Published on 28 Dec 2011

Cut it out Danny, say Lib Dem peers

Lib Dem peers are less than pleased with their party’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, one of the most powerful figures in the government.

Readers will recall how immediately after the autumn statement, Alexander was interviewed on BBC Newsnight. To some surprise, he said that the Lib Dems were committed to the government’s programme of spending cuts beyond the next election in 2015.

The latest issue of Liberator, the magazine for Lib Dem activists, reveals that not long afterwards, Alexander had a briefing session with Lib Dems peers, which Lord (Mike) Storey asked him about the Paxman interview.

“I said no,” Alexander told the assembled Liberal Democrats from the upper house. They were left rather puzzled. That’s not how they recalled the interview.

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So they went away to check the Newsnight broadcast. Sure enough, Paxman had asked Alexander:  “So you going into the next election promising further billions of pounds in cuts in public spending? That is what you are going to say in your manifesto at the next election?”

And the chief secretary’s reply? “I’m afraid so, yes”.

I’m told Lib Dem peers are not pleased with Mr Alexander – first for making the commitment to Paxman, and second for his account of it.

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9 reader comments

  1. Uli Bajo says:

    Surely 2012 will see Alexander and Clegg, at least, do the honourable act and formally join the Tories. It is clear that their own political outlook is more at home within the Conservative Party.
    Then the Lib Dems can start to rebuild their own party in line with their traditions and salvage something from the trainwreck coalition possibly in time for the election after next.

  2. Saltaire Sam says:

    The thing I hate about Danny Alexander is the relish with which he imposes cuts. Like his tory pals, he is so aware that none of them will have any impact on his own life.

    Let’s put him, Cameron, Osborne and Clegg in a council house for a month with only a state pension between them.

    They might be keener then to collect the taxes that are owed instead of hammering the poor with ever more cuts.

    1. Gary says:

      A month is too short. Try 6 months…

    2. youarehavingalaugh says:

      They might be more keen to get people who could work working and those who live in the cash only world paying tax.

      As for big corps who don’t pay tax, just remember they don’t owe the UK anything and if we don’t value what they do pay others will make them better offers.

  3. chunk says:

    I predict that after the next election,Danny Alexander will no longer have a seat.

  4. youarehavingalaugh says:

    Danny Alexander is the only star in the truly useless Lib Dems.

    I would expect him to join the Torys when they win the next election outright.

    Clegg will be “lifted up” to the Lords where we can all forget he ever existed like the other Lib Dem leaders.

    The rest, Chris Huhne and all, won’t even be MPs in a few years.

    Danny understands what needs to be done to keep the UK solvent unlike lefties and other Lib Dems who just can’t kick the habit of saying things to be liked rather than running a country without it going broke.

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  6. Y.S. says:

    I know a bloke who never listens to the news because its all bad news he says. If we all did that i suppose we can carry on spending as we did before. The economic crises never happened.
    We can sell this idea to the Greeks and …. some in this country.

  7. Lemog says:

    I cannot wait for the next election when the loathsome libdems will finally get what is coming to them. With Labour you get what it says on the packet, tax and spend, tax and spend. With the Tories you also get what it says on the packet, privatise, privatise, privatise. Clegg and the libdems said that they would be different, it would be a new age of politics, you could trust what they said, they were against tuition fees and so on and so on. Quite simply they are no different to either Labour or Tory, they lied to get votes and as soon as they had a taste of power, any principles and values that they held went out of the window. At the next election they will be cast back into obscurity for generations, as they deserve

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