ANDREW SLAUGHTER, the Labour MP for Ealing Acton and Shepherd's Bush, criticises my list of ideas '100 ways to cut council tax with cutting key services' which was published on the Conservative home website.
At least when it comes to favouring high council tax he is being consistent. From 1996 to 2005 he was the leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council and piled on swingeing tax rises year after year. As town hall bureaucracy expanded it was the most vulnerable who were hit the worst by the rising council tax bills.
He complains the list would increase charges for residents, mentioning fixed penalty notices.
What I wrote was: "Give park wardens targets for imposing fixed penalty notice fines for littering and dog fouling."
Does Mr Slaughter believe people should be allowed to drop litter with impunity? Or face no penalty for not clearing up after their dogs?
Often the misrepresentations come with Mr Slaughter saying I wish to stop a service where I am proposing that, rather than a council running it directly, they should fund it in partnership with the private sector.
This is not just to save money for the council taxpayer, but because they can often do a better job.
As a socialist, Mr Slaughter seems to believe that everything must be done by the state.
For instance he represents my suggestion that councils should cease employing youth workers directly, as an attack on Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for Hammersmith.
But this is the opposite of the truth. Shaun is a youth worker, but not a council-employed youth worker. He is a co-founder of My Generation, a charity set up to address the social problems that affect young people and their families, including antisocial behaviour, drug use, crime, teen pregnancy, educational underachievement and unemployment.
That is just the sort of initiative I wish to support.
Cllr Harry Phibbs Ravenscourt Park Ward, Conservative
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