Monday 28 March 2011

Leading H&F Conservative Calls For Even More Cuts

Cllr. Harry Phibbs (Con) says
"cuts don't go far enough"
Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement has been errrm… engaging the community. “I'm with the 35% of people who feel the cuts don't go far enough” said Cllr. Harry Phibbs (Con) on Saturday thus demonstrating his finely honed “engagement” skills.

His comments were spotted on Twitter by Chris Underwood of the Shepherds Bush Blog. Harry later admitted that he had accidentally increased the poll figure he quoted by 6%.

To be fair to Cllr. Phibbs, he has long espoused a classical small state, ultra-conservative philosophy and at least he's honestly setting out the reasoning behind his Administration's extra 3.7% cut to the Borough budget which H&F Conservatives added to the 11.3% cut handed down's from central government. But sadly for the people of Great Britain, it is also that small state philosophy that has formed the basis of David Cameron and George Osborne's incompetent approach to managing the UK economy - an approach, leading economists point out, ignores sound economic principles and will damage our country’s prospects for a generation.

With unemployment set to soar to levels last seen under Prime Minister John Major; the NHS making unprecedented cuts to front line services and Hammersmith and Fulham’s residents suffering new local stealth taxes and less local services because of the Tories' 15% budget cut: I am sure Cllr. Phibbs comments will engage large numbers in our community – although probably not in the way he had first hoped. 

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