Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Kennedy leads dissent. Peter Black ignores it.

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has spoken out against the proposed Libcon coalition s proposed cuts.

Mr Kennedy says “he is reluctant to become an irritant, sniping at the government from the sidelines”.

But he warns those making decisions about spending “not to throw the baby out with the bath water”.

It is interesting that both Peter Black and Subordinate centre have remained silent over this as they were quick to point up dissent at the Plaid conference.

Kennedy however may well be expressing the views of many Lib-Dems as they head to in Liverpool for their conference .

I suspect that one of the reasons they chose the City was they believed that they would be in control of the Metropolitan City Council, but alas they lost it to Labour last May.

And the the leader of the Lib Dems in Liverpool  and former council leader has said "he fears people will see no point in voting for the party after it formed the coalition government".

Oh dear. Here in Wales the Lib-Dems buoyed with a close results in Swansea West, Newport East, Merthyr .and Pontypridd would be claiming that they would take these seats in next years Assembly Elections.

Alas the pointers seem to indicate they will lose constituency seats including that of La Pasionaria and have to rely on the regional seats to keep they numbers as they already are.

Peter Black showed his astuteness when he declined to put his name forward for Swansea West. Even though a Lib-Dem victory there could well cost the Party his regional seat.

Even if they were to win the Election court case against Phil Woolas in The Oldham East and Saddleworth , and I hope they will .it looks like a particularly nasty case. It will only open an honest nest where they own dubious practices will be called into count and their portrayal of themselves as the honest Party will be brought to public scrutiny.


  1. We fully expect the Welsh Liberal Democrat Housing spokesman to be just as silent regarding our latest post which highlights savage benefits cuts for families.

  2. Peter is a practical man and it may not be in his or the coalitions interested to talk openly about the proposed cuts..Peter has weighed it up carefully and believes it is more fortuitous to stay silent on cuts (hopefully local people will not notice) that criticise the Con Dem coalition