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Government in Chaos

September 10, 2019 9:55 PM
By Cllr Ryan Bate, PPC for Warrington South
Originally published by Warrington Liberal Democrats

The normal rules for running the country have been thrown overboard as the Government descends from one crisis to another.

PPC Cllr Ryan Bate (Warrington Liberal Democrats)

Cllr Ryan Bate, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington South says, "Our Prime Minister is hell-bent on taking us out of Europe, with or without a deal. The independent Office for Budget Responsibility has warned that no-deal' would cost the public purse £30 billion every year for the next four years.

Liberal Democrats have fought for more cash for our schools, the police and the health service to start to put right the cuts from a regime of Tory austerity that has gone on far too long. But residents in Warrington will see little benefit from the Chancellor's public spending announcements last week if we crash out without a deal.

The Government is too occupied playing politics to concentrate on important issues like climate change, housing and social care. Brexit has crowded out everything else. If it ever comes to pass, I welcome the short-term fix of an extra £1 billion in grants for social care to Councils like ours. But the other £0.5 billion of the £1.5 billion total would come from an increase in a social care precept, similar to Council Tax, levied by our Council. This is not new Government money.

Sadly the Labour opposition nationally does the country no favours and we still don't know where they stand on Europe. Do they support Remain or Leave? Some of their senior politicians are clear, but its leader is not. At least the opposition parties have come together to thwart the Government on the 31st October date which is a positive development.

The Liberal Democrats are the only viable Remain Party with a clear policy on Europe. We also have clear policies on what needs to be done to get the country back on its feet again."