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Blue Barton

October 29th, 2006 · Posted by Skuds in Politics · No Comments · Politics

During the last week the nasty steel canopies at our shopping parade have been getting a bit of a facelift. Workmen have been rubbing down all the patches where the old paint had flaked off and the metal was rusty, and applying new paint to the whole lot.

I know that the parade, unlike the others in Crawley, is not owned and run by the council but by a management company on behalf of the shops, but even so it is a fine metaphor for the town under its new Tory administration.

The budget only runs as far as new paint, so there is no structural improvements and the canopies will still leak during bad weather. The tops of the canopies will still attract balls, drink cans, rubbish and the odd person. They will also still block the main parts of the parade from the view of the CCTV cameras BUT the tatty old red paint has been covered with new blue so everything looks all right.

This is how I see the Tory approach to the whole town: cut costs and cut corners but make some superficial changes with a blue colour scheme and hope that is all anyone notices.

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