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  • Sunday, November 28, 2004

    Voters consider Lib Dems real opposition to Labour

    I've been saying for a while now, the differences between Labour and the Tories are virtually non existant. The Conservatives barely murmured during the whole Iraq debate, and most of them are most likely happy at the draconian legislation the government want to push through on id cards, and anti terrorism measures such as trial without jury and imprisonment without trial. Now, it seems the Conservatives are reaping the rewards of their silence. From a poll in the Independent, Labour is 11 points ahead with 44% of those polled agreeing that Charles Kennedy and the Lib Dems are a more effective opposition to Blair than Michael Howard and the Tories. If the Lib Dems want to continue to capitalise on this, they really need to keep pressing the issues where the Tories have stayed quiet. There is contunued widespread revulsion in Britain at the decision to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Bush. The Lib Dems, if they really want to challenge Blair need to focus on the "special relationship" between Bush and Blair; they need to continue to argue the case for promoting human rights, and pointing out the rogue regime in Washington has advocated the type of torture seen at Abu Ghraib.


    At 11/28/2004 10:45:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The Lib Dems are challenging the Tories because they are as right wing. Privatise the post office? Vote Lib Dem. Abolish rights to paid holidays? Vote Lib Dem. Scrap the upper limit on working hours? Vote Lib Dem. Replace the NHS with a private insurance scheme? Vote Lib Dem.

    At 12/01/2004 02:22:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    I suppose you could say all establishment political parties have some elements of right and/or left wing in them.

    On the issue of post offices, it's interesting you should mention that.

    In an EU vote on the limit to the weight of parcels which can be delivered without competition the Tories voted for something like a 50g limit, while the Lib Dems voted for a 150g limit.

    However, I do think that is one of those cases where as you've said the Lib Dems can be as right wing as the Tories. I believe their policy is something along the lines of a dutch system of post offices. It is interesting that in 2002 Blair & Co were attempting some sort of share swop deal with the dutch post office.
    On that issue alone, all 3 main political parties seem to be just as right wing as each other.

    That's probably the public feels disenfranchised when the main parties seem to agree on very contraversial issues like this.


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