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Goodwill “He Should Resign !!”

Despite representing a large coastal constituency, Whitby and Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill is backing government proposals to cut funding of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The proposed cuts will see 10 Coastguard Stations close around the UK, and may even see privatisation of the coastguards air sea rescue service.

“Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill said such cuts were necessary if the UK is to recover economically.” He said: “Unfortunately, we are having to make cuts where we can. There are lots of areas where we are having to make cuts. “Every time the Government announce savings the critics say we can’t make these cuts but never volunteer alternative areas where we could.” – Quote from Scarborough Evening News

The proposed cuts and the unhelpful response of MP Goodwill have angered many members of the local community in Whitby. Paul Kilpatrick, a long term sea angler, local charter skipper, and chairman of the Whitby Charter Skippers Association said “If thats what Robert Goodwill has to say about the coastguard he should resign on the spot.

Paul went on to say “Goodwill represents a big coastline with a very active area for the local coastguard. He (Robert Goodwill) should be ashamed of himself. Mr Goodwill should be fighting tooth and nail for the coastguard.”

“Obviously Robert Goodwill doesnt care, he doesnt mind putting peoples lives at risk, and no doubt it will involve the same people who bloody voted for him. This is shocking I will be contacting Scarborough Evening News in the next few days to let them know my thoughts. He as a local MP on a very busy coastline just buries his head in the sand. I say lets shame this man his response is pathetic.”

Coastguard cuts could cost lives

The local sea angling community of the Yorkshire coast are also up in arms. Members of the Whitby Sea Anglers Forum have started an online petition in response to the proposed cut backs and the sites members from across the Yorkshire coast are appalled by their MP’s response to the situation.

In response, Robert Goodwill told the Whitby Gazette, criticism levelled at him was a “knee jerk reaction” and his constituents should read the full consultation document.  Mr Goodwill added – “Anyone who goes out to sea – fishermen, recreational crafts, chartered boats – have a look at the consultation and see what they don’t agree with.”

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  1. Alan December 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Cuts cuts and more cuts whilst they are still fiddling their expenses,

    • Nigel Ward December 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm - Reply
      • admin December 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm - Reply

        As a person who frequents the shoreline more than most, often visiting very remote areas I find the whole thing very concerning. Local knowledge is essential for the coastguard. If I was to fish at Goldsborough one evening and I fell and broke my leg, presuming I or someone else was able to raise the alarm, I do wonder if a coastguard in Scotland would have a clue where I was. If I said I’m laid at the bottom of the goat track would they know where to come for me. Its a shame Mr Goodwill isn’t available for comment, I do wonder if he will be available for comment when someone dies because of cuts he sees as essential. We have Government quangos like Netgainmcz and Natural England having it large at the tax payers expense and Goodwill thinks its a bright idea to cut an emergency service. Most Annoyed……..

        • The Man In The White Suit December 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm - Reply

          Total agree, thanks to labour , our country will struggle to get back on it’s feet for years to come, and no doubt the coalition will play on this fact.

          Yet the gravy train is full steam ahead.

  2. The man in the White suit December 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    The looney left put us in this position, That’s where the blame lies

  3. Alan December 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    The greedy bankers put us in this position and they are still at it, with a little help from the coaliton

  4. The man in the White suit December 26, 2010 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Let me give you a example. Someone has a dog, they feed it at the table, it goes on the sofa, it does as it wants.

    But then , everything changes, the dog has a new owner who is more disciplined, he put a stop to all the dogs luxury’s . But it’s all in the dogs best interest, as he wants the dog to have a long, healthy life.

  5. The man in the White suit December 26, 2010 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Alan, I’m not sure if you realise, but when the bankers did the damage, it was labour who were in charge!

    Next you will be saying it was maggie’s fault ! Ffs

  6. The man in the White suit December 26, 2010 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Btw, I’m not for one minute sticking up for the Tories etc, I hate lot of them, There are just too many looney lefties on here with their blinkered views.

  7. Alan December 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Correct me if i am wrong but did not this coalition promise to kerb the greedy bankers, it looks now as if the are condonig what they are doing.

  8. The man in the White suit December 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Alan, it was clearly labours fault that the country got into this position, what exactly do u want the coalition to do? Let me tell you this, if you tax the ballacks off the bankers or cap their bonus’s too much you will drive the abroad , which would be a total disaster,

    So Alan , what do u want the coalition to do?

  9. Andrew Cass December 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Well lets hope he never needs there services

  10. Paul Kilpatrick December 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Does the mp in redcar and cleveland support the coastguards anybody got any imfo.

  11. Alan December 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Blaim labour for every thing it was a global resession not labours fault lets not forget, and lets not forget who bailed the banks out yes labour the torys would have just left them to rot, so should the banks start paying back the bail out befor they start dishing the big bonuses out

  12. Nigel Ward December 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    The abuses of fractional reserve banking kicked into high gear in the mid/late seventies. Thatcher came to power on the crest of the ‘greed wave’. She promptly emasculated the unions and initiated ‘the housing ladder’ mentality – profit through debt. When the housing market first slumped (’89/’90), it was kick-started by an unprecedented round of even more extreme fractional reserve banking. For those who do not already understand fractional reserve banking and the debt-slavery economy it produces, see Michael Rowbotham’s superb analysis of modern day economics:

  13. The Man In The White Suit December 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Pmsl, I knew it wouldnt long untill the looney left mentioned maggie! How predictable !

    Alan, I can’t be bothered to to reply to you.

    Insult removed by Glenn

    • admin December 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Please dont insult my site admin.

    • admin December 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Thatcher is to blaim for a lot of what is wrong in todays selfish, self centred society where people no longer look out for each other but prefer to trade insults instead.

      • The Man In The White Suit December 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm - Reply

        In your opinion, you blame thatcher,

        In my opinion I blame the looney left

        It’s all about opinions

  14. angela December 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Alan, I think you are right in what you say that the banks should pay back what they owe before they start dishing out bonuses.
    What would they rather have, a well paid job without the bonus for a year or two, or a place in the dole queue like all the civil servant jobs which are having to go with no choice?
    It is typical government attitude (whichever one, they are all as bad) lets cut the things which are easiest for us instead of listening to what is sensible. The Unions gave them sound ways to cut waste etc without cutting services and jobs, but they just ignored them.
    Lets just hope Mr Goodwill never needs the coastguard…they do a brilliant job!

  15. admin December 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Sorry to go off at a tangent, but dont you just hate banks. I went in mine to take money out over the counter. They told me if I didnt start using the machine they would charge me £2 everytime I wanted money. I mean, without our money they wouldnt even have a job. Whats it all about. But the sad thing is you cant live without a bank these days. My employers wont pay me cash or cheque. Insurers wont deal cash, the list is endless. We are being ripped off and we cant even vote with our feet. If you keep your cash under the bed, half the notes end up out of date. Please dont ask to see underneath my bed though as thats viewing by appointment only.

  16. The Man In The White Suit December 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Daft question, why don’t you use the machine Glenn?

    • admin December 28, 2010 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      I cant remember now, I was in there for something else, probably checking out why they have continual cancelled all my direct debits since July. So I thought whilst I was in there I would save the hassle of going to the machine and get money at the counter. Plus, call me old fashioned, but I like to deal with people. Would you believe that after I get the cash out the machine, I always say “Thankyou !!”. Half of Baxtergate thinks Ive lost the plot, but hey, whats new.

  17. angela December 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    “Please dont ask to see underneath my bed though as thats viewing by appointment only”….
    Ok, how about Thursday night about 6pm?? ~sniggers~ only joking……I much prefer Friday 3pm 😉

    Yeah, banks..dont go there with can vote with your threaten them that you will bank elsewhere..make sure you do it really loudly so everyone in the branch can hear…works for me!
    You can do lots of things with the machine now, put money in, take money out, top up your phone, get a statement…..pity there isnt a button on there to vote to sack your MP!!

  18. The Man In The White Suit December 29, 2010 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I little tip for you all, open a current account with a few banks, don’t use them, wait for the letter offering you £200 in vouchers or cash ( they all do it or similar ). Then off you go. You can’t beat a bit of free money

  19. angela December 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Nationwide..brilliant! Cant do enough for me…go in as much as you like. You can get mini statements from the machine too which is very handy. Plus you get free travel insurance etc.

  20. The Man In The White Suit December 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Plenty of bankers on here by the looks of things.

    In all seriousness , the banks can be hard work, I am on my 6 th current account in 4 years, all because they say I should have a business account instead of my current account. All due to my account activity.

    What a load of rubbish

  21. angela December 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Oh ‘Bankers’…yeah…have to be savvy with the cash these days 😉

  22. The Man In The White Suit January 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Hello , just an idea, I’m having a night in tonight, so will be in my hotel with the old laptop, then it’s of to oz tomorrow ,

    My idea is I will have a sort of ” surgery” where u can ask me any questions you want!

    I will be here from 7.00pm onwards, hope to see you all!

  23. The Man In The White Suit January 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Decided to go to darts but I’m going back to hotel straight after, I’m sat 4 Seat away from prince Harry , god bless him

  24. DKP January 3, 2011 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Unsurprised to see that the Ego-Drip in the White Suit’s surgery was a non-starter.

  25. The Man In The White Suit January 3, 2011 at 11:57 am - Reply

    They all bottled it!

  26. Nigel Ward January 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Readers may wish to email the following story to our man Goodwill:

    > Drew Mahood, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said: “Coastguards do not spend all of their time dealing with incidents on cliffs, at the beach or out to sea.

    “Our equipment is optimised for life-saving on the coast. But it can also be used to assist in incidents of this nature, when severe weather strikes inland.”

    Robert is perhaps unaware of that fact.

  27. The Man In The White Suit January 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    The gravytrain is unstoppable

  28. Nigel Ward January 5, 2011 at 10:58 am - Reply
  29. peter anderson January 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    goodwill/badwill should rember that he is an mp for a very dangerous part of the norht east coast.elected by the people to take care of there intrests.his present position on coastguard closures makes him not fit for purpose

  30. Paul Chapman Humber Coastguard February 6, 2011 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Hi Paul

    We have been watching your support on some of the forums and thought it might be the ideal time to make some direct contact with you and some of your colleagues. As you will be aware we, at Humber Coastguard, agree with your views that the modernisation plans are seriously flawed and are concerned for the safety implications to the mariner and coastal user within our area of operation.

    You may be interested to know that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are organising Public Consultation Meetings for stakeholders and the general public around the coast.

    They have scheduled a meeting in Bridlington at the Spa on Monday 21st February from 7pm to 9pm. This is the only public meeting which will be held between the River Humber and the Scottish Border and we appreciate that it is being organized at very short notice.

    We would like as many people as possible to attend this meeting question the proposals and to voice any concerns you may have so please share this information.

    We believe that taking away the local knowledge built up over years by the Coastguard Officers at Humber Coastguard could unnecessarily put lives at risk and strongly believe that Humber Coastguard should be retained as a 24 hour station. We are also asking that people support us by signing our on-line petition at

    Thank you for your support it is very much appreciated and if you know of any others who may like to make contact please pass on my email address.

    Paul Chapman
    Coastguard Watch Officer
    PCS Union Branch Secretary
    Humber Coastguard

    01262 672317
    07761 905308

  31. Nick February 8, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Wow, Wow, Wow.

    Here we go again with the “blame the left” and “blame the right” crap!!!!

    When are you thick and ignorant morons going to WAKE ************!?!?!?

    It doesn’t matter if it was the “left” or the “right”. What matters is WE LET IT HAPPEN. We were the ones that voted these people into POWER over us. We were the ones who blindly went about our everyday lives without taking a blind bit of notice, and now that the country is in a whole heap of manure; what do you all start doing?

    Assigning blame. How very “growed up” of you.

    When are you ******* going to wake up and realise that these people at the so-called “top” don’t stand for the “left” or the “right”…. They all sit in the same pub and drink together for crying out lout. I know, I’ve been there and seen it with my own eyes. None of them are political opponents, they’re all COLLEAGUES… I’ve hear a number of them use that phrase when describing members of OTHER parties. Ask yourself why they use that phrase. Could it be because they’re all working together?

    They aren’t intersted in standing up for the rights of anyone, or the nation… Their interest is their pocket, their family’s pocket, their friends pockets.

    The “left/right” paradigm is false, and has been for a long time. Yet you all go around blaming Heath, Thatcher, Blair, Brown, Cameron… Wake *********! These people get paid a lot of money to do what YOU tell them. Stop blaming others for your inactions.

    If you really want change, make it happen. If you really want stuff to get better get out there and make it better. Stop complaining and focusing on things you can’t change that are now in the PAST!!!! Start focusing on the present what you can do RIGHT NOW. Start working on the RIGHT NOW, and make the future better.

    Complaining, and moaning won’t get anyone very far. Start being positive about the future, and start realising that it’s us, all of us, that can make the future better by working together to get these scumbags at the top out. Once we’ve done that then we can worry about what comes next.

    Comment edited by Real Whitby Admin. Further use of foul language will result in the whole comment being removed.

  32. Tom Brown February 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    The conservative whip is there to force or even blackmail its spineless MPs to vote and say whatever its leadership tells it to say.
    Goodwill therefore will toe the line regardless of what his electorate says or thinks.

  33. Mike Ward February 22, 2011 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Last night I attended the consultation on the coastguard cuts at Bridlington Spa.I can see reasons why some reorganisation is necessary.
    However I cannot see the reason for choosing what they have done.We will have two operational centres based on Aberdeen and Southampton.There will then be 5 daytime only sub stations including the Humber plus one sub station,Dover,remaining 24 hours.The London station will remain as is.
    My question is why will the South have three 24 hour facilities when the east coast (and the west for that matter) are left for part of the day without regional cover with appropriate local knowledge.
    The answer given was that all local knowledge can be stored on a data base and the south needs better coverage because of ‘intelligence’ issues.
    They have chosen some of the most expensive areas in the country to site their full time operations for both staff cost of living expenses and property values.Surely with everything that is about to happen off the east coast – wind farms etc etc – the Humber sub station above all needs 24 hour coverage.
    Would our MP accept that ?

    • admin February 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for attended the meeting and giving us your thoughts. I feel we rather let the coastguard down. Myself and Paul had intended to go down to Bridlington. We forgot all about it until yesterday evening, by which time it was too late to make it.

  34. Nigel Ward February 22, 2011 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Spot on, Mike:

    “Surely with everything that is about to happen off the east coast – wind farms etc etc – the Humber sub station above all needs 24 hour coverage.”


  35. angela February 22, 2011 at 10:57 am - Reply

    ‘The London station will remain as is’ now there is a surprise…….

    ‘The answer given was that all local knowledge can be stored on a data base’ ok so surely then the souths local knowledge can be stored on a database too then!

    ‘and the south needs better coverage because of ‘intelligence’ issues’ that figures….

  36. Richard March 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    “Let me tell you this, if you tax the ballacks off the bankers or cap their bonus’s too much you will drive the abroad.”

    So you’ve swallowed that nonsense too, have you? A threat spun by who? The banks. Why? To ransom government into maintaining the status quo.
    The banks need reminding that they would no longer be in business today were it not for the security of UK Plc’s balance sheet. The idea that megabanks would move to other countries is simply ludicrous. They need a large public balance sheet to back them up, otherwise they will not be able to borrow anywhere near their current amounts at such low rates. There is no way that a JP Morgan Chase or a Barclays could consider moving to places like Grand Cayman, the Bahamas, or San Marino as off-shore financial centers. They know too well that if it all went wrong again, as it will one day if they are not regulated more tightly, they’d definitely be toast.

  37. Nigel Ward March 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    While events are proving the necessity for the retention of the east coast Coastguard centre:

    Mr Photo-Opportunity is adorning the SEN, trying to prop up Foxy’s drooping tail:

    You couldn’t make it up and you don’t have to.

  38. Nigel Ward July 10, 2011 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Readers may be gratified to see the information provided in today’s (Sunday 10th July 2011) Sunday Telegraph:

    “This week Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, will tell MPs that 11 coastguard stations will stay open, not eight, and that all the surviving stations will continue to operate 24 hours a day. The number of jobs lost will be fewer than the 250 originally planned. ”


    “The shift in stance follows the suspension, earlier this year, of a separate move to privatise the helicopter rescue service, in which Prince William is a pilot.

    The £6 billion deal, which would have seen a French company take over, was cancelled at the 11th hour after police launched an inquiry into ‘irregularities’. “

  39. peter anderson July 10, 2011 at 9:57 am - Reply

    egg all over goodwills face.he goes along with anything that his puppet masters say.

  40. peter anderson July 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    boys and girls, at the next election (it will not be long) vote,GOODWILL OUT for the good of everyone.he has made it very clear that he cares not for the constituants of whitby.

  41. peter anderson July 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    logic has prevailed for humber coastguad. well done to all the people that signed the petition.UP YOURS GOODWILL. make the most if it YOU WILL NOT BE RETURNED AT THE NEXT ELECTION.

  42. Pete Budd July 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    No Good will means No Goodwill. ‘ When you leave ‘ don’t go by boat. Humber
    Coast Guard may be on tea break as you are sinking……Glug..!… Glug…!….

  43. admin July 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm - Reply
  44. DKP July 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    That Goodwill doesn\’t know his butt from the hole in a donut. Somebody get him a job in Brussels, please. Soon.

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