Magazine article Public Finance

Last-Chance Saloon

Magazine article Public Finance

Last-Chance Saloon

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England's local election campaign entered a surreal phase this week as Labour held a press conference with a chameleon making a guest appearance while the Conservatives handed out silver birch saplings to their assembled hacks.

It was all somewhat embarrassing and unlikely to provide a huge lift to the turnout figure on May 4.

Labour has decided that the best way to attack David Cameroris 'Caring Conservatives' is by painting the Tory leader as true blue, despite his flirtation with green issues. A cartoon version of 'Dave the Chameleon therefore had a starring role in Labour's first election broadcast.

For his part, Cameron called for a 'green revolution that reaches into every corner of the land'. He then compared Tony Blair to a groundhog 'because we've heard it all before.

One hopes that the standard of debate will improve, as there are serious issues that need to be addressed. The future of the council tax (not just which party sends out the lowest bills), the structure of local government, the need for more affordable housing and the crisis in social care are subjects that are all but being ignored. …

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