On the march

On the march

On the march

First published in Letters by

IT’S disappointing yet unsurprising that Julian Sturdy seeks to make political capital out of the council reopening Lendal Bridge for the TUC march past the Barbican Centre (The Press, March 20).

This was agreed without any councillor involvement by the police and the council’s traffic manager, who I quote: “We were advised by the police that there would be significant numbers of people on a section of the Inner Ring Road which would need to be closed for a period of time during the event for public safety reasons.

“The route of the march was discussed with the police and amended to minimise disruption, but it was not possible to make changes to the section of the route by the Barbican Centre.

“To minimise the consequential delay to travellers and reduce the safety risk to the marchers, it was decided to lift the restrictions on Lendal Bridge.

“The network management team consider the impact of events and highway works on a regular basis. Each event is considered on its merits and consideration given to ways to minimise disruption to travellers where possible.

“In this particular case, removing the restriction on Lendal Bridge was considered to be an appropriate intervention to reduce the impact of the event.”

Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability.

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1:08pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

I agree.
Not only that but when this was pointed out by me on this website, Mr Sturdy's article disappeared only to return a few days later without my comment attached.

Politics is such a shame.
I agree. Not only that but when this was pointed out by me on this website, Mr Sturdy's article disappeared only to return a few days later without my comment attached. Politics is such a shame. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -2

1:14pm Wed 26 Mar 14

greenmonkey says...

What Julian meant was he was disappointed not to have the opportunity to complain about the traffic chaos caused by the TUC march! I couldnt believe it when I read his suggestion that the decision pandered to the TUC when it was actually done to minimise inconvenience to residents.
What Julian meant was he was disappointed not to have the opportunity to complain about the traffic chaos caused by the TUC march! I couldnt believe it when I read his suggestion that the decision pandered to the TUC when it was actually done to minimise inconvenience to residents. greenmonkey
  • Score: 6

2:26pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Micklegate says...

...................o
h well that's all ok then because the recent freedom of information request on Lendal Bridge revealed Labour cabinet members had all behaved with total fairness in how they influenced things........oh, no hang on it didn't!
...................o h well that's all ok then because the recent freedom of information request on Lendal Bridge revealed Labour cabinet members had all behaved with total fairness in how they influenced things........oh, no hang on it didn't! Micklegate
  • Score: -1

2:32pm Wed 26 Mar 14

powerwatt says...

Look forward to the bridge opening on all race days then and any other event where over 1,000 visitors come to York...
Look forward to the bridge opening on all race days then and any other event where over 1,000 visitors come to York... powerwatt
  • Score: -2

3:08pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

powerwatt wrote:
Look forward to the bridge opening on all race days then and any other event where over 1,000 visitors come to York...
Have they started racing horses on the ring road now?
[quote][p][bold]powerwatt[/bold] wrote: Look forward to the bridge opening on all race days then and any other event where over 1,000 visitors come to York...[/p][/quote]Have they started racing horses on the ring road now? Buzzz Light-year
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5:06pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Silver says...

Micklegate wrote:
...................o

h well that's all ok then because the recent freedom of information request on Lendal Bridge revealed Labour cabinet members had all behaved with total fairness in how they influenced things........oh, no hang on it didn't!
Well said
[quote][p][bold]Micklegate[/bold] wrote: ...................o h well that's all ok then because the recent freedom of information request on Lendal Bridge revealed Labour cabinet members had all behaved with total fairness in how they influenced things........oh, no hang on it didn't![/p][/quote]Well said Silver
  • Score: 0

5:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Ichabod76 says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
powerwatt wrote:
Look forward to the bridge opening on all race days then and any other event where over 1,000 visitors come to York...
Have they started racing horses on the ring road now?
They do on James Street !
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]powerwatt[/bold] wrote: Look forward to the bridge opening on all race days then and any other event where over 1,000 visitors come to York...[/p][/quote]Have they started racing horses on the ring road now?[/p][/quote]They do on James Street ! Ichabod76
  • Score: 6

7:42pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Previously I hadn't heard or read or seen much about Mr Sturdy, he simply hadn't figured in my life. Not bad that to say he's one of our MPs. Same with Hugh Bayley as it happens.

Anyway, thanks to his disgusting and wrong politicking column of last week and the removal of my critique I have nothing but a negative view of him.

Amongst thinkers, people who are not blinded by their partisan dogma, I bet I'm not alone.

Not what he was shooting for I imagine.
Previously I hadn't heard or read or seen much about Mr Sturdy, he simply hadn't figured in my life. Not bad that to say he's one of our MPs. Same with Hugh Bayley as it happens. Anyway, thanks to his disgusting and wrong politicking column of last week and the removal of my critique I have nothing but a negative view of him. Amongst thinkers, people who are not blinded by their partisan dogma, I bet I'm not alone. Not what he was shooting for I imagine. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -2

9:14am Thu 27 Mar 14

Micklegate says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
Previously I hadn't heard or read or seen much about Mr Sturdy, he simply hadn't figured in my life. Not bad that to say he's one of our MPs. Same with Hugh Bayley as it happens.

Anyway, thanks to his disgusting and wrong politicking column of last week and the removal of my critique I have nothing but a negative view of him.

Amongst thinkers, people who are not blinded by their partisan dogma, I bet I'm not alone.

Not what he was shooting for I imagine.
Given the amount of time you spend on The Press website I fail to understand how you've not seen much of Julian Sturdy who actually lives here and seems to work incredibly hard and there is frequent Press coverage of what he is doing. I would swap him for my MP Hugh Bayley who only visits the city for a few hours a week to get a photo opp out.

As to the removal of your comment (whatever it was) I would be very surprised if Mr Sturdy is in charge of editing the online Press comments section.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Previously I hadn't heard or read or seen much about Mr Sturdy, he simply hadn't figured in my life. Not bad that to say he's one of our MPs. Same with Hugh Bayley as it happens. Anyway, thanks to his disgusting and wrong politicking column of last week and the removal of my critique I have nothing but a negative view of him. Amongst thinkers, people who are not blinded by their partisan dogma, I bet I'm not alone. Not what he was shooting for I imagine.[/p][/quote]Given the amount of time you spend on The Press website I fail to understand how you've not seen much of Julian Sturdy who actually lives here and seems to work incredibly hard and there is frequent Press coverage of what he is doing. I would swap him for my MP Hugh Bayley who only visits the city for a few hours a week to get a photo opp out. As to the removal of your comment (whatever it was) I would be very surprised if Mr Sturdy is in charge of editing the online Press comments section. Micklegate
  • Score: -3

1:23pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Micklegate wrote:
Buzzz Light-year wrote:
Previously I hadn't heard or read or seen much about Mr Sturdy, he simply hadn't figured in my life. Not bad that to say he's one of our MPs. Same with Hugh Bayley as it happens.

Anyway, thanks to his disgusting and wrong politicking column of last week and the removal of my critique I have nothing but a negative view of him.

Amongst thinkers, people who are not blinded by their partisan dogma, I bet I'm not alone.

Not what he was shooting for I imagine.
Given the amount of time you spend on The Press website I fail to understand how you've not seen much of Julian Sturdy who actually lives here and seems to work incredibly hard and there is frequent Press coverage of what he is doing. I would swap him for my MP Hugh Bayley who only visits the city for a few hours a week to get a photo opp out.

As to the removal of your comment (whatever it was) I would be very surprised if Mr Sturdy is in charge of editing the online Press comments section.
I wasn't trying to make him look bad compared to Hugh Bayley, quite the opposite. Neither of them figure in my life very much, which as I say is a surprise as they are both our members of Parliament.
Nor was I being partisan to any party or political viewpoint.

I happened to read his column and was shocked by his misguided viewpoint which I could only assume was clouded by dogma. It was the first I'd read of his own writing and it left me utterly unimpressed and just as turned off politics as I ever was.

The reason I mention the removal of comments was because judging by certain vociferous commentators here you would be forgiven for thinking that censorship and excision was the sole practice of the current left. Here is an example that disproves that. I'm certain there are many more from all colours.

Politics is such a shame.
[quote][p][bold]Micklegate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Previously I hadn't heard or read or seen much about Mr Sturdy, he simply hadn't figured in my life. Not bad that to say he's one of our MPs. Same with Hugh Bayley as it happens. Anyway, thanks to his disgusting and wrong politicking column of last week and the removal of my critique I have nothing but a negative view of him. Amongst thinkers, people who are not blinded by their partisan dogma, I bet I'm not alone. Not what he was shooting for I imagine.[/p][/quote]Given the amount of time you spend on The Press website I fail to understand how you've not seen much of Julian Sturdy who actually lives here and seems to work incredibly hard and there is frequent Press coverage of what he is doing. I would swap him for my MP Hugh Bayley who only visits the city for a few hours a week to get a photo opp out. As to the removal of your comment (whatever it was) I would be very surprised if Mr Sturdy is in charge of editing the online Press comments section.[/p][/quote]I wasn't trying to make him look bad compared to Hugh Bayley, quite the opposite. Neither of them figure in my life very much, which as I say is a surprise as they are both our members of Parliament. Nor was I being partisan to any party or political viewpoint. I happened to read his column and was shocked by his misguided viewpoint which I could only assume was clouded by dogma. It was the first I'd read of his own writing and it left me utterly unimpressed and just as turned off politics as I ever was. The reason I mention the removal of comments was because judging by certain vociferous commentators here you would be forgiven for thinking that censorship and excision was the sole practice of the current left. Here is an example that disproves that. I'm certain there are many more from all colours. Politics is such a shame. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -2

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