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 AvatarSteffan Aquarone 27th Jun - 9:09pm
    Very interesting. This feels like it could be an incredibly powerful and savvy move, were interests to align. Turkeys could then vote to avoid Christmas...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 27th Jun - 8:59pm
    @Peter Watson: If you have read any of my other comments, you know that I have never once argued for "ignoring the result of the...
  • User AvatarAlun Williams 27th Jun - 8:56pm
    1. Not by attacking immigration. 2. By promising what people need (housing and jobs) and by explaining how we would pay for it.
  • User AvatarAlan Jelfs 27th Jun - 8:49pm
    For a start, we could stop opposing housing developments.
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 27th Jun - 8:18pm
    "it’s not for us to implement the result of this referendum, that’s the job of those who want Britain to leave the EU" Indeed, and...
  • User AvatarEd Shepherd 27th Jun - 8:12pm
    We still make most of the items you listed. More cars are now made in Britain than ever before, for instance, and Lib Dem politicians...