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Monday, April 24, 2006
  Labour and Consistency
Labour have frequently critisised the Lib Dems for being inconsistent. For example they criticise us for the fact that the Edinburgh Lib Dems have not implemented a congestion charge.

Our response is that it is "horses for courses" and what is appropriate locally should apply.

Now Labour are delivering leaflets in Birmingham criticising the administration for introducing a congestion charge. Firstly the administration does not actually have a policy of introducing a congestion charge. Furthermore, however, Labour can either claim that consistency should apply in which case they should be consistent.

Alternatively they should allow local discretion and not criticise the Lib Dems for using local discrretion.

The same Labour leaflet criticises the extension of the Metro system. This is a policy supported by Labour.
 
Comments:
Funny how none of the areas occupied by LDs were ever regarded as being suitable for a congestion charge. Indeed, the then transport spokesman wrote to the Secretary of State explaining in detail why his constituency of Bath was entirely unsuitable for the congestion charge (as supported by the LDs). See also wind farms and anything else that might gain some local advantage for the surrender of a national policy.

I've not seen this leaflet.

There's enough to attack the Tory/LD administration in Birmingham without going on about the congestion charge.

The disastrous meltdown of the email and web systems is an interesting case as well. Many companies audited their disaster recovery processes after the Buncefield explosion last year, but Birmingham seems to have been happy to keep all the IT servers in one room. Which was insane, but worked until yesterday's fire, I believe.

Cue one council in chaos.
 
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