liberal councillors (devastated after losing 25% of their seats in May) now meekly propping up a Tory-led administration it looked as though the national ‘ConDem’ policy of ending free swimming would be rubber stamped. 

But a massive public outcry put huge pressure on the ConDems not to end Labour’s free swimming initiative.  Added to this an on-line petition, initiated by Liscard’s Cllr Darren Dodd, obliged the Tory-led council to concede that Labour had been right all along in providing this facility for pensioners and school children.     

Liscard's Labour Councillor Darren Dodd organised the petition to save free swimming on Wirral

But the threats to many other Wirral services will continue under this Tory/Liberal collaboration.  (Go to: )   

Cllr Steve Foulkes, Leader of the Labour Group on Wirral Council, tonight branded as a hypocrite Cllr Jeff Green, the Leader of the Tory-LibDem coalition running Wirral Council.   

The Labour Leader commented:      


Labour leader Cllr Steve Foulkes denounces ConDem 'hypocrisy' following failure to consult

“Cllr Green admitted, at a Scrutiny Committee, that no public consultation whatever had taken place over the Cabinet’s decision to cut £3.9m from the Council’s budget in the current year.”     

 The Labour Group had ‘called in’  this decision for further consideration.  Labour’s ‘call in’  would have referred  back to Cabinet the budget cuts to schools and to the Working Neighbourhood Fund, which has been used to create over 100 apprenticeships, and would have required the Cabinet to carry out meaningful consultation about these cuts with residents and key stakeholders such as small businesses, unemployed people and headteachers and governors.     

Labour’s proposal was opposed by Tory and Liberal members on the Council Excellence Committee who voted to endorse the original Cabinet decision.     

Speaking after the Committee meeting, Cllr Foulkes stated: “I am amazed at the utter hypocrisy of Cllr Green. One minute he is trumpeting his coalition’s desire to engage in public consultation around the future of Council services, yet he admitted at tonight’s call-in meeting that no consultation had taken place over £3.9m of saving and that the recommendations had been written by a small group of senior Council officers. I am also appalled at the actions of the Liberal Democrats who agreed our budget for 2010/11 in March of this year, but are now slavishly following their Tory partners’ decision to make damaging cuts to front-line services such as education and help for the unemployed and small businesses. They should be ashamed of themselves.”     

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