Friday, August 29, 2008

More from the mad mad world of "Liberal Demolition"

I have just about exhausted the stories about the crass stupidity of John Spellar, Labour MP and self appointed Labour attack dog on the Lib Dems. For those who haven't followed the saga, Spellar has produced a document called "Liberal Demolition" full of the most badly researched and brain dead claims about the Lib Dems.

One of the claims made in the most recent edition started with the screaming headline of "Lib Dems in Portsmouth refuse to back charity event for wounded soldiers, in case it offends ethnic minorities". With a headline as long as that, who needs any editorial? But at least the headline speaks for itself. The problem is that you actually have to read to the end of the article to find out that the Lib Dem led council had not after all refused the award. But Labour never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Meanwhile, Attack Dog Spellar must have developed a phobia about Lib Dem Portsmouth. He launches another attack on the City's Lib Dem council over a woman who was told to get insurance and full time cover for a two feet deep pool she provides for local children. This does seem a bit heavy handed - telling her she can't provide the pool until insurance and supervision is provided - until you discover what Spellar doesn't tell you.

Basically, following the accident on a bouncy castle that led the the dead of a child a couple of years ago, the Labour government has massively tightened up on the requirements on all those putting on temporary facilities. The requirements are legal requirements and are not, as Little John Spellar seems to imply, the work of an over bureaucratic local authority packed full of jobsworths. Spellar seems to take the view that a Lib Dem council that carries out the Labour imposed on it by the Labur government is clearly evidence of lunacy and a desire by Lib Dems to eat your babies for breakfast.

A similar attack is made on North East Lincs council. Spellar attacks Lib Dems on the council for requiring a resident to take out public liability insurance for a cake stall she runs in a public place. He conveniently misses off the point that this is not a decision of the council, but rather of the Labour government. All the council is doing is implementing a government requirement.

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5 comments:

Peter Black said...

He also claims that Swansea Council is planning to remove a monkey puzzle tree for politically correct health and safety reasons. His report is based on an officer report which was comprehensively thrown out by Councillors of all parties when it got to planning committee with nobody supporting the officers' view. The monkey puzzle tree will be there for many years to come.

andrea cave said...

John Spellar will next be claiming that Lib Dems in Hartlepool are calling for a statue of a hanged monkey in the town centre and will be criticising them for upsetting the French.

Darlington Councillor said...

Hi Jonathan.

I thought it was a bit off to mention Liberal Demolition without actually providing a link to the site - the most recent publication is here http://lambethlibdemwatch.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/liberal-demolition.pdf

Can it be true that LibDems in Islington are distributing pro-drugs materials to teenagers outside schools? That LibDems in Hull have scrapped Labour's ground-breaking policy of allowing free school meals for all? Or that LibDems in Edinburgh have slashed the budgets devoted to some of the most vulnerable in the city?

Readers may also be interested in the main site - Lambeth Liberal Democrat Watch - here http://lambethlibdemwatch.wordpress.com/

Just trying to be helpful!

Best wishes,

Nick.

andrea cave said...

Well a very big HELLO to councillor Nick Wally , sorry, Wallis.

You must be the newly appointed north-east editor of Liberal Demolition ?

The examples we're witnessing of Labour politicians running around totally scatterbrained at their party's current plight are nothing short of hilarious to say the very least.

Liberal Demolition ? More like self inflicted Labour demolition.

andrea cave said...

Well a very big HELLO to councillor Nick Wally , sorry, Wallis.

You must be the newly appointed north-east editor of Liberal Demolition ?

The examples we're witnessing of Labour politicians running around totally scatterbrained at their party's current plight are nothing short of hilarious to say the very least.

Liberal Demolition ? More like self inflicted Labour demolition.