Tired and trite piece of propaganda

Date: Monday 7th January 2019

Sir, Like many of your readers in the Upper Eden area I was surprised to receive a post-Christmas leaflet delivered by Royal Mail extolling the “virtues” of the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron.

This surprised me on several levels, and it does suggest that he has aspirations to fight the replacement seat covering the southern parts of the present Penrith and the Border constituency.

Of course the final boundaries have yet to be confirmed and the changes adopted. But for as long as I have known Mr Farron, over 25 years, he has never let the facts get in the way of his advancement.

What really annoyed me was the crude attempt to start what I would call the Lib Dem “fake news” story about how they are the only choice for anti-Tory voters in any election in the new constituency.

This is not new or original. It is rather a tired and trite piece of propaganda.

And events over the last decade would suggest that any long term Labour supporter who supported the Lib Dems might not get what they hoped for. In 2010 the Lib Dems climbed into the ministerial cars and helped the Tory Party deliver austerity in all its forms. They helped the Welfare Reform Act get through Parliament in 2012 and so ushered into existence the cruel and discredited system of Universal Credit. They supported the Osborne budgets that crippled local government, the NHS and the police service.

And then there was the issue of their broken promise on student finances.

Everything that happened in those five years has the fingerprints of the Lib Dems all over it. I am sure Mr Farron will claim he did not support various elements of that programme. But the truth is that without the Liberal Democrats supporting the Tory Party we might not be in the mess that we are in now.

What Cumbria will need after the next election is a Labour government committed to delivering real change and revitalising the public services we all use. And voting Lib Dem is not going to deliver that, quite possibly the opposite.

The final irony of Mr Farron’s leaflet is that he has it carry the strapline “Demanding better for Cumbria”. Sadly he did not bother to get it printed in Cumbria and so support his local economy, but rather it was printed in London. So much for supporting the local economy.

So, Mr Farron, this does not convince anyone, still less Labour voters to whom your pitch was clearly aimed. Yours etc,

CHRIS CHEETHAM

(Chairman, Upper Eden Labour Party branch)

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