New role for 'no' campaigners
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 10 June 2010
O that is it. The 'no' voters will be dancing in the streets, proclaiming victory and planning their next target. When all of the dust is settled and we can perform a post mortem on this issue, I feel the conclusion will be that economic common sense has
O that is it. The 'no' voters will be dancing in the streets, proclaiming victory and planning their next target. When all of the dust is settled and we can perform a post mortem on this issue, I feel the conclusion will be that economic common sense has left via The Exe. To the Reverend Simon St Laurence (Letters, February 12), I am all in favour of wildlife and the environment but, without the capital, it too will suffer. Your comments on ASDA taking its cash out of the town is again flawed, for surely it has to pay wages to its workers, who, in turn, would spend their money in the town? Or are you intimating they would all be forced to spend their hard-earned wages in Asda?The town needs a cash injection. Basic economics tells us that you create employment, employees get rewarded by wages, they in turn become consumers, with the freedom and choice to spend where they like. This, in turn, creates demand. When there's a demand, there's a need, a need to service that demand - thus more commercial businesses are encouraged to invest. Sadly, this appears to be too late for Exmouth, and I quote the owner of Fahrenheit: "The town is about to die." So, without injection and growth, we turn into a 'back end of beyond town', only good for housing gypsies and travellers (and that is in no way derogatory towards the gypsies and travellers). I feel the 'no' campaigners will probably turn their sights towards protecting a field at the far end of Salterton Road, given that is possible nigh on their door step. What really peeves me about this whole saga is that common sense has left the building along with our students, Woolworth, Adams, and Currys. This was not a battle, it was a rout against the silent majority. Do we really believe that Asda pulled out as a result of our "council's wish list of goodies". Asda saw the writing on the wall. Yes, the collapse of capitalism and the growing level of venom aimed at them by the 'no' campaigners. And rightly so, why should they invest in an area that is so insular in its thinking, greedy in its demands and choosy where it wants you to build?Fair play to Asda, they got the message. May the 'no' campaigners now take to the streets and herald the death of Exmouth as a growing, prosperous town. George Saints,'Economic Coroner'.