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Soft on crime or just soft in the head?

One thing everyone knows about the Liberal Democrats is they’re soft on crime.  Give them a choice between the victim and the criminal, and you’ll find the Liberal Democrats making excuses for the criminals every time. 

But the Liberal Democrats have been doing some homework.  They’ve hired pollsters who have told them the public don’t like parties that are soft on crime.  So they’re out to convince you they’ve changed their ways!  Only – they haven’t. 

The Liberal Democrats grabbed control of Lambeth Council shortly after the Government introduced anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs).  ASBOs are tools that can be used to hit criminals hard and get them locked up if they break its conditions.  So, of course, the Liberal Democrats refused to use them.  For three years the Liberal Democrats failed to issue a single ASBO against those responsible for crime and anti-social behaviour across Lambeth.

Worse, they tolerated crime in their own ranks.  When one of their own councillors was found out fiddling thousands of pounds in a housing benefit scam – they protected him.   When his guilt became so obvious even they couldn’t conceal it, they span out an investigation that ran to the end of their period in office nearly two years later without ever reaching a conclusion.   The courts eventually convicted him of public theft.   And who can forget how they hired a known fraudster and let him run off with £3 million of public money, ignoring residents who came to warn them what was going on.

Back in opposition, the Liberal Democrats are showing how little they’ve learnt from their election defeat.  When the Council came up with proposals to expand the neighbourhood police teams with extra uniformed officers, the Liberal Democrats campaigned against it.   Their own leader is on public record demanding the decriminalisation of kerb crawling. 

But they’ve just found out the public don’t like parties that are soft on crime so* they’ve decided to attack the Police with fake stories about local police stations being closed down.  You can see what they’re trying to do – but they’ve got it wrong again.  They don’t seem to understand that if you want to look tough on crime, you attack the criminals, not the police!  It’s easy to laugh at Liberal Democrats, only it’s not so funny when you wake up and find these clowns are running your local council.  

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“Tax and spend” becomes “tax and pretend” for the Fib Dems

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!