Thursday, 14 May 2009


Regular reader Ted from Garlinge gets in touch.
He says he is a keen observer of the local blogosphere and likes to see things accurately reported.

Further to my post yesterday, he has pointed me in the direction of a story in yesterday’s Financial Times. The London Array project is bringing jobs to Ramsgate and is being helped with government money. Good to see green jobs being created locally and the picture shows parts for wind turbines in Ramsgate Port.

The key parts of the story are:

"The London Array, set to be the world's biggest offshore wind farm, has been given the go-ahead after being rescued by a boost in government subsidies. In January, Eon, the German company that has 30 per cent of the Array, said the project was "on a knife edge" because of soaring costs and a finance shortage.

I hope this project is a success.
In the Budget, the government changed the renewables obligation, the subsidy scheme for electricity from renewable sources, to make it temporarily more generous to offshore wind farms. If approved this year, offshore wind farms will receive twice the annual subsidy, known as "renewables obligation certificates", paid to onshore developments. Previously the payment had been 1½ times greater.

The government has put a high priority on the Array, described by Gordon Brown as a "flagship" project for his ambition to cut carbon dioxide emissions and secure energy supplies.
Frank Mastiaux, chief executive of Eon's global renewables business, said: "It has been the upgrade to the . . . certificates that has allowed us to get this into the economic range of other projects." He said the Array had also been helped by the recession. Raw materials prices for turbines such as aluminium and steel had fallen "by a mile", he said, and the project partners were able to negotiate much better rates with suppliers."


  1. It'll be interesting to see whether there will be many jobs for British citizens, probably not, just like the Kingsnorth power station scandal and of course that bigger project the Olympic village the major construction project in Britain run with cheap foreign Labour.

    As you know Labour has either through corruption or negligence sold this countries workforce down the river.
    Lets see if it does offer work for British workers that nonsense phrase trotted out by Westminster's top boy Gordon Brown.

    And just look at that Green Project, for all the multi millions invested, it supports a low wage economy, and seems to prefer along with the agricultural industry cheap compliant foreign labour.

    But since the Labour party sold its soul I don't why Labour and Torys don't just amalgamate in to one homogeneous self serving group of parasites.

    Still what do you know Mark your a professional politician as far as I can tell with all that entails.

    The Labour party has sold this country out continuing the policy of the other conservative government.

  2. Sir
    Your opening para about "Governement Money for Green Jobs in Ramsgate" raised a chuckle in our office this morning when your reader Ted from Garlinge states that he likes to see things reported accurately. The photo embedded in your article does indeed show parts for wind turbines. However they are nothing to do with "The London Array Wind farm". They are in fact parts for the "Thanet Offshore Wind Farm" (TOW)which is a totally different wind farm project that was started by us (Warwick Energy Ltd) sold onto CRC (a hedge fund) who in turn sold it onto Vattenfall (a Swedish utility company). The TOW project is now under construction and foundations are being piled into the seabed as I write this note. I am led to believe that The London Array is a lttle way behind with their construction phase....

  3. Tony - you really are a poisonous individual.

    Let's see if you can take it as well as dish it out?

    In the real world people who have only their labour to contribute, like you, should understand that there are zillions of others with the same non-skills as you and that many will work for far less.

    To maintain your living standard in the face of such competition, you must work harder/longer/smarter to keep ahead. It is not the government or your employers responsibility to featherbed your life or that of your similarly non-skilled colleagues.

    Got it?

  4. Tony I disagree with you. Here's a list of what "professional Labour politicians" have delivered to you as "an ordinary working man" in the last 10 years:

    1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s
    2. Low mortgage rates
    3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.35
    4. Record police numbers in England, Scotland and Wales
    5. Cut overall crime by 35 per cent
    6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools
    7. Best-ever primary school results
    8. Employment is at its highest level ever
    9. 85,000 more nurses
    10. 32,000 more doctors
    11. Brought back matrons to hospital wards
    12. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time
    13. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice
    14. Gift aid was worth £625 million to charities last year
    15. Record number of students in higher education
    16. Child benefit up 25 per cent since 1997
    17. Created Sure Start to help children from low income households (have you noticed the ones in Margate and Cliftonville?)
    18. Over 30,000 more teachers in England schools
    19. All workers now have a right to 4 weeks’ paid holiday
    20. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents
    21. Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard
    22. Waiting times for operations halved (have you seen all the new buildings at QEQM and the new health centres all over Thanet?)
    23. Five, six and seven year olds in class sizes of 30 or less
    24. Cancer death rates down by 12 per cent, saving 43,000 lives, people are living longer that's why we have pensions problems

    and here are some more that I am proud of even though they do not directly benefit "Birtish workers"

    1. Free local bus travel for over-60s (how old are you?)
    2. Over 1.5 million child trust funds have been started (They're our future)
    3. Free eye test for over 60s
    4. Free nursery places for three and four-year-olds in England, Scotland and Wales
    5. Free fruit for all four to six-year-olds at school
    6. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & extra £100 for over-80s
    7. Banned fox hunting
    8. Negotiated the historic Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland
    9. A million pensioners lifted out of relative poverty
    10. 800,000 children lifted out of relative poverty
    11. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships
    12. Free TV licences for over-75s
    13. Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals

    and here are the ones you would cut from the tone of your comments but which I am proud of and are one of the reasons I entered politics

    1. Overseas aid budget more than doubled
    2. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries

    Clive thanks for putting me right, I'll be careful about what Ted tells me in future.

  5. No surprise that you cannot even get the minimum wage right, your adrift, no surprise since in your semi publicly funded world, you wouldn't have a clue.

    I assume in common with many Labour pro's us proles are rather inconvenient any time an election is not taking place.

    I notice you don't point out that much of that increased expenditure in education and health is lost since having no idea and no control of migration your government has not surprisingly made no provision for the estimated 3 million plus additional residents since 2004 of the UK.

    I just wonder is that the race card I see up your sleeve, despite your insinuation I too am happy that this country is generous with overseas aid but that doesn't stop me from having a desire to protect British working people who have built the NHS and education institutions.

    Things I'm no longer proud of are this countries intervention in Iraq, the police attacking members of the public, attempts to curb freedom of speech (ask David Green or the monitoring officer TDC), Tony Blair cashing in on his premiership after surrendering foreign policy to George Bush.

    Since the gap between rich and poor is far greater now than its ever been I also doubt your claim to have lifted children out of relative poverty. I think it was last year that I witnessed a young child selling the big issue outside Tesco's.

    I think Mark you spend to much time involved in politics I suggest you go out and ask some of your constituents how much the minimum wage is, also how migration effects job availability, education etc.

  6. And your list insinuates that government is responsible for the welfare in all spheres of the lives of all of its citizens and does not acknowledge that all of us have responsibility to look after and care for our own too.

    There will never be enough tax revenue for Labour governments to care for the needs of all of us by redistributing our wealth, particularly now that they have destroyed the economy of our country.

    And it is our wealth they are throwing away, not theirs.

  7. Tony they are facts. Thanks for correcting me that the minimum wage has been increased again. I note you want protectionism so does that mean we stop British workers earning abroad? How about all the retired Brits living in France, Spain and elsehere? we live in a more complex inter connected world. Gordon Brown was wrong to promise British jobs for British workers.

    Anon 16.18 I am sorry you oppose all the new schools, doctors surgeries, sure starts and hospitals that have been built since 1997. that is our wealth. Your economic analysis is pitiful, hence your anonymity no doubt.

  8. Educating more like Mark, I don't wont protectionism just a fair playing field, France and Germany set limits on migration.
    Labour don't even support the working time directive.

    Labour has lost the plot, in one newspaper I read how construction workers are now competing with each other to be the cheapest.

    What an achievment!

  9. Tony France and Germany accept the free movement of Labour in the European Union so you are incorrect to say the limit migration, they do not from EU countries.

    On Working Time Directive, I agree with you.

    I still think when history is written the Labour government since 1997 will be seen to have been successful, I could add many more facts of what has been achieved. the vast majority of people are better off.