Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Always consistent........

No apologies for returning to the subject of Liberal democrats. After all they are a never ending source of amusement. So what are they up to at the moment beside trying to find a new leader?

Well in Scotland they are fighting a by-election campaign. Their candidate is fighting against Toll charges on a road bridge. Fairly typical of the Lib dem campaigning style to pick on a local issue and campaign on it. Nothing wrong with that you might think. However the tolls will only be brought in thanks to Lib dem councillors on the Transport Authority who voted in favour of the Tolls. Yep thats right. The Lib dem candidate in the by-election is campaigning against something that is only happening due to the support of the Liberal democrats.....

In Wales the Lib dems are part of the united opposition campaigning against the decision to take funding decisons regarding five major Arts Organisations off the Arts Council and bring them "in house". In other words politicians will make the decision about how much he organisation receieves. If the Welsh National Opera produced an opera about the Life of Owain Gln DWr and it does not find favour with the fanatical unionists on the Labour benches there is a fair chance it will get its funding cut or more likely they would not take the risk and stick to more familiar operatic tales from Italy or Germany. The same proposals have come forward from the Scottish Executive (government). The interesting thing is that the Lib dems are part of the government in Scotland. So one policy in Scotland and a different one in Wales.


Blogger Peter Black said...

That's devolution for you. Actually, as I have pointed out on my blog, the agreed opposition motion called for consultation (as took place in Scotland) followed by the decision to be taken by the Assembly as a whole. Nothing inconsistent there and totally different to your interpetation.

3:26 PM  
Blogger cymrumark said...

Hmm not convinced...anyway nice to see you on my blog!!

3:22 AM  

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