Off the morning star even i had trouble with some of these but i could think if one more reason.

Thursday 29 April 2010

The media attacks on Nick Clegg were bizarre in the extreme – he’s not British, he insults old people, he is a – gasp – metrosexual!

None of this clumsy raving dented the Lib Dems’ poll ratings. In fact, it may have entrenched some support by bringing Murdoch’s election agenda out in the most obvious and brazen way.

However, while Murdoch’s attacks are worth dismissing, the Lib Dems do deserve strong attacks on their policies and real scrutiny on the behaviour of their party as it poses as a fresh and new alternative to dirty old politics.

It all seems so tempting for some people. You get to give the government and the Tories a punch in the nose while opting for a few progressive policies. ID cards spring to mind and, for the moment, we’ll ignore the fact that the Tories say they don’t want them either.

However, there are good reasons not to vote for the Lib Dems. Here are just 10 (and I won’t even mention joining the euro).

If the key tasks for the left are to oppose war, privatisation and fight for real workplace representation, then the Lib Dems fail on every serious criteria.

They might feel self-righteous about their poll increase, but the workers they are proposing to lay off need to be ready to fight off their policies after the election should be a hung Parliament.

A Lib Dem vote is more complicated than a simple Tory vote as nothing is ever black and white. Except penguins. Oh, and killer whales. In fact, now I come to think of it, lots of things are black and white – and that includes voting for a yellow party that wants to shift economic policy dramatically to the right.

Values

Nick Clegg began the election campaign by claiming that of all politicians it was Thatcher he most admired. This was a signal to Tory voters that the Lib Dems represent their values.

Famously they opposed the Iraq war before it started but then rallied behind the government once the killing began.

Likewise they may be against renewing Trident (good), but they oppose unilateralism and are utterly opposed to scrapping our weapons of mass destruction entirely (not nearly so good).

Economics

The Lib Dem economic policy is designed to bring hardship and pain to millions.

The “savage cuts” that Clegg and Vince Cable have promised are the last thing in the world we need during a recession.

As the dole queues grow, they propose to lay off public-sector workers and undermine public services when they are most needed.

Playing dirty

The Lib Dem reputation for dirty politics is well founded.

It extends well beyond the odd dodgy bar chart or turning everything into a two horse race – unless it suits them.

The party’s willingness to vilify people personally and say anything to anyone in order to get elected should immediately disbar them from public office.

Anti-union laws

Cable, everyone’s favourite corporate executive, was clear that the Lib Dem response to strike action on the rails was that we need to be able to curtail even further a union’s right to strike.

Posturing

The Lib Dems like to pose as the anti-war party and the anti-nuclear party, but these policies are not all they seem.

Privatisation

Lib Dem councils up and down the country have been quite happy to use PFI and privatisation to run public services.

Combined with their position on cuts in public services this places their economic policies firmly on the right.

Immigration

Clegg has been clear that he thinks immigration is too high, is a problem and he wants to introduce new draconian restrictions on those who do enter the country so they must not stray outside of their allocated region.

This is the wrong approach and, ironically, we should be looking towards a more liberal system that does not treat people like criminals simply because of where they come from.

Digital Economy Bill

The Lib Dems seem to be getting a lot of credit for opposing this outrageous Bill despite the fact that more Labour MPs voted against it than Lib Dems. Certainly Clegg didn’t bother to show up and vote and yet somehow he becomes the man who gets the credit.

Hung parliament

Clegg has refused to say what he would do if there was a hung parliament and wants to keep his options open. If there was a hung parliament the Lib Dems are more likely to support the Tories than Labour.

At the weekend Clegg made it very clear that he would not prop up a Labour government should it receive fewer votes than the Lib Dems or Tories yet still emerge as the biggest party in a hung parliament.

He has never made any statement about going into coalition with the Tories. “Tactically” voting Lib Dem as a progressive choice could aid the possibility of a Tory-Liberal coalition.

If anyone is in any doubt that the Lib Dems are happy to go into coalition with the Tories, they need look no further than the scores of councils up and down the country where the Lib Dems and Tories have been happily coexisting for years in joint administrations. There is nothing about the Lib Dems that rules out deals with the Tories.

A vote for the Lib Dems makes a Tory government more likely and has no virtue of voting with your principles, because they don’t have any.

Smugness

Ever since the first leaders’ debate, Lib Dems have been insufferably smug but have so little to be smug about.

A dishonest party that poses as progressive when it suits yet which has demonstrated time and again it is willing to say anything to anyone to get their vote.

Clegg exemplifies this at the leaders’ debates when he rebukes the other two as leaders of the “old parties.”

I’ll wipe the floor with paxman.

Well i have just got my copy of this weeks advertiser.Take a look i had to look at the date i thought it was an April 1st copy. Well done to all it was the best laugh i will get today. How can you talke someone seriously to make a statement like that. If sky were to put the programme on pay to view they would get my money.

 

Sorry i think i got it wrong, my mistake it was bring on the Paxo.

Taken from the salford star read it, something this city needs a community mag with B–ls

 

Star date: 28th April 2010

“WAR ZONES” – REGENERATION SPENDS MORE ON DEMOLITIONS THAN RE-BUILDING SALFORD  

Liverpool Council Leader Admits Pathfinder Mistake – So How About Salford?

In an incredible admission, Liverpool Council Leader Warren Bradley has admitted that the demolition derby, also known as the Housing Market Renewal project, or Pathfinder, has “ripped the heart” out of communities and left whole areas looking like “war zones”.

Since day one of the Salford Star, residents here have been telling us the same story over and over again… “They’re ripping the heart out of Salford”. For a council leader to admit this is unheard of – now will Salford’s political leaders own up to the mistakes?

Letter to Salford Radio.

Dear Colleagues,
 
I wished to send my apologies for not being able to attend the ‘Salford Leaders Debate’ today. What amounted to an official invitation came yesterday and which left me in a position to be unable to rearrange other events I had committed to.
 
I have made an offer for someone to deputise me but I have left this in the hands of the organisers.
 
My best wishes for a successful debate.
 
Kind Regards
 
 
For 20 Minutes i tried to  get  the station to allow me to deputise but no, perhaps someone may like to ask the PANEL today do they feel democracy within the city is being served?