The Broadcast is a delight for anyone playing “stronger economy in a fairer society” bingo – and Nick also emphasises the third part, which is really for me what liberal democracy is all about, “enabling people to get on in life.” The revolution Nick’s championed in parental leave and the extension of talking therapies for people suffering from mental health problems are fantastic examples of that alongside the tax cut. Here it is for you to judge for yourselves:
So, that’s the good stuff. What, then, have I found to whinge about?
Where was Lizzie Jewkes?
Just a few years ago, in 2009, I attended our conference in Bournemouth as an ordinary party member & proposed that nobody should pay tax on the first £10,000 they earn.
If you told me at the time that just a few years later the Lib Dems, in government, would have made this tax cut a reality for millions of working people, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Of course, we all know that it’s now happening – a huge £700 tax cut for millions of people – but most of the public don’t.
It’s our job to tell them, and we need your help. Tonight, our latest party political broadcast is launching, and it’s all about the difference our tax cut is making to ordinary working people.
Where were the Councillors?
While Liberal Democrats in national government are cutting your taxes, Liberal Democrats in local councils are fighting for you in your community, working to create jobs and to protect vital services. Whether in Westminster or County Hall, Liberal Democrats are building stronger economy in a fairer society enabling everyone to get on in life. On May 2nd, vote Liberal Democrat.
Last year, Willie Rennie, for the Scottish local elections, did a broadcast that featured three of our fantastic councillors and the difference they made to people’s lives by their work to improve housing, schools and other vital local services. It would have been nice to see some actual councillors in tonight’s broadcast. I know that there are many such fabulous individuals in the country but I’m going to single one out, mainly cos I have a stack of calls to make for him tonight. He’s Chris White from St Albans. Chris represents the Clarence division and has done so for 20 years. He started his blog 4 years ago and you can see it’s just jam packed with good, local information about the area and about the work he’s done, whether it’s campaigning to protect youth clubs or making sure local residents don’t end up with tar rather than paving slabs on their pavements.
There’s also details of the party’s top “six to fix” priorities for the County Council:
- Investing budget surpluses into improved highway maintenance and repair,
- better bus services and cross-county connections
- reducing traffic speeds in residential areas
- more crossing patrols and safety on the way to school
- cutting waste and spin at County Hall
- allowing local flexibility over street lighting, so it can be switched back on in areas that need it