YOUR MP WRITES: Newport West MP Paul Flynn

First the good Newport jobs news.

Great that A.I.C. selected Newport for their first British investment on the Rowecord site. 250 new jobs will also be created here at the Intellectual Property Office. Newport’s unemployment rate is better than the Wales and UK averages.

Worrying is the threat to our shared services jobs that the Government want to export overseas. The Avana jobs loss is a calamity. Vulture capitalism by this one company has destroyed 2,400 jobs in the UK and devastated the lives of loyal diligent workers.

David Cameron has asked me for details. No recovery can be built by asset stripping and stamping out efficient companies.

* The welcome new investment by greatly valued Newport firm Wildings is a turning point. The Phoenix re-creation of the city centre has begun. It’s time for optimism and appreciation of our great assets.

City tourism is booming. The Roman museum attracted a record 72,000 visitors. Tredegar House trebled their visitors to 80,000. The NATO summit is a once-in-a-lifetime time chance to flaunt the treasures of our city and its hinterland.

Bury the gloom. Let pride, hope and enterprise have their day.

* The Tory War on Wales is based on a cynical malicious lie.

The independent Nuffield Trust confirms that the NHS in all four UK countries has strengths and weaknesses. None is superior or inferior.

The Tory blame game aims to distract English voters from the privatization of their NHS. The constant nagging insults our health professionals and undermines confidence. The anxiety of patients preparing for operations is increased by baseless scare-mongering.

Wales spends more on NHS patients than England, has more nurses and better cancer outcomes.

The PM’s anti-Welsh jibe on Offa’s Dyke is an insult too far. It will not be forgotten. It will never be forgiven.

* The far right fascists are on the march throughout our continent. It’s the greatest battle since the ‘30’s to win the conscience of Europe.

It’s vital to vote on May 22nd for parties with civilized principles. For the first time ever a Newport born and bred woman has a great chance of representing Wales. She is a massive fan of the Dragons and the County.

Putting a strong Gwent voice at the heart of Europe is a cause worth voting for. Let’s make it a record turnout and a celebration of the politics of idealism.

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4:50pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Magor says...

Vulture Capitilism has been around for years.But Labour had 13 years to do something about it.
Vulture Capitilism has been around for years.But Labour had 13 years to do something about it. Magor
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6:09pm Mon 21 Apr 14

eezageeza says...

Steady there Paul,you nearly came close to bursting into a rendition of The Red Flag.
Steady there Paul,you nearly came close to bursting into a rendition of The Red Flag. eezageeza
  • Score: 3

6:42pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

The last half kind of came across a bit like a World War Two Soviet propaganda leaflet. Where actually are these armies of fascists advancing through Europe on the path to destroy our glorious Soviet utopia? Whilst far right extremism has always been a threat and is something the rest of us need to be ever-vigilant against, unfortunately it's also true that the mainstream liblabcon parties also have their share of closet (and not so closet) racists, anti-semites, sexists, homophobes and transphobes.

On that note, I'd only be prepared to vote for a party that would implement legal protection of freedom of gender identity expression into British law because at the moment I have no legal rights in this country whatsoever. Unfortunately, there aren't any current political parties who are willing to grant people like me rights - yet they still force me to pay taxes even though I am afforded zero representation. Why can't we have a system like that in Argentina where everyone is granted equal rights and representation?

Sadly, even though Labour is supposed to be the most progressive party out of the three dominant ones they only seem to want to be associated with heterosexism and gender normativity too. To provide an example of this, when I posted a comment on your colleague Rosemary Butler's Newport Women's Forum website asking if it was trans-inclusive they simply deleted it. You mention the fact a woman is finally representing Newport as if it will herald some great change, yet at the same time we have an organization that calls itself 'a forum' which is apparently unwilling to engage in debate. Erm...isn't that a 100 per cent contradiction of the definition of what a forum actually is?

In short, it's no wonder that the electorate are turning away from the mainstream parties and from politics altogether because after so many decades of politicians promising us one thing and failing to deliver it's small wonder that this causes people to feel increasingly disengaged and come to the conclusion that trying to change their lives through the better via parliamentary democracy is a futile path to take. Yes, cynicism and apathy often provides a vacuum for opportunistic extremists to jump into but politicians need to realise that much of the fault for this lies with them, their past behaviour and that they need to change before they can earn people's trust and respect once again.
The last half kind of came across a bit like a World War Two Soviet propaganda leaflet. Where actually are these armies of fascists advancing through Europe on the path to destroy our glorious Soviet utopia? Whilst far right extremism has always been a threat and is something the rest of us need to be ever-vigilant against, unfortunately it's also true that the mainstream liblabcon parties also have their share of closet (and not so closet) racists, anti-semites, sexists, homophobes and transphobes. On that note, I'd only be prepared to vote for a party that would implement legal protection of freedom of gender identity expression into British law because at the moment I have no legal rights in this country whatsoever. Unfortunately, there aren't any current political parties who are willing to grant people like me rights - yet they still force me to pay taxes even though I am afforded zero representation. Why can't we have a system like that in Argentina where everyone is granted equal rights and representation? Sadly, even though Labour is supposed to be the most progressive party out of the three dominant ones they only seem to want to be associated with heterosexism and gender normativity too. To provide an example of this, when I posted a comment on your colleague Rosemary Butler's Newport Women's Forum website asking if it was trans-inclusive they simply deleted it. You mention the fact a woman is finally representing Newport as if it will herald some great change, yet at the same time we have an organization that calls itself 'a forum' which is apparently unwilling to engage in debate. Erm...isn't that a 100 per cent contradiction of the definition of what a forum actually is? In short, it's no wonder that the electorate are turning away from the mainstream parties and from politics altogether because after so many decades of politicians promising us one thing and failing to deliver it's small wonder that this causes people to feel increasingly disengaged and come to the conclusion that trying to change their lives through the better via parliamentary democracy is a futile path to take. Yes, cynicism and apathy often provides a vacuum for opportunistic extremists to jump into but politicians need to realise that much of the fault for this lies with them, their past behaviour and that they need to change before they can earn people's trust and respect once again. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Tue 22 Apr 14

davidcp says...

"The NATO summit is a once-in-a-lifetime time chance to flaunt the treasures of our city and its hinterland. "

So were the Ryder Cup and the G8/7/6 or whatever it was (forgotten already). How many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities do we need that block off our roads, entertain the elite and make money for non-local private enterprise at the expense of the locals before we decide we don't want them any more?
"The NATO summit is a once-in-a-lifetime time chance to flaunt the treasures of our city and its hinterland. " So were the Ryder Cup and the G8/7/6 or whatever it was (forgotten already). How many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities do we need that block off our roads, entertain the elite and make money for non-local private enterprise at the expense of the locals before we decide we don't want them any more? davidcp
  • Score: 3

7:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

welshmen says...

No change there form the man that can't change his Red Parties ambition to make Britain disappear in to quagmire of Multiculturalism and FAILURE, just like we have experienced over the last 15 years...Retire clueless and useless Red MP....you've done little for our City....
No change there form the man that can't change his Red Parties ambition to make Britain disappear in to quagmire of Multiculturalism and FAILURE, just like we have experienced over the last 15 years...Retire clueless and useless Red MP....you've done little for our City.... welshmen
  • Score: 0

8:10am Thu 24 Apr 14

scraptheWAG says...

paul flynn done little - what is this little that this soppy old fool has done????

paul sod off and retire you useless old fool
paul flynn done little - what is this little that this soppy old fool has done???? paul sod off and retire you useless old fool scraptheWAG
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