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?