Author Archives: Gerald Vernon-Jackson

Conference Countdown 2015: We cannot vote to become group members of CND

We all remember the pain of the General Election. We seemed to lose votes from two major groups of people.

The first were people who would not forgive us for working with the Tories in Government. They were tacical voters who voted Lib Dem in 2010 and then voted Labour/Green in 2015.

The second group were swing Lib Dem/Conservative voters. Many of them were scared by the Tories into voting Conservative to stop a Labour/SNP government that would wreck the economy and make the UK unsafe.

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Opinion: Does the central and local government relationship need rewiring?

Wired Government smallerThe relationship between central and local government in the UK has always been strained. The UK is one of the most centralised democracies in Europe, and as we have no written constitution local government has no automatic right to exist or do anything. Everything is dependent on the decisions of ministers.

The new Government in 2010 did good things in reversing some of the things the last right-wing, authoritarian and centralising government had done. The huge inspection and reporting regime was abolished. Ring fencing of budgets was mainly done away with. The Localism Act was brought in that gave local government the power of local competence.

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Danny, Don and Nick stand up for Local Government in a way that Pickles never has

The Autumn Statement has announced no further cuts to local government in the next financial year, with a 2% cut the following year.

We’re grateful to Danny Alexander, Don Foster and Nick Clegg for stepping in and saying “no” to further cuts to local services over the next year – in a way we just haven’t seen from the DCLG Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.

Liberal Democrat Ministers have stopped an across-the-board cut of 1% to local government next year. That means up to £240m extra that will be in council budgets every year which will help fund youth services, streets, parks, …

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Opinion: Reflections on local and national power

Well, Autumn Conference in Liverpool was an interesting experience. Bumping into Ministers and asking them to sort out issues was strange. An odd aircraft carrier here, and regeneration scheme there. Who knows if these discussions had any effect, but at least we could ask the people who might make the decisions. Few of us now remember the last time this happened. The 1929 Liberal Assembly seems a long time ago now.

Being in coalition has this upside. To be able to influence decisions is what we stand for elections for. We think our ideas are better than those of the other …

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  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 23rd Sep - 8:26pm
    @Andy Hinton I am glad to hear that it was discussed at Conference, my own experience of the IT setup while working as a volunteer...
  • User AvatarArnold Kiel 23rd Sep - 7:46pm
    frankie, no problem, really. Remaining and paying annually is a good thing, and the UK having no voice or influence is well-established pre-Brexit practice.
  • User AvatarSimon 23rd Sep - 7:15pm
    This article is simply inaccurate in a number of ways. For example if we are going to use Vince's support for competitive markets, let's also...
  • User AvatarPeter Hirst 23rd Sep - 7:10pm
    She's certainly welsh and is determined to do her best for the educational system in Wales. And I trust she will do her best for...
  • User AvatarAndrew Meadowcroft 23rd Sep - 5:39pm
    More like this please, I get dozens of excellent lefty videos sent every week through various anti-brexit, anti-racist pages, the GE was full of them...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 23rd Sep - 5:16pm
    Chris writes a very poignant article. I do not know if more people are victims or more of those are very keen to be heard...