MP should avoid bin strike dis­trac­tion

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

WHAT on earth is Soli­hull MP Julian Knight play­ing at with his claims that a tran­si­tory dis­pute in a dif­fer­ent lo­cal author­ity is af­fect­ing long- term in­vest­ment in his patch just as a res­o­lu­tion is in prospect?

Is he de­lib­er­ately try­ing to put off po­ten­tial in­vestors in this re­gion?

What hap­pened to ac­cen­tu­at­ing the pos­i­tive?

He re­ally ought to avoid gra­tu­itous neg­a­tive po­lit­i­cal fin­ger point­ing lest peo­ple dig just be­low the sur­face.

Does he not recog­nise the root cause of the Birm­ing­ham bins dis­pute?

There have been on­go­ing mas­sive re­duc­tions in fi­nan­cial sup­port to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties by suc­ces­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ments over the last seven years. Coun­cils are be­ing driven to des­per­ate mea­sures to bal­ance the books and keep ser­vices afloat.

These are bound to lead to even­tual ten­sions with the work­force.

Per­haps Mr Knight also needs to con­sider the real threat to in­vest­ment in UK re­gions, so- called Brexit, and re­sist it in the real in­ter­ests of his con­stituents and the wider West Mid­lands.

There is no point look­ing for dis­trac­tions and fid­dling while Rome burns. Mark Wheat­ley, Soli­hull

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