Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Coalition-government, Libertarianism, Conservative and Liberalism

The violent outbursts by the students protesting against the Governments increase in educational fees did not do much to win them public support.  Nor did the heavy handling of the situation by the police on duty.  Total cock up really.  The police did not provide a secondary exit route and thus jammed everybody in to a confrontational corner.  Overkill could have, should have been prevented.  New kid on the block it seems.  Thought he knew better than to do it the old way or take advice from someone else who had experience in these matter.  Just because you are the ‘head’ of something does not mean you know it all.  The same applies to all leaders – that’s why you delegate and have deputies and or assistants, team work is what it is called in the real world. 

There will be more demonstrations against this coalition Government because it has not got a clue as to real working people’s lives and aspirations.  Not working-class, middle-class, privileged or status classed, the Government has not got a clue as to how these people work and live. 

The Government says it wants to care, but it does not know reality from ideology, it wants to put power back into the hands of the electorate but has no desire to lose power because of such activity.  You can what you like as long as its what I tell you to do.  Someone explain politics 101 to them, and the meaning of libertarian, liberalism, conservatism and socialism. 

The Government want to be libertarian with a caring heart.  Good aspirations, but do they know the meaning of the words?  And why are the hooray henry’s, “bloody working class yobs and benefit scroungers, flog them all I say, another port anyone?”, still flapping about in the Government?  Dump them if you want to be seen as a serious Government doing grown up things.  As for the bloated House of Lords, pleeze.  Time to join the real world.  Having said that, if the House of Lords managed to prove itself to really be a good debating chamber then that is a good thing, parliamentary reform notwithstanding.  There will a vote about that later.  Hmm.  Maybe first past the post is a good thing.  Imagine a whole load of toadies flopping around in parliament.  Cringe worthy I think.

I give this coalition Government three years before the fireworks show.  Plenty of little fireworks going off throughout those three years, and we are into the first year, but the big show is yet to come.

Is Labour any better?  Nope.  They had their chance and blew it.  Mighty Blair and Badger Brown cocked up the system with patchwork policies, another reason the coalition Government has a problem, it has to ditch some policies and try to un-patch other policies to see where the hole or tear is, and then decide if it wants to patch/review or ditch/privatise.  Never easy decision than to:

  • patch or ditch the benefit system
  • patch or ditch free education available to all
  • patch or ditch the pension system
  • patch or ditch the NHS
  • patch or ditch the police, fire and ambulance services (and the armed forces?) 

If they ditch those things, pure libertarianism, then they hope that the private industry will take up the provision of.   If they patch those things, part liberalism and a tad conservatism, then someone has to pay – you me and the average workers, not the rich and the powerful, oh no, they have their private education, pension, health care – which includes using NHS staff and equipment, their private security personnel, the only thing they have to rely on is the armed forces, but hey that too can be privatised, as with the fire service etc.etc.etc..

News flash! Private provision is only in it for the money!  It does not want to provide anything.  Supply and demand.  Lowest bidder for the provision of services is low because it cuts staff and provision to a minimum.  Don’t blame the private industry.  That’s what they do, that’s what they are totally and solely about, profit, profit, profit.  But hey that’s libertarian policies for you:

Milton Friedman:

There is one and only one social responsibility of business -- to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits. 

So long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud."


David Cameron:

“We should not be naive enough to think that simply if government rolls back and does less, then miraculously society will spring up and do more.”

"The truth is we need a government that helps to build a big society."


Yes that’s Cameron, with Clegg falling in line, the Dave & Nick Show; but BS is all about the big boys, you’ve got it or you haven't, if you haven't then you’ve got to beg, borrow and beg some more for it.  And that is what this coalition Government really is all about.  Let’s stop pretending it’s about anything else and get on with it.  And if the electorate don’t like it it?…Watch this space.

According to Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz, Free Press, 1997.

Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person's right to life, liberty, and property-rights that people have naturally, before governments are created. In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force-actions like murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud.



The political terms of "modern", "progressive" or "new" Liberalism began to appear in the mid to late 1880s and became increasingly common to denote the recent tendency in the Liberal Party to favour an increased role for the state as more important than the classical liberal stress on self-help and freedom of choice.

By the early 20th century the Liberals stance began to shift towards "New Liberalism", what would today be called social liberalism: a belief in personal liberty with a support for government intervention to provide minimum levels of welfare.[3] This shift was best exemplified by the Liberal government of Herbert Henry Asquith and his Chancellor David Lloyd George, whose Liberal reforms in the early 1900s created a basic welfare state.


  • Liberal: Believes in governmental regulation of the economy and is against legislation of morals. (Think welfare, progressive taxing.)
  • Conservative: Is against government regulating the economy but supports the government taking a role in encouraging morals. (Think laissez-faire economics, family values.)
  • Libertarian: Believes the government should not legislate either morals or the economy.

Keep in mind there are as many degrees of belief in these philosophies as there are political thinkers


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