Lib Dem Councillor Gary Hopkins, perhaps not entirely seriously, is proposing a way out for the city’s collapsing economy in the comments section:
One area where promotion of the city abroad could produce dividends is in tourism. We are a great city to visit and with Brown/Darling showing all the financial acumen of Robert Mugabe on a bad day in protecting the value of our currency we should be a very cheap place for foreign tourists.
This exactly mirrors what Kevin Tinsley – some alleged economist from the Government Office for the South West – who showed up at the recent invite-only State of the City Debacle (surely debate? Ed.) claiming to be an expert on the recession, said:
We should work to boost tourism locally, benefiting from a weak pound by drawing in more foreign visitors.
Brilliant. Let’s try and build long-term economic security and jobs on the basis of a collapsing currency shall we?
And then – for good measure – let’s continue to ignore manufacturing industry in favour of crap, low wage, low status, “flexible” service industry jobs and then import loads of cheap crap from all over the world for people to buy on their crap wages instead.
After all this economic model has turned out to be so successful for us hasn’t it?
Where exactly did Bristol City Council find this expert?
When are Thatcherites like Tinsley gonna wake up? Fuck tourism. Fuck retail. Fuck financial services. Fuck the “creative industries”. Fuck the service economy.
We need to start making things. You can’t run an economy on site-seeing tours; retailing cheap Chinese goods; inventing smart-arsed financial instruments; designing mindless software applications for Japanese gadgets and waitressing. It doesn’t add up to anything of any value in the long-run.
You also have to wonder whether the Holland/Ormondroyd axis and their daffy economic advisers have the ability to implement a plan even this completely shite and simplistic … Considering that the city hasn’t even got a Tourist Information Centre open at the moment!