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Lib Dems launch their manifesto

By Dark Politricks

I watched the Lib Dem’s press conference this morning in which they launched their manifesto for the UK General Election. The launch speech and question and answer section was mostly based around economic questions and how they plan to fund their pledge to abolish tax up to the first £10k for everyone and close the deficit by £10 Billion.

They propose to do this by clawing back 10% of the estimated £40 Billion lost each year to tax dodges, scrapping the plans for National ID cards and other big computer projects, introducing a mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million and removing certain benefits and tax relief for those who can afford it.

I was really looking out for some sort of debate over civil liberties and their proposed freedom bill but I guess that in the current dire economic climate the journalists who attend these conferences don’t think that civil liberties rank high enough on the agenda to warrant even the most basic question.

Still at least the Lib Dem’s have put implementation of the Freedom Bill in their manifesto as one of the key items in the 4 main areas of policy. Under the “Fair Deal” section we have:

  • Put trust back into politics by giving you the right to sack corrupt MP’s
  • Restore and protect hard won British Liberties with a Freedom Bill
  • Overhaul Westminster completely: Fair votes, An elected House of Lords, All politicians to pay full British taxes.

When I look at the three main parties there is not much I disagree with when it comes to Lib Dem policies. I am totally unhappy with Labour after being one of the people that voted them into power in 97. They have spent too much, added far too many laws, disrespected the public’s wishes, took us into 4 wars, been surrounded by financial sleaze and corruption and when one looks at the amount of money they have spent in 13 years on the NHS and other public services they should really be in a much better condition than they are now.

As for the Tories, I find it hard to even relate to them on the most basic level for many reasons and if you cannot relate to someone its very hard to vote for them.

One of the most likeable conservatives is David Davies who if you remember was the ex shadow Home secretary who resigned his position to fight a local by election on the grounds of wanting to debate civil liberties, the extended detention without charge and the role Labour has played in bringing us into a high tech survelience state. He isn’t the typical old Etonian Tory and comes across as a likeable and sensible man and I know that when I look at him unlike most other Tories he probably isn’t wearing women knickers and suspenders under the expensive suit 🙂

On civil liberties the Tories “seem” to be much closer to the Lib Dems than Labour and if I hadn’t of experienced their previous government I wouldn’t be so harsh on them. However I remember how bad our society was in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

The Rave culture which was spawned in 89 (2nd summer of love) was claimed by the press to be a re-run of the 60’s and appeared out of a mixture of the streets discovering E, football hooligans mellowing down and a major desire to stick two fingers up to Thatcherism and authority in general. The major difference was that in the 60’s people got stoned and believed they could change the world whereas in the 90’s we got stoned because we knew the world didn’t give a shit.

Yearly summer riots, ram raiding and joy riding, new age travellers, “the underclass”, pre-teen tearways such as ratboy, the list goes on of social ill and malcontent which arose during the last recession. Fair enough Labour’s recession hasn’t seemed as bad when compared purely on the effect to society in a broader sense but they have had their 13 years in power and the country is now bust.

I will be voting for the Lib Dem’s and I hope many of you will too. Last election they got one out of four votes and it just goes to show what a crappy electoral system we have when that many peoples choice means so little in political capital. Hopefully there will be a hung parliament and I don’t care whether Tory or Labour get to form the government as long as the Lib Dems get enough of the votes to be the minority partner. Hopefully whoever they get to work with will have to bend over backwards to keep them alongside and maybe then we can get some real positive change for this country which will include the Freedom Bill and proper tax reform.

You can check out the full Liberal Democrat manifesto here.

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