THE NEWSDESK: Why we cannot ignore the recommendations of Re:Newport, Cllr Bright

South Wales Argus: THE NEWSDESK: Why we cannot ignore the recommendations of Re:Newport, Cllr Bright THE NEWSDESK: Why we cannot ignore the recommendations of Re:Newport, Cllr Bright

THE publication of the Re:Newport report last week sparked off an interesting series of reactions.

Firstly, that of council leader Bob Bright - whose dismissive "we could all have written down those ideas" made quite a few of us shake our heads.

Yes, Cllr Bright, but here's the thing: You didn't.

You and your administration did not produce such a report, despite the fact you have been in power now for a number of years.

It is all very well pouring cold water upon ideas. But if we do, then what?

Secondly, the reaction from businesses and economist Dr Jonathan Deacon, marketing and entrepreneurship lecturer at the University of South Wales in Newport.

Dr Deacon says: "There is no shortage of ambition and aspiration behind this.

"It is lovely to see that groups of people are taking the bull by the horns and seeing that it is a great place to be and that there is a lot of opportunity here."

Alan Edwards, president of the Newport Chamber of Trade, says: "I welcome all the ideas and the positive thinking about the city centre."

He has invited Simon Gibson, chairman of the Re:Newport task force, to the chamber's next business conference in January to clarify some of the ideas.

A very different reaction to the one which looks at the report, throws it aside and expects normal service to be resumed.

Having read the recommendations, I think ignoring them wholesale would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

The ideas of a software university, the working with small businesses, the retail forum, the tech forum, the forums to share history, heritage, culture and sport and an annual festival around culture, music or technology, are all things I think are sorely needed in this city.

Understandably, some of us are a little more wary of the idea for a "super arcade" - would that not just to try to replicate Cwmbran? Why are we not doing more with the existing arcades?

But, the report is about ideas, generating positivity and trying to pull Newport out of the hole in which it currently finds itself.

And that's a good start. The recognition that, despite the pooh-poohings from some quarters, things cannot be allowed to continue the way they have been in recent years, watching a once vibrant and attractive city centre die on the vine with empty shops and deserted shopping streets and people who are beaten down by decades of disappointment.

While Friar's Walk will bring more shoppers into the city, it is not the panacea for this city's ills. It needs - and currently sorely lacks - vision.

Although wonderful old buildings were bulldozed in the 1960s and 1970s, there are still many wonderful old buildings which would provide a great atmosphere in the city centre were they to be used properly.

It is clear we need a mixture of shops, homes and workplaces which do not involve selling things over the counter to bring our city centre back to life.

I would love to see a city centre cafe quarter full of workers, students and shoppers, and a night-time economy which does not just involve people going out to get tanked up, with restaurants, bars and cafes sitting alongside family attractions.

So I say bring on the ideas in the Re:Newport report and let's see if they can work for us. Welcome that injection of positivity.

And here are some more thoughts.

The recent council report which highlighted the financial issues at the Riverfront is also a wake-up call, I believe.

That lack of vision has seen our arts centre trying desperately to be a mini-me for the mainstream St David's Hall, instead of the vibrant place for Newport's own culture which it could be. Think Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

And then, there's the Newport Ship.

I know I have said this before, but it bears repeating.

That ship could, and should, be a major catalyst for regeneration in this city. Properly displayed, it would attract thousands and thousands of people to Newport to view it, to spend their time and money.

It could be the centrepiece for tours of this city's rich maritime history.

This is a port city, and it is high time that was recognised.

And yet, its future remains uncertain. Whether we will ever do it justice, who can tell?

Now, for the task force, the hard work starts on how to fund and implement their ideas. And that's going to be tough in the current financial climate.

But I think many people in Newport will be hoping their ideas reach fruition - and that we once again have a city centre of which we can be proud.

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3:54pm Sun 15 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

Stand by for the anti labour, anti Bright, anti everything brigade to start their political rankings.
Stand by for the anti labour, anti Bright, anti everything brigade to start their political rankings. sooty001

3:56pm Sun 15 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

Even rantings.
Even rantings. sooty001

4:12pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

sooty001 wrote:
Even rantings.
Sooty seeing as you have asked.

I am not anti Labour nor am I anti Bright, I am pro Newport, but until Bright steps aside for the better of Newport nothing will get done.

If he was to go and some of his cabinet followers too this City would have a chance to move forward.

Did you realise that the three councillors in Ringland ward where you live amassed 70 thousand pounds last year in allowances.

If I was Bright I wouldn't want to go neither on the money paid as an allowance. It wouldn't be so bad if it was performance related we wouldn't have to pay him then :-)
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: Even rantings.[/p][/quote]Sooty seeing as you have asked. I am not anti Labour nor am I anti Bright, I am pro Newport, but until Bright steps aside for the better of Newport nothing will get done. If he was to go and some of his cabinet followers too this City would have a chance to move forward. Did you realise that the three councillors in Ringland ward where you live amassed 70 thousand pounds last year in allowances. If I was Bright I wouldn't want to go neither on the money paid as an allowance. It wouldn't be so bad if it was performance related we wouldn't have to pay him then :-) Votefornoneoftheabove

4:20pm Sun 15 Dec 13

merlin the silure says...

councillor DIM has done nothing,zip,zilch for this city-he and his cronies should hang their heads in shame and do the right thing and GO.
Councillor DIM could'nt write a decent kids book never mind a report.
councillor DIM has done nothing,zip,zilch for this city-he and his cronies should hang their heads in shame and do the right thing and GO. Councillor DIM could'nt write a decent kids book never mind a report. merlin the silure

5:13pm Sun 15 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

nothing will change in newport until people stop voting for that idiot labour party, good god bob bright is in his seventies Paul Flynn another old labour dinosaur is 80 i think. They see themselves as untouchable the mugs of Newport will vote for us how ever little we do. vote for anyone except these absolute idiots when i wrote to Paul Flynn the arrogant old sod told me me that people must like his as they vote for him and to sod off and buy his book this is what he wrote.

You have no idea of what the duties of an MP are. Suggest t you read some of my books and you might find out One of them is the most borrowed book in the Commons library and it's called 'How to be an MP.' Yes I am happy to have won the last six elections in Newport West. Before i did it was a Tory seat and the swing last time was less than other Welsh constituencies. Had been the same as elsewhere in Gwent, I would have lost. On all other issues you are misinformed and you have distorted views.
nothing will change in newport until people stop voting for that idiot labour party, good god bob bright is in his seventies Paul Flynn another old labour dinosaur is 80 i think. They see themselves as untouchable the mugs of Newport will vote for us how ever little we do. vote for anyone except these absolute idiots when i wrote to Paul Flynn the arrogant old sod told me me that people must like his as they vote for him and to sod off and buy his book this is what he wrote. You have no idea of what the duties of an MP are. Suggest t you read some of my books and you might find out One of them is the most borrowed book in the Commons library and it's called 'How to be an MP.' Yes I am happy to have won the last six elections in Newport West. Before i did it was a Tory seat and the swing last time was less than other Welsh constituencies. Had been the same as elsewhere in Gwent, I would have lost. On all other issues you are misinformed and you have distorted views. scraptheWAG

5:18pm Sun 15 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

Votefornoneoftheabov
e
wrote:
sooty001 wrote:
Even rantings.
Sooty seeing as you have asked.

I am not anti Labour nor am I anti Bright, I am pro Newport, but until Bright steps aside for the better of Newport nothing will get done.

If he was to go and some of his cabinet followers too this City would have a chance to move forward.

Did you realise that the three councillors in Ringland ward where you live amassed 70 thousand pounds last year in allowances.

If I was Bright I wouldn't want to go neither on the money paid as an allowance. It wouldn't be so bad if it was performance related we wouldn't have to pay him then :-)
Thought it would not be to long before I rattled someone's cage, it's the mural brigade again on their high horses wanting to save this save that, have you ever been to a council meeting? I have, it's not Bright who makes the decisions it the full elected members, so the only way you are going to change things is to elect different council members, and I believe we had a dose of that a couple of years ago and we were left in the same sorry state that we are now, so all you people who do not like the way it is run I suggest you all vote for something different.
[quote][p][bold]Votefornoneoftheabov e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: Even rantings.[/p][/quote]Sooty seeing as you have asked. I am not anti Labour nor am I anti Bright, I am pro Newport, but until Bright steps aside for the better of Newport nothing will get done. If he was to go and some of his cabinet followers too this City would have a chance to move forward. Did you realise that the three councillors in Ringland ward where you live amassed 70 thousand pounds last year in allowances. If I was Bright I wouldn't want to go neither on the money paid as an allowance. It wouldn't be so bad if it was performance related we wouldn't have to pay him then :-)[/p][/quote]Thought it would not be to long before I rattled someone's cage, it's the mural brigade again on their high horses wanting to save this save that, have you ever been to a council meeting? I have, it's not Bright who makes the decisions it the full elected members, so the only way you are going to change things is to elect different council members, and I believe we had a dose of that a couple of years ago and we were left in the same sorry state that we are now, so all you people who do not like the way it is run I suggest you all vote for something different. sooty001

5:38pm Sun 15 Dec 13

mep says...

We've had about 50 years of this lot, it doesn't take long to stroll the city centre to see what a mess they've made of it.
We've had about 50 years of this lot, it doesn't take long to stroll the city centre to see what a mess they've made of it. mep

6:23pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

"THE publication of the Re:Newport report last week sparked off an interesting series of reactions."

Shouldn't those be Re:Actions?

Now where's *my* £100K salary per annum for thinking up that lil' spark of genius all on my own?;)
"THE publication of the Re:Newport report last week sparked off an interesting series of reactions." Shouldn't those be Re:Actions? Now where's *my* £100K salary per annum for thinking up that lil' spark of genius all on my own?;) Katie Re-Registered

6:50pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

Mot of the ideas do little for the City Centre. Many of the ideas given a professor was involved are about giving more work to the universities. Why am I not surprised when Welsh Universities are facing cut backs

One also has to consider budget cut backs so any ideas need to be low cost and to be able to be implemented quite quickly. Most of the ideas do not do that
Much better use could be made of the upstairs of the old Market at present it is largely wasted and when it is used it is done badly

It could be used for a weekly farms market and craft market with local collage students displaying their work and possibly selling it. Cookery demonstrations could be put on and student fashion shows and craft demonstrations

It though needs to be done well. . This would cost little to put on and can be done in a short amount of time
Mot of the ideas do little for the City Centre. Many of the ideas given a professor was involved are about giving more work to the universities. Why am I not surprised when Welsh Universities are facing cut backs One also has to consider budget cut backs so any ideas need to be low cost and to be able to be implemented quite quickly. Most of the ideas do not do that Much better use could be made of the upstairs of the old Market at present it is largely wasted and when it is used it is done badly It could be used for a weekly farms market and craft market with local collage students displaying their work and possibly selling it. Cookery demonstrations could be put on and student fashion shows and craft demonstrations It though needs to be done well. . This would cost little to put on and can be done in a short amount of time Bobevans

6:59pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Jonnytrouble says...

What I would like to see is some caring councillors and MP's putting there genuine heart and sole into putting Newport back on the map as a beautiful City for us to visit with pride and to show off to outsider's in this country and those from the rest of the globe !
Also I remember a time when we almost got that ugly river Usk sorted out so we could see a River with a permanent high tide not dirty mud banks with litter and rubbish to see !
But again I think Newport will be in that everlasting dreamland ?
What I would like to see is some caring councillors and MP's putting there genuine heart and sole into putting Newport back on the map as a beautiful City for us to visit with pride and to show off to outsider's in this country and those from the rest of the globe ! Also I remember a time when we almost got that ugly river Usk sorted out so we could see a River with a permanent high tide not dirty mud banks with litter and rubbish to see ! But again I think Newport will be in that everlasting dreamland ? Jonnytrouble

8:00pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Dave on his Soapbox says...

Bobevans says...
'.......professor was involved are about giving more work to the universities. Why am I not surprised when Welsh Universities are facing cut backs'

With the takeover by Glamorgan......there
's rumours that there's going to be a number courses/programmes that will no longer run in Newport....and that Caerleon will go all together.....many staff have/are already being forced to move to the Atrium in Cardiff or Treforest where their central services are based.....with a skeleton staff left in Newport with the leaking roof......
Bobevans says... '.......professor was involved are about giving more work to the universities. Why am I not surprised when Welsh Universities are facing cut backs' With the takeover by Glamorgan......there 's rumours that there's going to be a number courses/programmes that will no longer run in Newport....and that Caerleon will go all together.....many staff have/are already being forced to move to the Atrium in Cardiff or Treforest where their central services are based.....with a skeleton staff left in Newport with the leaking roof...... Dave on his Soapbox

8:31pm Sun 15 Dec 13

nodnyl says...

we all could think of a thousand ideas.
A start has been made. now lets find some decent people to finish it get lost Blight! and take your comments with you this is a proud city with a fine heritage and a bright future and a blight one.
we all could think of a thousand ideas. A start has been made. now lets find some decent people to finish it get lost Blight! and take your comments with you this is a proud city with a fine heritage and a bright future and a blight one. nodnyl

8:33pm Sun 15 Dec 13

nodnyl says...

nodnyl wrote:
we all could think of a thousand ideas.
A start has been made. now lets find some decent people to finish it get lost Blight! and take your comments with you this is a proud city with a fine heritage and a bright future and a blight one.
obviusly not blight
[quote][p][bold]nodnyl[/bold] wrote: we all could think of a thousand ideas. A start has been made. now lets find some decent people to finish it get lost Blight! and take your comments with you this is a proud city with a fine heritage and a bright future and a blight one.[/p][/quote]obviusly not blight nodnyl

8:35pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

sooty001 wrote:
Votefornoneoftheabov

e
wrote:
sooty001 wrote:
Even rantings.
Sooty seeing as you have asked.

I am not anti Labour nor am I anti Bright, I am pro Newport, but until Bright steps aside for the better of Newport nothing will get done.

If he was to go and some of his cabinet followers too this City would have a chance to move forward.

Did you realise that the three councillors in Ringland ward where you live amassed 70 thousand pounds last year in allowances.

If I was Bright I wouldn't want to go neither on the money paid as an allowance. It wouldn't be so bad if it was performance related we wouldn't have to pay him then :-)
Thought it would not be to long before I rattled someone's cage, it's the mural brigade again on their high horses wanting to save this save that, have you ever been to a council meeting? I have, it's not Bright who makes the decisions it the full elected members, so the only way you are going to change things is to elect different council members, and I believe we had a dose of that a couple of years ago and we were left in the same sorry state that we are now, so all you people who do not like the way it is run I suggest you all vote for something different.
Moi Rattled? I don't believe I am.

Have I been to a council meeting? you ask, the answer is yes I have and was not impressed by the goings on in the chamber.

If councillor Bright does not make the decisions riddle me this one, No Labour councillor was allowed to have a free vote on the council's EGM regarding the borrowing of 90 million pounds as they had to do what they were told. So I guess that Labour machine does make the decisions and not the elected members.

I am not a conservative voter but at least they allowed a free vote!

As for us being in the same sorry state, have you forgotten that Labour has ran the council form the start with the exception of four years? So are you saying Newport is the mess it is because of the four years the coalition were in power?

You don't rattle my cage you make my day :-) with some of your laughable comments, when you walk around the Ringland shopping centre next think to yourself what difference the 70 thousand pounds of councillors allowances would have made.

All the best for xmas, let's hope the council decide to have a free vote for the LDP and ensure that the travellers sites don't come to our area neither. Or will that be the previous administrations fault too?

Ho Ho Ho!
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Votefornoneoftheabov e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: Even rantings.[/p][/quote]Sooty seeing as you have asked. I am not anti Labour nor am I anti Bright, I am pro Newport, but until Bright steps aside for the better of Newport nothing will get done. If he was to go and some of his cabinet followers too this City would have a chance to move forward. Did you realise that the three councillors in Ringland ward where you live amassed 70 thousand pounds last year in allowances. If I was Bright I wouldn't want to go neither on the money paid as an allowance. It wouldn't be so bad if it was performance related we wouldn't have to pay him then :-)[/p][/quote]Thought it would not be to long before I rattled someone's cage, it's the mural brigade again on their high horses wanting to save this save that, have you ever been to a council meeting? I have, it's not Bright who makes the decisions it the full elected members, so the only way you are going to change things is to elect different council members, and I believe we had a dose of that a couple of years ago and we were left in the same sorry state that we are now, so all you people who do not like the way it is run I suggest you all vote for something different.[/p][/quote]Moi Rattled? I don't believe I am. Have I been to a council meeting? you ask, the answer is yes I have and was not impressed by the goings on in the chamber. If councillor Bright does not make the decisions riddle me this one, No Labour councillor was allowed to have a free vote on the council's EGM regarding the borrowing of 90 million pounds as they had to do what they were told. So I guess that Labour machine does make the decisions and not the elected members. I am not a conservative voter but at least they allowed a free vote! As for us being in the same sorry state, have you forgotten that Labour has ran the council form the start with the exception of four years? So are you saying Newport is the mess it is because of the four years the coalition were in power? You don't rattle my cage you make my day :-) with some of your laughable comments, when you walk around the Ringland shopping centre next think to yourself what difference the 70 thousand pounds of councillors allowances would have made. All the best for xmas, let's hope the council decide to have a free vote for the LDP and ensure that the travellers sites don't come to our area neither. Or will that be the previous administrations fault too? Ho Ho Ho! Votefornoneoftheabove

8:38pm Sun 15 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

They can't close the Caerleon campus. Most of the overseas students, especially the Americans etc (where this joke of a Uni makes its easy money) think its just like the Cotswalds whereas they think Newport is downtown Detroit.

Its the selling point of the stewydent Experience. And anyway, Caerleon has just got a flash new Sainsbury. True culture.
They can't close the Caerleon campus. Most of the overseas students, especially the Americans etc (where this joke of a Uni makes its easy money) think its just like the Cotswalds whereas they think Newport is downtown Detroit. Its the selling point of the stewydent Experience. And anyway, Caerleon has just got a flash new Sainsbury. True culture. KarloMarko

8:43pm Sun 15 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

"Cotswolds" even.
"Cotswolds" even. KarloMarko

10:18pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Well, well what a mixed bag of comments on what, i thought, was a decent article by Maria Williams. Just a couple of points without entering the main debate -
1.Paul Flynn MP has done a good job in Parliament for may years, so i can see no probs there.
2.Cons have been in power a few times over the decades, in partic in the 80's when they had control for 4 years. More recently there was con/lib coalition.
3. Bob Bright, in my opinion, has made a very good point and i am amazed A Task Force was needed when a group of council officers could have done the same thing after a few days work.
4.The council may need a changer of Leader but no-one else wants the job. A thankless task.
5. For years there has been pressure and petitions for a Maritime Museum to at last show-off what this city is famous for. So far there has been little action. There is more to our sea and industrial history than a few planks of old wood from a mud-enveloped skeleton.
Well, well what a mixed bag of comments on what, i thought, was a decent article by Maria Williams. Just a couple of points without entering the main debate - 1.Paul Flynn MP has done a good job in Parliament for may years, so i can see no probs there. 2.Cons have been in power a few times over the decades, in partic in the 80's when they had control for 4 years. More recently there was con/lib coalition. 3. Bob Bright, in my opinion, has made a very good point and i am amazed A Task Force was needed when a group of council officers could have done the same thing after a few days work. 4.The council may need a changer of Leader but no-one else wants the job. A thankless task. 5. For years there has been pressure and petitions for a Maritime Museum to at last show-off what this city is famous for. So far there has been little action. There is more to our sea and industrial history than a few planks of old wood from a mud-enveloped skeleton. Banjalucka

10:30pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

First thing is the focus should bee on the city centre most of those ideas do not help the city centre. Second budgets are being cut back so there is little money grand ideas which would require tens of millions of funding and take years to deliver and don't even help the city centre should be taken off the table in fact I do not see why they are long at many of those ideas as they fall with in the remit of the Enterprise Zone

One needs to consider as well that High Street retail is in decline and al the indications are that the decline will continue. Newport is also handicapped in that it has close by two major regional shopping centres, Bristol & Cardiff

Newport cannot and should not try to compete with them because it will fail

It needs to play on being local with lots of local suppliers and goods. It is no good being another me to town as it will fail
First thing is the focus should bee on the city centre most of those ideas do not help the city centre. Second budgets are being cut back so there is little money grand ideas which would require tens of millions of funding and take years to deliver and don't even help the city centre should be taken off the table in fact I do not see why they are long at many of those ideas as they fall with in the remit of the Enterprise Zone One needs to consider as well that High Street retail is in decline and al the indications are that the decline will continue. Newport is also handicapped in that it has close by two major regional shopping centres, Bristol & Cardiff Newport cannot and should not try to compete with them because it will fail It needs to play on being local with lots of local suppliers and goods. It is no good being another me to town as it will fail Bobevans

11:28pm Sun 15 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

No one is now going to admit that Newport is a failed state because there are too many vested interests around pretending otherwise. The Council, The Argus, The MPs and AMs, Assembly,Jonathan "Pollyanna" Deacon et al.

So more money will be poured in with ever diminishing returns. There are virtuous and vicious circles in economics and NO prizes for which way Newport is spinning.
No one is now going to admit that Newport is a failed state because there are too many vested interests around pretending otherwise. The Council, The Argus, The MPs and AMs, Assembly,Jonathan "Pollyanna" Deacon et al. So more money will be poured in with ever diminishing returns. There are virtuous and vicious circles in economics and NO prizes for which way Newport is spinning. KarloMarko

2:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

minesapint says...

Once again Bob Bright spectacularly misses the point. The report addresses the hopes and fears of local people and comes up with some excellent suggestions to tackle the problems and dilemas that successive councils have left us with. It was delivered after consulting and listening YES LISTENING BOB to alternative strategies and suggestions. To dismiss it in the way he has demonstrates his arrogance and mis guided sense of his own importance.The only way forward for Newport is through the good will and co-operation of a collective effort a good old fashioned socialist ideal that Bright and his Labour cohorts know very little about.
Once again Bob Bright spectacularly misses the point. The report addresses the hopes and fears of local people and comes up with some excellent suggestions to tackle the problems and dilemas that successive councils have left us with. It was delivered after consulting and listening YES LISTENING BOB to alternative strategies and suggestions. To dismiss it in the way he has demonstrates his arrogance and mis guided sense of his own importance.The only way forward for Newport is through the good will and co-operation of a collective effort a good old fashioned socialist ideal that Bright and his Labour cohorts know very little about. minesapint

3:42pm Mon 16 Dec 13

BassalegCountyFan says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
nothing will change in newport until people stop voting for that idiot labour party, good god bob bright is in his seventies Paul Flynn another old labour dinosaur is 80 i think. They see themselves as untouchable the mugs of Newport will vote for us how ever little we do. vote for anyone except these absolute idiots when i wrote to Paul Flynn the arrogant old sod told me me that people must like his as they vote for him and to sod off and buy his book this is what he wrote.

You have no idea of what the duties of an MP are. Suggest t you read some of my books and you might find out One of them is the most borrowed book in the Commons library and it's called 'How to be an MP.' Yes I am happy to have won the last six elections in Newport West. Before i did it was a Tory seat and the swing last time was less than other Welsh constituencies. Had been the same as elsewhere in Gwent, I would have lost. On all other issues you are misinformed and you have distorted views.
I'm sorry scrapthewag, but I think it shows you have a lack of argument when you veer into an ageist rant against Paul Flynn and Bob Bright. The people of Newport, myself included, vote for a progressive party based on the principles of social justice and fairness than a party based on protecting the interests of the wealthy.

Incidentally, Paul Flynn, who is 78, has more moral fibre (and probably more knowledge of the economy) in his little figure than the chancellor Gideon Osborne, who is 42, has in his whole body.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: nothing will change in newport until people stop voting for that idiot labour party, good god bob bright is in his seventies Paul Flynn another old labour dinosaur is 80 i think. They see themselves as untouchable the mugs of Newport will vote for us how ever little we do. vote for anyone except these absolute idiots when i wrote to Paul Flynn the arrogant old sod told me me that people must like his as they vote for him and to sod off and buy his book this is what he wrote. You have no idea of what the duties of an MP are. Suggest t you read some of my books and you might find out One of them is the most borrowed book in the Commons library and it's called 'How to be an MP.' Yes I am happy to have won the last six elections in Newport West. Before i did it was a Tory seat and the swing last time was less than other Welsh constituencies. Had been the same as elsewhere in Gwent, I would have lost. On all other issues you are misinformed and you have distorted views.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry scrapthewag, but I think it shows you have a lack of argument when you veer into an ageist rant against Paul Flynn and Bob Bright. The people of Newport, myself included, vote for a progressive party based on the principles of social justice and fairness than a party based on protecting the interests of the wealthy. Incidentally, Paul Flynn, who is 78, has more moral fibre (and probably more knowledge of the economy) in his little figure than the chancellor Gideon Osborne, who is 42, has in his whole body. BassalegCountyFan

3:43pm Mon 16 Dec 13

BassalegCountyFan says...

little finger'
little finger' BassalegCountyFan

8:19am Tue 17 Dec 13

Woodgnome says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
nothing will change in newport until people stop voting for that idiot labour party, good god bob bright is in his seventies Paul Flynn another old labour dinosaur is 80 i think. They see themselves as untouchable the mugs of Newport will vote for us how ever little we do. vote for anyone except these absolute idiots when i wrote to Paul Flynn the arrogant old sod told me me that people must like his as they vote for him and to sod off and buy his book this is what he wrote.

You have no idea of what the duties of an MP are. Suggest t you read some of my books and you might find out One of them is the most borrowed book in the Commons library and it's called 'How to be an MP.' Yes I am happy to have won the last six elections in Newport West. Before i did it was a Tory seat and the swing last time was less than other Welsh constituencies. Had been the same as elsewhere in Gwent, I would have lost. On all other issues you are misinformed and you have distorted views.
I'm sorry scrapthewag, but I think it shows you have a lack of argument when you veer into an ageist rant against Paul Flynn and Bob Bright. The people of Newport, myself included, vote for a progressive party based on the principles of social justice and fairness than a party based on protecting the interests of the wealthy.

Incidentally, Paul Flynn, who is 78, has more moral fibre (and probably more knowledge of the economy) in his little figure than the chancellor Gideon Osborne, who is 42, has in his whole body.
Is bassaleg living in some 3rd dimension?
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: nothing will change in newport until people stop voting for that idiot labour party, good god bob bright is in his seventies Paul Flynn another old labour dinosaur is 80 i think. They see themselves as untouchable the mugs of Newport will vote for us how ever little we do. vote for anyone except these absolute idiots when i wrote to Paul Flynn the arrogant old sod told me me that people must like his as they vote for him and to sod off and buy his book this is what he wrote. You have no idea of what the duties of an MP are. Suggest t you read some of my books and you might find out One of them is the most borrowed book in the Commons library and it's called 'How to be an MP.' Yes I am happy to have won the last six elections in Newport West. Before i did it was a Tory seat and the swing last time was less than other Welsh constituencies. Had been the same as elsewhere in Gwent, I would have lost. On all other issues you are misinformed and you have distorted views.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry scrapthewag, but I think it shows you have a lack of argument when you veer into an ageist rant against Paul Flynn and Bob Bright. The people of Newport, myself included, vote for a progressive party based on the principles of social justice and fairness than a party based on protecting the interests of the wealthy. Incidentally, Paul Flynn, who is 78, has more moral fibre (and probably more knowledge of the economy) in his little figure than the chancellor Gideon Osborne, who is 42, has in his whole body.[/p][/quote]Is bassaleg living in some 3rd dimension? Woodgnome

3:32pm Tue 17 Dec 13

sooty001 says...

Votefornoneoftheabov
e
wrote:
sooty001 wrote:
Even rantings.
Sooty seeing as you have asked.

I am not anti Labour nor am I anti Bright, I am pro Newport, but until Bright steps aside for the better of Newport nothing will get done.

If he was to go and some of his cabinet followers too this City would have a chance to move forward.

Did you realise that the three councillors in Ringland ward where you live amassed 70 thousand pounds last year in allowances.

If I was Bright I wouldn't want to go neither on the money paid as an allowance. It wouldn't be so bad if it was performance related we wouldn't have to pay him then :-)
It pleases me that at leased 37 people do not like what I have written, makes me feel like I must be the only Labour supporter in Newport, but as you can see by our ELECTED council members I am not, so grin and bear it you lot, we had a dose of you and you proved that you could not organise a raffle. Lol
[quote][p][bold]Votefornoneoftheabov e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: Even rantings.[/p][/quote]Sooty seeing as you have asked. I am not anti Labour nor am I anti Bright, I am pro Newport, but until Bright steps aside for the better of Newport nothing will get done. If he was to go and some of his cabinet followers too this City would have a chance to move forward. Did you realise that the three councillors in Ringland ward where you live amassed 70 thousand pounds last year in allowances. If I was Bright I wouldn't want to go neither on the money paid as an allowance. It wouldn't be so bad if it was performance related we wouldn't have to pay him then :-)[/p][/quote]It pleases me that at leased 37 people do not like what I have written, makes me feel like I must be the only Labour supporter in Newport, but as you can see by our ELECTED council members I am not, so grin and bear it you lot, we had a dose of you and you proved that you could not organise a raffle. Lol sooty001

3:37pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Chartist follower says...

So the Report had vision something that Newport has not had for many years.
And our Leader Mr Bright (not so) rubbishes it.
PLEASE someone get rid of him.
There are bright and committed councillors who could lead this City -,most of them are in the Labout Party so please must get rid of Bright.

Newport deserves better
So the Report had vision something that Newport has not had for many years. And our Leader Mr Bright (not so) rubbishes it. PLEASE someone get rid of him. There are bright and committed councillors who could lead this City -,most of them are in the Labout Party so please must get rid of Bright. Newport deserves better Chartist follower

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