Jobs and manufacturing to return to ex-Sealine factory

Kidderminster Shuttle: GOOD JOB: Mark Garnier MP, centre, with Quantum Mouldings operations director Steve Galbraith, left and managing director Peter Wooldridge. GOOD JOB: Mark Garnier MP, centre, with Quantum Mouldings operations director Steve Galbraith, left and managing director Peter Wooldridge.

A MOVE to bring jobs and a £1.2 million investment back to the deserted former Sealine factory in Kidderminster has been hailed as "great news" by the town's MP.

Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier was speaking after Stourbridge-based fibreglass manufacturing firm Quantum Mouldings announced it would create up to 10 new jobs in the area and invest £1.2 million in refurbishing the site, off Worcester Road.

The company, which has a £1.6 million turnover, said it had outgrown its existing premises in Stourbridge, where it employs 25 staff and says the move will allow it to take on bigger contracts and move into emerging green markets.

Conservative MP Mr Garnier said: "This is great news for Kidderminster. I am delighted that a local family business is able to give the site a new lease of life and provide new opportunities for employment."

Bosses at Quantum Mouldings say the new Kidderminster-based factory will provide twice the amount of space - 50,000 sq ft - and allow the firm to grow, with a predicted turnover of £5 million within five years.

The company's owner and director Peter Wooldridge said: “We are delighted to be able to offer new opportunities to highly-skilled workers that may have lost their jobs last year. We are passionate about keeping manufacturing skills in the area and re-establishing the production of GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) products in Kidderminster.”

Work on building new offices at the site and upgrading the factory will now begin before new machinery is installed. It is hoped production will begin in September.

Mr Wooldridge said: “We have been restricted on our current site for some time by lack of space. The new premises will enable us to purchase new machinery and improve production processes that will make us more efficient.

“We are also looking to build on our experience with green technology companies. We have already supplied parts for wind turbines and electric vehicles and believe there is huge potential to develop more business in this exciting market sector.”

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11:26am Wed 2 Jul 14

Howard Jones says...

Good news indeed! Another nail in the coffin of those who believe that our community is not on the up. More involvement by Mark Garnier, who has done and is doing more for this area that any previous MP.
Good news indeed! Another nail in the coffin of those who believe that our community is not on the up. More involvement by Mark Garnier, who has done and is doing more for this area that any previous MP. Howard Jones
  • Score: -16

1:43pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jerome K says...

Yes Mak Garnier who has done more for this area than any other MP ever as a company has created...wait for it...10 new jobs.....yes, 10 new jobs. So that's more than any other MP has done ever...oh, hang on he didn't create these 10 jobs a firm from Stourbridge did. Never mind lets reflect on other successes that have occurred on his watch which will easily outdo the closures....such as Sealine. Apparently a paperboy's position has been created in the Kidderminster south area, so please step forward & take a bow Mr Garnier, & not forgetting Mr Singh of course (although I heard UKIP weren't too happy about that last bit).....aaaaaand that's about it. So thanks Mark, & let's hope your efforts to sell off Wyre Forest as a tax loss to your chums is more successful nesxt time if you're reelected. That's progress Wyre Forest style....aha.a ha ha ha...boing boing
Yes Mak Garnier who has done more for this area than any other MP ever as a company has created...wait for it...10 new jobs.....yes, 10 new jobs. So that's more than any other MP has done ever...oh, hang on he didn't create these 10 jobs a firm from Stourbridge did. Never mind lets reflect on other successes that have occurred on his watch which will easily outdo the closures....such as Sealine. Apparently a paperboy's position has been created in the Kidderminster south area, so please step forward & take a bow Mr Garnier, & not forgetting Mr Singh of course (although I heard UKIP weren't too happy about that last bit).....aaaaaand that's about it. So thanks Mark, & let's hope your efforts to sell off Wyre Forest as a tax loss to your chums is more successful nesxt time if you're reelected. That's progress Wyre Forest style....aha.a ha ha ha...boing boing Jerome K
  • Score: 11

2:01pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Europeanist64 says...

Good news - at last a firm bringing real jobs is prepared to invest in Kidderminster. We desperately need the jobs. Good luck to them and their workers. Hope the move to Kidderminster goes well.

Mark Garnier doing more for the area than any previous MP, are you deluded?

1. According to the government's own data (National Statistics Website - Neighbourhood Statistics), the average household income in Wyre Forest declined by over £60 a week between 2010 and 2013.

2. Garnier voted for the Bedroom Tax (spare room penalty), deliberately aimed at hammering our poorest and most vulnerable.

3. Garnier has voted for disability benefit cuts, which have even impacted on cancer patients.

3. Garnier supports no action against zero hour contracts which are a leading cause of poverty in the UK and deny over 1 million British workers their chance to have full working rights and excludes them from working family benefits.

Our community on the up? check with the local benefits office, Citizens Advice Bureau and housing and NHS data on waiting lists and disease levels (all key poverty indicators) also fewer people in Wyre forest are securing apprenticeships, and the number of young people progressing to university is declining. With all of these declines and a decline in average household incomes when the cost of living is rising shows that our community has got a lot poorer since 2010 and the ConDems came to power. The sooner this carpet-bagger is replaced the better.
Good news - at last a firm bringing real jobs is prepared to invest in Kidderminster. We desperately need the jobs. Good luck to them and their workers. Hope the move to Kidderminster goes well. Mark Garnier doing more for the area than any previous MP, are you deluded? 1. According to the government's own data (National Statistics Website - Neighbourhood Statistics), the average household income in Wyre Forest declined by over £60 a week between 2010 and 2013. 2. Garnier voted for the Bedroom Tax (spare room penalty), deliberately aimed at hammering our poorest and most vulnerable. 3. Garnier has voted for disability benefit cuts, which have even impacted on cancer patients. 3. Garnier supports no action against zero hour contracts which are a leading cause of poverty in the UK and deny over 1 million British workers their chance to have full working rights and excludes them from working family benefits. Our community on the up? check with the local benefits office, Citizens Advice Bureau and housing and NHS data on waiting lists and disease levels (all key poverty indicators) also fewer people in Wyre forest are securing apprenticeships, and the number of young people progressing to university is declining. With all of these declines and a decline in average household incomes when the cost of living is rising shows that our community has got a lot poorer since 2010 and the ConDems came to power. The sooner this carpet-bagger is replaced the better. Europeanist64
  • Score: 16

2:14pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Europeanist64 says...

Great news that a firm has brought some quality jobs to Kidderminster, very much needed in these timesH hope the move to Kidderminster goes well, and that the business expands.

"Garnier has done more than any other MP." Are you deluded?

1. Garnier voted for the Bedroom Tax (Spare Room Penalty) which has impacted hard on his poorest constituents.

2. Garnier voted for benefit cuts to the disabled which have even impacted on cancer patients.

3. Garnier has done nothing to stop zero-hour contracts, a massive cause of poverty in the UK and these deny British workers their basic employment and income supplement rights.

4. Garnier has done nothing about a "living wage" for British workers.

Our community on the way up? According to the government's own National Statistics Neighbourhood Data, Between 2010 and 2013, the average household income in Wyre Forest declined by £60 per week.

The Kidderminster food bank has fed over 1000 children since 2010, the jobcentre and benefit office have been busy as have the local social housing providers and there has been a huge rise in poverty indicators in NHS data for Wyre Forest.

"Our community" has factually got a lot poorer since Garnier and the ConDems arrived, and frankly the sooner this carpet bagger goes the better!

Howard, where can I buy whatever hallucinogenics are needed to make me believe that "our community is on the way up."
Great news that a firm has brought some quality jobs to Kidderminster, very much needed in these timesH hope the move to Kidderminster goes well, and that the business expands. "Garnier has done more than any other MP." Are you deluded? 1. Garnier voted for the Bedroom Tax (Spare Room Penalty) which has impacted hard on his poorest constituents. 2. Garnier voted for benefit cuts to the disabled which have even impacted on cancer patients. 3. Garnier has done nothing to stop zero-hour contracts, a massive cause of poverty in the UK and these deny British workers their basic employment and income supplement rights. 4. Garnier has done nothing about a "living wage" for British workers. Our community on the way up? According to the government's own National Statistics Neighbourhood Data, Between 2010 and 2013, the average household income in Wyre Forest declined by £60 per week. The Kidderminster food bank has fed over 1000 children since 2010, the jobcentre and benefit office have been busy as have the local social housing providers and there has been a huge rise in poverty indicators in NHS data for Wyre Forest. "Our community" has factually got a lot poorer since Garnier and the ConDems arrived, and frankly the sooner this carpet bagger goes the better! Howard, where can I buy whatever hallucinogenics are needed to make me believe that "our community is on the way up." Europeanist64
  • Score: 3

4:51pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Howard Jones says...

I posted an approving remark about Mark Garnier. I was interested to read the opposing views that this produced as I have no quibble with opposition. However, as usual, a personalised jibe was not long in coming. It is no wonder that Shuttle articles do not gain large numbers of responders as the standard of debate is constantly undermined by this sort of behaviour. Incidentally, the correct word is “hallucinogens” not “hallucinogenics
.
I posted an approving remark about Mark Garnier. I was interested to read the opposing views that this produced as I have no quibble with opposition. However, as usual, a personalised jibe was not long in coming. It is no wonder that Shuttle articles do not gain large numbers of responders as the standard of debate is constantly undermined by this sort of behaviour. Incidentally, the correct word is “hallucinogens” not “hallucinogenics . Howard Jones
  • Score: -2

4:55pm Wed 2 Jul 14

sonofbaldwin says...

If the company's turnover is forecast to be increased from 1.6 million to 5 million in 5 years then I suspect that this 300% increase will have to be serviced by more than ten extra jobs.
There is also those extra jobs in other local ancillary support industries such a company generates too, from cleaners , catering suppliers, tool hire, printers, waste disposal, security cover and the like.
Good to see companies coming into the area!
If the company's turnover is forecast to be increased from 1.6 million to 5 million in 5 years then I suspect that this 300% increase will have to be serviced by more than ten extra jobs. There is also those extra jobs in other local ancillary support industries such a company generates too, from cleaners , catering suppliers, tool hire, printers, waste disposal, security cover and the like. Good to see companies coming into the area! sonofbaldwin
  • Score: 5

6:43pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jerome K says...

I'm afraid the standard of debate was set by you on this occasion Howard with your comical assertion that Mark Garnier has done more than any other MP in Wyre Forest as on his watch a company may create 10 new jobs....yes 10 new jobs. An absurd statement which only adds to the long list of every Tory comment ever made on the Shuttle containing no intelligence whatsoever & i think that's what sets the bar of debate so low. Take sonofbaldwin's comment - When Sealine closed down Stephen Brown asked some political questions about why this had happened. Immediately a local Tory, pretty sure it was sonof B, jumped down his throat in quite a nasty way - apparently it was bad form to read anything political into it....but now when there's some economic good news it's ok to do so.
So Howard if you want a higher level of debate answer me this - when Sealine closed down with the loss of 300 jobs under Mark Garnier's watch why is it ok for Tories to make nasty comments (I think Stephen was called a politicised opportunist carrion which is pretty below the belt) about those outraged enough (not even blaming Mark Garnier) but asking political questions about why it had happened, but its not ok to make comical jibes against those making ludicrous celebrations over a family business with a staff of 25 replacing a firm which once employed over 400? (Lets not forget sonofB's ancillary workers of a cleaner & security guard....if rates continue at current rate of 25% (see Stourbridge News article)).
So this is your chance Howard, see if you can claim the prize for the first intelligent Tory post on the Shuttle ever...a chance to redeem yourself...we wait with baited breath........
I'm afraid the standard of debate was set by you on this occasion Howard with your comical assertion that Mark Garnier has done more than any other MP in Wyre Forest as on his watch a company may create 10 new jobs....yes 10 new jobs. An absurd statement which only adds to the long list of every Tory comment ever made on the Shuttle containing no intelligence whatsoever & i think that's what sets the bar of debate so low. Take sonofbaldwin's comment - When Sealine closed down Stephen Brown asked some political questions about why this had happened. Immediately a local Tory, pretty sure it was sonof B, jumped down his throat in quite a nasty way - apparently it was bad form to read anything political into it....but now when there's some economic good news it's ok to do so. So Howard if you want a higher level of debate answer me this - when Sealine closed down with the loss of 300 jobs under Mark Garnier's watch why is it ok for Tories to make nasty comments (I think Stephen was called a politicised opportunist carrion which is pretty below the belt) about those outraged enough (not even blaming Mark Garnier) but asking political questions about why it had happened, but its not ok to make comical jibes against those making ludicrous celebrations over a family business with a staff of 25 replacing a firm which once employed over 400? (Lets not forget sonofB's ancillary workers of a cleaner & security guard....if rates continue at current rate of 25% (see Stourbridge News article)). So this is your chance Howard, see if you can claim the prize for the first intelligent Tory post on the Shuttle ever...a chance to redeem yourself...we wait with baited breath........ Jerome K
  • Score: 5

6:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

drbeat says...

Howard Jones wrote:
I posted an approving remark about Mark Garnier. I was interested to read the opposing views that this produced as I have no quibble with opposition. However, as usual, a personalised jibe was not long in coming. It is no wonder that Shuttle articles do not gain large numbers of responders as the standard of debate is constantly undermined by this sort of behaviour. Incidentally, the correct word is “hallucinogens” not “hallucinogenics

�.
@ Howard, All you're going to get is the usual bile from the Wyre Forest Liebour Party, with their multitude of sock puppets all ready to spew nonsense comments at just about anything positive.

The Liebour Party, the party who abolished 'Boom and Bust'...LOL.

Remember the warning back in 97: New Labour, New Danger.

Loved your music by the way.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Jones[/bold] wrote: I posted an approving remark about Mark Garnier. I was interested to read the opposing views that this produced as I have no quibble with opposition. However, as usual, a personalised jibe was not long in coming. It is no wonder that Shuttle articles do not gain large numbers of responders as the standard of debate is constantly undermined by this sort of behaviour. Incidentally, the correct word is “hallucinogens” not “hallucinogenics �.[/p][/quote]@ Howard, All you're going to get is the usual bile from the Wyre Forest Liebour Party, with their multitude of sock puppets all ready to spew nonsense comments at just about anything positive. The Liebour Party, the party who abolished 'Boom and Bust'...LOL. Remember the warning back in 97: New Labour, New Danger. Loved your music by the way. drbeat
  • Score: -4

8:04pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jerome K says...

While we wait for Howard to get a reply from Margaret Thatcher House (You can imagine the phone call "Look i've got a dilema here, there's got to be someone in Wyre Forest Conservative Party who can string a sentence together....") we can Google "Drbeat Kidderminster Shuttle" as a sort of muzak to entertain us. Every quote a winner from the one that still says 'Liebour'. Check this one out from
http://www.kiddermin
stershuttle.co.uk/ne
ws/local/8152591.Tor
y_hails__fresh_start
__for_Wyre_Forest/

Drbeat (ahem) "Labour are finished, Taylor is gone, Wyre Forest at last has representation and the Libs will relegate Labour to 3rd place in the next GE. Things can only get better...eh?"

Hope you're not a betting man Drbeat lol.

Happy viewing readers ;-)
While we wait for Howard to get a reply from Margaret Thatcher House (You can imagine the phone call "Look i've got a dilema here, there's got to be someone in Wyre Forest Conservative Party who can string a sentence together....") we can Google "Drbeat Kidderminster Shuttle" as a sort of muzak to entertain us. Every quote a winner from the one that still says 'Liebour'. Check this one out from http://www.kiddermin stershuttle.co.uk/ne ws/local/8152591.Tor y_hails__fresh_start __for_Wyre_Forest/ Drbeat (ahem) "Labour are finished, Taylor is gone, Wyre Forest at last has representation and the Libs will relegate Labour to 3rd place in the next GE. Things can only get better...eh?" Hope you're not a betting man Drbeat lol. Happy viewing readers ;-) Jerome K
  • Score: 6

9:57pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Stephen Brown says...

Of course it is good news if jobs come into the area, it would be almost churlish to say otherwise.

However, the economic, social, political, and historical context for employment and how we got here is important and cannot be ignored.

Employment is a political issue - fact - why else would politicians involve themselves in it and feel the need to comment?

Yes, the employer wants to grow and expand and be profitable whilst the employee wants the job and decent wage to be able to live. On the surface what's wrong with that? Nothing.

Except that's where it starts to unravel.

Over the last 30 odd years manufacturing has been used as a political and economic football by governments and global interests. Generally, manufacturing and so the wider UK economy have been victims of these politically inspired policies, as have workers and their incomes.

It lead us where we are now.

But despite the 'good news' of new jobs generally, are we actually better off than 2007? No. We still live in a nation buying foreign made goods trying to buy houses we can't afford and still getting into debt to buy them because we are an under-employed, low wage economy. The 'new' boom remains the myth it ever was. Prices go up and wages go down in real terms making survival for us all and in turn business a struggle.

What's that got to do with this story? Everything and nothing. The tired old failed political economic context remains and unless it changes, nothing will. So current elected politicians can comment all they like, but they are part of the problem, as are their vested interests, not the long term sustainable solution. We need a better framework that appreciates the value of both business and worker. Mr Garnier's voting record shows what side he is on.

But I do wish Quantum Mouldings all the best for its success. They will hopefully thrive despite and not because of political meddling.
Of course it is good news if jobs come into the area, it would be almost churlish to say otherwise. However, the economic, social, political, and historical context for employment and how we got here is important and cannot be ignored. Employment is a political issue - fact - why else would politicians involve themselves in it and feel the need to comment? Yes, the employer wants to grow and expand and be profitable whilst the employee wants the job and decent wage to be able to live. On the surface what's wrong with that? Nothing. Except that's where it starts to unravel. Over the last 30 odd years manufacturing has been used as a political and economic football by governments and global interests. Generally, manufacturing and so the wider UK economy have been victims of these politically inspired policies, as have workers and their incomes. It lead us where we are now. But despite the 'good news' of new jobs generally, are we actually better off than 2007? No. We still live in a nation buying foreign made goods trying to buy houses we can't afford and still getting into debt to buy them because we are an under-employed, low wage economy. The 'new' boom remains the myth it ever was. Prices go up and wages go down in real terms making survival for us all and in turn business a struggle. What's that got to do with this story? Everything and nothing. The tired old failed political economic context remains and unless it changes, nothing will. So current elected politicians can comment all they like, but they are part of the problem, as are their vested interests, not the long term sustainable solution. We need a better framework that appreciates the value of both business and worker. Mr Garnier's voting record shows what side he is on. But I do wish Quantum Mouldings all the best for its success. They will hopefully thrive despite and not because of political meddling. Stephen Brown
  • Score: 11

11:09pm Wed 2 Jul 14

drbeat says...

Jerome K wrote:
While we wait for Howard to get a reply from Margaret Thatcher House (You can imagine the phone call "Look i've got a dilema here, there's got to be someone in Wyre Forest Conservative Party who can string a sentence together....") we can Google "Drbeat Kidderminster Shuttle" as a sort of muzak to entertain us. Every quote a winner from the one that still says 'Liebour'. Check this one out from
http://www.kiddermin

stershuttle.co.uk/ne

ws/local/8152591.Tor

y_hails__fresh_start

__for_Wyre_Forest/

Drbeat (ahem) "Labour are finished, Taylor is gone, Wyre Forest at last has representation and the Libs will relegate Labour to 3rd place in the next GE. Things can only get better...eh?"

Hope you're not a betting man Drbeat lol.

Happy viewing readers ;-)
To all "viewing readers", I present the above to you: The Wyre Forest Liebour Party. Only happy when we all share in the misery of their own making. A party which once stood for 'redistribution of the wealth' but now stands for 'redistribution of the debt'.

Only Liebourites are betting people, only problem is they use other peoples money.

New Labour, New Danger.
[quote][p][bold]Jerome K[/bold] wrote: While we wait for Howard to get a reply from Margaret Thatcher House (You can imagine the phone call "Look i've got a dilema here, there's got to be someone in Wyre Forest Conservative Party who can string a sentence together....") we can Google "Drbeat Kidderminster Shuttle" as a sort of muzak to entertain us. Every quote a winner from the one that still says 'Liebour'. Check this one out from http://www.kiddermin stershuttle.co.uk/ne ws/local/8152591.Tor y_hails__fresh_start __for_Wyre_Forest/ Drbeat (ahem) "Labour are finished, Taylor is gone, Wyre Forest at last has representation and the Libs will relegate Labour to 3rd place in the next GE. Things can only get better...eh?" Hope you're not a betting man Drbeat lol. Happy viewing readers ;-)[/p][/quote]To all "viewing readers", I present the above to you: The Wyre Forest Liebour Party. Only happy when we all share in the misery of their own making. A party which once stood for 'redistribution of the wealth' but now stands for 'redistribution of the debt'. Only Liebourites are betting people, only problem is they use other peoples money. New Labour, New Danger. drbeat
  • Score: -9

11:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jerome K says...

Drbeat - you're not supposed to join in with the lampooning of yourself. It's just too easy. Sigh.
Drbeat - you're not supposed to join in with the lampooning of yourself. It's just too easy. Sigh. Jerome K
  • Score: 8

11:45pm Wed 2 Jul 14

drbeat says...

Stephen Brown wrote:
Of course it is good news if jobs come into the area, it would be almost churlish to say otherwise.

However, the economic, social, political, and historical context for employment and how we got here is important and cannot be ignored.

Employment is a political issue - fact - why else would politicians involve themselves in it and feel the need to comment?

Yes, the employer wants to grow and expand and be profitable whilst the employee wants the job and decent wage to be able to live. On the surface what's wrong with that? Nothing.

Except that's where it starts to unravel.

Over the last 30 odd years manufacturing has been used as a political and economic football by governments and global interests. Generally, manufacturing and so the wider UK economy have been victims of these politically inspired policies, as have workers and their incomes.

It lead us where we are now.

But despite the 'good news' of new jobs generally, are we actually better off than 2007? No. We still live in a nation buying foreign made goods trying to buy houses we can't afford and still getting into debt to buy them because we are an under-employed, low wage economy. The 'new' boom remains the myth it ever was. Prices go up and wages go down in real terms making survival for us all and in turn business a struggle.

What's that got to do with this story? Everything and nothing. The tired old failed political economic context remains and unless it changes, nothing will. So current elected politicians can comment all they like, but they are part of the problem, as are their vested interests, not the long term sustainable solution. We need a better framework that appreciates the value of both business and worker. Mr Garnier's voting record shows what side he is on.

But I do wish Quantum Mouldings all the best for its success. They will hopefully thrive despite and not because of political meddling.
Your comment appears to totally ignore 13 years of Bliar and Broon along with their political 'Social Democracy' meddling.

Manufacturing is on a downward spiral because as a workforce we are too expensive when compared to China, India and the like. What you described is not a political or economical football, its simple maths - profit. We are shackled with the chains of 'employment law', a minimum wage, a huge employer national insurance burden etc. Just who in their right mind would set up a factory in this country? The bottom line is that we are too expensive and we're being undercut mainly by a Communist led country. who are supposed to be about 'the people' (like what was bleated by Jerome's hero Tony Bliar) but who in fact don't give a stuff about their people, or the environment for that matter?

Whilst we build wind farms and debate gay marriage, the rest of the world is overtaking us. And all because Dave wants to be like Tony (does that make you happy Jerome?).

As for the cost of living, well again that can be placed firmly at the doors of Bliar and Broon. Under their watch, mortgage fraud, liars loans, self cert mortgages went through the roof. Those factors alone pushed up house prices which are still way too high today. The fall out is higher rents, this scam known as 'Social Housing' and house prices out of reach of the average earner. For nearly 10 years, house prices were pushed up by easy credit and lax lending which all took place during Gordon Broon's watch. No government has the balls to pull the plug on the housing market, 8% interest rates would see the required correction but instead we're stuck with outrageous schemes such as Funding for Lending and Help to Buy. We're stuck with this **** dysfunctional housing market because of 13 years of New Labour, it's that simple.

And to make things worse, it was LABOUR who bailed out the City, who bailed out the 'evil bankers'...our national debt more then doubled, and of course add to that Gordon Broon's use of PFI...the nutter was addicted to PFI. As a result, a lot of our schools and hospitals are under the control of likes of HSBC, Balfour Beatty and other corporates who in no way represent 'business' or the 'worker'. All of this happened under a LABOUR Government? The disbelief is like that of Kinnock's when he publicly derided Militant for hiring taxis for people to give out redundancy notices to Liverpool Council workers.

The big picture isn't the local MP's voting record, the big picture is who remains at the top the Labour Party when the 'New Labour' dream crashed and burned: Milliband and Balls.

The British experiment with Social Democracy has failed. Time for a new direction, time for the right direction.
[quote][p][bold]Stephen Brown[/bold] wrote: Of course it is good news if jobs come into the area, it would be almost churlish to say otherwise. However, the economic, social, political, and historical context for employment and how we got here is important and cannot be ignored. Employment is a political issue - fact - why else would politicians involve themselves in it and feel the need to comment? Yes, the employer wants to grow and expand and be profitable whilst the employee wants the job and decent wage to be able to live. On the surface what's wrong with that? Nothing. Except that's where it starts to unravel. Over the last 30 odd years manufacturing has been used as a political and economic football by governments and global interests. Generally, manufacturing and so the wider UK economy have been victims of these politically inspired policies, as have workers and their incomes. It lead us where we are now. But despite the 'good news' of new jobs generally, are we actually better off than 2007? No. We still live in a nation buying foreign made goods trying to buy houses we can't afford and still getting into debt to buy them because we are an under-employed, low wage economy. The 'new' boom remains the myth it ever was. Prices go up and wages go down in real terms making survival for us all and in turn business a struggle. What's that got to do with this story? Everything and nothing. The tired old failed political economic context remains and unless it changes, nothing will. So current elected politicians can comment all they like, but they are part of the problem, as are their vested interests, not the long term sustainable solution. We need a better framework that appreciates the value of both business and worker. Mr Garnier's voting record shows what side he is on. But I do wish Quantum Mouldings all the best for its success. They will hopefully thrive despite and not because of political meddling.[/p][/quote]Your comment appears to totally ignore 13 years of Bliar and Broon along with their political 'Social Democracy' meddling. Manufacturing is on a downward spiral because as a workforce we are too expensive when compared to China, India and the like. What you described is not a political or economical football, its simple maths - profit. We are shackled with the chains of 'employment law', a minimum wage, a huge employer national insurance burden etc. Just who in their right mind would set up a factory in this country? The bottom line is that we are too expensive and we're being undercut mainly by a Communist led country. who are supposed to be about 'the people' (like what was bleated by Jerome's hero Tony Bliar) but who in fact don't give a stuff about their people, or the environment for that matter? Whilst we build wind farms and debate gay marriage, the rest of the world is overtaking us. And all because Dave wants to be like Tony (does that make you happy Jerome?). As for the cost of living, well again that can be placed firmly at the doors of Bliar and Broon. Under their watch, mortgage fraud, liars loans, self cert mortgages went through the roof. Those factors alone pushed up house prices which are still way too high today. The fall out is higher rents, this scam known as 'Social Housing' and house prices out of reach of the average earner. For nearly 10 years, house prices were pushed up by easy credit and lax lending which all took place during Gordon Broon's watch. No government has the balls to pull the plug on the housing market, 8% interest rates would see the required correction but instead we're stuck with outrageous schemes such as Funding for Lending and Help to Buy. We're stuck with this **** dysfunctional housing market because of 13 years of New Labour, it's that simple. And to make things worse, it was LABOUR who bailed out the City, who bailed out the 'evil bankers'...our national debt more then doubled, and of course add to that Gordon Broon's use of PFI...the nutter was addicted to PFI. As a result, a lot of our schools and hospitals are under the control of likes of HSBC, Balfour Beatty and other corporates who in no way represent 'business' or the 'worker'. All of this happened under a LABOUR Government? The disbelief is like that of Kinnock's when he publicly derided Militant for hiring taxis for people to give out redundancy notices to Liverpool Council workers. The big picture isn't the local MP's voting record, the big picture is who remains at the top the Labour Party when the 'New Labour' dream crashed and burned: Milliband and Balls. The British experiment with Social Democracy has failed. Time for a new direction, time for the right direction. drbeat
  • Score: -8

12:09am Thu 3 Jul 14

drbeat says...

Jerome K wrote:
Drbeat - you're not supposed to join in with the lampooning of yourself. It's just too easy. Sigh.
Thanks for researching my previous comments, I'm flattered that I'm worth the effort. Just how much of your own time did you spend researching me?

Read like you're getting low on ammo...LOL...sigh...
just too easy.
[quote][p][bold]Jerome K[/bold] wrote: Drbeat - you're not supposed to join in with the lampooning of yourself. It's just too easy. Sigh.[/p][/quote]Thanks for researching my previous comments, I'm flattered that I'm worth the effort. Just how much of your own time did you spend researching me? Read like you're getting low on ammo...LOL...sigh... just too easy. drbeat
  • Score: -10

3:04pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Stephen Brown says...

Ahh, I get it now, the world and its history started in 1997 according to drbeat, let alone we should all completely reject the capitalist international agenda to make money as they wish at any cost and its antipathy towards workers and the leading role ALL political parties have played in this. Let's all celebrate our right to be downtrodden peasants and the merits of Cognative dysfunction. Hurrah. I look forward to medieval feudalism returning. Oh it never happened, it can't return, I forgot the Cognative dysfunction, the world began in 1997.
Ahh, I get it now, the world and its history started in 1997 according to drbeat, let alone we should all completely reject the capitalist international agenda to make money as they wish at any cost and its antipathy towards workers and the leading role ALL political parties have played in this. Let's all celebrate our right to be downtrodden peasants and the merits of Cognative dysfunction. Hurrah. I look forward to medieval feudalism returning. Oh it never happened, it can't return, I forgot the Cognative dysfunction, the world began in 1997. Stephen Brown
  • Score: 8

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