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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