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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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  • Lorenzo Cherin
    Andy Boddington The best I have read on this, thanks for it!!!...
  • James Fowler
    Good article from Max....
  • David Raw
    @ David Franks "If I end up in prison will somebody please send me a cake with a file in it". Maybe a fruitcake ? Well, Mr Franks, as deaths will probably e...
  • Andy Boddington
    I find the Lib Dem obsession with leaflets foolish at the best of times. It is totally wrong now. People are scared. It doesn't matter whether they are right to...
  • expats
    eresa Wilson 24th Jan '21 - 1:13pm................The problem with us is we are too keen on nuances. If you have to explain something for ten minutes it was too...