The Liberal Democrats’ lacklustre national leader, Nick ‘Invisible Man’ Clegg, has accidentally dumped Lambeth’s Liberal Democrats in the mud. He’s just announced the Liberal Democrats are in favour of cutting taxes. Oops, let’s not mention how his fellow Liberal Democrats in Lambeth whacked council tax up 40% last time they got the chance – the biggest council tax hike in Lambeth’s history!
One thing they do agree on, though, is cutting services. Clegg’s just announced his party wants to slash £20 billion off public services – inevitably cutting services used by people right across Lambeth. That, at least, is in line with his local councillors. The Liberal Democrats slashed services in Lambeth while they were making us all pay more in council tax. Good to see they agree on something.
Clegg also announced a great new idea: he’s setting up a Credit Crunch Task Force! What a good idea. And what a shame he didn’t think of it first. Lambeth Council announced it was setting up a Credit Crunch Task Force at a public meeting of the Council’s Cabinet last week. Those Liberal Democrats sitting in the audience must have been straight onto their blackberries afterwards telling their leader to steal Lambeth’s idea and pretend it was his own. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time the Liberal Democrats had tried to take the credit for other people’s ideas, would it?
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Looks like Liberal Democrat opposition leader on Lambeth Council, Ashley Lumsden, hasn’t updated his ‘Friends Reunited’ profile for a while. The councillor – who is not known for his modesty – is still claiming to be running Lambeth Council two years after voters booted him and his party out of office in a landslide defeat.
Lumsden, who updated his profile just hours after winning election in 2002, tells the world that he’s “a councillor on Lambeth Council representing Streatham Hill ward”. So far, so good. He continues: “following election wins in 2002 I’m now Executive Member for Finance in charge of a turnover of about one billion pounds.” Well, there’s one in the eye for all those other schoolboys who gave Ashley such a rough time of it at school in Surrey!
Quick though he was to boast about his newfound importance in 2002, Lumsden neglects to tell his old school chums how after putting council tax up 40% and losing £3 million in the biggest housing fraud case in British local government history, his cunning election strategy led the Liberal Democrats to their biggest defeat in the country in 2006. Still, no point giving those rough boys from school any more ammunition, is there?
Lambeths Liberal Democrats have a history of saying one thing and doing the opposite. Council tax rose faster and higher in Lambeth under the Lib Dems, however in opposition they claim they would not increase it!!!
In the run up to the next general election we will expose their millionaire candidate who has been brought in to buy the Streatham seat.
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