Star of Blackadder, Tony Robinson visits Harlow and reveals his cunning plan for a Labour victory!

Elections / Wed 3rd Jul 2024 at 08:39am

THE STAR of TV’s Blackadder came to Harlow to rally the Labour faithful.

Tony Robinson has been a Labour supporter for many years. He has been up and down the country speaking to residents and encouraging Labour supporters.

He spent time discussing the key issues for the people of Harlow.

We asked him to reflect on how the campaign is going as well as the importance of voting.

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27 Comments for Star of Blackadder, Tony Robinson visits Harlow and reveals his cunning plan for a Labour victory!:

2024-07-03 09:13:23

He's right, get out and vote. Don't waste it, even if tick the box for the monster raving loony party!

2024-07-03 09:55:38

Trace they are called reform these days

2024-07-03 10:09:25

Mongo, grins!

2024-07-03 10:58:56

Reform if you want the to give racists, women haters and people who compare autisic people to vegetables. Also the party who's manefesto adds up the least, leaving an even bigger hole in our finances than the tories have achieved. To say Labour is bad with money is an outdated lie compared to these two parties!

James Gamble
2024-07-03 11:16:15

Loved his audio book reading of The Ragged Trousers philanthropist. True socialism.

David Forman
2024-07-03 12:11:37

Labour's Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said the next Labour government will be the "most business friendly government in history." So, in other words, the least worker friendly government in history.

2024-07-03 12:21:25

David Forman, no it doesn't.

2024-07-03 12:24:49

Sorry, no it doesn't mean that. We need economic growth in this country, strange to think that as a negativity.

David Forman
2024-07-03 12:45:37

Trace, yes it does when Sir Keir Starmer takes £43,000 in freebies from big business and Wes Streeting takes £175,000 in donations from people associated with private healthcare companies. Streeting then goes on to trumpet the increased use of private sector companies to deliver NHS care. The idea that the private health sector has "spare capacity" waiting to go is a nonsense as they take their staff from the NHS. Serious academic research shows it undermines junior doctor training, it takes core 'bread and butter' treatment funding away from the NHS and the staff migrate from the NHS into the private sector. When NHS patients in private hospitals get complications the private hospital returns them to the NHS in an ambulance. This expensive NHS hospital intensive care is borne by the taxpayer, not the private hospital.

David Forman
2024-07-03 12:54:53

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said 13 June: "growth could surprise on the upside – and if it does, then the fiscal arithmetic would be easier. But if it doesn’t – and it hasn’t tended to in recent years – then either we will get those cuts, or the fiscal targets will be fudged, or taxes will rise."

2024-07-03 13:29:11

And the Tories have had 14 years to get it right, and as the IFS said regarding the Tory manifesto, tories have said they would make cuts, "Boileau said this would mean “large real-terms cuts to day-to-day spending in a range of unprotected areas, many of which are still at lower real funding levels than in 2010”. Delivering these cuts – to areas including further education, prisons, and criminal courts – “would not be consistent with a desire to maintain current levels of service provision, let alone delivering improvements”, she said. ........So absolutely nothing changes for the better under the tories, in fact, with further cuts in order to give to the rich will make this country even worse. No thanks.

Guy Flegman
2024-07-03 13:42:43

If my memory is correct did not all baldricks cunning plans result in everyone dying. As for growth it is gdp per capita that tells the true story of growth. This is currently going down which is not good. A lot of people seem to quote statistics and things from so called trusted organisations to back up their arguments, when the real Barometer of society is how do you feel. I suspect most of us feel poorer less safe and a bit alienated and I don’t really see any parties addressing this.

Fact or Fiction
2024-07-03 13:45:38

I am not sure which party is being the least honest but: Labour has given the game away: it isn’t being honest about its plan to increase taxes, for the full article follow the link below: Having been an undecided and not advocating any political party, watched many debates and read many articles trying to decipher the best use of my vote, here is an extract from The Telegraph… You may not have heard of Nick Thomas-Symonds. But if Labour wins the election on Thursday, he will become an important figure in Sir Keir Starmer’s new government. And last week, he let the cat out of the bag. He told us, quite clearly, that Labour is planning to adopt completely different plans to tax and spend than those the party has told the country. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/labour-has-given-the-game-away-it-isn-t-being-honest-about-its-plan-to-increase-taxes/ar-BB1paaUt?ocid=BingNewsSerp

2024-07-03 14:45:05

Until we find out if and where we pay more taxes, the article is whatabouterry? No offence but it also from the torygraph. And besides, as someone said on the news this week, people care more about our services, our NHS than paying a bit more tax. In fact there was some survey carried out a couple days ago that twice as many Britons want tax rises, not cuts if it means this country is run well and we all have access to things we need. Tax isn't the issue, it's what it is spent on that is. We've had more hikes, a near record high, in tax under the cons and our money has been used to what? It feels like everything is broken and I know for sure, as an average earner, I'd rather pay a bit more so it means everyone can do ok. It'll be lot less than paying for medical insurance that's for sure.

2024-07-03 17:56:39

Trace . That's all okay if you can afford to pay more tax, but many people can't. Are you considering them.

Old git
2024-07-03 18:10:32

Trace . I admire your confidence in the Labour party. I am an old man and have seen many elections, even if you pay more taxes nothing will change it never has. So more taxes will alter nothing. Reading your posts you seem an intelligent person , surely you must realise this. Labour , Tory . Tory Labour it's all the same.

2024-07-03 18:15:04

Eddie, the people on low pay tend not to pay tax, the ones that really struggle, tho of course we know that more middling wage earners are struggling now because of all the conservative hikes. But, as a recent poll suggests, people realise that IF it went directly into what we need, they don't mind as much.

2024-07-03 18:22:40

Old Git, apart from the history of the NHS over the years being better at point of use under Labour for us folk, I would have agreed.. until now. I have never, ever seen this country as bad as it is now in so many ways, nor seen us treated with so much distain.. So no, I no longer think there is little difference between the parties, I truly think this bunch of conservatives are corrupt, inept and rotten and they need to start again. In reality tho, it would better to ask me again in 14 years so I can compare this new version of Labour. My hope, right now is to just get the cons out. I would've voted any party (apart from reform or other right wing nutters) in order to do that. Then lets see what happens!

Stephen Archer
2024-07-03 18:50:07

Look people. We all despise the Conservatives. But be sensible. Don't waste your vote on Reform or even (in Harlow) LibDem. Vote Labour and give the Tories the drubbing we all know they so richly deserve.👍😉

Fact or Fiction
2024-07-03 18:57:00

Trace – No offence taken, albeit, a bit of a contradiction perhaps, we have all been indoctrinated that there is a cost of living crisis and yet Briton’s want tax rises? Assuming you have read the article? Some may say stop living in the past but seem to recall in the 70’s inflation at 24% and interest rates at 17%, but do not remember a declared CoL crisis, just industrial strikes, power cuts and oil prices causing mayhem and double figure rates of inflation and interest rates ! Maybe we were more frugal back then and pulled our belts in, not as many café’s and bistro’s, nail bars, eateries and fast food home deliveries all of which seem to be in constant use. Mobile phone contracts, unlimited credit etc. You had to be over 21 to sign off on a credit agreement or get a guarantor to sign it off. Maybe I am just becoming a bit of an ‘old git’! Anyway, tomorrow is the big day and people will have to decide what they think are fact or fiction…as they put their mark on the paper accordingly.

2024-07-03 19:41:36

FF, sorry, 'want' may have been too strong, but support? Yes. Obviously surveys are always a bit hit and miss, but I must say that I was genuinely surprised to see it and quite pleased. All this divide, tribal nonsense that the UK has been in the grip of for the last years, it was nice to read people were willing to support others, even at their own cost. Now that is the UK I know and love and a golden attitude. Anyway, have a gander if can be bothered! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jul/01/twice-as-many-britons-want-tax-rises-as-want-cuts-survey-finds And yes, we used to be frugal with our money, good old Maggie brought in the spend spend attitude, making it easier to get HP, get mortgages more than the rule of third we used to have etc. It was an easy way to boost the economy even tho it was only a matter of time til the bubble burst.

2024-07-04 06:25:09

Stephen Archer-well said! Go Chris Vince!

Fact or Fiction
2024-07-04 07:26:21

Trace; the FT covered this story in 2022, https://www.ft.com/content/bc07381f-fa73-4552-860e-576d640cb90e It is the political parties who play cut tax/increase tax mind games and the associated blame game of why there are people who have less. Ultimately, all parties have sell by dates...dependent on the feel good factor (or not) of people! Anyway, we will all find out soon!

2024-07-04 07:39:17

Reform all the way change is required don't vote Labour there worse than the Tories.

2024-07-04 09:03:03

Fact or Fiction, we certainly will! Let's hope folk go out today and vote, whoever they vote. Be nice to have a bigger turnout for a change!

2024-07-04 14:28:09

Reform, Reform are the Tories!

not voting
2024-07-04 14:32:48

was voting for reform until they showed support for putin and russia

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