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Friday, 1 January 2010

New Year message from Tavish Scott and the Scottish Liberal Democrats

New Year message from Tavish Scott, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

“This year, 2010, will be one of the most momentous in politics for generations.
We know there must be a General Election. But nobody knows how that will end.

“The polls are all over the place. But they all show the Liberal Democrats in a stronger position in the run up to an election than we have been for generations.

“We are the challengers to Labour across Scotland.

“We have well-resourced target seats that are campaigning harder than ever.

“We have inspiring candidates who deserve to be part of the new House of Commons.

“And the choice facing the country at the time of economic recession and the failure of old politics means it has never been more important to break the red-blue-blue-red pendulum of British politics.

“Our plans for a fairer society and a sustainable economy have never been clearer.
We will take the low paid out of income tax, cut tax bills for middle earners and stop the very richest in the land using loopholes to avoid their fair share.

“We will reform politics, not least to end an electoral system that has created a culture of a “seat for life” and “winner takes all” that has led so many MPs to exploit the system for their own gain.

“We will build a sustainable economy, creating jobs and opportunity for the record number of young unemployed. We will avoid creating a lost generation of young people, as Mrs Thatcher did in the 1980s. Her mistakes squandered the chances of thousands of people. The legacy remains. Poll after poll shows that most Scots still think that the Conservatives are the party for the well off not ordinary people.

“In Scotland we have set the political pace on our campaign for a fairer society. We are winning the argument that there needs to be restraint on the pay and bonuses on those at the very top of the public sector in order to keep jobs and services going for those at the bottom of the income scale.

“I know that our council by-election gains from all parties in 2009 will be followed by Westminster gains in 2010.”

1 comment:

Quentin said...

Off Topic
I've just noticed your Tweet from Nadine Dorries. I would just like to endorse her response to you.
In answer to her reply a) I've hoodwinked everyone in a constituent of MidBeds she has indeed hoodwinked us regarding her expenses. Since the expenses scandal broke she has continually stated her oneliner defense "I have NEVER claimed for gardeners,cleaners,food etc* in media articles in The Mail on Sunday (June090, her Westminster Report (a 4 page local newspaper wrapper),on BBC Any Questions (Oct09)and on her blog. In fact if you look through her published expenses you will see she has claimed several 400pound/month food claims, a Chemdry cleaning bill etc. when the funds were there. But having almost maxed out on her second home allowance renting a property in the constituency for 18,900 pounds(which in MidBeds gets you a 4/5 beds property)and associated higher utility bills there is little left for frivolous claims, apart from a quarter gas bill for over 1000 pounds.So yes she continues to hoodwink us. But perhaps that was not the theme of your question.

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