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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Archive for the ‘Libdem Failings’ Category

Dangerous, blogging

Posted by davidburbage on September 12, 2015

Walking on egg shells, is this blogging lark. Just like answering live public questions publicly….

As a colleague puts it, “livin’ the dream”!

Anyway, every silver something has a cloudy lining.

From ConHome :

  • Corbyn’s first sin could be saving the Lib Dems. What do you have to do to finally extinguish the Liberal Democrats? Just when they are finally driven to the brink of extinction, the Labour Party zooms off into the left field and offers them a chance to survive in the gap which opens as a result. If Corbyn wasn’t bad enough already, this offence is unforgivable.


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Desperate LibDem literature

Posted by davidburbage on May 17, 2014

It really is bad.

Desperate LibDems have sent through a “fake handwriting” font letter in which they claim that we would put loads of jobs under threat because they “depend” on Europe. It’s almost claiming that by not voting LibDem (who used to want a referendum on Europe, remember?), immediately, nobody can trade with the UK ! Worse than that, they don’t use the 3 million figure (widely discredited and publicly so by Farage vs Clegg) they use the “in our area” number of 420,000. Their standards are dropping, even by their standards.

It would be better if fear-uncertainty-doubt arguments had any basis in reality, but sadly picking a worthless argument and pursuing it to the point of no return is all too true to form (see Free School Meals pledge for a LibDem-gimmick comparison)…


Note to LibDems : Norway has 3.4% unemployment, Switzerland has 3.2% unemployment, but in the “heart of Europe” in France, it is 10.2% !

Tell “The reality is that being IN Europe means being IN work” to the Spanish (shocking 26% unemployment), Greeks (shocking 27%), Italians (12.5%) ….

Isn’t Mrs Clegg telling Nick about this stuff 🙂 ?

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Residents to be over £1000 better off under Tories with latest council tax cut

Posted by davidburbage on January 21, 2014

For the fifth year running, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Conservatives are proposing to cut council tax for residents, this year by a further 2%.

The latest cut means that the average household will be over £1000 better off than if the Liberal Democrats still controlled the council.

Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Maidenhead Riverside), Lead Member for Finance, said: “When the Liberal Democrats were last in control, council tax rose by a staggering 24.3%. This is in stark contrast to the 25.6% real terms cut delivered by the Conservatives over the last five years – proving that only the Conservatives can be trusted to be responsible with residents’ money.”

The average Band D rate for unitary authorities in England last year was £1486 making RBWM residents over a third better off than residents living in other unitary councils across the country.

Cllr David Burbage MBE (Con, Bray), Leader of the Council, said: “We know that people are still worried about the cost of living and rising bills. By cutting council tax again we can help to ease a bit of their tax burden. Residents should feel confident that we will continue to deliver the first-rate services our residents quite rightly expect.”

This fifth consecutive cut will bring council tax back to the level it was 10 years ago and place RBWM as the lead authority for the most years of consecutive council tax cuts.

Rt. Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said: “My congratulations go to the councillors and officers at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead for cutting council tax for five years in a row. Local households will welcome a 2% reduction in their council tax bills. The Royal Borough has once again demonstrated that by repeatedly cutting waste and combating inefficiency, it is possible to keep on delivering improved frontline services at the same time as cutting council tax. This shows how Conservative councils do more for less”

Following this week’s budget announcement that RBWM Conservatives have proposed to cut council tax for a fifth consecutive year, Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to congratulate the Conservative run council on twitter.

In addition to David Cameron’s comments, Windsor MP Adam Afriyie also applauded the Conservative Group’s efforts to produce yet another budget that enables a further cut to council tax without any reduction in front line services.

Home Secretary and MP for Maidenhead Theresa May also welcomed the news for local residents saying:

“I am delighted that the council has once again been able to announce a significant cut in Council Tax. This is excellent news for people in Maidenhead and the Royal Borough. This Conservative council is proving that you can get more for less by working with local residents to develop more efficient services.”

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Tax Transparency Can Pay Great Dividends

Posted by davidburbage on March 20, 2012

This : http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/03/statements-osborne-chancellor

As the Royal Borough were the first local authority to publish expenditure over £500, a motion I proposed, it is a logical extension to inform taxpayers how much they are spending on each area of Government departments….

After all, Councils already have to publish their breakdown of figures. It is open to misinterpretation of course if people don’t do the right research !

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Commendation from the Taxpayers Alliance

Posted by davidburbage on February 23, 2012

 The Taxpayers Alliance have given me the “Pinup of the Month” award for February 2012. Awesome!

I did wonder if those authorities that are increasing by just-under-the-referendum-limit were given the money to hold a referendum, whether they would do so? Unlikely, methinks.

Every local government person I’ve ever spoken to is very much against democratic accountability for big tax rises.

It’s a curious comparison to Greece, where the threat of a referendum on the earlier bailout was also greeted with abject horror from the Eurocratopoly.

I’m just pleased that the implementation of tax cutting is starting to spread across the UK – something begun by Hammersmith and Fulham, and then ourselves but only very occasionally elsewhere  . . . but now happening in Brentwood, Wirral, South Oxfordshire . . and hard pressed local people are the winners, those on fixed incomes or low salaries the ones who benefit directly from a reduction in one of the largest household bills.

Given the huge amount that Council Tax has increased over the last decade, there must be more to follow.

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Local LibDems finally make the national press

Posted by davidburbage on September 20, 2011

  . . . but not for any good reason !

  Pictured is Richard Fagence of this Borough, last seen in combat locally losing an election in Clewer South, after he had recently lost an by-election in Park and previously, lost the “safest” LibDem ward he won back in 2003, to my Conservative colleagues in Clewer South in 2007.

All the conference excitement must be too much, and he features in an even more impressive spread on page 10 of the Daily Telegraph today!

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The Wisdom of the Left

Posted by davidburbage on June 4, 2011

Here is an extract from a budget speech, given by a UK Group Leader in a 2011 council budget speech.

I’m pleased that we’ve got people in the gallery to listen to the debate. But the people I would like to see up there aren’t there.

I would like to see up there Mr Mayor some of London’s casino bankers here today to witness the havoc they are causing in our communities.

We may even have been able to persuade them to part with some of their million pound bonus to fill some of the potholes that are gonna be left unfilled, to help some of the vulnerable older people that are going to have more services than they will currently have, because of the bankers.

Let’s make no mistake about this, it was because of the bankers unregulated behaviour of playing the equivalent of roulette and losing, that has resulted in the significant cuts in public spending.

Clearly a Labour politician, ducking responsibility for the huge “structural” deficit, using both the politics of envy and the suggestion that it wasn’t at all the fault of the state spending but of activity in the private sector, making excuses for the cuts they are about to make.

This politician can be found here


As regular readers may have guessed, this is not a Labour politician I am highlighting, but a Liberal Democrat (Cllr Pinnock at 0:35:15) .

It is sad that none of the three main party speakers spotted that it was the overspending of central government that left the black hole – more money out than in – that resulted in the cuts. Sure, the financial sector squeeze and the credit crunch has resulted in recessionary pressures and tax revenues falling even further short of expenditure budgets, but the plain fact of the matter is that Gordon Brown and his maxing out of the public credit card caused the public spending situation we find ourselves in today.

The Liberal Democrat councillors in Kirklees need to get the basics right before indulging in standard left wing monotony in regretting that the size of the state – ie the amount of money forcibly taken from ordinary working peoples’ pockets – cannot be simply increased on a year by year basis.

On a related note, the curious thing from this budget debate was that the “opposition” appeared to be the 4th party Greens – as Kirklees is a hung Council, the necessity of gaining wider party agreement prior to the actual meeting was clear!

Posted in Council, Labour failings, Libdem Failings | 8 Comments »

15 Conservative gains – the best in the UK

Posted by davidburbage on June 1, 2011

We had previously been thinking that we were only the ‘equal’ most successful campaign result in the country – having calculated that we had gained 14 seats from 37 up to 51. However, we had forgotten that to compare like with like, we needed to use the 2007 seat totals with the 2011 seat totals, disregarding by-elections and defections.

As a result, we can honestly say that, when looking at our performance compared to 2007, we gained the most seats in the country – a grand total of 15.

We had had 36 councillors in 2007; the defection of Wilson Hendry last year boosted our numbers.

The increase from 36 to 51 was realised in 15 Conservative gains; our vote share went up from 52.3% to 58.1%; the LibDems fell from 36.6% to 25.9% and Labour increased from 3.5% to 9.7%. Others fell from 7.5% to 6%. LibDem deserters apparently split evenly between ourselves and Labour. Or, quite possibly, they didn’t turn up to vote. Overall, an 8% swing from LibDem to Conservative.

[Wealden and Vale of White Horse had 14 Conservative gains. Not bad chaps!]

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Liverpool LibDems – you couldn’t make it up. But . . . maybe they do !

Posted by davidburbage on April 18, 2011

I wonder whether this is an opportunity for Richard Kemp (blogs passim) to regain the crown in Liverpool?

Mind you, it will be interesting to see how many seats they retain given their less than stellar national standing.

This story claims that the LibDem opposition leader’s son in Liverpool was one of their nominations – but . . . .

from the BBC, all is not as it seems in Liverpool’s political hotbed

In an interview with the Liverpool Daily Post, Daniel Bradley said: “I went in to see who signed for me. I did not put my name down. But I was told it was too late [to withdraw]. I went to have a look at the nomination paper and it was not my signature. I am not political at all.”

 I feel it’s almost worth creating a blog category for Liverpool’s LibDems!

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Manifesto Launch Season

Posted by davidburbage on April 5, 2011

 We launched our manifesto to the press today.

 Full details on the http://www.rbwmconservatives.com website , but apparently neither the LibDems nor the Labour party have actually announced if they are going to have a local manifesto. . . . we wait and see.

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