Boris work­ing hard for his own in­ter­ests

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - ERIC HEARN Cleve­land Road Uxbridge DAVID SEA­MAN 107 Royal Cres­cent South Ruis­lip

AS 2015 gets un­der way, our politi­cians will in­evitably be bom­bard­ing us with their var­i­ous leaflets seek­ing our vote at next May’s gen­eral elec­tion.

In fact, I’ve al­ready had a com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Boris John­son, the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, in which he claims that ‘he will work tire­lessly to rep­re­sent my views on the is­sues I care about most’.

Fine words, but I re­main pro­foundly scep­ti­cal about his as­sur­ances, for isn’t this the same Boris John­son who, when elec­tion­eer­ing to be Mayor of London, pledged that he would fo­cus all his en­er­gies on the may­oralty and not seek to be a par­lia­men­tary MP while he was Mayor, only to re­nege on the pledge 18 months later ?

Isn’t this the same Boris John­son who has wasted mil­lions of our pounds on ‘van­ity projects’ like the Emi­rates cable cross­ing over the Thames which hardly any­one uses?

Isn’t this the same Boris John­son who can­celled the pro­posed western ex­ten­sion to the con­ges­tion charge zone so that his posh chums in Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea wouldn’t have to pay the charge?

Isn’t this the same Boris John­son who ad­vo­cates an amnesty for il­le­gal im­mi­grants?

If it is, he most cer­tainly is un­able to rep­re­sent my views. It’s pretty clear from his record that the only in­ter­ests Boris John­son will work tire­lessly for are his own as he seeks to climb his way up the greasy pole of pol­i­tics.

Sadly, as our con­stituency is a ‘safe’ seat, it is pretty much a fore­gone con­clu­sion that he will get elected, but I doubt he’ll do much for his con­stituents.

By con­trast, our cur­rent MP John Ran­dall, a lo­cal man of great in­tegrity and fore­sight (he was one of a hand­ful who voted against the folly of the Iraq war), has in­deed worked tire­lessly to rep­re­sent his con­stituents.

My great hope is that even at this late stage Mr Ran­dall will re­con­sider his decision to re­tire as our MP and stand for elec­tion again, as an In­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

I’m con­vinced he’d romp home to vic­tory and save us from the night­mare of John­son who would spend all his time and en­ergy on self pro­mo­tion at West­min­ster and none on the is­sues af­fect­ing peo­ple of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip. of this the coun­cil unan­i­mously de­clined to grant plan­ning ap­proval.

How­ever, fol­low­ing some mi­nor al­ter­ations the de­vel­oper again ap­plied for plan­ning ap­proval and on this oc­ca­sion the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee did a com­plete u-turn and unan­i­mously granted plan­ning ap­proval!

I do not know whether I am be­ing over cyn­i­cal or not, but do you think that the prospect of get­ting £2.7m pounds etc from the de­vel­oper might have some­thing to do with the u-turn ?

I am still of the opin­ion that build­ing af­ford­able homes and a 24/7 walk in Med­i­cal Cen­tre like the one they have in Pin­ner on this site would be more beni­fi­cial to the res­i­dents of South Ruis­lip than filling the Cof­fers of De­vel­op­ers and Big Business with Gold.

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