Arts are key to resort’s success
Local authorities are facing increasing arts funding cuts alongside other austerity budget challenges.
If Blackpool’s current and future aspirations are to attract wider range of year round visitors, and putting it in a frank manner, encourage a better class of spenders, then arts and heritage need protecting and developing.
The forthcoming Heritage Museum project at The Winter Gardens is an ace card for Blackpool.
How can further arts investment be achieved with such small reserves available to spend on the arts, with the further cuts threatened from central government?
Provision can be made from the local councils by supporting fringe productions that are presented by creatives such as myself and other like minded folk.
The Rebellion Festival started as a small independent project which has grown year on year. I estimate The annual Rebellion event adds at least £5m to the visitor economy.
In January this year when The Blackpool Gazette first announced my ambitious plans to bring a jazz and blues festival to the resort, I received a number of negative and pessimistic comments on the public domain.
Was I bothered?
Not really, I was prepared to put my money where my mouth was without hiding and masked behind a false name. Fortunately our jazz and blues event we presented a few weeks ago was a tremendous success.
With the support of The Winter Gardens we now have plans to bring this event back next year before Easter 2016 with a date to be published very soon.
Blackpool deserves to be put back on the map and improve its creative image on a European scale I’m confident that it can be done, but it will require co-operative years of team work. As the old saying goes ‘Many hands make light work’.
By improving and protecting the arts, if you have realistic expectations, nothing should be considered beyond reach.
Failing to teach children basics
I am really surprised how bad this country is at making sure all children are literate and numerate.
So, I propose all children should not leave primary school until they can read, speak out loud and write properly, add, subtract, divide and multiply rudimentary sums as well as having basic IT skills.
And, with regard to current children and adults, they should not be able to gain qualifications unless they also have these skills.
With regard to everyone else, these skills should be offered free of charge, with a special emphasis to those whose English is a second language.
It might be useful in linking the learning of speaking properly and clearly with manners and taking responsibility for themselves and others as well as the ability to work in teams.
It is essential that everyone has these skills for Britain to not only compete effectively in world trade, but also to build social cohesion among all communities.
With these basic skills, it will help Britain be able to develop niche markets, whether in manufacturing or in the service sectors, with a strong emphasis on quality and customer service.
We need to have unique products and services that other countries do not have in order to make a positive difference to other countries.
Don’t ration compassion
Don’t ration compassion
Most people blank beggars as they walk past them.
It does not take much imagination to understand how misery making it must be to be either skint or homeless.
You don’t have to give money.
You can give sandwiches, chocolate or a beaker of coffee.
I do realise there are organisations trying to help those at rock bottom,
But there is always someone who falls outside the charity net.
We must not put compassion on the ration.
The Government excel at that.
Years ago, I spent three nights sleeping on Waterloo station. It was not much fun.
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Labour needs overhauling
Labour leadership contenders Burnham, Cooper and Kendall are continuing with their attempted assassination of likely winner Corbyn, now with the help of two other Tories in disguise, Blair and Brown.
Look at the facts. Labour have lost the last two elections even though they were prepared to dance to the same tune as the real Tories, bankers and bosses.
These ‘numpties’ keep harping on about how Corbyn is non- electable?
What does that mean for Andy Burnham, Mrs Ed Balls, (Yvette Cooper) and Liz Kendall, (actor/comic Greg Davis’s partner), who have all lost elections.
Are they electable with the same old Tory philosophy that they shamefacedly spout? It would appear not.
“If it ain’t broke don’t try to mend it!” Yet the Labour Party is certainly broke by the very fact that every one of its MPs, except one, voted with the Tories, or abstained, to ensure the Tories austerity package was voted through which is all aimed against the working classes.
Guess which MP voted against? Whether Corbyn is unelectable or not time will tell and I would suggest anyone would be better than any of Blair and Mandelson disciples.
I would also suggest Labour certainly requires mending and will never get back in government until it gets Scottish Labour MPs elected and back on board.