Friday, 12 November 2010

A Glimps of An Alternative Future

The violent protests witnessed on Millbank this week were a stark - and deplorable - illustration of the anger that's sparked when politicians go back on their promises.

Even supporters of the Alternative Vote (AV), such as Professor Vernon Bogdanor, recognise that AV would increase the likelihood of coalition government and therefore coalition agreements - party-political bargains made behind closed doors and never put to a public vote.

The Liberal Democrats made the pledge not to raise tuition fees a centrepiece of their general election campaign, but rapidly ditched it when drawing up their power-sharing agreement with the Conservatives a few weeks later. Broken promises like this will become even more common if Britain switches to a voting system which delivers regular hung parliaments.

Everyone share in the frustration with politicians that casually renege on their promises but the Alternative Vote would not do anything to stop this: indeed, it will only make the problem worse.

Those campaigning for a 'No' vote, like this blog, believe that politics should be transparent and political parties held to account on their manifestos. We share the bemusement of Labour MP Tom Harris that Nick Clegg was so keen to push for a referendum on what he had described as a 'miserable little compromise'. That's why you should say keep your power to decide who you're governed by - vote NO to AV!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Budget 2011: WLDC Consultations

West Lindsey District Council would like to offer all residents and local businesses the opportunity to have your say on how you think the Council should spend its budget for 2011/12.

As you will no doubt be aware, times are challenging for local government. With reduced budgets from central government it is critical that we direct our resources in a way that benefits our residents and meets their needs and priorities.

The Council will shortly be setting the Council Tax for 2011/12 and, as part of this process, we want to weigh up which services or areas should be prioritised in terms of spending. We would therefore like to invite you to take part in an event which will be used to feed in your views on how you think Council Tax should be spent over the next year.

As always, it is important that we hear from all members of the community, so we hope that you can spare about 2 hours of your time to attend one of these events. You do not need any specific knowledge of the Council to take part.

The event will take place in a friendly group atmosphere on the following dates and locations:
  • Monday 29th November 2010 at Scotter Village Hall at 3:00pm .
  • Tuesday 30th November 2010 at Saxilby Village Hall at 6:30pm.
  • Tuesday 7th December 2010 at Caistor Town Hall at 3:00pm.
  • Tuesday 7th December 2010 at Caistor Town Hall at 6:30pm.
  • Thursday 9th December 2010 at Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough at 3:00pm.
  • Thursday 9th December 2010 at Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough at 6:30pm.
  • Tuesday 14th December 2010 at Old School Hall, Nettleham at 6:30pm.
Attached below is the poster advertising this event. If you have any questions or queries please contact Katy Allen on 01427 675149 or on