Peter­bor­ough will con­tinue to buck the trend with am­bi­tious in­fra­struc­ture projects, new hous­ing, free schools . . .

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

t’s that time of year again! Yes – rash pre­dic­tions of the next 12 months. It’s prob­a­bly a for­lorn ef­fort given that none of us re­ally pre­dicted the dis­as­ter in the Eu­ro­zone this past year or freak weather events across the world, although we prob­a­bly all could have fore­seen the won­der­ful day of national cel­e­bra­tion which was Wil­liam and Kate’s wed­ding day in April.

On the ba­sis that I’m not the world’s great­est sports fan or par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in TV soaps, I’ll stick with what I know (at least a bit) about, as I soon en­ter my eighth year as Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Peter­bor­ough: Pol­i­tics and govern­ment in our city and West­min­ster.

Firstly, the econ­omy na­tion­ally will still strug­gle but on the ba­sis that the dark­est hour is be­fore the dawn, I be­lieve it will be on the re­bound by the mid­dle of 2013 and un­em­ploy­ment will start to fall. Peter­bor­ough will con­tinue to buck the trend, with am­bi­tious in­fra­struc­ture projects, new hous­ing, free schools and bet­ter qual­ity shops and restau­rants in the city cen­tre – as well as more busi­ness re­lo­ca­tions, on ac­count of our role not just as an environment city but as a trans­port, lo­gis­tics and ser­vice hub – as well as a spe­cial­ist en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre.

The Con­ser­va­tives will re­tain con­trol of the city coun­cil in May de­spite very modest Labour gains – a tes­ta­ment to long term vi­sion and value for money at lo­cal level. More op­po­si­tion voices will no doubt keep them on their toes. Na­tion­ally, Ed Miliband will still fail to ex­hibit star qual­ity and voter ap­proval de­spite the be­gin­nings of a de­bate on say­ing sorry for past mis­takes and out­lin­ing a co­her­ent al­ter­na­tive to this govern­ment.

The Euro­pean Union will be an ir­ri­tant for many vot­ers and politi­cians in this coun­try – but the tide has turned on its grandiose plans to con­trol and dom­i­nate our national life with­out the ben­e­fit of a demo­cratic man­date, thanks to David Cameron’s veto on De­cem­ber 9.

The Lib­eral Democrats will con­tinue to dis­play a teenage petu­lance be­com­ing of a peren­nial op­po­si­tion party – but the smarter Lib Dems will slowly un­der­stand that they have a real stake in the ul­ti­mate suc­cess of the Coali­tion Govern­ment and its pri­or­ity of tack­ling the deficit - not bad­mouthing it. Nick Clegg will re­main at the helm.

Pretty much all our city coun­cil­lors will be con­sis­tent in their hard work and com­mit­ment to our area – and are rarely thanked for it!

I may be com­pletely wrong – but only as much as the next man or wo­man on the green benches.

In the mean­time to all my con­stituents, friends and fam­ily: Have a happy, pros­per­ous and ful­fill­ing 2012.

STE­WART JACK­SON MP

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