All are let­ting us down on cuts

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

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.

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