Sir Alex Ferguson tribute

Source: Mirror UK
Source: Mirror UK

The news of Sir Alex Ferguson retiring as Manager of Manchester United is naturally dominating news headlines around the globe. Here’s a local related fact on the legendary Manager.

Of his 38 trophies won as Manchester United Manager, 16 were lifted in the London Borough of Brent

Elsewhere, here is a post on Left Foot Forward outlining 5 things Sir Alex said about the Tories LINK

Here also is a quote from Sir Alex on Labour and the Tories LINK

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Happy New Year! Hope you’ve had a fab New Years’ Eve celebration and a great Christmas.

For the last three years, I have been blogging a neat summary of statistics in fives for my website, so I thought I’d do the same for 2012. Here goes…

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  1. EXCLUSIVE: Lib Dem Hypocrisy Reaches New Low in Brent
  2. Wishing you a Happy Diwali and a prosperous Hindu New Year
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  4. Cllr Shafique Choudhary had the same number of clicks.
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Left Foot Forward: Former Coalition economic adviser says that slower cuts are “common sense”

Interesting article on the evidence based blog Left Foot Forward, in which it is revealed that a former adviser to the Lib Dem Tory Coalition Government has denounced the speed of the cuts that the Government is choosing to implement. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

Lib Dem Broken Promises: Votes at 16

NYRA Berkeley Voting Age Protest
WikiImage

Another sensational U-turn from the Liberal Democrats. According to Left Foot Forward (LINK), the Lib Dems have sensationally voted down a Parliamentary amendment to lower the voting age to 16 for the referendum on the voting system, despite promising to give 16-year-olds the vote in their election manifesto.

It seems as though the Lib Dems are hell bent on savaging the rights and the services available for young people.

Before the election, Labour promised a free vote in Parliament on lowering the voting age to 16. The Lib Dems went further and said that they would lower the voting age. The Tories ignored the issue in their election manifesto.

The forthcoming referendum that is expected on changing the way elections are decided presents the best opportunity to lower the voting age. Why waste public resources by raising the issue again and following through a new and costly constitutional amendment process? Surely it would be easier to make these changes to our voting system from the outset.

Our Brent Central MP Sarah Teather has in the past supported lowering the voting age to 16. Her website says, “the Liberal Democrats are the only major political party to support the Votes at Sixteen campaign” and argued that “it would help demonstrate to young people that their opinions are valued and help reconnect with those who may otherwise may never vote. It still seems ludicrous to me that a person can work, get married and join the army in this country before they are allowed to vote” (Source: LINK).

Now in Government and presented with the opportunity to presented with the opportunity to change things for good, Sarah Teather’s options indicate that young people’s opinions are not valuable to her at all and that the Lib Dems have abandoned their pledge to connect and involve young people in the decisions like raising tuition fees, that will affect them.

News of the Week: Six weblinks from the week just gone, recommended by me

  1. Norman Tebbit of all people warns that people should write off new Labour leader Ed Miliband at their peril, describing him as ‘the man most likely to get Labour’s lost voters back to the polls’
  2. Brent Citizen’s Advice Bureau on how Housing Benefit caps will affect Brent
  3. Lib Dems ConDemned on diversity by Operation Black Vote, as Members vote down motion to improve BME representation
  4. Left Foot Forward on the graph that shames the Lib Dems, using the independent IFS figures that shows that their cuts are regressive in comparison to Labour’s proposals
  5. The work of the new generation begins”: Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour leadership conference
  6. Ken Livingstone wins race to be Labour’s candidate for next London Mayor

Directly challenging the view that we’re in this financial mess because of Labour

Labour’s fiscal stimulus helped make sure that recession didn’t turn into depression and that stimulus meant that people did not lose savings in their bank accounts, or mortgages didn’t collapse along with the banks, which would’ve led to people losing their homes.

Yes, Labour did borrow to help us recover from the crisis and that is why we now face a large public debt. But there is an alternative to paying back that debt. The Labour alternative presented at the last election was to first focus on recovery and pay back 50% of the debt within the next Parliamentary term (4 to 5 years). The Lib Dem / Tory plan is to pay it all off within the same timeframe and starting the cuts now risks economic recovery as the first year following a recession is always fragile. Even Thatcher didn’t make any cuts following first year following the downturn in the 1980s.

Figures from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies show the difference between the current plans that are due to be implemented by the Coalition Government and the Labour alternative.

(Data Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies, Image Source: Left Foot Forward)

At the last full council meeting, Lib Dem group leader Paul Lorber barked on about blaming Labour for the state of the economy, ignoring the role that banks had to play.

But to say Labour is the reason why we’re in this mess is simply wrong… it’s irresponsible bankers that got us into this mess, and they should play a strong part in bearing the brunt of the costs for the role that they played getting us into this mess. While the Lib Dems and Tories are pushing out the message that Labour is to blame, the bankers responsible for the crisis are getting away with it.

News of the Week: Eleven weblinks from the week just gone, recommended by me

  1. Four in 10 Lib Dem voters would not vote for party again.
  2. Con Dem Government welcome former banker Stephen Green to the Government. Tom Watson MP tweets Blimey. When Mr Osborne said he’d take on the bankers, I didn’t know it meant he’d make them ministers.
  3. Charity Shelter claim that almost 54,000 children already living below poverty line will be pushed even further down by housing benefit changes.
  4. The Coalition Government distance itself from a pledge made by the previous Labour government to abolish hospital car park charges in England.
  5. The head of the Police Federation today said “a touch of ideology” and bad advice to government from thinktanks had left the police service facing cuts that could leave up to 40,000 officers out of a job.
  6. London Mayor Boris Johnson concerned that Con Dem immigration cap policy will affect London’s economy.
  7. London Assembly member Jennette Arnold highlights Mayor Boris Johnson’s take on the ConDem cuts and recommends that Boris Johnson should vote for Labour.
  8. Odds shorten on Ken Livingstone winning the London Mayoralty in 2012 (Not that I’d want to promote gambling!).
  9. Boris’ Best Bits. As the Mayor of London announced his intention to run as the Tory candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral elections, Left Foot Forward looks back on Boris’ best bits.
  10. Theresa May forced to answer questions over phone-hacking claims.
  11. Lib Dem Vince Cable to press ahead with the sale / privatisation of Royal Mail

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Teather WRONG that local schools in Brent were “deliberately led up the garden path by Labour”

After her Department stopped the rebuilding programme from the Building Schools for the Future programme, which as part of its roll out included several of our schools in Brent, Sarah Teather was very quick to place the blame on Labour Party and said that we made promises that we could not afford – LINK

This is WRONG! In a letter from the Permanent Secretary in Sarah Teather’s own department, David Bell, written to Labour leadership candidate Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, shows that all spending decisions for when Ed Balls was Secretary of State in the Department for Education Skills and Families were appropriately covered. The letter says that if any actions on this, or any matter were in breach of the requirements of propriety or regularity, the Permanent Secretary would have sought Ministerial Direction and it is confirmed that no such requests were made.

LINK TO ACTUAL LETTER – David-Bell-letter-to-Ed-Balls (courtesy of Left Foot Forward).

Labour Party’s Yvette Cooper claimed that it was women that would bear the brunt of the cuts that we will experience. I think she’s wrong. These cuts are targeted at children who can’t vote and therefore do not have a say or voice in being the victim of Sarah Teather’s Government’s cuts.