Quick final message before the election

Got in only 1/2 an hour ago and have to be up in 4 hours to go out campaigning again, so an incredibly brief one today. When you go to the ballot box, just remember:

Tories Section 28. Poll tax. Criminal Justice Bill. Provoking further conflict in Northern Ireland. Sinking ships that were retreating. Destroying Britain’s manufacturing industry. Destroying the mining industry out of spite. Cash for questions.

LabourStarting illegal wars, killing a million or more. Restriction of the right to protest. 28-day detention without trial. Indefinite detention without trial for personality disorders. Two beds closed in mental health wards every day between 1997 and 2007. Collusion in torture. Flipping second homes. Dropping the 10p income tax rate. The Digital Economy Act.

Liberal Democrats None of the above.

You know what to do

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11 Responses to Quick final message before the election

  1. Colin Smith says:

    When I first started to read this Blog, my plan to vote for “your lot” at the next election seemed like a necessary but pyrrhic gesture. How things have changed.

    I wish you well. It certainly hasn’t hurt my voting intentions to come across a good egg such as yourself arguing so passionately for your party.

    Here we go …….

  2. I think your last paragraph requires the addition of a crucial word, which is

    “… yet”.

    You’ve also left out the SNP and Plaid Cymru. But then, who hasn’t? They also have reasonable records so far, and have actually formed regional governments without screwing up too badly. So if you’re in Scotland or Wales, consider the alternative alternatives.

  3. TAD says:

    So much for the Liberal Democrat revolution. It’s back to the political wilderness for them, I guess.

    It’s hard for me to say, “I would have voted for such-in-such, if I was British,” because I’m not British. But from what I know about Britain’s economic situation, harsh spending cuts are in order, and the Tories are the only party that can really deliver that. So on that basis, I think the Brits chose wisely. Reducing the deficit and balancing the budget can only help.

    I am surprised the Liberal Democrats did so poorly. It’s got to be very disheartening, given the high expectations they had. Believe me, I’ve been there (I was absolutely convinced John Kerry was going to win in 2004).

  4. Zom says:

    TAD, there’s a very public debate going on over here about whether cutting now would or would not jeopardise our economic recovery. It might well not be as straightforward as make cuts now=things get better – the opposite is quite possibly true.

    Also, the Tories absolutely aren’t the only people who can deliver cuts. Everyone can deliver cuts, and whoever gets in power absolutely will, it’s just a matter of when.

    The Lib Dems are very likely to be kingmakers here, so I don’t imagine that they’ll be heading into the wilderness any time soon.

  5. pillock says:

    I feel as though TAD has a degree of confidence in the Tories — and a degree of certitude about the ultimate fate of the LibDems — which the facts don’t actually warrant.

    No offence meant, TAD; but you and I would definitely argue if we were sitting down over glasses of beer.

    Anybody really think the Tories have an inclination to cut overall spending?

  6. TAD says:

    Well, spending cuts won’t help immediately….it’s more of a longterm thing. Balancing budgets and reducing the deficit would make financial institutions stronger and reduce the burden on taxpayers though….which in turn would hopefully lead to more jobs being created. Most jobs are created by small businesses, so the idea is to create an environment that’s friendly toward small businesses, especially.

    I can definitely understand people’s skepticism toward the Tories. I’m skeptical toward *any* political party, myself!

  7. Zom says:

    TAD, that’s the Tory’s argument in a nutshell. There’s another one that says that cutting public spending to extent necessary at this point in time runs the risk of destabilising the economy (mainly, I think, because people are likely to be scared shitless and stop spending) and dropping us into a double-dip recession.

    I don’t have much of an opinion on these issues, other than to say that both positions seem to be based on faith and ideology.

  8. TAD says:

    Our federal government is doing the opposite here in the US….we’re trying to spend our way out of the recession, with economic stimulus plans, and whatnot. It’s too early to judge the success of these plans yet, but unemployment keeps going up, and *nobody* is hiring.

  9. Gavin Burrows says:

    harsh spending cuts are in order, and the Tories are the only party that can really deliver that.

    I think I may have missed the bit that explains exactly why the poor have to bail out a situation caused by a tiny minority of rich bankers. Bankers who would, had their investments paid off, either kept their profits or lent them out to the rest of us at rates of interest preferable to them. Did I not get a memo or something?

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Absolutely agreed. Which is why the Lib Dems want to cut crap like Trident and the ID database, break up the banks, and tax the rich to pay for a tax cut for the poor.

      We don’t go far enough on this for my liking, but FAR better than Tory ideas of how to deal with it…

    • TAD says:

      I don’t disagree with you, actually. Believe me, I don’t have much sympathy for the bankers and Wall Street hooligans either!

      I guess British people are more comfortable with socialism and high taxes than Americans are. We’re further to the right of you guys on economic issues, and probably always will be.

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