EMPLOYMENT: Exporting is the answer

Councillor Mike Sharp is reported to have said: “Morpeth needs more jobs. We are not creating them, we are losing them, particularly if County Hall moves to Ashington.” (Morpeth Herald, November 5).

Does the councillor not realise that a reason for the construction of the Morpeth Northern Bypass road is to make easier commuting for the staff to Ashington? Therefore it becomes less likely that overall employment will be reduced.

But is the subtle political stunt not to have more jobs in Ashington and redundancies in Morpeth?

Labour administrations are proficient in ‘creating jobs’ in the public sector by engaging six people to do work that can be done by five.

In commerce and industry such policy would make the employer’s business uncompetitive and it is impossible to create and sustain employment without a source of income from which to pay those extra employees.

Concerning the proposed development that is being rejected, the agent for the plans highlighted the creation of 185 jobs, but would the workers to fill those jobs not be ‘bussed in’ for the relatively short time that the projects would be under construction, leaving only a very small number of permanent jobs?

As I have written before in letters to this newspaper, the key to creating and sustaining employment in the UK is through selling more manufactured products to customers overseas.

However, we do not hear of this, or even a Labour Government offering a subsidised scheme to train sales operatives to operate in export marketing using the languages of the buyers in overseas countries.

The world is a bigger market than that in Morpeth on Wednesdays.

Morpeth must strive to obtain a slice of that world market.

Are the asylum seekers, immigrants, refugees or other invaders that Coun Joan Tebbutt is so keen to welcome to settle in and occupy the proposed housing developments that are being rejected by Morpeth people going to help find that which will be in demand worldwide so that they and the Morpeth natives can be employed to manufacture such items in the future?

Back to basics again?

Norman Bateman

Low Espley