Sussex MP blasted for drugs comment

Hastings MP Amber Rudd

Hastings MP Amber Rudd

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An MP has described her constituency as a magnet for the jobless and drug users.

Amber Rudd, the Conservative MP for Hastings, told the Financial Times that people who are on benefits and want to be by the seaside move to Hastings to have easier access to friends, drugs and drink.

She said that she decided that she wanted to stand as MP for the marginal constituency because it was within two hours of London and she could see her party was going to win it.

Yesterday (April 30) she told The Argus she stood by the remarks.

She said: “I am not embarrassed by those remarks. I do not think I have made a gaffe.

“I have always been very clear with my constituents that I have responsibilities to my family in London. Being an MP is not a nine-to-five job and I want to able to fulfil my family commitments.

“I am incredibly optimistic about Hastings.

“I described the well-known problems that Hastings has to the Financial Times but I also talked about the incredible investment in the town, the fact that unemployment is going down and that there are many positive things to say about it.

“It’s not the people who live and work in Hastings who take drugs, it’s the visitors. But I did not write the article in the FT.

“It was the journalist’s piece and she selected the quotes.

Political capital

“My political opponents have tried to make capital out of this but I think opinions on that interview are divided along party lines.”

Sarah Owen, the Labour Party’s candidate for Hastings and Rye said: “You don’t have to be from Hastings to love the place – it just so happens I was born and grew up here.

“So when I hear the MP talk down my hometown and the people who live here, I question what commitment they have to stand up for us.

“It’s also really disappointing given the timing for our City of Culture bid. We need an ambassador for Hastings and Rye not someone who rubbishes a place that has so much to going for it.”

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12:37pm Wed 1 May 13

Cave Johnson says...

It is a dirty druggy town, and Brighton isn't far behind.
It is a dirty druggy town, and Brighton isn't far behind. Cave Johnson
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12:38pm Wed 1 May 13

CharlotteP says...

Pretty much spot on...
Pretty much spot on... CharlotteP
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12:46pm Wed 1 May 13

spa301 says...

How dare she claim this. Surely we in Brighton are by far the bigger magnet?
How dare she claim this. Surely we in Brighton are by far the bigger magnet? spa301
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12:55pm Wed 1 May 13

gmgc81 says...

Typical ignorant Tory. Instead of going on about it why doesn't she try to help resolve the issue? I hope the decent people of Hastings remember this come 2015. Make her jobless and get a better LOCAL MP in!
Typical ignorant Tory. Instead of going on about it why doesn't she try to help resolve the issue? I hope the decent people of Hastings remember this come 2015. Make her jobless and get a better LOCAL MP in! gmgc81
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12:56pm Wed 1 May 13

medianscore says...

Hastings, Brighton, and Worthing must be the filthiest drug infested places in Southern England.
Hastings, Brighton, and Worthing must be the filthiest drug infested places in Southern England. medianscore
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1:13pm Wed 1 May 13

NIG.B@BIGPOND.COM says...

Agree with medianscore, and ask the Question, why is it so, why is this problem talked about and not addressed by the Highly Paid Councillors.
Agree with medianscore, and ask the Question, why is it so, why is this problem talked about and not addressed by the Highly Paid Councillors. NIG.B@BIGPOND.COM
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1:22pm Wed 1 May 13

~~~~~~~~ says...

Much as i admire her candour and lack of spin (and suspect that the journalist no doubt took her quotes out of context) many of her remarks came across as thoughtless bigotted and frankly presented an outdated and unfair impression of the town she is supposed to represent. Also i feel i need to stand up for Hastings which is much maligned on these pages and has lots going for it - bags of history and character, a magnificent old town (full of quirky independent shops - very similar to the lanes and north laine but with better archetecture) spectacular coastal cliffs on its doorstep, thriving arty bohemian community, some really excellent resteraunts pubs and coffee shops, magnificant parks and green spaces (there is no where in Brighton that compares with Alexandra Park) lots of festivals and events (esp Jack in the Green) yes it fell on hard times from 1970s to 90s but every time i visit it keeps getting better with more trendy shops and cafes opening up, it just needs a better transport and more pertinantly better PR rather than people knocking it all the time
Much as i admire her candour and lack of spin (and suspect that the journalist no doubt took her quotes out of context) many of her remarks came across as thoughtless bigotted and frankly presented an outdated and unfair impression of the town she is supposed to represent. Also i feel i need to stand up for Hastings which is much maligned on these pages and has lots going for it - bags of history and character, a magnificent old town (full of quirky independent shops - very similar to the lanes and north laine but with better archetecture) spectacular coastal cliffs on its doorstep, thriving arty bohemian community, some really excellent resteraunts pubs and coffee shops, magnificant parks and green spaces (there is no where in Brighton that compares with Alexandra Park) lots of festivals and events (esp Jack in the Green) yes it fell on hard times from 1970s to 90s but every time i visit it keeps getting better with more trendy shops and cafes opening up, it just needs a better transport and more pertinantly better PR rather than people knocking it all the time ~~~~~~~~
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2:01pm Wed 1 May 13

whereisthe...? says...

And patronising, elitist, selfish stupid Tories say rubbish like this because it pleases other ignorant fools, despite being nasty rubbish.

She'll make a perfect Tory - As SHE HERSELF SAYS "Im standing for the area because it looks like an easy seat to win, and cos its not far from London"

Sorry - WHO IS THE LAZY SCROUNGER AGAIN DEAR..?!
And patronising, elitist, selfish stupid Tories say rubbish like this because it pleases other ignorant fools, despite being nasty rubbish. She'll make a perfect Tory - As SHE HERSELF SAYS "Im standing for the area because it looks like an easy seat to win, and cos its not far from London" Sorry - WHO IS THE LAZY SCROUNGER AGAIN DEAR..?! whereisthe...?
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3:34pm Wed 1 May 13

Brian L says...

Gone over to the Dark Side, Amber?

Too much time spent with the Gidiot I fear.

Thanks for all your help but I won't vote for now...
Gone over to the Dark Side, Amber? Too much time spent with the Gidiot I fear. Thanks for all your help but I won't vote for now... Brian L
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3:36pm Wed 1 May 13

lorrie1 says...

Said it in an article yesterday and stand by my views again today! this Country is going down the toilet!
(If you can find one that hasnt been shut!)
Said it in an article yesterday and stand by my views again today! this Country is going down the toilet! (If you can find one that hasnt been shut!) lorrie1
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3:53pm Wed 1 May 13

Crystal Ball says...

An ounce and a pint anyone?
An ounce and a pint anyone? Crystal Ball
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4:25pm Wed 1 May 13

Jeffrey Louis-Reed says...

It is unforgivable for the MP to talk down and make such idiotic pronouncements about Hastings.

I am glad MP Rudd is being blasted. It is deserved.

Furthermore, the three 'postivive' things she takes credit for in the FT piece - The mini Bypass - locally known as the "road to nowhere," The Pier - which she had some but not all input into and thirdly, a clain about "transport links," which as most will know are still stagnating.

But moreover, what is really happening here - isn't a drug, drink or a benefits story - its actually an Arts story.

In the last 5 years, there has been an explosion of creative industry, with dozens of small galleries opening, art studios, more and more nightlife offerings - Just as what happened to Brighton in the late 1980s.

Hastings is making a bid to become UK City of Culture 2017 and even a shortlisting is beneficial. So for the MP to denigrate her area is ridiculous. Did she think no one in Hastings reads the FT? Possibly.

As a resident of Brighton and now Hastings for over 20 years, I can say Hastings is a becoming one of the beacons on the South coast for Artists, Filmmakers, Writers and creative people - that has largely escaped the property price inflation that made me leave Brighton.

I hope that Rudd realises that this is the last straw and at least here - looking out over a beautiful sea from my studio - I wish the next MP to embrace the local culture, the fishermen, the different communities here - including the people with drug or drink problems!

It is part of the MPs job to address the problems of their constituency and provide both leadership but also insight and pressure to change this; Not talk them down in the national press.

For me Hastings is a wonderful, familty-oriented place to live with a beautiful old town, an industrious fishing fleet, incredible parks, 100s of cool artists and musicians, the magnificent seafront and thousands of years of history.
It is unforgivable for the MP to talk down and make such idiotic pronouncements about Hastings. I am glad MP Rudd is being blasted. It is deserved. Furthermore, the three 'postivive' things she takes credit for in the FT piece - The mini Bypass - locally known as the "road to nowhere," The Pier - which she had some but not all input into and thirdly, a clain about "transport links," which as most will know are still stagnating. But moreover, what is really happening here - isn't a drug, drink or a benefits story - its actually an Arts story. In the last 5 years, there has been an explosion of creative industry, with dozens of small galleries opening, art studios, more and more nightlife offerings - Just as what happened to Brighton in the late 1980s. Hastings is making a bid to become UK City of Culture 2017 and even a shortlisting is beneficial. So for the MP to denigrate her area is ridiculous. Did she think no one in Hastings reads the FT? Possibly. As a resident of Brighton and now Hastings for over 20 years, I can say Hastings is a becoming one of the beacons on the South coast for Artists, Filmmakers, Writers and creative people - that has largely escaped the property price inflation that made me leave Brighton. I hope that Rudd realises that this is the last straw and at least here - looking out over a beautiful sea from my studio - I wish the next MP to embrace the local culture, the fishermen, the different communities here - including the people with drug or drink problems! It is part of the MPs job to address the problems of their constituency and provide both leadership but also insight and pressure to change this; Not talk them down in the national press. For me Hastings is a wonderful, familty-oriented place to live with a beautiful old town, an industrious fishing fleet, incredible parks, 100s of cool artists and musicians, the magnificent seafront and thousands of years of history. Jeffrey Louis-Reed
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4:52pm Wed 1 May 13

HJarrs says...

“It’s not the people who live and work in Hastings who take drugs, it’s the visitors."

Blame the foreigner, says it all really.
“It’s not the people who live and work in Hastings who take drugs, it’s the visitors." Blame the foreigner, says it all really. HJarrs
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4:57pm Wed 1 May 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

It's a bit right wing, but it's also true. So how can that be "the wrong thing to say". Brighton is infested with druggie and drunk layabout vagrants too. Just comes with the territory of being a "party town" I guess.
It's a bit right wing, but it's also true. So how can that be "the wrong thing to say". Brighton is infested with druggie and drunk layabout vagrants too. Just comes with the territory of being a "party town" I guess. Hoarder12345444
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5:12pm Wed 1 May 13

Chris_K says...

How about her comment:

“When it comes to a general election, I really don’t think they’ll still be thinking about anal sex,”

What an unpleasant woman Ms Rudd is showing herself to be.
How about her comment: “When it comes to a general election, I really don’t think they’ll still be thinking about anal sex,” What an unpleasant woman Ms Rudd is showing herself to be. Chris_K
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5:42pm Wed 1 May 13

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

HJarrs wrote:
“It’s not the people who live and work in Hastings who take drugs, it’s the visitors."

Blame the foreigner, says it all really.
Yup, if the cap fits !

By the way since when have visitors necessarily been foreigners ?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: “It’s not the people who live and work in Hastings who take drugs, it’s the visitors." Blame the foreigner, says it all really.[/p][/quote]Yup, if the cap fits ! By the way since when have visitors necessarily been foreigners ? Idontbelieveit1948
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5:52pm Wed 1 May 13

deanaprior says...

I'm moving to Hastings next year, I know about the problems but there are so many opportunities to start businesses without the huge costs in Brighton. With the History, the Old Town the Downs, the Sea, maybe the museum and not too many students.

There are millions of pounds in grants available from the EU and the Government. There is one fund of £10 million aimed a rejuvenating high streets in towns like Hastings which is virtually untouched after two years.

But they vote in an MP whose only reason for being there is so she can get back home easily, says the place is s*** and used to work for JP Morgan.
I'm moving to Hastings next year, I know about the problems but there are so many opportunities to start businesses without the huge costs in Brighton. With the History, the Old Town the Downs, the Sea, maybe the museum and not too many students. There are millions of pounds in grants available from the EU and the Government. There is one fund of £10 million aimed a rejuvenating high streets in towns like Hastings which is virtually untouched after two years. But they vote in an MP whose only reason for being there is so she can get back home easily, says the place is s*** and used to work for JP Morgan. deanaprior
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6:28pm Wed 1 May 13

Owen Richards says...

I wonder if this dreadful woman takes full advantage of the House of Common heavily subsidised drug consumption rooms (aka bars)?

She is not fit to be an MP.
I wonder if this dreadful woman takes full advantage of the House of Common heavily subsidised drug consumption rooms (aka bars)? She is not fit to be an MP. Owen Richards
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10:18pm Wed 1 May 13

Richard M says...

It sounds as though Amber Rudd has been quoted selectively and out of context and the FT has honed in on the negative comments - which have more than a grain of truth - while ignoring the positive comments she made. Amber Rudd is a conscientious and hard working MP who has a home in the constituency, and who will roll up her sleeves and get stuck into local cross-party campaigns. In contrast, I understand that Sarah has lived in Brighton for many years and her renewed interest in Hastings follows her selection as PPC.
It sounds as though Amber Rudd has been quoted selectively and out of context and the FT has honed in on the negative comments - which have more than a grain of truth - while ignoring the positive comments she made. Amber Rudd is a conscientious and hard working MP who has a home in the constituency, and who will roll up her sleeves and get stuck into local cross-party campaigns. In contrast, I understand that Sarah has lived in Brighton for many years and her renewed interest in Hastings follows her selection as PPC. Richard M
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10:19pm Wed 1 May 13

BobWiddecombe says...

Hastings had a great MP for many years Michael Foster who battled for funding and succeeded to deliver a new college, modern office buildings and the University of Brighton site to deliver a business and education district however for whatever reason the administration would not fund transport infrastructure improvements that Hastings so needed despite a strong case put forward by Michael for the Bexhill link road, Amber picked up the batten and has successfully pushed phase 1 of the link road through, yes its not the best solution but the best for what funding is available and phase 2 will make the link much better, they had to start somewhere. Under her watch the Pier is to come alive and you can now reach London and Docklands/Stratford in under 1 hour 30 minutes in the peak hours via Ashford due to improvements on the Marshlink train line, also Amber and the efficiently run council worked with Saga to create 400 jobs in the new offices that Michael pushed the funding. Of course life is not fair but The FT article has clearly been taken out of context. Its all very well for Sarah Owen to snipe back here however she has been in a resident in Brighton and worked on Brighton & Hove council - this is clearly political driven - the issue for Hastings is that it is probably one of the liberal towns in the country and both the conservative and labour party have reformed themselves to be conservative centre left / labour centre right to take the liberal spot that back in 1997 they were forecast to win and following that the liberals in Hastings went into meltdown. Sarah would make a great MP in Brighton on her home territory - maybe the good work she achieved at the Conquest at Hastings which has a fantastic turn and up go A&E could be transferred to the Royal Sussex.
Hastings had a great MP for many years Michael Foster who battled for funding and succeeded to deliver a new college, modern office buildings and the University of Brighton site to deliver a business and education district however for whatever reason the administration would not fund transport infrastructure improvements that Hastings so needed despite a strong case put forward by Michael for the Bexhill link road, Amber picked up the batten and has successfully pushed phase 1 of the link road through, yes its not the best solution but the best for what funding is available and phase 2 will make the link much better, they had to start somewhere. Under her watch the Pier is to come alive and you can now reach London and Docklands/Stratford in under 1 hour 30 minutes in the peak hours via Ashford due to improvements on the Marshlink train line, also Amber and the efficiently run council worked with Saga to create 400 jobs in the new offices that Michael pushed the funding. Of course life is not fair but The FT article has clearly been taken out of context. Its all very well for Sarah Owen to snipe back here however she has been in a resident in Brighton and worked on Brighton & Hove council - this is clearly political driven - the issue for Hastings is that it is probably one of the liberal towns in the country and both the conservative and labour party have reformed themselves to be conservative centre left / labour centre right to take the liberal spot that back in 1997 they were forecast to win and following that the liberals in Hastings went into meltdown. Sarah would make a great MP in Brighton on her home territory - maybe the good work she achieved at the Conquest at Hastings which has a fantastic turn and up go A&E could be transferred to the Royal Sussex. BobWiddecombe
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11:15pm Wed 1 May 13

Richard M says...

Yes I agree with Bob Widdecombe. Michael Foster was a great MP, from Hastings and knew the community really well. He got shafted by his own party which - despite his campaigning caved in to the threats of a couple of dozen tree-huggers - repeatedly failed to take any decisions to invest in upgrading the transport infrastructure. Result: lots of money thrown at Hastings but regeneration just peetered out. Amber Rudd has at least got things moving again with the Bexhill Hastings Link Road. If Sarah and/or Labour were to be elected in 2015, I hope we don't end up with yet more hot air from Westminster/Whitehal
l as a sustitute for action.
Yes I agree with Bob Widdecombe. Michael Foster was a great MP, from Hastings and knew the community really well. He got shafted by his own party which - despite his campaigning caved in to the threats of a couple of dozen tree-huggers - repeatedly failed to take any decisions to invest in upgrading the transport infrastructure. Result: lots of money thrown at Hastings but regeneration just peetered out. Amber Rudd has at least got things moving again with the Bexhill Hastings Link Road. If Sarah and/or Labour were to be elected in 2015, I hope we don't end up with yet more hot air from Westminster/Whitehal l as a sustitute for action. Richard M
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11:20pm Wed 1 May 13

St Leonards guy says...

I think you'll find Sarah Owen lives in Hastings, three generations of her family also live here. She was born and brought up here. She's backed by Michael Foster. What a feeble attempt to deflect from Amber Rudd's car crash of an interview! Pathetic....
I think you'll find Sarah Owen lives in Hastings, three generations of her family also live here. She was born and brought up here. She's backed by Michael Foster. What a feeble attempt to deflect from Amber Rudd's car crash of an interview! Pathetic.... St Leonards guy
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11:33pm Wed 1 May 13

trufacts says...

After 23 months in Lewis (possession with intent + GBH) I never thought the outside would be the same, wrong! Hastings has been my home from home ever since 2011 and not only have I been welcomed with open arms I get to see so many of my old chums. I do not agree with the sentiments of our mp completely (though I do agree with the tory stand on foreigners being thieving scum!) but I do think it unfair to demonise the pastimes of Hastings folk. After a hard day impregnating the mouth breathing teens of Hollington and suchlike I like nothing more than a soothing pipe of crack, it helps with the stamina though the long nights of robbing smoked salmon from Tesco express (silverhill branch CCTV is currently on the fritz *touches nose*) and running brown for my m8 up Farley bank.

This is all.
After 23 months in Lewis (possession with intent + GBH) I never thought the outside would be the same, wrong! Hastings has been my home from home ever since 2011 and not only have I been welcomed with open arms I get to see so many of my old chums. I do not agree with the sentiments of our mp completely (though I do agree with the tory stand on foreigners being thieving scum!) but I do think it unfair to demonise the pastimes of Hastings folk. After a hard day impregnating the mouth breathing teens of Hollington and suchlike I like nothing more than a soothing pipe of crack, it helps with the stamina though the long nights of robbing smoked salmon from Tesco express (silverhill branch CCTV is currently on the fritz *touches nose*) and running brown for my m8 up Farley bank. This is all. trufacts
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12:01am Thu 2 May 13

betbrown says...

What Hastings needs is a pro drug legalisation Green MP like we have in Brighton instead of this conservative/labour/
libdem drome - all the same! Having a stab at drug users is not going to help. Lets face it the cannabis industry must be one of the biggest drivers of the economy over there, there are always stories of factories being discovered. We used to be the drug death capital and with Carolines good work we have shaked this off and maybe its moved to Hastings. http://www.carolinel
ucas.com/media.html/
2013/04/24/drug-cons
umtion-rooms-could-s
ave-lines-and-keep-u
sers-off-the-streets
-says-caroline/

Also it suggests in this blog Sarah Owen that she has bought a flat in Hastings http://www.hastingso
bserver.co.uk/news/l
ocal-news/hastings-c
rucial-for-labour-if
-it-is-to-win-next-e
lection-miliband-1-4
104878 I disagree Bob we want more Green not Blue Labour here thanks very much!
What Hastings needs is a pro drug legalisation Green MP like we have in Brighton instead of this conservative/labour/ libdem drome - all the same! Having a stab at drug users is not going to help. Lets face it the cannabis industry must be one of the biggest drivers of the economy over there, there are always stories of factories being discovered. We used to be the drug death capital and with Carolines good work we have shaked this off and maybe its moved to Hastings. http://www.carolinel ucas.com/media.html/ 2013/04/24/drug-cons umtion-rooms-could-s ave-lines-and-keep-u sers-off-the-streets -says-caroline/ Also it suggests in this blog Sarah Owen that she has bought a flat in Hastings http://www.hastingso bserver.co.uk/news/l ocal-news/hastings-c rucial-for-labour-if -it-is-to-win-next-e lection-miliband-1-4 104878 I disagree Bob we want more Green not Blue Labour here thanks very much! betbrown
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6:59am Thu 2 May 13

Nick-! says...

Richard M wrote:
It sounds as though Amber Rudd has been quoted selectively and out of context and the FT has honed in on the negative comments - which have more than a grain of truth - while ignoring the positive comments she made. Amber Rudd is a conscientious and hard working MP who has a home in the constituency, and who will roll up her sleeves and get stuck into local cross-party campaigns. In contrast, I understand that Sarah has lived in Brighton for many years and her renewed interest in Hastings follows her selection as PPC.
She rents her home in Hastings.
[quote][p][bold]Richard M[/bold] wrote: It sounds as though Amber Rudd has been quoted selectively and out of context and the FT has honed in on the negative comments - which have more than a grain of truth - while ignoring the positive comments she made. Amber Rudd is a conscientious and hard working MP who has a home in the constituency, and who will roll up her sleeves and get stuck into local cross-party campaigns. In contrast, I understand that Sarah has lived in Brighton for many years and her renewed interest in Hastings follows her selection as PPC.[/p][/quote]She rents her home in Hastings. Nick-!
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7:29am Thu 2 May 13

Owen Richards says...

This woman isn't just deeply unpleasant she's also, self-evidently, an incompetent politician.

It's not a question of if but when she goes.
This woman isn't just deeply unpleasant she's also, self-evidently, an incompetent politician. It's not a question of if but when she goes. Owen Richards
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9:39am Thu 2 May 13

Smartbloke says...

It may sound like a cliche, but she really is a typical Tory.

Call me old-fashioned, but the point of being an MP is to represent the residents of Hastings in Parliament, not - as Sir Derek Spence (remember him?) once claimed - "I'm your MP because you agree with me..."

She is there the REPRESENT Hastings, not run it down. Awful, awful woman.
It may sound like a cliche, but she really is a typical Tory. Call me old-fashioned, but the point of being an MP is to represent the residents of Hastings in Parliament, not - as Sir Derek Spence (remember him?) once claimed - "I'm your MP because you agree with me..." She is there the REPRESENT Hastings, not run it down. Awful, awful woman. Smartbloke
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10:12am Thu 2 May 13

BobWiddecombe says...

betbrown wrote:
What Hastings needs is a pro drug legalisation Green MP like we have in Brighton instead of this conservative/labour/

libdem drome - all the same! Having a stab at drug users is not going to help. Lets face it the cannabis industry must be one of the biggest drivers of the economy over there, there are always stories of factories being discovered. We used to be the drug death capital and with Carolines good work we have shaked this off and maybe its moved to Hastings. http://www.carolinel

ucas.com/media.html/

2013/04/24/drug-cons

umtion-rooms-could-s

ave-lines-and-keep-u

sers-off-the-streets

-says-caroline/

Also it suggests in this blog Sarah Owen that she has bought a flat in Hastings http://www.hastingso

bserver.co.uk/news/l

ocal-news/hastings-c

rucial-for-labour-if

-it-is-to-win-next-e

lection-miliband-1-4

104878 I disagree Bob we want more Green not Blue Labour here thanks very much!
Bet, she must be doing something right, I just read the FT article and labour card carrying members are voting for Amber.
[quote][p][bold]betbrown[/bold] wrote: What Hastings needs is a pro drug legalisation Green MP like we have in Brighton instead of this conservative/labour/ libdem drome - all the same! Having a stab at drug users is not going to help. Lets face it the cannabis industry must be one of the biggest drivers of the economy over there, there are always stories of factories being discovered. We used to be the drug death capital and with Carolines good work we have shaked this off and maybe its moved to Hastings. http://www.carolinel ucas.com/media.html/ 2013/04/24/drug-cons umtion-rooms-could-s ave-lines-and-keep-u sers-off-the-streets -says-caroline/ Also it suggests in this blog Sarah Owen that she has bought a flat in Hastings http://www.hastingso bserver.co.uk/news/l ocal-news/hastings-c rucial-for-labour-if -it-is-to-win-next-e lection-miliband-1-4 104878 I disagree Bob we want more Green not Blue Labour here thanks very much![/p][/quote]Bet, she must be doing something right, I just read the FT article and labour card carrying members are voting for Amber. BobWiddecombe
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10:17am Thu 2 May 13

St Leonards guy says...

That's one! I know of three card carrying Tories who vote for their Labour councillors regularly, and many Tories locally who find her aloof, out of touch and often absent
That's one! I know of three card carrying Tories who vote for their Labour councillors regularly, and many Tories locally who find her aloof, out of touch and often absent St Leonards guy
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10:18am Thu 2 May 13

pebble counter says...

Owen Richards wrote:
I wonder if this dreadful woman takes full advantage of the House of Common heavily subsidised drug consumption rooms (aka bars)? She is not fit to be an MP.
She is stating what is true. Does that make her unfit for public office? What else is dreadful about her?
[quote][p][bold]Owen Richards[/bold] wrote: I wonder if this dreadful woman takes full advantage of the House of Common heavily subsidised drug consumption rooms (aka bars)? She is not fit to be an MP.[/p][/quote]She is stating what is true. Does that make her unfit for public office? What else is dreadful about her? pebble counter
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11:29am Thu 2 May 13

Omnishambles_1 says...

NIG.B@BIGPOND.COM wrote:
Agree with medianscore, and ask the Question, why is it so, why is this problem talked about and not addressed by the Highly Paid Councillors.
Highly paid? You don't know how Local Government works do you?
[quote][p][bold]NIG.B@BIGPOND.COM[/bold] wrote: Agree with medianscore, and ask the Question, why is it so, why is this problem talked about and not addressed by the Highly Paid Councillors.[/p][/quote]Highly paid? You don't know how Local Government works do you? Omnishambles_1
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11:38am Thu 2 May 13

Owen Richards says...

pebble counter wrote:
Owen Richards wrote:
I wonder if this dreadful woman takes full advantage of the House of Common heavily subsidised drug consumption rooms (aka bars)? She is not fit to be an MP.
She is stating what is true. Does that make her unfit for public office? What else is dreadful about her?
Prejudice, bigotry, arrogance - everything that is destroying the Tory party. Since the Bullingdon Club took over they have destroyed all Maggie's good work
[quote][p][bold]pebble counter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Owen Richards[/bold] wrote: I wonder if this dreadful woman takes full advantage of the House of Common heavily subsidised drug consumption rooms (aka bars)? She is not fit to be an MP.[/p][/quote]She is stating what is true. Does that make her unfit for public office? What else is dreadful about her?[/p][/quote]Prejudice, bigotry, arrogance - everything that is destroying the Tory party. Since the Bullingdon Club took over they have destroyed all Maggie's good work Owen Richards
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4:28pm Thu 2 May 13

betbrown says...

Owen Richards wrote:
pebble counter wrote:
Owen Richards wrote:
I wonder if this dreadful woman takes full advantage of the House of Common heavily subsidised drug consumption rooms (aka bars)? She is not fit to be an MP.
She is stating what is true. Does that make her unfit for public office? What else is dreadful about her?
Prejudice, bigotry, arrogance - everything that is destroying the Tory party. Since the Bullingdon Club took over they have destroyed all Maggie's good work
exactly, cant wait for labour to get back in so they print more money, go on a big spending spree- house prices go up so we can sell up to wealthy incoming hard working immigrants and we orginal brits can get down to the Costa del Sol where good old englands lives and reigns!
[quote][p][bold]Owen Richards[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pebble counter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Owen Richards[/bold] wrote: I wonder if this dreadful woman takes full advantage of the House of Common heavily subsidised drug consumption rooms (aka bars)? She is not fit to be an MP.[/p][/quote]She is stating what is true. Does that make her unfit for public office? What else is dreadful about her?[/p][/quote]Prejudice, bigotry, arrogance - everything that is destroying the Tory party. Since the Bullingdon Club took over they have destroyed all Maggie's good work[/p][/quote]exactly, cant wait for labour to get back in so they print more money, go on a big spending spree- house prices go up so we can sell up to wealthy incoming hard working immigrants and we orginal brits can get down to the Costa del Sol where good old englands lives and reigns! betbrown
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Sat 4 May 13

Equalizer1978 says...

Hastings , cultural capital??????
haha
Amber Rudd was absolutely right in her comments, if limited in her assessment. She missed a few things, though.
The drugs , the jobless... well, you get that anywhere... MOST IMPORTANTLY absent in her appraissal are: THE IGNORANCE and UNFRIENDLINESS of HASTINGS... ITS LACK OF LOVE... ITS UGLY people (in spiritual terms), unsopportive of each other, , so lacking in integrity,,,and so lacking in loyalty,....daft, delusional.
So many things go hand in hand there... poverty with ignorance. Generation upon generation of undesireables, Cheap rent, and the cycle repeats itself, ad infinitum,
Yes , there are lots of musicians and art galleries but, at least music-wise i can comment , they are all inconsequential, illegitimate, unoriginal... (again, with very few exceptions). Of the newer breed of musicians , i personally know one, who has begun creating vast interest in London, and who refuses to play Hastings, purely out of principle,and whom , having landed in the town almost by chance , during a personal crisis, cant wait to get out, (only 1.5 years into his sojourn there)...
MOST true artistes and quality people LEAVE Hastings,,, FACT
The backstabbing, the hate, the dog-poo strewn streets, the lack of decent, reasonably priced food shops...the poor, overpriced local bus services form STAGECOACH,
....CULTURE CAPITAL?
Not even a short list. One day , when the bad energy clears, and education has had an effect , and incestuous, ****-keen families are fumigated out of the area , then yes, please ... and one day when its people are not so deluded - the sheer fact they are all complaining at MP'S A RUDD'S COMMENTS, claiming how arty it is , in defense, displays ignotance and narrow-mindedness at once.
That is the problem with Hastings , people who think they are totally in the know,,, when they could not be further from the truth ... no one cool raves about the place.
Hastings , cultural capital?????? haha Amber Rudd was absolutely right in her comments, if limited in her assessment. She missed a few things, though. The drugs , the jobless... well, you get that anywhere... MOST IMPORTANTLY absent in her appraissal are: THE IGNORANCE and UNFRIENDLINESS of HASTINGS... ITS LACK OF LOVE... ITS UGLY people (in spiritual terms), unsopportive of each other, , so lacking in integrity,,,and so lacking in loyalty,....daft, delusional. So many things go hand in hand there... poverty with ignorance. Generation upon generation of undesireables, Cheap rent, and the cycle repeats itself, ad infinitum, Yes , there are lots of musicians and art galleries but, at least music-wise i can comment , they are all inconsequential, illegitimate, unoriginal... (again, with very few exceptions). Of the newer breed of musicians , i personally know one, who has begun creating vast interest in London, and who refuses to play Hastings, purely out of principle,and whom , having landed in the town almost by chance , during a personal crisis, cant wait to get out, (only 1.5 years into his sojourn there)... MOST true artistes and quality people LEAVE Hastings,,, FACT The backstabbing, the hate, the dog-poo strewn streets, the lack of decent, reasonably priced food shops...the poor, overpriced local bus services form STAGECOACH, ....CULTURE CAPITAL? Not even a short list. One day , when the bad energy clears, and education has had an effect , and incestuous, ****-keen families are fumigated out of the area , then yes, please ... and one day when its people are not so deluded - the sheer fact they are all complaining at MP'S A RUDD'S COMMENTS, claiming how arty it is , in defense, displays ignotance and narrow-mindedness at once. That is the problem with Hastings , people who think they are totally in the know,,, when they could not be further from the truth ... no one cool raves about the place. Equalizer1978
  • Score: 1

3:07pm Sat 4 May 13

Equalizer1978 says...

i am looking for work in journalism.
Thanks
i am looking for work in journalism. Thanks Equalizer1978
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Tue 21 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

Equalizer1978 wrote:
i am looking for work in journalism.
Thanks
Well I wish you good luck in your wish to become a journalist I will give you a couple of hints if you are wanting to make it as a columnist on this forum.
1. Don't overdo the capitals it make your argument look like an angry rant
2. Use a Spellchecker.
[quote][p][bold]Equalizer1978[/bold] wrote: i am looking for work in journalism. Thanks[/p][/quote]Well I wish you good luck in your wish to become a journalist I will give you a couple of hints if you are wanting to make it as a columnist on this forum. 1. Don't overdo the capitals it make your argument look like an angry rant 2. Use a Spellchecker. Pikey-Biker
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Tue 21 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

Equalizer1978 wrote:
Hastings , cultural capital??????
haha
Amber Rudd was absolutely right in her comments, if limited in her assessment. She missed a few things, though.
The drugs , the jobless... well, you get that anywhere... MOST IMPORTANTLY absent in her appraissal are: THE IGNORANCE and UNFRIENDLINESS of HASTINGS... ITS LACK OF LOVE... ITS UGLY people (in spiritual terms), unsopportive of each other, , so lacking in integrity,,,and so lacking in loyalty,....daft, delusional.
So many things go hand in hand there... poverty with ignorance. Generation upon generation of undesireables, Cheap rent, and the cycle repeats itself, ad infinitum,
Yes , there are lots of musicians and art galleries but, at least music-wise i can comment , they are all inconsequential, illegitimate, unoriginal... (again, with very few exceptions). Of the newer breed of musicians , i personally know one, who has begun creating vast interest in London, and who refuses to play Hastings, purely out of principle,and whom , having landed in the town almost by chance , during a personal crisis, cant wait to get out, (only 1.5 years into his sojourn there)...
MOST true artistes and quality people LEAVE Hastings,,, FACT
The backstabbing, the hate, the dog-poo strewn streets, the lack of decent, reasonably priced food shops...the poor, overpriced local bus services form STAGECOACH,
....CULTURE CAPITAL?
Not even a short list. One day , when the bad energy clears, and education has had an effect , and incestuous, ****-keen families are fumigated out of the area , then yes, please ... and one day when its people are not so deluded - the sheer fact they are all complaining at MP'S A RUDD'S COMMENTS, claiming how arty it is , in defense, displays ignotance and narrow-mindedness at once.
That is the problem with Hastings , people who think they are totally in the know,,, when they could not be further from the truth ... no one cool raves about the place.
Well I wish you good luck in your wish to become a journalist I will give you a couple of hints if you are wanting to make it as a columnist on this forum.
1. Don't overdo the capitals it make your argument look like an angry rant
2. Use a Spellchecker.
[quote][p][bold]Equalizer1978[/bold] wrote: Hastings , cultural capital?????? haha Amber Rudd was absolutely right in her comments, if limited in her assessment. She missed a few things, though. The drugs , the jobless... well, you get that anywhere... MOST IMPORTANTLY absent in her appraissal are: THE IGNORANCE and UNFRIENDLINESS of HASTINGS... ITS LACK OF LOVE... ITS UGLY people (in spiritual terms), unsopportive of each other, , so lacking in integrity,,,and so lacking in loyalty,....daft, delusional. So many things go hand in hand there... poverty with ignorance. Generation upon generation of undesireables, Cheap rent, and the cycle repeats itself, ad infinitum, Yes , there are lots of musicians and art galleries but, at least music-wise i can comment , they are all inconsequential, illegitimate, unoriginal... (again, with very few exceptions). Of the newer breed of musicians , i personally know one, who has begun creating vast interest in London, and who refuses to play Hastings, purely out of principle,and whom , having landed in the town almost by chance , during a personal crisis, cant wait to get out, (only 1.5 years into his sojourn there)... MOST true artistes and quality people LEAVE Hastings,,, FACT The backstabbing, the hate, the dog-poo strewn streets, the lack of decent, reasonably priced food shops...the poor, overpriced local bus services form STAGECOACH, ....CULTURE CAPITAL? Not even a short list. One day , when the bad energy clears, and education has had an effect , and incestuous, ****-keen families are fumigated out of the area , then yes, please ... and one day when its people are not so deluded - the sheer fact they are all complaining at MP'S A RUDD'S COMMENTS, claiming how arty it is , in defense, displays ignotance and narrow-mindedness at once. That is the problem with Hastings , people who think they are totally in the know,,, when they could not be further from the truth ... no one cool raves about the place.[/p][/quote]Well I wish you good luck in your wish to become a journalist I will give you a couple of hints if you are wanting to make it as a columnist on this forum. 1. Don't overdo the capitals it make your argument look like an angry rant 2. Use a Spellchecker. Pikey-Biker
  • Score: 0

8:33am Tue 28 May 13

Pikey-Biker says...

Owen Richards wrote:
This woman isn't just deeply unpleasant she's also, self-evidently, an incompetent politician.

It's not a question of if but when she goes.
I doubt it Owen
[quote][p][bold]Owen Richards[/bold] wrote: This woman isn't just deeply unpleasant she's also, self-evidently, an incompetent politician. It's not a question of if but when she goes.[/p][/quote]I doubt it Owen Pikey-Biker
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