A section from my good friend Cllr Lindley

I’ve been a Councillor on Salford City Council since 2004, and every year on budget day, the Conservative group have tried to give something back to hard-pressed local residents by proposing real-terms cuts in Council Tax.

From the reaction of the Council’s Labour leadership, you would think that the four horsemen of the apocalypse were on call in the event that – god forbid – we might seek to give local people some value for money by way of a Council Tax freeze. One by one they rose to their feet to give dire predictions about the effect of a tax freeze on local services.

My i ask a question have you thought as the official opposition within Council if you firmly believe what you are saying is true then surely it must have been your job to impress on the Labour leadership the validity of your case?each of us as the chance to highlight our findings and our views,i for one welcome this move, we are coming out of recession and any form of stimulus must be welcome, Lets remember what this move could do to stimulate not just the local economy within your ward, but for all of us. Maybe we should take this move for what it is great news in what ever form. I would have thought in your position as PPC you would welcome any thing which helps the constituents you wish to vote for you. Don’t forget you can offer the world as your leader often does during this election. But someone as to pay.

Busy day today again.

  1. We have just been to see a friend of a certain Mr Berry. I would say it was a very productive meeting,thanks Roger.
  2. City west put in a tenant yesterday and the kids decide that graffiti looks OK. Well it looks like fun and games on Monday.
  3. Valley residents property gets surveyed on Tuesday.
  4. And top off with Social Services.
  5. Sadly we missed a walk about but it’s very few we have missed so looks like catchup on that one.

Found this on home for black politics any comments?

Tory seeks complete ban on non-EU migration

A leading Conservative has called for “effective measures” to slash non-European migration to Britain.

By Richard Sudan

Tory MP Philip Hollobone appeared to go further than his leader David Cameron, who called for the population of Britain to be capped at 70 million, but refused to spell out how this would be achieved.

In a Commons debate Hollobone demanded that immigration be cut by 75%, but admitted that Britain was unable to limit migration from European Union states.

The Kettering MP (pictured) said: “If we are to stop the UK’s population rising from 61 million today to 70 million in 2029, we will have to cut net immigration every year by 75 per cent.”

Cutting non-EU migration by that extent means effectively banning anyone from the Commonwealth and developing countries from entering the UK.

There are growing concerns about the Conservative stance on immigration and their views towards non-white migrants working in Britain.

The Tory justification for Cameron’s remarks is that if the population increases dramatically the costs of spending on public services would become too great. Cameron would like to see a net limit of 50,000 immigrants entering Britain a year, as he believes that at the current rate of growth the population would reach 70 million by 2026.

Ruffling these political feathers in the past would been political suicide, but with concern over the economy this issue has been given the lifeblood it needs to stoke an argument, which in essence strikes at the very core of underlying prejudices endemic in British politics.

MP’s have questioned Hollobone’s judgement asking how would such a policy be implemented. Would this mean under a Tory government highly qualified black and Asian people would not be allowed to enter Britain, while people from European countries would be arrive?

And what of people who have spouses living in Britain who wish to join their families? These observations merely scratch the surface of Cameron’s remarks the motives behind which remain unclear.

The notion of a population reaching 70 million only works if we take the maximum projections for population growth from 2005 – 2008 and assume this will be the same rate of population growth up until 2029.

What is worrying is that he could be pandering to right wing interests in order to score points. Without a serious justification, as it stands this is the only conclusion we can draw. This coupled with the continuing links the Tories maintain with Michael Kaminski’s far-right Latvian party are cause for concern.