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Town was an easy target - letter to the Mail

February 16, 2019 8:49 PM
By Andy Hagon

Why did the Labour Council allow the programme 'Skint Britain' to be filmed in our town? The programme would have struggled to make Hartlepool look any worse. We are supposed to be trying to encourage business and visitors to come here, to invest, to spend - the programme did little to encourage that. In fact, it did the opposite.

Warning lights should have been flashing at Hartlepool Labour Party Headquarters as soon as we were contacted by these film makers. A very tight rein should have been applied to make sure it was a balanced production. But no, they were left to do whatever they wanted and produce an hour (maybe three, as I'm writing before the other two episodes are shown) of rubbish.

In fact, if Mike Hill is so outraged then he should be stopping the next two episodes in their tracks. Any self respecting MP would be doing everything in their power to stop the other two from being shown, by going into damage limitation mode.

These film makers tend to choose the Labour heartlands for these types of programme because they are easy targets. Universal Credit has brought untold misery to many and it's right that we highlight the Government's incompetence. But these kind of programmes also show that one party politics in an area like Hartlepool brings very little progress to a town. Why? Because Labour don't have to do anything - they know they will always win this seat. Skint Britain