Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Danny Alexander Charms Islington

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 10th March, 2011

The UK Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander — who has self-assuredly accepted his mocking nickname of the Ginger Rodent — was guest of honour at a gala dinner last night put on by Islington Liberal Democrats at Fredericks Restaurant in Camden Passage. He set out some of the achievements of LibDems in government, including the forthcoming rise in the income tax threshold to £10,000, and confirmed the fact that many Labour-run councils are cutting some frontline services unnecessarily, either because they are sitting on banked resources which they could spend, or because they are deliberately exacerbating public resentment at central government cutbacks (which were themselves the result of over-spending by Labour for years) by making cuts that will hurt. Danny restated his own deep commitment to European integration and reminded people how the LibDems have managed to help tame the rabid Eurosceptic Tory right. He looked forward to some robust debates at the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference in Sheffield this weekend — though delegates are likely to have the gauntlet of Trots and other protestors who argue that the party has sold out.


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