Harlow MP Robert Halfon reflects on a busy last few weeks in politics
Politics / Sat 12th Nov 2022 at 01:27pm
ON FRIDAY morning, after the Armistice Memorial event outside Harlow Council’s offices, we managed to sit down with Harlow MP Robert Halfon and discuss a number of matters.
Firstly, we spoke about the event we had both attended.
Then we discussed his new role in the Ministry of Education, the cuts to schools, the looming November statement by the chancellor of the exchequer (Nov 17th) and finally the regeneration of the town centre.
No mention of infrastructure: Hospitals, doctors' surgeries etc. How many homes in new builds will become affordable or council homes in this town? Will being a minister of State change these things in Harlow? No but he is working hard for Harlow every day: Isn't he? And when the nasty stuff hits the fan on Thursday how many in this town will be pushed deeper into fuel, housing and food poverty? The answer, too many sadly!
Oh dear Robert---you have been our MP for a long time and recent figures show Harlow has a very long way to go to become even a basic Eutopia--I cannot get to see my GP, PAH has major issues and new hospital not started, increased foodbank use, lack of affordable housing despite the greedy developers still building, a town centre which is dying, and although some schools are good--not all, and they will suffer hugely from lack of future funding--as I said before, you are a nice man who says he works for Harlow but that work has certainly not seen fruit for many, many who live here, not least to do with a disorganised Tory party who have poorly governed to say the least for many years. I think we need a change and a party who genuinely cares for all citizens.
Robert Halfon should reflect on poor living standards in the UK. The Resolution Foundation published its Living Standards Audit in July this year. On page 5 it says: "Comparing households’ typical spending power across European countries suggests that the UK performed worse than most from 2007 to 2018, with only households in Greece and Cyprus seeing less growth. Typical incomes rose by 34 per cent in France and 27 per cent in Germany, for example, over this period. But, when we adjust for purchasing power differences, the typical UK income actually fell by 2 per cent over this period." Then came Brexit, the pandemic, rising inflation and the Ukraine war pushing up food prices to make matters worse. Liz Truss then put the boot in and cost us a fortune. Focusing on the economy is now a matter of extreme importance, but scapegoating migrants and trade unions is the government's moronic solution.