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South Shields Labour Party throw a few leg spinners too.

This from a few of the election leaflets being distributed on behalf of Labour in South Shields:

The Tory-led Coalition government have –

  • Imposed £35m worth of cuts on South Tyneside Council with more to come
  • Odd then that the total budget requirement for this year is only £11.7m less than last year and that the net budget requirement is £0.7m higher. Also odd that they don’t disclose that Alistair Darling planned to make cuts just about of the same order as the present government if Labour had won the general election, indeed Darling declared that cuts would have to be harder and deeper than in the Thatcher years.
  • Increased VAT to 20% meaning we all have to pay higher prices for everyday things.
  • Why don’t they mention that Labour’s last Chancellor wanted to introduce two similar rises?(As disclosed by Lord Mandelson)

Your Labour Council will –

  • Improve our town centre – from Ocean Road to King Street and the Market Place.
  • Please don’t laugh, I know you have heard this MANY times before and are still waiting to see it happen! Perhaps they meant replacing a few more paving blocks.
  • Continue to bring down Council Tax by looking at better ways of delivering services – no increase in Council Tax for 2011!
  • This one spun so much it missed the wicket keeper! Seriously can you believe that statement? For a start lets break it down into two pieces, firstly the claim that Labour will continue to bring down Council Tax, the word continue suggests an ongoing process, something which has happened before, is happening now and will happen in the future. Can anyone remember when Labour last did anything except INCREASE Council Tax in South Tyneside? No……neither can I.
  • Secondly the use of the exclamation mark after – no increase in Council Tax for 2011 – suggests that Labour was in some way responsible for this first ever freeze, when we all know they could never be responsible for anything except tax rises. This is the most outrageous use of “spin” I’ve seen for years in this borough. The Council Tax freeze has been imposed on our council by the Conservative led coalition government, and  if our council manages our money well we may find that it is frozen again next year as the grant system rewards prudence.

Finally there is a statement that Labour is (amongst other things)

  • Committed to driving down Council Tax.
  • Well, it beggars belief really, can you recall all of those consultation exercises and public polls that offered you a choice of four levels of council tax rises, but never once offered a freeze or a cut? Can you really believe they are committed to driving down Council Tax in South Tyneside – I cannot!

Don’t be taken in by this spin and please remember on May 5th. that in South Tyneside Council Taxes under Labour have done nothing else except rise inexorably year after year after year. It was a Conservative led government that brought you this year’s tax freeze!

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  1. Everyone’s favourite councillor tweeter has gone very quiet lately on this and other issues. Any clues where he’s at Curly? Not like Mr Khan to be so low profile. Is he hiding from something?

    Allan Steward

    April 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    • Favourite is a bit of a subjective word Allan, I haven’t even bumped into him in his own ward the past couple of days, but that will be down to chance I imagine.


      April 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

  2. Perhaps he’s staying off Twitter at the moment for a reason. Just a thought.

    Janet Cross

    April 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    • An exchange of “unfriendly fire” spotted; it never ceases to amaze me that some individuals have an extraordinary thick skinned ability to take the moral high ground from what in reality is an unviable climbing position. The sensible stance of those tainted with a dubious reputation would be to leave the frontline and stop firing bullets which can only result in a counterattackof equal ferocity.


      April 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

      • I think I can unscramble your cryptic clue, and if I am correct then I have to applaud you for your judgement.


        April 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    • Will Burt Bcharach, Hal David and Dionne Warwick collaborate to produce a song about it?


      April 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      • I think I’ve found just the right song today, although it was not by anyone famous.


        April 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

  3. Has anyone seen a leaflet from, or perhaps more significantly has any one seen a “Liberated Conservative” on the campaign trail? Perhaps it is a political label for an ex alted being…


    April 24, 2011 at 11:25 am

  4. One thing that cannot be spun is the tragic consequence of an unregulated, profit driven, unlicensed and uninspected private sector venture such as the one that has resulted in 17 deaths and 24 injuries in a fire in Beijing. 10 years, God forbid, of PickleShappism and we could be reading of similar avoidable tragedies in the UK.


    April 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

  5. […] on your side and worry the living daylights out of the kids! It all reminds me of the shock horror budget cuts of £35m which turned into a net growth in expenditure of £700000. I somehow fancy that this […]

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