NO UPDATES for a while, I hear you say! No, I haven’t been chopped up and put into a kebab, and updates should become a bit more frequent from now on.
I notice that someone posted some stuff using the name Filltheone on the Gasjet about the latest multi-million pound beg-a-thon from the Pleasure Beach. It’s not me, as anyone who has read this site knows.
My view on the latest round of begging bowl shenanigans from the Pleasure Beach is no different to the view I held last time. When the banks won’t lend to you, they think the risk is too high, and I feel that it is wrong for the Pleasure Beach to receive favours from the council which would not be extended anywhere else. If Amanda Thompson cannot run the Pleasure Beach at a profit, she should be forced to sell up like every other business operator.
It feels like Blackpool Council and whichever other public sector body they are begging from now are hooked on trying to keep the Pleasure Beach in the Thompson family, with money no object.
I also think Simon Blackburn is a hypocrite given the slating he gave the Conservatives in relation to the £5m loan which was signed off by Peter Callow. He said at the time, “I am a massive fan of the Pleasure Beach, but this is the wrong decision.” He went on to say that, “we are a council, not a bank, and the council needs to realise this.”
He has tried to worm his way out of what he said now that Amanda Thompson is more or less running Marketing Blackpool, but this is typical of any politician. He now says that he was doubting the ability of the Conservatives in putting together a “decent deal”, which seems a far cry from the above quotes and for me constitutes a U-turn.
Fair play to Tory leader Tony Williams who is still sticking to his guns and saying that he supports both loans, it’s just a shame he and his cohorts chose to enact the first one in secret.