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Pendle Lib-Dem Silence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keir Hardie's Cat   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 17:03

Are they still licking their wounds from the Con-Dem pact?  Is Greavesy so incensed that he dare not put anything in print for fear of upsetting his lords and masters?  Well the Pendle Lib-Dem website hasn't been updated since 01 December 2010 as I write this.  What gives?

Tories Tough on Crime? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keir Hardie's Cat   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:33

So tough on crime, eh?  How's removing the police presence from the center of some of East Lanc's troubled areas going to help reduce crime and keep the areas safe?  Surely measuring "performance" of these stations by number of vistors per hour is missing the point.  Potential criminals will be put off mearly by the presence of the stations therefore making the area safer - they aren't going to think, "oh I'll not mug this chap here because there's a police station 6 miles away".

Lansley gets a trouncing! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keir Hardie's Cat   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:14

Andrew Lansley is currently getting a right old trouncing by labour MPs and others via Twitter (see Blogminster too).  Looks like the sale of the NHS in piece-meal to the private sector is going to be harder for the Tories than they thought.

Teachers vote in favour of strike over pensions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keir Hardie's Cat   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 13:40

The BBC is reporting that members of the National Union of Teachers and the Associations of Teachers and Lecturers are expected to walk out on 30 June.  The seriousness of this action is reflected by this being the first time that the moderate ATL has ever taken national strike action. The unions say the pensions changes will leave them working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.  I don't see any bonus-bulging bankers worrying about their pensions.

Labour Support Up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keir Hardie's Cat   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 13:17

Looks like support for Labour has gone up a smigden in the latest Populus/Times Poll.  Sadly, however, less people think that the Eds are capable of running the economy better than the Tories.  This is a problem area that we need to address before the Tories run the country so far into the ground that it won't matter!

Trust me. I'm a politician PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gordon Prentice   
Monday, 13 June 2011 18:03

My old friends in the Pendle Labour Party have been diligently tracking Andrew Stephenson, comparing his pre-election promises with what he has actually delivered in his year as MP.

This gets me thinking. What do we do with politicians who promise one thing and do the polar opposite?

A moment’s reflection shows how difficult it is to hold politicians to account.

They have a million weaselly ways to defend themselves. (I should know)

Before the election they hadn’t seen the books. Things are really bad. Worse than even they expected.

The cupboard is bare. No money. Sorry.

Then there is the “circumstances change” line. Things happen. Unforeseen events. Yak! Yak! Yak!

As it happens, I was over in Scarborough last week having a pint or two with my old friend Colin Challen who used to be MP for Morley and Rothwell.

He, too, has turned his mind to the matter and concludes:

As a first step (and there are others) I’m calling for a Political Standards Authority (PSA) to do for political parties what trading descriptions legislation does for dodgy traders. If a party says it will do something – it should be held to it. If it finds it cannot deliver, it has to be forced to say why. If parties want to lie, obfuscate, change their minds or dissemble then let them face the penalty for deceiving voters, with sanctions up to and including outright bans on future participation in elections, hefty fines on leaders and suspension from parliament.

Most of the reforms that parties are generally prepared to accept do not address the fundamental question of simply telling the truth. It is almost second nature for politicians to be economical with the actualitié for a large variety of reasons, some of them even justifiable. But if we are to avoid engendering even more cynicism amongst the public, we ought to install some safeguards against political cynicism amongst the practitioners.

It is a plan that would make for a new and refreshingly different kind of politics - which is why it won't happen.


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The articles are written by individual members so do not necessarily represent the view of Pendle Labour Party.