Local reader J. Hirst has sent me an Open Letter to Laura Sandys. The pictures are of two of the local improvements the Labour government has provided in South Thanet. The new built Montefiore Medical Centre on Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate. This houses the East Cliff Practice which was made up by the joining of the former Mildmay and Addington Street Surgeries, and the Grange Practice. Below is the Science Annexe at Clarendon House Grammar School in Ramsgate.
"Dear Ms. Sandys,
I keep reading that David Cameron, the Conservative Party Leader, wishes to cut public expenditure by 10% in order to protect the NHS, a service that has saved thousands of lives since its creation in the 1940s. One of the Conservative MEPs for this region, Daniel Hannan, made an outrageous attack on the NHS recently but perhaps he is able to afford private health care unlike most who rely on the NHS and value everything about it. At least Mr. Cameron has pledged, to date, to support the NHS but is talking about other services suffering as a result.
If the NHS is to be protected from cuts then perhaps you could explain where the 10% axe will fall? Will education, my own area of expertise, be hit?
In the South Thanet area the government's investment in new school buildings has seen outdated buildings replaced by new, modern facilities. Will a Conservative governemnt renege on the government's plans to continue that programme?
Will local teachers lose their jobs as headteachers grapple with a 10% cut? Will teaching assistants who take a burden from the shoulders of hard-working teachers lose their jobs?
Will headteachers have to cut their books budget, computer investment, sports facilities? What impact will all this have on the attainment, behaviour, examination success of our local schoolchildren?
This area has seen a marked increase in attainment and aspirations of our school-aged children with more than ever going on to further and higher education, aspiring to success.
As a retired teacher I am familiar with the old buildings in which I had to teach - draughty, cold, poorly-equipped with inadequate supplies of books, stationery, facilities etc. Do you seriously wish those days back for our children and grand-children? My grandson is benefiting from being in a modern building with superb facilities that make learning a delight not a burden. Surely you cannot wish to deny him that continuing throughout his years in school?
I note Laura Sandys has a high regard for Daniel Hannan notwithstanding his attacks on the NHS. I will publish any repsonse from Laura Sandys.