All are letting us down on cuts
IF Cllr Driver is missing a trick by not fighting for a fairer funding deal for Lancashire, it’s worth also saying that opposition councillors are letting taxpayers down too.
In many ways, it’s the easiest thing in the world to oppose cuts - and the angry statements made by the Lib Dems and Labour in the last week prove that.
Alyson Barnes, Rossendale council leader and a former Labour county councillor, described the plans to turn off some street lights at night as ‘a burglar’s charter’ in her column last week.
But if you are to oppose cuts, then surely you have to say what you’d do instead.
Maybe that’s why Cllr Driver is being so quiet when it comes to complaining about savings - he saw his Labour forerunners denouncing funding cuts in the early years of austerity and knows for all the huff and puff, very little actually changed.
Opposition councillors at Lancashire County Council do seem to be treated very badly by the ruling Tory Party these days, but that doesn’t hide the fact that if they want to be taken seriously on financial matters, they have to be able to point to how they’d deliver the savings differently.