A secret document which details how local Lib Dems can present themselves as heroes fighting cuts has been leaked. The document, produced by Islington Liberal Democrats, suggests that local campaigners should repeat the mantra “It’s the Labour Party’s fault”.
Tactics discussed by the group included:
‘Our weapons: creating confusion and divisionâ€™ â€˜We are not running the council, it is not our problem â€” itâ€™s theirsâ€™
â€˜Set traps and ambushes for Labourâ€™
â€˜Those cuts: Itâ€™s the Labour Partyâ€™s fault, itâ€™s the Labour Partyâ€™s fault, itâ€™s the Labour Partyâ€™s fault. And just in case you didnâ€™t get it: Itâ€™s the Labour Partyâ€™s fault.â€™
â€˜Pick an unpopular cut and champion itâ€™
â€˜Donâ€™t get caught defending the Toriesâ€™
â€˜Stay at ward events as long as possible to meet as many residents as possible â€” and annoy Labourâ€™
â€˜Use our links with Labourâ€™s backbenchers to create trouble for their leadership.â€™
â€˜Exploit divisions in the Labour groupâ€™
â€˜Use issues like the Fairness Commission recommendations to drive a wedge between Labourâ€™s wealthier supporters and Labour councillorsâ€™
Local Lib Dem leader Terry Stacy, speaking to the Islington Tribune, denied that they hadn’t been constructive in their opposition.
Local reporter Richard Osley has the scoop over at his site, where you can also see his write up of the story for the Islington Tribune.