10,000 visit Southampton's SeaCity Museum in less than two weeks

Daily Echo: The new SeaCity Museum in Southampton. The new SeaCity Museum in Southampton.

THE number of visitors to Southampton’s new £15m Titanic museum has smashed through the 10,000 mark in less than two weeks.

More than 10,000 people passed through the doors to the SeaCity Museum in the first 12 days since its opening.

The figures include 1,000 city residents who took up a council offer to visit the Havelock Road attraction for free.

The museum sold out on its first full day, with an estimated 1,600 visitors.

The city’s leisure and culture boss, Councillor John Hannides, said the visitor numbers were “exceptional” and “exceeded expectations”.

“It just shows the reach of the attraction right across the country. The feedback we’ve had has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said.

The museum opened on April 10 to mark the 100th anniversary of Titanic setting sail from Southampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage to New York.

The council had forecast that the museum would attract more than 150,000 visitors a year, but it could smash that figure if current interest holds up.

Civic leaders say they will not be making a great loss on the offer of free tickets to 100,000 city households as they only expected about 12,000 city residents to have paid to visit – worth £70,000 to £80,000 in income.

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SeaCity tells the story of Southampton’s crew on Titanic, and the impact the tragedy had on the city.

The museum also features a major maritime-led exhibition which tells the stories of people who have arrived and departed in the city since prehistoric times.

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2:34pm Thu 26 Apr 12

georgetheseventh says...

Surely you mean 10,000/day
Surely you mean 10,000/day georgetheseventh
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2:35pm Thu 26 Apr 12

George4th says...

EXCELLENT!
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What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose!
EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose! George4th
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2:39pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Shoong says...

Let's hope this is a long term success story, well done to all those involved, keep it up!
Let's hope this is a long term success story, well done to all those involved, keep it up! Shoong
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2:48pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Taskforce 141 says...

If it keeps up those numbers then fair play, but this may well be a flash in the pan and downhill from here.

I guess time will tell.

What would be interesting to know, is how much profit SCC have made from this rush of customers...
If it keeps up those numbers then fair play, but this may well be a flash in the pan and downhill from here. I guess time will tell. What would be interesting to know, is how much profit SCC have made from this rush of customers... Taskforce 141
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3:02pm Thu 26 Apr 12

owen_thesaints says...

George4th wrote:
EXCELLENT!
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What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose!
Lets just be cautious shall we? There's a long way to go to pay back £5m+ and the first weeks benefit from all the extra publicity.

Without that publicity how many people even know it's there?
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose![/p][/quote]Lets just be cautious shall we? There's a long way to go to pay back £5m+ and the first weeks benefit from all the extra publicity. Without that publicity how many people even know it's there? owen_thesaints
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3:04pm Thu 26 Apr 12

The Salv says...

George4th wrote:
EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose!
You mean that big white elephant ;-)
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose![/p][/quote]You mean that big white elephant ;-) The Salv
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3:13pm Thu 26 Apr 12

saintdavie says...

I visited the SeaCity museum at the weekend a thought it was excellent. True I used my free ticket for being a Southampton resident but I would have paid anyway if this was not the case.
I visited the SeaCity museum at the weekend a thought it was excellent. True I used my free ticket for being a Southampton resident but I would have paid anyway if this was not the case. saintdavie
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4:03pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Firstly i am not a Doom-monger. I want Southampton to be a great City.
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At the moment there are good numbers visiting which is in itself excellent news.... And contrary to what i was told recently.
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However i object to £millions of taxpayers money propping it up and object most strongly to the LIES and SPIN coming from certain areas of the Council.
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The judgement on this building cannot be made yet as it is still buzzing from the Titanic euphoria.
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Lets have a report in six to nine months when the Titanic exhibits are gone ...... and the Freebies are used up.
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That will be the true testing point when the future can then be truly assesed.
Firstly i am not a Doom-monger. I want Southampton to be a great City. . At the moment there are good numbers visiting which is in itself excellent news.... And contrary to what i was told recently. . However i object to £millions of taxpayers money propping it up and object most strongly to the LIES and SPIN coming from certain areas of the Council. . The judgement on this building cannot be made yet as it is still buzzing from the Titanic euphoria. . Lets have a report in six to nine months when the Titanic exhibits are gone ...... and the Freebies are used up. . That will be the true testing point when the future can then be truly assesed. Lone Ranger.
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4:16pm Thu 26 Apr 12

George4th says...

saintdavie wrote:
I visited the SeaCity museum at the weekend a thought it was excellent. True I used my free ticket for being a Southampton resident but I would have paid anyway if this was not the case.
I have not been yet (I will very soon!) but those I know who have been expressed the exact same sentiments as your goodself. It is clearly a success and success often sticks in the craw of those who wish for failure!
It augurs well for the plans this council has in place for the future - they have shown that they are progressive and want to do their best for the City of Southampton. (Unlike their predecessors who sent us almost back to the middle ages! - ok, a slight exaggeration but you get my drift!)
[quote][p][bold]saintdavie[/bold] wrote: I visited the SeaCity museum at the weekend a thought it was excellent. True I used my free ticket for being a Southampton resident but I would have paid anyway if this was not the case.[/p][/quote]I have not been yet (I will very soon!) but those I know who have been expressed the exact same sentiments as your goodself. It is clearly a success and success often sticks in the craw of those who wish for failure! It augurs well for the plans this council has in place for the future - they have shown that they are progressive and want to do their best for the City of Southampton. (Unlike their predecessors who sent us almost back to the middle ages! - ok, a slight exaggeration but you get my drift!) George4th
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4:23pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Shoong says...

The Salv wrote:
George4th wrote:
EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose!
You mean that big white elephant ;-)
It's not though is it? True they need a long term strategy, let's see what happens?

Have you been or have you just straight dismissed it?
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose![/p][/quote]You mean that big white elephant ;-)[/p][/quote]It's not though is it? True they need a long term strategy, let's see what happens? Have you been or have you just straight dismissed it? Shoong
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4:35pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Lone Ranger. says...

How strange it is that whilst being accused of sending us almost back to the middle ages!
( a massive exaggeration ) the Tories are quite happy to use the same plans that the Labour Council in Southampton started to implement on the 20/20 project.
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So NO the Tories are not producing anything unique but just seeing through the Labour plans
How strange it is that whilst being accused of sending us almost back to the middle ages! ( a massive exaggeration ) the Tories are quite happy to use the same plans that the Labour Council in Southampton started to implement on the 20/20 project. . So NO the Tories are not producing anything unique but just seeing through the Labour plans Lone Ranger.
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4:39pm Thu 26 Apr 12

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
How strange it is that whilst being accused of sending us almost back to the middle ages!
( a massive exaggeration ) the Tories are quite happy to use the same plans that the Labour Council in Southampton started to implement on the 20/20 project.
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So NO the Tories are not producing anything unique but just seeing through the Labour plans
So after slagging down the Tory council your now saying all they've done is implement Labour plans & policies?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: How strange it is that whilst being accused of sending us almost back to the middle ages! ( a massive exaggeration ) the Tories are quite happy to use the same plans that the Labour Council in Southampton started to implement on the 20/20 project. . So NO the Tories are not producing anything unique but just seeing through the Labour plans[/p][/quote]So after slagging down the Tory council your now saying all they've done is implement Labour plans & policies? loosehead
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5:04pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Linesman says...

George4th wrote:
EXCELLENT!
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What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose!
In answer to your question, I would wait and see how many people visit in the same two weeks next year.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose![/p][/quote]In answer to your question, I would wait and see how many people visit in the same two weeks next year. Linesman
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5:05pm Thu 26 Apr 12

The Salv says...

Shoong wrote:
The Salv wrote:
George4th wrote: EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose!
You mean that big white elephant ;-)
It's not though is it? True they need a long term strategy, let's see what happens? Have you been or have you just straight dismissed it?
You misunderstand I am being sarcastic. I am all for it actually and cant wait to go.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose![/p][/quote]You mean that big white elephant ;-)[/p][/quote]It's not though is it? True they need a long term strategy, let's see what happens? Have you been or have you just straight dismissed it?[/p][/quote]You misunderstand I am being sarcastic. I am all for it actually and cant wait to go. The Salv
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5:37pm Thu 26 Apr 12

daveetwo says...

owen_thesaints wrote:
George4th wrote:
EXCELLENT!
>
What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose!
Lets just be cautious shall we? There's a long way to go to pay back £5m+ and the first weeks benefit from all the extra publicity.

Without that publicity how many people even know it's there?
Thats the whole purpose of publicity, both paid for or on the back of unpaid events.
The publicity has worked and someone should be commended for it.
[quote][p][bold]owen_thesaints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: EXCELLENT! > What will the SeaCity Doom-mongers say now?! More whinging I suppose![/p][/quote]Lets just be cautious shall we? There's a long way to go to pay back £5m+ and the first weeks benefit from all the extra publicity. Without that publicity how many people even know it's there?[/p][/quote]Thats the whole purpose of publicity, both paid for or on the back of unpaid events. The publicity has worked and someone should be commended for it. daveetwo
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5:49pm Thu 26 Apr 12

pod says...

we went on Monday, it was fantastic, something Southampton can be proud to show its visitors. We spend 4.1/2 hours there and only left then cos the time had run out on the parking. I especially enjoyed the exhibit about the children coming over Spain in 1937, my mum said her and her friend rollerskated to the camp with a big box of rock cakes that my nan had made for the children. All the children (now elderly) spoke about how kind the people of Southampton were. Would like to see a bigger exhibit about the 2nd world war at some point and hopefully more items brought out from the archives for us to see.
Well done to everyone.
we went on Monday, it was fantastic, something Southampton can be proud to show its visitors. We spend 4.1/2 hours there and only left then cos the time had run out on the parking. I especially enjoyed the exhibit about the children coming over Spain in 1937, my mum said her and her friend rollerskated to the camp with a big box of rock cakes that my nan had made for the children. All the children (now elderly) spoke about how kind the people of Southampton were. Would like to see a bigger exhibit about the 2nd world war at some point and hopefully more items brought out from the archives for us to see. Well done to everyone. pod
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6:48pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Lone Ranger. says...

loosehead wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
How strange it is that whilst being accused of sending us almost back to the middle ages!
( a massive exaggeration ) the Tories are quite happy to use the same plans that the Labour Council in Southampton started to implement on the 20/20 project.
.
So NO the Tories are not producing anything unique but just seeing through the Labour plans
So after slagging down the Tory council your now saying all they've done is implement Labour plans & policies?
What you should try doing is reading my other posts on this, and many other subjects, relating to the improvements of our City.
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You will notice that i am against using taxpayers money for buildings such as this and spending enormous sums on feasibilty studies whilst making people redundant.
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I also object to a certain person in the council attempting to boost his ego on "pie-in-the-sky" projects that will never get off the ground, but makes him feel good.
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If you are happy with that sharp practice in Southampton then fine ...... but i am not.
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Perhaps we will just agree to disagree
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: How strange it is that whilst being accused of sending us almost back to the middle ages! ( a massive exaggeration ) the Tories are quite happy to use the same plans that the Labour Council in Southampton started to implement on the 20/20 project. . So NO the Tories are not producing anything unique but just seeing through the Labour plans[/p][/quote]So after slagging down the Tory council your now saying all they've done is implement Labour plans & policies?[/p][/quote]What you should try doing is reading my other posts on this, and many other subjects, relating to the improvements of our City. . You will notice that i am against using taxpayers money for buildings such as this and spending enormous sums on feasibilty studies whilst making people redundant. . I also object to a certain person in the council attempting to boost his ego on "pie-in-the-sky" projects that will never get off the ground, but makes him feel good. . If you are happy with that sharp practice in Southampton then fine ...... but i am not. . Perhaps we will just agree to disagree Lone Ranger.
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7:06am Fri 27 Apr 12

Ant Smoking MP says...

All museums should be free!! I remember the uproar when the Tories in Government charged for the big museums in London. luckily the next Government got rid of the charges.
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We have a brilliant history in this country. It should be celebrated and should be free to all. Saying that I very much doubt Sea City will be a success in the long term. I reckon it will end up just becoming a museum or sold off as offices. Does the council (us!!) pay interest on this? Together with all the other 'projects' over the last 4/5 years how much interest will Council Tax payers be paying?
All museums should be free!! I remember the uproar when the Tories in Government charged for the big museums in London. luckily the next Government got rid of the charges. . We have a brilliant history in this country. It should be celebrated and should be free to all. Saying that I very much doubt Sea City will be a success in the long term. I reckon it will end up just becoming a museum or sold off as offices. Does the council (us!!) pay interest on this? Together with all the other 'projects' over the last 4/5 years how much interest will Council Tax payers be paying? Ant Smoking MP
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9:21am Fri 27 Apr 12

andysaints007 says...

The 'Moan Ranger' strikes again !!
The 'Moan Ranger' strikes again !! andysaints007
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9:36am Fri 27 Apr 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Ant Smoking MP wrote:
All museums should be free!! I remember the uproar when the Tories in Government charged for the big museums in London. luckily the next Government got rid of the charges.
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We have a brilliant history in this country. It should be celebrated and should be free to all. Saying that I very much doubt Sea City will be a success in the long term. I reckon it will end up just becoming a museum or sold off as offices. Does the council (us!!) pay interest on this? Together with all the other 'projects' over the last 4/5 years how much interest will Council Tax payers be paying?
I disagree, all Museums should be able to charge a fee, but that money should be tax free, and used only for the upkeep of the aretfacts, not for lining peoples pockets.
[quote][p][bold]Ant Smoking MP[/bold] wrote: All museums should be free!! I remember the uproar when the Tories in Government charged for the big museums in London. luckily the next Government got rid of the charges. . We have a brilliant history in this country. It should be celebrated and should be free to all. Saying that I very much doubt Sea City will be a success in the long term. I reckon it will end up just becoming a museum or sold off as offices. Does the council (us!!) pay interest on this? Together with all the other 'projects' over the last 4/5 years how much interest will Council Tax payers be paying?[/p][/quote]I disagree, all Museums should be able to charge a fee, but that money should be tax free, and used only for the upkeep of the aretfacts, not for lining peoples pockets. OSPREYSAINT
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11:46am Fri 27 Apr 12

Lone Ranger. says...

andysaints007 wrote:
The 'Moan Ranger' strikes again !!
See you didnt sign it this time then ....... !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: The 'Moan Ranger' strikes again !![/p][/quote]See you didnt sign it this time then ....... !!!!! Lone Ranger.
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12:59pm Fri 27 Apr 12

loosehead says...

Ant Smoking MP wrote:
All museums should be free!! I remember the uproar when the Tories in Government charged for the big museums in London. luckily the next Government got rid of the charges.
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We have a brilliant history in this country. It should be celebrated and should be free to all. Saying that I very much doubt Sea City will be a success in the long term. I reckon it will end up just becoming a museum or sold off as offices. Does the council (us!!) pay interest on this? Together with all the other 'projects' over the last 4/5 years how much interest will Council Tax payers be paying?
Have you been abroad?
When I lived in Thailand & visited museums or historical buildings there people of Thai descent who lived in Bangkok( proven by ID card) didn't pay it was only non Thais who paid.
This council tried to do a similar thing by giving free passes out & people have slated them.
We have to learn to get out of this attitude & realise we can learn from other countries.
we should get out of this hole that socialists have dug themselves going on about Victorian days & look at the modern world.
If Labour truly want to see full employment or as close as possible then they will have to slash taxes for all & stop the reliance on the welfare state.
if you don't then please tell me where these jobs are coming from.
Oh! Ant why has a councillor resign from his shadow posts as he doesn't trust Mr Williams on job cuts & bin collections?
[quote][p][bold]Ant Smoking MP[/bold] wrote: All museums should be free!! I remember the uproar when the Tories in Government charged for the big museums in London. luckily the next Government got rid of the charges. . We have a brilliant history in this country. It should be celebrated and should be free to all. Saying that I very much doubt Sea City will be a success in the long term. I reckon it will end up just becoming a museum or sold off as offices. Does the council (us!!) pay interest on this? Together with all the other 'projects' over the last 4/5 years how much interest will Council Tax payers be paying?[/p][/quote]Have you been abroad? When I lived in Thailand & visited museums or historical buildings there people of Thai descent who lived in Bangkok( proven by ID card) didn't pay it was only non Thais who paid. This council tried to do a similar thing by giving free passes out & people have slated them. We have to learn to get out of this attitude & realise we can learn from other countries. we should get out of this hole that socialists have dug themselves going on about Victorian days & look at the modern world. If Labour truly want to see full employment or as close as possible then they will have to slash taxes for all & stop the reliance on the welfare state. if you don't then please tell me where these jobs are coming from. Oh! Ant why has a councillor resign from his shadow posts as he doesn't trust Mr Williams on job cuts & bin collections? loosehead
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9:43pm Fri 27 Apr 12

andysaints007 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
The 'Moan Ranger' strikes again !!
See you didnt sign it this time then ....... !!!!!
Keep it up - you really do have a knack of entertaining me (and a few others) and yet you can still send me to sleep with your boring incessant whining xx
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: The 'Moan Ranger' strikes again !![/p][/quote]See you didnt sign it this time then ....... !!!!![/p][/quote]Keep it up - you really do have a knack of entertaining me (and a few others) and yet you can still send me to sleep with your boring incessant whining xx andysaints007
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8:53am Sat 28 Apr 12

Ant Smoking MP says...

loosehead wrote:
Ant Smoking MP wrote:
All museums should be free!! I remember the uproar when the Tories in Government charged for the big museums in London. luckily the next Government got rid of the charges.
.
We have a brilliant history in this country. It should be celebrated and should be free to all. Saying that I very much doubt Sea City will be a success in the long term. I reckon it will end up just becoming a museum or sold off as offices. Does the council (us!!) pay interest on this? Together with all the other 'projects' over the last 4/5 years how much interest will Council Tax payers be paying?
Have you been abroad?
When I lived in Thailand & visited museums or historical buildings there people of Thai descent who lived in Bangkok( proven by ID card) didn't pay it was only non Thais who paid.
This council tried to do a similar thing by giving free passes out & people have slated them.
We have to learn to get out of this attitude & realise we can learn from other countries.
we should get out of this hole that socialists have dug themselves going on about Victorian days & look at the modern world.
If Labour truly want to see full employment or as close as possible then they will have to slash taxes for all & stop the reliance on the welfare state.
if you don't then please tell me where these jobs are coming from.
Oh! Ant why has a councillor resign from his shadow posts as he doesn't trust Mr Williams on job cuts & bin collections?
People fall out every day Loosehead. What about Cllr Williams and the Council leader?
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" If Labour truly want to see full employment or as close as possible then they will have to slash taxes for all & stop the reliance on the welfare state. " Translated that means lets continue with a system where over £110billion a year tax is lost through tax avoidance and tax evasion. Its ok Loosehead I know where you stand!!
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ant Smoking MP[/bold] wrote: All museums should be free!! I remember the uproar when the Tories in Government charged for the big museums in London. luckily the next Government got rid of the charges. . We have a brilliant history in this country. It should be celebrated and should be free to all. Saying that I very much doubt Sea City will be a success in the long term. I reckon it will end up just becoming a museum or sold off as offices. Does the council (us!!) pay interest on this? Together with all the other 'projects' over the last 4/5 years how much interest will Council Tax payers be paying?[/p][/quote]Have you been abroad? When I lived in Thailand & visited museums or historical buildings there people of Thai descent who lived in Bangkok( proven by ID card) didn't pay it was only non Thais who paid. This council tried to do a similar thing by giving free passes out & people have slated them. We have to learn to get out of this attitude & realise we can learn from other countries. we should get out of this hole that socialists have dug themselves going on about Victorian days & look at the modern world. If Labour truly want to see full employment or as close as possible then they will have to slash taxes for all & stop the reliance on the welfare state. if you don't then please tell me where these jobs are coming from. Oh! Ant why has a councillor resign from his shadow posts as he doesn't trust Mr Williams on job cuts & bin collections?[/p][/quote]People fall out every day Loosehead. What about Cllr Williams and the Council leader? . " If Labour truly want to see full employment or as close as possible then they will have to slash taxes for all & stop the reliance on the welfare state. " Translated that means lets continue with a system where over £110billion a year tax is lost through tax avoidance and tax evasion. Its ok Loosehead I know where you stand!! Ant Smoking MP
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