Jobs wanted without cost to taxpayers

The headline news (Herald, June 11) concerning the present Labour County Council plan to relocate the centre of administration from Morpeth to Ashington is based on truly brilliant socialist principles. How dare the Conservative group leader Peter Jackson term the whole project “a dog’s breakfast” and the Liberal Democrat councillor Andrew Tebbutt voice opposition against the fantastic proposal.

The destruction of our relatively new asset, i.e. County Hall by comparison to the Telford Bridge, and presently working reasonably satisfactorily, is indicative of socialist thinking. That is to spend millions immediately to perhaps save thousands over an extended period in the future, but by so doing will transfer public sector employment to an area which is more likely to elect Labour councillors and a Labour Member of Parliament than the north and west of Northumberland. Is that not highly commendable or should that be condemnable?

Unlike management in the real or commercial world, Labour’s method of job creation is to employ in the public sector five workers to do the work that could be done by four, rather than by attracting employers that manufacture and sell their products to customers outside of the county or region and would employ many more people and at no cost to the taxpayers, and also bring income into the local economy.

Would an employer not be more inclined to locate in an area where the workforce was proven to be more loyal to employers than trades unions? Therefore in Wansbeck we have the handicaps of an ex-trades union official as our MP and a Labour-controlled county council. It is often forgotten that Labour is the Parliamentary voice of the trades unions.

Instead of ‘knocking’ the efforts and aspirations of the Labour county councillors, should the above named councillors not be promoting the policies of their respective parties in order to win seats at the forthcoming local government elections, when it is expected the electorate will again reject trades union rule as at the recent general election? By the policy of compulsory contributions from public service workers, the trades unions and Labour indicate the use of compulsion over that of the right of freedom of choice that we all crave.

Norman Bateman

Low Espley,