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Opinion: Taxpayer foots £6.7m NO 2 AV leaflet bill

We all remember the supposed concern the NO 2 AV campaign had for the British taxpayer. You’ll remember – who could forget? – their claim that the Alternative Vote would cost £250m, and that this’ll kill babies and soldiers. You might also remember David Blunkett’s polling-day admission that that was all nonsense, but, hey, all’s fair in love, war and politics, and I guess they were just really concerned about saving taxpayers’ money. After all, TaxPayers’ Alliance founder Matthew Elliott headed up their campaign.

Just to underline how much they cared about the public purse, they

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Opinion: Cameron’s vision for local government is bleak

Last week’s Local Government Association conference was addressed on its final day by three representatives from Westminster who’d made the journey northwards to Harrogate to face the serried ranks of senior local government councillors and officers.

The Lib Dems were represented by Vince Cable MP, given an early morning slot that not everyone got to. He was warmly received by all those who were there, in any case, which may represent that it was just the Lib Dem LGA group present. His speech covered his history as a councillor himself in the early 1970s when local government …

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  • User Avatarexpats 21st Sep - 2:58pm
    Lorenzo Cherin 21st Sep '19 - 1:02pm expats..........The reasons for my support for Luciana have nothing to do with her joining us, I praised her...
  • User AvatarHard Rain 21st Sep - 2:32pm
    Richard O'Neil has it exactly right. The current policy is completely dishonest and will be easily weaponised against the party. How can a referendum be...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 21st Sep - 2:25pm
    @Alex Macfie Granted that the QT audience is not a scientific sample; but it’s a fair indicator of the kind of reception the idea might...
  • User AvatarRichard MacKinnon 21st Sep - 1:44pm
    Alex Macfie, The policy, unilateral revoke of article 50, is daft. Everyone knows it including many Libdem members. Thornberry has scored an easy hit because...
  • User AvatarPeter Hirst 21st Sep - 1:23pm
    From the debate, it was obvious that the balance between landlord and tenant is complicated and changes can have disastrous results. We need a fair,...
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 21st Sep - 1:19pm
    @Dennis Wake. Not that simple though. You also have to take into account the serious Target Seat strategy that brought us our 3 successive 'best...
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