Great news - Well done Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen & business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng

ThePrisoner

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He later added: “I’m acutely aware that we’ve raised expectations - it’s often something I do. Sometimes we get it wrong, sometimes we get it right but there is a huge buy in from the local community here that there is a huge buy in that this site is going to deliver something special.”


I just put this through Tory Translate:

'I am a spiv who makes crap up every day to feed to the idiots out there, just like my mate Johnson. I've sold 90% of the land that was bought using your money to one of my equally dodgy mates for three fifths of fcuk all. He's coining it now so I expect a little reciprocation soon knoworrimean ;). Can't believe I'm still getting away with this ****.'
 

American_Mary

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Whilst 750 jobs is undoubtedly good news, there does need to be a bit more honesty about job expectations on the Teesworks site from Houchen and co, some of the figures are not backed up with reality and as this week has proven honesty and integrity should be the least we expect of our politicians.
 

ThePrisoner

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ThePrisoner comments gets more thumbs up than the original good news comment.
Says a lot about some of the people on here.
Houtchen is a pointless middle man who has confessed to making stuff up. Dozens of photo-ops printed in the once reputable Gazette with his gurning face promising tens of thousands of jobs, with no substantial basis. He bought Teesworks land from the Thais with tens of millions of your money then gave most of the land to one of his mates.

He's a wide-boy just like Johnson, just like Shapps, just like the rest of them.
 

chickenrunner

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ThePrisoner comments gets more thumbs up than the original good news comment.
Says a lot about some of the people on here.
Yes you're right. It says that when the GE blade factory was announced with the usual boosterism it was greeted as great news on the basis that it was a done deal. Some on here took the attitude that they'd celebrate when the jobs materialised and they were accused of being 'negative ninnys' who just wanted to talk down Houchen's achievements. Turns out they were right to be cautious and are right again to point out the failure rather than allowing it to be swept under the carpet.
I want to see jobs come into the area and I don't give a stuff who brings them here but I'm not interested in politician's bull**** in the interests of self-aggrandisement. One question I have about a lot these businesses is that they are specifically linked to the development of offshore windfarms in the North Sea. When these projects are completed then what??
 

ThePrisoner

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For the 750 lads and lasses who end up with jobs, this is good news.
Whoever can legitimately take credit for bringing this about, well done!
So far it would have been cheaper to pay the 750 people an annual salary for the next 40 years out of the tax payers money that Houtchen has wasted.

And don't mention Teesside Airport. I did once but I think I got away with it :whistle:
 

Duffman

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My issue with Houchen is simply that as the Tory mouth piece on Teesside he,like all other Tories, spouts the ‘good news’ whilst conveniently ignoring the disaster they previously inflicted.
Tories talk of all the new police officers - without mentioning how many they cut since coming to power - same with nurses, prison officers, paramedics etc. it’s like they have just come to power and got all these new opportunities - they have had 13 years of control.

It is always great news that good well paid long term jobs could eventually be coming to Teesside - I will applaud when they actually arrive but we must never forget which party ripped the heart out of industrial Teesside and 700 potential jobs sometime in the future ain’t going to make up for the sins of the past.
 

NorthumberlandBoro

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So far it would have been cheaper to pay the 750 people an annual salary for the next 40 years out of the tax payers money that Houtchen has wasted.

And don't mention Teesside Airport. I did once but I think I got away with it :whistle:
With an average salary plus on costs of £30k that would mean he's wasted £900m.
Is that correct?
 

gregorgregorovich

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With an average salary plus on costs of £30k that would mean he's wasted £900m.
Is that correct?
Probably not. Ben. T. Houchen has had over £1.5 Billion of our money given to him so far. That's still nowhere near the amount of money taken off the 5 Councils that cover the area theTees Valley Mayor represents, over the last 12 years by the way. Since he was elected as Mayor, there has been a net loss of at least 16,500 jobs in the Tees Valley and that was using figures from over a year ago.
 
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