tel: 01736 335669 | email: andrew@andrewgeorge.org.uk

Facebook Twitter

Andrew George

Promoting the Politics of Courage

Andrew George

Promoting the
Politics of Courage

I’m running a positive campaign to restore decency and honesty to our politics. To build a brighter future. To combat those who want us to become more inward-looking, backward-looking, more self-absorbed. I’ll build a campaign for an outward-looking, forward-looking and compassionate country.

We’ve been misled by a privileged clique who’ve irresponsibly played on fears to stoke prejudice. We must get beyond the Brexit chaos they’ve dragged our country into. We must restore the things that matter for the sake of our children’s future – our NHS, our schools and the very sustainability of our planet.

Come and join a growing campaign team. We’re determined to win this seat back this time, to make the difference, to build a brighter future.

Many people say “you politicians are all the same”. That statement has never been more untrue. The choice here is stark:

Read full article »

Andrew GeorgeAndrew George - Standing up for Cornwall

National campaigner, local campaigner, former MP.

Andrew describes his role - "Seeking out the silent voices. Standing up to bullies. Fighting for justice”

Liberal Democrats - Building a brighter future

Latest News

Covid: “Late & limp Government ‘response package’ is just waffle”

Posted on: 27th August 2021

Response to this evening’s announced Government response to high levels of covid cases in Cornwall and devon:The serious escalation in Covid cases demands clarity and leadership. After all, over a thousand people die of Covid each week. Hospitals face …

G7 and the Covid tsunami – Just a coincidence?

Posted on: 20th June 2021

The correlation between G7 and the tsunami of covid case-load in St Ives/Carbis Bay (and Falmouth) is undeniable. It ought to drive public bodies to at the very least maintain an open mind about the connection between the two. But Cornwall’s Council’s …

Publish Covid risk analysis before G7 goes ahead

Posted on: 6th June 2021

The UK Government and other G7 leaders will wish to set an example. Most G7 invitees are from Amber countries. The UK Government’s own regulations insist that anyone entering the UK from a G7 country is required to quarantine for at least five days. Th …

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
2 days ago
Andrew George

Another 6 brand new, secure, energy efficient, affordable homes for families local to the villages of Ruan Minor & Cadgwith on the Lizard.

Ever so proud of the fantastic team who made this happen. The local community group, Grade Ruan Community Land Trust (Paul Collins, Peter Freeman, Nigel Green and others), which battled through so many hurdles to secure the site, design the homes and get planning. Cllr Carolyn Rule who powerfully backed the project as local Councillor, and the wonderful Council officers who provided critically important support as well. The wonderful team of people I'm privileged to work with at Cornwall Community Land Trust - always dedicated and very professional. Our excellent local builders - Cathedral - and the many great local contractors. There are many more people we need to thank, and we will when we have a formal opening in the near future.

Here are 6 very happy local families who've just completed their first week in the security and affordability of a good quality, spacious home. In the current housing crisis we know there are thousands more across Cornwall and on Scilly who deserve help too. We know it's only a drop in the ocean. But there're many more drops to come. We have a healthy pipeline of community-led projects we want to deliver. We're determined to do this to help many more. But we'll need local people to back us, the Council to continue to support us, and the Government to make sure the housing and planning system enables local communities to help themselves and to avert the powerful forces which treat Cornwall's homes and land as investment toys for the wealthy.

Feeling proud of our team. Thank you all so much. 😊
... See MoreSee Less

Another 6 brand new, secure, energy efficient, affordable homes for families local to the villages of Ruan Minor & Cadgwith on the Lizard. 

Ever so proud of the fantastic team who made this happen. The local community group, Grade Ruan Community Land Trust (Paul Collins, Peter Freeman, Nigel Green and others), which battled through so many hurdles to secure the site, design the homes and get planning. Cllr Carolyn Rule who powerfully backed the project as local Councillor, and the wonderful Council officers who provided critically important support as well. The wonderful team of people Im privileged to work with at Cornwall Community Land Trust - always dedicated and very professional. Our excellent local builders - Cathedral - and the many great local contractors. There are many more people we need to thank, and we will when we have a formal opening in the near future. 

Here are 6 very happy local families whove just completed their first week in the security and affordability of a good quality, spacious home. In the current housing crisis we know there are thousands more across Cornwall and on Scilly who deserve help too. We know its only a drop in the ocean. But therere many more drops to come. We have a healthy pipeline of community-led projects we want to deliver. Were determined to do this to help many more. But well need local people to back us, the Council to continue to support us, and the Government to make sure the housing and planning system enables local communities to help themselves and to avert the powerful forces which treat Cornwalls homes and land as investment toys for the wealthy. 

Feeling proud of our team. Thank you all so much. 😊Image attachmentImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

Look great but a pity there's no sign of solar energy collection, seems a waste as it would undoubtedly save energy, reduce bills and at that stage add so little to the overall cost per unit.

My husband helped build these :o)

As someone forced out of Coverack to live on a building site of an estate in Helston paying £1k a month rent on a site that is destined to grow into a development of around 500 houses, most of which are currently being sold way over market price to outsiders to air b&b, I struggle to celebrate 6 local needs houses. Great work by those involved for that handful of families, but the housing crisis is so beyond this it’s crazy. Maybe Cornish MP’s could start looking at second homes, holiday lets and empty properties. I could afford a reasonable mortgage but don’t stand a chance.

HELP!! 6 Weeks away from being homeless! I know this is a long shot people, but Jackson and I are facing the Emergency Housing scenario on Oct 31st. We are looking for ANYTHING in or around Mz, ideally a 2 bed long let, but we’re almost out of time so will consider literally any property. Any holiday let’s going for the winter months? Doing all the right things for the council and am banded as high priority due to my disabilities, but there is virtually zero properties on offer. Please please please ask about for us. I have private let since I moved here 24 years ago, Please help me find a home for my son and I xXx 🙏 Thankyou We almost had a place yesterday, but unfortunately somebody swooped in and offered to buy said property at the last minute, just before I could finalise, so, we’re still looking Currenty in Gulval

Fantastic work Andrew and team. Hopefully we can get a similar scheme in Coverack set up ASAP to help maintain our community.

Are these for affordable rent?

We need to be seeing much more of the great initiative. Let's eradicate the stigma of rental and social housing.

Brilliant partnership, well done everyone, absolutely delighted

Thank heavens for community land trusts actually providing affordable housing. Well done!

We live in st keverne in a 1 bedroom flat we are unable to find a house avalible to private rent in pur budget and am looking am a long wait for a council house so in the meantime we are overcrowded. Its ao sad i live in st keverne ally life and want to stay in the village xxx

Absolutely brilliant for local people. Thats who should be looked after. Glad they won't be used as 2nd homes

What about the ones in nancledra? They were passed 36 months ago and still haven’t even begun building, it’s a long wait for people who are desperate…

Well done Andrew. I remember the support you gave to Tom during very difficult days at ShelterBox. Thank you!

I know it's probably not great, but there's a couple of areas both in and near Bristol, that have been converting some of those huge empty shipping containers no longer wanted, into homes for students and homeless people. They're really low cost to buy and to run. They have heating, lighting, bathroom, bedrooms, not sure if they're solar energy, but they're lovely 😍 some are made with 2,4, or more pods (containers) linked together.They've even built bike storage with them too. I can't remember the name of the firm building them now though. There's also someone building wooden houses cheaper as well. I think some people are actually listening to others who are finding it difficult to buy their own places and trying to do something practical to help. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'd definitely go one for myself! 🤗😍 I'd buy some ground somewhere nice and build a decent sized bungalow 😍 xx

Excellent, well done everyone involved. We need more of this type of project.

How much were the homes?

Keep going Andrew and all of you...this is so heartening..

Well done and may there be more such projects.

Excellent - well done to all involved in making it happen

Well done!

Good job everyone

Joco Cones

Well done. So proud of you all.

Fantastic work!

Far more effective long term response to the issue than "buying caravan parks" surely?

View more comments

2 weeks ago
Andrew George

Cornwall's NHS is in the deepest crisis. Hospitals Chiefs have today adopted further crisis measures; cancelling ALL surgery. Apart of course from the most critically urgent cases. Covid cases and patients continue to rise. 40 in the hospital today. More cases arriving.

It's time for the Government to take meaningful action - e.g. introduce mandatory mask-wearing in enclosed public places and on public transport.

Cornwall's hospitals chiefs have cancelled all elective and emergency surgery in response to these exceptional covid pressures. This follows the announcement last month that the hospitals trust has undertaken a drastic reconfiguration of services across the Trust's hospitals in view of "exceptional pressures''.

The worsening situation is an inevitable result of the Government's irresponsible handling of covid. Pursuing populism rather than science. Other countries with far better covid records have opened up their economies but maintained sensible restrictions. However, the UK adopted a cavalier attitude. It wasn't just that the G7 summit proved to be the superspreader event many of us warned, but that lax measures have resulted in a worsening of covid caseload and an avoidably higher death rate, in contrast to similar countries; Germany, France.

The Government's "Enhanced response package" announced for Cornwall a fortnight ago proved to be just warm words and enhanced comms.

I'm a councillor on Cornwall's health scrutiny committee. Found out about this via the local media. Received the same statement as sent to the media afterwards. I regret to have discovered the scrutiny committee to be disappointingly toothless, to operate at ponderous pace and that it seems to be a puppet of the executive and Government supporters. I'll of course continue to do all I can within the limitations of this committee. But I'm not optimistic that it has the capacity nor the desire to properly scrutinise anything politically contentious, nor why our NHS has found itself in this completely unacceptable situation.
... See MoreSee Less

Cornwalls NHS is in the deepest crisis. Hospitals Chiefs have today adopted further crisis measures; cancelling ALL surgery. Apart of course from the most critically urgent cases. Covid cases and patients continue to rise. 40 in the hospital today. More cases arriving.

Its time for the Government to take meaningful action - e.g. introduce mandatory mask-wearing in enclosed public places and on public transport.

Cornwalls hospitals chiefs have cancelled all elective and emergency surgery in response to these exceptional covid pressures. This follows the announcement last month that the hospitals trust has undertaken a drastic reconfiguration of services across the Trusts hospitals in view of exceptional pressures.

The worsening situation is an inevitable result of the Governments irresponsible handling of covid. Pursuing populism rather than science. Other countries with far better covid records have opened up their economies but maintained sensible restrictions. However, the UK adopted a cavalier attitude. It wasnt just that the G7 summit proved to be the superspreader event many of us warned, but that lax measures have resulted in a worsening of covid caseload and an avoidably higher death rate, in contrast to similar countries; Germany, France.

The Governments Enhanced response package announced for Cornwall a fortnight ago proved to be just warm words and enhanced comms. 

Im a councillor on Cornwalls health scrutiny committee. Found out about this via the local media. Received the same statement as sent to the media afterwards. I regret to have discovered the scrutiny committee to be disappointingly toothless, to operate at ponderous pace and that it seems to be a puppet of the executive and Government supporters. Ill of course continue to do all I can within the limitations of this committee. But Im not optimistic that it has the capacity nor the desire to properly scrutinise anything politically contentious, nor why our NHS has found itself in this completely unacceptable situation.

Comment on Facebook

What has happend to the Nightingale hospitals that were built and not used couldn't they be used for people who are fit to leave hospital and have nowhere to go could be funded by the council out of the social care fund which they increased in the rise in council tax this year

Thank you Andrew George for doing your best, what a horrendous situation, like others above, I wish you were our MP not Boris's chums..we need another hospital, staff to run it, to break away from England to rejoin the EU...Dream on...

Hi Andrew- is treliske swamped with covid patients?

Cornwall has a small population that escalates out if all proportion in the summer. Add to that a lamentable lack of places for patients who can't be discharged as there is no support for them at home and you have the perfect storm, vivid is the icing on the cake! We need extra funding not ridiculous fatuous special covid measures. Most of all we need Cornish MPs with some backbone!

It seems to me that the capacity of Treliske has barely changed in years, thousands of new homes are being built all over Cornwall. Surely we need an additional hospital, perhaps at Victoria for easy access. If not surely the situation is just going to get worse.

This is no county to be old and ill in. ‘Rehab’ is also on its knees at Barncoose. No OTs, precious little physio and SALT. Patients left to wait out the weeks while their relatives scramble to find carers. Meanwhile no meaningful rehab. I’m not blaming individuals - nurses appear upset and embarrassed that their patients are stuck without rehab or visitors.

How on earth are you not our MP instead of other person who did nothing to help when I asked? 😩

Thank you, Andrew, for doing what you can to exert pressure on the Council and government.

Unfortunately this problem was brewing a long time before Covid. Anyone who works in social care knows the huge pressures the service has been under over the last few years and covid has only highlighted that. I’ve been in this industry for 17yrs and it has always been chronically underfunded and under appreciated. Unfortunately, if you only do a patch job on social care it will have an impact upon acute settings. One cannot function without the other.

This is disgraceful but I don't think it's something mask wearing would solve.

If covid patients were treated in somewhere totally away from the hospital it would be the best for infection control

I’ve been awaiting an gynaecologist operation for six months finally get date 2 days before I’m due they cancelled it because of COVID god knows when it will be now 🥲🥲

Eradication of the NHS as we know it. There is a bigger beast at the helm....private medical care.....American system here we come.

Cancelling even emergency surgery? Horrendous. I have two friends who are due to have emergency surgery for cancer at Treliske!!

The incompetents of this government is unbelievable.

All talk and no action.

Thank you, keep slogging away please, it’s like a voice in the dark…tv and papers just don’t seem to be doing their jobs

Can West Cornwall Hospital be brought back in up to a full A&E and hospital again the hospital is physically there not sure if it is fees I left and can be upgraded again

Daughter is due for eye surgery this coming week, no one has told us it’s been cancelled?

It’s a terrible situation. I will need a medical device replacement operation (likely at Treliske) in several years and can’t imagine hearing this news 😕 Having said that we must acknowledge the following piece of context in terms of people’s perception of the crisis, how the “exceptional pressures” are not necessarily being caused by large numbers of very sick Covid patients needing intense treatment and also the effect that fearmongering surrounding C19 is having on people’s mental health… "A large proportion of the patients admitted for other medical problems or injuries have been unaware they have Covid until tested on admission and need to be cared for in separate areas to other patients.” So, a large proportion of the people who tested positive after admission were in for unrelated medical issues but still recorded as a Covid “Case” 🧐 It’s undeniable that C19 testing is unreliable and that you can test positive many months after infection even if you’ve never been symptomatic. The media, national and local authorities, MPs and government MUST work SO much harder to bring context to the scary headlines. But sadly we know all too well how useful a tool fear is when attempting to coerce the public. We must also demand more scrutiny of the science and efficacy of masks/face coverings (and all government interventions including lockdowns and vaccination). Calling for mandates for masks or otherwise when there is no gold standard body of evidence sets a worrying precedent. Shouting for mandates is also often easy point scoring as it appears that one is doing something whilst never really having to prove that the benefits actually outweigh the damage they may cause. Treliske is always on the edge of crisis and C19 mustn’t be allowed to be the scapegoat or smoke screen for wider failings, bad management or lack of government funding. I understand these are contentious issues and I’m not wishing to start an argument but just hope after the last 18 months we start to see some context surrounding situations like this. We can’t continue to have surgery just scrubbed across the board like this but calling for mask mandates wouldn’t fix this situation in the slightest.

Philippa Hurman

This hospital has long been far to small to cope with the ever challenging amount of people that live in this county. The G7 coverage of a "perfect holiday destination" and opening the flood gates to thousands of holiday makers,90% of whom believed that due to our hardwork in keeping our numbers extremely low,that they did not need to keep to any guidelines because 'they have no cases' or 'we are on holiday' or 'we don't feel ill' "we are in the countryside" added the GOV complete lack of help for anyone who dare to own a business or employ staff,meaning they all had very little choice but to open and hope to regain all the financial losses through lockdowns. These people needed to then deal with these people face on and sadly deal with the consequences. It irates me that this has been allowed to happen,that cornwall is now the highest ranking second home owner hot-spot,with Internet searches for homes, for the first time way above London. For all the people that have lost rented homes because landlords are cashing in and the council will not allow this to stop or create places for people to go,or to cap second homes,holiday homes etc. Cornwall is not equipped at all to cope with this volume of people,let alone in a bloody pandemic! On a side note.. the amount of people coming to Cornwall to be treated or having babies because "it's safer here" is madness! We need some serious funding to extend this hospital so that we may have half a fighting chance to cope,and second to that.. doctors need to be responsible and see people face to face and stop sending them to 111 where you end up being told to attend hospital!!!! If the doctors and nurses in hospital can deal with patients direct,then GP practitioners should be doing the same. Rant over!

govt take action, best joke ive heard all day

Heart breaking. My poor husband

View more comments

2 weeks ago
Andrew George

The much-heralded social care funding announcement was clever but a typical Johnsonian showboating deception.

At a superficial level – ie the level at which Johnson prefers to operate and where he performs at his theatrical best – the case is compelling. [We need to find a solution to the long-running crisis in social care. If that means raising taxes, even if that means breaking another manifesto promise, the nettle must be grasped.] At that level, I agree.

However, there’s virtually no new money for social care. The relatively small £1.8 billion per annum increase in funding barely even compensates for the cut in social care funding since 2010. Let alone provide extra funding to deliver the promised advance. So we’re back to square one. Whether the funding is even enough to meet the 2.5% collective costs of the N.I. increase for care providers remains to be seen.

Much of the rest of the funding will be directed towards the Conservatives’ friends in the private sector who will be called upon to reduce waiting lists for elective procedures.

The method of taxation chosen by the Conservatives is the least progressive of the available options. NI increases affect lower paid and younger workers more than it does wealthier and older people. It would have been far better to have introduced a range of taxes on wealth, property and investment. The obsession which lies behind this policy announcement - of protecting the inheritance of the (especially property) rich - will help the wealthiest but won’t save the inheritance of middle- and lower-income families.
... See MoreSee Less

The much-heralded social care funding announcement was clever but a typical Johnsonian showboating deception. 
 
At a superficial level – ie the level at which Johnson prefers to operate and where he performs at his theatrical best – the case is compelling. [We need to find a solution to the long-running crisis in social care. If that means raising taxes, even if that means breaking another manifesto promise, the nettle must be grasped.] At that level, I agree. 
 
However, there’s virtually no new money for social care. The relatively small £1.8 billion per annum increase in funding barely even compensates for the cut in social care funding since 2010. Let alone provide extra funding to deliver the promised advance. So we’re back to square one. Whether the funding is even enough to meet the 2.5% collective costs of the N.I. increase for care providers remains to be seen.
 
Much of the rest of the funding will be directed towards the Conservatives’ friends in the private sector who will be called upon to reduce waiting lists for elective procedures.
 
The method of taxation chosen by the Conservatives is the least progressive of the available options. NI increases affect lower paid and younger workers more than it does wealthier and older people. It would have been far better to have introduced a range of taxes on wealth, property and investment. The obsession which lies behind this policy announcement - of protecting the inheritance of the (especially property) rich - will help the wealthiest but won’t save the inheritance of middle- and lower-income families.

Comment on Facebook

social care aside, why are you voting yes for covid passports?

£350M per week should now be available, if we believe those early promises. Alternatively, we could save £36Billion by scrapping the outdated Trident programme. It seems an awful lot of money to spend on outdated technology to keep just 1 submarine at sea at any time, not to mention the massive costs of decommissioning.😫

Not only is a minor part of the money raised going to social care, there appears to be no plan for social care, which seems odd, given the way it was presented as a plan for social care.

Don't forget that the 85K cap does NOT include so called hotel costs for board and lodgings, people with modest savings and average priced house will still almost certainly have to sell to pay for care. Once again the well heeled in their mansions are protected and the young and least well off are hit in the pocket by a tory government

All spot on Andrew. You are also correct in saying that the private health care sector are going to do well out of all this. These private firms are an expensive distraction giving inferior service. The NHS hospitals ,as always, will have to pick up the pieces but with severely limited resources.

This whole thing is so much more complex than just money. Direct taxation is the fairest way to raise the money, but we also need to address the discrepancy between what care costs and what central government will pay, rather like the nursery places shortfall. It's also important to realise this isn't just about dementia sufferers. Boris is a clown and can only do superficial. Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be anyone else able to grasp the details of the problem rather than the soundbites.

All Governments of hue and colour including the LIb Dem led `Coalition' -2010-15 all failed to implement a workable affordable social care plan (L/Ds supported the broad fairness principles of the Sir Andrew Dilnot Social Care Enquiry) and this `Bo jo' social care levy albeit hits all NI payers equally but also includes a levy on working pensioner age work-force.It is seen as a curates` egg as the threshold ought to have been lower at £50K as opposed to £86K before self financing old age care permutations. But there are dark corners with no day- light yet and no answer by PM as yet on-Does this new social care policy require a concrete need to sell family homes? What funding is put towards much vaunted required care training and recuitment with better conditions of work? What Govt. provision is made for unpaid Home Carers for loved members that is estimated as being 6 million families? The PM is guilty of daylight robbery on Pensioners with suspension of income element in yearly raising of the `Triple Lock' that was skillfully introduced by the L/D Coalition 2010/15 as a `Red-Line'. The enterity of Social Care Levy must now be subjected to very close scrutiny and Tory welfare moderates must support Opposition on securing more detail and guarantee of return of `Triple Lock' or new award of 5% as a median line in the light of loss of 8.2% Pensions in April 2022.

Of course, paying extra National Insurance is confined by the Upper Earnings Limit, so it's only payable by the well-off up to a point, beyond which they pay no more, so once again the well-off are not hit as hard as those earning less.😫

The awful irony of this analysis is that those electors who swung to Johnson’s Tories at the last election to get Brexit done - and are now being done by Brexit - will be the ones who will bear the burden of this sleight of hand as well. But they’ll still vote Tory. Johnson knows that.

Exactly keep at it Andrew

A tax on consumption, i.e. VAT, would probably work well.

Boris Johnson announces 1.25 percentage points rise in National Insurance. That means millionaire landlords pay nothing more, businesses pay nothing more, pensioners taking home cash from assets pay nothing… but a young person with no savings, no assets and stagnant wages is forced to pay £££s.

Well said Andrew George

View more comments

4 weeks ago
Andrew George

As Covid cases in Cornwall continue to rise alarmingly the Government announced this evening an "enhanced response package".

The serious escalation in Covid cases demands clarity and leadership. After all, even now, after the much trumpeted vaccine roll-out, over a thousand people still die of Covid each week. Hospitals face unprecedented pressure. Emergency waits in Cornwall can exceed 20 hours. Our serious emergency support hospital at Derriford has declared a serious incident. The army has been called in to assist our ambulance service. Our care sector is in crisis as families are offered £1200 payments to discharge the sick from bed-blocked hospitals because care packages are impossible to commission. Super-spreader events run the high risk of promoting a new vaccine-resistant variant.

Our Country needs clarity and leadership. But Conservative Ministers have this evening responded with waffle. They declare it an “enhanced response package”. It would be more appropriate to call it a “late and limp response package”. It offers nothing but warm words, a bit of market relations and lots of blather. And it’s apparently still to be signed-off by the PM, the very person whose obsession with chasing headlines rather than following the science has landed us in this mess.

The Conservative’s obsession with right-wing libertarian dogma led them to their policy of placing faith in individuals “taking personal responsibility”. They must know this message was contrary to the science, which requires us to protect each other.

We needed was respected leadership; restrictions which require face-masks in enclosed public places, shops, public transport etc. To return to the Face, Space, Hands and to protect the NHS.

The Health Minister helpfully exposes the Tory line in her message: “We are trusting people to… make decisions about how best to protect themselves and their loved ones”. But the point is that we should take protective measures to protect people we don’t know.

Announcing "enhanced waffle" is no response. We need a new campaign. A "Let’s look out for each other” message. Reinstate mandatory mask wearing in enclosed places and transport. Encourage people to respect and support each other. Not just to assert their “rights” to do as they please, “take personal responsibility” and to only consider “themselves and their loved ones” and not to bother with anyone else.

And here's a revealing picture of what happened last week when Parliament was recalled...
... See MoreSee Less

As Covid cases in Cornwall continue to rise alarmingly the Government announced this evening an enhanced response package.

The serious escalation in Covid cases demands clarity and leadership. After all, even now, after the much trumpeted vaccine roll-out, over a thousand people still die of Covid each week. Hospitals face unprecedented pressure. Emergency waits in Cornwall can exceed 20 hours. Our serious emergency support hospital at Derriford has declared a serious incident. The army has been called in to assist our ambulance service. Our care sector is in crisis as families are offered £1200 payments to discharge the sick from bed-blocked hospitals because care packages are impossible to commission. Super-spreader events run the high risk of promoting a new vaccine-resistant variant.
 
Our Country needs clarity and leadership. But Conservative Ministers have this evening responded with waffle. They declare it an “enhanced response package”. It would be more appropriate to call it a “late and limp response package”. It offers nothing but warm words, a bit of market relations and lots of blather. And it’s apparently still to be signed-off by the PM, the very person whose obsession with chasing headlines rather than following the science has landed us in this mess. 
 
The Conservative’s obsession with right-wing libertarian dogma led them to their policy of placing faith in individuals “taking personal responsibility”. They must know this message was contrary to the science, which requires us to protect each other.
 
We needed was respected leadership; restrictions which require face-masks in enclosed public places, shops, public transport etc. To return to the Face, Space, Hands and to protect the NHS.
 
The Health Minister helpfully exposes the Tory line in her message: “We are trusting people to… make decisions about how best to protect themselves and their loved ones”. But the point is that we should take protective measures to protect people we don’t know. 
 
Announcing enhanced waffle is no response. We need a new campaign. A Let’s look out for each other” message. Reinstate mandatory mask wearing in enclosed places and transport. Encourage people to respect and support each other. Not just to assert their “rights” to do as they please, “take personal responsibility” and to only consider “themselves and their loved ones” and not to bother with anyone else.

And heres a revealing picture of what happened last week when Parliament was recalled...

Comment on Facebook

common sense doesnt come into it, Brits seem to be great at following rules but not cs. i run a shop in Truro, whilst masks were mandatory about 90% of my customers wore them or when i asked put them on, now it is down to common sense about 50% of people wear them, when they see i am wearing one, some say...oh you are STILL doing that?.We cannot survive another lockdown.

Andrew George, your statement ‘…. Conservative ministers have responded with waffle’ would suggest there has been clarity over the last 2 years. It has been a constant stream of waffle, interspersed with finger pointing, blame shifting and trench digging.

As a NHS worker I dread going shopping in the local supermarket, the amount of mask less people is frightening, especially as I have a relative who is isolating due to health reasons.........

To be honest, I’m more interested in your thoughts on mandating vaccines for care home workers, on vaccine passports, and on the rumoured plans to vaccinate 12 year-olds without parental consent. None of these ‘health’ policies sound remotely ‘libertarian’; in fact, allegedly ‘liberal’ politicians across the globe are reading off the exact same script. There is no opposition. That is deeply sinister.

No masks worn by MPs in parliament !!!😡 Are they exempt then or just stupid? Oh wait a minute... they are conservatives 😡 and they had the gall to hold G7 in Cornwall and start the infection rate going up! Why couldn't they have a zoom meeting like everyone else?!

As Cornwall has a higher covid ratio than those countries on the Amber list. Then it should be on the RED. No more tourists until the rate drops!

I was a radiography student during the final small pox vaccination. We were not asked whether or not we wanted a booster jab but told when to go and get it. Dictatorial? No, common sense.

We've been watching the UK figures and government response in dismay throughout. We've been back over for the last week to collect the eldest from the end of uni, and we felt so unsafe at the public behaviour we saw, it honestly felt a relief when we left. We even noticed a difference just crossing into Wales. Leadership is so important, and England deserved better.

If we were a 'country' rather than a 'duchy' we'd be "red listed" - meanwhile local media are bigging up the "Tour Of Britain" jaunt through Cornwall which will be yet another 'super-spreader' event for our health & health services.

It baffles me that voters in Cornwall feel that the Conservatives have their best wishes at heart.

A big gathering with no distancing just like the Western Hunt of Madron at their jolly up they’ve just had all packed into a marquee like sardines.

There are 30 people in hospital with covid in Cornwall, but 100 beds occupied by those who can leave but have nowhere to go. A&E is not full of covid patients, but tourists turning up with things they could have called 111 for. We cannot protect the NHS with covid measures, because it's not covid causing the problem.

Treliske hospital is always under pressure during ‘holiday season’ could they not foresee, (with all of their expensive education) that Treliske needs more support? The staff work at a very high standard and genuinely care. This must be soul destroying for them ❤️

People , on holiday here should have been told not to visit Cornwall while we are code red..... but of course all those whose income depends on visitors in summer, have benefited. St ives today, was again heaving with people.. The beaches beautiful, but crowded. The cafes and restaurants full to bursting.

Our care sector is indeed in crisis, and more than just a shortage for those stuck in hospital. In typical Tory fashion their solution is touted as generously offering £1200 payments to families to discharge the sick from bed-blocked hospitals whilst taking the money quietly from other family care areas. The funding to cover that is coming from reduced aid for those with family members relying on care and support - their foundation is falling away. At the same time, by accepting the criticism on the difficulties of finding care workers or agency staffing, pointing at the reduction in many foreign care staff due to both Brexit and Covid, they've perfected the art of scapegoating these two excuses by turning blame on the EU rather than their own mismanagement. But as with most things, they quietly take the money from one place and make a big play of generously solving problems in another, whilst remaining robber barons in all their activities.

And now we hear that those of us who had our second jab back in the spring are already in need of a booster because the protection is diminishing. Feels like we have been utterly abandoned.

I think covid is a bit of a red herring here. Yes we have soaring rates here because the world and his uncle have been coming into the county since may half term. I'm pretty sure as a county we have a pretty high uptake for vaccination. The real issue here is that normally the population in Cornwall is around the 500,000 mark. Lord knows what it has been recently. The chief constable has been asking for years to have extra support in the holiday season and clearly our hospital and ambulance service needs the same. My elderly neighbour fell the other day. He is 90 years old, we couldn't get him off the floor. Because he was judged not to be in immediate risk from his fall the ambulance service said they would call back within three hours! How is that ever right? It's time we followed the example of Porto and levied a tax on visitors to supplement our public services.

We had booked to fly from Crete to visit our family in Cornwall next week. We have cancelled as my husband has heart problems, diabetes and atypical Parkinson's...it's just not worth the risk to him and to my elderly parents. Another festival at Redruth this Weekend is only going to exacerbate the situation! �

That photograph is very revealing. Poor policies, too late and a laissez faire attitude have put peoples lives down here at risk. Interesting that none of the new measures will be applied until after the end of the summer holidays

What have the opposition parties done to manage this pandemic, throughout its asymmetric outbreaks, since it first broke nineteenth months ago? What vaccines have they driven, what assets and resources repurposed and redeployed, what international cooperation and restrictions have they dealt with? That's on top of the incessant and downright disgusting DEMANDS on absolutely everything else going on, and now with Afghanistan we have the opposition parties trying to score cheap political points. Under normal circumstances you're a good MP Andrew, but at the moment the country, and indeed the world, is in the midst of several simultaneous emergencies. You're better than this, try coming up with something constructive and helpful.

Dear Andrew, here at the Care home they are still working to the rules about face masks. When I go out I wear my Face Shield. At Costcutters Post Office they are only using the secure area, in Bodmin.

Failing yet again of those who should be protecting us, I'm sick of this government, I hear all the new hospitals are actually a new wing on an already excisting hospital, everything they touch goes rotten.

Thank you Andrew..keep going..a voice in the wilderness

Well said. The tories have fluff and waffle down to a fine art😡

Might be a super spreader gathering required to teach them a lesson

View more comments

2 months ago
Andrew George

A Rallying-call for Housing Justice
and
For those who struggle because of the current injustices.

The current and severe housing crisis ought to force policy makers to finally change direction - to put need before greed; public good before private gain; recognise the severe injustice in a housing and planning system which rewards the 'haves' and penalises the 'have-nots'.

I wasn’t the only person to a year ago highlight the sharp and worsening housing injustice; a “perfect storm” has driven a bonanza for property developers, second homers, Airbnb promoters and land value speculators but left thousands of local families in even greater desperate circumstances and worsening uncertainty.

For my day job I strive to combat a system tipped heavily in favour of big developers of unaffordable homes and second homers; to endeavour to help locals in housing need. However, we must do much more. So this is a rallying-call - a starter from me for A Charter for Housing Justice which would:

o Stop the Conservatives treating Cornwall like a developers’ paradise – their planning ‘reforms’ would heap yet another 80,000 mostly unaffordable homes on Cornwall;

o Reverse tax loop-holes and incentives which drive the still growing market for second and holiday homes;

o Better regulate the private rented sector so that good landlords are rewarded and tenants are assured security and affordable rents;

o Reverse the way the planning system works, so that it is fuelled by need and not by greed;

o Stop giving public money to second homers – including over £100 million of Cornwall’s covid aid in the last year! – and instead invest in social housing to meet local need;

o Stop selling-off our Council housing stock;

o Strengthen the powers of local authorities to combat the wide-spread flouting of planning law;

o Scrap the ‘bedroom tax’ which penalises the poor (in contrast to the way the Conservatives reward wealthy second homers);

o Introduce new (planning) law to empower communities to limit the numbers and levy an appropriate level of tax on second homes.

I’m not proposing anything that I have not already campaigned for throughout my political career. But perhaps, now that others can see more clearly how unjust our housing and planning system is, we can generate a fresh incentive to implement policies which make a real difference?
... See MoreSee Less

A Rallying-call for Housing Justice
and
For those who struggle because of the current injustices.

The current and severe housing crisis ought to force policy makers to finally change direction - to put need before greed; public good before private gain; recognise the severe injustice in a housing and planning system which rewards the haves and penalises the have-nots.

I wasn’t the only person to a year ago highlight the sharp and worsening housing injustice; a “perfect storm” has driven a bonanza for property developers, second homers, Airbnb promoters and land value speculators but left thousands of local families in even greater desperate circumstances and worsening uncertainty.

For my day job I strive to combat a system tipped heavily in favour of big developers of unaffordable homes and second homers; to endeavour to help locals in housing need. However, we must do much more. So this is a rallying-call - a starter from me for A Charter for Housing Justice which would:

o Stop the Conservatives treating Cornwall like a developers’ paradise – their planning ‘reforms’ would heap yet another 80,000 mostly unaffordable homes on Cornwall;

o Reverse tax loop-holes and incentives which drive the still growing market for second and holiday homes;

o Better regulate the private rented sector so that good landlords are rewarded and tenants are assured security and affordable rents;

o Reverse the way the planning system works, so that it is fuelled by need and not by greed;

o Stop giving public money to second homers – including over £100 million of Cornwall’s covid aid in the last year! – and instead invest in social housing to meet local need;

o Stop selling-off our Council housing stock;

o Strengthen the powers of local authorities to combat the wide-spread flouting of planning law;

o Scrap the ‘bedroom tax’ which penalises the poor (in contrast to the way the Conservatives reward wealthy second homers);

o Introduce new (planning) law to empower communities to limit the numbers and levy an appropriate level of tax on second homes.

I’m not proposing anything that I have not already campaigned for throughout my political career. But perhaps, now that others can see more clearly how unjust our housing and planning system is, we can generate a fresh incentive to implement policies which make a real difference?

Comment on Facebook

Other issue is bungalows being made into huge houses , massive shortage of low maintenance bungalows/ sheltered acomadation for elderly ! 26 elderly were taken off a care agency books due to not enough staff , a week to find somewhere to go ! Imagine the stress these elderly who worked all their lives have 😢 it's heartbreaking ! Many stuck in hospital when they should be settled in a place . We need immediate action for the people if Cornwall ! Also low cost homes gone , 2nd home owners/holiday lets means less workers actually living here !

I agree. There is just one thing in here that niggles me. As far as I’m aware Second home owners did not get any covid relief payments. If an income would normally be generated from a property that would be a different matter - and then it is not a second home it is a business, a rental property? @Andrew George I think you should explain that statement in more detail. Maybe I’m wrong.

I’m in. 100% agree. What are the next steps? What do you need? Apart from a Tory defeat.

Hot air Andrew ! The whole system is corrupt and as in the rest of the 3rd world the rich get richer, and the poor just have to struggle ! St Ives has been turned into a sorry state ! Soulless cash cow for those that have !! Really hope you can make that change x

Completely agree with your proposed Charter Andrew, but unlikely unless the Tories are beaten at General and Council elections. Interconnected - The quality of life in West Cornwall has declined in the past few years as unsuitable development and uncontrolled traffic blight local towns and villages. Cornwall Council completely ignore the increasing problem of visitor traffic and the contravention of planning laws and abandon us here in favour of big business and attracting even more visitors and their cars.

Again thank you for not giving up and sticking your head above the parapet. What would you need from us, the cornish public to help support the charter and its progress?

Yet again Andrew, you offer clear practical solutions. Who’s listening? Please keep banging this drum. Housing Justice is so important. Thank you.

I completely agree...my son and his friends are living in vans as renting is impossible due to both the lack of available lets and those that are, charging exorbitant rents. They are all working locally but despairing at how they can possibly stay in their home county. Surely the council could look at providing local campsites for each small town that provided these young working people with affordable camping rent, showers, toilets and a postal address. They are not travellers, gypsies or tourists...they are young people who grew up here, are working and serving their community but have nowhere to live. Local businesses need them...they are the work force that keeps those restaurants, hotels, bars, galleries, building sites functioning.

You break it down in simple, practical terms. It speaks volumes that it seems no one will act

You have my support. Loophole allowing 2nd homes avoiding council tax needs addressing too.

Andrew George have you also considered that the Local Area 601 also discriminates against 'Cornish minorities' and the fact we should possibly be using 'positive action' provisions in the Equality Act 2010?

It's not only housing here in Cornwall it's the hospital we have one and only one why is that ..we need two one isn't enough...

Go Andrew with you all the way x

Well done Andrew George, behind you and supporting!

(A) people's republic of Penzance call is now in progress, we are demanding to be self governed by a people's assembly to run what is best for Penzance. We do not believe Penzance is represented properly because of the constituency it falls in. Second home owners and air bnb's will have there council tax increased by 5x for a start, all money put into a housing scheme. There is support growing and getting bigger enough is enough xx

It's also infuriating that developers aren't being made to adopt greener, future-proof building standards and planning policies now. They're just carrying on with the carbon heavy materials and practices, when other technologies exist. We don't need to be using concrete any more, for example. Like a dodgy dentist, they know they're guaranteeing another round of building and profit in a few decades.

You,'ve always had the correct view on this, and are 100% correct top politician

when I have to pay 100% of my wages just to rent a crappy little place, you know the system is screwed all the way to the core. as long as the housing market stays bouyant like this the cornish are very much ****'ed

Camilla Dixon for info

As a single mom with disabled children, having suitable properties and affordable is literally impossible! We are really struggling each month to keep up with rising costs and rent.

Andrew George are you speaking to the Cornwall M.P’s about this? Surely it is a matter for central government as Cornwall isn’t the only area being treated so unfairly? Will you be present at the rally this coming Saturday in Truro?

The only way to preserve what's left of cornwall is high taxes on second homes/ holiday let's. The same way if you drive a 5 litre diesel car, you will pay higher tax because it is destructive to the environment. I don't want to see 80,000 more holiday let's in Cornwall. Living in St ives has become ridiculous, way too much accommodation. If half the tourists came to Cornwall this year, everyone would still earn a living.

Sooo sad and so true. It's not limited to young 1st time buyers, just basically anyone who 'earns' less than 100k a year or has inherited money; in other words, the majority of us!! House prices in both rental and purchasing markets here in Truro are simply extortionate. Families, key workers, elderly, young people are all being priced out of any hope in living in their locality. One example is friends who had to move from a 3bed property in Threemilestone rented at £850pcm, due to landlord selling (2 years ago!); now same property is up for rent, having had no refurbishment for £1300!!! ☹☹☹

View more comments

Load more

Speaking Up

We lost by the narrow margin of just 312 votes at the last election. I was asked by news reporters immediately afterwards “how disappointed” I felt. I explained that I wasn’t disappointed for myself, but for the people I hoped to speak up for and who deserved to have their voice heard in Parliament.

After all, in Cornwall the Conservative Party secured the support of just 35% of the Cornish electorate yet secured 100% of the seats, …100% of the voice.

The Conservatives primarily speak up for those who are already more than able to speak up for themselves: the wealthy, the landed, big business, the privileged, powerful media barons, those who believe the poor have only themselves to blame etc.

But who’ll speak for the poor, the poorly housed, our NHS, our schools, our public servants, our environment, refugees, for Britain to be an ambassador for peace and reconciliation in a wider world, or even for foxes who’d rather not be chased to their death just for recreational fun?

Though a clear majority of voters in this constituency agree we must find a voice for the voiceless, unfortunately old fashioned tribalism ensured the votes of the majority were split and so helped gift this seat to the Conservatives on another minority vote.

We owe it to the voiceless to do all we can to stop that happening here this time. That’s why I’ve been working to seek cooperation between those on the centre/left of politics. I continue that work. I hope you’ll join me.

Common Platform for Cornwall

Common Platform Cornwall