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February 7, 2010

Why the Tories won’t decimate Local Government

Filed under: News and Politics, Uncategorized — chriscroft @ 1:09 pm

Lots of people are worrying that this year will see huge cuts in LG spending, and it is true that the Tories have said that they’ll make the cuts that Labour haven’t, and certainly there is a huge debt that the government have to fix somehow.  But…

a)  Local Government represent a lot of votes – over a million maybe?  and this election looks like being a close one

b)  If you cut Local Government they won’t necessarily become more efficient (either because they already are pretty good, and/or because they can’t get any better because of their culture) so what they will do is reduce numbers employed and offer reduced service.  This will lead to…

c)  increased unemployment and no real savings, in fact probably an increase in overall costs to the government

d)  public outcry that everything seems to be crap under the Tories: bins not being empied, mess on the streets, libraries and sports centres closed, your grannie not getting home care from social services, more baby P. cases, roads not repaired, long waiting times for planning permission, errors in council tax, benefit frauds not being investigated properly, etc etc    The Councils do a lot of things that the public take for granted and which people won’t notice until they are taken away.  For example, environmental health make sure that restaurants are hygienic:  you don’t care about that until it stops happening!

So to sum up, if they make the cuts that they semi-promised as an election ploy, they won’t save any money and they’ll just end up looking bad. I already see signs of them weaseling out of their promise.  And I’m glad!



  1. Tories / Labour. The problem with these ideologies is that it seems a falsely binary choice – c. 37 yrs v. 27 yrs in power each respectively since WWII. But it’s not black and white – of course some of New Labour looks/feels like the Tories. And of course LibDem is ‘neither one thing or the other’ or so some say. But while it’s not as simple as that let’s not forget the ideologies.

    The Labour party and the unions (that we are fast losing) are inextricably entwined in their origins. There used to be something called socialism (that wasn’t a rabid near-comunistic leveller doctrine), but whch was genuinely about the greater good. And New Labour have basically done all the social protection/family friendly legislation of the past 10 yrs. Remember, pre-1960s there wasn’t even protection against unfair dismissal. All of this is newer than we think.

    Remember the Thstcher “no such thing as society” quote from Women’s Own (the article was actually called “Aids, education and the year 2000”!) Actually perhaps we had better start considering the idea that there is such a thing as a society once more. Perhaps Labour should start reaffirming its ideology i.e. values and things they really stand for and care about.

    (And yes, I actually agree with Chris here – the Tories would shooting themselves in the foot (and head) if they started to trash the local infrastructures and essential services to save dosh. Notwithstanding non-interventionaist, free market, it’ll all come out in the wash, and be alright on the night, every man for himself etc.)

    “And there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things wi – with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. At this time, a friend shall lose his friend’s hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o’clock. Yea, it is written in the book of Cyril…

    Comment by Paul — March 3, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  2. Just as I was saying all that, there goes Michael Foot. 1913-2010. A sad day. Old labour and socialism indeed. A decent man.

    Comment by Paul — March 4, 2010 @ 9:43 am

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