A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Local Labour Roundup 2

On an initiative from Theo Blackwell local councillors and campaigners on the blogosphere are running up a ‘Local-Labour’ blog-roundup. This aims to highlight local stories by Labour councillors or campaigners from across the country, or examples of poor policymaking by Conservative or Lib Dems or the SNP in power.

The second edition of this falls to me to produce, so here's my roundup of the best local stories of the last couple of weeks:

Theo himself thinks Ken's Progressive London conference should feature some local government voices.

Ewan Aitken reports on an eight hour long Edinburgh City Council meeting where the SNP and Lib Dems cut funding for voluntary groups and tried to silence objectors to this.

Darlington Councillor Nick Wallis has a good example of how ASBOs work and why they are necessary.

Phil Dilks is shocked to hear that Lincolnshire County Council's review into a case of serious child abuse may not be made public.

Labour Councillors in Lambeth’s Larkhall Ward are campaigning to get residents to cut down on the amount of food they needlessly throw away and to recycle this Christmas trees.

Nigel Knowles reveals that Worcestershire has not really been set alight by the debate about Elected Mayors.

Geoff Lumley looks at the impact of Labour choosing not to field a candidate in an Isle of Wight by-election.

And Louise Baldock has the latest Lib Dem scandal from Liverpool.

If you have any good local posts about what's going on in your area send them to: local_labourblog@yahoo.co.uk

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this is the Draper plan to get a toehold in the blogosphere.

Where's Chris Paul?

You definitely need that passionately committed but functionally illiterate Laboid to reassure passing readers you really are as nuts as you know yourself to be.

5:28 pm, December 23, 2008

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I'm in the loop on Derek's ideas and this is nothing to do with them - it's Theo's idea, Derek not being a councillor.

5:40 pm, December 23, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

Maybe you should be asking your leader why after a trillion pound bailout the banks are still calling in debts for very little reason.

I think it's terrible that families are being kicked out their homes just two days before Christmas because the house they rent is being repossessed. Surely this matter could wait a couple of weeks?

Why doesn't the government legislate to protect households who rent from private landlords? Instead the government is going to make it a lot easier for banks to repossess.

Unless this government acts now then we will be facing a catastrophe in the new year. There are rumors that two of the biggest housing associations are close to going bust....what then? Are you going to let the banks repossess a million homes?

Please pull your finger out and actually do something that helps people rather than just banks.

6:32 pm, December 23, 2008

 
Blogger Mark Still News said...

Rich

I agree-Its time legislation was brought in to protect people in private rented accommodation.

This British thing where houses are brought to make money as an investment must end-A home should be a home and not some money making machine.

They say a housing market is not healthy unless there is high inflation in housing-this is really bloody awful.This is real selfish and is like a pyramid scheme, those at the top bought cheap and at the bottom you have people who can't afford the massive mortgages who bought at the astronomical inflated prices.This housing for profit must be broken. Housing inflation puts a lot of pressure on the economy in all other areas.

2:04 am, December 24, 2008

 
Blogger Mark Still News said...

They should ditch Capitalism as it costs to much to subsidise with our taxes!

9:03 pm, December 24, 2008

 
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5:31 am, December 26, 2008

 
Blogger Mark Still News said...

43% of small businesses is now making plans to cut down on staff.

Large retail outlets are collapsing and manufacturing.

Alistair darling might as well be honest and just admit we are in the shit!

For the last 24 years we have been stuck in a false economy-Now the artificial economy can no longer disguise what's been bubbling underneath all this time.

All this time the government let the housing market over inflate to astronomical levels unsustainable and the Treasury was constantly warned! Brown now blames it on to a global crisis, even without the global crash we were heading for a crash anyway. We can no longer follow a fools economic system!

The Tories are as much to blame as Labour!

But how can you tell Joe public the Tories were the ones who set the foundations for this crash, when Labour have been in power for 11 years now? 1 week in politics is a long time-so what does 11 years in power mean and the government still allowed the gap between rich and poor to widen even further!

11 years of opportunity thrown away!

4:18 pm, December 28, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

Brown is the person to blame here and it has been too long to start laying the blame with the conservatives. 10 years is enough time to change the course of economics.

Brown was key to making the BOE independent and was the man responsible for the creation of the FSA. Both of were key to the collapse of the credit system.

Please don't forget that John Molton warned brown of the risk of a complete collapse of the sub-prime market almost 3 years ago.

Brown ignored all the best advice and continued to inflate his own eago believing his own lies. His key speeches included "No more Boom and Bust" and "I will not let house prices threaten the wider economy" etc etc

Brown is still trying to prop up the economy using the credit system despite its fragility. He is still trying to get British people to spend even more money in the shops in the hope he can beat the inevitable.

Britain is now a basket case economy and investors staying at arms length. Any company that gets into trouble now will struggle to find a buyer or finance.

Despite all this the British voter will probably vote for Brown again. Thats because if Brown will probably call an election in July and the true cost of this recession won't be felt until September.

What is at fault is capitalism. Capitalism in its current form is now being held up at great expense of those people that have had very little benefit from it. Our pensions have been plundered and our taxes have been wasted all because the chosen few do not want capitalism to fail. But maybe there is another way, maybe Brown, The Conservative have not been very honest about the alternatives.

I don't know what the alternative could be but I do know that our world will not survive more than a couple of hundred years of the same. Either capitalism dies or we do...simple.

10:15 pm, December 28, 2008

 
Anonymous Meaningless codswallop of the year award 2008 said...

Meaningless codswallop of the year award 2008 goes to Nick aka "Rich".

"What is at fault is capitalism. Capitalism in its current form is now being held up at great expense of those people that have had very little benefit from it. Our pensions have been plundered and our taxes have been wasted all because the chosen few do not want capitalism to fail. But maybe there is another way, maybe Brown, The Conservative have not been very honest about the alternatives."

"I don't know what the alternative could be but I do know that our world will not survive more than a couple of hundred years of the same. Either capitalism dies or we do...simple."

5:52 am, December 29, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

Why is it non sense. We are subsidizing capitalism....? Please explain your comments.

The system has failed badly and the tax payer is paying for it.....isn't that the truth?

11:00 am, December 29, 2008

 
Blogger Mark Still News said...

Rich

10 put of 10!

Capitalism is being propped up with far more subsidies than any Nationalised industries ever had and Capitalism is still in crisis No amount of Tax payers money is going to save this failed system. Yet Our future Great Grand Children will still be paying for this mess!

Labour are the same as the Tories. In 1994 the Tories were still blaming the 1978 Summer of discontent for their mess -Now Labour are still blaming Thatcher and John Major for the mess we are in today after 11 years in power!

Sorry you can't keep blaming the previous government as time goes on!

5:16 pm, December 29, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you still on the piss luke you havent added to this blog for a week come on get a grip

9:51 am, December 30, 2008

 
Blogger Mark Still News said...

Off!

5:24 pm, December 30, 2008

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I haven't posted for a week because I am on holiday in Sicily with my family and (almost) switched off from politics until I get back on Saturday.

5:51 pm, December 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know the labour party is run like the mafia and gordon browns the godfather but i dident know you went on holidays to sicily as well

9:47 pm, December 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope you did not have to kiss anyones ring

9:48 pm, December 30, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its really sad to see you suffering in the recession like the rest of us who would be a politician all that hardship and strife

10:17 am, December 31, 2008

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

A) I'm not a full time politician - my day job is in the private sector and just as vulnerable to the wider economy as anyone else's and B) look up the prices to fly Ryanair to Trapani and I think you'll find it difficult to accuse me of extravagence.

4:23 pm, December 31, 2008

 
Blogger Mark Still News said...

Not bad though having 2 jobs-Soon I won't even have 1 job due to the NLP mess up, they blame on the WW recession!

10:57 pm, December 31, 2008

 
Anonymous Rich said...

I think everyones is entitled to holiday and it is no business of ours how he takes them.

Never gloat over another mans wealth as it will only make you dissatisfied with your own.

Work hard and spend the rewards while your young enough and healthy enough to do so.

11:41 pm, January 03, 2009

 

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