LibDem Council Set to Lose Millions in Property Deal Mess

The LibDem geniuses over at West Berkshire Council have decided to sell off the Council’s commercial property portfolio, giving up £1.3 million a year profit. Quick to publicise their new strategy, they announced to the entire commercial property market that they needed to sell it all off soon, even including figures showing how they willingly expect to lose £11 million in the process. Twelve hours later, CoStar, the world leading commercial real estate newspaper, splashed the fire sale on its front pages, likely resulting in a sale price plummet…   

Cllr Ross Mackinnon, Shadow Leader of the Council tells Guido:
“I can’t think of anything more commercially inept than announcing to the market that you need to sell all your assets with a hard deadline. Within hours the biggest commercial property newsletter in the world was advertising the sell-off on its front page. This one act of recklessness will likely cost West Berkshire residents millions of pounds in capital receipts which could have been invested in our district.”
Someone needs to teach them the art of the deal…
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Mealy-Mouthed Davey Dodges Coalition Query

Ed Davey has once again refused to rule out a coalition with Labour in two consecutive interviews yesterday, claiming only that they wouldn’t ally with the Tories because he “fought them at every election”. Starmer is publicly focussed on a “workable majority” and won’t say much else.

The command to remain tight-lipped about the much-anticipated Lib-Lab pact seems not to have reached the local level. Labour have been complaining of the LibDems’ dark art tactics ahead of the Mid Bedfordshire by-election, distributing leaflets with the usual dodgy bar charts. Labour said they had “gone feral” and were breaking the law. Meanwhile, “dry run” cooperation agreements between the two are failing, most recently with the collapse of Oxfordshire council’s “Fair Deal Alliance” on Sunday. Labour officials gave up and blasted the LibDems: “they aren’t interested in working together and instead simply want to score points and pass blame”Bodes well for future cooperation…

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LibDems Field 11 Failed Recall Requests With Last-Ditch Effort to Open Pubs for Lionesses

As sure as night follows day, the Liberal Democrats have interrupted recess to demand Parliament be recalled. This time, focus is on the women’s World Cup Final. Their speculative effort would involve blowing the final whistle on recess to bring forward the time when pubs can serve alcohol, so punters can enjoy pints for kick-off. Daisy Cooper said:

“MPs should get down to Westminster tomorrow and score a last minute winner for our pubs and the Lionesses. The Liberal Democrats are calling for MPs to be recalled to pass a last-minute Statutory Instrument bringing forward the time all pubs across the country are allowed to serve alcohol, to 10am.”

To be fair, it’s a solid attack…

However, based on recent form, the play is only likely to end in another own goal. The party could now field a 11-a-side football team with all of their (failed) attempts to recall parliament:

  1. August 2019 – Jo Swinson wants parliament to be recalled to debate the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. She was left disappointed.
  2. April 2020 – The LibDems join calls for Parliament to be recalled in a virtual form in the context of the pandemic. It wasn’t.
  3. July 2021 – Ed Davey calls for a recall to debate vaccine passports. His pleas fell on deaf ears.
  4. April 2022 – They called for a recall to debate a motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson after he received a Partygate fine. Still no luck.
  5. August 2022 – Scottish LibDems call for a Holyrood recall to discuss disruption to ferry services. Nope.
  6. August 2022 – Recall parliament to discuss rising energy bills. Recess went undisturbed.
  7. September 2022 – Debate the fallout from the mini-budget. No chance.
  8. January 2023 – Their next effort was over A&E delays. It had the same outcome.
  9. February 2023 – The Liberal Democrats’ number nine was when Daisy Cooper called for a recall over junior doctors’ strikes. She shot wide of the mark.
  10. August 2023 – The LibDems displayed rare self awareness and joined in on the joke, calling for a recall to end the “bored journalist crisis”. You get the picture.
  11. August 2023 – Their last-minute pub opening time intervention. You never know…

Hat-tip: Politico

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Lib Dem Candidate’s Car Crash Interview

The Liberal Democrat candidate for the Somerton & Frome by-election had an interesting brush with the Guardian’s Politics Weekly UK podcast today. The “passionate” Sarah Dyke has a variety of painfully long pauses, in the 90 second clip, and does not seem to understand the economic landscape of the seat she will be contesting. Not the first Liberal Democrat to struggle with basic economics…

The clip appears to record exchanges between Dyke’s campaign manager, the Guardian producer, and the interviewer reassuring Dyke that it is completely fine. The discussion then turns to the topic of coffee, as a knowledge of the economic deprivation of an area you are attempting to represent is innately linked to getting your shot of caffeine!

The final nail in the coffin was the fact that she actually admitted to not knowing anything about Somerton. What more could you expect from a local council worker…

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Starmer Refuses Eight Times to Rule Out Labour-LibDem Coalition

Keir Starmer has refused once again to rule out a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning, Starmer was asked eight times – surely a record – whether he’d agree to a coalition with the LibDems… and the best he could say was “wait and see”:

I’m not in the business of talking about deals or pacts… I would say we’re going for a majority and you know, I’m not taking this… well look Nick we’re going to have to see what the situation is next year.”

Having dismissed the idea of “talking about pacts or deals” with the LibDems, for some reason it didn’t take Ferrari eight attempts to get Starmer to rule out the same talks with the SNP. He managed to answer that question in one go, at least…

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LibDem Wins Second Simultaneous Council Seat

Prolific Liberal Democrat candidate Chris Twells has finally received the electoral reward his commitment to standing as a losing candidate deserves. He has just been elected to represent Tetbury with Upton. Despite already being a councillor 160 miles away…

Although his behaviour is legal, Twells’s literature did make the dubious claim he could “keep in touch and work hard for this area all year round”. The Mayor of Salford, where Chris is already a councillor, has now called on him to “do the right thing and resign”. He will now be able to claim double expenses. Chris had defended his electoral two-timing by claiming he was merely a “paper candidate”. Oops.

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