We need debate on clear evidence
AN article in The Independent cited Bristol's care home reforms as it called on Labour and Green councillors to join the Anti-Cuts Alliance in standing up against government imposed cuts in local authorities. It is akin to asking them to join Canute in commanding the tide to retreat.
The article's reference to our care reforms was inaccurate and misleading in my opinion. The anti-cuts campaign not only uses inaccurate information to scare people into joining it but it is resolutely blind to the new world we live in: where we face an ageing population, more people with disabilities and a widening gap in social equalities. As with climate change, we have to adapt to new ways of thinking and new ways of using our precious resources.
Parties need to work together in times of crisis rather than swing widely between extremes. Liberal Democrats, as a progressive and responsible party, are well placed to lead on this and we have shown in Bristol, with our social care reforms, that we can work with other parties.
Reasoned debate based on clear evidence is how to fairly tackle the needs of society in a new age, not an emotional harking back to old ways that no longer work
This week's delicious £5 5 O'CLOCKTAIL is a refreshing Tequila Sunrise. Available everyday from our Bar for only £5 between 5pm & 7pm.
Terms: £5 cocktail applies to the cocktail of the week.
Contact: 0117 2448281
Valid until: Monday, May 27 2013
Councillor Glenise Morgan (Lib Dem)
Executive Member for Care and Health, Bristol City Council