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Monday, February 01, 2010

Shepway Lib Dems rewriting history once again

So, Shepway Lib Dems claim that they "have consistently pushed to keep Folkestone Council Tax down." A case of selective amnesia, it would seem. For most of my time as a Folkestone Councillor, we were constantly fighting against the Liberal urge to raise taxes. In 2005, they pushed through a massive increase, well in excess of 100%, against Conservative objections and counter-proposals.

As we predicted, much of the 2005-2006 budget went unspent. Yet, the Lib Dems once agains pushed through an inflation-busting increase in 2006, against Conservative calls for a tax freeze or reduction.

The subsequent tax freezes between 2007 and the present, and the currently proposed tax cut prove one thing and one thing alone. Shepway Lib Dems got their sums wrong. Yet again. For years, Folkestone Town Council has been over taxing Folkestone's residents. Having finally admitted their past mistakes, Shepway's Lib Dems have the nerve to seek credit. The golden rule of politics is to never trust a Liberal. I'm sure that the people of Folkestone and Hythe will remember it in this year's General Election.

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