St. Paul’s Ramsbottom

I attended the monthly coffee morning at St. Paul’s in Ramsbottom today and also took the opportunity to discuss Ramsbottom matters with one of our Ramsbottom Councillors and local residents. This afternoon I spent some time with my wife Susan and we were able to make a little progress with tidying the garden, clearing away all the deceased material ready for another years growth ( hopefully! ).

Published by David Nuttall

Business and Political Consultant

5 thoughts on “St. Paul’s Ramsbottom

  1. To: David Nuttall,

    Interesting topic the Olympics. Nearly 18 months after the Government promised that the whole country would reap the rewards of London being awarded the 2012 Olympics, there now appears to be a hollow ring to this pledge.

    It is already clear that the English regions, such as those north of Watford, are being short-changed on transport funding in order to pay for major new schemes in the capital, like the Crossrail link. Recently, to compound matters further, a respected economic think-tank has warned that the impact of the Games on the English regions will, in fact, be negligible.

    Indeed, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) went further and warned about the dangers of “excessively high hopes” being built up about the economic value of the regional dividend. They said, there was an over emphasise on in that other regions of Britain would actually see any benefits.

    I don’t think the Government cannot ignore such criticisms. For, as the opening ceremony draws nearer and nearer, and the cost of staging the sporting spectacular soars still higher and higher, there is every prospect of even more public money being channelled into London at the expense of the rest of the country. This I think must be resisted, especially given how the London bid team wowed the International Olympic Committee with the concept of a “British Olympics”.

    If they are going to be true to their word, they must now set out, in precise terms, how they intend every region to benefit from the 2012 Games – and how every community and, more importantly, every school will be able to live the much quoted Olympic dream.It is not too much to ask for is it? If the Government and the London team are committed to involving the whole country in the Olympic venture. Their response will be a test of the sincerity of their intentions.

  2. Thanks for your comment Mr Good,
    As the decision has already been taken that London will stage the Olympics in 2012 I think we now need to move on and do all we can to ensure that the whole of the UK benfits from the Olympics.
    I do not believe that we were ever asked if we wanted to stage the Olympic Games.

  3. Dear Mr Edwards,
    Thanks for your comment. My hope is that the US and the UK succeed in bringing peace to this troubled country.
    I am concerned that even if all US/UK troops left tomorrow the country would still descend into a civil war. I fully support the Conservatives position on the latest moves which were set out by William Hague at the time the further troop deployments were announced by President Bush.

  4. Given the current state of things in this country, should we be hosting the Olympics in 2012? Shouldn’t we, instead, be using the effort and resources to address problems elsewhere in society?

    As we can no longer send prisoners to Australia, should we not send the Olympics there as they have already gone to the expense of creating trhe infrastructure? Were we ever asked if we wanted the Olympics? Are they any more than a chance for international big wigs to get together and live it up?

  5. Mr Nuttall,

    What are your comments on the Iraq war? Because I think against the advice of Congress, his generals, his diplomats, and the respected Iraq Study Group, George W. Bush has recently sent in more troops to Iraq to reinforce failure. Much more of this and the White House I think will increasingly resemble Hitler’s bunker.

    For a start, the so-called “surge” of 20,000 soldiers into Iraq isn’t a surge at all. A total of 20,000 extra troops means that never more than 10,000 will be available at any one time for frontline duties.

    The Shi’ite militia must be awaiting their arrival with relish. It is too little and far too late, which means it shouldn’t be done at all. The sight of a British Government meekly acquiescing in the escalation is nauseating.Neither have the Tories much to be proud of. The only basis on which our original support for the invasion was defensible –since it was going ahead with or without us – was that we could exert some moderating influence as a major ally of the US.

    British soldiers and diplomats anticipated every disaster that has occurred. The Pentagon and the White House were repeatedly warned about the dangers ahead. Not only was good advice ignored, it was treated with contempt.
    Whatever its other shortcomings, the Foreign Office understands the Middle East. There is a respect for other cultures and other societies which is reflected in our military. The US Army is a fine fighting machine but winning hearts and minds is foreign to its ethos. However much they hated Saddam, the sight of Western troops marching into an Arab country is repugnant for other Arab leaders.

    Regarding them as liberators was a joke.The overthrow of Saddam needed to be handled with tact and skill. Instead, the Pentagon behaved with all the delicacy of a bulldozer. The notion that you can impose democracy by military force on unwilling peoples was always arrogant nonsense. And, significantly, when the ballot-box puts into power Hamas in Gaza, or Hezbollah in Lebanon, enthusiasm for democracy seems to evaporate altogether.

    We are now being told we must stay in Iraq in order to save it from chaos. What would they call the present mess except chaos? Telling the so-called Iraqi government to get tough with the terrorist militias is as a certain regular frogger may say “moonshine”. Half of the Cabinet is in league with the militias and they have frustrated every attempt to clamp down.

    The idea that 150,000 troops in Iraq can impose law and order is similarly moonshine: their biggest task now is protecting themselves. And when law and order no longer exist, power passes into the hands of the militias, mafias and warlords. The gunman is king.
    Conditions for ordinary Iraqis are worse than 10 years ago. Baghdad’s electricity, water and sewerage have not been restored. Billions of dollars in aid have been stolen – one billion dollars in military supplies alone – and put into Jordanian banks.

    In the face of all this, to say that we must “stay the course” and “see the job through” is madness. Telling us that we must not leave until order is restored, infrastructure rebuilt, and democracy in full flower, is delusion on a grand scale.

    But, whatever blunders American politicians have made, they have at least given consistent support to their military. The US military budget has been doubled since 9/11 and 30,000 more troops have been added. In Britain, by contrast, Gordon Brown cut the military budget and our men are fighting with outdated and inferior equipment. Small wonder that recruitment is down and soldiers are leaving in droves.

    There is little we can do now to influence US policy, but we could at least start to show some backbone ourselves. The sight of Margaret Beckett and Tony Blair meekly defending every White House action is I think bringing Britain into disrepute. Unless we were prepared to show some guts in our relations with the United States, we should never have agreed to get involved in the first place.

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