Sunday, 14 March 2010

UK General Election 2010

"Vote for what you believe in… or you will wake up on May 7th facing another five years of more of the same.”  Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg.

I agree, now is the time to vote, not for what your family voted for in the past or what your best mates voted for so you don't seem like the odd one out. If you are British and are fed up of Labour or the Conservatives taking your vote for granted then take a look at the political policies and see where you really stand.

I'm not advocating that you must vote Liberal Democrat, but it is time for the British voters to take a stance in their choice of voting. It does not have to be a two party rat race! Close vote results would be a good thing, especially if everybody voted what they BELIEVED in. Party politics has been the safety net of the Labour and Conservative Party. Time to take away their safety net. Just a thought.

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says there are 4 steps to a fairer Britain:

  • Fair taxes
  • A new, fair start for all children at school
  • A rebalanced, fair and green economy
  • And clean, open, fair politics.

Fair taxes

One of the biggest changes we offer is to your tax bill. My philosophy on tax is simple. A fair tax system is one that rewards hard work, enterprise and initiative.

3.6 million people will be freed from paying tax altogether; no-one will pay tax on the first £10,000 they earn. Tens of millions more on low and middle incomes will get a tax cut of £700 back in their pockets. A real change to deliver lasting tax fairness for everyone.

Children at school

New investment in our schools. We’ll be putting more money, £2.5 billion every year, into schools to pay for more teachers, better discipline and catch-up classes. An average primary school could cut class sizes to just 20, ensuring children starting out at school have the personal, nurturing relationship with their teacher they need. An average secondary school could put the money into catch-up classes for 160 pupils. Making sure no child is ever left behind.

A rebalanced economy

We cannot have a new kind of growth with the old kind of banks. It is time to break them up. Bring back competition. Bring back diversity. Bring back building societies.

And until we do it we should insist that banks pay a premium on their profits to the taxpayers who have bailed them out. We will separate low risk utility banking from high risk investment finance once and for all. So banks never again take insane risks which jeopardise your everyday savings.

Reforming the banks should not be an act of retribution. It is about getting money flowing to the thousands of businesses starved of credit today. Without support from banks, companies go bust, and the jobless remain without hope.

When we bailed out the banks: Did you ever imagine your money would be used to put British people out of work? Only Liberal Democrats say: never again.

Britain used to lead the world. We built ships. We designed railways. We laid the first telegraph cables across the oceans. This is the nation of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Of Isaac Newton, who made modern science possible. Of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the greatest civil engineer in history.

We have to harness that inventive spirit once again. We have been blinded for too long by the glitz of the financial services sector. Blinded to the real, solid virtue of making things. It has to change. Under the Liberal Democrats, it will change. No longer just betting on things. We will start Britain building things again. That is change that works for you.

Open politics

It is just plain wrong that a government elected by the votes of just 22% of people can rule however it likes. It is just plain wrong that a government can commit us to an illegal war against the will of the people. It is just plain wrong that some MPs were so out of touch with the basic principles of right and wrong that they thought it was ok to do up house after house at taxpayers’ expense, flip them and flog them off for a profit.

Thanks to the Liberal Democrat website above for the information.

I used to vote for the same political party as my parents, who in turn had voted for who their parents voted for. They were working class so they voted Labour, because then the Labour Party was seen as a socialist party, and socialism was seen to benefit the working class. The consensus governments made sure that the reality of political party ideology were not poles apart. The Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher and the New Labour Party under Tony Blair have sought to marginalise consensus politics, but in truth consensus, albeit not a paternalist liberal and conservative consensus, is still there, otherwise there would be a huge political difference between the two parties.

The Liberal Democrats have come into the forefront now with political strategies that are more akin to liberal policies of old. Not exactly the same of course. Liberal came to mean middle of the road. But actually that was a source of misinformation and caricature put forward by Labour and Conservative supporters, including the press who had their own agendas to encourage Labour or Conservative popularity, in order to promote their papers. It did not help that the Liberal Party lost it’s way, becoming the Liberal Democrats and failed to elect or to find a contemporary leader with the same political clout as Thatcher and Blair. Has Nick Clegg got this ‘political clout’?

Past Liberal leaders of note as well as Liberal Democrat Leaders:

1865 William (Ewart) Gladstone (29/12/1809 – 10/05/1898): Liberal father figure and a passionate campaigner for reform, Irish Home Rule and ethical foreign policy.

1908 Herbert Henry Asquith (12/09/1852 – 15/02/1928)

Asquith now took on the House of Lords, which often blocked reforming Liberal bills, preventing them becoming law. He

He introduced the Parliament Bill, which stripped the Lords of any veto over money bills or public legislation. The Bill became law in 1911. The Lords were forced into passing the bill by the threat that hundreds of new Liberal peers would be created if they did not approve the bill.

As PM, Asquith presided over a period of national upheaval, with the issues of Irish Home Rule, and women's suffrage dominating the era. Asquith also brought Britain into World War One.

1926 David ‘Lloyd’ George (17/01/1863 – 25/03/1945)

Lloyd George is associated with the reforms that were seen to benefit the majority of society such as the 1908 Pensions Act and the 1911 Health Insurance Act. He also implemented the Parliament Act of 1911 whereby the House of Lords had there power cut so that they only had the power to delay any act passed by the Commons - the Lords could reject a passed act by the Commons three times, but after this it became law.

1956 ‘Joe’ (Joseph) Grimond (29/07/1913 – 24/10/1993)

1967  ‘Jeremy’ (John Jeremy) Thorpe (29/04/1929 - )

1976 David (Martin Scott) Steel (31/03/1938 - )

1988 ‘Paddy’ (Jeremy John Durham) Ashdown (27/02/1941 - )

1999 Charles Peter Kennedy (25/11/1959 - )

2006 Walter Menzies Campbell (22/05/1941 - )

2007 ‘Nick’ (Nicholas William Peter Clegg) (07/01/1967 – )

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