The Liberal Democrat Administration in Kingston decided to close the Moor Lane Day Nursery. Following protests by parents and stinging comments from the local MP, the Liberal Democrats reviewed and reversed the decision. Surely councillors are there to listen to the local community not respond to their protests over their own short-sighted and ill-thought out decisions?
Chessington Moor Lane Day Nursery is to remain open so the Liberal Democrat administration in Kingston has decided, only a short time after they themselves had decided to close it.
Parents of young children at the Day Nursery contacted the Kingston Labour Party about the sudden decision to close the day nursery. They despaired of the Liberal Democrats in Kingston who once again proved they do not listen, look or learn, but sit in splendid isolation in the Guildhall apparently counting their allowances rather than serving their communities.
At least Edward Davey MP had the good grace to castigate the stupidity of his Liberal Democrat peers who “run” the Council. What else could he say? He is a Cabinet Minister in a government which is telling parents they should be out working and which is carefully reducing the benefits for non-working mothers in low paid or non-working families to encourage what it calls “shirkers”. It does not take a genius to work out that if you have young children and want to work, you need good pre-school care.
One of the many Labour legacies was the huge expansion in pre-school care and the child care credits for poorer families. Now we have a Tory – Liberal Democrat government and a Liberal Democrat council trying to dismantle this legacy.
And what do the Liberal Democrat councillors say? Once again they say that it’s the fault of the officers and that they are blameless.Once again they refuse to take responsibility for their decisions.
Again the Lead Member for Children and Young People shows she has no grip on what is happening. Apparently on such an important service she does not bother to look, listen and learn for herself. She has an allowance to enable her to do this. What is the point if she does not use it to keep in touch with the community she supposedly serves? In an earlier blog we saw how her own colleagues cannot support her, so how long are Kingston residents going to have to put up with this ineptitude? For goodness sake – GO.
What a totally out of touch shambles of an administration the Liberal Democrats in Kingston are proving to be!