Author Archives: Shaffaq Mohammed

Opinion: Tough Choices – Yes, but local politicians must grasp opportunities as well as challenges

Sheffield Town HallI doubt that there are many councillors who are unaware of the scale of the country’s financial difficulties. Yet whatever your prescription for resuscitating the British economy, politicians of all parties agree that reducing the deficit is a crucial piece in the puzzle.

Regardless of your views on the Government’s strategy, it is clear that reductions in council budgets are a reality. The challenge for councillors is to best adjust to the new climate and mitigate the impact on the services that people care about most.

I do not believe that the way forward is to abandon all council services, leaving local government as a sole provider of social care. Rather, local government should be taking the lead in innovative ways of thinking – taking bold steps to cut waste, not just services.

Posted in Local government and Op-eds | Tagged , , and | 4 Comments

Shaffaq Mohammed writes: From a boy in Kashmir – to Leader of Sheffield Lib Dems

On election night in Sheffield, we had a painful evening, losing hard-working local councillors and good friends. They were defeated by a protest vote against the tough decisions forced upon the Government by the financial mess they inherited from Labour.

When we entered the general election, we understood the seriousness of the financial crisis the country faced. We knew that whoever entered Government after the election faced a difficult first few years. Yet, as Liberal Democrats we took a brave decision to enter a coalition in the national interest and we must stick to our five year commitment. One thing the people of Sheffield do not want is a return to the 1980s.

I know first hand what it was like to grow up in Sheffield in the 1980s. My father, a steelworker, was made redundant by the actions of the Thatcher Government.

Posted in Op-eds | Tagged | 3 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 3rd Sep - 3:59pm
    There must be many hundreds of millions of people who would rather be in the EU than their own country. Such people are prepared to...
  • User AvatarPhyllis 3rd Sep - 3:43pm
    Roland"However, as we’re seeing (on the media footage that doesn’t get commented on) these migrants et al have little respect for our conventions and laws...
  • User AvatarJennie 3rd Sep - 3:43pm
    Phyllis: 50% women. Given that women are 51% of the population that means we'd definitely not be over represented.
  • User AvatarAndrew Wiseman 3rd Sep - 3:22pm
    @Matt (Bristol) - this time round it is only for members attending conference as they have to be present to 'pitch' their idea. We want...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 3rd Sep - 3:19pm
    @ Simon Shaw. Apologies for misleading you. Food at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary doesn't come 300 miles from Wales, I must have been confused at...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 3rd Sep - 3:13pm
    Caron Lindsay | Sat 29th August 2015 - 9:09 am This is a very unhappy thread. Should you replace your usual smiling face with a...