Barlow's Beef: What politicians don't want to discuss


You can't turn on the radio or TV at the moment without some politician bleating on about the economy, the 'dangers' of another coalition or the extra Billions they intend to 'give' the NHS and why their party is the only one worthy of your vote.

What you won't hear is any meaningful debate on immigration or details of the location and funding of GP surgeries, dentists, hospitals, schools, etc for the thousands of families moving into all the new houses currently under construction.

These issues are of prime importance to us all and while the various parties are happy to talk endlessly about their own agenda they will NOT engage in any significant way on the above.

Regardless of what some would have us believe Britain is a tolerant country. That's why so many strive to come here. Of course, there are a few bigots but the vast majority of us have no desire to discriminate against anyone. We simply want a sensible sustainable immigration policy and not the shambolic free-for-all that seems to be the hallmark of successive governments.

The current level of chaotic incompetence serves no one least of all those hard-working immigrants trying to establish themselves in society but the problem has not and will not be addressed.

If (and it's a BIG if) plans exist for the infrastructure to support the current house-building programme in Cheshire East no one seems to know. Try asking the next candidate you meet for details. You will be amazed how quickly they change the subject.

Where are the schools that will accommodate all the children? Where are the medical facilities? Where are the new roads, junctions, car parks etc? Will they be funded by the developers or taxpayers?

Either there is no plan - which is entirely possible - or it sufficiently controversial (see Alderley allotments) that no politician wants to raise it prior to an election.

In any event major issues that concern voters will receive scant attention while party hacks criticise public apathy.

If you are able to obtain satisfactory answers to these issues from any candidate jot them down immediately and ask for a signature. Sorry to be picky... but email it to the Party Leader and ask for his/her confirmation saying you intend to frame the response for future reference.

If you receive corroboration... you have found a home for your vote.

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Barlow's Beef


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Duncan Herald
Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 12:09 pm
At least Alderley Edge will shortly have a new, state-of-the-art (is that phrase now too old-fashioned to use?) Medical Centre.
Also the building housing it will eventually be owned by the people of Alderley Edge.

Well done Alderley Edge.
Nick Jones
Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 2:49 pm
Or a car park.......if the previously described funding arrangement stalls.......
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 9:51 pm
@ Duncan Herald: History does have a habit of repeating itself. I've lived around here a long time; we had a (then state of the art) Cottage Hospital, owned by the tax-payers of the UK.
Cottage Hospital sold (given) to local developer, assisted by ???? A34 compulsory-purchased land from Bruntwood Hall to Handforth, ditto... RAF Wilmslow MU lands... ditto... Handforth East Village ditto... Next, possibly: Heyes Lane, ditto... Festival Hall... ditto... All the A34 land to Monks Heath ditto (although it went to someone else, ???? was wrong-footed here and squealed... Alderley Park............. already gone; fat-lads from elsewhere in the Borough have got this diced and sliced.

Sorry, I was having a nightmare; the voices told me to post this but: I have seen the future. I have also seen the past. It is happening again.