It’s just another promise

A1 road between Alnwick and Morpeth.
A1 road between Alnwick and Morpeth.

Like a lot of people I’m getting fed up with the claims and counter-claims from local politicians about who has done the most to secure the latest promise from the Government about dualling the A1.

I also think the jibes that Alan Beith has done nothing in 40 years, which some people are peddling, are unfair. The LibDems were not in power during this period.

You could actually argue that the difference this time is that the LibDems have been in power for the first time and if you believe the current hype, this is apparently the best promise we’ve had.

Sensible electors know that all parties have played their part in getting the latest dualling promise – but let’s face it, it’s just another promise.

We invariably get this promise before an election only for it to be broken by whichever party is elected.

Successive Conservative and Labour governments have let us down on this, so it’s just the same old, same old really.

I guess a lot of us suspect that the promise will be broken again – whatever Mr Beith or Ms Trevelyan say.

Instead of squabbling, why can’t our local parties acknowledge the work they have each done to bring this about and then work together on a project which, let’s face it, is important for the region?

If they really want the dualling to finally become reality, then pool resources and work together to make it happen.

After all, the two loudest ones are supposed to be in bed together in a coalition.

Mick Gray,