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BRIGHTON DOESN'T COME UP TO LONDON'S STANDARD

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Brighton, host town to this year's Labour party conference, comes under attack from London's Evening Standard (p19)...
Brighton, host town to this year's Labour party conference, comes under attack from London's Evening Standard (p19) for being 'increasingly filthy, uncouth, and in decline'.

The paper, in a full page article, describes the seaside town as 'stimulating, but ever more seedy and divided' and the blame apparently lies with a Labour council which 'seems overwhelmed by this historic town's decay'.

Brighton council, says the Standard, is 'New Labour's flagship'.

'Moderates who boast they invented Blairism before Blair have run it for nine years. They routed Militant sympathisers, prioritised housing and childcare and efficiently avoided debt.'

But, whilst noting problems caused by the government's community care policies and 'DSS funded bedsits', the resulting influx of 'alcoholics, beggars and squatters' is, says the author, largely the fault of Labour councillors, who, in this two-university town, 'are typically New Labour, teachers or academics without experience of real work or business'.

And the city's 'litter and filth' problems, it seems, have not been helped by the council's 'unprecedented response to compulsory competitive tendering. Brighton quietly made one private foreign company responsible for every council function'. The winning £80m tender came from French company Ecovert South.

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