Cornwall Council Private Partnership Initiative and other nonsense
I, like Robertson, as he often reminds us, served in the
military, including a tour in the Gulf.
I have the medal to prove it. I
and all the other personal offered our lives on the understanding we were defending
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justice, freedom of speech and democracy to mention just a few of our worthy
How dare Robertson say the councillors and all the people of
Cornwall are not worthy or bright enough to understand his and Lavery's scheming. Its breath-taking arrogance and deeply
offensive. If I'm ever unlucky to meet
Robertson I will enjoy returning his compliments. The excuse that it's too complicated for us
to understand is a smokescreen and part of the con rhetoric. Cornwall is very diverse with many highly
intelligent individuals well ahead of Mr Robertson's and his cronies level of comprehension. I do not include all the councillors as some
of them should hold their heads down in shame.
Newquay is a prime example of Cornwall Councillors and the Council
management's inability to do their jobs adequately. We have a right to know and study the
proposals thank you very much and consequently there are numerous points that
need to be brought into proper debate.
What flimsy evidence they provide to support their proposals
would not stand up in a court of law or any other due processes. This is why they hide behind confidentiality
and why Lavery will not be interviewed, even though he is not elected but a
paid public servant. Lavery wrote a
pathetic article full of waffle for the national guardian. His ignorance was immediately highlighted by
stating Cornwall is a shire county. It
is not. He then went on to say Cornwall
had a GDP per capital increase of 8% in the past ten years. Sounds good but the reality to the average
man is that wages have actually fallen in real terms over the same period. I know numerous professionals and tradesmen
who have not had a pay rise for years.
The council is there for us not for corporate profits.
Lavery then stated 'there are numerous successful examples of
public and private partnerships beyond our shores and we need to confront the
issue of organisational sovereignty'. In
English he is saying we should relinquish control to corporations yet he fails
to provide a single example even though he states there are numerous. He does not substantiate because he cannot. Its political spin, economical with the truth
and intentionally misleading. In the
same mode as when the Electricity was privatised and we all told that
competition would deliver better services and better prices. Electricity has never been more complicated,
more expensive, with shabby service and limited accounability.
Lavery and Robertson by his own admission are Neo Cons, believing laissez-faire or deregulated free
markets are the only way forward. This
is an Americanisation and by definition equates to every man for himself. This philosophy has its roots in Milton
Freeman and the Chicago school of Economics.
It has been imposed on the US and
various other countries with disastrous consequences and is responsible for
unimaginable suffering, major environmental damage and death. This
is graphically highlighted at the extreme level by Naomi Klein's bestseller
The US is blighted by debt with more debt than the rest of
the world combined, even though the US population is only 5% of the world. The US interest payments on debt are greater
than most countries total yearly expenditure.
Each fiscal year's individual tax
receipts only cover the interest cost of their national debt. Corporate tax receipts are close to defence
expenditure. All other federal expenditure is done on
credit, compounding their debt problem. It's a con, totally unsustainable and condemns
future generations to financial servitude.
The US problems are very clear. Local, municipal and other councils are
continually going bankrupt. The US inequality
divide is top of the league. In a
population of 315 million over 50 million or 1 in 6 are in abject poverty. American companies have physical limitations
on how much they can suck from their own country so they turn their attention
abroad. This is the path Robertson and
his cronies want us to follow.
Deregulation is a totally unsustainable scam that only serves
corporations and the rich. This has
been spectacularly illustrated by the total failure of the banks, the back bone
of our free market system or the G4S Olympic fiasco or too many others examples
to mention now. It is a perverse
failing dogma that has no place in Cornwall Council.
We need look no further than Somerset to realise that private partnership are all too often failing. Somerset is experiencing unnecessary
difficulties because their council went down this path. There is no reason to expect Cornwall to be
any different if we follow Somerset.
Robertson, Lavery and Co
would have you believe otherwise but simply listen to Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgewater and West Somerset
and descendant of Queen Victoria. One
would presume a natural ally for Robertson's Neo Con ideology but
Liddell-Grainger, extremely experienced and knowledgeable, is highly critical
of Somerset's foray into its disastrous experience. He is
totally opposed as the facts cannot be ignored. Somerset still tries to escape from and still
pays for their experiment. Somerset
Councilors were conned and contrary to what Robertson and others say or would
have you believe, this story is repeated all around the country and around the
We are told it's not privatisation but this is the first
stage of privatisation. Once these
corporations have a foot in the door, there is no turning back. Accountability
of public services would ultimately be watered down or lost. They will not substantiate the facts because
that would mean explaining all the get out clauses and penalties that are
unfairly stacked in the corporations favour.
The risks are simply far too
great yet to impose their will, these low lives resort to emotional blackmail,
bullying and threats which are insulting and provocative. There are numerous examples of this delivered
by Robertson and co. For example we
have been told, 'Councillors have been warned they could face legal action if
they criticise these corporations' or 'Any delay would put the proposals at
serious risk' or 'Big costs if the Council pull out of the project' or 'The
only alternatives to the project would be painful'. This is all nonsense and they should be more
careful with their words as they flout the law.
We can tell much about Robertson by him quoting
Napoleon. It is totally inappropriate
and for those unsure of history, in
1799 Napoleon staged a coup d'état installing himself as First Consul and then Emperor. Napoleon was a warmonger who despised the
English. Under Napoleon France started
the Napoleonic Wars that involved every major European power. Millions suffered and countless numbers lost
their lives in the most barbaric ways.
Where is Robertson's head at to quote Napoleon?
Robertson and his cronies are morally bankrupt. This is clearly illustrated by them inviting
CSC to join the tendering. CSC is about
to be blacklisted by the government and is under investigation in several other
countries. They have been caught avoiding tax, paying nothing during 2008
-2010. The actually received over $300
million in rebates while making $1.67 billion in profits. In 2011 the US Securities and Exchange Commission launched a fraud
investigation into CSC's accounting practices. CSC were also involved in the failed
attempt to computerise the NHS. The
plan was aborted but only after over twelve thousand million pounds was
squandered. CSC still got their £3
billion because of the clauses in their contract. This money could have built scores of new
hospitals and schools and provide thousands of real jobs.
More sinisterly, CSC is implicated in renditioning innocence
people for the CIA. This is another way
of saying, scores of innocent people, many teenagers were kidnaped, denied
their human rights, stripped,
dressed in a diaper, tracksuit, goggles, earphones, with their hands and feet
shackled. Once delivered to 'clandestine black sites',
they were subjected to beatings, sleep deprivation, forced into stress
positions and other torture, a report from the International Committee of the
Red Cross states. Most were not charged and released after
many years without even an apology.
This included many UK citizens who had to be paid off with millions of
pounds by our government so they would not seek justice through the
courts. CSC has refused to sign a Reprieve Pledge to "never knowingly facilitate
torture" in the future. This is a corporation Robertson and Lavery
invited to run our services while we were told 'this proposal brings together
the best of the private and public sector, vital for the future delivery of
Council services'. Perhaps CSC services
were going to be used for renditioning uncooperative councillors!!.... It really not funny though, especially
because these corporations maybe handling all our personal and confidential
Robertson and probably more so Lavery, with limited
qualifications and no mandate, have hijacked and are using Cornwall as an
experiment while trying to earn corporate brownie points for themselves. Lavery is a self-serving parasite and only
interested in improving his own lot. Financially
he certainly is bettering himself as Cornwall Council or should I say we pay
him the best part of £1,000 per day.
These kind of people evolve around revolving doors. This was recently graphically illustrated by
retired senior military caught by the Times newspaper offering illegal lobbying
services. l bet my house Lavery and co
have lucrative jobs lined up for the near future. Normally its called consultancy work but
many would call it payoff time. These
people are selling us out.
The Serious Fraud
Office should be invited to investigate and look at all the communications,
business and private, between these people and the corporations employees. A
report should be compiled and sent to the Local Government
Ombudsman and a public inquiry and or judicial review should be
If the council can save money employing private companies there
is no reason they cannot save money by doing this in house. The people of Cornwall are more than capable
of undertaking this themselves without lining the pockets of corporations. BT makes enough money already and are part
of the problem not solution. If private
companies can deliver the same services for less and make millions in profit,
then the council is patently not doing its job adequately and should be held to
The devil is in the detail and if you look at the detail you
will find contradictions and fallacies. The
figures do not add up. The free markets
that Robertson and co advocate are an illusion.
Why would the council spend millions to save £2.5million per year on
contracts of up to £800 million per year?
A questionable £2.5million sounds like a lot but its not, even if they
could deliver it. New leader Jim Currie
is on the record stating that the council has already wasted £42 million plus
changing the council to a Unitary authority and another £42 million plus on the
incinerator. Furthermore we are told
the Council is to lend Sita £25 million for an incinerator no one wants, yet we
will be paying for it for generations.
I have a wife and child.
Due to circumstances out of my control I will be lucky to earn £10,000
this year. I have a small house yet
with the utility bills and insurance I have to find £14,000. This does not include food, child costs,
clothing, never mind luxuries. I do not
claim benefits or receive a penny of support so if the council feel the urge to
lend anyone money is should not be to large corporations, who should be
self-supporting, but to the people that pay their exorbitant wages and yet are
suffering to such a depth it becomes counterproductive to the county..
Robertson is not fit to be a Councillor or council employee
never mind head of the council. They
should not be allowed to make decisions that will impact generation. The policies Robertson and Lavery advocate
disproportionally have an adverse long term effect on the poor and vulnerable. We have just seen the huge increase in crime
figures. Why? The facts and statistics are very
clear. There is no place for this in a
civilised world and certainly no place for this in Cornwall, a country that
prides itself on liberalism and equality.
In these difficult times, Cornwall should go down a
different path and set an example of what good people can really do when they
pull together. We do have choice and
the first thing we need to do is retake control of our democracy and the decisions
that are made on behalf of all the good people that live and contribute to this
All the best