The Lib Dems manifesto: destroy new businesses, scrap recycling, and wishy-washy liberal policies to collude with anti-social behaviour

A man walked into the Lib Dem bookshop and asked for a copy of the party’s manifesto. The assistant replied: “I’m sorry, we’ve sold out.”. The man replied: “I know that, but could I have a copy of your manifesto?”

Last week the Lib Dems launched its manifesto for Brighton and Hove. At the heart of the manifesto are six main points which they call “Six to Fix”:

  • An end to the City’s postcode lottery system of allocating school places.
  • Keeping Brighton and Hove key buildings in the public sphere.
  • A total revamp of the City’s transport system
  • An increase in the rate of recycling and the items that are included to food and garden waste and other forms of plastic.
  • Establishing an ambitious support system to support new businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Bringing local communities together to fight anti social behavior. 

Given the form of the Lib Dems regarding manifesto pledges, the Lib Dems are likely to:

  • Support the postcode lottery for school places
  • Privatisation
  • Destroy public transport
  • Scrap recycling schemes
  • Undermine new businesses
  • Promote wishy-washy liberal policies regarding anti-social behaviour.

The only question I have is “How can anyone take the Lib Dems seriously after Cleggs sell out.”. The only answer I have is quite simple: nobody in this May’s local elections.  The only regret I have is that Rebecca Taylor @rtaylorhove, is a Lib Dems.  Move over, Rebecca, and join either Labour or the Greens.  Don’t waste your talent in a party that has sold out, is washed up and is going nowhere.

Decent and fair manifestos from both Labour and the Greens, but Labour continues to be economic with the truth

Both Greens and Labour have launched their election manifestos in the last week. The Green’s ‘A fresh start for a fair city’ offers “Brighton and Have a fresh start after four years of Tory mismanagement”. The manifesto is “fuelled by fairness and driven by a desire to produce a sustainable city and narrow the gap between rich and poor”. The Greens “realise many of our Manifesto plans cannot be implemented immediately because the city is starved of cash” but present an alternative which “offer practical solutions to the challenges the city faces”.

The Greens advocate more walking and use of public transport (a direct opposite to the Tory obsession with cars), maximise opportunities offered by the new South Downs National Park to broaden the economic base of the city, and introduce renewable energy to create jobs, make homes healthier and warmer, cut fuel bills and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

The Greens offer a ‘lucky’ thirteen point programme that also includes a 20mph speed limit for residential roads and a programme that will see at least 1,000 new affordable homes.

Labour’s manifesto also includes the ‘F’ word in its title, ‘Plan for a successful and fairer city’. The manifesto highlights the need to get Brighton & Hove “thriving again,” attracting more investment and developing stronger communities. Labour will work to reduce the gap between rich and poor in Brighton & Hove, as well as calling for a more co-operative city, in which the council works closely with other public services, trade unions and the voluntary sector. Labour attacks the Tory’s four-year reign in the city as a failure and slams them for wasting local taxpayers’ money on consultants, marketing and communications, glossy publications and sham consultations.

Labour also proposes to “bring back popular ‘Grime Fighter’ days, which saw co-ordinated clampdowns against crime and grime in local neighbourhoods”. A smart-card for residents to access cultural and sports events in the city at a reduced price, or for free, is also amongst Labour pledges.

Labour activists have criticised the Greens manifesto for stating that some of its commitments “cannot be implemented immediately”. I would have assumed that any party would wish to have this caveat in its manifesto.  While Labour says its programme is fully costed, it would be reckless in the current climate for any party to claim that its entire programme is costed and can be delivered. 

One last thing, on its website, Labour persists with misleading the public with its twisted ‘reporting’ of the results from last year’s elections.  I am at a loss to know why so many decent Labour activists and candidates are remaining silent while the Party is being economic with the truth.