It all makes for an interesting contrast with Paddy Ashdown’s approach. He frequently seemed to make the placing of nearly every comma and absolute fight to the death. But to his great credit his underlying motivation was that he and the party had to be in agreement – and his way to do that was to confront policy critics and get them to change their minds.
Have your say on play
Salford has secured funding from the Government to build or improve
22 play spaces across the city between April 2009 and March 2011.
Eleven sites have already been chosen where we will develop play
spaces in our first year and several of these are now underway. We
now need to identify a further 11 sites for our second year
Forgive me Joe, did I mishear Nick Clegg when he called for “savage cuts” at the Liberal Democrats, and Vince …What i do over the deficit.
Ian as raised a point and i will offer a personal view, which in reality means little. When i comment it comes from a individual standpoint. Because this blog relates to my thoughts, not the views of my Fellow councillors or the leader of my party or Mr Clegg.Any criticism should be aimed at me.
We should sit back and for once be honest with ourselves. I have allways been proud of this country and it’s history. You can play politics until we are forgive the expression blue in the face. But unless we understand first of all our standing in the world, why do we firstly believe we need such high levels of spending on weapons of mass destruction and implements of war.why are we fighting with the American’s with such a large loss of life in a war that we cannot win, purely and simply because we have no strategic plan.What are the cost not only in human life but financially on the British public. I for one would withdraw our men as quickly as possible.
Why do we need a Eurofighter. who do we feel is our enemy? after the collapse of Soviet Russia.
Would you upgrade trident? what is the cost why do we need it.
Why have we wasted so much on date base systems ID cards-Hospital database systems etc.
Who regulates the banks,he who controls the money that flows within this country controls the country. Why for a layman when i asked questions on the levels of credit that seemed so freely available there was no real answers. We live in a capitalist society and the free flow of money which in reality only excist on paper must have some control.Have you ever looked at the amounts of money that flows at night in the banking system.It’s shocking the sums of money people made. Some people are even buying stock of zombie companies in the hope of restructure.Look closely at the Film the obama deception you may find it interesting in it’s views.But my point is without real control we have had to re float banks and now their Senior managers are taking the cream that is floating to the top.
Tax avoidance from major companies is rife. Read the articles on advice given by one major bank on how to avoid the payment of tax actually going trough China
What strains are we really starting to see on this country from the large increase of migrants.The figures now are out of control yes we need a mix and yes my comments my inflame many but we must realize who we are. We are a small island we must offer a home for people who fear for their safety. But i cannot except people who travel through different countries to get here. I can see strains on our schools our hospitals and the friendship i once saw in our people. We are creating a breeding ground for groups like the BNP.Racism is evil but we have to throw away the shackles of PC and be honest with ourselves.How do we house, and offer work when in reality our own people are suffering that is the sad truth. And again what is the cost.
Benefits.I am a socialist by birth and i firmly believe in a system that protects it’s weak, it’s sick and it’s elderly you pay into that system all your life and when you need it you take out what by right is yours, We have a system which is suffering abuse, we must be stronger in our will to highlight it’s failures.And offer answers. The cost of this system i will continue to support but i would demand a program to take out of that system any of the people who abuse it.
The NHS something i for one would fight to protect, but in reality it’s fat and overburdened with managers.Do we look at how private medicine can work in tandem. Do we look at the strains placed by targets on hospitals.What is the cost of people coming here for free treatment. How do you feel when we have to pay for interpretors, why do we allow people into this country to live who do not even have the basic levels of communication.
Local Government cuts? we need to be looking closely on how the money is used. Cut out the cancer of waste and you have the answer on how to reduce large sums of Central finance.you no the situation you have seen it month on month.
My question to you Ian is do you believe that if your party won power that the average man on the street that you and i represent would not suffer some form of hardship, I believe they would. Be Honest i may have a dig at your Politics but i feel you are an excelent councillor and i feel you will take my view to be what it is.I could write for hours on how i feel i could save money but why it would be a waste time and effort..In 2010 there will be major changes it’s up to people like you and me to offer views and the people will make up their minds. Who is right or wrong. I understand my standing within this community as nothing more than a servant of the people.i like you have a view but the real power brokers make the decisions ,sadly i am sorry to say is not yet ours to make.
A new bank that could help fund community groups and stimulate a stronger civil society is being examined by ministers as part of a drive to give more power to local communities, Liam Byrne, the Treasury chief secretary, will say today. He is due to give a Progress lecture this evening at Kings Place, home of the Guardian, in a speech designed to reject David Cameron’s claim that Britain now faces a choice between a big state and a stronger civil society.
I can think of more of more can you.
Rich homeowners Osborne stuck by the Tories’ pledge to restrict inheritance tax to “millionaires” – though suggested it might not come immediately.
Pension funds Osborne said he wanted to reverse Gordon Brown’s “pensions tax raid,” the abolition of double tax relief on dividends that hit many investors. But, again, he made clear this was an aspiration, not an immediate promise.
Workers in their mid-50s expecting to claim their state pension as they turn 65 will have to wait another year. They might still choose to retire, but only if they can afford it on their company or private pension alone. This will help pay for restoring the link between pensions and earnings.
High earners claiming tax credits Osborne promised to protect universal benefits, including child benefit and the winter fuel allowance, but said that families earning more than £50,000 would no longer be allowed to claim means-tested benefits, and the Child Trust Fund, which pays £250 for every new baby in the UK, would be restricted to the poorest.
Britart star Tracey Emin and other top earners threatening to leave the country because of Labour’s plans for a 50p top tax rate: Osborne said he won’t be able to repeal it immediately.
Incapacity benefit claimants The government has been battling to reduce the number of people claiming long-term sickness benefits; the Conservatives say they would chuck an additional 500,000 people off incapacity benefit.
Civil servants All public sector staff earning more than £18,000 (apart from serving soldiers) would see their pay frozen for a year under a Tory government.
This Rat Catcher has just cast it’s beady eye over the ‘Presentation of Budget’ Power Point provided by Finance Director Simon Attwell for the VC Roadshow Event of last week. We note that the profligacy that we have come to associate with the cabal of senior managers at Salford, a clique that have ruled with their ‘iron fist’ over the last few years, would appear to be continuing uninterrupted under the dawning of Vice Chancellors velvet glove ‘new era’.