It should have been no surprise that Labour was thumped badly in the local elections. People have been fed up for months. They are fed up with high taxes, high fuel prices, high food bills, high Council tax, and with the surveillance society that Labour buys with all the money. They are fed up with a government that preaches a message of fear â€“ be afraid of terrorism and lose your liberties for â€œsecurityâ€, be afraid of the stateâ€™s Inspectors, be afraid of the law. You are not paranoid â€“ they are out to get you.
Do not be a householder, a motorist, a successful business person under this government â€“ for you will pay for these crimes.
The canvass returns in Wokingham indicated to us we would have our best result since the 1980s. The mood on the streets of London was positive for change. It beggared belief that the Prime Minister decided to have an argument with his backbenchers about putting up Income Tax on the lower paid just in time for the local elections â€“ that did quite a bit of the Oppositionâ€™s job for it, ramming home the message that the government is after your money at exactly the time you are being squeezed by high prices and low wage increases.
There were local issues at stake as well. The two biggest were tax and rubbish. In many places voters decided they would get their least bad deal on Council Tax by keeping or voting in a Conservative Council.
In many places people also wanted to express their disgust at Labourâ€™s refuse policy. Only this Labour government (with a bit of help from its friends, the European Commission), could think up such an unpopular mixture of policies towards recycling and bin emptying. They have produced the trebly toxic package of
1. Fortnightly collection instead of weekly or more frequently
2. Spy cameras on bins coupled with the Enforcement officers to fine you for the wrong kind of rubbish
3. The threat of an additional Bin Tax
It contains all the ingredients that characterise this Labour government:
1. Worse public service
2. Ignoring public opinion – the public would like more regular collections at sensible cost
3. Surveillance of our every move â€“ at our expense
4. A mood of fear ,as the media tell us how the government is not only watching us but will be prosecuting us if we make a mistake with what we put in the bin
5. Higher tax â€“ to pay for all the surveillance, the compliance, and the spin doctoring to terrorise us in our own homes.
Labourâ€™s rubbish policy is indeed a cameo of the all that this government does to us, and that so many people now hate about it.