Policy before party politics

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As Theresa May attempts to “stabilise the ship she said was stable”, Bacta has said its policy objectives will not be affected by the snap election result – as long as party politics doesn’t slow things down.

Indeed, Bacta CEO John White noted that despite many of the trade body’s objectives being uncontroversial, there is a probability that, to some extent, “politics will just get in the way of things being done”.
“You will have read as much as I have about the potential inability of Theresa May as Prime Minister to actually get things done that might in any way shape or form be controversial,” said White. “While they will try and avoid the controversial, the government has to go on: It has to deliver a program of work which is consistent with its philosophy.”

White expects this consistency for the amusements industry – especially for the seaside sector – answering the question: ‘Does that change anything around policy towards tourism, coastal resorts and investment in infrastructure?’.

“No it doesn’t, it’s the same party that’s governing, and I can’t imagine any objection from the DUP if the Tory party took a particular line on those particular issues because they are not controversial,” he explained. “Our job as a sector is to keep on pressing for investment in coastal resorts, maintenance of coastal community funds and acknowledgement of the heritage contribution made by piers as well as the economic contribution made by coastal resorts and amusement arcades up and down the country.”

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