by Iain Donaldson on 30 December, 2011
Sometimes decisions are made for you in life, and in May 2010 the decision to leave front line politics in Manchester was made for me. I would have continued to serve the community I had represented for the past 7 years if they had re-elected me, but having not been re-elected and having therefore had the opportunity to properly reflect on my own circumstances and needs for the first time in over 20 years I find myself strangley content not to be seeking re-election this coming May.
I believe in the Liberal Democrat cause, and I am broadly in support of what Nick Clegg is doing as Deputy Prime Minister. I was quite willing to go out and argue the Lib Dem case on the doorstep, but last year minds were closed, and we lost a lot of good people from politics as a result.
Increasingly though, the response on the doorstep is that the public are recognising that in these tough times we need a government prepared to take the difficult decisions to get our country back on the road to economic recovery. Of course, we would rather not be facing public spending cuts but the reality is that the last Labour Government left us massive debts and we are spending around £400m a day just to pay back the interest on those debts.
There is an old saying, ‘You can fool most of the people some of the time, you can fool some of the people most of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.’ and as more and more people are realising that they were duped last year by Labour and the Labour leaning press such as the Manchester Evening News they are getting increasingly angry with Labour.
People are angry with Labour now they have realised that:
Labour have grown arrogant, refusing to listen to local people, and making political motivated cuts rather than saving front line services. Only last month, Liberal Democrats exposed how Labour have been cutting too far and too fast here in Manchester, creating a £9 million budget surplus in just six months on top of the £60 million they already have in reserves.
People have also seen the Liberal Democrats delivering for them in Government:
None of these measures would have been possible had it not been for Liberal Democrats in Government.
People have seen the UK retain its AAA credit rating, keeping inflation down and protecting jobs, whilst America which followed the Ed Balls agenda as a result of being held to ransom by the (Mad Hatter’s) Tea Party has lost its AAA rating and is seeing both inflation and unemployment increasing dramatically as a result.
There are other changes this Government is introducing that are less visible at the moment.
When the Liberal Democrats entered into coalition with the Conservatives I was very wary, but the rapid action on deficit reduction has resulted in lower cuts than were propsed by Labour, a substantial increase in private sector jobs and a shift from service to manufacturing. Confidence is beginging to return in the UK and despite the fact that 2012 will be another difficult year, I belive that the foundations are now in place for this country to recover from recession and lead Europe back into growth.