Construction has never received the attention and support that many other industries have had. As chief construction adviser Paul Morrell told CN last month, the industry is often misunderstood by politicians – as a result it comes across to Government as though it doesn’t have a plan for its own future.
If construction is going to play its full part in the country’s economic recovery this has to change. It is crucial our traditionally shy industry now tells its story better. Politicians have to understand the ripple effect construction has on so many other industries, and how it can actually help them to meet their political objectives.
That is why Construction News is today launching Vote for Construction – a campaign aimed at informing prospective parliamentary candidates about the economic and social implications of cuts to capital spending.
We all have our own feelings about politicians and the way the Government treats construction, but for now it is vital we suspend our cynicism.
Following the general election there will be record numbers of new MPs in the Commons. They will come from varied backgrounds – some maybe with ideas on how they think construction works, and others not. But all will be targeted by other industries wanting to get their message across, and we need to do the same.
They are fresh. Let’s see their ignorance as an opportunity.
We want to help educate candidates – we want to show them exactly how construction can help them. We also want to help provide a voice for contractors, to put your comments and questions to prospective candidates and to help you sway your local MP in any way we can.