The thing Lambeth Liberal Democrats hate most of all is the fact they have a record. Having been in power from 2002 to 2006 they have no one else to blame for all those nasty things they voted for. And chief among the decisions they’d like to erase from history is their staggering 40% increase in council tax.
Their current leader, Councillor Ashley Lumsden, was responsible for the council’s finances at the time. That makes him the biggest council-tax hiker in Lambeth’s history. The average household was stung for an extra £1000 over the four-years that Lambeth’s Liberal Democrats were running the council. And despite all the extra money they raked in with their tax hikes AND a £27 million windfall from the Government that landed in their laps – they STILL left the council with zero money in the bank when voters kicked them out.
So what did the Liberal Democrats do with all the money they took off us? Quite simply, they threw it down the drain. They wasted £28 million on plush new council offices overlooking the Thames. They lost £3 million in the biggest council housing fraud in British history. They used £600,000 to pay off their own Chief Executive when they made her take the blame for their own political blunders. The shameful truth is the Liberal Democrats threw residents’ hard-earned money around like confetti.
Now Lumsden is trying to pretend he’s AGAINST high tax increases. He has been caught out in the local press primly insisting that council tax rises below 5% are ‘too high’. This, remember, from the man who thought a gob-smacking 23% in one go was a good idea when he presented his first council budget in 2003. Yet again we find a Liberal Democrats saying one thing but doing the opposite. Someone should tell Lumsden that the voters couldn’t stomach his tax-and-spend ways back then, and they won’t be fooled by his tax-and-pretend antics now. However desperately he hopes we’ve forgotten what he did to us the last time he got his hands on our wallets, we haven’t!